Ryan Callahan scored a goal in the opening minute and another in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as the Rangers eliminated the New Jersey Devils from the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-1 victory Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Callahan provided the lead 34 seconds in, Derek Stepan added a goal in the first period, and Taylor Pyatt added one in the second for the eighth-place Rangers, who are inching closer to a playoff berth.
Callahan made it 4-0 at 5:13 of the third with a power-play goal, flipping a shot over sprawled-out goalie Martin Brodeur, who tried to poke away the puck. Brodeur heard derisive chants of ‘‘Mar-ty, Mar-ty’’ throughout and finished with 18 saves.
Lundqvist was solid in his 12th straight start, allowing only Andrei Loktionov’s goal with 6:30 remaining.
The Devils’ long-shot playoff hopes were dashed, meaning last season’s conference champions won’t get a chance to defend their title. New Jersey had won two straight following a 10-game skid (0-6-4).
Madison Square Garden fans serenaded the Devils with chants of ‘‘Season’s over’’ as time ticked down in the third.
Of the teams behind the Rangers, only Winnipeg can now catch them. New York is even in points with seventh-place Ottawa, but the Senators have four games remaining — one more than the Rangers.
New York has won three straight and is 8-2-1 in its last 11.
Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 3 — Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give visiting Columbus a big boost in its push for the playoffs.
Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points.
Avalanche 5, Blues 3 — Jamie McGinn scored twice, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots, and host Colorado prevented St. Louis from wrapping up a playoff spot.
Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene, and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who chased Brian Elliott from the game late in the second period.
Flames 4, Wild 1 — Joey MacDonald made 34 saves, Mark Cundari scored a goal in his first NHL game, and visiting Calgary handed Minnesota a potentially harmful home loss in its push for the playoffs.
Zach Parise got his team-high 17th goal for the Wild, who will likely at least need to win two of their three remaining games to make the playoffs without help from others.
Kings 4, Stars 3 — Jeff Carter deflected the winning goal off his upper body with 51 seconds left in overtime as host Los Angeles took sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference.
Ducks 3, Oilers 1 — Cam Fowler scored his first goal of the season and Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry also tallied as playoff-bound Anaheim dumped host Edmonton.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2 — Jiri Tlusty scored two goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots as Carolina dealt host Tampa its sixth straight loss.