nhl roundup | Tuesday’s games
Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 1
Patric Hornqvist picked up his 20th goal of the season and Matt Murray finished with 37 saves. Jake Guentzel and Carter Rowney also scored for Pittsburgh. Brian Dumolin added his first regular season goal in more than two years as the Penguins moved three points ahead of Columbus in the race to have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Brandon Dubinsky scored short-handed for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots.
Devils 1, Flyers 0, OT
John Moore scored 59 seconds into overtime and New Jersey Devils snapped a six-game losing streak. Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves in posting his first shutout of the season. Steve Mason finished with 26 saves for the Flyers, who lost their second straight. The game was the Flyers first since being eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday.
Bruins 4, Lightning 0
David Pastrnak scored twice, Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots and the Boston Bruins clinched their first playoff berth since 2014. Drew Stafford and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins, who extended their season-high winning streak to six games. More importantly, by winning in regulation, Boston guaranteed a return to the postseason after missing out the last two years.
Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 1
Lars Eller and Kevin Shattenkirk gave Washington a two-goal lead halfway through the game. Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington and Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 shots. Mitch Marner scored his 19th of the season, spoiling Grubauer’s shutout bid. Curtis McElhinney finished with 34 saves for the Maple Leafs. Toronto lost center Brian Boyle to an upper-body injury, possibly from a hard collision with Wilson in the first period.
Senators 2, Red Wings 0
Erik Karlsson and Tom Pyatt scored and Craig Anderson made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season. The win coupled with Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss to Boston means the Senators need just one point in their final three games to clinch a playoff spot. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves in the loss for the Red Wings. Clarke MacArthur made his season debut for the Senators and played his first game since Oct. 14, 2015, because of concussion issues.
Islanders 2, Predators 1, OT
Thomas Hickey scored 1:25 into overtime, and New York beat Nashville to preserve their thin playoff hopes for at least another game. Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders, and goalie Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves as they won their third straight. Mike Fisher scored a goal for Nashville, which lost four of its last five. Nashville picked up a point to tie Calgary for the first wild card in the West.
Stars 3, Coyotes 2, OT
Julius Honka scored his first NHL goal 3:45 into overtime. Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickinson scored for Dallas after Arizona giveaways in the first period, and Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots to improve to 17-6-4 against the Coyotes. Christian Dvorak pulled Arizona within one just 12 seconds after Dickinson had given the Stars a 2-0 lead, and Anthony Duclair tied it with 4:27 remaining in regulation. Smith finished with 28 saves.
Wild 5, Hurricanes 3
Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist that helped clinc second place in the Central Division and home-iceadvantage in the first round of the playoffs for the Wild. Zach Parise scored and had two assists, and Eric Staal also added two assists. Charlie Coyle scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and Devan Dubnyk shook off a shaky first period to stop 27 shots for his 39th win. Jeff Skinner scored twice to set a career high with 35 goals and Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist, but the Hurricanes were eliminated from postseason contention on a night when they took their third straight loss. Cam Ward made 31 saves for the Hurricanes.
Jets 5, Blues 2
Patrik Laine scored twice and Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist. Mark Stuart and Nikolaj Ehlers also had a goal and an assist apiece for the Jets, who swept the five-game season series against the Blues for the first time in franchise history. Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault each had two assists, and Michael Hutchinson made 24 saves for Winnipeg. Alex Pietrangelo and Jori Lehtera scored for the Blues, who had their season-best point streak snapped at nine games.