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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell scored power-play goals, and Philadelphia handed Pittsburgh its first loss in a month, 3-1 on Sunday.

Philadelphia won its second in a row to open a two-point lead over Pittsburgh in the race for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Martin Biron made 27 saves, and Darroll Powe added an empty-net goal for the Flyers, who have three games in hand on the Penguins.

Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins hadn't lost since Feb. 22 at Washington, was 8-0-2 in its past 10 and lost in regulation for only the second time in 17 games under interim coach Dan Bylsma.

BOSTON (AP) - Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic scored on deflections off New Jersey players for Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

The win clinched the Northeast Division title for Boston, which locked up a playoff berth Saturday night when Florida lost to Columbus. Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew also scored for Boston, 7-9-4 in its last 20 games after going 39-8-6.

Andy Greene scored for New Jersey, 9-3 in its last 12. NHL career victory leader Martin Brodeur dropped to 9-2 since returning from biceps surgery.

CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp and Martin Havlat each scored two goals, Nikolai Khabibulin made 14 saves, and Chicago snapped a five-game winless streak (0-3-2).

Sharp returned after missing 16 games because of a left knee injury to help Chicago improve to 4-7-3 in its past 14. The victory moved the Blackhawks into fourth place in the Western Conference, two points ahead of Vancouver.

Khabibulin lost a bid for his second shutout this season and 40th of his career when the Kings' Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal with 3:06 left.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Nicklas Backstrom made 31 saves for his seventh shutout of the season, and Owen Nolan scored twice for Minnesota.

The Wild are a point behind eighth-place Nashville in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Edmonton is seventh, two points ahead of Nashville.

Wild star Marian Gaborik returned to play his seventh game of the season. He played the first two games in October, missed two months, played four games in December, and had been out again since just before Christmas after having hip surgery.

Stephane Veilleux also scored for Minnesota.

NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Shannon snapped a third-period tie, and Alex Auld made 28 saves in a rare start for Ottawa.

The Senators rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit, behind goals by Mike Comrie and Shannon, and started a six-game trip with their ninth win in 10 games and fourth straight. Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Rangers.

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