BOSTON – Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal as a member of the Bruins and Boston ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
The Bruins were playing the second of back-to-back afternoon games after hosting the Penguins in a 3-2 loss Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but postponed because of the lockdown and manhunt for one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the Bruins pulled into a tie with idle Montreal for first place in Northeast Division with 59 points. The Bruins have four games to play, one more than the Canadiens.
The Panthers honoured local law enforcement by wearing Boston Police hats during their pregame skate. Bruins fans once again took over the singing of the national anthem, a practice that started last week in the first game since the deadly explosions at the marathon finish line.
Rookie Dougie Hamilton also scored for Boston and Brad Marchand picked up his team-leading 18th goal when he backhanded the puck into an empty net with 1:22 remaining.
DUCKS 3, OILERS 1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry scored to help put Anaheim on the brink of clinching the Pacific Division with a victory over Edmonton.
The Ducks could have clinched the division title if the Kings lost to Dallas in regulation, but that game went to overtime. Anaheim can seal it with another win over the Oilers on Monday.
Taylor Hall scored for Edmonton, which lost for the seventh time in eight games to extend its playoff drought to seven years.
The Oilers’ last playoff appearance came in a Game 7 loss in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals against Carolina.
KINGS 4, STARS 3, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jeff Carter deflected the winning goal off his upper body with 51 seconds left in overtime, and Los Angeles seized fourth place in the Western Conference with a win over Dallas.
Captain Dustin Brown scored two goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and Mike Richards scored an early goal before putting the puck off Carter’s chest for the overtime winner.
The Kings (26-14-5) moved two points clear of San Jose for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round after the Sharks lost to Columbus.
Alex Goligoski scored in the third period and Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for the Stars, who sit three points behind Columbus and Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the West.
AVALANCHE 5, BLUES 3
DENVER (AP)—Jamie McGinn scored twice, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots and Colorado prevented St. Louis from wrapping up a playoff spot.
Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who chased Brian Elliott late in the second period. It was Colorado’s eighth straight home win over the Blues.
David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk had goals for St. Louis, which could have secured a post-season berth with a win over a Colorado team that’s last in the Western Conference.
After Elliott gave up a fourth goal, the Blues pulled him in favour of Jake Allen. He allowed Kobasew’s third-period goal that gave Colorado a 5-3 advantage.
BLUE JACKETS 4, SHARKS 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give Columbus a big boost in its push for the playoffs with a victory over San Jose.
Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also had a goal for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points. Columbus has played one more game than the Wild and two more than ninth-place Detroit, who is three points back in the race for the final playoff spot. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.
Marty Havlat, Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who needed only to take the game to overtime to clinch a ninth-straight playoff berth. Antti Niemi made 18 saves.
RANGERS 4, DEVILS 1
NEW YORK (AP)—Ryan Callahan scored a goal in the opening minute and another in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as New York eliminated New Jersey from the playoff race.
Callahan provided the lead 34 seconds in, Derek Stepan added a goal in the first period, and Taylor Pyatt snapped a long drought in the second for the eight-place Rangers, who are inching closer to a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Callahan made it 4-0 at 5:13 of the third with a power-play goal, flipping a shot over sprawled-out Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who finished with 18 saves.
Lundqvist was solid, allowing only Andrei Loktionov’s goal with 6:30 remaining.
FLAMES 4, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Joey MacDonald made 34 saves, Mark Cundari scored a goal in his first NHL game and Calgary handed Minnesota a potentially harmful home loss in its playoff push.
Mikael Backlund, Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who are long out of the post-season hunt but have won six of their last eight games.
Zach Parise got his team-high 17th goal for the Wild, who will likely at least need to win two of their three remaining games to make the playoffs without help from others. They’re in seventh place in the Western Conference with 51 points, while Columbus, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix remain in a tight pack still alive behind them.
HURRICANES 3, LIGHTNING 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead Carolina to a victory over Tampa Bay.
Alexander Semin scored 16 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes, who jumped ahead 3-0 and held on for their first victory against the Lightning this season. Semin took a feed in the slot from Eric Staal and whipped it over the shoulder of Andres Lindback. Semin also had two assists.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who lost their sixth straight.
Ellis turned away 15 of 16 shots in the third period, including point-blank opportunities by Eric Brewer, Ryan Malone and B.J. Crombeen.