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Monday, April 29, 2013
Morning jam: Caps' Green feels the power

By paulgrant

Blues 3, Blackhawks 1
Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (F/OT)
* Bruins: one point behind Canadiens, need win Sunday vs Senators to clinch Northeast Division and 2 seed
* Mike Green (WSH): 2 goals (11, 12); 3rd multi-goal game in last 3 seasons
* Eric Fehr (WSH): Goal (9); second game-winning goal this season
* Capitals: 7-0-1 in last 8 home games; 3 seed in East
FROM ELIAS: Capitals defenseman Mike Green scored two goals, both on power plays, in Washington’s 3–2 overtime win against the Bruins. It was the 14th multiple-goal game of Green’s NHL career and his sixth game with two power play goals. Green’s total of 14 multi-goal games stands second among active NHL defenseman, behind Sergei Gonchar (22); in addition, Green’s total of six multi-PPG games is the highest by any current D-man.

* Blues: clinch 4 seed (final home-ice spot) in Western Conference with win
* Jaden Schwartz (STL): 2 goals (7); had just 1 point in previous 11 games
* Blues: finish regular season having won their last 3 games overall and their last 6 home games
* Blackhawks: 2-game win streak ends; will be 1 seed in Western Conference playoffs
FROM ELIAS: Rookie Jaden Schwartz scored two goals in a game for the first time in his brief NHL career to help the Blues post a season-ending 3–1 win over the Blackhawks. Schwartz is the second St. Louis freshman to record two goals in a game this season, joining Vladimir Tarasenko, who did that twice (January 19 and March 28). The only other NHL team to have more than one rookie with multiple-goal games this season is Tampa Bay (three: Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik).

Wild 3, Avalanche 1
* Wild: clinch playoff berth for 1st time since 2007-08 season, will face Blackhawks in 1st round
* Wild: 4-1-0 in last 5 road games
* Zach Parise (MIN): Goal (18); 3rd goal in last 6 games
* Devin Setoguchi (MIN): Goal (13); team's 1st power play goal in last 5 games

Flyers 2, Senators 1
* Flyers: 4th straight win, also won 3 straight road games
* Flyers: 2nd win in last 10 games at Senators
* Claude Giroux (PHI): assist (200th assist of career)
* Senators: trail Rangers by 2 points for 6th spot and Islanders by 1 point for 7th spot in Eastern Conference (finish season Sunday at Bruins)
FROM ELIAS: Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopped 43 of the Senators’ 44 shots on goal in his 2–1 win at Ottawa on Saturday night, after facing 41 shots while posting a victory over the Bruins in his last game (Tuesday). Over the last 40 years, the only other Flyers goaltender to win consecutive games in one season while facing at least 40 shots on goal in each game was Robert Esche in 2006–07 (Dec. 28 and Jan. 2).

Penguins 8, Hurricanes 3
* Penguins: season-high 8 goals (tied 3-3 after 2nd period)
* Penguins: 5th straight home win vs Hurricanes
* James Neal (PIT): 3 goals, assist; 3rd career hat trick
* Penguins: 11 players had at least 1 point
FROM ELIAS: James Neal, playing in his first game after being sidelined for three weeks due to a concussion, scored three goals for the Penguins in their 8–3 win over the Hurricanes. It was the third career hat trick for Neal, who had scored only one goal in his last 13 games when he was injured on April 5. Before that slump, Neal was tied for second in the race for the NHL goal-scoring leadership, having scored 17 times in his first 26 games (through March 10).

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1
* Canadiens: move into 1st place in Northeast Division by 1 point over 2nd place Bruins with win and Bruins OT loss at Capitals (MTL season completed, BOS is home vs OTT Sunday)
* Canadiens: only 3rd win in last 8 games (3-5-0)
* Lars Eller (MTL): Goal (8), 2 assists
* Maple Leafs: locked into 5 seed in Eastern Conference due to Senators regulation loss to Flyers
FROM ELIAS: Lars Eller contributed a goal and two assists to the Canadiens’ 4–1 win over the Maple Leafs. Eller finished the season with a total of 30 points in 45 games but he did the majority of his scoring in a relatively small number of games. Eller’s 10 multiple-point games (3 three-point games and 7 two-point games) accounted for 23 of the 30 points he registered this season.

Red Wings 3, Stars 0
* Red Wings: clinch 22nd consecutive playoff appearance (5th-longest streak in NHL history)
* Red Wings: won 4 straight games to end regular season (longest win streak of season)
* Henrik Zetterberg (DET): goal, 2 assists (10 points in last 4 games)
* Pavel Datsyuk (DET): 3 assists (8 points in last 3 games)

Most Consecutive NHL Playoff Appearances
Active Streaks
Stanley Cups
Red Wings 22<< 4
Sharks 9 0
Penguins 7 1
Bruins 6 1
Capitals 6 0
>>Franchise record (also had 20 straight from 38-39 to 57-58)
FROM ELIAS: Henrik Zetterberg scored the Red Wings’ first two goals and assisted on their third as Detroit clinched a playoff berth for the 22nd consecutive season with its 3–0 win at Dallas on Saturday night. Zetterberg scored 10 points over the Red Wings’ final four games this season (two goals, eight assists) with at least two points in each game. He’s the first Detroit player to record two or more points in each of four consecutive team games in one season since Pavel Datsyuk had a four-game streak in December 2011. It’s the third time that Zetterberg has registered four straight multiple-point games (he also did that in 2006–07 and again in 2007–08).

Most Consecutive Playoff Appearances
NHL History
Seasons
Bruins 27 1967-68 to 1995-96
Blackhawks 28 1969-70 to 1996-97
Blues 25 1979-80 to 2003-04
Canadiens 24 1970-71 to 1993-94
Red Wings 22 1990-91 to 2012-13
Canadiens 21 1948-49 to 1968-69

Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1
* Blue Jackets: score 3 goals in 3rd period (trailed 1-0 after 2 periods)
* Blue Jackets: finish regular season with 3 straight wins
* Blue Jackets: eliminated from playoff contention with wins by Red Wings & Wild
* Brandon Dubinsky & Cam Atkinson (CBJ): Goal & assist each
FROM ELIAS: The Blue Jackets trailed, 1–0, heading into the third period of their game against Nashville, but they won after outscoring the Predators, 3–0, over the final 20 minutes and outshooting them, 25–5 in the final period. The 25 shots on goal set a Columbus franchise record for one period, and were the most shots by one team in a single period in an NHL game this season, topping the previous high of 24, done three times.

Rangers 4, Devils 0
* Rick Nash (NYR): 2 goals (21); 4th multi-goal game of season
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 20 saves; 2nd shutout of season
* Rangers: finish regular season 5-1-0 in final 6 games
* Rangers: finish regular season with 56 points, will be 6th seed in Eastern Conference (even if OTT beats BOS Sunday to tie NYR in points, NYR has regulation/OT wins tiebreaker edge {have 22, OTT can only get as many as 21})
FROM ELIAS: Rick Nash reached the 20-goal plateau for the ninth consecutive season when he scored the first of his two goals in the Rangers’ 4–0 win over the Devils. Nash, who was traded to the Rangers by the Blue Jackets last summer, will finish the 2012–13 NHL campaign as the only active player with a current streak of at least nine straight 20-goal seasons. Five players who had entered this year having scored 20-or-more goals in each of the past nine NHL seasons had their streaks come to an end largely because of the lockout-shortened 48-game schedule: Jarome Iginla (13 seasons), Marian Hossa (12), Vincent Lecavalier (12), Ilya Kovalchuk (10) and Martin St. Louis (9).

Panthers 5, Lightning 3
* Panthers: score 3 goals in 3rd period (trailed 3-2 after 2 periods)
* Martin St. Louis (TB): Goal (17), assist; wins NHL point scoring title with 60 points - becomes oldest player to win scoring title (will be age 37 yrs, 314 days when regular season concludes Sunday)

Oldest NHL Scoring Champions
Age<<
2012-13 Martin St. Louis TB 37-314
1932-33 Bill Cook NYR 36-165
1962-63 Gordie Howe DET 34-358
1993-94 Wayne Gretzky LA 33-78
1948-49 Roy Conacher CHI 32-166
<FROM ELIAS: Martin St. Louis all but officially wrapped up his second NHL scoring title when he had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay’s season-ending loss to the Panthers. St. Louis, who also won the Art Ross Trophy in the 2003–04 season, finished with a total of 60 points while playing in all 48 games for the Lightning this year; he never went more than one game without scoring points. He racked up 12 points in January (in six games), 13 in February (14 games), 18 in March (14 games) and 17 in April (14 games). The only other NHL players with a double-figure point total in all four calendar months this season were Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Patrick Kane.

Coyotes 5, Ducks 3
* Radim Vrbata (PHX): 4th career hat trick (10, 11, 12); 1st hat trick since Jan. 24, 2008
* Jason LaBarbera (PHX): 43 saves (22 in 3rd period)
* Coyotes: go 3-1-2 in final 6 road games of season
* Ducks: 3-game winning streak ends; will enter playoffs as 2 seed in Western Conference (will play DET in Conf. Quarterfinals)

Oilers 7, Canucks 2
* Nail Yakupov (NAY-uhl Ya-kuh-pov) (EDM): 1st career hat trick; finishes season with 17 goals (leads all rookies in goals)
* Oilers: score 6 goals in 3rd period (game was tied 1-1 after 2 periods)
* Oilers: 1st win in last 7 home games (1-6-0)
* Canucks: finish regular season 2-3-0 in last 5 games; will enter playoffs as 3 seed in Western Conference

Kings 3, Sharks 2
* Justin Williams (LA): Goal (11), assist; 1st goal in his last 11 games
* Kings: snap 2-game losing streak & earn 5 seed in Western Conference; will play Blues in Conference Quarterfinals
* Sharks: finish regular season 1-3-0 in final 4 games; will be 6 seed in Western Conference playoffs & play Canucks in Conference Quarterfinals