Islanders top Coyotes, close in on playoff berth

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner’s fifth shutout of the season as the host New York Islanders moved closer to securing a playoff berth by beating Arizona 2-0 Sunday.

Lehner stopped 31 shots to help the Islanders win for the second time in two days and keep pace with first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals lead New York by one point with six games remaining for both teams, including a matchup at Washington in the season finale April 6.

“Those are dangerous hockey games. We had chances to pull away and they hung around,” Isles head coach Barry Trotz said. “We got it done.”

Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost five straight.

“That was a good defensive game. I thought we had good possession,” Arizona head coach Rick Tocchet said. “We are just having a tough time scoring right now.”

Blue Jackets 5, Canucks 0: Josh Anderson had two goals and an assist and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots for his seventh shutout of the season as visiting Columbus ended a three-game skid. The Blue Jackets moved two points behind Montreal for the East’s second wild-card slot.

Capitals 3, Flyers 1: Braden Holtby made 35 saves as host Washington avoided what would have been its first three-game losing streak since January.

Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1: Duncan Keith scored 1:23 into overtime to allow host Chicago to snap a three-game losing streak and end Colorado’s four-game winning streak.

Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1: Andrei Svechnikov scored 3:15 into overtime as host Carolina maintained its hold on the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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