SATURDAY’S OTHER NHL GAMES
Canucks 5, Blue Jackets 4, OT
Alex Edler scored 1:21 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a wild win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Edler picked up a loose puck in the Blue Jackets’ end, waited patiently, then beat Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo with a shot to the far side. Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists against his former team, and Darren Archibald, Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who tied a season-high with their fourth straight win and fifth in six games after a seven-game skid. Thatcher Demko stopped 26 shots in his first NHL start.
Red Wings 2, Senators 0
Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators. Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored to help the Red Wings win their third straight game, their longest winning streak since a season-high four-game stretch Dec. 29 to Jan. 5. It was Howard’s 24th career shutout and marked the ninth time Ottawa was blanked this season. Mike Condon finished with 25 saves for the Senators.
Bruins 5, Panthers 1
Jake DeBrusk scored twice in his first game in more than two weeks, and Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots to help Boston beat the Florida Panthers and move the Bruins back into first place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. David Krejci had three assists and rookie Ryan Donato had a goal and an assist for Boston, which has won four of its last five games. The Bruins have earned a point in eight straight games and 15 of their last 17.
Devils 4, Islanders 3
Taylor Hall scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils took a major step toward their first playoff berth since 2012 with a victory over the New York Islanders. Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman each had a goal and assist as the Devils won for the seventh time in 10 games (7-2-1). Keith Kinkaid, who has started nine of 10 games and been the mainstay in net since late January, had 27 saves, including a stop on a one-timer by Ryan Pulock with 14 seconds to play.
Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1
Ryan Sproul scored and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes to eliminate them from the playoff race. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Rangers. Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward made 18 saves for the Hurricanes, whose longshot playoff hopes were snuffed out and will miss out for the ninth straight year — the longest active postseason drought in the NHL.
Jets 3, Maple Leafs 1
Josh Morrissey and Dustin Byfuglien scored 1:10 apart in the second period as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. Andrew Copp had the other goal for Winnipeg, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots in a matchup of the only two Canadian teams headed to the playoffs. Patrick Marleau scored for Toronto, and Curtis McElhinney had 26 saves.