PITTSBURGH — Carolina rookie Elias Lindholm scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and the Hurricanes dominated the listless Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Eric Staal and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina while Jeff Skinner added two assists. Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots as the Hurricanes avoided being swept in the season series by Pittsburgh for the first time in 18 years.
The Penguins wasted a chance to wrap up the Metropolitan Division title.
Chris Kunitz scored his 35th goal to give Pittsburgh an early lead, but the Penguins crumbled over the final two periods. Sidney Crosby picked up an assist to push his NHL-leading point total to 100, but Carolina held the otherwise potent Pittsburgh offense in check.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, but received little help playing behind a sloppy defense.
Sabres 3, Devils 2, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tyler Ennis scored twice in the third period and again in the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a win over the New Jersey Devils.
Ville Leino had the winner in the ninth round of the shootout and Nathan Lieuwen made 33 saves for his first NHL win.
Dainius Zubrus gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead in the first period and Tuomo Ruutu tipped Andy Greene’s shot past Lieuwen at the 6:58 mark of the third to tie it 2-2.
The Devils are 0-11 this season in shootouts. They are three points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild card spot.
Cory Schneider made 25 saves for New Jersey.
Islanders 4, Panthers 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey had a goal and assist, and the New York Islanders kept up their strong finish with a victory over the Florida Panthers.
New York, on the verge of elimination in the Eastern Conference playoff race, bounced back from Quinton Howden’s short-handed goal less than two minutes in and sent the Panthers to their fourth straight loss.
Travis Hamonic, Matt Martin and Mike Halmo also scored, Colin McDonald had two assists, and Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves for the Islanders, 4-0-1 in their past five games.
Brandon Pirri closed the scoring for Florida, making it 4-2 with his 11th goal — on a power play — with 5.9 seconds left in the game. Scott Clemmensen stopped 36 shots for Florida.
Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 2, OT
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime to help the Colorado Avalanche extend their winning streak to four with a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots — including a prime chance by Blake Comeau late in regulation to pick up his league-leading 38th win.
Cam Atkinson and Comeau scored in the second period for Columbus, which is hanging on to the second wild-card spot and eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Stars 5, Capitals 0
WASHINGTON — Tyler Seguin scored his 33rd goal, Dustin Jeffrey got his first two of the season, and the Dallas Stars routed the Washington Capitals.
Ray Whitney and Ryan Garbutt also scored, Alex Chiasson had three assists, and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for his fourth shutout of the season for the Stars.
Maple Leafs 3, Flames 2
TORONTO — Toronto snapped an eight-game losing streak to remain in the playoff chase, beating Calgary.
Jay McClement, Dave Bolland and David Clarkson scored for the Maple Leafs, who got 20 saves from Jonathan Bernier in his first victory since March 10.