Hartnett: Rangers Making Mistake By Sitting Buchnevich Before PlayoffsHead coach Alain Vigneault scratched highly touted 21-year-old winger Pavel Buchnevich at SAP Center, instead opting to dress seldom-used depth winger Matt Puempel.
Capellini: If Tavares Doesn't Re-Sign, God Help The IslandersIt's the story that won't go away, even though it has no basis in fact. At least not yet.
Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot, Despite OT Loss In San JoseAfter six straight losses, the San Jose Sharks were looking for any kind of win. A well-played game that featured a late comeback and dramatic winner only made them feel even better.
Winnipeg Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit To Beat Devils In Overtime ShootoutBeau Bennett, Taylor Hall, Stefan Noesen scored for New Jersey, which has lost four straight and won only twice (2-12-4) in 18 games.
Schwei's Devils Notes: No Playoffs Once Again As N.J. Limps HomeAfter winning just one of their previous four games, the New Jersey Devils have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Islanders Miss Chance To Tie Boston For Final Wild-Card Spot With Loss To PredatorsGoalie Thomas Greiss made 28 saves for the Islanders, who have lost all five home games (0-4-1) since returning from a franchise-record nine-game road trip on March 13.
Lichtenstein: Devils' Showcasing Goalie Kinkaid Is A Good Thing For AllAs the Devils celebrated their glorious past this past weekend, the present administrators were busy continuing their evaluations in an attempt to provide for a brighter future.
Hartnett: Lundqvist Was Nowhere Near As Bad Sunday As Score SuggestsIt was inevitable that the rust would show when Henrik Lundqvist returned to action on Sunday after missing eight games due to a strained hip muscle.
Anaheim Spoils Lundqvist's Return To The Ice With Big Win Over RangersLundqvist made 28 saves in his first start since suffering a hip injury on March 7, and Brady Skjei, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash each scored for the Rangers. New York could have clinched a playoff spot with a win.
Stars Avoid Elimination From Playoff Contention With Overtime Win Over DevilsWith Dallas trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Ales Hemsky put a power-play rebound past Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid to pull Dallas even with 6:36 remaining in regulation, ultimately forcing overtime.
Bruins Snap Four-Game Losing Streak With Win Over IslandersRiley Nash scored both goals Saturday night for the Boston Bruins, who moved into sole possession of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.
Devils Eliminated From Playoff Contention With Loss To CarolinaSchneider stopped 25 shots for the last-place Devils (27-35-12), who lost four of their last five games. New Jersey was officially eliminated from playoff contention.