NEW YORK — Ryan Callahan scored a goal in the opening minute and another in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as the New York Rangers eliminated the New Jersey Devils from the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
Callahan provided the lead 34 seconds in, Derek Stepan added a goal in the first period, and Taylor Pyatt snapped a long drought in the second for the eight-place Rangers, who are inching closer to a playoff berth.
Lundqvist was solid in his 12th straight start, allowing only Andrei Loktionov’s goal with 6:30 remaining.
The Devils’ longshot playoff hopes were dashed, meaning last season’s conference champions won’t get a chance to defend their title. New Jersey had won two straight following a 10-game skid (0-6-4).
Bruins 3, Panthers 0
BOSTON — Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal as a member of the Bruins and Boston ended a four-game winless streak with a victory over the Florida Panthers.
The Bruins were playing the second of back-to-back afternoon games after hosting the Penguins in a 3-2 loss Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but postponed because of the lockdown and manhunt for one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.
Flames 4, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joey MacDonald made 34 saves, Mark Cundari scored a goal in his first NHL game and Calgary handed Minnesota a potentially harmful home loss in its playoff push.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2
TAMPA, Fla. — Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead Carolina to a victory.
Avalanche 5, Blues 3
DENVER -- Jamie McGinn scored twice, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots and the Colorado Avalanche prevented the St. Louis Blues from wrapping up a playoff spot with a win.
Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who chased Brian Elliott from the game late in the second period.
Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a big boost in their push for the playoffs with a victory.