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Isles rally as Rangers' home skid hits 7

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NEW YORK (AP) After getting off to a slow start, the New York Islanders rallied with a strong third period to get a big win in their playoff push.

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Wednesday night.

Anders Lee had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders, who pulled two points behind Boston for the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot. Anthony Beauvillier had two assists and Thomas Greiss stopped 34 shots.


Leafs top Jackets, continue playoff push

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) William Nylander and Leo Komarov each had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri also scored, and Frederik Andersen had 32 saves as Toronto stayed in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Atlantic Division. Nikita Zaitsev scored an empty-net goal after the Blue Jackets pulled their goalie for a sixth skater near the end.


Ducks beat Oilers to sit 2nd in Pacific

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) If the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers were looking to send a message to one another ahead of a possible matchup in the playoffs, it didn't take.

Instead, the Ducks were left relieved that a first period no-show didn't end up costing them the win - and the Oilers hoping the two points lost taught them a valuable lesson.


Rangers G Lundqvist to play this weekend

NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist will play this weekend after being sidelined since March 7 with a hip injury.

The team will be at Los Angeles on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday. The Rangers also play in San Jose on Tuesday and Lundqvist is expected to start two of those three games.


Blues' Stastny listed as week to week

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues announced forward Paul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury.

Stastny was injured in the Blues' 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night. He played just 3:51 before leaving the game midway through the first period.


Ristolainen to have hearing for hit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The NHL is considering further disciplinary action against Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel suffering a concussion.

The league's Department of Player Safety will hold a hearing with Buffalo's top defenseman on Thursday.


Pens secure 11th straight playoff berth

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth.

Crosby's teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending Stanley Cup champions' 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.


Ovechkin, Caps end Elliott's win streak

WASHINGTON (AP) T.J. Oshie is leading the Washington Capitals in goals, but Alex Ovechkin is again leading them into the playoffs.

Ovechkin had a goal and two assists as the NHL-leading Capitals beat the surging Calgary Flames 4-2 Tuesday night and snapped goaltender Brian Elliott's franchise-record winning streak at 11 games.


Turris helps Sens top Bruins, halt skid

BOSTON (AP) For the Ottawa Senators, snapping a four-game losing streak seemed almost secondary to the way they did it.

The Senators appeared ready for a return to the playoffs, ending an untimely skid with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.


Wild hold off Sharks to end 5-game slide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Devan Dubnyk gave up two goals late in the second period during an otherwise stellar night in net for Minnesota, potential trouble for a team on a skid.

The Wild scored twice themselves in the same decisive stretch, sending the San Jose Sharks away with another defeat.

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