Quick Strike in OT Keeps Blue Jackets in the Hunt

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Seth Jones scored 59 seconds into overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Thursday night in a matchup of teams fighting to stay in the playoff mix.

After Colorado tied the game with two third-period goals, Jones got a pass from Pierre Luc-Dubois in front of the Avalanche's goal and swept it past Semyon Varlamov for the Blue Jackets' third straight win. Columbus secured its hold on the second Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot, one point behind New Jersey.

Jones added two assists, Thomas Vanek scored twice and Zach Werenski also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight for the first time since November.

Joonas Korpisalo had 23 saves to get his second win in three days playing in place of starter Sergei Bobrovsky, who is sick.

Colorado got third-period goals from Gabriel Landeskog and Carl Soderberg to force overtime. Soderberg had two in the game, and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avs.

Varlamov had 39 saves for Colorado, which lost its third straight (see full recap).

Lightning chase Lundqvist in victory
TAMPA, Fla. -- Anthony Cirelli had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning chased Henrik Lundqvist with a barrage of shots in a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

League-leading Tampa Bay had 17 shots on goal before the Rangers got their first nearly 11 minutes into the game. Lundqvist kept New York's deficit to 2-0 through one period but was pulled after allowing two more goals in the second period.

Cirelli, playing his fourth career game, helped the Lightning improve to 8-0-1 in their past nine games. Adam Erne, Cedric Paquette. Tyler Johnson and Chris Kunitz also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for his league-leading 40th victory, which ties the franchise record.

Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist for New York, which has dropped consecutive games since sweeping a three-game trip to Western Canada. Lundqvist made 27 saves before being replaced by Alexander Georgiev, who made 13 saves (see full recap).

Hellebuyck makes 41 saves in Jets' win
NEWARK, N.J. -- Patrik Laine extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games and Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves as the Winnipeg Jets extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Joel Armia and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored as the Jets posted their ninth win in the last 11 games. It also extended the Jets' streak to 7-0-1 in their last eight road games.

Hellebuyck posted his 35th win, setting the franchise single-season record, passing Kari Lehtonen who went 34-24-9 for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006-07.

Laine continued to wield the hot stick with his eighth goal in the last four games.

Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Taylor Hall also saw his scoring streak end. The Devils forward had points in 19 straight games, the longest stretch in the NHL this season. He had also earned points in 26 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2. He missed three games before the All-Star break with a thumb injury.

Cory Schneider stopped 21 as he lost his 10th straight decision (see full recap).

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