LUNDQVIST MOVES UP ALL-TIME WINS LIST
Henrik Lundqvist matched a season-high with 43 saves to earn his 30th win of 2016-17 and lead the Rangers to a 5-2 defeat of the Florida Panthers. It was their fifth consecutive road victory and League-leading 24th road win.
* The Rangers (43-22-2, 88 points), who hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, drew even in terms of points with the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points), who are third in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins, however, have three games in hand.
* Lundqvist (404-246-74 in 736 GP) passed Grant Fuhr (403-295-114-9 in 868 GP) for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL all-time wins list. He is three victories shy of Glenn Hall (407) for ninth in League history.
* Playing in his 12th NHL season, Lundqvist reached the 30-win mark for the 11th time to join Martin Brodeur (14) and Patrick Roy (13) as the only goaltenders to accomplish the feat.
Video: Lundqvist surpasses Fuhr in Rangers' win
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 2, New Jersey 0
Philadelphia 6, BUFFALO 3
TORONTO 3, Detroit 2
NY Rangers 5, FLORIDA 2
St. Louis 2, MINNESOTA 1
COLORADO 3, Carolina 1
NY Islanders 4, EDMONTON 1
Montreal 2, VANCOUVER 1 (OT)
ANAHEIM 4, Nashville 3 (SO)
BOBROVSKY POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, COLUMBUS NEARS RECORDS
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for his third consecutive shutout and has propelled the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-2-1 record in their past 10 games, a stretch that has seen them outscore opponents 30-13.
* At 42-17-6 (90 points), the Blue Jackets moved within one win and three points of equaling single-season franchise records established in 2013-14 (43-32-7, 93 points). They are second in the Metropolitan Division, five points behind the Washington Capitals (44-14-7, 95 points) and two points ahead of the Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points) and Rangers (43-22-2, 88 points).
* Bobrovsky has three straight shutouts for the first time in the NHL to extend his personal shutout streak to 179:29, the second-longest run by a Blue Jackets goaltender. Steve Mason had a shutout streak of 199:19 from Dec. 23, 2008 - Jan. 2, 2009. Bobrovsky is third in the League with an NHL career-high six shutouts this season.
* Cam Atkinson reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in the NHL. Atkinson, who became the seventh Blue Jackets player to reach 30-goal milestone, has 116 NHL goals, four shy of tying R.J. Umberger (120) for second place in Blue Jackets history.
Video: Bobrovsky records third straight shutout in 2-0 win
MOVEMENT IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
The tight race for wild card spots continued in the Eastern Conference, where standings positions 7-12 are separated by five points:
* Joshua Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal and Anders Lee (2-0-2) tied an NHL career high with his 25th goal as the New York Islanders improved to 4-2-1 during their season-high nine-game road trip. With the win, the Islanders (31-23-11, 73 points) maintained possession of the second wild card, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs (29-22-14, 72 points).
* Nazem Kadri scored his sixth game-winning goal of the season and Alexey Marchenko had his first goal with the Maple Leafs (against his former team) as the Maple Leafs snapped a five-game losing streak to keep pace with the Islanders.
* Six Philadelphia Flyers scored and Radko Gudas (1-2-3) had a season-high three points as the Flyers (31-26-8, 70 points) improved to 3-0-1 in its past four games to remain three points behind the Islanders and two behind the Maple Leafs.
OTHER TEAMS IMPROVE PLAYOFF STANDING
Several other clubs picked up wins to strengthen their holds on playoff positions:
* Paul Byron scored his second NHL overtime goal and Carey Price made 27 saves to reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth time in the NHL to help the Montreal Canadiens extend their winning streak to six games. The Canadiens (38-21-8, 84 points) increased their lead atop the Atlantic Division to six points. Price joins Ken Dryden (7), Jacques Plante (7) and Patrick Roy (5) as the only Canadiens goaltenders with four or more 30-win seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth game-winning goal of the season to help the St. Louis Blues (33-27-5, 71 points), who have allowed one goal during two consecutive victories on the heels of a five-game losing streak, open a three-point lead on the Los Angeles Kings (31-28-6, 68 points) as they hold the second wild card from the Western Conference.
* Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists and Patrick Eaves scored in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks (34-22-10, 78 points) moved into a tie in terms of points with the Edmonton Oilers (35-23-8, 78 points) for second place in the Pacific Division. Getzlaf (12-40-52 in 59 GP) hit the 40-assist mark for a Ducks-best ninth time.
Video: Getzlaf, Ducks rally for 4-3 SO win vs. Predators
Mitchell Marner (15-37-52) had two assists to extend his lead among rookies to seven. … Jack Eichel (2-1-3) extended his NHL career-high point streak to 11 games (5-11-16) while eclipsing 100 career points (42-59-101 in 127 GP). … Henrik Zetterberg (1-11-12 in 7 GP), Alex Galchenyuk (3-5-8 in 6 GP), Ryan O'Reilly (3-4-7 in 5 GP) and Jaccob Slavin (0-5-5 in 5 GP) also extended point streaks. … Blue Jackets forward T.J. Tynan made his NHL debut. … Forward Olli Jokinen rejoined the Panthers to announce his retirement from the NHL.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Dallas, 8 p.m., SN360, FS-SW, RDS, NHL.TV
Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., SN, ROOT, NHL.TV
Detroit @ Boston, 8 p.m., TVAS, NBCSN, NHL.TV
EASTERN PLAYOFF RACES TAKES OVER WEDNESDAY NIGHT
The Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points), Ottawa Senators (36-22-6, 78 points) and Boston Bruins (34-26-6, 74 points) each look for crucial victories in a crowded Eastern Conference:
* The Penguins, who are two points behind the Blue Jackets (42-17-6, 90 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division, visit the Winnipeg Jets (30-31-6, 66 points), who are five points out of a wild card in the Western Conference.
* The Senators, who are six points behind the Canadiens (38-21-8, 84 points) for first in the Atlantic Division, look to extend their three-game winning streak when they face the Dallas Stars (27-29-10, 64 points).
* The Bruins, third in the Atlantic Division, look to make up ground on the Senators when they host the Detroit Red Wings (25-28-11, 61 points) at TD Garden in a game that will be broadcast nationally in the United States on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry.