TORONTO – John Tavares had two goals and an assist Thursday as the New York Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 on Thursday and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win the first of five straight road games it will play to end the regular season. They improved to 13-5-2 away from home and earned their fifth win in six games as they chase their first playoff berth since 2007.
Brad Boyes, with a goal and two assists, Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen also scored for New York.
Cody Franson, Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf scored for the Leafs, who were solidly outshot 38-21 Phil Kessel, appearing in his 500th career NHL game, added three assists.
RANGERS 6, PANTHERS 1: In New York, Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as New York hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Derick Brassard and Nash both scored power-play goals, with help from Callahan in the first, and Mats Zuccarello found the net for the second straight game to give the playoff-hopeful Rangers their sixth win in nine games (6-2-1).
DEVILS 3, FLYERS 0: In Philadelphia, Martin Brodeur stopped 23 shots for his 121st career shutout to keep New Jersey’s slim playoff hopes alive.
Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini and Adam Henrique scored goals to help the Devils snap their 10-game winless streak (0-6-4).
The Devils entered the game eight points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have five games left and need a lot of help.
SENATORS 3, CAPITALS 1: In Ottawa, Ontario, Kyle Turris scored twice as Ottawa ended Washington’s winning streak at eight games.
Cory Conacher also scored and Craig Anderson made 18 saves to help the Senators (23-14-6) win their fourth straight.
CANADIENS 3, LIGHTNING 2: In Montreal, Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game with 47 seconds left in regulation as Montreal snapped a three-game skid.
Gionta was at the left post to put a rebound off the end boards into an open side for the winner.
Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens.