NEW YORK — Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri each scored twice and the New Jersey Devils used a big second period to beat the New York Rangers 6-4.
Fredrik Claesson and John Hayden also scored, and Damon Severson and Dakota Merkis each had two assists to help the Devils improve to 6-1-2 in their last nine games.
Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 31 shots to improve to 8-1-2 in his last 11.
Mika Zibanejad, Tony DeAngelo, Filip Chytil, and Greg McKegg each scored for the Rangers, who fell three points out of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.
Igor Shesterkin allowed five goals on 23 shots over two periods in his first game since Feb. 23. Henrik Lundvist stopped all five shots he faced in the third.