National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: April 25, 2013

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Final Score: Chicago 4, Edmonton 1

 

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) – The Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up their first Presidents’ Trophy in 22 years on Wednesday thanks to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Thanks in large part to playing their first 24 games of this season without a loss in regulation, the Blackhawks clinched the best record in the NHL for the first time since the 1990-91 season, the only other time they claimed the honor which assures home-ice advantage through all four rounds of the playoffs. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists while Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya all scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game slide and upped their point total to 75. Ray Emery started in net, but left with about six minutes to play in the first period with a lower-body injury. He gave up one goal on eight shots while Corey Crawford turned aside all 14 shots he faced. Nail Yakupov scored the only goal of the game for the Oilers, who have lost three straight and nine of their last 10. Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on 29 shots in the loss.

 

Final Score: Detroit 3, Los Angeles 1

 

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Jordin Tootoo and Johan Franzen tallied in the third period to snap a tie and lift Detroit over Los Angeles, 3-1, at Joe Louis Arena. Pavel Datsyuk also scored with Henrik Zetterberg chipping in two assists for the Red Wings, who vaulted over idle Columbus into eighth place in the Western Conference with 52 points. Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots, improving to 3-1-1 in his last five starts. Kyle Clifford provided the lone offense for the Kings, who have lost two in a row and three of five. Jonathan Quick played well in defeat, making 33 saves.

 

Final Score: Phoenix 2, San Jose 1

 

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Keith Yandle scored the deciding goal late in the first period and Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, as Phoenix squeaked by San Jose, 2-1, on Wednesday. Michael Stone recorded the other score for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in their last six games. Brent Burns notched the lone score and Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for the Sharks, who have lost two of three. With a regulation loss, San Jose remained tied with Los Angeles — which lost to the Red Wings earlier on Wednesday — for the fourth spot in the West. San Jose plays the Kings in both clubs’ season finale on Saturday.

 

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 2

 

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Radko Gudas scored the difference-maker early in the third period and Martin St Louis had a hat trick as the Tampa Bay Lightning put an end to their recent struggles with a 5-2 victory over playoff-bound Toronto on Wednesday. Steven Stamkos scored one goal and had an assist, while Nate Thompson had two assists for the Lightning, who had a six-game losing streak come to an end. Ben Bishop stopped 26-of-28 shots faced in the victory. St Louis, who has recorded seven career three-goal games, also took over the NHL’s scoring race with 58 points — two more than the injured Sidney Crosby and his Tampa teammate Stamkos. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul tallied the lone goals for the Maple Leafs, who secured their first playoff berth since 2004 with a victory over Ottawa on Saturday, but have lost three of four games overall. James Reimer allowed four goals on 25 shots in the setback.