PITTSBURGH (AP) -Kris Letang had his second two-goal game in 10 days and the Pittsburgh Penguins won successive games for only the second time in 2 1/2 months, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday night.
Sidney Crosby set up both of Letang's goals and scored into an empty net in the final minute for the Penguins, who had lost three of four but moved within one point of the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They followed up on their 4-3, come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
Petr Sykora also scored for Pittsburgh.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves but was denied his third shutout of the season when Kristian Huselius threw the puck on net from a bad angle in a corner and Fedor Tyutin deflected it past the goalie on a power play midway through the third.
ATLANTA (AP) - Kevin Weekes made 31 saves, New Jersey scored three goals in the first 12 minutes to recover from its only loss in three weeks.
Zach Parise and John Madden each had a goal and an assist, and Travis Zajac, David Clarkson and Brian Gionta also scored. The Devils were coming of a loss to Washington on Tuesday night that snapped their winning streak at eight games.
Colby Armstrong scored for Atlanta.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Miller made 35 saves, and Nathan Paetsch, Jaroslav Spacek and Tim Connolly scored to help Buffalo win its fifth straight home game.
Saku Koivo ended Miller's career-best shutout streak at 157 minutes, 13 seconds midway through the second period, and Roman Hamrlik also scored for Montreal.
The Sabres, with 61 points, moved into a tie with idle Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and within three points of Montreal. The Canadiens are 2-6 in their past eight and have lost five straight road games.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Dan Ellis made 22 saves for a shutout in his first start in nearly three weeks, and Jason Arnott and David Legwand scored to help Nashville win its fourth straight and fifth in six games since the All-Star break.
Ellis, who has three shutouts this season, had not played since being pulled in his last start Jan. 17 after allowing three goals on his first four shots. Pekka Rinne started the last six games and has emerged as the No. 1 goalie.