Stars 2, Sharks 1
Eric Nystrom and rookie Alex Chiasson scored first-period goals and host Dallas held on to extend its winning streak to five games.
Richard Bachman turned aside 31 shots for the Stars, who climbed into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dallas has won all three meetings between the Pacific Division rivals, with the final matchup taking place on April 23 in San Jose.
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Penguins 3, Panthers 1
Brenden Morrow collected two goals and an assist as visiting Pittsburgh posted its fourth straight win and 19th in 21 outings.
Defenseman Kris Letang also tallied and rookie Beau Bennett notched a pair of assists for his first career multi-point game. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 25 shots for the Penguins, who moved within two points of Western Conference-leading Chicago in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Scottie Upshall scored for the first time since March 21 and Jacob Markstrom finished with 19 saves for the Panthers, who have dropped two straight and reside in the basement of the league with 32 points.
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Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 1
Phil Kessel and Jay McClement each recorded a goal and an assist as host Toronto rolled past its Original Six rival.
Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov and captain Dion Phaneuf also scored and James Reimer made 36 saves for the Maple Leafs, who climbed within four points of Boston for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Defenseman Davis Drewiske tallied and Peter Budaj stopped 22 shots in relief of Carey Price for Montreal, which remained one point ahead of the Bruins for the top spot in the Northeast Division.
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Rangers 1, Islanders 0 (OT)
Defenseman Dan Girardi buried a wrist shot 3:11 into overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves en route to his first shutout of the season as the Rangers edged the Islanders to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Derick Brassard got the primary assist on Girardi's game-winner, which beat Evgeni Nabokov low to the glove side. The Rangers maintained their hold on the eighth spot in the East and moved within a point of the seventh-place Islanders.
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Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2
Defenseman Joe Corvo burned his former team by scoring a power-play goal to snap a tie 9:36 into the third period as host Carolina posted just its second win in 16 outings (2-13-1) and denied Boston's bid to clinch a postseason berth.
Jiri Tlusty capped his two-goal effort with an empty-net tally and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes. Justin Peters turned aside 28 shots for the slumping Hurricanes, who ended a seven-game losing skid by winning for the first time in April.
Tyler Seguin scored for the third straight game and Milan Lucic also tallied for the Bruins, who have dropped two in a row.
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Capitals 6, Lightning 5 (OT)
Defenseman Mike Green scored from the slot on the power play 2:59 into overtime as host Washington won its seventh consecutive game despite squandering a four-goal lead.
Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 27th goal and added an assist as the Capitals pushed their lead in the Southeast Division to four points over idle Winnipeg. Troy Brouwer, defenseman Jack Hillen, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr also tallied and Braden Holtby turned aside 35 shots for Washington.
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Sabres 1, Flyers 0
Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves for his third career shutout as host Buffalo blanked Philadelphia to inch closer to contention in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored the lone goal off an odd bounce 17 seconds into the third period.
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Avalanche 4, Canucks 3
Defenseman Jan Hejda scored his first goal with 7.6 seconds left in regulation and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 24 shots for his 250th career victory as host Colorado snapped a 10-game winless streak at the hands of Vancouver.
PA Parenteau and Cody McLeod scored third-period goals and captain Gabriel Landeskog had an unassisted tally as the Avalanche posted their first regulation win over the Canucks since Oct. 3, 2009. Vancouver fell to 18-1-2 in the last 21 meetings.
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Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2 (SO)
Mark Letestu scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves before stopping two in the bonus format to lift visiting Columbus over Minnesota.
Letestu went high with a wrist shot to score in the first round and Cam Atkinson went low past the left skate of Niklas Backstrom (20 saves) in the second to clinch the win for the Blue Jackets. Vinny Prospal recorded a goal and an assist while defenseman Fedor Tyutin also scored in his 600th career game for Columbus, which pulled even in points with eighth-place Dallas - as well as Detroit - in the Western Conference but remained out of a playoff spot due to the tiebreaker.
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Kings 2, Ducks 1
Mike Richards scored a power-play goal with 58 seconds remaining in the second period to snap a tie and help extend Los Angeles' home winning streak to five games.
Defenseman Drew Doughty recorded a goal and an assist while Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings, who moved three points ahead of fifth-place San Jose in the Western Conference. Los Angeles also climbed within seven points of Anaheim for first in the Pacific Division with six games remaining.
Flames 4, Oilers 1
Sven Baertschi recorded his first goal of the season and chipped in an assist as visiting Calgary added to rival Edmonton's rapidly diminishing playoff chances.
Max Reinhart scored his first career goal, Mikael Backlund tallied and defenseman Dennis Wideman converted a power-play chance for the Flames, who were without Curtis Glencross (illness) and Alex Tanguay (knee). Joey MacDonald made 28 saves for Calgary.
Lennart Petrell scored the lone goal and Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 34 shots for the Oilers, who have dropped five straight to fall six points behind the eighth-place Dallas Stars in the Western Conference.
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