Penguins 5, Rangers 2
The surging Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on the top spot in their division.
Teddy Blueger scored twice, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Penguins rallied from an early two-goal deficit for a victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.
"I thought we didn't have a great start," Blueger said. "We know we have the firepower in here to get back in those kinds of games. We didn't get down on ourselves. We kept pushing each other."
Blueger centered the second line, with Evengi Malkin out of the lineup due to an upper-body injury.
"He's playing an important role for us right now, especially with Geno out of the lineup, and he's done a great job," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
Sullivan said after the game that Malkin, who has been out since leaving a game against St. Louis on March 16, did not skate Monday but "skated a couple of days prior to that."
Justin Schultz, Nick Bjugstad and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel and Marcus Pettersson each added two assists.
"One of those (games) where everyone seemed to contribute," Bjugstad said.
Murray improved to 6-0-0 against the Rangers in the regular season and 5-0-0 at Madison Square Garden.
Pittsburgh, which finished a 3-0-1 road trip, pulled into a tie with the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 95 points. Both teams trail Washington by one point for first.
"We're all well aware of the standings and where we're at," Sullivan said.
Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri scored for the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev, coming off a 44-save effort in a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night at Toronto, stopped 31 shots.
"We weren't able to sustain all the good things we did in the first period," coach David Quinn said.
"And for them to tie it so quickly seemed to deflate us. We never got back on track."
Trailing 2-1, the Penguins roared back with three goals in the second.
They tied the game 61 seconds into the period on the power play. Sidney Crosby had the puck behind the Rangers net and sent a pass to Schultz, who one-timed it past Georgiev for his second of the season.
"I just saw Sid go behind the net," Schultz said. "Obviously, he's got great vision. Tried to find a lane. He made a great pass. Fortunate enough for it to go in."
Cullen gave the Penguins their first lead when he sent a high shot past Georgiev's left shoulder at 7:17.
Later in the period, with the Penguins killing a penalty, Blueger skated in on a break and sent a pass to Bryan Rust. The puck deflected behind the net and Rust sent a pass to Blueger, who scored on a backhand for his fifth of the season at 13:12 to make it 4-2.
"I saw Rusty going backdoor and so I tried to throw it to him," Blueger said. "Didn't connect that clean. I just instinctively stayed there. I tried to get it on net as quick as possible."
Blueger added his second of the game at 7:38 of the third. Jared McCann sent a shot at the net and Blueger got enough of the rebound to put it in for his sixth of the season. The goal withstood a replay challenge for offside.
The Rangers, who will miss the playoffs and are playing out the string, got off to a fast start in the opening period.
Mika Zibanejad skated into the zone and sent a pass to Pavel Buchnevich at the left faceoff circle. Buchnevich quickly sent a cross-ice pass to Lemieux, who wristed it past Murray for his 12th of the season at 8:25. The goal was Lemieux's third with New York since being acquired at the trade deadline from Winnipeg.
The Rangers made it 2-0 on the power play when Lettieri fired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Murray at 15:15 for his first goal of the season.
"In the first period, we were playing our game," Georgiev said. "When we started losing, we started playing offensive hockey and the game opened up. Tonight they managed to shoot pucks really well."
Just 26 seconds later, Bjugstad got the Penguins on the board when he scored his 12th of the season. He got a loose puck and squeezed it through Georgiev's pads to make it 2-1.
"It was laying there and I just whacked at it. Just get the puck to the net and stuff happens every once in a while," Bjugstad said.
Kings 3, Flames 0
Backup goaltender Jack Campbell made 42 saves in his second shutout of the season and Los Angeles beat Western Conference-leading Calgary.
Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Derek Forbort scored, and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which won its third straight.
Campbell earned his first win since Feb. 5 for the Kings, who won't qualify for the postseason.
Flames goaltender Mike Smith made 18 saves.
Maple Leafs 7, Panthers 5
John Tavares had the first four-goal game of his career and Toronto beat Florida.
Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists, and Patrick Marleau and Jake Muzzin also scored for Toronto. Mitch Marner had three assists, while Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each finished with two assists. Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for the Leafs.
Jayce Hawryluk scored twice and added an assist for Florida. Jonathan Huberdeau added two goals and Mike Matheson also scored. Evgenii Dadanov and Mike Hoffman each had two assists.
Rookie Sam Montembeault allowed two goals on four shots before getting pulled just over four minutes into game. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in relief.
Devils 3, Sabres 1
Cory Schneider overcame an embarrassing early, bad-hop goal from center ice, made 45 saves and got the benefit of having a game-tying, third-period tally nullified for goaltender interference in leading New Jersey past Buffalo.
Blake Coleman and Pavel Zacha scored power-play goals as New Jersey won its second straight and for the fourth time in 14 games (4-9-1). Miles Wood added an empty-net goal on a length-of-the-ice shot.
Sam Reinhart scored his 20th of the season for the Sabres and had his 21st taken away by a Devils' challenge. Linus Ullmark made 18 saves as the Sabres fell to 1-9-1 in their last 11.
Predators 1, Wild 0
Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and Ryan Johansen scored a short-handed goal to lead Nashville past Minnesota.
With the victory, the Predators clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. They are in second place in the Central Division, two points behind Winnipeg.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 of 19 shots for the Wild, who remain two points out of the last playoff spot in the West with five games to play.
Stars 5, Jets 2
Tyler Seguin and Radek Faska each scored a pair of goals and Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak.
Esa Lindell also scored and Alexander Radulov had two assists for the Stars (39-31-6), who maintained their hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots.
Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist and Patrik Laine ended a 12-game scoring drought with his 30th goal of the season.
Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the Jets (45-27-4), who are in first place in the Central Division, two points ahead of Nashville, with a game in hand.
Blues 3, Golden Knights 1
Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and Ryan O'Reilly scored to help St. Louis beat Vegas.
Jordan Binnington made 24 saves for his 21st victory of the season. He is one win short of matching Jake Allen's record set in 2014-15 for the most by a Blues rookie goaltender.
William Karlsson scored for Vegas, which could have clinched a playoff berth with a win.
Red Wings 3, Sharks 2
Dylan Larkin scored in the first minute, Jonathan Bernier had 38 saves and Detroit beat San Jose.
The Red Wings have won four of their last five games after going 1-9-3 over their previous 13.
The Sharks lost their season-high sixth (0-5-1) straight game. It's their longest skid since going 0-6-0 in March 2017.
Andreas Athanasiou and Christoffer Ehn also scored for Detroit.
Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones finished with 20 saves.
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