WASHINGTON -- Sylvain Cote scored his first goal in 50 games, and Peter Bondra scored twice as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Wednesday. The Capitals now are tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Capitals and the Canadiens both have 79 points, but Montreal has played one fewer game than Washington. The Capitals have won four straight and seven of eight.
Devils 3, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jamie Langenbrunner won it as the Devils worsened Carolina's miserable record at home. Langenbrunner's winner came on a breakaway after a clearing pass by Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley hit linesman Tim Nowak and bounced right to Patrik Elias at the blue line. Elias flipped a pass to his wide open winger, who beat Arturs Irbe for his 13th of the season.
Panthers 3, Penguins 2
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Stephen Weiss and Eric Beaudoin each scored their first NHL goals. Beaudoin broke a 2-2 tie with 3:20 remaining when he deflected a slap shot from Lance Pitlick past goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
Weiss, playing in his first professional game on a five-game tryout, tied the score during a power play earlier in the third period. Weiss took a pass from Olli Jokinen from the side boards to the left of the crease and hooked the puck past Aubin on the stick side.
Blues 2, Stars 1, OT
DALLAS -- Pavol Demitra scored 2:29 into overtime. The extra point for winning the game pushed the Blues past Edmonton and Los Angeles into sixth place in the Western Conference standings. St. Louis has 88 points, one more than the Kings and Oilers.
Like St. Louis, Dallas is in the unusual position of fighting for one of the eight playoff spots. The Stars are tied for ninth place with Vancouver at 84 points.
Predators 3, Blackhawks 1
CHICAGO -- Former Blackhawk Steve Dubinsky recorded his first two-goal game in the NHL. Denis Arkhipov scored his team-leading 20th goal for the Predators, who snapped a five-game winless streak. Nashville has won just two of its last 15 games (2-10-3).
Eric Daze scored for the Blackhawks, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Islanders 1, Sabres 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Shawn Bates, his face bloodied by a high stick, scored with 6:10 remaining. Chris Osgood stopped 34 shots, improving to 5-1-1 in his last seven starts, as the Islanders maintained sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of New Jersey.
Curtis Brown scored and Martin Biron stopped 26 shots for the Sabres, whose playoff hopes grew dimmer. With five games left, Buffalo sits four points back of Washington and Montreal, who are tied for eighth in the East.
Avalanche 6, Thrashers 0
DENVER -- Steven Reinprecht had three goals and an assist, and Patrick Roy posted his NHL-leading ninth shutout of the season.
Chris Drury added a goal and three assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who avenged a 2-0 loss to the NHL's worst team on March 14.
Mighty Ducks 1, Red Wings 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dominik Hasek made 29 saves after sitting out two games with a sore back, and Luc Robitaille scored his 30th goal for Detroit.
Jeff Friesen scored on a power play and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 17 of 18 shots after replacing Steve Shields at 11:43 of the first period for Anaheim.
Shields made a sprawling save on Tomas Holmstrom, but received a facial laceration and a bruised jaw as Anaheim defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski knocked Holmstrom over him.
Detroit tied it in the second period when Robitaille converted Holmstrom's pass from behind the net for his 620th career goal. It's the fourth straight 30-goal season for the 15-year veteran, who reached that figure in each of his first eight NHL seasons with Los Angeles.
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