Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Claude Giroux finished with a goal and two assists and Steve Mason made 32 saves, as Philadelphia prolonged Toronto's recent stretch of misery with a 4-2 decision on Friday. Vincent Lecavalier, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell also provided offense for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide and have won six of their last eight overall heading into a Sunday afternoon matchup with Atlantic Division leading Boston. Dave Bolland and James van Riemsdyk tallied for the Maple Leafs, who suffered their seventh consecutive defeat. Jonathan Bernier allowed four scores on 29 shots as Toronto failed to pick up a point and gain ground in the race for a wild-card berth in the East.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals in the third period for the Penguins, who had dropped six of eight coming into the contest. With 99 points, Pittsburgh is all but guaranteed of winning the Metropolitan Division thanks to a 13-point lead over the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh is seven points back of idle Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. James Wisniewski scored the only goal of the game for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three of their last four but are still hanging on to the top wild card spot. Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots in the loss. Columbus, Detroit, Washington and Toronto all have 80 points, but Columbus holds the tiebreaker to lay claim to the first wild card.
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Chicago 3
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Clarke MacArthur totaled a goal and two assists and Craig Anderson won for the first time in almost three weeks, as Ottawa downed Chicago, 5-3, in an inter-conference battle. Erik Condra, Cody Ceci, Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris also lit the lamp for the Senators, who won for just the second time in their last nine outings. Mark Stone contributed two assists for the hosts, who prevailed in their first game after learning leading goal scorer Bobby Ryan was lost for the season due to injury. Anderson made his first start since March 10, and came up with 46 saves to turn away one of the best clubs in the Western Conference. Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook scored for the Blackhawks, who could have clinched a playoff berth by picking up a single point. They didn't receive any outside help, either, as Dallas routed Nashville, 7-3. Antti Raanta surrendered all five scores on 29 shots as Chicago lost for the third time in four games.
Final Score: Dallas 7, Nashville 3
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas got goals from seven different players and picked up a big win with a 7-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday. The Stars currently have 81 points and sit three points back of Phoenix for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Dallas, though, does have a game in hand on Phoenix. Trevor Daley, Alex Chiasson, Ryan Garbutt, Cody Eakin, Colton Sceviour, Vernon Fiddler and Valeri Nichushkin all lit the lamp for the Stars, who have won three of their past four. Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 28 shots. Michael Del Zotto, Eric Nystrom and Patric Hornqvist all scored for the Predators, who had won three of four coming into the game. Pekka Rinne was lit up for all seven goals on 29 shots. Nashville's hopes of making the postseason are all but gone as the team is nine points back of Phoenix with just seven games remaining.
Final Score: Calgary 4, NY Rangers 3
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Cammalleri registered the deciding goal late in the second period and Karri Ramo came up with 38 saves, as Calgary surprised the New York Rangers with a 4-3 victory at the Saddledome. Joe Colborne, Mark Giordano and Kevin Westgarth added markers for the Flames, winners in four of their last six. Brian Boyle, Raphael Diaz and Brad Richards scored in a second-period burst for the Rangers, who were denied a sixth consecutive win in the first of four in a row on the road against Western Conference opponents. Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 24-of-28 shots in defeat. The Blueshirts' lead over the Flyers for home ice in the first round was reduced to one point, after Philly beat Toronto earlier Friday.
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Anaheim 3 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Ference scored with 1:09 left in overtime to help the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton had taken two penalties earlier in the overtime, leading to a brief 5-on-3 for Anaheim, but the Ducks took a whistle and the teams wound up skating 3-on-3. With a lot of ice to work with, Ference grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and skated down the middle, winding up for a big blast that ticked off the right post and in. Jordan Eberle, Oscar Klefbom and Sam Gagner scored for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game skid. Ben Scrivens made 48 saves in the win. Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault and Patrick Maroon all scored for the Ducks, who had won two straight entering the contest. Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots in the loss. With 102 points, Anaheim is one point back of idle San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division with two games in hand.