Penguins 5, Sabres 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby added two assists and Pittsburgh blanked Buffalo.

Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist for the surging Penguins, who have won six of seven and sit third in the Metropolitan Division. Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist also scored, and Casey DeSmith made 26 saves for his fourth career shutout.

Islanders 2, Canadiens 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots as New York beat Montreal.

Capitals 5, Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA — Brett Connolly had two goals and an assist to help Washington maintain its lead atop the Metropolitan Division.

Senators 2, Blues 0

OTTAWA, Ontario — Anders Nilsson stopped 34 shots for his second shutout to lead Ottawa.

Christian Wolanin and Chris Tierney scored to help the Senators snap a three-game losing streak. The shutout was Nilsson’s sixth of his career.

Lightning 5, Red Wings 4

DETROIT — Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay’s career lead in goals, Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the third period and the Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Thursday night.

The Red Wings led 3-0 in the second when Stamkos scored on the power play to start Tampa Bay’s comeback. His 383rd goal pulled him even with Lecavalier, and the NHL-leading Lightning weren’t done. The league’s highest-scoring team added four goals in the third, with Kucherov and Tyler Johnson scoring 26 seconds apart to give Tampa Bay the lead with 11:10 remaining. Kucherov made it 5-3 with 3:22 left.

Jets 4, Bruins 3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists to help Winnipeg hand Boston its third straight loss.

Stars 4, Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and Dallas hung on to beat Minnesota after goalie Ben Bishop got hurt.

Panthers 4, Sharks 2

SAN JOSE — Mike Hoffman scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play late in the second period and the Florida Panthers denied San Jose a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory over the Sharks on Thursday night.

Hoffman also set up Frank Vatrano’s insurance goal in the third to send the Panthers to their third straight win following a six-game skid. Florida moved within seven points of Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot but has only 12 games left to make up that margin.

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