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Washington Capitals clinch playoff berth

TAMPA, Florida -- T.J Oshie had three goals and an assist while Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals as the Washington Capitals clinched a playoff spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday night.

Oshie scored twice, including an early power-play goal, as the Capitals took a 2-0 lead midway through the first. He completed the hat trick with an empty-netter during the final minute. Oshie has 10 goals and 19 points in 14 games against Tampa Bay.

Williams had a redirection goal 3:14 into the period before Carlson swatted a thigh-high puck home to make it 4-2 at 5:30.

Washington also got four assists from Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots.

Nikita Kucherov had two goals and Alex Killorn had the other goal for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves.

Rangers 3, Wild 2 Oscar Lindberg had a goal and an assist while Antti Raanta made 25 saves as the New York Rangers held on to beat the Minnesota Wild.

Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Rangers, who have a league-high 26 victories away from home this season.

Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 Cam Atkinson scored 1 minute, 19 seconds into overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Islanders.

Elsewhere, it was Blackhawks 2, Maple Leafs 1; Red Wings 5, Avalanche 1; Canadiens 4, Senators 3; Hurricanes 4, Predators 2; and Blues 3, Coyotes 0.

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