EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots, and John Madden scored with 10:42 to play to give the New Jersey Devils a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
The victory was the fourth straight and ninth in 12 games for the Devils, and it also prevented the Flyers from clinching the Atlantic Division title.
Maple Leafs 7, Rangers 2
NEW YORK -- Darcy Tucker and Cory Cross each scored two goals as Toronto beat the New York Rangers.
Shayne Corson, Mats Sundin and Mikael Renberg also scored for Toronto.
Pavel Bure scored his 12th goal in 11 games since being traded to New York. Eric Lindros added a goal for the Rangers.
Sharks 5, Blue Jackets 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Owen Nolan had two goals and an assist as San Jose became only the second team in NHL history to improve its point total for six consecutive seasons.
Nolan scored the first two goals and assisted on the third as the Sharks built a 3-0 lead on their way to their fifth win in six games.
Todd Harvey added a goal and two assists for the Sharks. Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau each had goals -- Marleau scoring for the sixth game in a row (10-4-14).
Hurricanes 4, Lightning 2
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ron Francis and Rod Brind'Amour scored first-period goals as Carolina beat Tampa Bay to win the Southeast Division title for the second time in four seasons.
The Hurricanes eliminated the defending division champion Washington Capitals from postseason contention.
Panthers 4, Thrashers 4
ATLANTA -- Pierre Dagenais scored with 4:26 remaining as Florida rallied to tie Atlanta.
Dany Heatley gave the Thrashers a 4-3 lead with 4:48 to play with his second goal of the game, but Dagenais tied it 22 seconds later.
The Panthers came from behind three times and wound up in a tie for the third consecutive game.
Atlanta goalie Milan Hnilicka, who had 44 saves, didn't get much help from his teammates. All four Panthers goals were scored off of rebounds.
Sabres 4, Penguins 4
PITTSBURGH -- Miroslav Satan scored twice and Buffalo squandered a pair of two-goal leads, but still ran Pittsburgh's winless streak to eight with a tie.
Buffalo is 5-0-2 in its last seven games, but lost any chance to reach the playoffs Tuesday night.
The Penguins, headed for their worst season in 17 years, are 0-6-1-1 since beating Washington 6-2 on March 24, their longest such streak since losing nine in a row in 1984-85 -- Mario Lemieux's first season.
The Penguins' 16-19-4-1 home record also is their worst since that season, when they went 17-20-3.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 3
DETROIT -- Darren McCarty's late score helped Detroit overcome a two-goal, third-period deficit and tie Chicago.
The point enabled the Blackhawks (40-26-13-1) to clinch their first playoff berth since 1997.
McCarty scored his 100th career goal with 5:01 left, poking in a rebound off a shot by Sergei Fedorov.
Igor Larionov brought the Red Wings within 3-2 with 6:29 left when he shoveled in a cross-crease pass. The Blackhawks scored twice in the second to take a 3-1 lead.
Oilers 3, Coyotes 0
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike Comrie and Daniel Cleary scored third-period goals a minute apart, leading Edmonton over Phoenix.
Tommy Salo stopped 23 shots for his sixth shutout of the season and 30th career.
The Oilers and Vancouver Canucks are tied with 90 points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They both trail Phoenix by one point, and all three teams have two games remaining.
Marty Reasoner scored the other goal for Edmonton.
Wild 4, Stars 4
DALLAS -- Jim Dowd and Andrew Brunette scored 21 seconds apart midway through the third period as Minnesota fought from three goals down to tie Dallas.
The point gives Dallas 87 points with two games left. The Stars would have to win both and hope for nothing but losses from Vancouver and Edmonton, both with 90 points, for any chance to extend their streak of consecutive postseason to seven.
The Stars, who led 4-1 after scoring three goals in a 2:45 span in the second period, had a power play in overtime but were stopped repeatedly by Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who replaced injured starter Manny Fernandez in the second period.
Pierre Turgeon, Manny Malhotra and Darryl Sydor seemingly gave Dallas a big cushion with their second-period flurry.
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