NHL roundup

Florida's Jack Skille (12) and New York's Lubomir Visnovsky (11) chase the puck after Islanders' goalie Evgeni Nabokov dived to defend the goal in the third period of Tuesday's game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won, 5-2.
Florida's Jack Skille (12) and New York's Lubomir Visnovsky (11) chase the puck after Islanders' goalie Evgeni Nabokov dived to defend the goal in the third period of Tuesday's game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won, 5-2. Kathy Kmonicek/AP Photo

Flyers 4, Rangers 2

Steve Mason gave the Flyers a taste of a fabulous performance in net in crunch time.

He would love to help keep it going in the playoffs.

Mason stopped 38 shots in his first home start for Philadelphia and gave the Flyers' faint playoff hopes a boost in a win over New York on Tuesday night.

Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson and Kimmo Timonen scored to lead the Flyers to their second win in two nights.

Mason shook off leg cramps late in the third period to outduel New York's Henrik Lundqvist in a pivotal matchup.

"As a younger goalie in the league, he's someone you look up to and want to compete against," Mason said. "I was able to get the best of him and I look forward to being able to do that more often."

Mason won the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year in the 2008-09 season, but spent this year as a backup in Columbus. He is out to prove he is more than a No. 2 goalie. Getting the spot start for Ilya Bryzgalov, Mason proved he might be worth another look down the stretch.

Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers, who have a tenuous hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are tied with Winnipeg with 46, but New York has six games remaining, compared to five for Winnipeg.

The Flyers are 11th in the East, five points behind with five games left.

Jakub Voracek added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to seal the victory for Philadelphia.

Lundqvist was solid in net, but two goals off the post doomed the Rangers.

Coming off a 7-3 win Monday at Montreal, the Flyers are looking to make a late playoff push. In 2010, they clinched a spot in the final game of the season and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.

They will need more games like the last two, with Thursday's home game against the New Jersey Devils up next. The Rangers will host the last-place Florida Panthers on Thursday.

"Every game is a playoff game, we know that," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. "It's so tight battling for that playoff spot. Every point is really important right now. We have to put this behind us, and we've got another huge game Thursday

The Flyers pounced on Lundqvist with two goals in the first period.

Schenn's eighth goal skimmed the post and went in on Lundqvist's stick side for the 1-0 lead.

With 2:39 left in the first, Gustafsson one-timed a wrist shot from high atop the circle for his third of the season.

Lundqvist, last season's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, was coming off a 1-0 win against the Islanders on Saturday. Behind Lundqvist, the Rangers had been 5-1-1 in their previous seven games as they work to solidify their playoff position. The Rangers don't play another team the rest of the way that currently holds a playoff spot.

"We want to win, and it's tough when you miss opportunities," Rangers center Brad Richards said.

The Rangers cut the deficit to 2-1 when Zuccarello scored his first goal of the season. Though it was his first official goal, Zuccarello scored a crucial shootout goal to help the Rangers beat Toronto last week.

There would be no OT thrills in this one. Timonen banged the puck in off the post for his fifth goal and a 3-1 Philadelphia lead.

Stepan earned his team-high tying 35th point with his 15th goal.

Mason made the lead stick with a 16-save third.

"We just couldn't solve Mason," Rangers coach John Tortorella said.

The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Rangers, a team they have had major trouble with the last few years. Lundqvist has 24 career wins against the Flyers, the third most of any goalie. Only Martin Brodeur (47) and John Vanbiesbrouck (26) have more.

Islanders 5, Panthers 2

Michael Grabner scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as New York closer to a playoff berth with a victory over Florida.

Playing before a boisterous crowd at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders earned their ninth time in 12 games while playing their final regular-season home game. The Islanders, 10-11-3 at home after starting 2-8-1, will begin a season-ending, five-game trip on Thursday in Toronto.

With a 14-5-3 mark since March 1, the Islanders hold seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

New York, seeing its first postseason appearance since 2007, has allowed two goals or fewer in nine straight games.

Matt Moulson, Mark Streit and Radek Martinek also scored for the Islanders, who bounced back from a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 1

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 28th goal, and Washington enjoyed a rare feeling of dominance outside its division, winning its eighth straight with a win over the Toronto.

Jack Hillen, Martin Erat, Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson also scored, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves for the Southeast Division-leading Capitals.

