NHL Scores: Exciting Games All Around Happened On Sunday's Slate

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 19: Marty Turco #1 of the Boston Bruins skates in warmups prior to the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden on March 19, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Exciting games happened all around on Sunday as the NHL's regular season creeps closer to the playoffs.

The NHL playoff race is heating up, but not all of Sunday's games were important as hockey's regular seasons winds down. In fact, the game between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets meant very little when the Western Conference's two teams battled on Sunday evening.

The game between two teams with nothing at stake may have been one of the most exciting, though, as the Oilers rallied late in the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-3 victory. Ryan Jones scored one goal and added a pair of assists to earn the honors of top star, Chris VandeVelde scored his first goal in the NHL, and Ladislav Smid scored a goal and added an assist to standout for the winning Oilers.

For the fans who aren't necessarily fans of high-scoring affairs, but still like exciting hockey games, Sunday's game between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders ended in a shootout. As has been the case for the Panthers quite a few times this season, however, the Islanders were able to pick up a victory when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' backhand found the top of the net toward the end of the game.

In another game of note, the Boston Bruins were able to keep their spot high in the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Bruins had been on a four-game losing streak, but have now won four of their last five games -- including Sunday's victory, which was the first for Bruins' goalie Marty Turco since he returned to the NHL earlier this year.

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