TAMPA, Fla. — Richard Panik, Eric Brewer and Steven Stamkos had third-period goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Thursday night.
Tyler Johnson had the other goal for Tampa Bay, which moved within a point of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored for the playoff-bound Flyers, who are tied for third in the Metropolitan Division with Columbus.
Anders Lindback played in place of injured Tampa Bay starting goalie Ben Bishop, who may not be ready for the start of a playoff series next week against Montreal due to an upper-body. Bishop, 37-14-7 this season, left Tuesday night’s game against Toronto early in the first period after it appeared he hurt his left elbow.
Rangers 2, Sabres 1
NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York’s third shot of the third period, and the Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres.
The Rangers struggled throughout against the lowly Sabres and goalie Matt Hackett, who played in just his seventh NHL game of the season.
Drew Stafford gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead in the second, and Benoit Pouliot tied in in the final minute of the frame.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots in the win for New York.
Islanders 2, Canadiens 0
MONTREAL — Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals late in the second period as the New York Islanders topped the Montreal Canadiens.
The loss, combined with Tampa Bay’s 4-2 win over Philadelphia, hurt the Canadiens’ chances of starting the playoffs on home ice. Montreal is second in the Atlantic Division with 98 points and one game left to play, while the Lightning have 97 points with two games remaining.
Senators 2, Devils 1, SO
OTTAWA — Erik Karlsson scored the winner in the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Mike Hoffman also scored for the Senators and Robin Lehner stopped 38 shots to win his third straight game.
Michael Ryder scored his 18th of the season and Cory Schneider had 31 saves for the Devils.
Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. — Troy Brouwer scored two goals and the Washington Capitals routed the Carolina Hurricanes.
All three members of Washington’s third line — Joel Ward, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr — each had a goal and two assists. They helped the Capitals claim an easy win in this Metropolitan Division matchup of teams knocked out of the playoff race.
Braden Holtby stopped 36 shots for Washington, which won its third straight after losing five in a row.
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2
SUNRISE, Fla. — Nick Bjugstad had two goals and an assist to lift the Florida Panthers to a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brad Boyes and Brandon Pirri also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo, who returned after missing Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury, made 27 saves.