Thursday's roundup: Panthers cripple Bruins, lift Wings

Associated Press

Sunrise, Fla. — Roberto Luongo earned his 401st career win and Jaromir Jagr got his 1,800th career point Thursday night, helping the Florida Panthers beat Boston 4-2, damaging the Bruins' playoff hopes.

The Bruins have lost two straight after winning their previous five. They trail Ottawa by two points and Pittsburgh by one for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bruins have the tie-breaker over the Senators and finish Saturday at Tampa Bay.

Ottawa finishes at Philadelphia.

Boston's loss also secured playoff spots for the Islanders and Red Wings.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the go-ahead goal, while Jimmy Hayes, Brad Boyes and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Luongo stopped 34 shots and is tied with Chris Osgood for 10th in career wins.

Jagr had two assists. The first gave him 1,799 career points and moved him past Ron Francis for sole possession of fourth place. Jagr's second assist gave him 1,800 points and he tied Adam Oates for sixth in assists with 1,079.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.

Florida won for the first time in three games.

Huberdeau put the Panthers ahead 2-1 with his third-period goal. Huberdeau took a shot from the far left of the net and the puck bounced past Rask. Huberdeau tied his career high with 14 goals.

Boyes stretched the Panthers' lead to 3-1. He took a pass from Dave Bolland from behind the net in the slot and poked the puck past Rask.

Marchand closed the Bruins to 3-2 when he brought the puck out from behind the net and shot behind Luongo with 6:45 to go in regulation.

But Hayes made the score 4-2 when he wristed the puck past Rask from the slot with 4:46 left.

Bergeron put the Bruins ahead 1-0 on a power play. Torey Krug took a shot that was blocked by Luongo. The puck went off the stick of Loui Eriksson and Bergeron swept in the rebound from the left side early in the second period.

Barkov tied the score at 1 on his power-play goal late in the second. Barkov got a pass from Jagr in the right circle and took a slap shot that went between the legs of Rask. Barkov has nine points in his past nine games.

Ottawa 3, (at) N.Y. Rangers 0: Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris scored in a 1:04 span late in the second period and the Senators continued their dazzling playoff push behind goaltender Andrew Hammond.

Hammond had 26 saves in collecting his third shutout as the Senators improved to 22-4-4 since Feb. 10, giving them 97 points in the wild five-team race for the final four playoff spots in the East.

He has been the difference for Ottawa. The 27-year-old is 19-1-2 since taking over as the starting goaltender on Feb. 8, and this win over the Presidents' Cup winners avenged his only loss.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored into an empty net with 1:39 remaining.

The Rangers tested him, particularly in the third period but he stood tall.

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in seeing his four-game winning streak and the Rangers' five-game run stopped.

The loss in their regular-season home finale prevented the Rangers (52-21-7) from breaking their franchise record for wins (52) and points (112), both set in 1993-94, the last time they won the Stanley Cup. New York closes its season at Washington on Saturday.

The Senators took the lead in the final three minutes of the second period, less than a minute after Hammond slid across the crease to make a pad stop on Kevin Hayes with the net wide open.

All Hayes had to do was lift the puck and he slid it into the goaltender.

(At) Tampa Bay 4, New Jersey 3 (OT): Tyler Johnson scored his second goal, an overtime power-play effort, and the Lightning beat the Devils. Johnson scored from along the goal line 1:22 into the extra session.

Nikita Nesterov and Steven Stamkos also scored for playoff-bound Tampa Bay, which is battling Montreal for the Atlantic Division title. Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat had three assists apiece.

Carolina 3, (at) Philadelphia 1: Brent Bellemore and Ryan Murphy each scored a goal to lead the Hurricanes. They snapped a five-game road losing streak while taking their fourth victory in five games against Philadelphia this season. The game pitted a pair of teams not headed for the postseason, and it had a listless feel.

(At) St. Louis 2, Chicago 1: Paul Stastny scored the winner, Dmitrij Jaskin broke a 16-game scoreless string, and Jake Allen made 21 saves to lead the Blues, who clinched the Western Conference Central Division.

Minnesota 4, (at) Nashville 2: Jason Pominville scored with 2:03 remaining in regulation to as the Wild extended its franchise-record road winning streak to 12 games. Jason Zucker scored twice and Marco Scandella had the other goal for Minnesota.

Dallas 4, (at) Anaheim 0: Patrick Eaves scored two goals and Jordie Benn added his first goal in three months, leading the Stars over the playoff-bound Ducks. Jamie Benn had three assists to pull even with Sidney Crosby and John Tavares atop the NHL scoring race for Dallas.

Ice chips

The Predators signed free-agent forward Steve Moses to a one-year, $1 million contract for the 2015-16 season.