BOSTON -- Matthew Barnaby set up a pair of first-period goals by Petr Nedved and added an empty-net score, helping the New York Rangers boost their slim playoff hopes by beating the Boston Bruins 6-4 Saturday.
The Rangers have won four straight games, all on the road. But they will miss the postseason for the fifth straight year with any combination of their losses or Montreal wins totaling two.
Eric Lindros, Sandy McCarthy, and Martin Rucinsky also scored for New York.
Boston had power-play goals by Glen Murray and Brian Rolston. Bill Guerin and Sergei Samsonov also scored for Boston.
Center Joe Thornton returned to the Boston lineup after missing 13 games with a left shoulder injury and had two assists.
Islanders 5, Capitals 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Seven seasons of embarrassment were finally wiped away New York clinched a playoff spot Saturday night, one year after posting the worst record in the NHL.
Oleg Kvasha, Eric Cairns, Kenny Jonsson, Jason Blake and Michael Peca scored in a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals, giving New York its first postseason berth since 1994. A sellout, T-shirt-waving crowd chanted, ''Playoffs, Playoffs'' as New York was winding up its first victory over Washington in five years.
Washington rookie Nolan Yonkman, Jaromir Jagr and Glen Metropolit scored in the third period to give the Isles a late scare. Dmitri Kristich had the Caps' first goal.
Washington, coming off a scoreless tie with Ottawa on Friday, is fading in a fierce battle for the final playoff spot in the East. The Capitals now trail Montreal, a 4-1 winner over Columbus, by three points. Montreal has four games remaining to three for Washington.
Flyers 3, Penguins 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Williams and Jeremy Roenick had goals, and Roman Cechmanek made 17 saves as Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Flyers, who won for just the second time in 10 games at home, are three points behind Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining. They are just 6-10-3 since the beginning of March.
Pittsburgh, which is out of the playoff race, has lost a season-high six in a row.
Cechmanek won for the first time since Feb. 27. He had missed 13 games with a sprained right ankle before returning on April 1.
Williams gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, and Roenick got Philadelphia's first power-play goal in its last five game -- snapping an 0-for-14 streak.
Canadiens 4, Blue Jackets 1
MONTREAL -- Patrice Brisebois had a short-handed goal and an assist, and Jose Theodore made 19 saves as Montreal extended its winning streak to five games.
Stephane Quintal, Yanic Perreault, and Joe Juneau also scored for Montreal as the Canadiens solidified their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Columbus' Mike Sillinger scored with 4:24 left to ruin Theodore's shutout bid.
Montreal has 83 points and a three point-lead over ninth-place Washington, which dropped a 5-4 road decision to the New York Islanders.
The Canadiens, who have missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons, have four games remaining following Saturday night's games while the Capitals will have only three.
Maple Leafs 2, Panthers 2
TORONTO -- Trevor Kidd made 46 saves for Florida, which earned a tie by killing off a two-man advantage in overtime.
Peter Worrell and Olli Jokinen scored for the Panthers, outshot 48-25.
Mats Sundin had his 39th goal and Darcy Tucker his 20th for the Maple Leafs, who are battling for home-ice advantage in the playoffs. Toronto went 1-for-8 on the power-play.
Florida took a 2-0 lead on unassisted goals in the second period.
Worrell scored at 2:45 after two Leafs defenders banged sticks together, leaving the puck in front of the net. Worrell then flicked the puck past goalie Corey Schwab. Jokinen skated up the ice after a Toronto turnover and put his own rebound past Schwab at 6:36.
Tucker scored less than two minutes later on the power play. Tucker put a rebound past Kidd at 8:16. Sundin tied it after skating around the back of the net and backhanding the puck past Kidd at 16:38.
Predators 3, Flames 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nathan Perrott made his first NHL goal a game-winner for Nashville.
The victory was only Nashville's second in its last 10 home games (2-7-1).
