This game was rescheduled from March 10 after Stars center Rich
Peverley collapsed on the bench early in the first period with an
Columbus (42-31-7, 91 points) last made the playoffs in 2009. Dallas
(39-30-11, 89 points) remains two points ahead of the idle Phoenix
Coyotes for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Penguins 4, Red Wings 3 (shootout)
Jussi Jokinen scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift the
Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, who
still clinched their 23rd consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup
playoffs with their one point.
The Red Wings (38-27-15), who are 5-1-1 in their last seven games,
forced overtime when Red Wings center Riley Sheahan scored his
seventh goal of the season with 1:15 left with a slapshot from the
The Penguins (51-24-5) are locked into the second seed spot in the
Eastern Conference, behind the Boston Bruins, with the playoffs set
to begin next week.
Chicago 3, Montreal 2 (overtime)
Patrick Sharp scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Chicago
Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Marian Hossa tied the scores with 47.7 seconds left in regulation as
the Blackhawks won their fourth in a row and prevented Montreal from
winning a third straight game.
With five players out because of injury and illness, the Canadiens
presented a makeshift lineup. Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower-body
injury and played only two shifts.
Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks (46-19-15), who
are tied in the Western Conference with fourth-placed San Jose on
Montreal (45-27-8) are third in the East with 98 points.
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Ducks 5, Sharks 2
Patrick Maroon scored two goals, and the Anaheim Ducks secured their
second consecutive Pacific Division championship with a win over the
San Jose Sharks.
Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey each added a goal and an assist, right
winger Teemu Selanne contributed two assists.
Ducks goalie John Gibson made 36 saves for his second victory in two
NHL starts as Anaheim (52-20-8) established single-season team
records for most points, 112, and goals, 257.
The second-place Sharks (49-22-9) will open the postseason against
the third-place Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks' opening playoff
opponent has yet to be determined.
Flames 4, Kings 3 (shootout)
Los Angeles was uninspired much of the night in a shootout loss to
the Calgary Flames, leaving the Kings winless in three games with
the playoffs just around the corner.
Flames rookie center Sean Monahan collected his fourth
shootout-winning goal in the fourth round of the showdown to net
Calgary the win and the season series over the King
The Kings (45-28-7) are merely killing time ahead of the postseason.
They are locked into the third spot in the Pacific Division, and
they will open the playoffs against the second-place San Jose
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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