SABRES 3, BRUINS 2: Drew Stafford scored the only shootout goal after Buffalo tied the game in the final minute of regulation, and the Sabres beat the Bruins in the first pro game in Boston since the marathon bombings on Monday.
The Sabres forced overtime with 26.6 seconds left when Cody Hodgson scored his 14th goal of the season, tipping in Thomas Vanek’s pass into the slot during a power play.
Boston still clinched a playoff berth by gaining one point. The Bruins are tied with Montreal atop the Northeast Division, but have one game in hand on the Canadiens.
BLUE JACKETS 3, DUCKS 2, OT: Fedor Tyutin scored 2:19 into overtime, and Columbus won its fifth straight game and moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with a victory over Anaheim. Blake Comeau and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who rallied to win and jumped two points ahead of Detroit.
FLAMES 3, RED WINGS 2: Steve Begin scored two goals in the third period, and Calgary held on to hand playoff-hopeful Detroit a one-goal loss. Detroit dropped to ninth place in the Western Conference, two points behind Columbus and the postseason cutoff.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves to earn his first win since he topped St. Louis on March 24. Howard, who signed a six-year, $31.8 million contract on Tuesday, stopped 14 shots.