COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals 47 seconds apart midway through the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal for Columbus with 3:06 left, with Pittsburgh hanging on as Fleury made huge saves on Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson during a scrum in the final seconds.
Curtis McElhinney, taking the place of the ill Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped the first 28 Penguins shots before Kunitz notched his 34th with 9:25 left.
FLYERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Vinny Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored goals, leading Philadelphia over Toronto.
Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk scored 4 seconds into the second, matching an NHL record for fastest goal from the start of the period. But the Maple Leafs’ skid reached seven games.
Lecavalier was dropped from a spot on the wing on the second line to his more natural centre on the fourth line. But he also had the spot on the top power-play unit and scored in the first with Philadelphia holding a two-man advantage.
FLAMES 4, RANGERS 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist to lead Calgary over New York.
Cammalleri has scored 10 times since the NHL’s trade deadline on March 5 and four of them have been winners, including his goal with 7.8 seconds left in the second period. He also scored the shootout winner in Calgary’s 2-1 win at home over the San Jose Sharks on Monday.
Joe Colborne, Mark Giordano and Kevin Westgarth also scored for the Flames, who tied a franchise record (set in 2005-06) with their 45th one-goal game of the season. They improved their record to 22-17-8 in those one-goal matchups.
T.J. Brodie had a pair of assists for Calgary, and goalie Kari Ramo made 38 saves to improve his record to 14-11-4.
Brad Richards had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, whose winning streak ended at five games.
Brian Boyle and Raphael Diaz also scored for New York, and goalie Henrik Lundqvist finished with 24 saves.
OILERS 4, DUCKS 3, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Andrew Ference scored at 3:51 of overtime and Ben Scrivens stopped 48 shots and Edmonton pulled off an upset of Anaheim.
Ference intercepted the puck at centre ice with the teams playing three aside in overtime and unleashed a shot just across the blue line that beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.
Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle and Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game skid.
Nick Bonino, Patrick Maroon and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Ducks, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end and missed out on an opportunity to move into a tie for first in the Pacific Division with the San Jose Sharks.
SENATORS 5, BLACKHAWKS 3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—Craig Anderson had 46 saves and Clarke MacArthur had a goal and two assists and Ottawa beat Chicago.
It was Anderson’s first game back since being injured March 10.
Erik Condra, Cody Ceci, Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris also scored for the Senators.
Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook scored for Chicago. Antti Raanta made 24 saves.
Ottawa scored twice in the third and killed off a 34 second two-man advantage to hold off the Blackhawks.
Turris made it 4-2 with a power-play goal at the six-minute mark of the third and MacArthur scored his 23rd of the season midway through the period to make it 5-2.
The Blackhawks made it 5-3 with a short-handed goal at the 17-minute mark as Seabrook’s shot from the point just trickled across the goal line.
STARS 7, PREDATORS 3
DALLAS (AP)—Dallas had seven players score goals in a victory over Nashville.
Alex Goligoski had three assists, tying his career high.
Colton Sceviour, Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt each had a goal and an assist.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 28 shots.
Pekka Rinne had 22 saves.
After Nashville pulled within 5-3 in the third period on Eric Nystrom’s goal, Valeri Nichushkin and Cody Eakin scored 9 seconds apart for a 7-3 edge.
Goals by Garbutt and Vernon Fiddler gave the Stars a 2-0 lead after one period.
Sceviour, Alex Chiasson and Daley scored in the second period that ended with a 5-2 advantage for Dallas.
The Predators’ Patric Hornqvist and Michael Del Zotto also scored in the second.