Rangers drop Islanders in OT

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The Islanders' Andrew MacDonald (bottom) battles for the puck with the Rangers' Ryane Clowe during Saturday's game.  CRAIG RUTTLE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Islanders' Andrew MacDonald (bottom) battles for the puck with the Rangers' Ryane Clowe during Saturday's game.

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.

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