This season's Rangers appear to be a streaky bunch. A seven-game winning streak gave way to a two-game losing streak, and the Rangers suddenly had trouble scoring. But they had no problems Friday against Washington -- at least after the first period. The Rangers scored four times in the second, including three times in a 4:18 span, to beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season. Marian Gaborik started the run with his 10th goal this season, and Ruslan Fedotenko had two goals himself. Ryan Callahan had three assists, and the Rangers snapped a streak of 14 straight power plays without a goal. Washington appeared to grab momentum when it closed to within 3-2, but Brian Boyle scored to make it 4-2 and give the Rangers some breathing room.
On Long Island, the Devils didn't need nearly as much offense to stifle the Islanders, 1-0. Petr Sykora had the lone goal and Johan Hedburg had 23 saves to record the shutout. The Islanders have lost four straight -- including three shutouts. The Devils, on the other hand, have won four of six.