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Thursday's NHL Capsules

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 11:45 PM / News

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Thursday's NHL Capsules

ST. LOUIS - Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record 52nd victory.

Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow scored as St. Louis improved to 14-2-0 in their last 16 games against Buffalo. The previous record for wins in a season belonged to the 1999-2000 Blues, who won 51 games on their way to their last Presidents' Trophy.

Elliott's shutout string ended at 166 minutes, 33 seconds, but he still moved to 18-5-2 overall and 10-1 at home this season. He was coming off a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh when he had 33 stops.

St. Louis (52-17-7) also moved into a tie with Boston for the most points in the league with 111. The Bruins lost 4-3 to Toronto in overtime.

Buffalo's Cody Hodgson scored a power-play goal at 19:04 of the third period.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3, OT

TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored 2:51 into overtime, giving Toronto the win.

Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 26 and March 1. Chad Johnson made 27 saves.

Bergeron tied it at 12:51 of the third against backup goalie James Reimer, after Lucic scored 5:03 into the final period.

Paul Ranger, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto, which finished the game without goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

It remains to be seen how severe Bernier's injury is. He left 7:22 into the third period after Ranger pushed Patrice Bergeron into him.

BLACKHAWKS 3, WILD 2, SO

CHICAGO (AP) — Marian Hossa scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the banged-up Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves through overtime, and then stopped all three Minnesota attempts in the shootout. Hossa connected on the Blackhawks' second attempt in the tiebreaker by powering a shot through Ilya Bryzgalov.

It was Chicago's first game since coach Joel Quenneville said captain Jonathan Toews would miss the rest of the regular season due to an upper-body injury. The Blackhawks also were without Patrick Kane, another star forward who is expected to miss the rest of the regular season because of a lower-body injury.

Chicago did get Bryan Bickell back from an injury, and he scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period. Ben Smith also scored for the Blackhawks.

Charlie Coyle and Erik Haula scored for Minnesota.

BLUE JACKETS 2, FLYERS 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 37 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, leading Columbus to its first win in Philadelphia.

James Wisniewski and Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Blue Jackets, who were 0-5-1 in Philadelphia since the franchise's inception in 2000.

Led by Bobrovsky, a former Flyer, the Blue Jackets moved closer to clinching their second-ever playoff berth. They closed within two points of the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers have lost three straight and were shut out for the second straight time.

PENGUINS 4, JETS 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Paul Martin returned after an 18-game absence and scored the winner to help Pittsburgh eliminate Winnipeg from playoff contention.

Martin, who was out with a broken hand, made it 3-2 with a power-play goal at 7:42 of the third period.

With Jets defenceman Mark Stuart in the penalty box for hooking, James Neal sent a pass into the slot for Martin, who fired a one-timer by goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Brian Gibbons added an insurance goal when the Jets turned over the puck and he beat Pavelec with a low shot at 16:24.

Pittsburgh (49-23-5) won the NHL's Metropolitan Division title before the game was over because Philadelphia lost to Columbus earlier in the evening.

HURRICANES 4, STARS 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — John-Michael Liles had a goal and two assists to lead Carolina to the win.

Liles, Eric Staal and Justin Faulk scored during a run of three goals in a 4:36 span of the second period.

Riley Nash added a key late goal and Chris Terry had his first two NHL assists to help the Hurricanes win their second straight game. Carolina has the league's second-worst power play but scored twice with the man advantage.

Anton Khudobin made 33 saves to help Carolina beat Dallas for the first time since 2009.

Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas, which had won three in a row. Kari Lehtonen made 13 saves but was pulled after allowing three goals. Tim Thomas took over and finished with 15 stops.

FLAMES 4, LIGHTNING 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Karri Ramo had 31 saves for the Flames, and Mike Cammalleri and Kevin Westgarth scored 15 seconds apart in the first period.

Calgary's Curtis Glencross scored twice in the final two minutes, including an empty-netter with 16 seconds left.

Ondrej Palat scored in the second period for the Lightning, who are locked in a tight race with Montreal for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Ben Bishop had 21 stops.

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This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares