Stafford helps Sabres turn away Rangers

NEW YORK — Travis Turnbull scored his first NHL goal, with some help from the Rangers, and the Buffalo Sabres earned another big win in their playoff quest by beating New York 4-1 on Friday night.

Drew Stafford had goals in the second and third periods, Tyler Ennis added one in the third, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves for Buffalo, 12-2-4 in its last 18 games. The Sabres pulled even in points with eighth-place Washington with 82 in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The Rangers missed a chance to tie St. Louis atop the overall NHL standings, and now are in a precarious position in the East. They still lead Pittsburgh by one point, but the Rangers have only eight games remaining, compared to nine for the surging Penguins.

New York went 4-3 on its seven-game homestand and failed to complete a four-game season sweep of Buffalo. The Rangers will play their next three on the road, starting Saturday at Toronto.

Brian Boyle scored in the second for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.

Canadiens 5, Senators 1

At Montreal, Erik Cole scored three goals in the first 5:41 in Montreal's victory over Ottawa.

Cole has 30 goals this season. Patteri Nokelainen also scored in the first period, and Lars Eller added one in the third for Montreal, 4-0-2 against Ottawa.

Jason Spezza, playing his 600th NHL game, scored for Ottawa to reach 30 goals for the fourth time in his career and the first time since 2008-09.

Jets 4, Capitals 3, OT

At Washington, Tim Stapleton scored 2:37 into overtime, and Winnipeg rallied from three goals down to beat Washington and pull within four points of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.

Spencer Machacek scored his first NHL goal with 3:45 remaining in regulation to tie it, and the Jets went on to break a two-game losing streak.

Blue Jackets 5, Hurricanes 1

At Columbus, Ohio, R.J. Umberger had three goals for the third time in his career and Steve Mason stopped 39 shots to help Columbus hand Carolina a critical blow to its diminishing playoff hopes.

Maple Leafs 4, Devils 3, SO

At Newark, N.J., James Reimer made 43 saves and all three Toronto players scored in the shootout to beat New Jersey after the Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead in the third period.

Tyler Bozak Tim Connolly and Nazam Kadri scored against Martin Brodeur in the shootout to give Toronto its fifth victory in 22 games (5-15-2).

Oilers 2, Panthers 1, SO

At Sunrise, Fla., Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout to left Edmonton past Florida.

Nugent-Hopkins' goal was the only score in the shootout.

Ryan Jones scored in regulation for the Oilers, and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves.

Jason Garrison scored for the Panthers, and Jose Theodore stopped 20 shots.

The Southeast Division-leading Panthers remained four points ahead of Washington.

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