Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1
After stopping 74 shots in a little over 24 hours, Henrik Lundqvist was nearly too exhausted to talk.
His play on the ice said plenty.
Lundqvist made a season-high 48 saves, and New York gave Carolina its club-record-tying seventh straight home loss on Saturday night.
"I'm just so tired, I don't know what to say right now," Lundqvist said with a smile. "I don't know what I'm saying. Short answers today."
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers' three-goal second period. Brian Boyle added an empty-netter just before the buzzer.
New York has earned seven points during a 3-0-1 run to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are tied in points with the eighth-place New York Islanders, but own the tiebreakers. More importantly, the Rangers lead ninth-place Winnipeg by two points.
Division and area rival New Jersey is three points back in 10th place.
"Everything's important. The belief in here has held strong, we've held together and we've seen some things that we're improving along the way," Rangers center Brad Richards said. "Now we're getting some points. No matter how you get them, we need them desperately."
Zac Dalpe, called up from Charlotte of the AHL earlier Saturday, scored with 10:33 left for Carolina, which had a season-high 49 shots but couldn't convert on two late power plays.
Dan Ellis stopped 27 shots in two periods for the Hurricanes and was replaced by Justin Peters, who made eight saves.
The Hurricanes lost their fourth straight and for the 11th time in 12 games while matching the mark for consecutive home losses set in the 2002-03 season.
Lundqvist finished with a career high for saves in regulation, surpassed only by his 50-save performance in an overtime loss to Pittsburgh in 2010.
"That's the best I've seen him play since I've been here," Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
Lundqvist took a shutout bid into the third period one night after he made 26 saves in a shootout loss to the Penguins that had all the intensity of a playoff game.
"The key for me today was, I was patient," Lundqvist said. "I was waiting for the shots, and obviously as the game moved on, I gained some confidence, knowing I could stay deep and play my game and wait for the puck."
Canadiens 2, Bruins 1
The often bitter rivalry between Montreal and Boston is going the Canadiens' way.
Michael Ryder's power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period lifted the Canadiens to a victory over the Bruins in a matchup of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.
Alex Galchenyuk also scored and Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens (25-8-5), who won three of four against the Bruins this season. The Canadiens lead the division by three points, with Boston holding a game in hand.
"Every time we play this team it's the most important game," Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges said. "We've had a couple of good ones against these guys.
"We played a full 60 minutes, and that's what was impressive. They had some good push. That's a good hockey team over there, but we held our ground and played hard."
The Canadiens (25-8-5) have won five of six.
Daniel Paille scored for Boston (24-9-4), which had a three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-5-1 in its last 11.
Montreal held a 29-27 edge in shots.
"We battled back," Boston’s Tuukka Rask said. "They got the lead but we got better.
"We just couldn't get the puck in the net. That was it. If you look at all three goals scored, if you ask me or Price, it should have been a 0-0 game."
Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1
Rookie Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored and Toronto extended reeling New Jersey's losing streak to six games.
James Reimer made 27 saves as the Maple Leafs strengthened their position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Maple Leafs are 5th in the East, seven points ahead of the 10th-place Devils, who are three points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders and the postseason cutoff.
David Clarkson deprived Reimer of his second shutout in three games with a goal with 8:23 left, but the Devils fell to 0-3-3 in their last six games. The six-game skid is the second one this season for New Jersey. The Devils haven't won since top forward Ilya Kovalchuk injured a shoulder.
Martin Brodeur, who made his eighth straight start since returning from a back injury, kept the Devils in the game with 16 saves.
Islanders 4, Lightning 2
Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves to lift the playoff-hopeful New York Islanders over Tampa Bay.
The Islanders remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, tied in points with the New York Rangers, who hold the tiebreaker for seventh. Both teams lead ninth-place Winnipeg by two points and 10th-place New Jersey by three.
The Islanders are seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007.
Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored, and Andrew MacDonald added an empty-net goal at 19:46 to make it 4-2 for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have five straight home wins against Tampa Bay and are 10-2 in their last 12 at Nassau Coliseum versus the Lightning.
Richard Panik and Matt Carle had goals for the Lightning.
Blackhawks 1, Predators 0
Bryan Bickell scored in the first period, Ray Emery made 20 saves, and Chicago beat Nashville for its third win in four games.
The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division. Chicago beat Nashville for the third time this season — including twice in six days. The teams will meet again Sunday in Chicago.
Nashville lost its second straight and fourth in five games.
Emery posted his second shutout and the 13th of his career. Chicago is 16-3-4 in one-goal games.
Kings 4, Oilers 1
Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and Los Angeles kept moving forward in the Western Conference playoff race with a victory over Edmonton.
Mike Richards and Slava Voynov also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won five of seven to climb back into fourth place in the West.
Carter scored his 22nd goal and Voynov got his first goal in 17 games, with both scores coming on Los Angeles' long-struggling power play. Drew Doughty added an empty-netter, just his second goal of the season.
Magnus Paajarvi scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for the Oilers, who have lost two straight after a five-game winning streak.
The Kings improved to 12-1-6 in their past 19 meetings with Edmonton.
Jets 4, Flyers 1
The host Jets scored four second-period goals in less than seven minutes, and Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves as Winnipeg beat Philadelphia to snap a five-game losing streak.
Evander Kane, Grant Clitsome, Kyle Wellwood and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who recently slipped from first place in the Southeast Division to 10th in the Eastern Conference.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the first period for the Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak end.
Winnipeg struggled in the first period when it was outshot 13-4.
After Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 16 shots, he was replaced at the start of the third period by backup Steve Mason, who made his debut with Philadelphia. Mason stopped all nine shots he faced.
Capitals 4, Panthers 3
Alex Ovechkin recorded his 12th career hat trick and added an assist, and surging Washington survived a late rally to beat Florida.
Ovechkin scored twice from in close on the power play, and weaved through traffic for his other goal, as the Capitals (19-17-2) improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Washington completed a four-game season sweep of the Panthers.
The Capitals, who scored at least five goals against Florida in their previous three games, struck quickly with a pair of goals from Mike Ribeiro and Ovechkin within 1:41 early in the second period.
Braden Holtby made 27 saves in posting his fifth career victory over the Panthers (12-20-6) without a loss.
The Panthers, who were seeking their fourth straight victory, rallied in the third period behind two goals from Tomas Kopecky and another by Peter Mueller.
Coytotes 4, Avalanche 0
Mike Smith stopped 24 shots in his return to the Phoenix lineup and earned his fifth shutout of the season in beating Colorado.
Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan each had a goal and an assist, Mikkel Boedker and Boyd Gordon also scored, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists for the Coyotes, who won their third straight.
Phoenix jumped ahead of Columbus and Edmonton into ninth place in the Western Conference, two points behind St. Louis and three behind seventh-place Detroit.
Smith hadn't played since sustaining an upper body injury on March 21 when he was run over by Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler. Against the Avalanche, who are 4-13-1 in their past 18 games, Smith rarely was tested. He posted his 24th NHL shutout and improved to 7-1-1 against Colorado.
The Avalanche have lost eight straight on the road, dating to Feb. 14.
Canucks 5, Flames 2
The Canucks' top line combined for eight points, and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as Vancouver beat reeling Calgary.
Henrik Sedin scored an empty-net goal and earned career NHL assists No. 600 and 601, Daniel Sedin added three assists, and Alex Burrows scored and had an assist to pace Vancouver (21-11-6), which has won eight of 10.
Dan Hamhuis, Dale Weise and Alex Edler also had goals for the Canucks.
Dennis Wideman and Alex Tanguay scored for Calgary (13-20-4), which has lost five straight overall and 13 consecutive on the road (0-12-1). The Flames are 14th in the 15-team Western Conference.
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