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NEW YORK -- Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Brad Richards each had two points to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

New York improved to 24-17-4 this season. The Rangers passed the Ottawa Senators for seventh place in the Eastern Conference despite both teams having 52 points. New York has one more win than Ottawa, but the Senators do have two fewer losses.

Thirteen Rangers were plus-one or better. Stepan's plus-2 rating was the team high. Callahan scored two goals and Stepan and Taylor Pyatt each added one.

Eight Rangers finished with at least one point, led by Callahan, Stepan and Richards. Richards has seven points in the last three games. It is only his third such stretch of multi-point games this season.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers.

Callahan opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game when he banked a Carl Hagelin pass off goalie Martin Brodeur's skate for the game's first goal.

Stepan's goal 11:26 later was the game-winner. Stepan tipped Ryan McDonagh's centering pass past Brodeur.

Pyatt's goal at 11:56 of the second increased New York's lead to 3-0. Callahan's second of the game gave New York a 4-0 lead.

The loss eliminated the reigning Eastern Conference champions from Stanley Cup playoff contention. The Devils have missed the playoffs only four times in the last 25 seasons.

New Jersey fell to 17-18-10 this season.

Andrei Loktionov scored New Jersey's goal.

NOTES: The Rangers skated with the same lineup as the one that scored 14 goals in its previous two games, both wins. ... Lundqvist made his 11th straight start in goal. He entered the game having played in 39 of the Rangers' 45 games. ... Brodeur entered the game with a record of 47-29-20 and nine shutouts along with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 96 games against the Rangers. ... New York scratched Brian Boyle and defensemen Matt Gilroy and Roman Hamrlik. ... Devils coach Pete DeBoer announced that defenseman Anton Volchenkov and Andrei Loktionov replaced Mark Fayne and Jacob Josefson. Krystofer Barch, Tom Kostopoulos, Bryce Salvador, Steve Sullivan and Alexander Urbom were also scratched. ... New York will finish the road portion of its regular season with games at Florida on Tuesday and at Carolina on Thursday. ... New Jersey has two home games remaining this season, on Tuesday against Montreal and Thursday against Pittsburgh. ... The Rangers entered the game with an all-time record of 102-85-27-6 against the Devils.
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