Sabres boost playoff hopes with win over Rangers

 

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.

More

Some NHL draft picks on big team, but not for long

Dylan Strome is living his NHL dream playing for the Arizona Coyotes, staying in a hotel and avoiding the harsh Pennsylvania winter he endured the... Read more

Canadiens win their fifth in a row

 

NEW YORK — Shea Weber’s power-play goal with 2:57 remaining lifted the Montreal Canadiens to their fifth consecutive victory, 3... Read more

Crosby scores in his return

 

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on... Read more