Penguins seal play-off spot, Rangers lose again


The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their spot in the NHL Stanley Cup play-offs courtesy of a 5-0 shutout of the New York Islanders on Saturday. 

Forward Oskar Sundqvist scored a rare goal to give the Penguins the lead in the first period, before Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen made it 3-0 in the second. 

Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray made 10 saves in the shutout, as Phil Kessel and Tom Kuhnhackl rounded out the big win in the third period. 

The win ensured a 10th consecutive post-season berth for the Penguins, while the Islanders stayed two points behind the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

The Rangers will have to wait another few days to seal their play-off spot after suffering a 4-3 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres. 

Ryan O'Reilly scored twice in the first period to set the Sabres up for victory, with Zemgus Girgensons and Matt Moulson also getting on the scorers list. 

Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan found the net for the Rangers, but it was not enough as they slumped to a third consecutive loss. 

The Detroit Red Wings moved into third place in the Atlantic Division after edging the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2, while the Philadelphia Flyers scored three power-play goals to remain in second for the wildcard spot thanks to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. 

Aleksander Barkov tallied four points as the Florida Panthers stayed atop the Atlantic Division with a 4-3 victory against the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept accounted for the New Jersey Devils 3-1.

The Los Angeles Kings were edged by the Dallas Stars 3-2, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1, the San Jose Sharks needed a shoot-out to beat the Nashville Predators 3-2, the Arizona Coyotes beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 and the Edmonton Oilers were thumped 5-0 by the Calgary Flames.