Rangers blank Isles for fifth straight win

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 26, 2011
Carl Hagelin scored twice for his second multi-goal game in the NHL, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 28 shots he faced Monday night as the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders 3-0 for their fifth straight victory. Hagelin, in just his 16th NHL game, scored in the second and third periods for the surging Rangers (22-8-4) -- the Atlantic Division leaders, who leapfrogged defending Stanley Cup champion Boston into first place in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers finished a 3-0 homestand that included a pair of victories over the Islanders in a five-day span. New York's past four victories have been against division rivals. The Rangers begin a three-game trip at Washington on Wednesday that will conclude with the outdoor Winter Classic in Philadelphia next Monday.
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