NEW YORK (AP) -Sean Avery scored two power-play goals and drew a pair of penalties in his most effective game of the season, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Nik Antropov also scored a man-advantage goal for the Rangers, who matched their season high with three power-play tallies on nine chances to split the weekend home-and-home series. New York, which began the day eighth in the Eastern Conference, moved within four points of fourth-place Philadelphia. The teams have two meetings remaining.
Fredrik Sjostrom scored a wraparound goal at even strength to make it 4-1, giving the Rangers their fifth win in nine games (5-3-1) since John Tortorella replaced fired coach Tom Renney. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for his 31st win, allowing only Simon Gagne's power play goal in the second.
Avery staked the Rangers to a 1-0 lead in the first period, stretching his goal streak to three games, and added his second in the third period while New York enjoyed a 5-minute power play. Avery has four goals in seven games since rejoining New York, topping the three he had in 27 games earlier this season with Dallas.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Chris Osgood made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and 49th of his career, and Detroit became the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons.
Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist, and Marian Hossa and Mikael Samuelsson also scored to help Detroit, the NHL leader with 101 points, clinch its 17th straight playoff spot.
The victory came eight days after the Blue Jackets humiliated the reigning Stanley Cup champions 8-2 on their own ice, with Osgood surrendering seven goals - also on 23 shots. The Red Wings broke a tie with Montreal (1974-75 through 1981-82) for the NHL mark for consecutive 100-point seasons.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sergei Gonchar and Chris Kunitz scored 18 seconds apart early in the third period, and Petr Sykora added the winner to help Pittsburgh move ahead of Montreal for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Pittsburgh overcame 3-2 and 2-1 deficits to beat conference-leading Boston for the second time in six games. The Penguins picked up at least one point for the 10th consecutive game, going 8-0-2 during a run that began with a seven-game winning streak.
Kunitz also scored in the first period, and Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal added goals. Phil Kessel, Mark Recchi, Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder scored for Boston.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, San Jose newcomer Travis Moen scored in his return to Anaheim, and the Sharks reached 100 points and wrapped up a playoff spot.
Moen, acquired from Anaheim at the trade deadline, deflected Jamie McGinn's backhander past goalie Jonas Hiller with 1:05 left in the second period.
Nabokov made 12 saves in the third period to secure the win, his second in two days after missing seven games because of an upper-body injury. He has 46 career shutouts.
CHICAGO (AP) - Peter Mannino made 40 saves in his first NHL start, and defenseman Mark Streit had two power-play goals and an assist for New York.
Richard Park and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, 6-2-1 in their last nine games. New York was 3-for-7 on the power play.
Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg scored for Chicago, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 15 saves in his first game since aggravating a groin injury in Atlanta on Feb. 11.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Kyle Wellwood, Alex Burrows and Taylor Pyatt scored first-period goals, and Vancouver won its ninth straight at home to match the club record set in 1992.
Wellwood had a power-play goal, and Burrows scored short-handed.
Ryan Kesler added three assists, Alex Edler had a power-play goal with 1:13 left, and Roberto Luongo made 18 saves to help Vancouver end an eight-game (0-5-3) losing skid against Colorado. Ryan Smyth and Darcy Tucker scored for Colorado.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Keith Tkachuk and David Perron scored on a two-man advantage in the second period, and David Backes also had a power-play goal for St. Louis.
Brad Winchester and Brad Boyes added goals, T.J. Oshie and Carlo Colaiacovo each had two assists, and Chris Mason stopped 19 shots to help the Blues tie the Wild for 10th place in the Western Conference. Andrew Brunette, Stephane Veilleux and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for Minnesota.