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Florida loss keeps Tampa Bay close

NEW YORK — Rick Nash had his first goal since returning from a leg injury and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves in leading the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers on Monday night.

Viktor Stalberg, Mats Zuccarello and Tanner Glass also scored for New York, which moved two points ahead of idle Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York has nine games left in the regular season, one more than the Penguins, who have won six in a row.

Vincent Trocheck and Jiri Hudler scored for the Panthers, who lost their second straight. The Atlantic Division leaders are two points in front of Tampa Bay with nine games to go, one fewer than the Lightning has remaining.

Al Montoya stopped 28 shots for Florida, which had a goal waved off by the officials early in the third period.

Game highlights: Defenseman Brandon Manning broke a 1-1 tie in the second with his first NHL goal as the visiting Flyers beat the Islanders 4-1 to draw within a point of the Red Wings for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. … Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists to lead the host Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Kings.

Around the league: Injured All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk was back practicing with the Hurricanes wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey. He has missed 17 of the past 18 games with a leg injury.

at Rangers 1 1 2 4
Panthers 0 0 2 2

First1, N.Y. Rangers, Stalberg 9 (Moore), 11:15. PenaltiesTrocheck, Fla (roughing), 19:53; Moore, NYR (roughing), 19:53.

Second2, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 23 (Brassard, Stepan), 3:33 (pp). PenaltiesTrocheck, Fla (hooking), 2:31; Kampfer, Fla (delay of game), 11:06; Brassard, NYR (delay of game), 11:06.

Third3, Florida, Trocheck 23 (Jokinen, R.Smith), 6:51. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 13 (Klein), 11:14. 5, Florida, Hudler 14 (Purcell, Kulikov), 19:24 (pp). 6, N.Y. Rangers, Glass 4 (Klein), 19:51 (en). PenaltiesHuberdeau, Fla (high-sticking), 9:14; Stalberg, NYR (tripping), 17:59. ShotsFlorida 3-9-15—27. N.Y. Rangers 8-15-9—32. PPsFlorida 1 of 1; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 2. GoaliesFlorida, Montoya 10-6-3 (31 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 32-19-6 (27-25). A18,006 (18,006). T2:36.

Flyers 0 2 2 4
at Islanders 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesCouturier, Phi (tripping), :53; Clutterbuck, NYI (holding), 6:10; Schultz, Phi (tripping), 15:20; Bailey, NYI (boarding), 18:57.

Second1, Philadelphia, Cousins 6 (Voracek), 2:24. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 20 (de Haan), 3:54. 3, Philadelphia, Manning 1 (MacDonald, Streit), 13:01. PenaltiesManning, Phi (cross-checking), 10:48; Nelson, NYI (hooking), 19:48.

Third4, Philadelphia, Gagner 8 (Couturier, Raffl), 4:22. 5, Philadelphia, Giroux 19 (Simmonds, Schenn), 19:33 (en). PenaltiesMartin, NYI (goaltender interference), 14:32. ShotsPhiladelphia 6-12-9—27. N.Y. Islanders 8-9-7—24. PPsPhiladelphia 0 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 3. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Mason 18-16-8 (24 shots-23 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Greiss 19-10-4 (26-23). A14,329 (15,795). T2:23.

at Maple Leafs 1 1 3 5
Flames 0 2 0 2

First1, Toronto, Parenteau 18 (Nylander), 11:27. PenaltiesBennett, Cal (slashing), 5:43.

Second2, Calgary, Stajan 6 (Hathaway), 10:25 (sh). 3, Toronto, Hyman 4 (Nylander, Gardiner), 14:26. 4, Calgary, Colborne 16 (Giordano, D.Hamilton), 17:32. PenaltiesParenteau, Tor (tripping), 2:22; Rielly, Tor (slashing), 3:17; Frolik, Cal (interference), 6:22; Jooris, Cal (slashing), 9:39; Gaudreau, Cal (slashing), 14:54; Jooris, Cal (roughing), 14:54; Kadri, Tor (embellishment), 14:54.

Third5, Toronto, Nylander 4 (Gardiner), :29. 6, Toronto, Greening 3 (B.Smith, Laich), 18:39 (en). 7, Toronto, Leivo 5 (Brown), 19:33 (en). PenaltiesJokipakka, Cal (interference), 7:05; Bollig, Cal (elbowing), 11:25. ShotsCalgary 3-15-7—25. Toronto 7-8-11—26. PPsCalgary 0 of 2; Toronto 0 of 6. GoaliesCalgary, Hiller 9-11-1 (24 shots-21 saves). Toronto, Bernier 10-19-3 (25-23). A19,069 (18,819). T2:32.

at Predators 0 3 2 5
Kings 0 0 2 2

FirstNone. PenaltiesWeber, Nas (hooking), 11:13; Toffoli, LA (slashing), 15:30.

Second1, Nashville, Neal 28 (Johansen), 7:37. 2, Nashville, Fisher 12 (Neal, Johansen), 13:17 (pp). 3, Nashville, Forsberg 30 (C.Smith, Josi), 15:23. PenaltiesLos Angeles bench, served by Toffoli (too many men), 11:49.

Third4, Los Angeles, Doughty 14 (Scuderi, Kopitar), :32. 5, Los Angeles, Martinez 10 (Pearson, Kopitar), 8:00. 6, Nashville, Johansen 13 (Weber, Jarnkrok), 11:45. 7, Nashville, Josi 12, 19:31 (en). PenaltiesJosi, Nas (interference), 3:30; Nystrom, Nas (hooking), 12:35; Johansen, Nas (tripping), 15:03. ShotsLos Angeles 11-6-13—30. Nashville 10-17-3—30. PPsLos Angeles 0 of 4; Nashville 1 of 2. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 37-18-4 (27 shots-24 saves), Enroth (0:00 third, 2-1). Nashville, Rinne 30-19-10 (30-28). A17,113 (17,113). T2:30.

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

Islanders 85 11 34

Red Wings 83 10 34

Flyers 82 11 33

West Pts GL ROW

Predators 85 10 33

Avalanche 80 9 34

Wild 79 9 31

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