BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane scored, Robin Lehner made 23 saves and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 Thursday night.
The Sabres moved within three points of Toronto for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. They have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 20-24.
Lehner got his fifth career shutout and second of the season.
The Avalance lacked energy in the fourth of a season-long five-game road trip. Colorado has lost five in a row and 11 straight on the road. This was the Avalanche's ninth shutout loss.
Calvin Pickard made 30 saves.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— It was quite a memorable night for Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain registered his 1,000th career point and later scored in overtime to lead a 4-3 triumph over Winnipeg. Crosby became the 86th player in league history with 1,000 points when he set up Chris Kunitz in the first period. Next, he assisted on the game-tying goal by Phil Kessel with 6:05 left in regulation. Crosby capped his three-point night by beating Connor Hellebuyck at 4:38 of OT. Crosby's 1,000 points come in just 757 games, making him the 12th-fastest to the mark. He is the third Penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.
— Darcy Kuemper handled 34 shots and the Minnesota Wild stretched their Western Conference lead to seven points over Chicago by topping Dallas, 3-1. Erik Haula had a goal and an assist in the Wild's fifth win in their last seven games.
— Connor McDavid leads the league with 66 points after collecting a goal and two assists in Edmonton's 6-3 drubbing of Philadelphia. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Matt Hendricks each had a goal and an assist as the Oilers moved into a second-place tie with Anaheim in the Pacific Division, four points behind San Jose.
— The Islanders won the battle of New York as Andrew Ladd scored twice in a 4-2 decision over the Rangers. Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots to help the Islanders improve to 8-0-2 in their last 10 at home.
— Mike Condon turned back 21 shots and Dion Phaneuf notched a power-play goal in Ottawa's third win in four games, 3-0 over the New Jersey Devils. Erick Karlsson and Kyle Turris also tallied for the Senators, who are within four points of the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.
— St. Louis is 7-1 under new coach Mike Yeo after Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored power-play goals in the third period of the Blues' sixth consecutive win, 4-3 against Vancouver. The game was tied 2-2 until Tarasenko put the Blues ahead to stay 58 seconds into the final period.
— Brendan Perlini had a pair of goals and Mike Smith stopped 41 shots as Phoenix whipped Los Angeles, 5-2. Jordan Martinook also scored twice as the Coyotes kept the Kings one point behind Calgary for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
FRIDAY'S GAMES (All Times EST)
Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAMES (All Times EST)
St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Winnipeg at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Washington at Detroit, 2 p.m.
Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Florida at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.
SUNDAY'S GAMES (All Times EST)
Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m.
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.
Winnipeg at Ottawa, 5 p.m.
Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Nashville at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Boston at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m.