Three quick goals propel Rangers


It is no accident the New York Rangers are surging just as Henrik Lundqvist is finding his Vezina Trophy form.

Daniel Carcillo, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard scored less than 10 minutes in, and Lundqvist made 37 saves as the Rangers routed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Sunday night.

Chris Kreider got his team-leading 12th goal in the second period to help the Rangers win their third straight and fourth in five (4-0-1). Lundqvist has allowed just eight goals in New York’s past four games.

“I got tested early, and you gain confidence when you make a couple of good saves,” said Lundqvist, who has given up fewer than three goals in four of his last six starts. “I’m happy with the way I am playing.

“It definitely helps when we play the way we play in front of me and make good decisions all over the ice.”

New York, 8-2-1 in its last 11, is tied in points with Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division — one ahead of Philadelphia. The Rangers have won seven straight against the Flyers at home, outscoring them 28-8.

Ray Emery rebounded after the rough first period and finished with 31 saves for the Flyers, who lost 6-3 on Saturday to Tampa Bay — ending a 10-game, home-winning streak. Philadelphia had won seven of eight before the weekend sweep.

The Rangers came out flying and grabbed a 2-0 lead just 2:42 in on goals 28 seconds apart by Carcillo and Nash.

Ducks 1, Red Wings 0

In Anaheim, Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in his 14th consecutive victory as the steamrolling Ducks beat Detroit for their 17th victory in 18 games.

Andrew Cogliano scored in the second period for the NHL-leading Ducks, who improved to 19-0-2 at home this season despite playing without injured scoring leader Ryan Getzlaf.

Islanders 4, Stars 2

In Dallas, John Tavares scored with 1:24 to go and Brock Nelson added an empty-netter, leading streaking New York over the slumping Stars.

Sabres 2, Capitals 1 (SO)

In Washington, Cody Hodgson decided a lackluster game with the only goal in the shootout as Buffalo avoided matching the longest road losing streak in club history.

Maple Leafs 3, Devils 2 (SO)

In Toronto, James van Riemsdyk scored in the shootout to lift the Maple Leafs over New Jersey.

Blackhawks 5, Oilers 3

In Chicago, Marian Hossa had a power-play goal and an assist as the hosts beat Edmonton to end a three-game losing streak.

Wild 4, Predators 0

In Nashville, Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first career shutout as Minnesota beat the Predators.

Jets fire coach Noel

Winnipeg Manitoba AP

Claude Noel has been fired as coach by the Winnipeg Jets and replaced with Paul Maurice.

Noel was fired on Sunday amid a five-game losing streak that dropped the Jets to 19-23-5 and 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18 during his tenure with the Jets.

“I think it always comes as a shock,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said at a local rink after Jets’ practice was canceled in the wake of the news. Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also fired along with Noel.

Maurice, 46, inherits a team that has struggled in its third season in Winnipeg thanks in part to inadequate goaltending and defensive breakdowns. He has been behind the bench as an NHL head coach for 1,084 games.

Noel was fired after the Jets lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Saturday in a game in which Ladd said he played “awful” and the fans booed the players off the ice.

The loss put the Jets on a season-worst five-game losing streak that dropped them to 19-23-5 and 10 points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.