COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Chris Higgins had a two goals and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Sunday to reach 50 victories for the first time in their 40-year history.
Canucks backup Cory Schneider made 39 saves to improve to 15-3-2 and help the NHL-leading Canucks run their road winning streak to eight, matching the franchise record set in early 2004.
R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus with just under 10 minutes remaining to spoil Schneider's shutout bid.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Alex Kovalev and James Neal scored in the shootout, Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves and Pittsburgh set an NHL record by winning via shootout for the fourth consecutive game, beating Florida.
Ben Lovejoy scored in regulation for the Penguins, two points behind Philadelphia in the race for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference leads. The Penguins, tied with Washington for second in the conference with 98 points, have won six of seven and are 9-2-2 in their past 13.
Ryan Carter scored for Florida. The Panthers have lost five straight.
Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia was unbeaten in regulation in its previous nine games. They are two points ahead of Washington and Pittsburgh for the top spot.
ATLANTA (AP) - Andrew Ladd scored the deciding shootout goal and Blake Wheeler and Ben Maxwell each had a goal and an assist for Atlanta, nine behind eighth-place Buffalo for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.