NEW YORK – Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots and came within 1:53 of his second shutout in three games, and the New York Rangers stretched their season-best winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia.
The second-place Rangers moved three points ahead of third-place Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division race by winning what could be a playoff preview.
New York has eight games remaining, and the Flyers have 10 left.
Derek Dorsett scored in the first period, defenseman Ryan McDonagh added a goal in the second, and Dominic Moore made it 3-0 in the third against Steve Mason, who made 26 saves.
The Flyers’ Jakub Voracek scored his 21st goal off a faceoff with 1:53 to go to make it 3-1.
Philadelphia, which had a five-game winning streak broken against Los Angeles on Monday, has dropped two in a row for the first time since an 0-3-1 skid from Jan. 20-25.
CANUCKS 5, WILD 2: In St. Paul, Minn., David Booth scored two unassisted goals and Eddie Lack made 29 saves to lead Vancouver to the win.
Zack Kassian, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver as the Canucks try to make a late push to overtake Phoenix and Dallas for the Western Conference’s final wild-card playoff spot.
Minnesota got goals from Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter, but lost its third straight at home.