BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Miller made 34 saves for a career-high sixth shutout this season and the Buffalo Sabres continued their late-season push for a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Cody Hodgson scored twice and Jason Pominville once to help the Sabres improve to 11-2-4 in their past 17 games and catch the eighth-place Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference standings. Miller improved to 11-1-3 in his past 15 games, a stretch in which he's allowed only 29 goals.
The shutout was the 28th of Miller's career, and fifth in his past 23 games.
The Canadiens (28-33-9) blew a chance to move out of last place in the East, while losing in regulation for the first time in seven games (3-1-3). With little to lose, Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth pulled goalie Carey Price for an extra attacker with 4 minutes left.
RANGERS 2, RED WINGS 1, OT
NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Callahan ripped a shot in off a goal post 2:42 into overtime to send injury-riddled Detroit to its sixth straight loss.
The Rangers turned up the heat in the extra session and finally got a puck past Ty Conklin, who was recalled from the minor leagues earlier Wednesday because of Detroit's injury woes. Callahan fired a shot from the slot for his 27th goal, making the New York captain a winner on his 27th birthday.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, and Brad Richards scored in the first period for the Rangers, who lead Pittsburgh by three points in the East. Pittsburgh has 10 games left and the Rangers have nine.
Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit an early 1-0 lead, and Conklin made 32 saves, but the Red Wings had to settle for just one point. Detroit, 0-4-2 in its last six, moved into sole possession of fourth place in the West, one point ahead of Nashville.
HURRICANES 3, PANTHERS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Joni Pitkanen had a goal and an assist in his first game in three months, and Carolina snapped the Panthers' five-game winning streak.
Eric Staal had his second straight two-goal game - giving him a team-leading 23 - and Cam Ward made 30 saves to help the Hurricanes win their season-best fourth straight and earn points for the 14th time in 17 home games.
Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Southeast Division-leading Panthers, who had been on their longest winning streak since a club-record seven straight in 2008. They were denied their first season sweep in Raleigh.
Jose Theodore stopped 36 shots for Florida. He entered 4-0 this season against the Hurricanes.