National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: April 23, 2013

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Final Score: Anaheim 3, Edmonton 0

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) – Viktor Fasth posted a shutout and helped the Anaheim Ducks clinch the Pacific Division title for the first time in six years with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Fasth made 24 saves for his fourth shutout in his rookie campaign and was backed by goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Radek Dvorak and Sami Vatanen. Anaheim last won the division in 2006-07 when they captured their only Stanley Cup championship. The team is now locked into the second spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 25-of-28 shots for the Oilers, who have dropped 11 straight at home against Anaheim, including a 3-1 setback on Sunday.

Final Score: Vancouver 3, Chicago 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) – For a fifth straight year, Vancouver has captured the Northwest Division title. Thanks to a goal and an assist from Daniel Sedin, the Vancouver Canucks took a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. The win has locked Vancouver into the third seed in the Western Conference for the upcoming playoffs, while Chicago has already clinched the top spot in the Western Conference. With 73 points, Chicago remains three ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins in its attempt to capture its first Presidents’ Trophy since the 1990-91 season. Both teams have three games left in the regular season. Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen both scored for the Canucks, while Cory Schneider made 24 saves in the win. Daniel Carcillo scored the lone goal and Corey Crawford posted 29 stops for the Blackhawks, who have dropped two straight following a seven-game winning streak.

Final Score: Winnipeg 2, Buffalo 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Antti Miettinen scored the deciding goal in the third period, and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24-of-25 shots to help the Winnipeg Jets pick up a crucial late-season win with a 2-1 decision over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Aaron Gagnon also tallied for the Jets, who closed within a point of idle Washington for first place in the Southeast Division with two games remaining in the regular season. Winnipeg, now 6-0-1 over its last seven contests, also trails the New York Rangers by the same margin for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, though both the Capitals and Rangers currently own a game in hand. Buffalo was dealt a second consecutive defeat and sixth straight in its series with Winnipeg despite a 37-save effort by Jhonas Enroth. Thomas Vanek accounted for the Sabres’ lone goal in the second period.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) – Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves to pick up career victory No. 300 as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the playoff-hopeful Ottawa Senators, 3-1, at Scotiabank Place. Dustin Jeffrey recorded a goal and an assist, while Jarome Iginla and Tyler Kennedy also lit the lamp for the Penguins, who already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and trail the Blackhawks in the Presidents’ Trophy race by three points with three games to play. Patrick Wiercioch scored Ottawa’s goal while Craig Anderson stopped 21-of-24 shots for the Senators, who have dropped two straight on the heels of a promising four-game winning streak. Ottawa is still tied with the New York Rangers for the final two playoff spots in the East with 52 points apiece, though they only lead the Winnipeg Jets by one point. Both the Jets and Rangers have a game in hand on Winnipeg. Monday’s meeting was the first between the teams since reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson suffered a severe laceration to his left Achilles when he got clipped by the skate of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. Karlsson has not played since but is back on skates and may play in the Senators’ final three games with their playoff fate still up in the air.

Final Score: Detroit 4, Phoenix 0

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Jimmy Howard stopped all 34 shots for his fourth shutout of the year and it came at a big time as Detroit took a 4-0 win over Phoenix. Detroit came into the game three points out of a playoff spot, but now has 50 points and sits just one back of Columbus and Minnesota for a spot in the Western Conference postseason. Minnesota and Detroit both have three games to play and Columbus has two left on its schedule. Phoenix, meanwhile, is in dire straits with its playoff hopes hanging by a thread. The team has 46 points with three games to play. Johan Franzen scored twice, Damien Brunner posted a goal and an assist while Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings, who came into the game having dropped five of their last six. Henrik Zetterberg gave three assists on the night. Mike Smith gave up three goals on 22 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost four of their past five games.