NHL: Rangers' captain scores in OT, puts team in playoffs

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z NHL: Rangers' captain scores in OT, puts team in playoffsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.

Brad Richards tied it for the Rangers with 2:57 remaining in regulation after New York blew an early 2-0 lead and fell behind already-eliminated Carolina. Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard staked the Rangers to the lead in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots for New York, which jumped over the Islanders and into seventh place in the East with one game left.

• Bruins 2, Lightning 0: In Boston, Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in as many starts for Boston. The victory kept the Bruins in control of the tight race for the Northeast Division title. The Bruins have 61 points, two more than Montreal, which has one game left. Boston has two.

• Senators 2, Capitals 1, OT: In Washington, D.C., Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa's first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth. Craig Anderson made 19 saves.

• Red Wings 5, Predators 2: In Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists as Detroit moved a step closer to its 22nd straight playoff appearance. The Red Wings, who moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, need one more point to secure their spot in the postseason. They own the longest current playoff streak in North American professional sports.

• Canadiens 4, Jets 2: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, David Desharnais netted two goals, and Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. Winnipeg's playoff hopes dissolved with victories by the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.

• Flyers 2, Islanders 1: In Philadelphia, Oliver Lauridsen and Danny Briere scored goals to lead Philadelphia. The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. John Tavares scored for playoff-bound New York.

• Blues 4, Flames 1: In St. Louis, Ryan Reaves scored twice and Brian Elliott earned his NHL-leading 10th win in April. St. Louis moved into fourth place in the Western Conference and can clinch the No. 4 seed and home ice in the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday.

• Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 0: In Sunrise, Fla., Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead Toronto. Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov also scored.

• Devils 3, Penguins 2: In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, giving New Jersey the victory.

• Blue Jackets 3, Stars 1: In Dallas, Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves as Columbus stayed alive in the Western Conference playoff race. The Stars were eliminated from playoff contention with Detroit's victory.

• Ducks 3, Canucks 1: In Vancouver, Brad Staubitz, Matt Beleskey and Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim. Jason Garrison scored for the Canucks during a 5-on-3 power play late in the third period. The loss ended Vancouver's home win streak at nine games.

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