Devils roll over Hurricanes to clinch playoff berth
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, Martin Brodeur made 22 saves in his third shutout of the season, and the New Jersey Devils clinched a playoff berth by routing the Hurricanes, 5-0, Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.
Petr Sykora added a goal and an assist for the Devils. David Clarkson, Ryan Carter, and Zach Parise also scored, and Patrik Elias had two assists.
New Jersey scored three goals in a 3:50 span and had no trouble after that while wrapping up a return to the playoffs after a one-year absence.
Brodeur’s 119th career shutout moved him one victory from another NHL record. His next win will give him 14 seasons with at least 30 victories.
Brian Boucher stopped 26 shots in his second appearance after missing 43 games because of a groin injury. The Hurricanes have lost four of five.
Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 - Host Washington welcomed back Nicklas Backstrom from a concussion and took a big step toward the playoffs, taking the shootout win over Montreal.
Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored in the shootout for the Capitals. David Desharnais had his attempt stopped by goaltender Michal Neuvirth, and Max Pacioretty missed wide for the Canadiens.
Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 - Joey Crabb had a goal and an assist, Ben Scrivens made 29 saves, and Toronto ended a team-record 11-game home losing streak with a victory over Buffalo.
Phil Kessel, John-Michael Liles, and Matt Frattin also scored, and Clarke MacArthur added two assists.
Senators 4, Flyers 3 - Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek scored shootout goals to bail out Ottawa, which wasted a three-goal, first-period lead in a victory in Philadelphia.
Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, and Chris Neil scored in the opening period for the Senators in their first game since Monday.
Lightning 3, Jets 2 - Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 56th goal of the season 45 seconds into overtime to give host Tampa Bay its victory over Winnipeg.
Ryan Malone scored twice, giving him five goals in the past two games, for the Lightning.
Blackhawks 5, Predators 4 - Brent Seabrook scored at 8:19 of the third period, and Chicago clinched a playoff berth by winning in Nashville after blowing a 4-0 lead.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland each scored power-play goals, and Viktor Stalberg had a goal.
Blue Jackets 5, Blues 2 - R.J. Umberger scored twice and rookie goalie Allen York made it three wins in three career starts for visiting Columbus.
St. Louis was still able to clinch the Central Division title when Chicago beat Nashville.
Jared Boll, Derek Dorset, and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus, and York finished with 34 saves.
Wild 4, Kings 3 - Erik Christensen and Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout and Minnesota beat visiting Los Angeles.
Coyotes 4, Ducks 0 - Mike Smith had 44 saves in his second straight shutout and Ray Whitney passed 1,000 career points with a goal and assist in Phoenix’s rout of visiting Anaheim.