The NHL roundup …
RALEIGH ó Marc-Andre Gragnani scored 2:56 into overtime to lift Buffalo over Carolina.
Chris Butler also scored and Jhonas Enroth made 35 saves for the Sabres, who won a tense matchup with a postseason feel ó and plenty of playoff implications.
Buffalo, which has 90 points, kept hold of seventh place in the Eastern Conference and put the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes in peril.
Eric Staal scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Hurricanes earned one point to move to 87, two behind the eighth-place New York Rangers, with three games left for both teams.
Carolina’s Cam Ward finished with 29 saves in his 13th straight start.
Rangers 3, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA ó Wojtek Wolski’s shootout goal lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Wolski’s goal came in the second round of the shootout after Erik Christensen had scored for New York in the first. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Nikolay Zherdev and Claude Giroux on the Flyers’ shootout chances.
The Rangers picked up two points to remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Bryan McCabe and Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Rangers in regulation and James Van Riemsdyk and Zherdev had the Flyers’ goals.
Red Wings 4, Wild 2
DETROIT ó Nicklas Lidstrom scored and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves, helping Detroit beat Minnesota and clinch the Central Division title.
Darren Helm, Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings.
Detroit has won nine division titles in 10 seasons and 14 since the 1991-92 season when Lidstrom was a rookie.
The Red Wings moved one point ahead of idle San Jose, which has played one fewer game, for second place in the Western Conference with a week left in the regular season.
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