BOSTON (AP) - Nathan Horton scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots and the Boston Bruins won their regular season home finale 3-1 over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
It was the Bruins' seventh win in 10 games and left them in contention for the Eastern Conference's second seed with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Boston must win its regular-season finale Sunday in New Jersey to have a chance.
The Senators missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, and head coach Cory Clouston and two assistants were fired after the loss.
Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley had Boston's other goals and the Bruins completed the season series 5-1 against Ottawa.
Bobby Butler scored for the Senators and Curtis McElhinney had 26 saves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Captain Chris Drury scored his first goal of the season in a surprise return to the lineup and Ryan McDonagh netted the first of his career during a three-goal second period as New York rallied to remain alive in the Eastern playoff race.
Wojtek Wolski, McDonagh and Brandon Prust scored in the second for the Rangers, who would be eliminated from contention if Carolina beats Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
Vinny Prospal also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as New York improved to 29-0 when leading after two periods.
Nick Palmieri and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Devils.