NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Brian Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner scored in the shootout to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 12th straight home victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 on Friday night.
New Jersey snapped a season-high, five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and ended Philadelphia's four-game winning run. Every Devils shooter beat goalie Martin Biron in the tiebreaker.
Johnny Oduya had his first two-goal game for the Devils and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored in regulation.
Mike Knuble sent the game into overtime, scoring the equalizer for Philadelphia with 55.2 seconds remaining. Vinnie Prospal, Jim Dowd and Randy Jones also scored for Philadelphia.
The Devils jumped over Ottawa into fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Philadelphia is in seventh, two points behind the New York Rangers and one ahead of Boston.
Canadiens 4, Sabres 3, OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Christopher Higgins scored 3:38 into overtime, capping Montreal's rally against Buffalo.
Tomas Plekanec scored consecutive goals in the final three minutes, and Montreal regained the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by one point.
The Sabres squandered a 3-1 third-period lead for the second straight home game, and had their playoff hopes take another hit entering the final week of the season.
Stuck in 10th place, Buffalo is four points back of eighth-place Boston and the postseason cutoff in the East.
Wild 4, Canucks 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns scored with the man advantage for Minnesota and sent Vancouver to its fourth straight loss and a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with Nashville.
Roberto Luongo was pulled for the second straight game, after giving up two goals in each of the first two periods. Bouchard scored for the first time in six weeks to set the tone in another critical Northwest Division game. Minnesota stretched its lead to three points over the Calgary Flames.
Niklas Backstrom posted his fourth shutout of the season and set a franchise record with 31 victories.
Predators 2, Blue Jackets 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dan Ellis shut out Columbus for the second time in four days, and Nashville mastered the Blue Jackets again. Jan Hlavac and Radek Bonk scored on consecutive shots in the second period and Ellis made a career-high 43 saves.
Nashville is 15-0-1 in its last 16 meetings with Columbus, matching the longest current points streak for one team against another. That's 31 of a possible 32 points head-to-head the past two seasons.
Ellis beat the Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday night, stopping 36 shots.
Hurricanes 7, Thrashers 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Hamilton each scored two of Carolina's five power-play goals in a rout of Atlanta.
Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, Joe Corvo also scored with the man-advantage and Trevor Letowski added a short-handed goal for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes improved to 6-1-1 against Atlanta, scoring at least five goals in all but one of those victories.
Jim Slater scored a short-handed goal, and Johan Hedberg stopped 28 shots but gave up all seven goals. Atlanta has lost eight of 10 and is just three points ahead of last-place Tampa Bay in the East.
Cam Ward made 25 saves in his career-high 16th straight start for the Hurricanes, who extended their division lead over Washington to four points with four games left.
Blues 4, Red Wings 3, OT
DETROIT (AP) - Brad Boyes' second goal of the game and 40th of the season gave St. Louis an overtime win against NHL-leading Detroit.
Erik Johnson and Andy McDonald also scored for the Blues, and Paul Kariya had three assists. Manny Legace made 36 saves.
Johan Franzen scored twice and Brian Rafalski netted Detroit's other goal. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each had three assists, and Chris Osgood stopped 17 shots.
Boyes put in a one-timed shot from the left circle 2:43 into overtime.
Avalanche 5, Oilers 4, SO
DENVER (AP) - Joe Sakic forced overtime by scoring with 5.9 seconds left in regulation, then added the decisive tally in a shootout as Colorado strengthened its playoff position with a win over Edmonton.
Wojtek Wolski and Milan Hejduk also scored in the shootout for Colorado, which pulled even with Calgary for sixth in the Western Conference playoff race with 90 points.
Tom Gilbert had a goal and an assist, and Dwyane Roloson made 32 saves for the Oilers, who, with 84 points, are two points behind Nashville.
Sharks 3, Ducks 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Brian Boucher made 23 saves, and San Jose wrapped up the Pacific Division title with a victory over Anaheim.
Anaheim, second in the division, has three games remaining and trails San Jose by eight points. The Ducks had won 10 straight at home.
The Sharks, who have points in 18 straight games (16-0-2), won their third division crown and first since the 2002-03 season.
Boucher shut out the Ducks after the first period, and Jeremy Roenick and Curtis Brown scored second-period goals for the Sharks.
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