DETROIT (AP) -David Backes scored a career-high four goals, including the go-ahead score with 4:07 left, in the surging St. Louis Blues' 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Andy McDonald also scored, and Chris Mason made 34 saves to help the Blues jump from ninth to seventh in the Western Conference playoff race. The Blues are a point ahead of Nashville and Anaheim, with Anaheim facing Vancouver later Thursday night.
St. Louis rebounded from a 3-1 loss in Chicago on Wednesday night that snapped its winning streak at five games.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and two assists, and Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen added a goal and an assist apiece for Detroit, which lost its third straight and fourth in five games. Ty Conklin stopped 28 shots.
Backes broke a 4-4 tie with his 30th goal of the season, scoring on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Chad LaRose and Rod Brind'Amour scored 28 seconds apart late in the third period in Carolina's club-record 10th straight home victory.
LaRose finished with two goals, Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and Cam Ward made 36 saves in his career-best 25th straight start.
The Hurricanes extended their season-best winning streak to seven while surpassing the nine consecutive home-ice wins they had in 2005-06, when they went on to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup. They haven't been to the postseason since, but they took another step toward wrapping up one of the eight Eastern Conference playoff spots, jumping past idle Pittsburgh and Philadelphia into fourth place.
Corey Potter and Dan Girardi scored for New York. With their fourth loss in six games, the Rangers dropped to eighth - a point behind seventh-place Montreal and two ahead of ninth-place Florida.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Saku Koivu scored the first of Montreal's three power-play goals, and Alex Kovalev had three assists to help the Canadiens vault over the New York Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Mathieu Schneider and fellow defenseman Andrei Markov also scored power-play goals - set up by Kovalev. Alex Tanguay and defenseman Mike Komisarek added goals, and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in place of Carey Price (flu). The Canadiens are 4-0-1 in their last five and 5-3-3 since general manager Bob Gainey took over all coach.
Jeff Tambellini scored for New York.
DALLAS (AP) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves, and Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy scored to help Calgary clinch a playoff spot.
With a spot in the postseason assured, the Flames can focus on gaining home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Calgary took a one-point lead over Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead, with the Canucks playing Anaheim later Thursday.
Rookie Fabian Brunnstrom scored for Dallas.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves for his 40th victory of the season, and Jonathan Cheechoo and Dan Boyle scored for NHL-leading San Jose.
At 51-15-11, San Jose matched the franchise victory record set in 2006-07. Nabokov improved to 40-9-8 and helped the Sharks push their points total to 113 - three more than Eastern Conference leader Boston and six ahead of Detroit.
Sam Gagner scored for Edmonton.
BOSTON (AP) - Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots and Boston won its fifth straight to move within one victory of clinching the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Milan Lucic and Marc Savard scored for Boston, which would clinch home ice through the conference finals with its next victory or Washington's next loss.
Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa, and Alex Auld made 31 saves.