Nashville's Scott Hartnell wasted little time scoring the first goal of the game. With 91 seconds elapsed in the first period, Vitali Yachmenev hit Hartnell with a pass as he skated in from the right wing. His shot beat Calgary goaltender Roman Turek.
Calgary's Jarome Iginla pulled got his 49th goal when he scored on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle on the power play at 15:20 of the first period.
The Predators struck again at 16:35. Perrott shot's bounced off the right skate of Turek and into the net.
Kings 4, Oilers 3, OT
LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy's second goal of the game -- 28 seconds into overtime -- gave Los Angeles Kings the victory.
Jason Allison fed a cross-ice pass on a 2-on-1 break and Palffy slipped the puck behind goalie Tommy Salo.
Anson Carter's goal for Edmonton -- also his second of the night -- with 10.3 seconds remaining in the third period forced the extra session. Ryan Smyth stole the puck from Philippe Boucher and passed to Carter, who converted at the right post for his 28th goal of the season.
The Kings had taken a 3-2 lead with 2:24 remaining on Philippe Boucher's long slap shot.
Carter tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal early in the third. Smyth scored for Edmonton in the first period, and Palffy and Brad Chartrand for Los Angeles in the second.
Sharks 6, Red Wings 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau scored three goals, and Owen Nolan had a goal and two assists as the San Jose Sharks jumped into second place in the Western Conference with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Marleau was spectacular in recording his first career hat trick, and Vincent Damphousse and Mike Rathje added goals as the Sharks clinched a playoff berth for the fifth straight season.
With the biggest offensive output by any opponent this season against the league-leading Red Wings, San Jose wrapped up a six-game homestand with five victories, including four in a row.
Marco Sturm had two assists, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 31 shots as San Jose (42-25-8-3, 95 points) moved past Colorado (43-27-7-1, 94 points) into position for the second seed in the West playoffs. Both teams have four games remaining.
The Sharks still are 19 points behind Detroit, which clinched the conference's top playoff spot two weeks ago. But the Red Wings, who have won just once in their past seven games while resting up for the playoffs, gave up more than five goals for the first time all season.
Rookie Jason Williams scored two goals for the Red Wings, who played without seven regulars. Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit.
The Sharks moved even closer to the first division title in franchise history. San Jose leads Los Angeles by four points atop the Pacific Division standings, again with four games remaining for both teams.
Marleau, the talented young center who has frustrated the Sharks with his inconsistent play during his five NHL seasons, is on the hottest streak of his career. He scored eight goals and 12 points during the Sharks' homestand, including two goals late in the second period to break open a close game.
Marleau swatted Sturm's deflected shot out of mid-air 10 feet from the net for his second goal, and he completed the trick with a smooth backhand past Manny Legace on a breakaway late in the second period.
With Dominik Hasek, Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Pavel Datsyuk and Fredrik Olausson all out of the lineup, the Red Wings were a shadow of the NHL's best team.
Since clinching the Presidents' Trophy, Detroit has rested several of its aging stars -- though fans in cities such as San Jose, where hundreds of Red Wings jerseys fill the stands, understandably feel short-changed.
Robitaille rested for the first time all season, while Chelios is resting every third game. Lidstrom and Datsyuk didn't make the Red Wings' trip to California, while Yzerman hasn't played since the Olympic break.
Legace, who stopped 26 shots, has won just once in his last seven starts.
Notes: San Jose needs one point in its final four games to improve its point total for the sixth consecutive season. The Sharks actually will have improved in seven straight seasons, but the team doesn't count the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season when listing the statistic. ... Williams had the first multiple-goal game of his career. ... Marleau got his breakaway by speeding past Detroit defenseman Uwe Krupp, who played in his third straight game -- but just his fifth in more than three seasons after a series of injuries. ... Sturm's assist on Marleau's second goal gave him a career-best 39 points. Scott Thornton has 39 points -- another career-best -- while Rathje's goal also gave him a career-best 17 points.
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