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Rangers And Senators Make Playoffs – NHL Roundup For April 26th

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New York Rangers v Carolina Hurricanes – Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

Brad Richards tied it for the Rangers with 2:57 left in regulation after New York blew an early 2-0 lead and fell behind already-eliminated Carolina.

In other NHL action:

__ Ottawa also clinched a playoff berth by beating Washington 2-1 despite Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 32nd goal. Sergei Gonchar (SUR’-gay GAHN’-char) scored 47 seconds into overtime.

— Pavel Datsyuk (PAH’-vuhl DAT’-sook) had a goal and two assists and the Detroit Red Wings moved a step closer to their 22nd straight playoff appearance with a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

__ Columbus stayed alive in the race with Detroit for the final playoff berth in the West. The Blue Jackets scored two third-period goals to beat Dallas 3-1. Cam Atkinson scored two goals.

— Oliver Lauridsen and Danny Briere (BREE’-ayr) scored goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to 2-1 win over the New York Islanders, who dropped to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

— Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL’-yah KOH’-vul-chook) scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

__ Ryan Reaves scored twice and Brian Elliott earned his NHL-leading 10th win in April in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 victory over Calgary.

— Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in as many starts and Boston beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.

__ Montreal remained tied with Boston atop the Northeast Division with a 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg. That eliminated the Jets from the playoff chase.

— Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Florida Panthers 4-0.

__ The Anaheim Ducks beat Vancouver 3-1. Both teams already are in the playoffs.

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