Rangers clinch division title with late win
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- J.T. Miller scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, less than a minute after Minnesota tied the game, to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Wild on Thursday night that clinched the Metropolitan Division title.
After Thomas Vanek scored for the Wild, Miller's tip-in came 55 seconds later at the 6:48 mark. The Rangers improved to 26-11-2 away from home, setting a franchise record for road wins, and stayed in first place in the Eastern Conference with 105 points with five games to go.
Jason Pominville scored and Matt Dumba had two assists for the Wild, whose five-game winning streak ended.
Dominic Moore scored against one of his eight former teams, Rick Nash followed in the first period with his 41st goal and Ryan McDonagh had two assists for the Rangers, who finished 18-5-5 against Western Conference opponents this season.
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