Peter Bondra and Steve Konowalchuk both had a goal and an assist to help the Washington Capitals stretch their home winning streak to eight with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
The Capitals took over fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff race with 83 points. Both Boston and Buffalo have 81 with eight games left while Washington has seven remaining.Los Angeles started the day fifth in the Western Conference with 79 points.
Eight consecutive home victories is a league high for this season. St. Louis and Dallas had both won seven straight at home earlier this season.
Boston was the last team to win in Washington, with a 3-0 shutout March 3. That was the final game in a streak that saw Washington lose five straight at home and go winless in six.
Saturday's win was Washington's fourth straight overall. Andrei Nikolishin helped the Capitals with two assists.
Los Angeles had gone 3-0-2 in its past five games with Washington. The Capitals last beat the Kings on Feb. 12, 1994.
ISLANDERS 3, RANGERS 0: At Uniondale, N.Y., Tommy Salo and Wade Flaherty combined to stop 17 shots as the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers in a fight-filled game.
Salo, a former Utah Grizzlies goalie, started the game and turned aside all 14 shots he faced. He was ejected after a fight with 6:59 left, and Flaherty took over and stopped three more shots.
BLUES 4, AVALANCHE 1: At St. Louis, Geoff Courtnall scored his team-leading 30th goal and Pierre Turgeon had two assists as the St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to five games with a win over the slumping Colorado Avalanche.
RED WINGS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2: At Chicago, Brendan Shanahan scored with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to lift Detroit Red Wings to a win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
PANTHERS 4, FLYERS 1: At Phil-adelphia, Steve Washburn and Kirk Muller scored goals within 20 seconds in the first period and John Vanbiesbrouck made 37 saves as Florida beat Philadelphia, snapping the Flyers' three-game winning streak.
SHARKS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3: At Toronto, Jeff Friesen scored a pair of goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a win over Toronto.
HURRICANES 1, CANADIENS 0: At Montreal, Carolina's Trevor Kidd stopped 24 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
PENGUINS 4, LIGHTNING 1: At Tampa, Fla., Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists and Pittsburgh scored three power-play goals, snapping a five-game winless streak.
CANUCKS 5, STARS 3: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Brad May and Pavel Bure each scored two goals as Vancouver rallied to beat Dallas.