Roundup: Rangers top Flyers in shootout
PHILADELPHIA — Wojtek Wolski’s shootout goal lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers yesteray.
Wolski’s goal came in the second round of the shootout after Erik Christensen had scored in the first. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Nikolay Zherdev and Claude Giroux on both of the Flyers’ shootout chances at the Wells Fargo Center.
Bryan McCabe and Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Rangers in regulation. James Van Riemsdyk and Zherdev had the Flyers’ goals.
The Flyers pulled even with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Eastern Conference with 103 points.
• Lightning 2, Blackhawks 0 — In Chicago, backup Mike Smith made 31 saves for his first shutout in more than a year, and Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal in the first period before leaving with a facial injury.
Nate Thompson added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left to seal Tampa Bay’s fifth straight victory. The Lightning improved to 99 points, one behind the fourth-place Penguins in the Eastern Conference.
Smith was tested heavily in the final 30 minutes, but held off the Blackhawks and earned his 11th NHL shutout. The defending Stanley Cup champions remained in eighth place in the West, and are still trying to secure a playoff spot with four games left.
• Sabres 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT) — In Raleigh, N.C, Marc-Andre Gragnani scored 2:56 into overtime to lift Buffalo over Carolina.
Chris Butler also scored and Jhonas Enroth made 35 saves for the Sabres, who won a tense matchup with a postseason feel — and plenty of playoff implications.
Buffalo, which has 90 points, kept hold of seventh place in the Eastern Conference and put the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes in peril.
Eric Staal scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Hurricanes earned one point to move to 87, two behind the eighth-place New York Rangers, with three games left for both teams.
• Red Wings 4, Wild 2 — In Detroit, Nicklas Lidstrom scored and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves, helping the Red Wings beat Minnesota and clinch the Central Division title.
Darren Helm, Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings.
Detroit has won nine division titles in 10 seasons and 14 since the 1991-92 season, when Lidstrom was a rookie.
The Red Wings moved one point ahead of idle San Jose, which has played one fewer game, for second place in the Western Conference with a week left in the regular season.
• Blues 6, Blue Jackets 1 — In Columbus, Ohio, Patrik Berglund scored twice, and Jaroslav Halak had 23 saves to lead St. Louis.
Chris Porter, Andy McDonald, Alexander Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo also had goals, with Chris Stewart, Matt D’Agostini and Vladimir Subotka each adding two assists for the Blues, who have earned points in five of six games.
R.J. Umberger, who tied the Blue Jackets record for consecutive games played with 243, had the lone goal for Columbus, which has lost three straight.