Rangers' Stepan ties it, wins it
Derek Stepan scored with 28 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, then got the winner late in the extra period in the Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night in New York.
With their fourth consecutive victory, the Rangers improved to 51-21-7 for a league-best 109 points. With three games remaining, the Rangers are two points ahead of Anaheim for the Presidents' Trophy. New York has four more (46-42) regulation and overtime wins, a tiebreaker.
The Rangers have won the Presidents' Trophy once in their 88-year history, in the 1993-94 season — the last time the franchise won the Stanley Cup.
Columbus, the NHL's hottest team, had won nine in a row but won't make the playoffs.
•CANUCKS TOP KINGS IN SHOOTOUT: Chris Higgins scored the only goal of the shootout and Eddie Lack made 36 saves for the host Canucks in a 2-1 victory over the Kings. Los Angeles missed a chance to move ahead of Calgary for third place in the Pacific Division.
•STARS, SHARKS ELIMINATED: Jamie Benn scored twice as the Stars beat the host Sharks 5-1 on a night when both teams were eliminated from the playoff picture.
•EX-HAB ST. LAURENT DIES: Dollard St. Laurent, a defenseman who won five Stanley Cups and played on the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s, died. He was 85.