Tampa Bay’s left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, 41, celebrates with goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 Tuesday night in Newark, N.J. Adam Hunger/Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Brandon Hagel had a goal and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the last four goals in a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Anthony Cirelli, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay in the opener of two-game set. The teams will meet again in New Jersey on Thursday night, and face off Sunday night in Florida.

Damon Severson opened the scoring for the Devils at 5:55 of the first period. Ryan Graves’ apparent goal midway through the first was wiped out because of goalie interference after a coach’s challenge.

Cirelli tied it on a backhander with 3:43 left in the first. Hagel gave Tampa Bay the lead midway through the second with his 24th goal of the season.

Alex Killorn added his 21st goal, and Nikita Kucherov scored his 27th right before the second-period horn sounded. Tampa Bay scored its three goals in the second on just seven shots.

Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves for New Jersey.


RANGERS 5, CAPITALS 3: Mika Zibanejad scored twice in the first period and host New York beat short-handed Washington.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, Jacob Trouba and Jimmy Vesey also scored and Vincent Trocheck had two assists for the Rangers.

Matt Irwin had a goal and an assist, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Nic Dowd also scored for a Capitals team minus star left wing Alex Ovechkin (lower-body injury). Darcy Kuemper finished with 31 saves as Washington lost for the third time in four games.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, FLYERS 3: Ivan Barbashev scored two goals, Pavel Dorofeyev, Teddy Blueger and Jonathan Marchessault also scored to lead Vegas to a win at Philadelphia.

Nick Seeler and Morgan Frost scored two late goals against Jonathan Quick that cut the lead to 4-3. Travis Sanheim also scored in the second period.

Barbashev scored his 14th goal of the season on an empty-netter that sealed the win.


The Golden Knights have won four straight and finished 4-1 on a trip that boosted their road record to a 21-7-5 this season as they play for first place in the Western Conference.

HURRICANES 5, JETS 3: Jesperi Kotkaniemi had two goals and an assist, Jack Drury scored his first goal of the season and Carolina won at home.

Jaccob Slavin and Brady Skjei, also scored for the Hurricanes. Kotkaniemi’s second goal of the game was an empty-netter with four seconds left.

CANADIENS 6, PENGUINS 4: Anthony Richard scored the winning goal in the third period and Montreal won at Pittsburgh.

Richard scored at 3:05 of the third period. He took a stretch pass from Justin Barron and beat Casey DeSmith to the glove side. Montreal rebounded from an 8-4 home loss against Colorado on Monday and snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Jake Guentzel scored twice and Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins.


PREDATORS 2, RED WINGS 1: Kiefer Sherwood had a goal and added an assist, Juuse Saros made 28 saves and Nashville beat visiting Detroit.

Tommy Novak also scored to help Nashville win its third straight.


HURRICANES: Forward Andrei Svechnikov is out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs because of a torn ACL in his right knee.

The team announced Svechnikov would undergo ACL reconstruction surgery Thursday at Raleigh Orthopaedic. He was injured Saturday night in a loss to Vegas.

Losing Svechnikov is a crushing blow to Carolina in a loaded Eastern Conference. The 22-year-old is tied for second on the team in points with 60 and ranks third in goals with 23.

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