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Bruins top Islanders, grab 2nd wild card

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NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Bruins badly needed a win and the scoring support came from unexpected source in Riley Nash.

Nash scored twice and backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 18 saves as the Bruins beat the New York Islanders 2-1 Saturday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Nash broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the contest at 4:12 of the third period, beating Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss from the slot for his seventh goal of the season. Dominic Moore assisted on the decisive goal, which moved Boston two points ahead of the Islanders for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.


Oilers top Avs, tied for Pacific lead

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Oilers know a postseason berth is imminent. Now it's just a matter of finding out where they'll fit in that playoff picture.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Drake Caggiula each had a goal and an assist and Edmonton moved into a three-way tie atop the Pacific Division with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.


Surging Preds extend Sharks' skid to 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A red hot Nashville Predators team made sure San Jose stayed ice cold.

Colton Sissons and James Neal both scored twice to lead the Predators over the staggering Sharks 7-2 on Saturday night.


Sabres cool off Leafs, Andersen injured

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres forward Jack Eichel would like to thank the thousands of Maple Leafs fans who showed up in Buffalo to provide an electric environment to what's been a difficult season.

And Eichel was more than pleased to send the "Go, Leafs, Go!" chanting contingent back across the border unhappy following a 5-2 win Saturday night.


Markov helps Habs pad lead over Senators

MONTREAL (AP) Andrei Markov doesn't always seem thrilled to speak with the Montreal media. On Saturday night, he just couldn't help himself.

Markov scored two goals and set up another and the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 to retain first place in the Atlantic Division.


Monahan OT goal lifts Flames over Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Sean Monahan likes working overtime. The Calgary Flames forward proved it again Saturday night.

Monahan scored with 3 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Flames past the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Troy Brouwer and Matt Bartkowski also scored for the Flames, who improved to 13-4 in overtime this season. Brian Elliott made 29 saves.


Canucks hand Wild seventh loss in last 8

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Brock Boeser's college career ended in crushing fashion on Friday night. Scoring in his NHL debut the next day in front of his family and friends wasn't a bad consolation prize.

Boeser scored in his first NHL game a day after signing with Vancouver, Reid Boucher added two in a four-goal second period and the Canucks defeated the slumping Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday.


Rangers stay hot on road, beat Kings 3-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Take the New York Rangers off Broadway and they suddenly know how to shine again.

Derek Stepan scored late in the second period, Antti Raanta made 30 saves for his eighth career shutout and the Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Saturday night.


Bobrovsky blanks Flyers for 40th win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky kept Columbus in the game, and a lucky goal in the second period was enough for the Blue Jackets.

Bobrovsky made 36 saves in his seventh shutout of the season, helping Columbus beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Saturday.


Ovechkin scores 30th as Capitals cruise

WASHINGTON (AP) A milestone goal by Alex Ovechkin and a timely score by Daniel Winnik helped the Washington Capitals survive a scare against one of the NHL's worst teams.

Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season and Winnik had the game-winner and an empty-netter as the Capitals overcame listless stretches to beat the lowly but pesky Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Ovechkin became the third player in league history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first 12 seasons, joining Mike Gartner (15) and Wayne Gretzky (13).

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