NEWARK, N.J. Marc-Andre Fleury had 31 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth and took a big step toward winning the Atlantic Division title, beating the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Malone scored a first-period power-play goal and Marian Hossa added one into an empty net for the Penguins, who opened a four-point lead over the Devils in the division and pulled to within a point of Montreal for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Pittsburgh and the Canadiens have five games to play in the regular season, one less than the Devils, whose four-game winless streak (0-3-1) matches their season high.
FLYERS 2, RANGERS 1 (OT): At New York, Mike Richards scored a breakaway goal 2:16 into overtime and Philadelphia beat New York. Sean Avery turned over the puck in the offensive zone to defenseman Jason Smith, who sent Richards in alone. With Rangers defenseman Marek Malik chasing, Richards cut to his backhand and swept a shot past Henrik Lundqvist.
CAPITALS 3, HURRICANES 2 (SO): At Raleigh, N.C., Viktor Kozlov scored in the third round of the shootout to lead Washington. Alexander Ovechkin scored his club-record 61st goal, Alexander Semin also scored and Nicklas Backstrom had two assists for the Capitals, who have won six of seven.
BRUINS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2: At Toronto, Marco Sturm and rookie David Krejci each had a goal and an assist and Boston hurt Toronto's playoff chances with a victory. Jeremy Reich, Phil Kessel, Shawn Thornton and Glen Murray also scored for the Bruins, who maintained their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and improved to 86 points.
SENATORS 6, SABRES 3: At Buffalo, Daniel Alfredsson had two of Ottawa's five third-period goals, and Anton Volchenkov snapped a third-period tie with less than 2 minutes left in regulation to rally Ottawa. Volchenkov, who also had a pair of assists, scored his first of the season with a slap shot from right point that ricocheted twice before going past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller for the winner.
PREDATORS 3, BLUE JACKETS 0: At Nashville, Tenn., goaltender Dan Ellis stopped 36 shots for his fifth career shutout, and Nashville earned its second straight victory to keep its fading playoff hopes alive.
RED WINGS 2, BLUES 1: At St. Louis, Johan Franzen's power-play goal snapped a third-period tie and Henrik Zetterberg added his 150th career goal, helping Detroit its fourth straight victory.
LIGHTNING 3, PANTHERS 1: At Tampa, Fla., Jeff Halpern had a goal and two assists and Tampa Bay hurt Florida's late playoff push. Florida, 8-1-1 in its past 10 games, is five points behind eighth-place Boston for the final playoff spot.
FLAMES 3, CANUCKS 2: At Calgary, Alberta, Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf scored 41 seconds apart in the third period and Calgary rallied to beat Vancouver, moving into first place in the Northwest Division. The Flames took a one-point lead on idle Minnesota. Each team has five games remaining.
COYOTES 5, SHARKS 4, OT: At Glendale, Ariz., Martin Hanzal scored the winning goal for Phoenix as the Coyotes survived four third-period goals by San Jose to send the game to overtime.