NEWARK, N.J. -- With a little more than three weeks left in the lockout-shortened regular season, the New York Islanders are in an unexpected position - fighting for their first playoff berth since 2006-07.
The Islanders took another step toward the postseason Monday night as Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
It was the Islanders' fourth win in five games and kept them tied with the New York Rangers in the fight for the eighth and last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 37 points, just two points behind the seventh-place Devils (see full recap).
Rangers rally to beat Jets
NEW YORK -- A great individual effort by captain Ryan Callahan helped the New York Rangers snap a two-game losing streak, and keep pace in the chase for a playoff spot.
Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, as Rangers beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Monday night.
The momentum shifted in the Rangers favor long before Stepan put them ahead to stay. It turned when Callahan scored short-handed to tie the game at 2 early in the second period (see full recap).
Canadiens take down Hurricanes
MONTREAL -- Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
Max Pacioretty scored twice and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal, which swept the season series against Carolina and remains undefeated in 10 games against the Southeast Division this season.
Jordan Staal scored and Justin Peters stopped 25 shots for Carolina, which has just one win in its past nine games (see full recap).