- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

WILD 3, OILERS 0

Owen Nolan scored two goals to lift Minnesota to a win over Edmonton on Sunday in St. Paul, Minn.

The Wild moved within a point behind Nashville, which was idle Sunday, in the race for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Oilers are seventh, two points ahead of the Predators.

Edmonton, which entered the game without a regulation loss in its previous seven games, was frustrated throughout by Minnesota. Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom had 31 saves for his seventh shutout of the season in a game that also featured the return of star forward Marian Gaborik.

Edmonton 000 - 0

Minnesota 012 - 3

- None.

- 1, Minnesota, Nolan 21 (Fritsche, Bouchard), 14:26 (pp).

- 2, Minnesota, Nolan 22 (Sheppard, Johnsson), 4:19. 3, Minnesota, Veilleux 13, 12:43.

Shots on Goal–Edmonton 15-12-4–31. Minnesota 2-23-11–36.

Goalies–Edmonton, Roloson. Minnesota, Backstrom. A–18,568 (18,064). T–2:22.

BRUINS 4, DEVILS 1

Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic scored on deflections off New Jersey players, and Eastern Conference-leading Boston beat its closest challengers.

The win clinched the Northeast Division title for Boston, which locked up a playoff berth Saturday night when Florida lost to Columbus.

New Jersey010 - 1

Boston130 - 4

- 1, Boston, Ryder 25 (Recchi, Savard), 16:22 (pp).

- 2, Boston, Kobasew 18 (Bergeron, Recchi), 1:52. 3, Boston, Savard 23 (Hunwick, Ryder), 6:19 (pp). 4, New Jersey, Greene 2 (Langenbrunner, Parise), 12:44. 5, Boston, Lucic 14 (Kessel, Stuart), 17:26.

- None.

Shots on Goal–New Jersey 11-14-17–42. Boston 14-13-3–30. Goalies–New Jersey, Brodeur. Boston, Thomas. A–17,565 (17,565). T–2:15.

FLYERS 3, PENGUINS 1

Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell scored power-play goals, and Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh for the Penguins’ first loss in a month.

Philadelphia won its second in a row to open a two-point lead over Pittsburgh in the race for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round.

Philadelphia 111 - 3

Pittsburgh 001 - 1

- 1, Philadelphia, S.Gagne 29 (Knuble, Giroux), 5:19 (pp).

- 2, Philadelphia, Hartnell 27 (Carter, Briere), 2:54 (pp).

- 3, Pittsburgh, Letang 8 (Crosby, Malkin), 10:02 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Powe 5 (Hartnell, Parent), 19:32 (en).

Shots on Goal–Philadelphia 5-5-10–20. Pittsburgh 10-11-7–28. Goalies–Philadelphia, Biron. Pittsburgh, Fleury. A–17,132 (16,940). T–2:22.

BLACKHAWKS 4, KINGS 1

Patrick Sharp and Martin Havlat each scored two goals, Nikolai Khabibulin made 14 saves and Chicago defeated Los Angeles to end an 0-3-2 slump.

Chicago, which snapped its longest winless streak this season, is 4-7-3 in its past 14.

Sharp skated in his first game after missing 16 with a left knee injury.

Los Angeles001 - 1

Chicago112 - 4

- 1, Chicago, Sharp 24 (Keith), 9:46 (pp).

- 2, Chicago, Havlat 23 (Sharp, Keith), 4:21.

- 3, Los Angeles, Doughty 6 (J.Johnson, Calder), 16:54 (pp). 4, Chicago, Sharp 25 (Toews), 18:54 (en). 5, Chicago, Havlat 24 (Ladd, Keith), 19:42 (en).

Shots on Goal–Los Angeles 5-5-5–15. Chicago 11-12-9–32. Goalies–Los Angeles, Quick. Chicago, Khabibulin. A–21,629 (20,500). T–2:18.

SENATORS 4, RANGERS 1

Ryan Shannon snapped a third-period tie, and Alex Auld made 28 saves in a rare start to lead Ottawa to a victory over the playoff-hopeful New York.

The Senators rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit, behind goals by Mike Comrie and Shannon, and started a six-game road trip with their ninth win in 10 games (9-1) and fourth straight.

