Tampa Bay stops New Jersey’s winning streak with 2-1 hometown victory


TAMPA, Florida–Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne scored early second-period goals as Tampa Bay beat New Jersey 2-1 in the NHL on Friday, ending the Devils’ eight-game winning streak. The victory came just days after the Lightning stopped Phoenix’s stretch of eight straight wins with an 8-3 victory in Tampa. Johan Hedberg kept New Jersey within reach late in the second by stopping shots by Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos. Mark Fayne scored in the third period for the Devils, but they couldn’t get the equaling score. Dwayne Roloson finished with 19 saves for Tampa Bay. Rangers 6, Capitals 0 In Washington, Erik Christensen had two goals and two assists and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season for New York. Christensen had a career-high four points as New York won its second straight game. The six-goal margin of victory was the first time the Rangers have won by more than two since a 7-0 rout of Toronto on Jan. 19. Washington went 0 for 5 on the power play and was booed by the home crowd on several occasions.

Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1 At Raleigh, North Carolina, Erik Cole had a goal and an assist to lead Carolina over Pittsburgh. Cole, who was playing in his 600th career NHL game, now has five goals and five assists in February. Jussi Jokinen also scored and added an assist and Cam Ward stopped 33 shots for Carolina. Pascual Dupuis scored for the Penguins, who are still without their captain, Sidney Crosby. He missed his 22nd game as he recovers from a concussion sustained in January.

Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 3 In Columbus, Ohio, Matt Calvert had three goals and an assist to help Columbus rally from an early two-goal deficit. R.J. Umberger had a goal and two assists, Jacob Voracek added a goal and Steve Mason stopped 25 shots for the Blue Jackets. The Coyotes, who had won eight in a row before losing to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, got goals from David Schlemko, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski.