National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: April 16, 2013

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Ottawa at Boston, postponed

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Monday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators has been postponed in the aftermath of the explosions that occurred at this afternoon’s Boston Marathon. The contest will be rescheduled, with the date and time to be announced at a later date. The NHL said in a statement, “The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon.”

Final Score: Toronto 2, New Jersey 0

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Phil Kessel’s power play goal with 6:32 remaining in regulation helped give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-0 win while sending the New Jersey Devils to a franchise record-tying 10th consecutive loss. James Reimer made 31 saves to post his third shutout of the season for Toronto, which sits firmly as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference after recording at least one point in 13 of its last 14 games. The Devils, last year’s Stanley Cup runner-ups, have been going the opposite direction and are six points back of the eighth-seeded New York Rangers with six games to play. Martin Brodeur, stuck on career win No. 666, only faced 12 shots and gave up the deciding goal late in regulation.

Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Montreal 3

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Scott Hartnell netted the seventh hat trick of his career as the Philadelphia Flyers pummeled the Montreal Canadiens, 7-3, on Monday. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each posted a goal and two assists while Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers, who snapped a four-game losing streak to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Also thanks to 25 saves from Ilya Bryzgalov, Philly now has 39 points on the season and sits seven back of the New York Rangers for the final spot in the Eastern Conference. Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher each posted a goal for the Canadiens, who have dropped two of three. Carey Price gave up six goals on 29 shots in two periods while Peter Budaj allowed one in on four shots in the third period. Montreal sits in second place in the Eastern Conference and first in the Northeast Division with a one-point lead over the Boston Bruins. Boston was scheduled to host Ottawa on Monday, but the game was canceled in the wake of the twin bomb blasts that occurred at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Dallas 2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Andrew Shaw broke a tie with one of Chicago’s three third-period goals, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks cooled off the Dallas Stars with a 5-2 win at United Center. Marian Hossa sealed Chicago’s sixth straight victory with an empty-net tally in the final minute and added two assists. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a goal and a helper, while Ray Emery improved to 16-1-0 this season with a 16-save effort. Jamie Benn supplied both goals for Dallas, which had its winning streak halted at five games. Richard Bachman stopped 23 shots in the setback that leaves the Stars two points out of a playoff spot.

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Nashville 2

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Jason Garrison scored the game-winner late in the second period, as the Vancouver Canucks eliminated the Nashville Predators from playoff contention with a 5-2 triumph on Monday at Bridgestone Arena. Ryan Kesler lit the lamp twice, while Alexandre Burrows and Derek Roy each scored once for the Canucks, who have won five of their last six and hold a five-point lead over the Minnesota Wild atop the Northwest Division. Roberto Luongo posted 36 saves to backstop the victory. Nick Spaling and Bobby Butler netted the Nashville goals, while Pekka Rinne surrendered all five goals on 24 shots for the Predators, who have lost a franchise record- tying seven straight games.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Colorado 3 (OT)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – R.J. Umberger forced overtime with a late goal in regulation and Nick Foligno’s tally with 29 seconds remaining gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a much-needed two points in a 4-3 comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Blake Comeau and Mark Letestu also scored in regulation for the Blue Jackets, who pulled even with the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth seed in the Western Conference thanks to their fourth consecutive victory. Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots, including a breakaway stop in overtime, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves in defeat. Cody McLeod scored two goals and Stefan Elliott also lit the lamp for the Avs, who have dropped seven of their last nine.

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Calgary 3

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) – Jason Pominville scored twice to lead the Minnesota Wild in a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday. Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each had a goal for the Wild, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Niklas Backstrom made 20 stops in the win. The win gives Minnesota 49 points on the season and the team now sits all alone in sixth place in the Western Conference, one ahead of St. Louis. Jiri Hudler and Sven Baertschi each scored and Ben Hanowski had his first career goal for the Flames, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Joey MacDonald gave up all four goals on 27 shots in the loss.

Final Score: San Jose 4, Phoenix 0

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Antti Niemi posted 35 saves to notch his fourth shutout of the season, as the San Jose Sharks used a three-goal second period to down the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0, on Monday at Jobing.com Arena. Tommy Wingels registered a goal and an assist, while Logan Couture, Matt Irwin and Joe Pavelski each scored once for the Sharks, who have won two of their last three. With 51 points, San Jose occupies the fifth spot in the Western Conference and sits just one point back of the defending champion Los Angeles Kings. Jason LaBarbera allowed all four goals on 41 shots in Phoenix’s second straight setback. With six games left on the schedule, the Coyotes find themselves four points back of Detroit and Columbus, who both have 47 points, for the final playoff spot in the West.