Ottawa011 - 2

N.Y. Rangers100 - 1

–1, N.Y. Rangers, Dubinsky 9 (Callahan, Avery), 2:18.

–2, Ottawa, Comrie 10 (Phillips, Campoli), 6:09.

–3, Ottawa, Shannon 5 (Foligno, Fisher), 1:09.

Shots on Goal–Ottawa 7-11-4–22. N.Y. Rangers 6-10-13–29. Goalies–Ottawa, Auld. N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist. A–18,200 (18,200). T–2:23.

DUCKS 6, COYOTES 2

Ryan Getzlaf scored two power-play goals in the third period, Scott Niedermayer and rookie Andrew Ebbett also connected with the man advantage, and Anaheim beat Phoenix.

Phoenix 020 - 2

Anaheim 213 - 6

–1, Anaheim, S.Niedermayer 12 (Pronger, Selanne), 4:55 (pp). 2, Anaheim, Parros 5 (Christensen, Brown), 18:11.

–3, Phoenix, Prucha 5 (Doan, Michalek), :48. 4, Anaheim, Perry 24 (Getzlaf, Ryan), 9:55. 5, Phoenix, Doan 28, 14:47.

–6, Anaheim, Getzlaf 22 (S.Niedermayer, Pronger), 8:49 (pp). 7, Anaheim, Getzlaf 23 (Pronger, S.Niedermayer), 16:41 (pp). 8, Anaheim, Ebbett 6 (Wisniewski, Whitney), 17:07 (pp).

Shots on Goal–Phoenix 4-10-14–28. Anaheim 10-13-7–30. Goalies–Phoenix, Bryzgalov. Anaheim, Hiller. A–17,215 (17,174). T–2:22.

Saturday’s late game

MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 2

Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and two assists, and Toronto took a four-goal lead before going on to beat Montreal.

Toronto 221 - 5

Montreal 020 - 2

– 1, Toronto, Kulemin 12 (Ponikarovsky, Grabovski), 7:51. 2, Toronto, Grabovski 18 (Ponikarovsky, Schenn), 8:14.

– 3, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 20 (Grabovski, Kulemin), 3:09. 4, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 21 (Kulemin, Kubina), 9:09 (pp). 5, Montreal, Lapierre 13 (Higgins), 12:50. 6, Montreal, Lapierre 14 (Tanguay, O’Byrne), 15:22.

– 7, Toronto, Blake 25 (Grabovski, Stralman), 4:21 (pp).

Shots on Goal – Toronto 9-17-11 – 37. Montreal 6-11-11 – 28. Power-play – Toronto 2 of 5; Montreal 0 of 3. Goalies – Toronto, Gerber 8-12-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Montreal, Halak 16-13-1 (37-32). A – 21,273 (21,273). T – 2:27.

Saturday’s late game

THRASHERS 4, LIGHTNING 3 (SO)

Slava Kozlov scored the only shootout goal, and goalie Johan Hedberg stopped all three Tampa Bay tries in the tiebreaker in Atlanta’s victory.

Atlanta 2100 - 4

Tampa Bay 0300 - 3

Atlanta won shootout 1-0

– 1, Atlanta, Kozlov 22 (Enstrom, Armstrong), 6:12. 2, Atlanta, White 20 (Kozlov, Kovalchuk), 17:49 (pp).

– 3, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 17 (Krajicek, St. Louis), 3:50. 4, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 18 (Lashoff, Lecavalier), 5:12 (pp). 5, Atlanta, Kovalchuk 37 (White, Enstrom), 12:52 (pp). 6, Tampa Bay, Prospal 18 (Krajicek), 15:36 (pp).

– None.

– None.

– Atlanta 1 (Little NG, Kozlov G), Tampa Bay 0 (Stamkos NG, Lecavalier NG, St. Louis NG).

Shots on Goal – Atlanta 19-3-10-4 – 36. Tampa Bay 7-12-9-1 – 29. Power-play – Atlanta 2 of 6; Tampa Bay 2 of 5. Goalies – Atlanta, Hedberg 9-10-3 (29 shots-26 saves). Tampa Bay, Ramo 4-7-5 (36-33).

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