Checking news on the ice, Buffalo beat Los Angeles 3-2 in a shootout. The NY Islanders defeated Nashville 3-1. It was New Jersey over the NY Rangers 3-2. Carolina passed Colorado 2-1. Washington edged Columbus 4-3 in overtime. Florida passed Anaheim 3-2. Philadelphia blanked Ottawa 5-0. Tampa Bay won against Montreal 2-1 in a shootout. Winnipeg bested Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. Phoenix defeated St. Louis 3-2 in overtime and Calgary fell to San Jose 3-2 in overtime.
In the NHL playoffs, Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. Henrik Lundqvist turned back 37 shots for the Rangers. New York still trails the series 3-1 and will need to win again on Saturday in Boston to force a Game 6 back in Madison Square Garden. Elsewhere, Detroit shut out Chicago 2-0. The top-seeded Blackhawks trail No. 7 Detroit 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Lastly, Los Angeles beat San Jose 3-0. The Kings lead that series 3-2.