NHL recap: Lightning, Panthers win playoff bids

April 27, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) and Florida Panthers Center Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrate after defeating the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Brayden Point scored one goal and two assists, Alex Barre-Boulet scored one goal and Ondrej Palat added two assists as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning drove a strong production from his top line on Tuesday night to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 and secure a place in the playoffs.

Alex Killorn added two goals and Blake Coleman had one goal and assist as Tampa Bay improved to 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, winning for the third straight time.

Mikhail Sergachev also had two assists for the Blitz.

The Blackhawks saw their flickering playoff hopes score a goal as they lost for a third time in four games. Chicago scored goals from Brandon Hagel, Wyatt Kalynuk, Duncan Keith and Dominik Kubalik. Patrick Kane made two assists.

Panthers 7, predators 4

Florida bounced back from a third period deficit to beat hosts Nashville and secure a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Panthers went into the third half one goal behind Nashville but scored four goals in the closing stages, of which Jonathan Huberdeau scored two.

Florida beat Nashville 55:30 to get revenge on the Predators who prevented the Panthers from making the playoffs with a 4-1 win on Monday.

Capitals 1, islanders 0

Daniel Sprong scored on the first shot of the game at 1:29 am in the first half, and that stood up when the Washington defeated New York to complete a three-game series sweep.

The capitals welcomed fans to the Capital One Arena for the first time this season. There were roughly 2,100 in attendance, and they saw goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek mask the islanders with 18 saves.

New York goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin made 32 saves after giving up six goals in a 6-3 loss to Washington on Saturday.

Bruins 3, penguins 1

David Krejci had a goal and an assist when Boston split their two-game set in Pittsburgh. Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall also scored a goal for the Bruins, who suffered two defeats.

The No. 1 goalkeeper in Boston, Tuukka Rask, who started for the sixth time since March 8 due to injury, made 25 saves.

Jeff Carter scored for Pittsburgh, whose winning streak was halted in four games. Penguin goalkeeper Tristan Jarry made 28 saves and 28 saves in their 30-1 win over the Bruins on Sunday.

Rangers 3, Sabers 1

Alexis Lafreniere scored the winning goal with 10:11 in regular time, and New York beat Buffalo for the third straight time.

Defender Brendan Smith also scored and Mika Zibanejad added a late insurance goal for the Rangers, who scored 36 saves from Igor Shesterkin. New York defeated Buffalo for the second time in three nights, is 11: 3: 2 since the end of March and has won nine of its last eleven games at home.

Sam Reinhart increased his team goal to 22 with his 14th on the road this season for the Sabers, who have lost five of their last seven. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 38 shots.

Hurricanes 5, Stars 1

Jordan Staal had two goals and an assist and Sebastian Aho added a goal and two assists when Carolina suffered a two-game loss with a win in Dallas.

Max McCormick and Nino Niederreiter also scored goals and Andrei Svechnikov added three assists for the Hurricanes. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Jason Robertson extended his points streak to nine games, the longest of all rookies in the NHL that season, with one goal for Dallas. Anton Khudobin ended the defeat with 25 saves.

Blue jackets 1, red wings 0 (SO)

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the winning goal on penalties and Elvis Merzlikins made 41 saves when Columbus visited Detroit and ended a winless drought in nine games (0-7-2).

It was a classic goalkeeper duel between Merzlikins and Detroit’s Thomas Greiss, who scored 33 saves. Both goalkeepers received exclusions for failing to allow points in 65 minutes of regulation and overtime hockey.

Merzlikins recorded his second shutout of the season and the 41 saves were the best career for the Blue Jackets Netminder. Greiss recorded its first regular season shutout since March 11, 2019.

Devil 6, Flyer 4

Pavel Zacha and Connor Carrick each had a goal and assist when New Jersey suffered a 10-game losing streak with a win over Philadelphia in Newark, New Jersey

Nico Hischier, Miles Wood, Jegor Sharangovich and Mikhail Maltsev each scored one goal for the Devils. Jack Hughes, Ty Smith and Mike McLeod each contributed two assists as the Devils won for the fifth time in 25 attempts at home this season.

Oskar Lindblom, Philippe Myers, Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier were the goalscorers for the Flyers, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

– Field level media

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