Bryan McCabe scored the tying goal midway through the third period to help the Maple Leafs rally for a 2-2 tie with the Ottawa Senators in Toronto last night, as both teams lost ground in the race with the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.
Rob Ray and Chris Phillips scored for the Senators, who fell 3 points behind Boston. Toronto is 2 points behind the Bruins with three games to play. The Bruins and Senators have four games remaining.
Toronto forward Owen Nolan had to be helped off the ice after injuring his right leg. Nolan collapsed to the ice after his leg buckled while he checked Bryan Smolinski near the end of the second period. He threw off his gloves and appeared to be in severe pain.
Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime left the game six minutes into the first period with a sore left knee. Martin Prusek replaced Lalime after Lalime tripped into his own net.
Lightning 4, Capitals 1 -- Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals to help Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay beat visiting Washington and tie with Detroit for the overall NHL lead with 103 points. Lecavalier has 32 goals, one short of his career high set last season. Fredrik Modin and Brad Richards also scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves.
Washington rookie Matthew Yeats, who received little defensive support, stopped 28 shots in his second straight start.
Rangers 3, Flyers 1 -- Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist as visiting New York beat Philadelphia to snap a season-high eight-game losing streak. Stephen Valiquette, making his first NHL start in almost four years, had 38 saves for the Rangers, who also got goals from Josh Green and Bobby Holik. Valiquette went 2-0 for the New York Islanders in 1999-2000, recording a 2-1 win at Ottawa in his last start April 6, 2000. His only other NHL action was 14 minutes of relief work with the Oilers early this season.
Hurricanes 3, Islanders 2 -- Rookie defenseman Allan Rourke ended Rick DiPietro's shutout streak in the first period and visiting Carolina stalled the Islanders' playoff drive. Sean Hill and Jaroslav Svoboda also scored for the Hurricanes. Kevin Weekes made 36 saves, including 16 in the third period, to beat his former teammates.
DiPietro posted 3-0 shutouts in his previous two starts, but had his streak snapped at 145 minutes 40 seconds when Rourke scored his first NHL goal 8:42 in.
Canucks 3, Stars 2 -- Geoff Sanderson scored the tying goal midway through the third period, and Brendan Morrison scored 40 seconds into overtime as host Vancouver clinched a playoff spot with a victory over Dallas. Morrison raced in on a two-on-two rush and snapped a 20-foot wrist shot through the legs of Ron Tugnutt, helping fifth-place Vancouver move within a point of the Stars in the race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Red Wings 2, Avalanche 0 -- Manny Legace made 27 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider scored as soaring Detroit blanked visiting Colorado. The Western Conference-leading Red Wings are 9-1-1 in their last 11 home games. The Northwest Division-leading Avalanche are 0-5-1 in their last six games and have slipped behind San Jose for the third-best record in the West.
Blues 4, Blackhawks 3 -- Bryce Salvador scored 1:50 into the extra period for a victory over visiting Chicago that moved St. Louis back into a playoff position. The Blues' 11th overtime victory of the season tied the NHL record set by Calgary in 1999-2000.
Thrashers 3, Panthers 0 -- Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots to earn his first NHL shutout, and visiting Atlanta set a franchise record for wins (32) and points (76) in a season.
Penguins 2, Sabres 2 -- Konstantin Koltsov's goal late in the second period helped host Pittsburgh rally for a tie with Buffalo that damaged the Sabres' slim playoff hopes.
Blue Jackets 3, Predators 2 -- Tyler Wright scored 2:03 into overtime, and visiting Columbus beat Nashville for its fourth straight victory.
Flames 3, Kings 2 -- Shean Donovan scored 1:06 into overtime to give host Calgary a victory over Los Angeles.