Winnipeg stay in the hunt in NHL

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 shots for his second consecutive shutout as the Jets stayed in seventh in the West, a point ahead of Calgary with two games to play and now three points ahead of the defending champions Los Angeles, who lost to struggling Edmonton.

Minnesota clinched their spot in the West playoffs with a win at Chicago, Nashville missed another chance to overtake St. Louis at the top of the Central when they lost at Colorado, and Ottawa came from three goals down to beat Pittsburgh and tighten the playoff race in the East.

Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn scored the sole goal and Pavelec made it stand up with another strong performance in goal as the Jets won a third straight.

St. Louis were without injured Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen for the fourth straight game, but both are expected back for the playoffs.

Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves to help the Wild record a playoff-clinching 2-1 victory at Chicago.

Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker scored in the third period for the Wild. It was Zucker’s first game in two months after a broken collarbone.

Minnesota have more losses than wins when they traded for Dubnyk on January 14 and the veteran has helped them turn their season around.

Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks, who missed an opportunity to move within a point of the Central lead.

Also missing a chance at the Central title were Nashville, who lost 3-2 at Colorado to suffer their fourth straight loss and stay a point behind St. Louis.

Colorado’s Joey Hishon broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal while goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots.

Jarome Iginla and Ryan O’Reilly scored nine seconds apart in the second period for Colorado, who were eliminated from the playoff chase last week.

Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis had scored for the Predators, who have won only six of their past 19 games but have already secured a playoff spot.

Ottawa’s Mark Stone scored 2:43 into overtime to cap the Senators’ comeback from three goals down in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Stone also scored in the third period, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman scored goals for the Senators, who moved into a tie with Boston for the final wild-card spot in the East and within a point of the Penguins, who hold the first wild-card berth.

Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist each for Pittsburgh.

The New York Rangers secured the President’s Trophy for the best record in the regular season for only the third time in franchise history by winning 4-2 at New Jersey.

Kevin Hayes and Ryan McDonagh scored 47-seconds apart in the first period while James Sheppard and Carl Hagelin added third-period goals as the Rangers swept the four-game season series between the teams and notched a 52nd win, tying the franchise record. Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier scored for the Devils.

Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn capped a frantic final two minutes with the winning goal with 2.1 seconds left to lift the Flyers past the New York Islanders 5-4.

Detroit closed in on a 24th straight playoff appearance by rallying past Carolina 3-2, with Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk scoring in the third period.

Edmonton dealt a major blow to the playoff hopes of the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles by beating the Kings 4-2, with Matt Fraser scoring twice.

Calgary’s Sean Monahan scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift the Flames to a 3-2 victory over Arizona.


NY Rangers???? 4-2 New Jersey

Philadelphia 5-4 NY Islanders

Ottawa 4-3 Pittsburgh (OT)

Detroit 3-2 Carolina

Winnipeg 1-0 St Louis

Minnesota 2-1 Chicago

Colorado 3-2 Nashville

Calgary 3-2 Arizona

Edmonton 4-2 Los Angeles