Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils topped the New York Islanders, 3-1, at Prudential Center. Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Devils, who earned their fourth straight win. Johan Hedberg made 19 saves in the victory for New Jersey, which is currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Devils currently have 98 points and sit three back of Philadelphia for the fifth spot and six ahead of Ottawa for the seventh after both the Flyers and Senators lost on Tuesday. Matt Moulson supplied the offense for the Islanders while Al Montoya stopped 17-of-19 shots in New York's third straight loss.
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik and Ryan McDonagh totaled a goal and assist each as the New York Rangers used a four-goal first period to claim a 5-3 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday, clinching both the Atlantic Division crown and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov also tallied for the Rangers, who swept the six- game season series from their rivals for the first time since going 6-0-0 against Philly during the 1971-72 season. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to record his career-best 39th win of the season, as New York finished atop a division for the first time since winning the inaugural Atlantic title in 1994. Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers, who had little in the tank following an emotional win Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ilya Bryzgalov returned after a three-game absence due to a chip fracture in his right foot, but was shelled for five goals on 24 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Toronto 5 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Roy scored two goals, including the game- winner at 3:29 of overtime as the Buffalo Sabres claimed two huge points and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center. Alexander Sulzer scored twice and added an assist while Jordan Leopold and Tyler Ennis also found the back of the net for the Sabres, who have won six of their last eight games. Ryan Miller posted 20 stops in the win. With the victory, the Sabres pulled even with the idle Washington Capitals for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with just two games remaining in the regular season. Buffalo, though, still sits in ninth place via a tiebreaker. Tyler Bozak finished with two goals and an assist, Matt Frattin had a goal and an assist, while Clarke MacArthur and Jake Gardiner also scored for the Leafs, who have lost four of five. Ben Scrivens was touched for all six tallies on 45 shots.
Final Score: Carolina 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Cam Ward came up with 38 saves, backstopping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Tuesday. Brandon Sutter and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Hurricanes, who had dropped four of their previous five coming in. Jason Spezza scored the lone goal for the Senators, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, but will be heading to the playoffs after a win over the New York Islanders on Sunday. Craig Anderson gave up both tallies on 31 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Boston Bruins, 5-3, at TD Garden. Paul Martin, James Neal and Arron Asham also scored for the Penguins, who moved the three points ahead of Philadelphia for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference after the Flyers lost earlier Tuesday. Brent Johnson made 26 saves in Pittsburgh's second win in three games. Benoit Pouliot, Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley lit the lamp, while Marty Turco stopped 22-of-27 shots for Boston.
Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Florida 4 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Andrew Ladd's second goal of the contest came with 1:48 remaining in overtime, as Winnipeg rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Florida, 5-4. Zach Bogosian and Bryan Little posted a goal and assist each for the Jets, who have won two of three. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 34 shots for the victory. Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann and Tomas Kopecky tallied for the Panthers, who could have wrapped up a playoff berth and division title with a victory. Nonetheless, Florida remains on the verge of clinching with the point beyond regulation, and extended its lead in the Southeast Division over idle Washington to four points. Jose Theodore allowed five scores on 30 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Nashville 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Alexander Radulov netted the lone goal in the shootout, and Nashville moved into the fourth seed in the Western Conference with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Gabriel Bourque scored in the second period for the Predators, who as of now are a point ahead of fifth- place Detroit and two in front of Chicago. The Predators have two games remaining -- at home against Dallas on Thursday and at Colorado Saturday. Detroit has three contests left and Chicago two. Dany Heatley also scored in the middle period for Minnesota, which had its three-game winning streak stopped. Niklas Backstrom stopped 23 shots.