HURRICANES 4, ISLANDERS 3 (SO): The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a shootout loss to Carolina. With the point they received by reaching overtime, coupled with a loss by the Winnipeg Jets at Washington, the Islanders secured a place in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
John Tavares scored with 1:01 left in regulation to tie it for New York. Josh Bailey and Brad Boyes also scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves for the Islanders.
Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored in the shootout to give the Hurricanes the victory.
Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Dwyer and Alexander Semin also scored for Carolina.
CAPITALS 5, JETS 3: Washington clinched the Southeast Division title, completing a stark turnaround in a lockout-shortened season with a win over Winnipeg.
The Capitals blew a two-goal lead, survived a pair of replay reviews and exhaled deeply when defensemen John Erskine cleared two shots off the goal line. They also had to kill a late power play, but they held to win for the 10th time in 11 games.
Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 31st goal — an empty-netter in the final minute — and Matt Hendricks, Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom and Mathieu Perreault also scored.
Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Nik Antropov scored for the Jets.
BLUES 3, AVALANCHE 1: Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists as St. Louis clinched a playoff berth. Brian Elliott made 17 saves two nights after getting yanked in a 5-3 loss at Colorado that squandered the Blues’ first chance at clinching. St. Louis scored two power-play goals for the first time since Feb. 15.
Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald beat Semyon Varlamov on consecutive shots in the second period to make it 3-0.
The Blues have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2003-04.
Cody McLeod scored his eighth of the season and fifth in five games for the Avalanche.
SHARKS 3, STARS 2: Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored goals 30 seconds apart late in the third period to help San Jose clinch its ninth straight playoff berth. Raffi Torres also scored for the Sharks, who moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Los Angeles with two games remaining in the race for home-ice advantage. The Sharks visit the Kings in the season finale Saturday.
Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars. Dallas remains two points behind ninth-place Detroit and three behind eighth-place Columbus in the race for the final playoff spot.
PANTHERS 3, RANGERS 2: Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals, and Florida prevented the New York Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Goc broke a tie, and Drew Shore added a short-handed, empty-net goal to give Florida a 3-1 lead.
Tomas Fleischmann netted the first goal and added an assist, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 shots for the Panthers.
Derick Brassard and Taylor Pyatt scored for the Rangers (24-18-4), who have a one-point lead over Winnipeg with two games left.
DEVILS 3, CANADIENS 2: Patrik Elias scored his 375th NHL goal, Martin Brodeur got his 669th victory and New Jersey beat Montreal.
New Jersey dealt a blow to Montreal’s hopes of winning the Northeast Division. The sputtering Canadiens (27-14-5) lost for the fifth time in six games. They trail Boston by two points in the Northeast with only two games remaining.
Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period, Jacob Josefson netted his first of the season in the opening frame, and Steve Sullivan made it 3-0 in the second.
Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller both had second-period goals for Montreal.
FLYERS 5, BRUINS 2: Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen scored goals 7 seconds apart to lead Philadelphia over Boston. Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek and Simon Gagne also scored for the Flyers, who failed to make the playoffs this season.
Wade Redden and David Krejci had goals for the Bruins.
The Bruins are second in the Eastern Conference and lead the Northeast Division. But the Bruins and Montreal both have 59 points.
WILD 2, KINGS 1: Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping Minnesota break its five-game home losing streak.
Jeff Carter’s slap shot whizzed past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with 0.8 seconds left in the second period, pulling the Kings within one.
Slava Voynov’s shot fwas stopped by a sprawling Backstrom with 11 seconds remaining in the game to preserve the lead.
PREDATORS 4, FLAMES 3: Austin Watson and Matt Halischuk scored 1:23 apart in the third period to lead Nashville over Calgary.
David Legwand and Nick Spaling had the other goals for Nashville, which ended the franchise’s longest losing streak at eight games.
Roman Cervenka scored two goals, and T.J. Brodie had the other goal for Calgary, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.