Marty Havlat, Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who needed only to take the game to overtime to clinch a ninth-straight playoff berth. Antti Niemi made 18 saves.
RANGERS 4, DEVILS 1
In New York, Ryan Callahan scored a goal in the opening minute and another in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as New York eliminated New Jersey from the playoff race.
Callahan provided the lead 34 seconds in, Derek Stepan added a goal in the first period and Taylor Pyatt snapped a long drought in the second for the eight-place Rangers, who are inching closer to a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Callahan made it 4-0 at 5:13 of the third with a power-play goal, flipping a shot over sprawled-out Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who finished with 18 saves.
Lundqvist was solid, allowing only Andrei Loktionov’s goal with 6:30 remaining.
FLAMES 4, WILD 1
In St Paul, Minnesota, Joey MacDonald made 34 saves and Mark Cundari scored a goal in his first NHL game as Calgary handed Minnesota a potentially harmful home loss in their playoff push.
Mikael Backlund, Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who are long out of the postseason hunt, but have won six of their last eight games.
Zach Parise got his team-high 17th goal for the Wild, who will likely at least need to win two of their three remaining games to make the playoffs without help from others. They are in seventh place in the Western Conference with 51 points, while Columbus, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix remain in a tight pack still alive behind them.
HURRICANES 3, LIGHTNING 2
In Tampa, Florida, Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead Carolina to a victory over Tampa Bay.
Alexander Semin scored 16 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes, who jumped ahead 3-0 and held on for their first victory against the Lightning this season. Semin took a feed in the slot from Eric Staal and whipped it over the shoulder of Andres Lindback. Semin also had two assists.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who lost their sixth straight.
Ellis turned away 15 of 16 shots in the third period, including point-blank opportunities by Eric Brewer, Ryan Malone and B.J. Crombeen.