Nico Hischier scored 3 minutes 19 seconds into overtime, Cory Schneider got his first win in nearly 14 months, and the visiting Devils rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, on Friday night.
Hischier, Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who won for the second time in eight games. Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy also scored.
Schneider had 15 saves in relief, including three in overtime. He allowed five goals Thursday in Chicago and was 0-17-4 since his last win on Dec. 27, 2017.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk misplayed the puck in his own end and made one save before Hischier slammed home a rebound, completing an improbable comeback.
Playing for the third time in four nights, the Devils trailed by 4-1 late in the second period before Butcher started the comeback by scoring off a deflected pass. Palmieri added a power-play goal midway through the third.
Lovejoy scored with 2:45 left in regulation when he beat Dubnyk with a low slap shot from the left circle. Dubnyk has allowed 10 goals in the last two games, both losses that included Minnesota blowing a multigoal lead.
Mikael Granlund and Brad Hunt each had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which dropped to 1-5-2 in its past eight games. Joel Eriksson Ek and Nick Seeler also scored, and Ryan Suter had two assists.
The Wild are clinging to the final playoff wild card in the jumbled Western Conference.
RANGERS 6, SABRES 2 Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots, including 13 in the final period, and the Rangers rolled to a win at Buffalo.
Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice in the final four minutes and also had an assist. Jesper Fast and Boo Nieves staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead in the first period, and Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich also scored.
The Rangers improved to 8-5-1 in their past 14 games. Buffalo squandered a chance to close the gap on idle Pittsburgh in the race for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. The Sabres have 63 points and remain four behind the Penguins.
Jeff Skinner scored twice for Buffalo, including his team-leading 36th, and Linus Ullmark stopped 23 shots.
With the Rangers ahead, 3-2, Georgiev was particularly sharp in the opening six minutes of the third period. First, he got across to his left to stop Rasmus Dahlin’s one-timer 58 seconds in. Some five minutes later, he squared up in his crease to stop Tage Thompson’s shot from the slot.
It was the third consecutive winning start for Georgiev, who was coming off a 55-save performance in a 4-1 win over Toronto on Sunday.
Buchnevich put the Rangers ahead by 4-2 by tapping in Kevin Hayes’s pass into the open left side with 4:01 left. Eight seconds later, Namestnikov scored into an open net after Ullmark misplayed the puck. It caromed off Ullmark’s stick and toward the front of the net to Namestnikov.
ISLANDERS’ PLAYOFF SITES The Islanders say that if they qualify for the playoffs, they will play first-round home games at Nassau Coliseum and any additional home games at Barclays Center.
The team and BSE Global, which operates both arenas, said the decision was made in consultation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The Islanders moved to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015 after 43 years at the Coliseum on Long Island. They are playing 21 regular-season games at the Coliseum and 20 at Barclays. The arrangement is expected to remain until a new arena at Belmont Park is ready. The goal is to move to the arena for the 2021-22 season.
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