Wild Double Up Blues, NHL Roundup
Published on April 11 2014 6:21 am
Last Updated on April 11 2014 6:21 am
Written by Millie Lange
Wild Double Up Blues
(St. Paul, MN) -- Matt Moulson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period as the Wild doubled up the Blues 4-2 at Xcel Energy Center. Kyle Brodziak scored twice, while Nino Niederreiter also lit the lamp for the Wild, who have won four in-a-row and sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with 98 points. John Curry made 43 saves in the victory. Kevin Shattenkirk and Jaden Schwartz both scored for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight and are now third in the West. Ryan Miller was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots in 43-plus minutes of action. Brian Elliott denied the only two shots he faced the rest of the way.
Rangers Edge Sabres
(New York, NY) -- Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal with 1:42 left in regulation as the Rangers edged the Sabres 2-1 in their regular season home finale at Madison Square Garden. Benoit Pouliot tallied late in the second period for the Blueshirts, who have won two in-a-row and currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 95 points. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in the victory. Drew Stafford scored the lone goal for Buffalo, which lost its fifth straight. Matt Hackett allowed both goals on 30 shots in the setback.
Capitals Dump Hurricanes
(Raleigh, NC) -- Troy Brouwer scored two goals to help the Capitals beat the Hurricanes, 5-2, at PNC Arena. Joel Ward, Eric Fehr and Jason Chimera each had a goal and two assists. Braden Holtby turned away 36 of 38 shots for Washington, which sits at 87 points and has two games left in the season. Jiri Tlusty lit the lamp shorthanded and Radek Dvorak hit the back of the net in the loss. Anton Khudobin allowed all five goals for Carolina on 21 shots. The Hurricanes have 79 points with two games remaining.
Islanders Blank Canadiens In Montreal
(Montreal, Quebec) -- Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and 59th of his career, as the Islanders blanked the Canadiens 2-0 in Montreal. Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored less than five minutes apart in the second period for the Isles, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Carey Price allowed both goals on 30 shots for the Habs, who have lost two in-a-row but remain third in the Eastern Conference with 98 points.
Senators Sink Devils In Shootout
(Ottawa, Ontario) -- Erik Karlsson scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Senators to a 2-1 win over the Devils at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mike Hoffman lit the lamp in regulation for Ottawa, which has 84 points. Robin Lehner turned away 38 of 39 shots in the victory. Michael Ryder scored New Jersey's only goal. Cory Schneider allowed one past him on 32 shots for the Devils, who sit at 85 points. Both teams have two games left in their season.
Lightning Double Up Flyers
(Tampa, FL) -- Eric Brewer's third period goal proved to be the difference as the Lightning doubled up the Flyers 4-2 at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Richard Panik and Steven Stamkos also lit the lamp in the third, while Tyler Johnson scored in the first for the Bolts, who have won two in-a-row to move a point behind Montreal for second in the Atlantic Division. Anders Lindback kicked aside 34 shots in the victory. Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier both scored for Philadelphia, which is tied with Columbus for third in the Metropolitan Division with 91 points, but hold the tiebreaker. Ray Emery allowed all four goals on 30 shots in the setback.
Predators Blank Coyotes
(Nashville, TN) -- Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season and 32nd of his career, as the Predators blanked the Coyotes 2-0 at Bridgestone Arena. Rinne broke the franchise-record with his 162nd career win. Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist both scored for the Preds, who have won four-of-five but have already been eliminated from the playoffs. Thomas Greiss gave up both goals on 23 shots for Phoenix, which is 0-3-3 in its last six games and remains two points behind Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games to play.
Jets Edge Bruins In Shootout
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) -- Bryan Little scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Jets over the Bruins 2-1 in Winnipeg. Evander Kane scored the only goal in regulation for Winnipeg with just under two minutes remaining to send the game to overtime. Michael Hutchinson blocked 32 shots for the Jets, who have won three of their last five. Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins. Chad Johnson had 36 saves for Boston, which has dropped four of it's last five including three in overtime or shootout.
Kings Shut Out Oilers
(Edmonton, Alberta) -- Martin Jones had to make just 17 saves for his fourth shutout this season, as the Kings blanked the Oilers 3-0 in Edmonton. Marian Gaborik recorded two goals and an assist, while Anze Kopitar added a goal and a helper for LA, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Kings currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference with 99 points, one more than Minnesota with one game to play for each club. Viktor Fasth allowed all three goals on 48 shots for the Oilers, who have lost two in-a-row.
Avalanche Double Up Canucks
(Vancouver, British Columbia) -- Tyson Barrie scored the deciding goal with 7:30 left in regulation as the Avalanche doubled up the Canucks 4-2 in Vancouver. Paul Stastny scored twice, while John Mitchell added an empty netter in the final minute for Colorado, which has won eight of its last nine games to move into a tie for second place in the Western Conference with 111 points. The Avs are tied with St. Louis but hold the tiebreaker and are just one point behind Anaheim for the top spot. Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves in the victory. Henrik Sedin and David Booth both scored for the Canucks, who have lost five-of-six. Jacob Markstrom gave up three goals on 27 shots in defeat.
Blackhawks At Capitals
(Washington, DC) -- The Blackhawks are on the road at the Washington Capitals tonight. Chicago has already clinched its spot in the postseason but can continue to rise out of the three spot in the Central Division. The Caps are not in contention for the playoffs.
Thursday, April 10 Scoreboard
New York Rangers 2, Buffalo Sabres 1
Washington Capitals 5, Carolina Hurricanes 2
New York Islanders 2, Montreal Canadiens 0
Ottawa Senators 2, New Jersey Devils 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Florida Panthers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Nashville Predators 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0
Minnesota Wild 4, St. Louis Blues 2
Winnipeg Jets 2, Boston Bruins 1 (SO)
Los Angeles Kings 3, Edmonton Oilers 0
Colorado Avalanche 4, Vancouver Canucks 2
Friday, April 11 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals
6:30 p.m. - Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings
6:30 p.m. - Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning
6:30 p.m. - New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
7:30 p.m. - St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars
8:00 p.m. - Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames
9:00 p.m. - Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks