Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly scored in the third period for the Bruins, who lead the league with 113 points, two more than St. Louis in the race for the Presidents' Trophy. Lucic ended with two goals and an assist for Boston, which snapped a two-game skid. David Krejci had a goal and an assist and Loui Eriksson recorded four assists. Tuukka Rask stopped 24- of-26 shots for the Bruins, who won all three meetings against Philadelphia this season. Wayne Simmonds and Jay Rosehill lit the lamp for the Flyers, who have dropped four in a row and sit just two points ahead of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Ray Emery turned aside 37-of-41 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Colorado 4, St. Louis 0
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - A big second period and 31 saves from Semyon Varlamov helped the Colorado Avalanche blank the St. Louis Blues, 4-0, for their 50th win of the season. Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Nick Holden scored in a span of less than 10 minutes in the second period before the game turned chippy with a skirmish- filled third. Varlamov earned his NHL- best 40th win to tie head coach Patrick Roy's single-season franchise record. Stastny added two assists in Colorado's sixth straight win, a run that matches a season high. The Avalanche, who lead Chicago by three points for second place in the Central Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs, reached 50 wins for the second time in club history. Only the Stanley Cup- winning 2000-01 squad registered more victories with 52. Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 29 shots for St. Louis, which had outscored the Avalanche 13-5 in winning the season's first three meetings. The Central Division-leading Blues fell two points back of Boston in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Final Score: Washington 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the lone goal of the shootout as Washington captured a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward tallied in regulation for the Capitals, who finally put an end to a five-game slide which kept them on the outside of the playoff picture. Braden Holtby came up with 35 saves for the win. Cal Clutterbuck, John Persson and Frans Nielsen picked up a goal each for the Islanders, whose three-game win streak came to a halt. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 stops in defeat.
Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Tobias Enstrom scored the game-winning goal as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Saturday. After Paul Ranger went off for holding Adam Pardy, the Jets took a 3-2 lead on the power play. Enstrom skated across the blue line and fired a shot past a screened James Reimer with 2:58 to go in the second. Bryan Little, Jacob Trouba, and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Jets, who have won two of their last three. Andrew Ladd, Michael Frolik and Blake Wheeler all supplied two helpers, while Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 23 shots in the win. Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri provided Toronto's two goals and Reimer allowed all four goals on 41 shots. The Maple Leafs sit one point behind the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Final Score: Montreal 5, Detroit 3
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens recovered from blowing a three-goal third-period lead to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 5-3, at Bell Centre. Captain Brian Gionta, playing in his 300th game with the Canadiens, scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally with 6:47 remaining. Montreal, which has won seven of its last eight games, strengthened its grip on home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Habs are four points clear of Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic Division after the Lightning lost to Dallas on Saturday. The Red Wings' winning streak was snapped at four games, but they still have a three-point lead over Columbus for the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Final Score: Dallas 5, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist as the Dallas Stars grabbed a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The win allowed Dallas to leapfrog idle Phoenix for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Dallas has 87 points and five games to play, while Phoenix has 86 points and four games left. Vernon Fiddler and Tyler Seguin each posted a goal and an assist for the Stars, who have won six of their past eight games. Antoine Roussel scored the other goal while Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots. Andrej Sustr and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, who have dropped three of their last four. Ben Bishop allowed all five goals on 28 shots. Tampa Bay sits in the third spot in the Atlantic Division with 93 points and four games to play. The team trails Montreal by just two points.
Final Score: Ottawa 3, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Robin Lehner stopped 41 shots, including 13 in the third period, and Jason Spezza notched the deciding goal early in the second period, as Ottawa claimed a 3-2 decision over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad also tallied for the Senators, who shook off the memory of Friday's 7-4 home loss to Montreal. Mats Zuccarello netted both goals for the Rangers, who could have clinched a playoff berth with a single point but instead remained four points up on the Flyers for home ice in the first round. Henrik Lundqvist came up with 31 saves in the loss.
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Dainius Zubrus scored twice and Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots, as the New Jersey Devils extended their point streak to seven games with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Travis Zajac netted what proved to be the game-winner 6:34 into the second, while Schneider turned aside all eight shots he faced in the third for the Devils, who improved to 4-0-3 over their last seven tilts to move within one point of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. With 84 points, New Jersey sits tied with Toronto, which lost to Winnipeg on Saturday, in the race for the final playoff spot in the East. Jeff Skinner supplied Carolina's lone goal, while Anton Khudobin allowed two goals on 22 shots for the Hurricanes, who had a two-game win streak halted.
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Pittsburgh 0
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season, and Minnesota continued to push for a playoff berth with a 4-0 decision over Pittsburgh at Xcel Energy Center. Erik Haula, Mikko Koivu and Stephane Veilleux tallied in a strong first period for the Wild, owners of the first wild-card spot in the West who remained five points up on Dallas -- which won at Tampa Bay. Cody McCormick added the other tally and Charlie Coyle supplied two assists. Jeff Zatkoff made 16 saves for the Penguins, who took their foot off the gas and sat several regulars, including Evgeni Malkin, having clinched the Metropolitan Division.
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 1
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Richardson scored the winning goal with 1:23 to play as the Vancouver Canucks took a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Alexander Edler had the other goal and Eddie Lack stopped 25 shots for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game slide and kept their fledgling playoff hopes alive. With 81 points, Vancouver is six points back of Dallas for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference with four games to play. Slava Voynov had the only goal of the game for the Kings, who have lost three of their last four games. Jonathan Quick gave up both goals on 40 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Nashville 3, San Jose 0
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carter Hutton made 35 saves for his first career shutout and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on Saturday night for their sixth win in eight games. Patric Hornqvist scored twice and assisted on Roman Josi's goal as Nashville followed up Friday's 5-2 win over Anaheim with another victory over a playoff-bound team. The Sharks, their two-game winning streak snapped, missed a chance to pick up at least a point on West-leading St. Louis, which lost to Colorado earlier on Saturday and remains three points up on the Ducks and four ahead of San Jose. The playoff-bound Sharks remained one point behind Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division. They have three games left, starting with Wednesday's road test against Anaheim. The Ducks have five games remaining. Antti Niemi gave up three goals on 24 shots and San Jose finished 0-3 against Nashville this season.