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MESSIER'S 4 GOALS POWER THE RANGERS TO VICTORY OVER DEVILS

If there aren't any Stanley Cup playoffs this year, at least the New York Rangers can be happy with a likely regular-season title in the NHL.

Mark Messier scored four goals, including three on the power play, as the Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 Sunday. That gave the Rangers 99 points with five games remaining. Montreal (five games), Washington (six) and Vancouver (seven) are tied for second at 91."Once in a while a player like Mark just breaks out," Rangers coach Roger Neilson said. "Even though he had (Claude) Lemieux following him most of the night, he just broke out. That's going to happen with a guy like him."

Penguins 2, Whalers 2

Mario Lemiux scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway as visiting Pittsburgh, 8-2-1 in its last 11, moved into a tie for third place with New Jersey in the Patrick Division.

It was the second straight night the Whalers failed to hold a two-goal lead and the ninth time this season. Kevin Stevens scored his 49th goal to start Pittsburgh's two-goal second period.

Capitals 6, Oilers 2

Dino Ciccarelli scored twice during a four-goal second period against visiting Edmonton.

Al Iafrate scored on a breakaway for a 2-1 lead early in the second period and also had an assist for the Capitals, while goaltender Jim Hrivnak made 18 saves.

Flyers 4, Red Wings 3

Steve Duchesne scored a power-play goal with 4:12 remaining at Philadelphia. The Flyers had a 5-on-3 advantage when Duchesne drove down the slot and beat goaltender Tim Cheveldae.

Fifth-place Philadelphia has won its last five games and has just two losses in its last 23 at home (15-2-6). The Red Wings are 3-6-2 in their last 11 games.

Sabres 6, Blackhawks 2

Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Presley and Donald Audette scored 39 seconds apart during a five-goal second period at Chicago as the Blackhawks lost for the second time in 16 home games.

Jets 5, Canucks 1

Thomas Steen scored two power-play goals and defenseman Igor Ulanov set up three other goals at Winnipeg.

Ulanov, who joined the Jets in January from the Russian selects, set up two goals on similar plays by sliding nifty passes onto the sticks of Aaron Broten and Ed Olczyk at the side of the net.

The crowd of 14,957 exploded in a deafening roar when Davydov, who came to the Jets on March 8 from the Unified team that won the Olympic gold medal, scored his first NHL goal.