NHL Scores: Buffalo Sabres Win In Overtime, Continue Fight For Playoff Spot

Mar 21, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) looks to make a pass against the Montreal Canadiens at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

The NHL regular season is coming to an end, but the action will be heated as playoff spots are still available.

The 2012 NHL regular season is entering its final days, with several playoff races still in progress. Let's get some fan perspective on a few of Tuesday night's games:

Buffalo Sabres 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (OT) - From Die By The Blade:

The Buffalo Sabres need to win out if they have any chance of making the playoffs. Their first win in their last three came in spectacular fashion as they came back from a three goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime ... The Sabres are tied with the Capitals for the final playoff spot and four points behind the Panthers. The Sabres could feasibly leapfrog the Panthers if it comes down to a tiebreaker.

New Jersey Devils 3, New York Islanders 1 - From In Lou We Trust:

Regardless of what they choose to do to replace Josefson, the Devils will collectively have to be much sharper going forward as they play out their final two games of the season. The results don't matter now as they're highly likely to finish as the sixth seed. It's all about performances and the one witnessed at the Rock simply won't do against good teams. It wouldn't have even succeeded tonight if it wasn't for the Islanders putting up a similar effort. That in of itself is telling.

Carolina Hurricanes 2, Ottawa Senators 1 - From Silver Seven Sens:

The Ottawa Senators have been firing on all cylinders as of late, reeling off 4 straight wins in order to secure their playoff spot. Now that the team has secured their playoff spot, you'd hope they wouldn't take their foot off the gas. Unfortunately, that appears to be what happened, as the Senators had an uninspired 60 minutes and fell 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Nashville Predators 2, Minnesota Wild 1 (SO) - From Hockey Wilderness:

You can't fault the level of effort being shown by a defeated team in an apocalyptically bad 2012. They have come out and grabbed hold of the Spoiler title, giving playoff teams fits. Makes you wonder exactly what would have happened had Koivu not missed 27 games with injury.

Phoenix Coyotes 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 0 - From Five For Howling:

The Phoenix Coyotes knew it was a must-win type of situation against a team that they haven't beaten all season. The Columbus Blue Jackets weren't ready to go down without a fight, putting 54 shots and 30+ scoring chances, but Mike Smith was the proverbial brick wall in goal making saves both spectacular and otherwise. And while the offense wasn't probably where Dave Tippett would have liked it to be, he got enough of a push from the Coyotes in the second period with 2 goals within 2:03 of each other for the 2-0 win.

Vancouver Canucks 5, Anaheim Ducks 4 (SO) - From SI.com:

Max Lapierre's shootout goal lifted Vancouver to a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, giving the Canucks their seventh straight win.

Western Conference-leading Vancouver moved three points ahead of St. Louis and remained tied with the New York Rangers for tops in the NHL with 109 points.

Stay with SB Nation NHL for more news and notes as we head into the playoffs.

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