WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Winnipeg scored four second-period goals in less than seven minutes Saturday and Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves and the Jets beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to get back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Evander Kane, Grant Clitsome, Kyle Wellwood and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who snapped a five-game losing streak that had seen them slip from top spot in the Southeast Division to 10th in the conference.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Flyers, who came into the game on a four-game winning streak.
Blackhawks 1, Predators 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bryan Bickell scored in the first period, and Ray Emery made 20 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators for their third win in four games.
The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division this season and moved closer to clinching the playoff berth.
The Blackhawks won their third against Nashville this season and second in six days.
This is the first of a back-to-back between these teams with the second game Sunday night in Chicago.
Nashville lost its second straight and fourth in five games.
Emery posted his second shutout and the 13th of his career, and Chicago improved to 16-3-4 in one-goal games this season.
Kings 4, Oilers 1
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings kept moving forward in the Western Conference playoff race with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Mike Richards and Slava Voynov also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won five of seven to climb back into fourth place in the West.
Carter scored his 22nd goal and Voynov got his first goal in 17 games, with both scores coming on Los Angeles’ long-struggling power play. Drew Doughty added an empty-net score, just his second goal of the season.
Magnus Paajarvi scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for the Oilers, who have lost two straight after a five-game winning streak to fall out of playoff position.
Islanders 4, Lightning 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves to lift the playoff-hopeful New York Islanders to a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Islanders started the night in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and kept pace in their drive for their first postseason appearance since 2007.
Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored, and Andrew MacDonald added an empty-net goal at 19:46 to make it 4-2 for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have five straight home wins against Tampa Bay and are 10-2 in their last 12 at Nassau Coliseum versus the Lightning.
Richard Panik and Matt Carle had goals for the Lightning.
Martin netted the go-ahead goal when his soft wrist shot from between the circles fooled goalie Ben Bishop, who appeared to be screened. Martin has three goals this season.
The Islanders have won three straight at home overall for the first time since December 2011-January 2012.
Leafs 2, Devils 1
NEWARK, N.J. — Rookie Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs extended the reeling New Jersey Devils’ losing streak to six games with a victory.
James Reimer made 27 saves as the Maple Leafs strengthened their position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Maple Leafs are 5th in the East, seven points ahead of the Devils, who are now three points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders and the postseason cutoff.
David Clarkson deprived Reimer of his second shutout in three games with a goal with 8:23 left, but the Devils fell to 0-3-3 in their last six games.
The six-game skid is the second one this season for New Jersey, following an 8-1-3 start.
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 48 saves, and the New York Rangers gave the Carolina Hurricanes their club-record-tying seventh straight home loss.
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers’ three-goal second period. Brian Boyle added an empty-netter just before the buzzer.
New York has earned seven points during a 3-0-1 run to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are tied with the eighth-place New York Islanders, and more importantly lead ninth-place New Jersey by three points.
Carolina’s Zac Dalpe, called up from Charlotte of the AHL earlier Saturday, scored with 10:33 left, but the Rangers killed two penalties after that.