Friday, April 9, 2010

In the NHL: Bs gain ground, Habs lose it; Sid gets 50, loses it

Stars of the night
--Tuukka Rask made 31 saves and Boston climbed into sixth place with a 3-1 win over Buffalo.
--Eric Staal's five points, highlighted by his franchise-record 10th hat trick, spurred Carolina's 5-2 upset of Montreal.
--Sidney Crosby registered four points, including his 49th goal, as Pittsburgh closed regular season play in Mellon Arena with a 7-3 rout of the Islanders. Crosby had been credited with two goals but the second was changed to Bill Guerin, who scored a second later in the night.
--Scott Clemmensen made 42 saves and Florida upset New Jersey, 3-2.
--Evgeni Nabokov fended off 30 shots and San Jose defeated Vancouver, 4-2.

In the shootout
--Tampa Bay blew a 3-0 lead but recovered to defeat Ottawa, 4-3, on Teddy Purcell's goal. Purcell also scored in regulation as did Steven Stamkos for his 48th. Five of the six regulation goals were on the power play.
--Dallas scored as many goals on Jonas Hiller in the shootout as it did in regulation in a 3-2 victory over Anaheim. The Stars poured 51 shots on Hiller. Old-guard Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen scored in the tiebreaker. Modano also had a regulation goal and Bobby Ryan scored twice for the Ducks.
--Wade Dubielewicz came to Minnesota's rescue after Niklas Backstrom left with an injury, stopping five shots in regulation and two more in the shootout to lead the Wild to a 2-1 win over Calgary.
--Goals by Matthew Lombardi and Taylor Pyatt 1:24 apart late in the third period erased a 2-0 deficit and Phoenix, behind shootout tallies by Radim Vrbata and Adrian Aucoin, came back to defeat Los Angeles, 3-2.

Marquee matchup
Friday, April 9 (5 games)
Philadelphia (40-34-6) at NY Rangers (37-33-10), 7 p.m. ET. A Flyers regulation win clinches the last three playoff spots - for Boston, Montreal and Philadelphia. If the Flyers win in OT/SO, they are in along with the Canadiens. If New York wins, it sets up a "win and you're in" scenario in the teams' final meeting, with the loser potentially getting in with help.

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