PITTSBURGH — Travis Zajac had a goal and three assists, Keith Kinkaid made 37 saves and the New Jersey Devils had little trouble in a 6-3 victory over the sluggish Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Pavel Zacha, Damon Severson, Brian Boyle, Blake Coleman and Kyle Palmieri also scored as New Jersey snapped a three-game skid. The NHL’s worst road team improved to 6-17-3 away from home.

Two of those wins have come at the expense of the Penguins, who have dropped 4 of 5 overall and looked a step slow following a nine-day break.

Derick Brassard got his ninth goal for Pittsburgh before being ejected in the third period for elbowing. Matt Cullen and Bryan Rust added late goals after the game was decided. Matt Murray allowed six goals on 32 shots as the Penguins began the stretch run with another clunker against the Devils.

FLYERS 3, JETS 1: Phil Varone, Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk scored to lead host Philadelphia to its season-high fourth straight win.

Carter Hart has won all four of those games in goal for the Flyers and has been a needed spark of optimism for one of the worst teams in the NHL.

He stopped 31 shots and won his seventh game since his late-December call-up from the minors.


TRADE: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings for a first-round pick and two prospects.

Los Angeles gets forward Carl Grundstrom and the rights to unsigned defenseman Sean Durzi in the deal along with a 2019 first-rounder.

The teams announced the trade Monday night, four weeks before the trade deadline.

STARS: Dallas reacquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth-rank draft pick.

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