Panthers move top in Atlantic Division, Blues shutout again


The Florida Panthers reign supreme in the NHL's Atlantic Division, for now at least, after their 5-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Jaromir Jagr scored a power-play goal after 18 minutes to give his side the lead after they fell behind to a Tyler Johnson goal.

Vincent Trocheck, Jiri Hurdler, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jussi Jokinen all got on the scoresheet, while Panthers goaltender Ryan Luongo made 33 saves to help seal the important win for the away side, giving Florida a two-point lead over the Lightning with seven games remaining.

The St Louis Blues maintained the longest shutout in their history and have now gone 240 minutes and 18 seconds without conceding a goal following their 4-0 win over the Washington Capitals.

Jake Allen stood in goal after watching team-mate Brian Elliott keep three consecutive shutouts and completed one of his own to help the Blues become just the 11th team to complete four successive games without conceding.

The Boston Bruins ended a five-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to stay three points clear of the Detroit Red Wings, who went down 7-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The New York Rangers were too good for the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 and the Anaheim Ducks won in overtime against the Ottawa Senators 4-3.

The Buffalo Sabres 3-2 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets was their 31st of the season, the Minnesota Wild won 4-0 against the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars remain top of the Central Division after beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 and the New York Islanders were 4-3 winners against the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime.

Elsewhere, the Nashville Predators stayed in the play-offs hunt with a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4, the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 and the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Calgary Flames 4-1.