The New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. The Rangers scored 4 goals alone in the 1st period. Henrik Lundqvist recorded his career high 39th win in a season. With this win the New York Rangers sweep a 6 game series in the regular season against their Atlantic Division rivals for the first time in over 40 years and New York clinches top seed in the east for the 1st time since 1994!
The Carolina Hurricane beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1. A scoreless 1st period, followed by 2 Carolina goals in the 2nd by Brandon Sutter and Tuomo Ruutu. Late in the 3rd period with 13 seconds left Jason Spezza, freshly back from the birth of his second child scored his 33rd goal of the year to avoid the shutout! Carolina is out of the playoff run in 12th spot and 80 points in the east.
The Winnipeg Jets beat their division rivals the Florida Panthers 5-4 in a OT. Florida had a 3 goal lead with 2 goals in the 1st and the 3rd goal 25 seconds into the 2nd period but Winnipeg scored 2 goals before the 2nd period ended and another 2 goals in the early minutes of the 3rd. The tying goal came from Panther Tomas Kopecky 16:07 in the 3rd. The winning goal came from Winnipeg Captain Andrew Ladd at the 3:12 mark of OT. Winnipeg is out of the playoffs in 10th spot and 83 points. Florida is hanging onto top spot in the Southeast division and 3rd seed.
The Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1. It was a scoreless 1st period. Gabriel Bourque scored for Nashville followed by Dany Heatley to end the 2nd period 1-1. A scoreless 3rd period and OT meant a S/O. The only shootout goal came from Predator Alexander Radulov. Minnesota sits 12th in the west with 79 points and out of the playoffs.
The San Jose Sharks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2. This was a fight for a playoff spot between division rivals. Five different Sharks scored including Captain Joe Thornton, rookie Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe. With this win San Jose moves into 8th place in the west, 3 points ahead of Dallas. If Dallas is to make playoffs they must win their final 2 games and San Jose or Phoenix has to lose both their final 2 games.
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