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by Paul on 04/03/14 at 10:40 AM ET
NYQUIST AGAIN PROPELS RED WINGS
Trailing 2-1 with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation, Tomas Jurco and Gustav Nyquist scored 1:42 apart to lift the Red Wings to their third consecutive victory and sixth win in their past nine games (6-2-1).
* With the win, the Red Wings (36-26-14, 86 points) moved three points ahead of the idle Blue Jackets (38-30-7, 83 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus, however, holds one game in hand.
* Nyquist scored for the third consecutive game and extended his point streak to 10 games (12-2—14), with goals in nine of those 10 contests. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 12 goals are the most by any player in a 10-game span this season and the most by a Red Wings player since 2006-07, when Henrik Zetterberg tallied 12 times in his last 10 games of the season.
* Nyquist leads the NHL with 23 goals in 28 games since Jan. 20. He has scored four game-winners in that span and paces the Red Wings with six such goals this season.
* Tomas Tatar posted 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Jurco’s tying goal, for his fourth multi-point performance in the last six games (4-4—8).
KINGS SHUT OUT COYOTES, CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
Jonathan Quick (17 saves) recorded his 31st career shutout and sixth of the season to backstop the Kings to their 15th victory in their past 19 games, including a 7-1-0 mark in their last eight.
* With the win, the Kings (45-26-6, 96 points) clinched their fifth consecutive playoff berth, marking the second time in franchise history they have made five straight postseason trips. The only other such streak was from 1987-93, when they made the playoffs seven consecutive times.
* The Kings now have 45 wins this season, one shy of the club record set in 1990-91 and equaled in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
* With 31 career shutouts, Quick now sits one behind Rogie Vachon for the most in franchise history. He passed Vachon for the most victories in Kings history earlier this season (176).
* The Kings now have 12 total shutouts this season (Quick: 6, Martin Jones: 3, Ben Scrivens: 3), surpassing the old club record of 11 set in 2011-12.
* Anze Kopitar registered 1-1—2 and now has 9-13—22 in his past 20 games.
* Marian Gaborik collected an assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-5—6). He now has 3-7—10 in 14 games since joining the Kings.
* The Kings recorded their 1,500th regular-season victory.
DUCKS MOUNT SECOND STRAIGHT COMEBACK
Down 2-0 early in the third period, the Ducks scored three unanswered goals to pick up their second consecutive comeback victory and improve to 7-2-1 in their last 10, including points in six straight (5-0-1).
* With the win, the Ducks (50-18-8, 108 points) moved three points ahead of the idle Sharks (48-20-9, 105 points) for first place in the Pacific Division. They also moved within one point of the idle Blues (51-17-7, 109 points) for the top seed in the Western Conference and within two points of the Bruins (52-18-6, 110 points), who lost in regulation, in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.
* The Ducks reached the 50-win milestone for the first time history.
* Corey Perry (2-1—3) scored twice to reach the 40-goal milestone for the second time in his NHL career. He recorded a career-high 50 goals in 2010-11 to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.
* Perry also posted his sixth game of three or more points this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he earned three points in one period for the third time in his NHL career, all of which have come in 2014 (also, Jan. 15: 1-2—3 in 2nd period vs. VAN and March 2: 2-1—3 in 1st period vs. CAR).
* Francois Beauchemin scored the game-winning goal with 1:21 remaining in regulation. It marked the 10th game-winner of his NHL career and his first since Jan. 18, 2012 (vs. PHX).
* Frederik Andersen made 30 saves to record his third consecutive victory. He improved to 19-5-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 26 appearances this season.
ISLANDERS STAY HOT, HURT SENATORS’ PLAYOFF HOPES
Casey Cizikas scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:29 remaining in regulation to help the Islanders earn their third consecutive victory and snap the Senators’ point streak at five games (4-1-1).
* The Islanders improved to 9-5-2 since the Olympic break, including a 5-0-1 record in their last six, and 14-4-2 in their last 20 as visitors.
* Josh Bailey (1-1—2) recorded his second consecutive multi-point performance while playing in his 400th NHL game. He last posted back-to-back multi-point games March 27-29, 2012.
* Ryan Strome collected two assists and now has 1-5—6 in his past five outings. The Islanders improved to 18-9-4 with him in the lineup this season.
The Bruins suffered their first regulation loss since March 1 (15-1-1). They also suffered their first road defeat since Feb. 26 (9-1-0) and failed to earn a point as visitors for the first time since Jan. 9 (13-1-3), ending a pair of franchise-record streaks . . . Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth made 23 saves in his first game against his former team . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron picked up an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (8-4—12), but saw his seven-game goal streak come to an end . . . Oilers forward Jordan Eberle scored his 26th goal of the season and now has 5-5—10 in his past seven outings . . . Bruins forward David Krejci played in his 500th NHL game . . . Red Wings forward Drew Miller skated in his 400th career game . . . Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton appeared in his 100th NHL game.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Columbus @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, CSN-PH
Dallas @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW, FS-CR
Boston @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS2, NESN+
Calgary @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SNET-W, SUN
Minnesota @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, CSN-CH
Buffalo @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-MW
Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., ROOT, TSN-JETS
NY Rangers @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., MSG, ALT
Los Angeles @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
FLYERS, BLUE JACKETS MEET IN KEY PLAYOFF BATTLE
The Flyers (39-27-9, 87 points) play host to the Blue Jackets (38-30-7, 83 points) at Wells Fargo Center in a crucial matchup for playoff positioning. Philadelphia currently has a four-point lead over Columbus for the No. 3 seed in the Metropolitan Division, while the Blue Jackets are clinging to a one-point lead for the final Wild Card berth in the Eastern Conference. These clubs are meeting for the fourth and final time in 2013-14; Columbus has won two of their first three matchups, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent showdown Jan. 23 at Nationwide Arena. Philadelphia, however, is 5-0-1 in six all-time meetings between these teams at Wells Fargo Center.
KINGS VISIT SHARKS IN POTENTIAL FIRST-ROUND PREVIEW
The Kings (45-26-6, 96 points) visit the Sharks (48-20-9, 105 points) at SAP Center in a potential first-round playoff preview. Los Angeles currently sits third in the Pacific Division, while San Jose ranks second, three points behind Anaheim. These clubs are meeting for the fifth and final time during the regular season; the Kings lead the series with a 3-0-1 record (SJ: 1-2-1), including a 1-0 victory in their most recent matchup Jan. 27 at San Jose. Prior to that game, the Sharks had won seven consecutive regular-season meetings with the Kings at SAP Center. Overall, Los Angeles has won eight straight road games (tying a franchise record), while San Jose is 10-3-3 in its last 16.
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