The Rangers down the Devils in a scrappy contest…Ovechkin leads Capitals to victory over Red Wings…Ducks hand Sharks a painful defeat…Sabres keep playoff hopes alive with big win over Lightning…Coyotes and Stars to face off tonight in key game…Crawford showing improvement for Blackhawks…Flyers lose Meszaros to back surgery…Perseverance pays off for Fleischmann…Hurricanes unhappy over lack of punishment for Jets’ Bogosian.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers downed the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in a game which saw three fights at the opening puck drop.

Ovechkin stepping up for Capitals.

WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin scored twice as the Capitals hung on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. Ovechkin has five goals in four games as he’s been stepping up his play of late. The battered Wings, meanwhile, received word center Darren Helm is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained left MCL suffered in Saturday’s loss to San Jose.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres kept pace with the Capitals and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 7-3 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose best player, Steven Stamkos, appears to be playing hurt, given the recent dropoff in his faceoff percentage.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jeff Deslauriers made 27 saves in a rare start with the Anaheim Ducks, while Bobby Ryan and new linemates Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri combined for two goals and six assists, handing the San Jose Sharks a costly 5-3 defeat.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: First place in the Pacific Division is on the line as the Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars face off tonight, in a game which should have a playoff feel.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford’s improved performance has been a factor in the club’s 7-1-1 streak.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Flyers have lost defenseman Andrej Meszaros for six-eight weeks to surgery to repair a herniated disc.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers have named forward Tomas Fleischmann, who has persevered over a blood condition, their nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes are unhappy Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian will not face supplemental discipline for a hit on Hurricanes forward Andreas Nodl, who as a result of that hit is currently sidelined with a concussion.