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NHL Report / Scores and fast facts

>Saturday's games

Columbus 5, Minnesota 4 (OT): Antoine Vermette scored the winning goal with 33.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Blue Jackets. Rick Nash broke out of a slump with two goals and two assists for Columbus. They were Nash's first goals since Feb. 22, a span of 11 games that matched his career-high drought.

Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 2: Jason Spezza scored a goal 3:28 into overtime to cap the Senators' comeback. Curtis McElhinney stopped 34 shots in his second straight start for Ottawa.

Toronto 5, Boston 2: Nazem Kadri scored his first NHL goal, while Joey Crabb added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs.

N.Y. Islanders 4, Florida 3 (SO): Frans Nielsen and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a win.

Philadelphia 3, Dallas 2 (SO): Ville Leino scored in the sixth round of the shootout and the Flyers clinched a playoff spot. Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored goals in regulation for Philadelphia.

Nashville 3, Detroit 1: Jonathon Blum scored a power-play goal at 8:12 of the third period, as the Predators won their fourth in five games.

Colorado at Edmonton: The Oilers are already out of the playoff race mathematically, while the Avalanche could have been knocked out on Saturday. They have the two worst records in the league.

Anaheim at Los Angeles: The Kings had a great road trip, winning four games in a row. Then they returned to Los Angeles, and promptly lost, 4-0, to St. Louis at home.

St. Louis at San Jose: The Sharks hoped to continue on a roll when they hosted the Blues. They had a 19-4-3 record in their last 26 games, including a 8-1-2 stretch at home.


>Friday's late game

Phoenix 3, Vancouver 1: Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan scored 1:18 apart on the same power play late in the third period.


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