New York has an NHL-best 95 points and has earned at least one point in 17 of 18 games. James Sheppard and Matt Hunwick scored for the Rangers.
The Panthers, who began the day six points out of a playoff spot, lost in regulation for the first time in five games. Brandon Pirri scored his 15th goal, and Dan Ellis made 32 saves.
Brad Malone’s goal capped a big second period for Carolina and helped the Hurricanes end a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Justin Faulk and Ron Hainsey also scored for the Hurricanes. Andrej Nestrasil had two assists, and Anton Khudobin made 22 saves.
Nick Foligno and Scott Hartnell had the goals for Columbus, which had won three straight. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots.
Detroit’s Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career as the Red Wings thrashed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.
Marek Zidlicky added a goal and two assists for the Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg and Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit. Petr Mrazek made 42 saves for his first win in over a month.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped just 12 of the 16 shots before being pulled in the second period as the Penguins lost their second straight.
In Dallas, Jake Allen made 28 saves for his fourth shutout this season and Vladimir Tarasenko broke a scoreless deadlock with a goal in the third period as the St. Louis Blues downed the Dallas Stars 3-0.
The Blues added a power-play goal by Alexander Steen in the final 3:15.
Steen and Oshie each had a goal and an assist, and teammate Alex Pietrangelo had two assists.
The Washington Capitals blanked the Boston Bruins 2-0 after Braden Holtby made 32 saves for his eighth shutout of the season.
Washington moved two points ahead of Boston for the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Backstrom assisted on goals by John Carlson and Nate Schmidt, moving past Michal Pivonka and Alex Ovechkin (418 each) on the Capitals’ assists list with 420.
In other action, Bobby Ryan scored the shootout winner and Andrew Hammond stopped 27 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 and the Anaheim Ducks were 4-2 winners over the Nashville Predators.
Anaheim Ducks 4-2 Nashville Predators
Columbus Blue Jackets 2-3 Carolina Hurricanes
Dallas Stars 0-3 St Louis Blues
New York Rangers 2-1 Florida Panthers
Ottawa Senators 2-1 Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins 1-5 Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals 2-0 Boston Bruins