Brad Richards scored twice and Martin Biron, a last-minute replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, made 27 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday.
New York's top line had a stellar night. Marian Gaborik also scored and Carl Hagelin had a goal and assisted on both of Richards' goals as they combined for four goals and nine points.
The Rangers took advantage of a soft part in the schedule to extend their winning streak to two after having dropped three in a row. The wins over the New York Islanders and the Hurricanes, two teams unlikely to make the playoffs, followed a three-game losing streak.
The victory extended the Rangers lead in the Atlantic Division to six points over Pittsburgh.
The Penguins, winners of nine in a row, are the Rangers next opponent on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
That game is expected to feature the comeback of Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby who has missed more than three months with concussion-like symptoms.