Bruins beat Devils to clinch playoff berth
NEWARK, NJ – Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal and the Boston Bruins clinched their fifth straight playoff spot with a dominant 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season and Nick Ritchie broke a scoreless tie in the second period as the Bruins won their fourth straight game and ended the Devils’ three-game winning streak.
Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scored on a deflection from Devils defenseman Ryan Murray late as the Bruins won for the 10th time in 12 games. Brad Marchand, who was playing his 800th NHL game, and Bergeron got assists in third base.
Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood finished with 39 saves.
CAPITAL, 6, RANGERS 3
NEW YORK (AP) – Daniel Sprong’s decisive third-period goal led Washington past Fading, which was knocked out of the playoffs.
Nic Dowd, Conor Sheary, Garnet Hathaway, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals as they snapped a two-game skid. Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves for the 19th victory of his rookie season.
Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Kaapo Kakko also netted a goal for New York, who lost their third straight game. Artemi Panarin added two assists and Igor Shesterkin stopped 34 shots, but the Rangers were knocked out of the postseason photo when Boston beat New Jersey.
Alex Ovechkin returned to the Washington roster after missing four games with a lower body injury, but made it to the locker room after playing 39 seconds in the first period and did not return.
WILD 6, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – Jonas Brodin scored with 1:06 left, 26 seconds after Kirill Kaprizov tied the game to help Minnesota beat Vegas.
Nick Bonino added two goals and an assist, while Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin Fiala also scored for Minnesota, who followed two goals twice in the game. Cam Talbot has stopped 27 shots for the Wild, who have beaten leading West Las Vegas five times in seven games this season.
Mark Stone had a goal and an assist. Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez, Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner made 26 saves in goal.
SABERS 4, ISLANDS 2
BUFFALO, NY (AP) – Michael Houser stopped 34 shots in his NHL debut, Sam Reinhart scored twice in Buffalo’s three-goal third period and the Sabers have recovered from a two-goal deficit.
Tage Thompson and Rasmund Asplund also scored for Buffalo. Houser has spent the past 8 and a half seasons in the minor leagues. It was his first game since March 7, 2020, with ECHL’s Cincinnati.
Adam Pelech and Oliver Wahlstrom scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov, after three consecutive shutouts, finished with 36 saves.
The Islanders fell to fourth in the East Division, one point behind Boston, which beat New Jersey 3-0. The Bruins also have a game going against the Islanders.
FLYERS 7, PENGUINS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Kevin Hayes gave Philadelphia a rare lead early on, and the Flyers took an easy 7-2 victory over the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night .
Joel Farabee had one goal and two assists and Shayne Gostisbehere, Wade Allison and Robert Hagg also scored for the Flyers, who had a three-game slip and won just the sixth time in 16. Alex Lyon made 35 saves for his first. victory in his fourth start.
Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker scored for the Penguins, who fell to a tie with Washington atop the Eastern Division. The Capitals have four games to play while Pittsburgh has three.
PREDATORS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3, OT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Roman Josi scored his second goal of the game at 3:24 into overtime and Nashville tightened his grip on a playoff berth.
Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen each scored one goal and one assist, and Juuse Saros made 30 saves for Nashville.
The Predators are in a duel with Dallas for fourth place in the Central Division playoffs and extended their lead to four points with the Stars’ overtime loss to Florida on Monday night. Nashville has three games to play and the Stars have four.
Emil Bemstrom scored three goals in the third to rally Columbus after a 3-0 deficit. Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves for Columbus.
HURRICANE 5, BLACKHAWKS 2
RALEIGH, NC (AP) —Sebastian Aho scored twice in the second period on the way to a hat trick, helping Carolina pass Chicago.
Dougie Hamilton and Martin Necas also scored for the Hurricanes, who entered the game leading the Presidents’ Trophy race for the team with the league’s best regular season record.
Ian Mitchell and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, who also had a goal from Philipp Kurashev disallowed on replay because Pius Suter impaired Alex Nedeljkovic’s ability to play his crease position.
SENATORS 2, JETS 1
OTTAWA, Ont. (AP) – Nikita Zaitsev scored with 1:13 left in the third period to propel Ottawa to their sixth win in eight games.
Goaltender Filip Gustavsson was notable in the win, stopping 28 shots as the Senators knocked out all six of Winnipeg’s power play chances. Connor Brown also scored and assisted on Zaitsev’s game-winning goal for Ottawa.
Josh Morrissey scored for Winnipeg, which has lost seven straight games.
CANADIANS 3, MAPLE LEAVES 2, OT
MONTREAL (AP) – Cole Caufield scored at 4:43 of overtime and Montreal beat Toronto.
The rookie received an assist from Jeff Petry and scored his second NHL goal – and second OT winner in two games.
Tyler Toffoli and Philip Danault scored in settlement for Montreal. Jake Allen made 27 saves for the Canadiens, who came in after securing back-to-back wins, including Saturday’s spectacular 2-1 overtime triumph at the Bell Center over the Ottawa Senators when Caufield was also the star.
Petry and Nick Suzuki added three assists each on Monday.
Auston Matthews, with his 39th league-leading goal of the season, and Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto, who got 20 saves from Jack Campbell.
PANTHERS 5, STARS 4, OT
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Aleksander Barkov scored 2:50 in overtime to take the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Nikita Gusev, Gustav Forsling and MacKenzie Weegar also scored for the Panthers, and Owen Tippett had two assists.
Spencer Knight stopped 25 shots in his third career start and fourth appearance. Knight, who turned 20 on April 19, is the youngest goalie in NHL history to start 4-0.
The Panthers are two points behind Carolina for first place in the Central Division and two points ahead of Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes and Lightning each have two games underway against the Panthers.
Tyler Seguin scored a goal in his opener of the season, Roope Hintz scored a goal and an assist, and Joe Kiviranta and Joe Pavelski also scored for Dallas. Anton Khudobin allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Jake Oettinger early in the second period. Oettinger finished with 27 saves.
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