The Florida Panthers moved to the top of the Atlantic Division with a franchise record-equalling 43rd win of the season.
Jonathan Huberdeau struck twice to help the Panthers to a 3-2 success over the New Jersey Devils, while veteran Jaromir Jagir, 44, became the oldest player ever to record a 60-point season with two assists.
Florida leapfrogged the Tampa Bay lightning, who were easily dispatched by the Montreal Canadiens.
Rookie goaltender Mike Condon impressed for the Canadiens, registering his maiden NHL shutout with 26 saves, laying the platform for David Desharnais, Torrey Mitchell and Phillip Danault to notch in a 3-0 victory.
Cal O’Reilly and Johan Larsson shared two goals apiece in the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, while the New York Islanders continue to look the most likely to earn a Stanley Cup wildcard after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Anders Lee bagging the decisive score.
The New York Rangers failed to secure a play-off spot, losing 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the fourth consecutive match, beating the Nashville Predators 5-2.
The Minnesota Wild’s six-game winning streak was ended by a 3-2 defeat to the Ottawa Senators, the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 and the LA Kings enjoyed a 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames.
Late goals from Jannik Hansen and Markus Granlund saw the Vancouver Canucks end a nine-match losing streak with a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.