ATLANTA – David Booth scored with 4:25 left in the third period to help the Florida Panthers keep their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win Thursday night against the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Panthers, with 91 points, are battling the Montreal Canadiens for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with one game remaining Saturday at home against Washington.

The Canadiens (92 points) were playing at Boston on Thursday night, and could eliminate Florida by winning or getting into overtime.

The New York Rangers clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia to reach 93 points. The Rangers hold the tiebreaker over Florida with 42 wins. The Panthers have 40.


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