Andrew Ebbett scored in overtime on Saturday to lift Vancouver past Calgary 3-2, giving the Canucks top spot in the Western Conference.
With 107 points, the Canucks also tied the New York Rangers for most points in the NHL.
Max Lapierre and Marc-Andre Gragnani also scored for Vancouver, who earned their sixth straight win — all without injured scoring star Daniel Sedin (concussion) — and moved past St Louis in the West.
Olli Jokinen and Mike Cammalleri scored for the Flames, who were eliminated from playoff contention.
SENATORS 4, FLYERS 3, SO
In Philadelphia, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek scored shootout goals to lift Ottawa past Philadelphia and shore up their chances of taking an NHL playoff spot.
The Senators blew a 3-0 lead before Michalek and Spezza bailed them out in the shootout.
Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil scored first-period goals for the Senators only for Wayne Simmonds, Sean Couturier and Braydon Coburn to counter for the Flyers in the second.
The win meant Ottawa finished the day in outright seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia crept within three points of Pittsburgh in the fight for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round of playoffs. Those two teams were to play yesterday.
SHARKS 3, STARS 0
In San Jose, California, Joe Pavelski scored twice as San Jose beat Dallas to move back into playoff position.
Antti Niemi earned his sixth shutout of the season, while Jason Demers also scored for the Sharks, who closed within one point of Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles and Phoenix with three games remaining.
The Stars have gone from leading the Pacific on Friday afternoon to being out of the playoff picture one night later. Dallas trail eighth-placed San Jose by one point for the final post-season spot.
The teams will meet again in Dallas tomorrow.
BRUINS 6, ISLANDERS 3
In Uniondale, New York, playoff-bound Boston ended New York’s post-season chances.
Brad Marchand snapped a third-period tie with his team-leading 27th goal for the Bruins.
Tyler Seguin then pushed Boston’s lead to 4-2 with 9 minutes, 23 seconds remaining and matched Marchand with his 27th goal. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci scored seconds apart later in the third to pad the margin.
Krejci scored twice and Chris Kelly also netted for Boston.
Kyle Okposo scored for the fifth straight game, while P.A. Parenteau had two goals for the Islanders.
COYOTES 4, DUCKS 0
In Glendale, California, Mike Smith had 44 saves in his second straight shutout and seventh of the season as Phoenix defeated Anaheim.
Ray Whitney passed 1,000 career points with a goal and assist for the Coyotes, becoming the 79th player to reach that mark.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Antoine Vermette and Radim Vrbata also scored for Phoenix, who are tied with Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles with three games to play.
In other NHL play, it was:
‧ Blue Jackets 5, Blues 2
‧ Wild 4, Kings 3, SO
‧ Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3
‧ Capitals 3, Canadiens 2, SO
‧ Lightning 3, Jets 2, OT
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two