Donato scores 2, Wild past Rangers 5-2

Minnesota Wild's Ryan Donato, right, celebrates his second goal in front of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, in the first period o

Minnesota Wild's Ryan Donato, right, celebrates his second goal in front of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, in the first period o

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise, right, tips the puck past New York Rangers goalie Henrick Lundqvist, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey gam

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise, right, tips the puck past New York Rangers goalie Henrick Lundqvist, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey gam

New York Rangers' Tony DeAngelo, right, checks Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker, left, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 16, 2019

New York Rangers' Tony DeAngelo, right, checks Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker, left, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 16, 2019

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich, right, of Russia, attempts to tip the puck past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, center, as the Wild's Greg Pat

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich, right, of Russia, attempts to tip the puck past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, center, as the Wild's Greg Pat

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, of Sweden, stops the shot of Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin, right, as the Rangers' Jesper Fast (17), of

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, of Sweden, stops the shot of Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin, right, as the Rangers' Jesper Fast (17), of

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich, left, of Russia, puts the puck past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) for a goal in the third period of an N

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich, left, of Russia, puts the puck past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) for a goal in the third period of an N

Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin, right, loses his stick as he attempts to get off a shot against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, of Sweden

Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin, right, loses his stick as he attempts to get off a shot against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, of Sweden

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato scored two goals and Devan Dubnyk had 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Saturday night to stay in the thick of the playoff race.

Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown also scored for the Wild, who snapped a three-game losing streak that dropped them out of the final wild card in the Western Conference. Minnesota entered the day three points behind Phoenix for the last spot. It was the Wild's second win in 11 home games.

Mika Zibanejad scored his first goal in nine games and Pavel Buchnevich added a third-period goal for the Rangers, who lost their third straight. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 41 saves and managed to keep the Rangers within striking distance.

Donato's wrister on a breakaway at 4:40 of the first period beat Lundqvist's stick side to put Minnesota up 1-0. Zibanejad tied it 90 seconds later, catching Dubnyk out of position on a shot from behind the goal line that angled off the goaltender and into the net.

Donato was credited with a redirect on Luke Kunin's shot with just under 4 minutes left in the first to reclaim the lead.

Staal made it 3-1 at 4:51 of the second after his attempted pass to Zach Parise hit off the outstretched Neal Pionk's stick and into the net.

Spurgeon's power-play goal at 6:04 of the third gave him 13 for the season, the fourth-most single-season goals by a Wild defenseman. Brown added an empty-netter at 17:25.

NOTES: Donato has 11 points in 12 games with the Wild. He also notched his fourth point in two games against the Rangers with Minnesota this season. ... Zibanejad established a new career high with his 28th goal this season. He's also the first Rangers center to score at least 28 goals since Eric Lindros in 2001-02. ... Wild LW Jason Zucker left the bench for a portion of the second when Brady Skjei fell on his right leg early in the period after a collision behind the New York net. Zucker didn't put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice, but returned later in the period.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.

Wild: Host the New York Islanders on Sunday.