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Rangers Lose, Jets Win as Race Continues for NHL Playoff Berth

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April 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Winnipeg Jets pulled even on points with the New York Rangers in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

The Jets (22-19-2) beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout last night to reach 46 points and tie the Rangers (21-17-4), who lost 4-2 at the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers have six regular-season games left, while the Jets have five games remaining.

The New York Islanders (22-16-5) topped the visiting Florida Panthers 5-2 to strengthen their hold on seventh place with 49 points.

At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Brayden Schenn and Erik Gustafsson gave the Flyers a 2-0 first-period lead.

Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers about three minutes into the second period. Kimmo Timonen added a power-play goal for the Flyers seven minutes later for a 3-1 lead.

Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers midway through the final period before Jakub Voracek added a fourth goal for the Flyers with 15 seconds left in the game.

At Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Islanders moved ahead 3-0 on goals by Matt Moulson, Mark Streit and Michael Grabner before Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal for the Panthers late in the first period.

Radek Martinek and Grabner added goals 14 seconds apart in the second period to give the Islanders a 5-1 advantage. Marcel Goc scored the second goal for Florida.

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