RALEIGH, N.C. — Captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and the New York Rangers rallied to clinch a third consecutive Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.
Brad Richards tied it for the Rangers with 2:57 remaining in regulation.
SENATORS 2, CAPITALS 1 (OT)
In Washington, Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa’s first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth by beating the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin had his NHL-leading 32nd goal for Washington.
RED WINGS 5, PREDATORS 2
In Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists and the Red Wings moved a step closer to their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance with a win over Nashville.
The Red Wings need one more point to secure their spot in the postseason.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 2
In Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Jets saw their playoff hopes end on two scoreboards they didn’t control, even before they bowed to Montreal.
Both the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators moved out of reach with overtime wins that kept them in the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
BRUINS 2, LIGHTNING 0
In Boston, Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in as many starts and the Bruins beat Tampa Bay, keeping Boston in control of the tight race for the Northeast Division title.
The Bruins have two more games.
FLYERS 2, ISLANDERS 1
In Philadelphia, Oliver Lauridsen and Danny Briere scored goals to lead the Flyers over New York.
John Tavares scored for the Islanders.
DEVILS 3, PENGUINS 2
In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury in March, giving New Jersey a victory.
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils.
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared to resume practicing less than a month after a deflected shot fractured his jaw.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, PANTHERS 0
In Sunrise, Fla., Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead Toronto over Florida.