Flyers salvage win, stay within range of New York

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PHILADELPHIA – Jeff Carter’s power-play goal with 6:32 left in the third period lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

The Flyers wasted a 3-0 lead, but earned the victory to move within three points of the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers with four games remaining, including one meeting between the teams.

Islanders 3, Rangers 2

NEW YORK – Miroslav Satan scored two goals and the New York Islanders slowed the rival Rangers’ drive to the Atlantic Division title by holding on for a 3-2 victory.

The Rangers have already clinched their first playoff berth since 1997 and are trying for their first division crown since the Stanley Cup-winning season of 1993-94.

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Maple Leafs 6, Panthers 5

TORONTO – Mats Sundin had four goals and two assists and Tomas Kaberle scored with 11 seconds left in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 6-5 victory over the Florida Panthers.

After Florida’s Nathan Horton was penalized for holding, Sundin passed to Kaberle, whose one-timer from the faceoff circle gave Toronto the victory.

Red Wings 2, Oilers 0

DETROIT – Manny Legace made 29 saves and Kris Draper and Donald MacLean scored goals to help the Detroit Red Wings clinch the best record in the NHL with a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Red Wings, with 118 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Wild 2, Blackhawks 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Josh Harding made 27 saves in his second NHL start and Stephane Veilleux scored the deciding goal on a third-period breakaway in the Minnesota Wild’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Predators 2, Blues 0

ST. LOUIS – Chris Mason made 27 saves for his third career shutout and the Nashville Predators beat St. Louis 2-0 to complete a season sweep of the Blues and reach 100 points for the first time in franchise history.

Mason, playing his first game since the Predators announced that starter Thomas Vokoun would miss the rest of the season because of a blood condition, shut out the Blues for the second time in five days at the Savvis Center.

Stars 3, Blue Jackets 2

DALLAS – Jason Arnott had an early power-play goal and Janne Niinimaa and Jaroslav Svoboda added rare goals, then the Dallas Stars had to scramble in the final minutes to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The victory was the Stars’ franchise-record 52nd of the season.

Thrashers 6, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Andy Sutton and Bobby Holik each scored twice and Mike Dunham stopped 32 shots Tuesday night to help the Thrashers tighten the race for the last two positions in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Devils 4, Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. – Brian Gionta scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime and the New Jersey Devils wrapped up a playoff spot in their 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Martin Brodeur made 37 saves to help the Devils stretch their winning streak to eight games.

and become the first NHL goalie to win 40 games in five seasons.

The New Jersey star is 40-23-7.

Gionta’s power-play goal – his 45th goal of the season – capped a wild ending, with both teams scoring in the final 5 minutes of regulation and New Jersey locking up its ninth straight playoff spot when the game went to overtime.

Wild 2, Blackhawks 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Josh Harding made 27 saves in his second NHL start and Stephane Veilleux scored the deciding goal on a third-period breakaway in the Minnesota Wild’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard added an empty-net goal with 1:11 remaining to help the Wild win for the fifth time in their last seven games.

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