BOSTON – Johnny Boychuk scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 left in the third period, Milan Lucic had two goals and the Boston Bruins clinched the Eastern Conference’s best record with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.
David Krejci also scored for the Bruins and Patrice Bergeron extended his consecutive point streak to 11 games, setting up Boychuk’s go-ahead score.
Wayne Simmonds and Jay Rosehill scored for the Flyers, who are in a tight race with a group of teams for a playoff spot.
Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who had lost their past two games.
Ray Emery made 37 saves for the Flyers. Philadelphia has lost three straight.
AVALANCHE 4, BLUES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Semyon Varlamov tied the franchise single-season record for goalie wins held by Colorado coach Patrick Roy and Paul Stastny had another big game in his hometown in a penalty-filled victory over St. Louis.
Stastny had a goal and two assists and Nathan Mackinnon had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won six in a row and has 106 points, third-most in franchise history. Roy became the fifth coach in NHL history to win 50 games in his first season.
Varlamov made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and NHL-leading 40th win, matching Roy’s total in 2000-01. The Avalanche reached 50 wins for the second time in franchise history and tied the franchise mark with 24 road victories.
The Blues fell two points behind Boston, which beat the Flyers 5-2, for first place overall.
CAPITALS 4, ISLANDERS 3, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lift preserve Washington’s playoff hopes.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all three Islanders attempts in the shootout and Washington snapped a five-game losing streak and moved within two points of Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Kuznetsov tied it 1-1 at 2:36 of the second period, but John Persson put the Islanders back ahead at 4:16, and Frans Nielsen made it 3-1 on a power-play goal at 9:55. The Capitals fought back to tie it, getting goals from Nicklas Backstrom at 12:45 and Joel Ward at 15:01.
Cal Clutterbuck gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead 12:55 into the first period.
Holtby stopped 35 shots for Washington and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for New York.
DEVILS 3, HURRICANES 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Dainus Zubrus scored twice and New Jersey earned a point in its seventh straight game.
Travis Zajac scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period to help the Devils improve to 4-0-3 during a stretch that has given their playoff chances a significant boost.
Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. The Hurricanes had kept their faint playoff hopes alive by earning points in their previous five games.
Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots for the Devils, including all eight he faced in the third period of his second straight victory.
Anton Khudobin made 20 saves in his first loss since March 25.
STARS 5, LIGHTNING 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to lead Dallas past Tampa Bay.
Tyler Seguin had his team-leading 35th goal, and Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel also scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots.
Steven Stamkos and Andrej Sustr scored for Tampa Bay, aand Ben Bishop finished with 23 saves.
Benn produced all of his points in the first period, and assisted on Seguin’s score late in the period that made it 3-0.
After the Lightning pulled within 3-2 in the second, Fiddler and Roussel sealed the win in the third period.
SENATORS 3, RANGERS 2
NEW YORK (AP)—Robin Lehner made 41 saves and held off a furious late push by New York to lift the Ottawa to a win that prevented the Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
The Rangers needed only one point to secure a post-season spot for the fourth straight year, but were shut down by the Senators, who hold only faint playoff chances.
Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad scored in the first, and Jason Spezza made it 3-1 in the second for Ottawa, which squandered a 3-0 lead in a 7-4 loss to Montreal on Friday.
Mats Zuccarello deflected in two goals in the middle period to bring the Rangers within a goal each time. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the loss.
JETS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TORONTO (AP)—Tobias Enstrom scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Winnipeg held on for the win.
Brian Little and Jacob Trouba scored in the first period, and Olli Jokinen had a goal in the third to give the Jets some cushion. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 23 shots for Winnipeg, which was eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday.
Phil Kessel tied a career high with his 37th goal and Nazem Kadri also scored for Toronto, which remained at 84 points. The Leafs have just three games remaining and trail Columbus by one point for the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot. The Blue Jackets have five games left.
CANADIENS 5, RED WINGS 3
MONTREAL (AP)—Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to give the surging Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, while Carey Price made 34 saves. The Canadiens are now 10-2-0 in its last 12 games.
Pavel Datsyuk, Luke Glendening and Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit, which snapped a four-game win streak. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 19 shots.
With the score tied 3-all, Gionta was credited with his second goal of the game when his shot, which was initially saved by Gustavsson, bounced off defenceman Brian Lashoff’s skate and into the net. Galchenyuk added a fifth for the Canadiens two minutes later.
WILD 4, PENGUINS 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced for Minnesota.
Erik Haula, Mikko Koivu, and Stephane Veilleux also scored for the Wild, who maintained a five-point cushion over Dallas for the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Bryzgalov posted his second shutout since being acquired by the Wild on March 4. He was steady throughout and made a pair of outstanding saves in the second period to keep the shutout intact.
PREDATORS 3, SHARKS 0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Patric Hornqvist had two goals and one assist to help Nashville put a dent into San Jose’s hopes for a division title.
Backup Carter Hutton made 35 saves in his first career shutout and Roman Josi also scored as the Predators kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating winning road games on back-to-back nights against Anaheim and San Jose—the top two teams in the Pacific Division.
Nashville is six points behind Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with four games remaining.
CANUCKS 2, KINGS 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Brad Richardson scored with 1:23 left in regulation as Vancouver preserved its playoff hopes.
Richardson took a pass from linemate Zack Kassian at the side of the goal and beat Jonathan Quick for his 11th of the season to keep the Canucks in the playoff chase, at least mathematically. Alexander Edler had the other goal for Vancouver and Eddie Lack stopped 25 shots in his 18th straight start since the Olympic break.
Slava Voynov scored for Los Angeles and Quick finished with 38 saves for Kings, who are locked into the third seed in the Pacific Division.