Penguins 2, Capitals 1
The Penguins entered the game riding a nine-game winning streak and perched atop the Eastern Conference while the Washington Capitals came in losers of four of six and sitting 13th in the Conference.
The two teams continued in their opposite directions, as Matt Niskanen scored the game-winning goal midway through the final period as the Penguins prevailed.
Pittsburgh allowed one goal for the second consecutive game and has now allowed two goals in its past three games and six goals in its past six games.
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Rangers 3, Devils 2
Rick Nash broke a 2-2 tie in the second period with his 10th goal of the season, and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to protect the lead, giving the New York Rangers a crucial 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
The victory enabled the Rangers (15-12-2) to draw even with the Devils (13-11-6) in the Eastern Conference standings. The two rivals now have 32 points.
After losing three straight and four out of five, the Rangers have turned things around, winning two straight. The Devils lost for the third straight time.
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Senators 5, Islanders 3
Sergei Gonchar's goal with exactly one minute left capped a stunning third-period comeback for the Ottawa Senators, who scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to beat the New York Islanders 5-3 at Nassau Coliseum.
Guillaume Latendressse added an empty netter in the final 10 seconds for the Senators, who pulled even earlier in the period when Jakob Silfverberg and Zack Smith scored 68 seconds apart.
Matt Kassian also scored for the Senators (16-8-6), who won their third in a row despite being outshot 21-13 and trailing 3-1 through two periods.
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Panthers 4, Hurricanes 1
The Florida Panthers broke through for four third-period goals to support goalie Jacob Markstrom's fourth career win in a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tomas Fleischmann, Marcel Goc, Shawn Mattias and Jerred Smithson scored for the Panthers, who snapped a six-game winless streak.
The Hurricanes have a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Jordan Stall's power-play goal with 2:33 to play prevented a shutout.
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Blue Jackets 4, Predators 3
The Blue Jackets finally gave goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky some room for error against Nashville, and for the first time in a long time he needed it.
Bobrovsky allowed two goals in a 47-second span late in the third period, but the Blue Jackets held on for a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
The win extended Columbus' franchise-record point streak to 11 games (7-0-4). But the real eye-popper was the four goals the Blue Jackets scored, their highest output since Feb. 26.
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Sabres 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)
Steve Ott scored his second goal of the game on a power play 2:16 into overtime and the Buffalo Sabres ended Montreal's five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens.
Ott scored on a scramble in front of the Montreal goal after Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was sent off for high-sticking 17 seconds into overtime.
Montreal's Colby Armstrong tied it with 3:51 left in the third. Armstrong, who failed to score in his first 27 games, drew the Canadiens even at 2 with his second goal in as many games when Alex Galchenyuk set him up in the goal mouth.
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Jets 3, Bruins 1
The Winnipeg Jets scored twice in a span of 57 seconds in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 3-1.
Blake Wheeler's power-play goal at 11:44 of the final period, his 13th of the season, and Evander Kane's 12th at 12:41 propelled the Jets (16-12-2).
Wheeler added an empty-netter with six seconds left in the game.
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