National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: April 23, 2013

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Final Score: Washington 5, Winnipeg 3

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Alex Ovechkin posted a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals wrapped up the Southeast Division with a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Washington is now locked into the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to winning its division for the fifth time in the past six years. Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perreault each gave a goal and an assist and Matt Hendricks also scored for the Capitals, who have surged in April with a mark of 10-1-0. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots in the win. Winnipeg, meanwhile, is hanging onto its playoff hopes by a slim thread. With 51 points and one game to play, the team is one point back of both the Rangers and Senators, who are tied for the seventh and eighth spot with 52 points. The Rangers lost on Tuesday and have two games left, while the Senators still have three games to play. Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Nik Antropov all scored for the Jets, who had won six of seven coming in. Ondrej Pavelec gave up four goals on 40 shots.

Final Score: San Jose 3, Dallas 2

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Thanks to two goals separated by 30 seconds in the third period, the San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture netted the two goals in the third period as the Sharks will be in the postseason for a ninth straight year. With 57 points, the team jumped into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Los Angeles. Dallas was dealt a severe blow in its attempts to get into the postseason. With two games left on their schedule, the team has 48 points and sits three back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Colorado 1

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Chris Stewart and Andy McDonald both recorded a goal and an assist to lead St. Louis to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche that wrapped up a playoff spot for the Blues. Patrik Berglund added a power-play marker for St. Louis, while Brian Elliott bounced back from a shaky performance in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Avalanche in Denver to help the Blues move to 10-3-0 in April. Elliott was pulled late in the second period of the opener of this home-and-home set after letting up four goals on 19 shots, but turned aside 17-of-18 chances in the rematch. Cody McLeod accounted for Colorado’s lone score in the Avs’ 16th setback in their past 17 road outings.

Final Score: Carolina 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner both scored in the first two rounds of the shootout to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Despite the setback, New York clinched a berth in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs following the Winnipeg Jets’ 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Final Score: Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) – Niklas Backstrom posted 22 saves to backstop the Minnesota Wild’s 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. Cal Clutterbuck and Charlie Coyle each scored once to help the Wild snap a two-game skid and grab a two-point lead over the eighth- place Columbus Blue Jackets, who were idle on Tuesday, in the Western Conference standings. Jeff Carter scored the lone Los Angeles goal, while Jonathan Bernier stopped 23-of-25 shots for the Kings, who still occupy the fourth spot in the West despite having their five-game point streak snapped.

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Montreal 2

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Devils played the role of spoiler Tuesday by upending the playoff-bound Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, at Prudential Center. Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for the Devils, who received goals from Patrik Elias, Jacob Josefson and Steve Sullivan to win for the third time in four games. Though mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, New Jersey hurt Montreal’s chances at capturing the Northeast Division title and avoided being swept in the three-game season series. Carey Price stopped 21-of-24 shots while Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty both scored for the Canadiens, whose current 1-5 slump has them tied with the Boston Bruins atop the division at 59 points apiece. Boston has a game in hand on Montreal.

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Boston 2

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Steve Mason turned away 39 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers took a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Simon Gagne, Scott Hartnell, Matt Read, Oliver Lauridsen and Jakub Voracek all scored for the Flyers, who have won their past two games. Boston remains tied with Montreal for first place in the Northeast Division as both teams have 59 points. However, the Bruins have a game in hand on the Canadiens, who lost to the Devils on Tuesday. Wade Redden and David Krejci both scored for the Bruins, who have lost five of six. Anton Khudobin gave up three goals on 17 shots before being pulled in the second period. Tuukka Rask finished the game in net and gave up two goals on 13 shots.

Final Score: Florida 3, NY Rangers 2

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – Marcel Goc netted the go-ahead goal on the power play in the third period, while Jacob Markstrom turned in a stellar performance between the pipes to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers from the BB&T Center. Markstrom outdueled reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Henrik Lundqvist with a 36-save effort that enabled the Panthers to halt a six-game losing streak and prevent the Rangers from securing a postseason berth. Lundqvist stopped only 13-of-15 shots for New York, which came in having won three in a row that included a 6-1 rout of the Panthers last Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Despite the loss, the Rangers still remain in control of the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference after ninth-place Winnipeg fell to Washington on Tuesday. New York owns a one-point lead on the Jets with two games remaining to Winnipeg’s one.

Final Score: Buffalo 4, Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Steve Ott netted the game-winner late in the third period to help the Buffalo Sabres edge the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center. Thomas Vanek scored twice and added an assist, while Jochen Hecht had the other goal for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game skid. Ryan Miller posted 40 saves in the victory. Jarome Iginla and Chris Kunitz each scored once, while Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 32 shots for the Penguins, who had their seven-game win streak snapped.

Final Score: Nashville 4, Calgary 3

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Matt Halischuk and Austin Watson both tallied in the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Nick Spaling and David Legwand also lit the lamp for the Predators, who had dropped eight straight entering the contest. Pekka Rinne turned aside 15-of-18 shots in the win. Roman Cervenka had a pair of goals and T.J. Brodie also scored for the Flames, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 28 shots in the loss.