THURSDAY AROUND THE NHL


Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 4, OT

COLUMBUS

Phil Kessel scored 1:06 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still clinched a playoff spot for the second consecutive season. Conor Sheary tied the game at 12:16 in the third period to set up the overtime winner by Kessel, whose shot from the left circle was his second goal of the game and 33rd of the season. Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang also scored, and Matt Murray had 26 saves for Pittsburgh. Zach Werenski, Matt Calvert, Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 38 saves.

Devils 2, Maple Leafs 1

NEWARK, N.J.

The New Jersey Devils are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Patrick Maroon set up second-period goals by Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood and the Devils ended a five-year postseason drought with a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Keith Kinkaid, the mainstay in goal since the end of January, made 31 saves for the Devils. William Nylander scored on a power play in the first period for Toronto to ice his second straight 20-goal season. Frederik Anderson made 37 saves.

Islanders 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK

Thomas Hickey and Anthony Beauvillier scored 2:32 apart in the second period and the New York Islanders kept up their recent mastery of the Rangers with a victory over their crosstown rivals. Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots as the Islanders won for the 11th time in the past 12 meetings with the Rangers. Kevin Hayes scored and Ondrej Pavelec finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games (2-6-2).

Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3

PHILADELPHIA

Jakub Voracek scored with 5:45 left in the third period to lift the playoff-chasing Philadelphia Flyers over the Carolina Hurricanes. Claude Giroux, Ivan Provorov and Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia. The Flyers seemed in great shape when Giroux put them up 3-2 with 9:42 remaining behind a wrist shot that beat goalie Scott Darling. Jordan Staal, Klas Dahlbeck and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina.

Predators 4, Capitals 3

WASHINGTON

Craig Smith scored twice and Ryan Johansen had the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Nashville Predators beat the Washington Capitals to clinch first place in the Central Division and the top seed in the Western Conference. Backup Juuse Saros stopped 28 of the 31 shots and captain Roman Josi scored on the power play to give them their first division title in 19 seasons of existence. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and Alex Ovechkin added his NHL-leading 47th goal of the season. Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves for Washington.

Canadiens 4, Red Wings 3

DETROIT

Nicolas Deslauriers’ second goal put the Montreal Canadiens ahead late in the second period and they held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings. Antti Niemi had 23 saves for the Canadiens. Detroit’s Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots, giving Jimmy Howard the night off. Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen scored to create a two-goal cushion. Darren Helm scored less than a minute later to pull Detroit within a goal, but it couldn’t’ score again.

Panthers 3, Bruins 2

SUNRISE, FLA.

Jared McCann scored with 5:37 left and Roberto Luongo got the win in his 1,000th career game, helping the Florida Panthers stay in contention for the playoffs with a victory over the Boston Bruins. The 39-year-old Luongo became the third goalie to reach the 1,000-game mark, joining Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur (1,266) and Patrick Roy (1,029). He stopped 26 shots. Aleksander Barkov scored his 100th career goal, and Frank Vatrano scored a goal for the Panthers. Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots.

Jets 2, Flames 1

WINNIPEG, MAITOBA

Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves to tie the record for victories in a season by an American goalie and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Calgary Flames for their fourth straight victory. Hellebuyck has 43 victories to match the mark set by former Pittsburgh star Tom Barrasso in 1992-93. Blake Wheeler scored his 23rd goal of the season, and Paul Stastny added a goal for Winnipeg. Rookie Spencer Foo scored his first NHL goal in his third game for the Flames. Jon Gillies stopped 24 shots for Calgary.

Associated Press

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