April 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games.
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Red Wings 3, Bruins 2
Detroit's Tomas Jurco and Gustav Nyquist scored twice in a 1:42 span in the third period, and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 33 saves, to give the Red Wings a come-from-behind win over the Boston Bruins.
The loss snapped Boston's franchise-record nine-game road unbeaten streak and was the Bruins' first regulation loss in 17 games (15-1-1).
Tomas Tatar added a goal and an assist for Detroit (36-26-14), who are in the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg scored for Boston (52-18-6).
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Islanders 2, Senators 1
A power-play goal by Casey Cizikas with 10:29 left in the third period proved to be the difference as the Islanders handed Ottawa a defeat that further damaged what slim hopes the Senators had left of making the playoffs.
Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson turned in a stellar performance, making 35 saves. Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots.
Islanders center Josh Bailey also scored, while Milan Michalek replied for the Senators.
The Islanders (31-35-10) are far removed from the playoff race and the Senators (32-30-14) are now pretty much in the same boat, the loss leaving them five back of the last wildcard spot with just six games remaining.
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Kings 4, Coyotes 0
Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter scored a goal and an assist and goaltender Jonathan Quick made 17 saves as the Los Angeles Kings defeated Phoenix to clinch a playoff berth.
The win clinched a playoff spot for the Kings (45-26-6) for the fifth consecutive year.
Phoenix (36-27-13) lost its third straight game and failed to move past the Dallas Stars for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The teams are tied with 85 points apiece but the Stars hold two games in hand with five games remaining for the Coyotes.
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Ducks 3, Oilers 2
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored the winning goal with 1:21 left and the Anaheim Ducks rallied for a victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Beauchemin delivered by ripping a shot past former teammate and Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth.
Right winger Corey Perry scored twice for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks (50-18-8), who topped 50 wins for the first time in franchise history, and also assisted on the winning goal.
Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots and Fasth finished with 23 saves. (Editing by John O'Brien)
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- Tomas Jurco
- Tomas Tatar
- Gustav Nyquist