Jonathan Huberdeau scored the deciding shootout goal to lift the host Florida Panthers over the New York Islanders, 4-3, on Saturday night.
Huberdeau beat Michal Neuvirth in the first round of the tiebreaker on the stick side.
Huberdeau also scored in regulation, and Nick Bjugstad and Erik Gudbranson added goals for the Panthers. Dan Ellis stopped 25 shots in his second start since being recalled from the AHL on Wednesday. Ellis turned aside all three shots in the shootout.
Jaromir Jagr had an assist for Florida.
Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, and John Tavares scored for the Islanders. Neuvirth made 15 saves in his first start since being acquired from Buffalo on March 2. Tavares also had two assists.
The Panthers won for the first time in three games. The Islanders have lost three of four.
Florida is two points behind Boston in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers are three points ahead of Ottawa and the Flyers, who lost to Boston earlier Saturday.
Avalanche 4, Blue Jackets 0 - Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog, and Matt Duchene scored in the first 10 minutes, and Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves to lead visiting Colorado past Columbus.
The shutout was Varlamov's fifth of the season and the 18th of his NHL career. Three have come against the Blue Jackets.
Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist, and Tyson Barrie had three assists for the Avalanche, who played their first game without last season's rookie of the year, Nathan MacKinnon. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft broke a bone in his foot blocking a shot and is unlikely to play again this season.
Curtis McElhinney gave up three goals on 12 shots in the opening period before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who finished with 20 saves.
Canadiens 2, Coyotes 0 - Carey Price made 29 saves for his seventh shutout, and Montreal beat slumping Arizona in Glendale.
Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Montreal scored six goals during its four-game road trip, three coming Thursday at Los Angeles.
Mike Smith made 33 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost 10 of 11 and 12 of 14.
- Associated Press