UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Defenseman Dan Girardi scored 3:11 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a stirring 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night in a game that felt every bit like a playoff matchup between the area rivals.
Henrik Lundqvist and Islanders counterpart Evgeni Nabokov staged a classic goalie duel that seemed destined to go to a shootout, but Girardi finished off a rush by flipping a shot over Nabokov's shoulder for just his second goal of the season.
The Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, one point behind the Islanders. The Rangers lead ninth-place Winnipeg by two points with seven games remaining - one more than the Jets. The Islanders have six games remaining, but only one more at home before they finish on a five-game trip they hope will end in their first playoff berth since 2007.
Lundqvist finished with 29 saves for his first shutout of the season. Nabokov stopped 19 shots.
• Penguins 3, Panthers 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Brenden Morrow scored two goals to lift Pittsburgh to its 19th win in 21 games.
Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves. Morrow also had an assist.
Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin missed the game with an upper body injury. The Penguins were also without Sidney Crosby, who is out with a broken jaw.
• Avalanche 4, Canucks 3: In Denver, Jan Hejda scored with 7.6 seconds remaining and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 24 shots, helping Colorado rally for a win. Hejda scored on a shot from just inside the blue line that beat a screened Cory Schneider. It was Hejda's first goal of the season.
• Sabres 1, Flyers 0: In Buffalo, N.Y., Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots to help the Sabres remain on the fringe of the playoff race with a victory over Philadelphia.
Christian Ehrhoff scored the lone goal, 17 seconds into the third period, when his fortunate carom off the end boards sneaked in behind Steve Mason.
• Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2: In Raleigh, N.C., Jiri Tlusty scored two goals and the Hurricanes ended a seven-game losing streak.
Joe Corvo's power-play goal at 9:36 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie.
• Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 1: In Toronto, the Maple Leafs scored four goals on their first five shots, chased Montreal goalie Carey Price midway through the first period and beat the Canadiens.
• Capitals 6, Lightning 5, OT: In Washington, the Capitals blew a four-goal lead before Mike Green scored a power-play goal at 2:59 of overtime, extending the team's winning streak to seven games. Alex Ovechkin scored his 27th goal to move ahead in the NHL's goal-scoring race.
• Stars 2, Sharks 1: In Dallas, Eric Nystrom and rookie Alex Chiasson scored goals, Richard Bachman made 31 saves and Dallas extended its winning streak to five games.
• Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2, SO: In St. Paul, Minn., Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored in a shootout to lift Columbus over Minnesota.
• Flames 4, Oilers 1: In Edmonton, Alberta, Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist and Calgary hurt the playoff hopes of Edmonton. The Oilers, who have lost five in a row, are six points behind eighth place in the Western Conference.
• Kings 2, Ducks 1: In Los Angeles, Mike Richards scored the tiebreaking goal, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves and the Kings crept closer to the Ducks atop the Pacific Division standings.
Los Angeles trails Anaheim by seven points with six games to play.