PHILADELPHIA – Jeff Carter setup two Philadelphia goals with cross-ice passes, Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves and the Flyers closed within a point of New York for the Atlantic Division lead in a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
The Rangers could have clinched their first Atlantic Division title since winning the Stanley Cup in 1993-94 with a victory, but wrapping up that milestone again will have to wait.
They lost their fourth straight game and finish the season Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against Ottawa.
The Flyers still could win the Atlantic and clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with wins in their last two games. That won’t be easy, since both games are on the road, starting Sunday at New Jersey.
The Flyers finish the season Tuesday against the Islanders.
Mike Knuble, Nicholas Dimitrakos, R.J. Umberger and Petr Nedved scored for the Flyers, who won for the first time in four home games against New York and for only the fourth time in its last nine games.
Stars 4, Wild 3
DALLAS – Trevor Daley scored with 33.7 seconds left in overtime and the Dallas Stars, after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period, beat the Minnesota Wild.
Sharks 6, Mighty Ducks 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jonathan Cheechoo became the NHL’s leading goal-scorer with his fifth hat trick, giving him a total of 56, and Joe Thornton took the league scoring lead with three points as the Sharks clinched fifth place in the conference with a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Sabres 4, Canadiens 2
MONTREAL – Chris Drury and J.P. Dumont scored early in the third period and Teppo Numminen added an empty-net goal to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over Montreal on Saturday night, leaving the Canadiens still short of a playoff spot.
Lightning 3, Hurricanes 2
TAMPA, Fla. – Martin St. Louis’ breakaway goal with 10.7 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and moved the defending Stanley Cup winners a step closer to clinching a postseason berth.
Blue Jackets 5, Blackhawks 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Vyborny scored twice and had an assist in the third period to power Columbus to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Blue Jackets a franchise record for points in a season.
Maple Leafs 5, Senators 1
TORONTO – Mats Sundin scored and had an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs posted a 5-1 victory over Ottawa.
Islanders 5, Penguins 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Robert Nilsson scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Red Wings 3, Blues 2
ST. LOUIS – Henrik Zetterberg scored with 9 seconds to play to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.