Lundqvist makes 27 saves, Rangers win third in row
NEW YORK (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and the New York Rangers posted their first three-game winning streak since November with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Kevin Klein, who broke a thumb last week, scored for the first time in 28 games and the streaking J.T. Miller scored for the ninth time in 10 games while the Rangers beat the Devils for the first time in three games this season.
This win came with captain Ryan McDonagh sidelined with a concussion. It was New York's fifth straight victory at Madison Square Garden, and the Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
Cory Schneider made 35 saves for New Jersey, which lost its third straight (0-1-2). Travis Zajac scored a short-handed goal with 2:17 left to spoil Lundqvist's shutout bid.
While the score was close, the Rangers totally outplayed New Jersey in what was a test with McDonagh and Rick Nash both sidelined.
Zajac scored with the Rangers on their fifth fruitless power play. That and Schneider's goaltending made the final minutes interesting.
After Zajac scored on a 2-on-1 with Adam Henrique, Lundqvist had to make a skate save on Lee Stempniak to keep New York ahead.
Lundqvist had a relatively easy night before that. His best saves came late in the second period. He stopped Reid Boucher 1-on-1 after the forward was set up by Zajac. The Swede also stopped a flurry with less than six minutes left in the third, making a pad save on defenseman Andy Greene on a shot from inside the right circle.
Klein broke his right thumb late in a loss to the Devils on Tuesday and then sat out one game. He got his first goal since Nov. 3 and fourth of the season early in the second period.
Mats Zuccarello did most of the work. He got between two Devils for a loose puck along the right boards, cut across the crease and found Klein in the left circle for shot into an open net. Marc Staal got his first assist in 18 games on the play.
Miller extended his career-best goal total to 17 when he scored at 4:37 of the third period. He took a drop pass from Derick Brassard and beat Schneider.
Schneider withstood two Rangers' power plays and 17 shots in a scoreless first period. Derek Stepan had a breakaway in the period and Keith Yandle had four of the seven shots by New York's defensemen.
NOTES: Rangers C Kevin Hayes was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty during a power play for pitch-forking a broken stick over the glass into the stands. ... D Damon Severson and Fs Stefan Matteau and Tuomo Ruutu were healthy scratches for the Devils. ... New Jersey will retire goaltender Marty Brodeur's jersey on Tuesday. ... D Dan Girardi skated in his 698th career game with the Rangers, tying Mark Messier and Steve Vickers for 11th place on the franchise's career games played list. ... With McDonagh missing the game, only Miller, Staal, Zuccarello and Yandle have played in all 53 games for the Rangers. ... The Devils have not beaten the Rangers three times in a row since 2013.