Raanta helps Rangers edge Capitals


Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.

Raanta was pressed into duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms.

Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for New York against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves.

Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals’ goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal.

Stars 4, Devils 2

In Dallas, Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist on his 21st birthday, and the Stars stopped a four-game slide.

Vernon Fiddler, Jason Spezza and Colton Sceviour also scored for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves. Fiddler’s short-handed score into an empty net with 20 seconds left was his 100th career goal.

New Jersey has lost seven of nine.

Adam Henrique and Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider had 15 saves before leaving at 2:05 of the third due to an injury. Keith Kinkaid made six saves.

Blue Jackets 6, Oilers 3

In Columbus, defenseman David Savard had two goals, and the Blue Jackets scored on their first two shots.

Boone Jenner and Scott Hartnell each had a goal and an assist as last-place Columbus won for the third time in four games. Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin also scored, and Joonas Korpisalo had 25 saves.

Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which had won three in a row. Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl also scored.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, has eight goals and 14 assists in 17 games since returning from a broken left collarbone.