NHL ROUNDUP : New Jersey Making Devil of Playoff Run

The New Jersey Devils are making a late season bid for a playoff berth, and the New York Rangers are fading fast.

John MacLean and Claude Lemieux scored goals a couple of minutes apart in the third quarter Friday night at East Rutherford, N.J., to lead the Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Rangers.

New Jersey’s second victory in a row was the fifth consecutive loss for the Rangers. The Devils took over sole possession of fourth place, the final playoff spot in the Patrick Division.

The Rangers remained three points ahead of Pittsburgh in the battle for the division title, but the Penguins have two more games to play than the Rangers.


MacLean’s goal was his 43rd and broke a 2-2 tie 3:36 into the last period. Lemieux’s second goal of the game gave New Jersey a two-goal lead.

Winnipeg 4, Edmonton 3--Pat Elynuik brought the Jets back from the brink of despair to a much-needed victory at Winnipeg.

Elynuik scored twice in the last period to bring the Jets from behind to win for only the third time in the last 12 games.