Sabres boost playoff hopes with win over Rangers

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NEW YORK —Travis Turnbull scored his first NHL goal, with some help from the Rangers, and the Buffalo Sabres earned another big win in their playoff quest by beating New York 4-1 on Friday night.

Drew Stafford had goals in the second and third periods, Tyler Ennis added one in the third, and Ryan Miller recorded 26 saves for Buffalo, which is 12-2-4 in its past 18 games.

The Sabres began the night in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one point below the postseason cutoff.

JETS 4, CAPITALS 3 (OT)

In Washington, Tim Stapleton scored 2:37 into overtime, and Winnipeg rallied from three goals down and kept themselves in the playoff hunt with a victory.

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals.

BLUE JACKETS 5, HURRICANES 1

In Columbus, Ohio, R.J. Umberger had three goals for the third time in his career and Steve Mason stopped 39 shots as Columbus dealt Carolina a critical loss to its diminishing playoff hopes.

The Hurricanes, who had won their past four games, came in six points behind eighth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference playoff race with eight games remaining.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, DEVILS 3 (SO)

In Newark, N.J., James Reimer made 43 saves and all three Toronto players scored in the shootout to lead the Maple Leafs.

OILERS 2, PANTHERS 1 (SO)

In Sunrise, Fla., Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout to give Edmonton a victory over Florida.

Nugent-Hopkins’ goal was the only score in the shootout.

CANADIENS 5, SENATORS 1

In Montreal, Erik Cole scored three goals in the first 5:41 and Montreal beat Ottawa.

Cole has 30 goals this season.

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