NEW YORK (AP) – Jaromir Jagr scored twice on two-man power plays in a 42-second span, and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for his first NHL shutout in the New York Rangers’ 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Jagr scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season – all on the power play – on nearly identical plays late in the second period to help the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers tie Ottawa for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 points.

Petr Prucha added his first NHL goal and fellow rookie Fedor Tyutin also scored for New York, which has earned points in all but one of its seven games this season. The Rangers are 4-1-2 overall and 3-0-1 at home.

Lundqvist, starting for the Rangers with Kevin Weekes sidelined by a groin injury, has won three straight games after opening his NHL career with an overtime loss to New Jersey. The 23-year-old Swede was rarely tested against the Panthers, easily controlled his rebounds and got plenty of help from his defensemen.

Jagr gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead with 5:30 left in the second period, beating Roberto Luongo with a one-timer from the high slot with Florida’s Olli Jokinen and Alexander Karpovtsev serving penalties. Fifteen seconds after the Panthers’ Branislav Mezei was sent off for tripping to set up a second two-man advantage, Jagr fired another one-timer from the high slot past Luongo.

The Rangers made it 4-0 with 1:33 left in the period on Prucha’s first NHL goal. The 23-year-old Czech right wing, playing his fourth career game, beat Luongo from close range after keeping the puck on a 2-and-1 break.

New York outshot Florida 17-8 in the first 20 minutes, had a 38-12 edge after two periods and finished with a 49-23 advantage.

Luongo, 2-3 in his last five games after opening the season with consecutive shutouts, was replaced by Jamie McLennan at the start of the third period. McLennan stopped Dominic Moore on a short-handed breakaway midway through the third for the best of the backup goalie’s 11 saves.

Tyutin opened the scoring on a power play with a minute left in the first period, the seventh time in seven games this season the Rangers have scored first. Tyutin beat Luongo off a rebound from the slot for the 22-year-old Russian defenseman’s first goal of the season and third in 38 career games.

Notes: The Rangers will complete their four-game homestand Wednesday night against the Islanders, the first of three games between the rivals in a four-game span. The Rangers will face the Islanders on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum, travel to Buffalo for a Saturday night game and return home to face the Islanders again. The Rangers will then play home-and-home series with Montreal and New Jersey. … Rangers and Knicks owner James Dolan had heart bypass surgery Monday. The 50-year-old Dolan is Cablevision’s CEO. … The Rangers are 8-1-1-1 in their last 10 games against Florida. … New York recalled goalie Chris Holt from Hartford of the AHL to back up Lundqvist. … The Panthers will finish their two-game trip at New Jersey on Tuesday night.

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