Haula leads Devils past Rangers 4-0 for 3-2 series lead

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Erik Haula had two goals and an assist, Akira Schmid stopped 23 shots, and the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 4-0 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series. Dawson Mercer had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat also scored to help New Jersey move one win away from advancing with their third straight win after losing the first two games at home. It was the first win by a home team in the series. Schmid had eight saves in the first period, 13 in the second and two in the third for his first career postseason shutout. Igor Shesterkin finished with 39 saves for the Rangers. Game 6 is Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.