It was not as profitable a night as the Tampa Bay Lightning sought. But the team was more than happy to take a point against visiting Minnesota.
Tim Taylor scored his first goal in 63 games as the Southeast Division-leading Lightning blew a two-goal lead and settled for a 3-3 tie with the Wild last night.
"It was nice to see it go in," Taylor said of his fourth goal of the season. "But I'd take that back if we just get the win. It's a disappointing point, but overall it's our fourth game in six nights. You get a point at this stage of the season, it's a big point."
The Lightning, looking for its first divisional title, has a two-point lead over Washington. Tampa Bay's magic number to clinch its first playoff berth since 1996 is six points.
Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, which has a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2). The Lightning is 11-2-4 over the past 17 games.
Minnesota's Andrew Brunette scored the tying goal with 4 minutes 25 seconds left in regulation when he redirected Cliff Ronning's shot during a power play.
* FLYERS 4, DEVILS 2: Sami Kapanen had a goal and two assists, and Philadelphia, on the road, moved into a first-place tie with New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.
"I think both teams knew what was at stake," Flyers Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This was probably more important for us. We haven't played well in this building."
Eric Desjardins, Tony Amonte and Eric Weinrich also scored, and Roman Cechmanek made 27 saves as the Flyers won their third straight and beat New Jersey for the first time in five games (1-3-1) this season. Jim McKenzie and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who have lost five of their last seven games.
* RANGERS 1, ISLANDERS 0: Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal with 8:17 left, and Mike Dunham made 17 saves to lift the playoff-desperate Rangers to a home victory.
Garth Snow made 38 saves, but couldn't stop Leetch's backhanded shot after the Rangers pressured, and the Islanders failed to clear the puck three times.
Dunham has four shutouts this season and 15 in his career.
The Rangers tied Montreal in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the Islanders in the race for the eighth playoff spot.
* THRASHERS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Dany Heatley stormed from the penalty box and scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 13 seconds remaining as Atlanta handed Columbus its seventh straight road loss.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Mark Hartigan also scored for the Thrashers, who won their second straight after ending a three-game home losing streak on Saturday.
* CANUCKS 4, STARS 2: Todd Bertuzzi scored two of his three goals on the power play, and Pat Kavanagh got the first of his NHL career as Vancouver won on the road to tighten the race for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Rookie goaltender Alexander Auld stopped 26 shots to give the Canucks 95 points. That tied them with the Stars for second in the conference.
* OILERS 5, PREDATORS 3: Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Smyth had three assists to lift Edmonton to a road victory.
The Oilers opened a two-goal lead in the first period, then scored the final two goals of the game in the final five minutes.
* BLACKHAWKS 3, SHARKS 2: Theo Fleury scored 1:26 into overtime to lift Chicago on the road. Fleury, who also assisted on the Blackhawks' first goal, beat goalie Vesa Toskala on a wrist shot for the game-winner.
The Sharks had a 38-25 advantage in shots.