Jhonas Enroth more than capably filled in for injured Ryan Miller by stopping 23 shots for his first career shutout, leading the Sabres to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in a seventh-place showdown last night at Buffalo.
Tim Connolly scored 5:28 into the second period to help the Sabres (39-29-9) earn their 87th point and move into tie with the Rangers (41-31-5) for seventh in the Eastern Conference with 10 days left in the season.
The Rangers lost in regulation for the first time in eight games (6-1-1).
Miller is listed as day to day because of an upper-body injury.
Last year’s Vezina Trophy winner was shaken up in the third period of a 4-3 loss at Toronto Tuesday night when he took a hard shot from Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Hurricanes 6, Canadiens 2 — Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist, and host Carolina beat Montreal to continue its push for a playoff spot.
Fellow rookie Jamie McBain also scored twice for the ninth-place Hurricanes, 3 points behind the Sabres and Rangers in the East. Carolina has won six of its last eight.
Cam Ward made 38 saves for the Hurricanes. Carey Price stopped 22 shots but allowed four goals in two periods for the Canadiens, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Devils 3, Islanders 2 — Andy Greene’s goal with 4:56 left snapped a tie and lifted host New Jersey to a win that kept it barely alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
After the Islanders erased a 2-0 deficit on a pair of goals by Frans Nielsen 4:06 apart earlier in the period, Greene took a pass from Patrik Elias, glided into the left circle, and snapped a shot over Rick DiPietro’s left pad to give the defenseman his first goal in 34 games, dating to Jan. 8.
The Devils still have the faintest of hopes of making the playoffs for the 14th straight season, the NHL’s second-longest streak to Detroit.
Ducks 4, Flames 2 — Corey Perry scored his league-leading 45th and 46th goals and added an assist as Anaheim dealt host Calgary a crushing blow.
Anaheim jumped from seventh to sixth place in the West, 6 points ahead of ninth-place Calgary and Dallas. Calgary remained 3 points behind Chicago for the final playoff spot, and has just four games left.
Bobby Ryan and Lubomir Visnovsky also scored for Anaheim. Jarome Iginla and Mark Giordano scored for Calgary.
Blues 10, Red Wings 3 — Chris Porter scored his first two goals of the season as St. Louis pounded Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.