TAMPA, Fla. - Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves, Jaden Schwartz scored his first NHL goal, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 and became the first team to clinch a playoff spot Saturday night.
Schwartz, taken 14th overall in the 2010 entry draft and making his NHL debut, put St. Louis up 2-0 from just outside the crease on the power play with 35.5 seconds left in the first.
Brendan Mikkelson got a late third-period goal for Tampa Bay, which is seven points behind eighth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference.
PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 2
With the surge, the Penguins have 93 points — two behind the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Their winning streak is the longest in the NHL this season.
Crosby came through with a strong effort in the second game of his comeback from recurring concussion-like symptoms, assisting on the goals by Cooke and Malkin.
AVALANCHE 3, RANGERS 1
Landeskog gave the Avalanche the lead, and Varlamov made it stand up as playoff-hopeful Colorado finished a 2-0-1 Eastern road trip.
The Rangers' once seemingly comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference is nearly gone with 11 games remaining. New York lost its second straight, and fifth in seven games, as surging Pittsburgh closes in.
Colorado moved past idle Phoenix into seventh place in the West, but the Avalanche have played two more games than the Coyotes.
Defenceman Matt Hunwick got the Avalanche even in the first period after Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Paul Stastny added an empty-net, power-play goal with 13.1 seconds left to make it 3-1.
BRUINS 3, FLYERS 2, SO
BOSTON (AP) — Tim Thomas stopped Danny Briere on the final shot after the first five skaters in the shootout all scored, and the Boston Bruins snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Bruins passed Ottawa and took over first place in the Northeast Division.
HURRICANES 5, WILD 3
ISLANDERS 3, CANADIENS 2, SO
MAPLE LEAFS 3, SENATORS 1
Ben Bishop, making his sixth straight start, faced just 18 shots in his first regulation loss.
PANTHERS 3, SABRES 2, SO
Florida's Wojtek Wolski and Buffalo's Ennis each scored in the second round of the shootout. Kulikov backhanded in his goal in the seventh round to give Florida the win. Kulikov played in his first game since missing 23 games.
CANUCKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3
Sedin scored the winner on a third-period power play as he scooped the rebound of his own tip-in attempt behind Steve Mason. The goal gave the Canucks a 4-2 lead that was cut by a shot off a faceoff win by James Wisniewski, the Columbus defenceman who was serving a hooking penalty when Sedin scored.
Alex Edler gave the Canucks a 3-1 second-period lead with an end-to-end dash on the Canucks' initial power play of the game.
KINGS 4, PREDATORS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Penner sparked a three-goal third-period blitz that broke open a tie game and carried the Los Angeles Kings past the Nashville Predators and extended their winning streak to four games.
Penner, Dwight King and Kyle Clifford all found the net during a span of 8 minutes, 15 seconds against Pekka Rinne, who was trying to become the first goalie this season to reach the 40-win mark and the first in Predators history.
SHARKS 3, RED WINGS 2
Havlat was stopped once by Jimmy Howard, and then after a scramble in front of the net, lifted the rebound over Howard to give the Sharks their first back-to-back victories since Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
Havlat, who returned from a 39-game absence from a hamstring injury Thursday, also scored late in the first for the Sharks, who moved into a tie for eighth place with Los Angeles in the Western Conference with a game in hand.