Capitals Cruise Past Blues, NHL Roundup


Published on April 9 2014 6:26 am
Last Updated on April 9 2014 6:26 am
Written by Millie Lange

Capitals Cruise Past Blues

(St. Louis, MO) -- Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal of the season and also had two assists as the Capitals cruised to a 4-1 win over the Blues at Scottrade Center. Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, while Mikhail Grabovski also lit the lamp for Washington, which remains four points behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three games to play. Braden Holtby made 28 saves in the victory. Maxim Lapierre scored the lone goal for the Blues, who have lost three straight for the first time this season. St. Louis is still first in the West with 111 points, one more than Anaheim. Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 22 shots in the setback.

Red Wings Double Up Sabres

(Buffalo, NY) -- Darren Helm and David Legwand scored in the third to send the Red Wings past the Sabres 4-2 in Buffalo. Pavel Datsyuk added an empty-netter while Brendan Smith also scored as Detroit won its fifth out of six games and remains atop the Wild Card standings with 90 points. Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots in the win. Cody Hodgson had both goals for the Sabres while Matt Hackett made 33 saves. Buffalo has lost four straight and is last in the East.

Flyers Beat Panthers To Clinch Playoff Berth

(Sunrise, FL) -- Claude Giroux scored twice in a 2:21 span during a four-goal second period as the Flyers beat the Panthers 5-2 to clinch a playoff berth at the BB&T Center. Vincent Lecavalier and Sean Couturier also scored in the second period, while Tye McGinn added a goal in the third for Philadelphia, which has won two in-a-row. Steve Mason made 38 saves in the victory. Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau both scored for the Panthers, who have lost six-of-seven. Dan Ellis surrendered all five goals on 27 shots in defeat.

Senators Skate Past Islanders In New York

(Uniondale, NY) -- Jason Spezza tallied two goals and an assist as the Senators skated past the Islanders 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum. Despite the win, the Senators were eliminated from the playoffs after Columbus beat Phoenix in overtime. Ales Hemsky had a goal and two helpers for Ottawa, which has won two in-a-row.  Craig Anderson kicked aside 45 of the 46 shots he faced in the victory. Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal for the Isles, who have lost three straight. Anders Nilsson allowed there goals on 31 shots in the setback.

Rangers Blow Away Hurricanes

(New York, NY) -- Brad Richards scored twice while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots as the Rangers blew past the Hurricanes 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.  Benoit Pouliot and Derek Stepan also scored while Martin St. Louis had three assists for New York. The Blueshirts have won three out of five and sit in fifth place in the East, having already clinched a playoff spot. Patrick Dwyer had the lone tally for Carolina while Cam Ward made 32 saves. The Hurricanes have lost two straight and four of their last six and are eliminated from the postseason.

Blue Jackets Beat Coyotes In OT

(Columbus, OH) -- Ryan Johansen scored the game-winner 3:33 into overtime to lift the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Coyotes at Nationwide Arena. Blake Comeau scored midway through the third period to give the Blue Jackets the lead, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied it at three with 15 seconds to play. Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu also lit the lamp for Columbus, which is a point back of Detroit for the first Wild Card position in the East. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 29 shots in the win. Thomas Greiss allowed three goals on 29 attempts in the loss. Martin Erat and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix, which is two points back of Dallas for the final Wild Card spot in the West.

Wild Edge Bruins In Shootout To Clinch Playoff Berth

(St. Paul, MN) -- Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Wild edged the Bruins 4-3 to clinch a playoff berth at Xcel Energy Center. Jason Pominville recorded two goals and an assist, and Ryan Suter also lit the lamp for the Wild, who have won three in-a-row and currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with 96 points. Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves plus stopped all three shootout attempts in the victory. Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson all scored for Boston, which has dropped three-of-four but still leads the NHL with 114 points. Tuukka Rask denied 21 shots in the setback.

Stars Slip Past Predators In Shootout

(Dallas, TX) -- Tyler Seguin scored the winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the Stars slipped past the Predators 3-2 at American Airlines Center.  Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn both scored in regulation for the Stars, who have won five-of-seven to move two points ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves in the victory. Gabriel Bourque scored twice for the Preds, who were eliminated from the playoff race. Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots in defeat.

Avalanche Cruise Past Oilers

(Edmonton, Alberta) -- Erik Johnson tallied a goal and an assist as the Avalanche cruised past the Oilers 4-1 in Edmonton. Paul Stastny, Tyson Barrie and Jamie McGinn also lit the lamp for Colorado, which has won seven of its last eight. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in the victory. David Perron scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost four-of-six. Ben Scrivens gave up all four goals on 33 shots in the setback.

Blackhawks Host Canadiens Tonight

(Chicago, IL) -- The Blackhawks entertain the Montreal Canadiens tonight in the regular-season home finale from United Center. Chicago is third in the Central with 105 points, four back of Colorado for second. The Canadiens have 97 points and are second in the Atlantic. The puck drops at 6:30.


Tuesday, April 8 Scoreboard


Detroit Red Wings 4, Buffalo Sabres 2

Ottawa Senators 4, New York Islanders 1

New York Rangers 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1

Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3 (OT)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Philadelphia Flyers 5, Florida Panthers 2

Washington Capitals 4, St. Louis Blues 1

Minnesota Wild 4, Boston Bruins 3 (SO)

Dallas Stars 3, Nashville Predators 2 (SO)

Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 1

Wednesday, April 9 Schedule (All Times Central)


6:30 p.m. - Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks

7:00 p.m. - Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins

7:30 p.m. - Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

9:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames

9:30 p.m. - San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks