NHL review: New York Rangers boost play-off hopes with entertaining win
Last Updated: 20/04/13 9:14am
New York Rangers: Ended Buffalo's hopes of reaching the play-offs
The New York Rangers moved a step closer to securing a place in the Stanley Cup play-offs with a high-scoring win over Buffalo - ending any hopes the Sabres had of involvement in the post-season at the same time.
Brad Richards scored his first hat-trick in his 896th regular season game, while Carl Hagelin, Ryane Clowe, Anton Stralman, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan were also on target in an 8-4 success at First Niagara Center.
Cody Hodgson (powerplay), Nathan Gerbe, Drew Stafford and Mark Pysyk (powerplay) replied for the hosts, who trailed 6-0 inside 28 minutes.
The St Louis Blues improved their chances of home ice advantage in the play-offs with a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center.
Chris Stewart (powerplay) and Ryan Reaves scored for the Blues, before Antoine Roussel pulled a goal back in the third period for the Stars, whose hopes of landing the eighth and final play-off berth in the West were damaged with this defeat.
Marian Hossa's powerplay goal in overtime enabled the Chicago Blackhawks to stretch their winning run to seven games with a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators.
The Edmonton Oilers ended their dismal recent run at six defeats with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were on target to give Craig MacTavish his first win as coach, with PA Parenteau replying.
The Calgary Flames avoided a sweep at the hands of Anaheim, with Roman Horak, Brian McGrattan and Roman Cervenka netting in a 3-1 success. Corey Perry got the Ducks' marker.
The game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins was scheduled for later today, following last night's postponement as authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.