The Capitals have moved into playoff position by feasting on the weak Southeast, going 14-3 within the division, but they entered Tuesday's game just 9-14-2 against the rest of the Eastern Conference. All but two of those nine wins were by one goal.

So it was a major morale boost that they were able to manhandle Toronto, which is closing in on the franchise's first playoff berth since 2004.

Senators 3, Hurricanes 2

Craig Anderson made 32 saves to help Ottawa beat Carolina for their its straight win.

Mika Zibanejad, Cory Conacher and Chris Neil all scored as Ottawa remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New York Islanders.

Justin Faulk and Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who got 31 saves from Justin Peters.

The Senators returned to Ottawa from Boston amid tightened security measures a day after the bombings at the Boston marathon.

Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen played his first game since undergoing hip surgery in November that was expected to end his season.

Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 1

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 28th goal, and Washington enjoyed a rare feeling of dominance outside its division, winning its eighth straight by topping Toronto.

Jack Hillen, Martin Erat, Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson also scored, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves for the Southeast Division-leading Capitals.

The Capitals have moved into playoff position by feasting on the weak Southeast, going 14-3 within the division, but they entered Tuesday's game just 9-14-2 against the rest of the Eastern Conference. All but two of those nine wins were by one goal.

The Maple Leafs had won four of five. Toronto was down 4-0 before Mikhail Grabovski scored in the third period.

Ovechkin has 19 goals in 18 games.

Jets 4, Lightning 3 (SO)

Andrew Ladd scored twice in regulation and added the decisive goal in a shootout as Winnipeg stayed in the thick of the playoff hunt with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Ladd also earned an assist, and defenseman Zach Bogosian had a pair of assists. Blake Wheeler scored once and added two assists for Winnipeg (22-19-2), which is on a season-high, four-game winning streak.

The Jets are tied in points with the eighth-place New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Winnipeg has five games remaining, one fewer than New York.

Martin St. Louis, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Steven Stamkos — with his 27th goal — scored for Tampa Bay (17-22-4).

Mike Santorelli also beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in the shootout. No Tampa Bay skaters scored on Ondrej Pavelec.

Blues 2, Canucks 1 (SO)

Jay Bouwmeester tied it midway through the third period, and Andy McDonald and Alex Steen scored in the shootout to lead St. Louis over Vancouver.

Brian Elliott made 21 saves through overtime and stopped Derek Roy and Alexandre Burrows in the shootout, solidifying the Blues' chances in a tight Western Conference race. Bowmeester's goal was his first since joining the Blues in a trade-deadline deal.

Alexander Edler scored on a power play late in the second period for Vancouver. Cory Schneider made 35 saves, but surrendered two goals on three shootout chances.

The Canucks played for the third time in four nights, all on the road, and had trouble generating much offense coming off a 5-2 victory at Nashville on Monday.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock earned his 600th career NHL win against the franchise he beat for his first victory when Dallas won at Vancouver on Jan. 22, 1996.

Wild 5, Oilers 3

Kyle Brodziak scored a pair of goals, and Minnesota earned another late-season win by topping Edmonton.

Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (24-16-3), who are 2-0-1 in their last three games after losing five of six. Minnesota remained in sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race.

Nail Yakupov, Magnus Paajarvi and Shawn Horcoff had goals for the Oilers (16-19-7), whose slim playoff hopes took another hit. Edmonton has lost six in a row on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

The Oilers again fell behind early as the Wild scored just over a minute in. Brodziak sent a knuckler of a shot on goalie Devan Dubnyk and got in front to knock in the rebound.

Sharks 3, Kings 2 (SO)

Antti Niemi stopped Jeff Carter on a 2-on-1 in overtime and then was perfect in the shootout to help San Jose move into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with a victory over Los Angeles.

Raffi Torres scored the only goal of the shootout in the third round, and Brent Burns scored one goal and assisted on another by TJ Galiardi on a productive second-period shift for the Sharks, who followed Monday night's win in Phoenix with a home victory against the Kings.

Niemi made 41 saves, including the key pad stop on Carter in overtime.

Jake Muzzin and Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles, which fell into a tie with San Jose in the battle for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves as the Kings lost their fourth straight road game.

Bruins game rescheduled to April 28

The NHL has rescheduled the Boston Bruins' game against Ottawa that was postponed Monday night because of the Boston Marathon bombings to Sunday, April 28.

The game at TD Garden will be played a day after the regular season was scheduled to end.

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