Highlights of Friday's
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[April 01, 2017]
April 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National
Hockey League games:
Flames 5, Sharks 2
Calgary Flames scored three goals in the second period en route to
clinching their first playoff berth in three seasons with a win over
Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.
After Johnny Gaudreau opened the scoring in the first period, Sean
Monahan, Matt Stajan and Alex Chiasson added goals in the second to
send the Flames on their way.
Sam Bennett added an empty-net goal, while goalie Brian Elliott made
36 saves for the Flames, who moved to within one point of the Sharks
for third place in the Pacific Division.
Bennett and Chiasson finished with a goal and an assist each, while
Kris Versteeg and T.J. Brodie each had two assists.
Avalanche 2, Blues 1 (SO)
Calvin Pickard had 27 saves through overtime and two in the shootout
as Colorado beat St. Louis.
J.T. Compher scored in regulation and Matt Duchene and Nathan
MacKinnon had shootout goals to help the Avalanche end a seven-game
Jake Allen stopped 31 shots and Ryan Reaves had a goal the Blues,
who clinched a playoff spot despite the loss.
Islanders 2, Devils 1
New York kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a victory over New
Jersey at Barclays Center, however captain John Tavares had to be
helped off the ice with 3:14 remaining in regulation after getting
tangled up with the back of the net and a Devils player.
Though Islanders coach Doug Weight termed the injury "lower body,"
Tavares was clutching the back of his left leg in the hamstring
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Islanders, and
moved them within four points of the idle Boston Bruins for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five
games to play.
Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby scored in a shootout as Pittsburgh
slipped past New York at Madison Square Garden to move within one
point of the Columbus Blue Jackets for second place in the
When Bryan Rust scored to make it 3-1 with 11:10 left in the game,
the Penguins looked well on their way to a convincing win. But Rick
Nash cut the lead in half two minutes later and Chris Kreider tied
the score at 3 with 11.6 seconds left and goaltender Henrik
Lundqvist on the bench for an extra skater.
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had a golden opportunity to win the game in overtime when Kevin
Klein and Michael Grabner led a three-on-none charge, but Penguins
goaltender Matt Murray, who stopped 32 shots, pushed across to rob
Grabner after Klein made a late pass to the right side.
3, Blue Jackets 1
Artemi Panarin scored two goals and Patrick Kane had three assists
as Chicago cruised to a win over Columbus.
Marian Hossa also scored as Chicago secured its second 50-win
regular season in franchise history. Four games remain as the
Blackhawks chase the franchise record of 52 wins (2009-10).
Captain Nick Foligno scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who
have tallied only nine goals in their past six games. Columbus
finished the month with a 10-4-2 record.
Kings 2, Canucks 0
Jarome Iginla scored his 625th career goal and Jonathan Quick
stopped 35 shots for the shutout as Los Angeles kept its slim
playoff hopes alive.
Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Kings, who trail Nashville by
eight points for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western
Conference. Each team has five games remaining.
Iginla's goal tied him with Joe Sakic for 15th all time. It also was
the 101st game-winning goal of his career.
Quick, who missed 59 games this season with a groin injury, recorded
his second shutout of the season and 44th of his career.
Coyotes 6, Capitals 3
Louis Domingue made a career-high 45 saves to win for the fourth
time in five March starts to help Arizona end Washington's six-game
Christian Dvorak and Alex Burmistrov each had two goals and Josh
Jooris and Peter Holland added goals as the Coyotes snapped a
four-game losing streak.
Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Winnik and Justin Williams scored for the
Capitals, but Braden Holtby allowed six goals on 24 shots. Holtby
had been 3-0-0 in three previous starts against Arizona with a 1.31
GAA and a .950 save pct.
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