The Pittsburgh Penguins made the postseason for the 10th straight year and solidified their grip on second place in the Metropolitan Division with a 5-0 rout of the New York Islanders behind rookie Matt Murray's first career shutout.
Pittsburgh led the New York Rangers by three points, with the Rangers hosting Buffalo on Saturday night
Surging Pittsburgh improved to 45-25-8 with its fifth straight win and has outscored opponents 25-10 in that stretch.
Despite getting 26 saves from Jean-Francois Berube, New York fell to 42-26-5 after its first loss in four games. The Islanders lead Philadelphia by two points for the East's first wild-card berth. Both teams have five games remaining, including the season finale on April 10 at Barclays Center.