NHL Report / Scores and fast facts
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.