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Pushing for Playoffs, Islanders Bedevil Devils

Newark, n.j. — Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and the New York Islanders continued their playoff push with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night.

Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic were the beneficiaries of Nielsen’s passes and John Tavares added his 22nd goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games.

New York’s only loss was a 2-0 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winners of 15 straight games.

Rangers 4, Jets 2

New York — Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead New York over Winnipeg.

Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak, picking up two vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York started the night clinging to eighth place.

Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 1

Montreal — Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal.

Red Wings 3, Avalanche 2

Detroit — Damien Brunner ended his 15-game scoring drought and Jimmy Howard made a late save to help Detroit over Colorado.

Justin Abdelkader scored late in the first period, Danny Cleary put Detroit ahead by two at 6:28 of the second and Brunner had a one-timer a few minutes later.

Blues 4, Wild 1

St. Paul, Minn. — Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Barret Jackman also scored for St. Louis.

Flames Deal Bouwmeester

Calgary, Alberta — The Calgary Flames traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues last night.

In return, the Flames got a first-round pick and two prospects — defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra.

The move comes after Calgary started to rebuild by trading captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh last week.

Kings Acquire Regehr

Buffalo, n.y. — The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade for two second-round draft picks.

The defending Stanley Cup champions announced the deal on their Twitter account yesterday, saying the trade is contingent on Regehr passing a medical exam.

Handzus to Chicago

San Jose, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have dealt center Michal Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fourth-round draft pick.

The deal Monday is the second the Sharks have made in the past week. San Jose traded defenseman Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh last week for two draft picks.

Handzus had one goal and one assist in 28 games. His biggest contributions came in shootouts where he converted three of seven chances. He was benched the last six games as the Sharks tried to get more speed in the lineup.

The pick San Jose got is one they sent to Chicago during last year’s draft.

The 36-year-old Handzus is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He played eight games for Chicago in 2006-07 before being sidelined by a season-ending knee injury.