SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a big boost in their push for the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points. Columbus has played one more game than the Wild and two more than the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings, who are three points back in the race for the final playoff spot. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.
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 in his 23rd straight start as the Sharks lost at home in regulation for just the second time all year.
The Blue Jackets looked like they would squander a big opportunity when they blew a two-goal lead in the third period. Pavelski tied the game with a power-play goal with 5:03 remaining.
But Pavelski was on the other side of the key play on the game-winning goal when he turned the puck over to R.J. Umberger in his own zone, setting up Johansen's go-ahead score.
• Kings 4, Stars 3, OT: In Los Angeles, Jeff Carter deflected the winning goal off his upper body with 51 seconds left in overtime, and the Kings took sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference. Captain Dustin Brown scored two goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and Mike Richards scored an early goal before putting the puck off Carter's chest for the overtime winner - Carter's 25th goal of a standout season.
• Ducks 3, Oilers 1: In Edmonton, Alberta, Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry scored to help put Anaheim on the brink of clinching the Pacific Division. The Ducks can seal it with another win over the Oilers in the rematch in Edmonton today.
• Bruins 3, Panthers 0: In Boston, Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal as a member of the Bruins and Boston ended a four-game winless streak. The Bruins were playing the second of back-to-back afternoon games after hosting the Penguins in a 3-2 loss Saturday.
• 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.
• Flames 4, Wild 1: In St. Paul, Minn., Joey MacDonald made 34 saves, Mark Cundari scored a goal in his first NHL game and Calgary handed Minnesota a potentially harmful home loss in its playoff push.
• Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2: In Tampa, Fla., Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead Carolina to a win. Alexander Semin scored 16 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes.
• Avalanche 5, Blues 3: In Denver, Jamie McGinn scored twice, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots and Colorado prevented St. Louis from wrapping up a playoff spot.