Nash nets 42nd, Lundqvist sharp, Rangers rout Devils

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Nash scored his career-best 42nd goal, Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves and New York Rangers moved closer to securing home-ice advantage for the playoffs with a 6-1 victory Saturday over the New Jersey Devils.

Keith Yandle and Dominic Moore scored 25 seconds apart to cap a big three-goal first period, Derek Stepan added a short-handed goal in the second and Derick Brassard and Moore tallied in the third.

It was the Rangers’ third straight win. They’re tied with Anaheim for the most points in the league — 107 — and are three ahead of Montreal and Tampa Bay in the race for the best mark in the Eastern Conference.

New York has played one fewer game than the Canadiens and two fewer than the Ducks and Lightning. There are four games left in the regular season.