Ice Hockey - New York Rangers end New Jersey Panthers' play-off hopes

Captain Ryan Callahan scored twice for the Rangers as Boston snapped a four-game winless run against the Panthers.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan (Reuters)

Rangers 4, Devils 1

Captain Ryan Callahan scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 26 shots as host New York eliminated Atlantic Division-rival New Jersey from postseason contention.

Derek Stepan collected a goal and an assist and Taylor Pyatt snapped a 26-game goalless drought while playing in his 800th career contest.

Winners of three in a row and five of six, the Rangers pulled even in points with seventh-place Ottawa and moved three ahead of Winnipeg with three games remaining in the season.

Callahan opened the scoring 34 seconds into the contest and New York led 4-0 before Andrei Loktionov spoiled Lundqvist's bid for his 45th career shutout at 13:30 of the third period.

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Bruins 3, Panthers 0

Tuukka Rask turned aside all 28 shots he faced to make Jaromir Jagr's 681st career goal stand up as host Boston snapped a four-game winless skid (0-3-1) to move into first place in the Northeast Division.

Jagr gave Rask all the offense he would need at 3:03 into the first period. Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton also scored and Brad Marchand added his team-leading 18th goal with an empty-net tally.

The Bruins completed a sweep of Florida in the three-game season series to pull even in points with Montreal. Boston holds the tie-breaker over its Original Six rival with a game in hand.

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Kings 4, Stars 3 (overtime)

Jeff Carter scored 4:08 into overtime and added two assists as Los Angeles won their sixth consecutive home game and dealt a blow to Dallas' playoff hopes.

Captain Dustin Brown tallied twice while Mike Richards set up Carter and added a goal of his own for the Kings, who seized a two-point edge over San Jose for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Defenseman Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist and Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson also scored for the Stars, who dropped their third road game in a row and fell three points out of a playoff spot with three games remaining.

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Flames 4, Wild 1

Defenseman Mark Cundari collected a goal and an assist in his NHL debut and Joey MacDonald stopped 34 shots as Calgary opened their season-ending four-game road trip with their third straight victory.

Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist and Mikael Backlund and Jiri Hudler also tallied for the Flames, who improved to 6-2-0 in their last eight contests.

Zach Parise scored his team-leading 17th goal and Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves for Minnesota, who fell into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with Columbus. The Wild have a game in hand, however.

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Ducks 3, Oilers 1

Kyle Palmieri scored late in the second period as visiting Anaheim snapped a four-game winless streak to inch closer to winning the Pacific Division title.

Corey Perry added a goal in the third period and defenseman Cam Fowler scored his first on a power play in the first period.

Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for the Ducks, who would have clinched their first Pacific title since 2007 but Los Angeles skated to a 4-3 overtime win over Dallas.

Taylor Hall scored his second goal in as many games for the Oilers, who were eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh consecutive season.

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Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 3

Ryan Johansen scored to snap a tie with 1:37 remaining in the third period as visiting Columbus inched closer to the postseason by recording their sixth win in seven outings.

Mark Letestu collected two goals and an assist and Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 32 shots. The Blue Jackets pulled even in points with seventh-place Minnesota.

Martin Havlat, Joe Pavelski and fourth-liner Andrew Desjardins scored for the Sharks, who fell two points behind fourth-placed Los Angeles and one ahead of St. Louis.

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Avalanche 5, Blues 3

Jamie McGinn scored two goals and added an assist as Colorado extended their home winning streak against St. Louis to eight games.

Matt Duchene, Cody McLeod and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who provided an early exit for red-hot Blues goalie Brian Elliott late in the second period. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 29 shots for his fifth victory.

St. Louis remained one point behind fifth-place San Jose in the Western Conference.

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Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2

Jiri Tlusty scored twice and Alexander Semin added a goal and two assists in the first period as visiting Carolina avoided a season sweep against Tampa Bay.

Captain Eric Staal chipped in with a pair of assists and Dan Ellis snapped a seven-game winless skid (0-6-1) after turning aside 15 shots in the third period and 35 overall for his first victory since March 9.

Martin St. Louis recorded a goal and an assist and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, who are winless in six games (0-4-2).

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