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'Canes clinch for Lightning

BOSTON — Noah Hanifin scored the only goal of a shootout in the fifth round and Cam Ward stopped 35 shots to help the Hurricanes beat Boston 2-1 on Tuesday night denting the Bruins' playoff hopes and clinching a playoff spot for the Lighting.

Loui Eriksson's third-period tying goal helped the Bruins force overtime and earn one point, giving them 91 for the season and moving them into a tie with the Red Wings and Flyers for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

The Flyers have four games remaining and Detroit has three; Boston has two, including Thursday night against the Red Wings.

Jaccob Slavin scored for Carolina, which is already out of playoff contention. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for the Bruins.

With 10 minutes left in regulation, the fans began chanting "We want playoffs!" But they will have to wait at least a couple games, with Thursday night's matchup against the Red Wings followed by the season finale on Saturday against the also-ran Senators.

Slavin scored for Carolina with just under 2 minutes left in the first period, and it was still 1-0 when Ericksson was sent off for tripping with half a minute left in the second. He came back early in the third just as a clearing pass was skittering in front of the Carolina bench, with the Hurricanes taking a casual line change.

Eriksson crossed the ice, picked up the puck as the departing Hurricanes climbed over the boards and skated in alone on Ward before reaching around him to deposit the puck in the net.

The Hurricanes came closest to taking the lead in regulation when Brett Pesce's shot got under Rask's arm and trickled toward the net. But Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara outreached Carolina's Elias Lindholm for the puck and swept it safely away.

Midway through overtime, Jordan Staal was called for tripping, but Boston's Colin Miller was sent off for embellishment, leaving the teams at equal strength. That brought it to the shootout, and the first nine skaters were stopped before Hanifin beat Rask.

Game highlights: Thomas Hickey scored in overtime as the Islanders rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat the host Capitals 4-3 to clinch a playoff berth. Hickey returned to the game after being cut by a skate and beat Braden Holtby 2:13 into overtime to complete the comeback. Holtby allowed four goals on 27 shots and lost in his first attempt to tie Martin Brodeur's single-season wins record.

Around the league: Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh will miss the final three games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. The defenseman was hit in the right hand by a shot in the first period Monday against Columbus. New York recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from AHL Hartford … Hurricanes coach Bill Peters will coach Canada in the World Championship, May 6-22 in Russia.

Hurricanes 1 0 0 0 2
at Bruins 0 0 1 0 1
Hurricanes win shootout 1-0

First Period1, Carolina, Slavin 2 (Faulk, Gerbe), 18:54. PenaltiesMalone, Car, major (fighting), 5:53; Hayes, Bos, major (fighting), 5:53; Hanifin, Car (holding), 8:24; Terry, Car (holding), 14:42.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesBeleskey, Bos (slashing), 6:34; Eriksson, Bos (goaltender interference), 10:01; McClement, Car (holding stick), 13:04; Eriksson, Bos (tripping), 19:31.

Third Period2, Boston, Eriksson 29 (Liles), 1:45. PenaltiesNone.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesStaal, Car (tripping), 2:26; C.Miller, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:26.

ShootoutCarolina 1 (Nash NG, V.Rask NG, Lindholm NG, Tolchinsky NG, Hanifin G), Boston 0 (Spooner NG, Pastrnak NG, Bergeron NG, Eriksson NG, Krug NG). Shots on GoalCarolina 8-9-10-1—28. Boston 10-16-7-3—36. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 3; Boston 0 of 3. GoaliesCarolina, Ward 23-16-10 (36 shots-35 saves). Boston, T.Rask 30-22-8 (28-27). A17,565 (17,565). T2:40. Referees—Chris Rooney, Kyle Rehman. LinesmenMatt MacPherson, Brian Murphy.

Islanders 0 1 2 1 4
at Capitals 1 0 2 0 3

First Period1, Washington, Ovechkin 46 (Oshie, Johansson), 4:29. PenaltiesMayfield, NYI, minor-major (interference, fighting), 11:18; Latta, Was, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 11:18; T.Wilson, Was (cross-checking), 19:00.

Second Period2, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 31 (Hickey, Okposo), 13:43. PenaltiesBoulton, NYI (roughing), 7:14; Niskanen, Was (cross-checking), 7:14; T.Wilson, Was (roughing), 7:14; Bailey, NYI (holding), 16:07.

Third Period3, Washington, Oshie 26 (Johansson, J.Carlson), 1:15. 4, Washington, Ovechkin 47 (Oshie, Johansson), 6:56. 5, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 22 (Tavares, Nielsen), 8:40. 6, N.Y. Islanders, Lee 15 (Leddy, Strome), 10:25. PenaltiesNone.

Overtime7, N.Y. Islanders, Hickey 6 (Tavares, Strome), 2:13. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 10-8-6-3—27. Washington 8-11-10-3—32. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 2; Washington 0 of 1. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Gibson 1-0-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Washington, Holtby 47-9-6 (27-23). A18,506 (18,506). T2:33. Referees—Marc Joannette, Chris Lee. LinesmenTim Nowak, Jonny Murray.

Sabres 0 1 2 3
at Devils 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNelson, Buf (tripping), 3:11.

Second Period1, Buffalo, R.O'Reilly 21 (Eichel, Ristolainen), 14:12 (pp). PenaltiesPysyk, Buf (tripping), 8:05; Palmieri, NJ (hooking), 12:51; Pietila, NJ (high-sticking), 14:36; Pysyk, Buf (hooking), 18:09.

Third Period2, Buffalo, J.Larsson 10, :12. 3, New Jersey, Josefson 4 (Kennedy, Palmieri), 14:31 (pp). 4, Buffalo, Eichel 24, 19:12 (en). PenaltiesBoucher, NJ (tripping), :26; Nelson, Buf (interference), 6:39; Zajac, NJ (slashing), 10:36; Legwand, Buf (interference), 14:20; J.Larsson, Buf (tripping), 16:16. Shots on GoalBuffalo 5-9-4—18. New Jersey 5-6-8—19. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 1 of 4; New Jersey 1 of 6. GoaliesBuffalo, Johnson 22-16-4 (19 shots-18 saves). New Jersey, Cor.Schneider 26-25-6 (17-15). A14,773 (17,625). T2:24. Referees—Kevin Pollock, Jon McIsaac. LinesmenBrad Kovachik, David Brisebois.

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild-card berths regardless of their division. Wild-card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

x-Islanders 97 3 39

Flyers 91 4 36

Bruins 91 2 37

West Pts GL ROW

x-Predators* 92 3 35

Wild* 87 2 35

Avalanche* 82 3 35

x—clinched playoff spot

*—late game not included

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