Mercer gave the Devils their first lead at 8:53 of the third period on his 10th goal of the season. It was the first multi-goal performance of his 123-game NHL career.
The Devils began a five-game trip by winning for the third time in four tries. They moved within two points of the first-place Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Max Pacioretty and Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who lost their fourth straight and squandered a two-goal lead in the last minute of the second period. Pyotr Kochetkov made 17 saves.
RANGERS 4, WILD 3, SO
NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored the deciding goal in a shootout and New York beat Minnesota.
K’Andre Miller and Adam Fox each had a goal and an assist, and Filip Chytil also scored for New York. Igor Shesterkin finished with 28 saves as the Rangers moved to 4-0-2 since a 4-0 loss to Washington on Dec. 27.
Kaapo Kakko scored for the Rangers and Zuccarello for the Wild in the first round of the tiebreaker. Panarin then lifted the puck over a sprawled Fleury on the Rangers’ third attempt and Shesterkin denied Frederick Gaudreau to preserve the win.
LIGHTNING 6, BLUE JACKETS 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists, and Tampa Bay won its eighth consecutive home game by defeating Columbus.
Steven Stamkos had two assists but remains two goals away from becoming the 47th NHL player to reach 500.
Point extended his team record of consecutive home games with a goal to nine with Tampa Bay’s third power-play goal.
PENGUINS 5, CANUCKS 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added two assists as Pittsburgh roared back from an early deficit against Vancouver.
Malkin’s 28th career four-point game — fourth-most among active players — helped spark the Penguins after they spotted the Canucks a three-goal lead. Malkin started the comeback with Pittsburgh’s first power-play goal in nearly two weeks and gave the Penguins the lead after executing a pretty give-and-go with Jason Zucker.
Zucker, Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won two straight following a six-game losing streak. Dustin Tokarski came in after Casey DeSmith was pulled 7:05 into the first period. Tokarski made 18 saves to pick up his first victory since April while playing for Buffalo.
Conor Garland, Brock Boeser and Quinn Hughes scored during a 2:19 span of the first period to chase DeSmith. Travis Dermott pulled the Canucks within a goal with 7:08 to play but Vancouver couldn’t draw even while losing for the fifth time in six games. Spencer Martin made 31 stops but dropped his fourth straight start.
STARS 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Robertson scored in regulation and converted the only goal in the shootout to give Dallas a victory over New York.
Anders Lee scored for the Islanders and Sorokin finished with 23 saves in the opener of a five-game homestand.
KRAKEN 4, SABRES 3
Alex Tuch scored twice for the Sabres, Rasmus Dahlin had a goal and an assist and Jeff Skinner added two assists. Eric Comrie stopped 18 shots in his first start since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 16.
It was Buffalo’s second home loss in two nights after winning eight of nine games.
RED WINGS 7, JETS 5
DETROIT (AP) — Moritz Seider had four assists, tying the Red Wings’ record for a defenseman, and Detroit topped Winnipeg to snap a three-game skid.
Jake Walman, Jonatan Berggren and Oskar Sundqvist scored in the first period — all assisted by Seider — to give Detroit a 3-0 lead. Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Larkin, Robby Fabbri and Lucas Raymond also scored for the Red Wings. Ville Husso finished with 32 saves.
Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck allowed six goals on 22 shots as he lost for the first time since Dec. 27.
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