Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Boston Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Patrice Bergeron extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, while Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic also lit the lamp. David Krejci added two assists as the Bruins picked up a point in the standings for the 15th straight game. Chad Johnson made 31 saves for Boston, which won its eighth straight road game, tying the club record that was set in 1971-72 and 1992-93. Jason Chimera and Evgeny Kuznetsov supplied Washington's two markers as the Capitals lost their second straight game and third in their last four. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 36 shots.
Final Score: Colorado 3, San Jose 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - John Mitchell recorded the eventual game winner in the second period and Semyon Varlamov stopped 47 shots, as the Colorado Avalanche clinched a postseason berth with a 3-2 decision over San Jose at Pepsi Center. Paul Stastny and Cody McLeod also lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who earned their first playoff trip since 2010 with their third straight win. Colorado ended its longest playoff drought since moving to Denver and its longest since the Quebec Nordiques failed to qualify from 1988-92. Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle tallied for the Sharks, with Alex Stalock making only 19 saves in defeat for the Pacific Division leaders.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Steven Stamkos scored the game-winning goal 1:53 into overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. After Drew Stafford was whistled for hooking less than a minute into the extra session, Stamkos beat Matt Hackett with a power-play laser glove side. Stamkos pushed a pass to Valtteri Filppula on the end line and he shoveled right back for a one-timer from the right circle. Stamkos finished with two goals and an assist while Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn finished with a goal apiece for the Lightning, winners in seven of their last nine games. Ben Bishop allowed two goals on 28 shots in the win.
Final Score: Detroit 4, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Darren Helm's first career hat trick came at an opportune time for Detroit. Behind Helm and 25 saves from Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings boosted their postseason chances with a 4-2 win over the free- falling Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Gustav Nyquist remained red- hot as he scored the other Detroit goal, extending his point streak to eight games. The Red Wings, who snapped a three-game losing streak, maintained a grip on one of the Eastern Conference's two wild-card spots. Detroit has the same amount of points as Columbus, but the Blue Jackets have more non-shootout wins. Jonathan Bernier surrendered four goals on 28 shots in Toronto's eighth straight regulation loss. The Maple Leafs are two points out of a playoff spot, but have played two more games than Columbus and Detroit.
Final Score: Montreal 4, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Pacioretty scored twice to back 36 saves from Carey Price, as Montreal emerged with a 4-1 victory over Florida on Saturday. Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais added a goal and one assist apiece for the Canadiens, who won their fifth in a row and eighth in the last nine. Brad Boyes talled and Dan Ellis stopped only 15 shots for the Panthers, losers in nine of their last 12.
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson each scored in the first two rounds as the New York Islanders extended the New Jersey Devils' NHL-record shootout losing streak with a 2-1 decision at Nassau Coliseum. Anders Nilsson turned aside both skaters he faced during the deciding phase to help deal the Devils a 14th consecutive defeat in shootouts, with 10 of those setbacks taking place this season. The loss may also have been a blow to New Jersey's playoff hopes, as the Devils now trail both Columbus and Detroit by five points for the two wild- card spots in the Eastern Conference after those teams each won Saturday. Nielsen also had the Islanders' lone regulation goal, while Nilsson came up with 23 saves prior to going 2-for-2 in the shootout. Adam Henrique accounted for the Devils' only marker, with Cory Schneider recording 19 saves in the loss.
Final Score: Columbus 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Johansen's power-play goal 2:40 into overtime lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Johansen got a wrist shot through Anton Khudobin from the slot just 46 seconds after Jiri Tlusty went off for covering the puck with his hand in the Carolina zone. Matt Calvert and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blue Jackets, who rallied from one-goal deficits twice and won for the second time in five games. Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves in his second straight start while Sergei Bobrovsky gets over the flu.
Final Score: Dallas 4, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Colton Sceviour recorded his first career two-goal effort, while both Jordie Benn and Shawn Horcoff added two assists, as Dallas doubled up St. Louis, 4-2, at Scottrade Center. Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel added a goal and one helper each for the Stars, who have won four of their last five and moved within a point of Phoenix for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Kari Lehtonen came up with 33 stops for the win, as Dallas closed out a four-game road losing streak. Alex Steen tallied both goals and Kevin Shattenkirk posted two assists for the Blues, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end. Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 27 shots in defeat. St. Louis remained one point behind Boston (108-107), which won at Washington earlier Saturday, in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild scored three times in the third period and defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-1, to remain in the top wild-card position in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Coyotes could have leapfrogged the Wild with a regulation win and carried a lead into the third period, but Minnesota got two goals from Zach Parise and another by Jared Spurgeon in the final 11:57. Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves in just the third win in the Wild's last nine games. Minnesota now has 87 points, three more than the Coyotes. Thomas Greiss stopped 27 shots for Phoenix, which is only one point ahead of Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West.
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Frederik Andersen made 31 saves and five Anaheim Ducks scored in a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. The Ducks bounced back from a 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton on Friday to pick up their franchise record-tying 48th win of the season. They moved one point ahead of San Jose for second place behind St. Louis in the Western Conference. Luca Sbisa, Matt Beleskey, Saku Koivu, Corey Perry and Mathieu Perreault all scored and Koivu and Perry each had an assist. Brad Richardson scored for the Canucks, who had a four-game points streak snapped (3-0-1). Eddie Lack gave up five goals on just 21 shots.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Winnipeg 2
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anze Kopitar scored two goals to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 and extend their winning streak to six games. Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, including one late with his skate while prone on his stomach and Winnipeg buzzing in the Los Angeles zone. Ondrej Pavelec got the start in net for the Jets, but played only one period in his return from a lower-body injury. Pavelec, who had missed six games, was pulled after allowing three goals on 16 shots. Al Montoya stopped 12 shots in relief.