Colorado’s comeback boosts playoff push


DENVER – Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche extended the St. Louis Blues’ winless streak to 13 games with a 4-2 win Saturday.

The Avs appeared in danger of losing for the third time in four games and further endangering their playoff aspirations when they fell behind St. Louis 1-0 in a lifeless first period..

Sakic began Colorado’s recovery with a second-period goal.

Predators 2, Blackhawks 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Paul Kariya scored in the second round of a shootout, and the Nashville Predators finally clinched their second straight playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jason Williams scored the go-ahead goal and Chris Osgood made it stand in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both teams seemed tired in the third period after a wild 6-5 shootout victory by the Red Wings 24 hours earlier in Detroit. Brendan Shanahan and Tomas Holmstrom also had goals for Detroit, which cemented its position atop the Presidents’ Trophy standings with 114 points. Chris Chelios added an empty-net goal.

Mighty Ducks 4, Kings 2

LOS ANGELES – Chris Kunitz scored two goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves for his 28th victory of the season and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.

Rob Niedermayer and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Anaheim, which maintained fifth-place in the Western Conference. The Ducks can clinch a playoff spot with a win at Vancouver on Monday.

Islanders 5, Capitals 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Alexei Yashin scored two of New York’s three power-play goals in the first period, and the Islanders snapped their season-worst, six-game losing streak by shutting down Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 5-0.

Yashin stole the spotlight from his young Russian countrymate, who is trying to become the second NHL rookie to notch 50 goals and 100 points. Ovechkin needs two goals in the final five games to accomplish both feats, after he got to 99 points Friday in a home loss to Carolina.

Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA – Jeff O’Neill had two goals, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers fell five points behind the Atlantic-Division leading New York Rangers with five games remaining for each, including one meeting between the teams. Philadelphia is fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Lightning 1, Penguins 0

TAMPA, Fla. – Sean Burke made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0.

The Lightning opted to stay with Burke, who had allowed three goals in two straight wins. He posted his 37th overall shutout. John Grahame, who has a 9-1-1 record against Pittsburgh, was the backup.

Thrashers 5, Hurricanes 2

ATLANTA – Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 51st goal to offset Justin Williams’ two-goal effort and keep the Atlanta Thrashers’ slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes..

Sabres 6, Senators 2

OTTAWA – Tim Connolly scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. The win allowed Buffalo to get within six points of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead. Buffalo has four games left to play while the Senators have five.

Devils 3, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL – Brian Gionta got his 43rd goal and Scott Gomez scored twice – his 29th and 30th – and the New Jersey Devils took sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Martin Brodeur made 40 saves for New Jersey.

, which won its sixth in a row and moved two points clear of seventh-place Montreal.

The Canadiens, who outshot the Devils 42-29, ended an eight-game winning streak, their longest in over 13 years.