National Hockey League Game Capsules

Updated: April 7, 2013

Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Philadelphia 1

Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) – Grant Clitsome, Kyle Wellwood and Evander Kane scored in a 2:06 span during a four-goal second period which lifted Winnipeg over Philadelphia, 4-1, at MTS Centre. Bryan Little also tallied during the deciding frame and Blake Wheeler added a pair of assists for the Jets, who snapped a five-game losing skid. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30-of-31 shots for the win. Ruslan Fedotenko’s tip of a Kent Huskins shot was the lone offense for the Flyers, who saw their four-game win streak and a chance to reach the .500 mark for the first time all season fall by the wayside. Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled after allowing four scores on 16 shots in two periods. Steve Mason made his Philadelphia debut and turned away all nine Winnipeg chances in the third.

Final Score: Chicago 1, Nashville 0

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Ray Emery made Bryan Bickell’s first-period goal hold up as the winner with a 20-save performance in Chicago’s 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Emery earned his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career as the Western Conference- leading Blackhawks took the opener of this home-and-home set with a struggling Predators team. Pekka Rinne stopped 29 shots for Nashville, which has dropped two straight and five of its last six overall.

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Edmonton 1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Richards and Jeff Carter each scored first-period goals to back a 23-save effort from Jonathan Quick in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Carter added an assist on Richards’ early score to help the Kings improve to 5-1-1 over their last seven games and move past idle San Jose for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Slava Voynov potted a power-play goal in the win, which fellow defenseman Drew Doughty sealed with an empty-net tally with 48.7 seconds left to play. Magnus Paajarvi scored on the power play for Edmonton’s lone goal, with Devan Dubnyk stopping 35-of-38 shots in the setback.

Final Score: Montreal 2, Boston 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – This being the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, it had to be a one-goal game. The Canadiens held on for a 2-1 victory against the Bruins on Saturday night at Bell Centre. Montreal strengthened its hold on first place in the Northeast Division, moving three points ahead of Boston. Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens, who won three of the four meetings against their Original Six rivals this season. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for Boston. Nine of the last 10 games between these clubs have been decided by one goal.

Final Score: Toronto 2, New Jersey 1

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) – Tyler Bozak’s third-period tally proved to be the difference, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, on Saturday at Prudential Center. Leo Komarov also lit the lamp, while James Reimer registered 27 saves for the Leafs, who have won four of their last five to take sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Devils, meanwhile, are mired in a six-game losing streak and find themselves three points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. David Clarkson scored the lone New Jersey goal, while Martin Brodeur stopped 16 shots in the setback.

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Tampa Bay 2

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Matt Martin netted the game-winning goal with 6:26 left to give the New York Islanders a 4-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Michael Grabner, Andrew MacDonald and Josh Bailey also lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have won three of their last four games. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots in the win. Matt Carle had one goal and one assist and Richard Panik added a tally for the Lightning, who have dropped two of their last three games. Ben Bishop made 24 saves but allowed three goals in the setback.

Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash all scored during a second-period barrage that propelled the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the fading Carolina Panthers at PNC Arena. Stepan and Nash also notched an assist to support a season-high 48-save effort from Henrik Lundqvist as the Rangers picked up two critical points. New York remained tied with the rival Islanders for the final two playoff seeds in the Eastern Conference entering its final 10 regular-season games. Brian Boyle finished off the victory, which upped the Rangers to 3-0-1 over their last four outings, with an empty-net tally right before the final horn sounded. Zac Dalpe recorded the lone goal against Lundqvist, who outdueled counterpart Dan Ellis to deal the Hurricanes a fourth straight loss and 11th defeat in 12 games.

Final Score: Washington 4, Florida 3

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Alex Ovechkin registered a hat trick and had an assist as the Washington Capitals downed the Florida Panthers, 4-3, on Saturday. Mike Ribeiro added a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who remained tied with the Jets for first place in the Southeast Division. Braden Holtby had 27 saves in the win. Jacob Markstrom had 27 saves but allowed all four goals for the Panthers, who scored all of their goals in the third period. Tomas Kopecky had a pair of goals and Peter Mueller lit the lamp once in the setback. Ovechkin scored his first goal on the power play with 4:15 left in the first. Ribiero took a pass on the goal line and quickly dished it to Ovechkin, who easily put it in the net for an early 1-0 lead. Mike Green’s slap shot hit off the post, but Ribeiro was there to clean up the miss 43 seconds into the middle session.

Final Score: Phoenix 4, Colorado 0

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Mike Smith returned from a six-game absence and posted 24 saves to notch his fifth shutout of the season, as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0, on Saturday at Arena. Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan each registered a goal and an assist, while Boyd Gordon and Mikkel Boedker also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have won a season-high three straight games to move within two points of St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Semyon Varlamov allowed all four goals on 28 shots for the Avalanche, who have lost 14 straight on the road and sit last in the NHL with 29 points.

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Calgary 2

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) – Henrik Sedin scored once and had two assists and Daniel Sedin added three helpers as the Vancouver Canucks cruised to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Alexandre Burrows had one goal and an assist, while Dan Hamhuis and Alexander Edler added one goal apiece for the Canucks, who hold a four-point edge over the Minnesota Wild for the top spot in Northwest Division standings. Cory Schneider had 36 saves in the win. Dennis Wideman and Alex Tanguay each scored once and Matt Stajan added two assists for the Flames, losers in five straight. Miikka Kiprusoff had 17 saves in the setback.