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New Jersey 2, Ari­zona 1 (SO): Pavel Zacha scored the de­ci­sive goal in the sixth round of the shootout for the Devils, who handed the Coy­otes their fourth loss in a row. Ari­zona lost a valu­able point in the tight Western Con­fer­ence wild-card race.

N.Y. Is­lan­ders 4, Philadel­phia 2: Josh Bai­ley scored the tie-break­ing goal with 3:57 re­main­ing and added an in­sur­ance goal 83 sec­onds later as the Is­lan­ders re­bounded from a pair of shutout losses and re­duced their magic num­ber for clinch­ing a post­sea­son spot to eight.

Colorado 4, Chicago 2: Colin Wil­son scored the go-ahead goal on a 5-on-3 ad­van­tage in the sec­ond pe­riod as the host Avalanche won the opener of a home-and-home se­ries. Colorado has won four in a row head­ing into Sun­day’s re­match in Chicago. Philipp Grubauer fin­ished with 29 saves and has turned aside 131 of 135 shots in his last four starts.

Ot­tawa 4, Ed­mon­ton 3 (OT): Brady Tkachuk scored twice, in­clud­ing the win­ner 2:09 into over­time, as the Sen­a­tors dented the host Oil­ers’ play­off hopes. Bobby Ryan and Brian Gib­bons also scored for the Sen­a­tors, who never trailed. Goal­tender Craig An­der­son made 26 saves to snap a 14-game win­less streak (0-13-1). Ot­tawa hosts the Sabres Tues­day.

N.Y. Rangers 2, Toronto 1 (OT): Ryan Strome scored his 15th goal of the sea­son at 1:48 of over­time for the Rangers, who ended a five-game los­ing streak. It was the 21st time this sea­son the Rangers have gone past reg­u­la­tion time in a game. They are 8-13 in those games.

Bos­ton 7, Florida 3: The Bru­ins scored five times in the sec­ond pe­riod and sur­passed the 100 points for the sec­ond straight sea­son. Bos­ton, which has won four straight games, got goals from Noel Ac­ciari, Brad Marc­hand, Zdeno Chara, Kar­son Kuhlman, Steven Kampfer, David Pas­tr­nak and Pa­trice Berg­eron (empty-net­ter).

Carolina 5, Min­nesota 1: Teuvo Ter­a­vainen had a goal with two as­sists, and Jor­dan Staal recorded one of each as the Hur­ri­canes, try­ing to end a long play­ouff drought, won for the fifth time in seven games.

Win­nipeg 5, Nashville 0: Kyle Con­nor recorded his first ca­reer hat trick, Kevin Hayes tal­lied four points, Con­nor Helle­buyck made 33 saves and the Jets notched the shutout to clinch a post­sea­son berth for just the fourth time in the 19-sea­son his­tory of the Thrash­ers/Jets fran­chise.

St. Louis 4, Tampa Bay 3: Vladimir Tarasenko capped St. Louis’ three­goal surge in 75 sec­onds as the Blues com­pleted a sea­son sweep of the Light­ning. St. Louis im­proved to 4-0-1 in their last five games, while Tampa Bay’s seven-game win­ning streak ended.

Pitts­burgh 3, Dal­las 2: Jared McCann scored twice, in­clud­ing a short-handed goal off a spin move to break a third-pe­riod tie, to pace the Pen­guins, who have points in seven of their last eight game. Dal­las fin­ished a five-game home­s­tand at 1-3-1.

Around the rinks

One more year for Chara: Bos­ton Bru­ins cap­tain Zdeno Chara will stick around for a 22nd sea­son af­ter sign­ing a one-year ex­ten­sion with the club. The vet­eran de­fense­man will earn a $2 mil­lion base salary and up to $1.75 mil­lion in in­cen­tives. Chara has been the Bru­ins cap­tain for the past 13 sea­sons.

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