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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senators Top Rangers, Edge Toward Playoffs

NEW YORK -- Bruce Gardiner scored with 2:13 remaining as the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers 4-3 to move within four points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Just 2:39 after New York's Wayne Gretzky tied it with his 20th goal, Gardiner converted the rebound of a slap shot by Alexei Yashin as Shawn McEachern screened Rangers goalie Mike Richter.

Tom Chorske put the Senators up 3-2 with 10:04 remaining Monday, beating Richter through the pads with a low slap. Shaun Van Allen and Radek Bonk opened the scoring for Ottawa, while Pat Flatley and Adam Graves tied it with goals in a 2:06 span midway through the second period.

Ron Tugnutt made 38 saves for the 11th-place Senators, who reached the 60-point mark. Hartford and Montreal are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference with 64 points. The top eight qualify for the playoffs.

Panthers 4, Devils 1. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Devils' Bobby Holik put a puck into his own net to ignite a three-goal, third-period outburst that led the Florida Panthers past the streaking Devils Monday night.

Panthers defenseman Per Gustafsson got credit for the goal at 2:21, and Jody Hull and Steve Washburn scored in the next eight minutes as Florida snapped the Devils' NHL-high 15-game home unbeaten streak.

John Vanbiesbrouck made 31 saves and Dave Lowry added a goal for Florida. Lyle Odelein scored for New Jersey.

Sabres 5, Bruins 1. In Buffalo, New York, Dominik Hasek made 27 saves and Donald Audette scored his 26th and 27th goals as Buffalo beat Boston to move within three points of Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Brian Holzinger, Richard Smehlik, and Derek Plante also scored for the Sabres. Ray Bourque scored for Boston.

Coyotes 3, Blues 2. In Phoenix, Arizona, Jeff Finley scored with 13:29 left and Nikolai Khabibulin made 35 saves as Phoenix beat St. Louis.

Khabibulin, making his 31st consecutive start, improved to 5-1-1 in his last seven games for the Coyotes. Keith Tkachuk scored his team-high 41st goal and Jeremy Roenick added his 22nd for Phoenix. Brett Hull scored his 41st goal and Mike Peluso added a goal for the Blues.