Sabres rattled by Carolina in NHL

Mikhail Grigorenko, Brian Gionta, Johan Larsson and Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo (23-49-8) while goalie Anders Lindback made 48 saves.

Patrick Dwyer and Alexander Semin and center Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes (29-38-11). Goalie Cam Ward made 21 saves.

After tying the game in the dying seconds of regulation, center Derek Stepan scored with 49.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.

Stepan scored the winner after Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky left a juicy rebound in front of the net.

And Stepan sent the game into overtime with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the bench for an extra skater.

The Blue Jackets (39-35-5) had their nine-game winning streak snapped.

Martin St. Louis and defenseman Dan Girardi also scored for the Rangers (51-21-7), who still hold the league’s best record. Lundqvist stopped 29 of 32 shots.

Needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Winnipeg Jets played like a desperate team, out-working and out-scoring the reeling Minnesota Wild 2-0.

Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler scored, while goalie Ondrej Pavelec turned in a 32-save performance, as the Jets improved their odds of a first playoff trip since the NHL returned to Winnipeg in 2011.

Minnesota, which could have clinched a Western Conference playoff spot with a win, got 32 saves from goalie Devan Dubnyk.

The Wild can still make their third consecutive playoff trip with a win in any of their three remaining road games.

Chris Higgins scored in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in an NHL game with a playoff feel.

Daniel Sedin tied the game 1-1 for Vancouver at 9:54 of the third, forcing overtime.

Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack made 36 saves, while Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 37 shots.

The Canucks’ record improved to 46-29-5 for 97 points.

Los Angeles remain in the playoff hunt with a 39-25-15 mark for 93 points.

The Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in a game that turned out to be an anti-climax.

Minutes before the opening faceoff, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild, a result that eliminated both the Sharks and Stars from the Stanley Cup playoff chase.

It was probably more of a surprise for San Jose considering the Sharks owned the second-longest streak of reaching the playoffs with 10 straight, second only to Detroit’s 23 in a row.

Jamie Benn scored two goals to lead the Stars.

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