The New Jersey Devils put a crimp in the Arizona Coyotes' playoff chances with a 2-1 shootout win Saturday in Newark, N.J., sending Arizona to its fourth straight loss.

"We got the point, but we have some guys playing tight," said Arizona coach Rich Tocchet, whose team is on an 0-2-2 run. "It's my job to get these guys to relax."

Blake Coleman and Pavel Zacha scored in the fifth and sixth rounds of the shootout and Devils goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood made 23 saves in regulation and was beaten on only one shootout attempt.

Boston 7, Florida 3: The Bruins clinched a playoff berth, riding a five-goal second period to victory over the Panthers. Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara each had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg 5, Nashville 0: Kyle Connor had his first NHL hat trick and added an assist for the Central Division-leading Jets, who clinched a playoff spot in Winnipeg and widened their lead to four points over the second-place Predators.

St. Louis 4, Tampa Bay 3: The host Blues ended the Lightning's seven-game winning streak. Jordan Binnington made 39 saves.

Montreal 7, Buffalo 4: Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist, and the host Canadiens ran their winning streak to three and eliminated the Sabres from playoff contention.

Calgary 3, Vancouver 1: The visiting Flames stopped the Canucks' three-game winning streak and dropped them six points behind Colorado for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Colorado 4, Chicago 2: Colin Wilson scored his first goal in more than a month, Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots and the Avalanche earned its fourth straight victory, in Denver.

Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3 (OT): Brady Tkachuk scored his second goal of the game 2:09 into overtime, giving the visiting Senators a victory.


• The Boston Bruins signed 42-year-old defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year, $2 million contract, through the 2019-20 season. Chara is in his 13th season with Boston and 21st in the NHL.

• Brad Watson worked the final game of his career, concluding a 23-year stint as an NHL referee. Watson, 57, chose Blackhawks at Avalanche for his 1,393rd and final game, because he's a Coloradan. "It's a nice way to go out," he said. "It's at home, where I've been for 19 years." He worked 214 playoff games and eight Stanley Cup Finals.

Associated Press