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Isles Lose, but Clinch Playoff Spot

Raleigh, n.c. — The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night.

With the point they received by reaching overtime, coupled with a loss by the Winnipeg Jets at Washington, the Islanders secured a place in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

John Tavares tied it with 1:01 left in regulation. Josh Bailey and Brad Boyes also scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves for the Islanders.

Panthers 3, Rangers 2

Sunrise, Fla. — Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals, and Florida prevented New York from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Goc broke a tie, and Drew Shore added a short-handed, empty-net goal to give Florida a 3-1 lead before the Rangers got back within a goal.

Sabres 4, Penguins 2

Pittsburgh — Thomas Vanek scored twice, Ryan Miller stopped 40 shots and Buffalo edged Pittsburgh.

Capitals 5, Jets 3

Washington — The Capitals clinched the Southeast Division title, completing a stark turnaround in a lockout-shortened season. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 31st goal, John Erskine cleared two shots off the goal line, and Braden Holtby made 24 saves for the Capitals, who have won 10 of 11 to secure a playoff berth with two games to spare.

Devils 3, Canadiens 2

Newark, n.j. — Patrik Elias scored his 375th NHL goal, Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for his 669th victory and New Jersey earned a victory over Montreal.

Wild 2, Kings 1

St. Paul, Minn. — Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping the Wild break their five-game home losing streak.

Blues 3, Avalanche 1

St. Louis — Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and St. Louis clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare.

Brian Elliott had to make just 17 saves two nights after getting yanked in a 5-3 loss at Colorado that squandered the Blues’ first chance at clinching. St. Louis, which entered the game needing a point to qualify, scored two power play goals for the first time in 32 games since Feb. 15 in the home-and-home rematch.