The race for third place in the Atlantic Division will come down to the final game of the season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a chance to end the drama, but a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets made things just a little interesting.
Cole Sillinger scored 32 seconds after Tampa Bay tied the game, while third-period goals by Jack Roslovic and Oliver Bjorkstrand blew the game open.
Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry scored for Tampa Bay, which can clinch third place in the Atlantic Division with a win in its regular-season finale at the New York Islanders. Kucherov scored for the seventh game in a row to tie Brian Bradley for the longest goal-scoring streak in franchise history.
There is a chance that Tampa Bay could finish fourth in the Atlantic Division, but the Lightning (+1000) still have the fourth-lowest odds to win the Stanley Cup title as they’re seeking to become the first team to win three titles in a row since the New York Islanders captured four straight from 1980-84.
Patrice Bergeron scored three goals to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-0 shutout over the Buffalo Sabres.
Bergeron recorded the 400th goal of his career as Boston pulled within a point of Tampa Bay in the division standings. The Bruins also managed two power-play goals after failing to score on their last 39 opportunities. David Pastrnak had the honor of breaking through with the man-advantage as he had his 40th goal of the season. Taylor Hall also scored on a power-play just over two minutes later.
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Linus Ullmark had 37 saves against his former team to pick up his first blanking with Boston.
Bergeron became the fourth player in Bruins’ history with 400 goals., joining Johnny Bucyk, Phil Esposito and Rick Middleton,
“It’s been a great ride with one organization,” Bergeron said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen often. I’m proud of that.”
According to STATS, Bergeron joins Mark Messier as the only player to record his 400th goal while completing a hat trick.
Carter Verhaeghe scored twice as the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers rolled to a 4-0 whitewash over the Ottawa Senators to clinch the President’s Trophy, leading the NHL in points.
Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett also scored for Florida while Spencer Knight stopped all 27 shots for his second career shutout.
Florida will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Panthers lead the NHL with 34 home victories this season.
Roman Josi had a goal and an assist as the visiting Nashville Predators topped the Western Conference-leading Colorado Avalanche 5-4 in a shootout to move back into the top wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Predators scoring five goals had a Las Vegas odds Moneyline of +700.
Josi has points in six of the last seven games to give him 95 this season. Josi is the eighth defenseman in NHL history with at least 95 points in a season.
Mattias Ekholm also had a goal and an assist with Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene getting the other Nashville goals. Duchene scored on the first attempt in the shootout and that proved to be the winning score.
Cale Makar had his 28th goal for Colorado. Artturi Lehkonen, Logan O’Connor and J.T. Compher also scored for the Avalanche.
Kirill Kaprizov scored in overtime to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.
The win put Minnesota into sole possession of second place in the Central Division.
Calgary struck first on Johnny Gaudreau’s 40th goal of the season, becoming the eighth U.S.-born player to reach the 40-goal mark this season.
Jonas Brodin and Frederick Gaudreau scored to put Minnesota in front, then Elias Lindholm scored with 2:56 left to force the overtime. Johnny Gaudreau recorded his 75th assist on the play. Gaudreau becomes the first American-born player with 75 assists in a season since Doug Weight during the 1995-96 campaign.
Minnesota knows it will play the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs. If the Wild pick up a point in the regular-season finale against Colorado, or St. Louis loses at home to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Wild would have home-ice advantage in that encounter.
Minnesota played without forward Mats Zuccarello as well as defensemen Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon. Dumba and Spurgeon could return for the regular-season finale, but Zuccarello won’t be back until the playoffs.
Matt Barzal had three assists as the Islanders topped the visiting Washington Capitals, 5-1, the four-goal win for the Islanders having an NHL betting line payout of +1800.
Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders.
Alex Jonsson-Fjallby scored for Washington, which squandered the opportunity to move into third place in the Metropolitan Division. Washington played once again without injured 50-goal scorer Alex Ovechkin.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi had a goal and two assists, leading the Metropolitan Division champion Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils. Carolina added to its franchise records with its 54th win of the season and the 116 points are also the best in franchise history.
It was the sixth win in a row for Carolina. Those who bet online might be interested to know that the nine combined goals are the most in a Carolina game since 11 were scored in the Hurricanes’ last loss (April 22nd) to Colorado.
Martin Necas added a goal and an assist for Carolina. Jesper Bratt, Jimmy Vesey and Fabian Zetterlund had the New Jersey goals.
Brock Boeser scored late in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 comeback win over the playoff-bound Los Angeles Kings.
It was Boeser’s second goal of the game while Alex Chiasson scored for the Canucks.
Gabe Vilardi and Adrian Kempe scored to give Los Angeles a two-goal lead.
Zach Hyman’s goal in overtime powered the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 win over the visiting San Jose Sharks.
Ryan McLeod, Kailer Yamamoto, Derek Ryan and Philip Broberg also scored for Edmonton, which set a franchise record with points in 14 straight home games.
Noah Gregor scored twice for San Jose.