EDMONTON - Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks secured the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in 22 years with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
The Blackhawks (35-6-5) held off the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the top regular-season record in the NHL.
Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers (17-22-7), who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
RED WINGS 3, KINGS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Jordin Tootoo netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 6:26 left, lifting Detroit over Los Angeles and into eighth place in the Western Conference.
Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining. The Red Wings are aiming to extend their post-season streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.
Kyle Clifford scored the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, who are trying to finish fourth to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves, including 13 in the first period when the Kings recorded only four shots on Howard.
LIGHTNING 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored three goals and Tampa Bay snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto.
With 55 points, Toronto is one point ahead of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams, who have already clinched playoff berths, have two games remaining.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead with 2:57 remaining in the first period when Phil Kessel pushed a wrist shot past goalie Ben Bishop. Joffrey Lupul scored with 24 seconds remaining in the second to get the Maple Leafs even at 2.
COYOTES 2, SHARKS 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, and Phoenix prevented San Jose from moving up in the Western Conference standings.
The Sharks had a chance to pass Los Angeles for fourth in the West, but the Coyotes played more like the team still in the playoff hunt.
Phoenix beat Thomas Greiss for two goals in the first period and played the tight-checking style that had been so successful the previous three seasons. That left the Sharks tied with the Kings at 57 points.
Brent Burns scored and Greiss stopped 30 shots in his first start since March 6 for the Sharks, who will close the season against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday.
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