Sam Reinhart scored three goals and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a four-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Jack Eichel had two assists in picking up his 66th point — two more than the fourth-year player’s career high set last season. Rookie Rasmus Dahlin and Jason Pominville also scored as the Sabres never trailed.
Carter Hutton stopped 31 shots, and Buffalo snapped a 0-3-1 slump while topping the three-goal mark for the first time in eight games, dating to a 6-5 overtime loss to Carolina on Feb. 7.
The Sabres avoided a major scare when leading scorer Jeff Skinner was helped off the ice five minutes into the second period and was unable to place any weight on his left leg. Skinner, however, returned for the start of the third period.
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 44th goal for the Capitals, while extending his goal streak to five games. Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington, which squandered a chance to win three straight for the first time since Jan. 6-10.
RANGERS 5, DEVILS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Strome had two goals, Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey each had a goal and an assist. Brady Skjei also scored. Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich each had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev made 19 saves for the Rangers.
Andy Greene and Kenny Agostino scored and Cory Schneider had 29 saves for the Devils.
Both teams sat key players with the league’s trade deadline two days away. The Devils traded defenseman Ben Lovejoy to Dallas for defenseman Connor Carrick and a third-round pick earlier in the day and also kept out forward Marcus Johansson.
The Rangers sat forwards Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes as well as defenseman Adam McQuaid.
Vesey’s goal ended Schneider’s shutout streak at more than 85 minutes. Strome added an empty-netter in the final minute for his second of the game to clinch the win.