Marian Gaborik snapped a third-period tie with the first of his two goals and then sealed the win with an empty-netter as the visiting
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
, 4-1, on Tuesday night.
Gaborik, who reached 600 NHL points with his first goal, also helped set up Artem Anisimov's second-period tally that tied the game 1-1.
New York (20-9-4) won its second straight and broke the Devils' four-game winning streak in the first of six meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals.
Evgeni Malkin had three assists to move into a tie for the NHL scoring lead and the host
' five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.
Malkin assisted on goals by Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy, giving him points in all six games since Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the lineup again because of concussion symptoms.
Elsewhere: Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom scored first-period goals, Alexander Semin added a third-period goal, and Michal Neuvirth stopped 20 shots as the host Washington Capitals beat the Nashville Predators, 4-1. . . . Erik Condra combined with newly acquired center Kyle Turris on the first of Condra's two goals and lifted the host Ottawa Senators on to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. . . . Radim Vrbata and Ray Whitney scored goals to lift the visiting Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. . . . Pierre Parenteau and Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout as the visiting New York Islanders beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2.
Toronto Maple Leafs
placed forward Colby Armstrong on injured reserve with a concussion, which will sideline him indefinitely.
The 29-year-old last played in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks and was planning to skate in Monday's contest, an eventual 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings. But he reported feeling nauseated before the game, according to a story from NHL.com.
Leafs head coach Ron Wilson expressed shock that the injury occurred, since Armstrong gave no indication that anything had happened, according to the report.