Lafreniere scores 2nd NHL goal, Rangers beat Capitals 4-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexis Lafreniere scored his second NHL goal, Artemi Panarin had two assists and the New York Rangers made the best of a new-look lineup, beating the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Saturday for their second consecutive victory.

Lafreniere, the top pick in the 2020 draft, cashed in on his promotion to New York’s top line by scoring for the first time in eight games. Panarin set up Lafreniere on the doorstep late in the second period, and his shot provided the rebound for Chris Kreider’s power-play goal in the first.

With a goal and an assist, Ryan Strome made history as the first player to record 100 points apiece with the Rangers and Islanders. Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves, Mika Zibanejad sealed it with an empty-netter with 2:12 left and New York strung together back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.

The Capitals struggled to match the Rangers’ energy early in a game moved up to an afternoon start, falling behind 3-0 before Dmitry Orlov scored his first goal of the season with 38.2 seconds left in the second period.

SABRES 3, DEVILS 2

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Reinhart scored two goals and Buffalo beat New Jersey to snap a four-game losing streak.

Defensemen Colin Miller also scored and Linus Ullmark made 25 saves for the Sabres, who had not won since beating the Devils in a shootout Jan. 30.

Kyle Palmieri and P.K. Subban scored in the third period for the Devils, who welcomed center Nico Hischier for his first game this season by naming him captain.

RED WINGS 2, PANTHERS 1

DETROIT (AP) — Mathias Brome scored his first NHL goal late in the second period and Detroit held off Florida.

Patrik Nemeth added his first goal of the season for the Red Wings, and Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves.

Alex Wennberg scored for Florida.

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