Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves for his NHL-leading eighth shutout as host New York prevailed 2-0 to send New Jersey to its third straight loss on Monday.Carl
Hagelin scored the deciding goal and assisted on Ryan Callahan’s
empty-net tally for the Rangers, who boosted their lead in the Eastern
Conference to nine points over the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh
Penguins.Hagelin got New York on the board with 3:01 left in the
first period, coming up on the left doorstep and winning a scrum in
front of the net to beat Martin Brodeur. Callahan and Dan Girardi
recorded assists on the playThe second period turned into a much
more physical battle, with the rivals combining for 11 penalties.
Overall, the Rangers got the better of New Jersey in the trenches,
recording 37 hits and blocking 16 shots in front of Lundqvist.New
York’s All-Star netminder has recorded three shutouts this month and
has not allowed more than two goals in a game since Jan. 19.