UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Defenseman Dan Girardi scored 3:11 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a stirring 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in a game that felt every bit like a playoff matchup between the area rivals.
The Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, one point behind the Islanders.
PENGUINS 3, PANTHERS 1
In Sunrise, Fla., Brenden Morrow scored two goals to lift Pittsburgh.
Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves. Morrow also had an assist.
CAPITALS 6, LIGHTNING 5 (OT)
In Washington, the Capitals blew a four-goal lead before Mike Green scored a power-play goal at 2:59 of overtime, extending their winning streak to seven games.
The Capitals moved four points clear atop the Southeast Division.
SABRES 1, FLYERS 0
In Buffalo, N.Y., Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots to help the Sabres remain on the fringe of the playoff race.
Buffalo (17-19-6) snapped a two-game skid and climbed into a tie with New Jersey for 10th in the Eastern Conference standings.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 1
In Toronto, the Maple Leafs scored four goals on their first five shots, chased Montreal goalie Carey Price midway through the first period.
HURRICANES 4, BRUINS 2
In Raleigh, N.C., Jiri Tlusty scored two goals and Carolina ended a seven-game losing streak with a win over Boston.
AVALANCHE 4, CANUCKS 3
In Denver, Jan Hejda scored with 7.6 seconds remaining and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 24 shots, helping Colorado rally past Vancouver.