NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets miss chance to pull clear in race for final Eastern Conference play-off spot

Last Updated: 05/04/14 10:13am

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Ben Smith celebrates his game winner with his Chicago Blackhawks team-mates

Ben Smith celebrates his game winner with his Chicago Blackhawks team-mates

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Ben Smith scored the winner with less than four seconds remaining as Chicago Blackhawks defeated Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.

A win would have put the Blue Jackets three points clear of Toronto Maple Leafs in the final Eastern Conference play-off spot with just five games left to play.

Detroit sit three points above Columbus and they took a huge step towards the post-season with a 3-2 win over Buffalo Sabres.

The Wings held a three-goal lead after the first period and the Sabres could not reel them back in despite a spirited effort.

New Jersey Devils kept their slim hopes of extending their season alive as they beat Washington Capitals 2-1.

Alex Ovechkin has the Caps ahead but goals from Tuomo Ruutu and Ryan Carter turned the game on its head and left the Devils three points out of the play-offs with five games to play.

In the other game in the East, Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators 7-4.

In Western Conference, Phoenix Coyotes picked up a valuable point as they lost 3-2 to Edmonton Oilers following a shootout.

Sam Gagner scored the vital penalty shot for Dallas Eakins' team to leave the Coyotes just one point clear of Dallas in the race for the final play-off berth but the Kings have two games in hand.

In Friday's other games, Calgary Flames beat Florida Panthers 2-1 and Nashville Predators defeated Anaheim Ducks 5-2.

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