National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - John Tavares and Casey Cizikas scored 28 seconds apart late in regulation to help the New York Islanders down Philadelphia, 4-1, at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner also tallied, while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots for the Islanders, who surged to their seventh win in their last nine contests. New York, which hasn't seen postseason hockey since 2007, moved two points ahead of the idle Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Jakub Voracek's first- period strike was the sole offense for the Flyers, who have lost two in a row after winning four straight. Steve Mason's first Philadelphia start didn't go as planned, despite the former Columbus netminder stopping 28 pucks.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Carolina 3

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin and Beau Bennett's goals 13 seconds apart midway through the third period proved to be the difference as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes to clinch the Atlantic Division. Pascal Dupuis sealed the win, which assured the Penguins no worse than a No. 2 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs, with an empty-net goal while contributing two assists. Brenden Morrow and Robert Bortuzzo also scored to help support a 25-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury. Carolina had taken a 3-2 lead on Riley Nash's tally two minutes into the third period, before surrendering three unanswered scores en route to a franchise-record eighth consecutive defeat on home ice. Joe Corvo and Bobby Sanguinetti potted goals as well for the spiraling Hurricanes, now losers of six straight overall and 1-12-1 over their last 14 games. Justin Peters stopped 28-of-32 shots in the setback.

Final Score: Columbus 4, San Jose 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his fourth shutout of the season with 30 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the road-weary San Jose Sharks, 4-0, at Nationwide Arena. Marian Gaborik recorded a goal and an assist, while James Wisniewski, Matt Calvert and Ryan Johansen also lit the lamp in the victory. The Blue Jackets had their 12-game point streak at Nationwide Arena come to an end Sunday against Minnesota, but recovered nicely to stay in playoff contention. They are currently two points behind the Red Wings for eighth place in the Western Conference standings. The Sharks have also been a menace on their home ice, but fell to 6-11-2 away from HP Pavilion. They sit as the No. 5 seed in the West. Antti Niemi was pulled in the third period after giving up four goals on 26 shots.

Final Score: Washington 3, Montreal 2

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jack Hillen's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner as the Washington Capitals took a big 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. The win gives Washington 44 points on the season, and the team sits in first place in the Southeast Division, third in the Eastern Conference, with a two-point lead over Winnipeg, which defeated Buffalo on Tuesday. Eric Fehr and Alex Ovechkin both had goals for the Capitals, who have won five straight. Michal Neuvirth posted 27 saves for the win. Montreal will remain in first place in the Northeast Division with a one- point lead over idle Boston. The Bruins, though, do have a game in hand. Lars Eller scored both goals for the Canadiens, who had won five of six coming in. Carey Price turned aside 24 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Ottawa 2

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Stevan Stamkos scored the game-winning goal with 5:04 left in the final period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. A Sergei Gonchar penalty put the Lightning on the power play with 5:20 left. Tampa Bay got the puck into the Ottawa zone. Martin St. Louis passed the disc to Vincent Lecavalier to the right of the goal. Stamkos darted to the net and pounded home a feed from Lecavalier. Lecavalier and Pierre-Cedric Labrie added one tally apiece, and St. Louis finished with two assists for the Lightning, who had dropped two straight entering the contest. Ben Bishop made 31 saves in his first game against his former team in the triumph. Daniel Alfredsson and Guillaume Latendresse both lit the lamp for Ottawa, which remains in sixth place with 44 points despite the loss. Craig Anderson made 21 saves in the setback.

Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Buffalo 1

Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Kyle Wellwood, Aaron Gagnon and Andrew Ladd all scored in the second period, while Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves as Winnipeg bested Buffalo, 4-1, at MTS Centre. Blake Wheeler posted an empty- net tally for the Jets, who have won two in a row to erase the memory of a five-game losing skid. Winnipeg remained within two points of Southeast- leading Washington, which won at Montreal earlier on Tuesday. Kevin Porter lit the lamp and Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots for the Sabres, whose three- game win streak came to an end.

Final Score: St. Louis 1, Nashville 0

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brian Elliott registered his second shutout in as many games, while Alexander Steen netted the game's only goal late in the second period in the surging St. Louis Blues' 1-0 triumph over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Elliott, named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday after posting a 1.45 goals against average in three St. Louis wins, wasn't tested much in a 15-save performance against an injury-riddled Nashville squad that's now dropped four straight games and has gone 1-5-2 since March 28. The Blues, on the other hand, have now ripped off a season-high five consecutive victories and further enhanced their chances of securing a berth in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs.

Final Score: Chicago 1, Minnesota 0

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa scored an unassisted goal in the second period, and Ray Emery made it hold up, as the playoff-bound Chicago Blackhawks eked past the Minnesota Wild, 1-0, at Xcel Energy Center. Emery made 20 saves to post his third shutout in his past five starts, and the Central Division-leading Blackhawks improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games. On a day it was announced forward Dany Heatley will miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the Wild lost for the fourth time in the last five games. Niklas Backstrom's 30 saves went for naught, though Minnesota is still in the playoff race as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

Final Score: Dallas 5, Los Angeles 1

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney scored twice in a big third period as the Dallas Stars took a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Vernon Fiddler also had two goals and added an assist while Alex Goligoski scored for the Stars, who have won three straight. Dallas starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first period with a lower body injury after allowing one goal on eight shots. Richard Bachman stopped all 22 shots in relief. It was a big two points for Dallas as the team now has 41 on the season and sits two back of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Drew Doughty had the lone goal of the game for the Kings, who have dropped their past two. Jonathan Quick allowed all five goals on 31 shots in the loss. The Kings sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, one ahead of San Jose.

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