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RALEIGH, NC (AP)Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal each scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat the Buffalo Sabers 5-3 Thursday night and clinch a berth in the playoffs.

Aho’s game-clinching goal came with 8:21 to go, propelling the Hurricanes to the 100-point mark (46-17-8) for only the second time in franchise history. They have 11 games left.

Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, while Staal’s second goal was an empty goal with 54.3 seconds left. Antti Raanta stopped 18 for his first win since March 26.

Tage Thompson, Alex Tuch and Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabers, who lost in regulation for the second time in the last 11 games. Former Hurricanes star Jeff Skinner scored Buffalo’s first two goals. Craig Anderson made 27 saves.

MAPLE LEAVES 4, STARS 3, OT

DALLAS (AP) — Auston Matthews has the most goals ever scored in a single season for the Toronto Maple Leafs — and the most in the NHL by an American-born player.

Matthews set the franchise record with his 55th goal in regulation, then scored the 56th goal in overtime to break the American record and give the Maple Leafs the win over Dallas.

Matthews, who tied 40-year-old Rick Vaive’s 54-goal mark two games earlier, beat that with his one-timer from the bottom of the circle to the left of goaltender Scott Wedgewood after picking up a pass from Mark Giordano on a power play for a 2-1 lead with 1:02 left in the second period. The winner came when he received a pass from William Nylander – who also scored earlier – and managed to slide the puck around Wedgewood in overtime.

Dallas tied the game at 2 with 14:17 remaining on a laser shot from John Klingberg on a pass from Joe Pavelski. The Maple Leafs took a 3-2 lead on Morgan Rielly’s goal just under five minutes later, but Pavelski tied the game again on his 26th goal with 2:23 left in regulation.

Tyler Seguin scored his 21st goal for the Stars, who remained second among wild cards in the Western Conference.

RANGERS 4, PENGUINS 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Vatrano and Artemi Panarin scored in the second period, Igor Shesterkin stopped 30 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and New York beat Pittsburgh.

Dryden Hunt added a last-minute empty-net goal and Mika Zibanejad had two assists for New York, which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games — including three wins against Pittsburgh.

While Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was taken down late with a non-COVID illness, the Penguins produced a soft offense against the Rangers. Tristan Jarry made 21 saves for Pittsburgh, which has lost four of five and is 2-5-1 in its last eight games.

The Rangers moved closer to their first playoff spot since 2017, edging the Penguins by six points for second place in the Metropolitan Division — and home ice advantage in the first round — with 10 games remaining.

The Rangers improved to 23-7-4 at home with a 10-3-2 record in their last 15 games on Garden ice. They hit 98 points for the 11th time in franchise history and the first time since 2016-17.

PREDATORS 3, SENATORS 2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Roman Josi had three assists and Nashville rallied from a one-goal deficit in the third period to defeat Ottawa.

Ryan Johansen scored on the power play at 12:38 of the third period, but it caused some controversy. Josi’s point shot appeared to be knocked down by a high stick from Matt Duchesne before Johansen shoved the puck in. The game was reviewed, but the goal was to give the Predators the lead.

Duschene and Tanner Jeannot had Nashville’s other goals and Juuse Saros made 28 saves.

Mathieu Joseph and Josh Norris scored for the Senators, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped. Anton Forsberg made 31 saves.

CANADIANS 7, DEVILS 4

NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Kale Clague had a goal and two assists, Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki each had a goal and an assist in a three-goal first period, and Montreal beat New Jersey.

Christian Dvorak had a goal and two assists, and Chris Wideman, Joel Armia and Jake Evans also scored for the Canadians. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots to help Montreal win for the second time in three games.

Jesper Bratt, Ty Smith, Tomas Tatar and AJ Greer scored for New Jersey. Andrew Hammond allowed six goals on 19 shots before being pulled early in the third period. The Devils lost their fifth straight game and 10th in their last 12 games, going 0-3-1 in their four-game home game.

FLYERS 4, BLUE JACKETS 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Connauton, Owen Tippett and Noah Cates scored in Philadelphia’s three-goal second period and the Flyers beat Columbus for their second straight road win.

Travis Konecny ​​added a goal in the third period, Martin Jones stopped 26 shots and Kevin Hayes had two assists for Philadelphia, which has won two of its last three games overall.

Eric Robinson scored Columbus’ lone goal and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots in the Blue Jackets’ third straight home loss and eighth in nine games.

KRAKEN 2, BLACKHAWKS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves for Seattle’s second shutout, and expansion Kraken blanked Chicago.

Alex Wennberg scored his 10th goal in the second period and Jordan Eberle added his 18th late in the third to seal it.

Grubauer was only lightly tested by the Blackhawks, who lost their sixth straight game (0-4-2) and were occasionally booed by their home crowd. Grubauer, who recorded his 20th career shutout, was also in net for the Kraken’s first shutout on Feb. 2 against the Islanders in New York.

Chicago goaltender Kevin Lankinen stopped 29 shots.

CANUCKS 5, COYOTES 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bo Horvat and Alex Chiasson each had two goals and an assist and Vancouver continued its late playoff push with a win over Arizona.

Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who have won two straight games and had five points in their last three games. The Canucks have 78 points, six behind Dallas for second wildcard in the Western Conference with 10 games left. Las Vegas has 82 points. The Stars have two games in hand out of the two.

Jaroslav Halak has 28 saves and is 11-3-2 in 16 career games against Arizona.

Nick Schmaltz scored his career-high 22nd goal for the Coyotes, who have lost nine of 11. Harri Sateri made 27 saves in his first game for Arizona and his 10th in the NHL, his first since on February 9, 2018, while with Florida. . He was claimed on waivers from Toronto on March 21.

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