New York scored four unanswered goals in the period on its way to a 7-3 win over the New Jersey Devils before 50,105 fans at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
The Rangers (28-23-3) snapped a brief two-game losing streak and picked up two valuable points from their Metropolitan Division rivals. New York is four points ahead of New Jersey (22-20-11), 59-55.
New York is 7-3 in its last 10 games.
Left winger Mats Zuccarello scored twice in the second period. His 15th goal of the season as the snow came down harder gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead at 12:44. Left winger Carl Hagelin's 12th goal at 13:53 and left winger Rick Nash's team-leading 18th at 19:31 gave the Rangers a 6-3 cushion.
Nash has recorded six goals in his last four games.
"It's pretty incredible getting four goals against Jersey in one period," said Hagelin. "We got some pucks behind their defense. We knew they were pinching and we found a way to get it around them and get odd-man rushes.
"The snow didn't affect us. It seemed to help us."
The 5-foot-7 Zuccarello, who will represent Norway in the Winter Olympics, has accumulated 12 points in his last 15 games.
"I know it's a pretty special building to play in," said Zuccarello of Yankee Stadium. "I've never been here, and baseball is not that big in Norway. But I've lived in the U.S. for quite a while now, so I know it's pretty special.
"It's special for me too coming from Norway, and to be able to play at this rink and get the win too is pretty amazing."
Center Derek Stepan scored on a penalty shot in the third period to match the Rangers' highest goal output this season. New York defeated Toronto 7-1 on Jan. 4. The goal was the first penalty shot scored in an NHL outdoor game.
Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist did not allow a goal after the first period, stopping 12 shots after that. He finished with 19 saves.
The start of the game was delayed one hour due to sun glare, and it affected Lundqvist.
"It was a tough start to the game," Lundqvist noted. "I think my preparation was not perfect. It changed a couple times.
"I was asleep when they told me it was a warm-up in 30 minutes. So I felt like I
was not really in the right place mentally in the first period. I was fighting it a little bit.
"I felt like I calmed down in the second and third period and played my game, but it was fun."
Zuccarello tied the game at 3-3 on a deflected pass from defenseman John Moore from across the front of the net at 2:48 of the second.
The Rangers' last three shots in the second period resulted in goals. Devils coach Peter DeBoer pulled goalie Martin Brodeur after two periods in favor of Cory Schneider. Brodeur stopped 15 of New York's 21 shots. The in-game goalie switch was the first for the Devils this season.
"I'd like to blame it on the snow," said DeBoer of the loss. "That would give me a reason why. We did come out ready to play. I thought we had a really good first period, and I think we fell into a little bit of a trap because it was five goals scored in the first.
"We started to open it up a little bit in the second looking for another three goals in the second period, and that's not our game. They (New York) made us pay."
New Jersey led 3-2 after the first period.
Center Travis Zajac recorded his 300th NHL point and eighth goal of the season, giving the Devils a 3-1 cushion at 16:07. He flipped a backhander from right wing Jaromir Jagr, who registered his second point of the period.
New York struck back quickly on defenseman Marc Staal's third goal of the season, just 52 seconds after Zajac scored.