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RANGERS COMPLETE OUTDOOR/INDOOR SWEEP
Two days after their outdoor contest at Yankee Stadium, the Rangers and Islanders met again. The teams went into the second intermission tied, but third period goals from Derick Brassard and Brad Richards, 2:45 apart, sealed a third consecutive victory for the Rangers. The Rangers are 10-3-1 in their last 14 games, and sit in second place in the Metropolitan division with 63 points (30-23-3).

* Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves to improve to 8-2-0 in his last 10 games, and 8-2-1 when facing more than 30 shots this season. He has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his last ten contests overall. Lundqvist’s win was his 20th of the campaign becoming the only goalie with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-win seasons.

* Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring and has a point in three straight games for the first time since April 3-7, 2012 (1-2—3).

LATE-GAME HEROICS
David Legwand fired home a game-tying goal with 10.8 seconds remaining in regulation, and Shea Weber scored his second goal of the night 1:29 into the extra frame to give Nashville back-to-back victories. The Predators are 4-1-1 in their last six games.

* After his first two-goal game of the season, Weber now leads all defensemen with 15 goals and sits fourth in points among defensemen (15-23--38). He has 8-17--25 in his last 25 games. Weber’s overtime goal was his third game-winner of the season, and the Predators are 11-1-2 when he scores.

LATE-GAME HEROICS II
In the Washington-Detroit match-up, a one-timer from Alex Ovechkin with only seven seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to extra time, but it was Detroit forward, Patrick Eaves, who ended the Capitals’ comeback attempt in the shootout. It was the third time this season that Ovechkin had scored a tying goal in the final minute of the third period -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau he is the first player to score three such goals in one season since Brian Gionta did so 2006-07 for the Devils.

*Ovechkin leads the League scoring race by 10 goals with 39 goals (39-18--57) in 51 games this season -- he has 5-4—9 in his last five games.

CRUISING ALTITUDE
The Jets improved to 7-2-0 under head coach Paul Maurice by fending off multiple Canucks comebacks before Devin Setoguchi scored the winner with 2:56 remaining in the third period. After Zach Bogosian opened the scoring 5:02 into the first, Setoguchi opened up a 2-0 lead just 1:05 later. Setoguchi broke a seven-game point scoring drought in what was his first multi-goal game since Oct. 4; he now has 10 goals on the season (10-13--23) giving the Jets a League-leading nine different players with ten or more goals.

* Mark Scheifele (0-1—1) earned his fourth point in as many games to retake sole possession of third place in rookie scoring with 11-21—32.

LOOSE PUCKS
Detroit coach Mike Babcock earned his 400th win with Detroit… Kyle Okposo scored the Islanders’ lone goal and has 7-8—15 in his last 11 games and 16-16—32 in his last 25 contests…Anton Khudobin made 27 saves to improve to 5-1-0 in his last six starts and 10-4-0 for the month of January… Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton improved to 6-1-0 in his last seven games with a 24-save victory… Jaromir Jagr tallied 1-1—2 for his fourth multi-point performance in his last five games (1-7—8)…Ryan Kesler tallied 1-2—3 in his first three-point game since December 10, 2011…The Edmonton Oilers acquired defenseman Mark Fraser from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for prospects Cameron Abney and the rights to restricted free agent Teemu Hartikainen.

A SNEAK PEAK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Edmonton @ Boston, 1:00 p.m., SNET-W, NESN
Tampa Bay @ Montreal, 1:00 p.m., CBC, RDS, SUN
Buffalo @ Colorado, 3:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, ALT
Philadelphia @ Los Angeles, 4:00 p.m., NHLN-US, CSN-PH, FS-W
Ottawa @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., CBC, RDS, NHLN-US
Florida @ Columbus, 8:00 p.m., FS-F, FS-O
Nashville @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-TN, FS-MW
Pittsburgh @ Phoenix, 8:00 p.m., ROOT, FS-A PLUS
Minnesota @ Calgary, 10:00 p.m., CBC, FS-N, FS-WI
Dallas @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., TXA 21, FS-W
Chicago @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., NHLN-US, CSN-CH, CSN-CA

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