RALEIGH, N.C. - Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.
Brad Richards tied it for the Rangers with 2:57 remaining in regulation after New York blew an early 2-0 lead and fell behind already-eliminated Carolina.
Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard staked the Rangers to the lead in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots for New York, which jumped over the rival Islanders and into seventh place in the East with one game left.
SENATORS 2, CAPITALS 1, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa's first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth by beating Washington.
But ex-Capitals defenceman Gonchar put the winner past Michal Neuvirth, who made 39 saves.
Jakob Silfverberg deflected in Karlsson's shot 12:35 into the second period against the Southeast Division champion Capitals, who had nothing at stake.
The Senators, who have two games remaining, moved up to sixth in the East. If they remain there, Ottawa would face the Capitals, who have won 10 of 12 overall — with the only losses against the Senators.
FLYERS 2, ISLANDERS 1
Lauridsen scored his second career NHL goal on a slap shot high above the circle late in the third period to lift the Flyers to a win in their home finale. They will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who are headed to the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. They dropped to eighth place after failing to earn a point for the first time in 12 games.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets saw their playoff hopes end on the scoreboard before they were beaten by Montreal.
The Jets were ahead 2-1 as they started the third but already knew whatever they did wouldn't be enough.
RED WINGS 5, PREDATORS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists, and Detroit moved a step closer to its 22nd straight playoff appearance by beating Nashville.
The Red Wings, who moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, need one more point to secure their spot in the post-season. They own the longest current playoff streak in North American professional sports.
Detroit has one regular-season game remaining.
The Red Wings scored three times in the second period to take a 4-2 lead.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, PANTHERS 0
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead playoff-bound Toronto over last-place Florida.
Jacob Markstrom made 13 saves for Florida, which played its final home game of the season. The Panthers clinched the worst record in the NHL for the first time in franchise history.
Toronto snapped out of a 1-3, scoring four goals on just 17 shots. The Maple Leafs can't finish lower than sixth in the Eastern Conference.
BRUINS 2, LIGHTNING 0
BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in two starts and Boston beat Tampa Bay, keeping the Bruins in control of the tight race for the Northeast Division title.
The Bruins and Canadiens are tied with 61 points, but Boston has two games remaining while Montreal has only one.
Rask's previous start was a 3-0 shutout against Florida on Sunday, when he faced just 28 shots. He was tested by the Lightning, who entered the game with the NHL's top two scorers in Martin St. Louis (58 points) and Steven Stamkos (56 points).
Anders Lindback had 22 saves for the Lightning.
DEVILS 3, PENGUINS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal since sustaining a shoulder injury last month, giving New Jersey a victory over Pittsburgh.
Kovalchuk's goal with 6:10 remaining helped New Jersey overcome a 2-0 deficit and win its home finale.
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Johan Hedberg made 15 saves in his first start since March 19 and earned his sixth win of the season.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed his 10th straight game because of a broken jaw, but he was cleared by medical personnel to return to hockey-related activity.
BLUES 4, FLAMES 1
St. Louis, which has won five of six, moved into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Blues have 58 points, one ahead of Los Angeles and San Jose. They can clinch the No. 4 seed and home ice in the opening round of the playoffs with a victory over Chicago on Saturday.
The Blues have won a season-high five straight home games.
Calgary will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Elliott made 18 saves in improving to 10-2 in April. He has three shutouts in the month and has allowed only 15 goals.
Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen also had goals for St. Louis, which scored three times in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. It was the Blues' first three-goal period since the second period of a 6-3 win at Phoenix on March 7.
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