Morning jam: Sharks extend playoff streak

April, 24, 2013

Three NHL teams clinched playoff berths on Tuesday, leaving four spots to be claimed in the season’s final five days. San Jose clinched its ninth straight playoff berth, the second-longest active streak. The Islanders ended a five-year playoff drought, and the Blues made the postseason for the second straight year.

Sharks 3, Stars 2
* Sharks: clinch 9th straight playoff berth, 2nd-longest active streak (Red Wings have 21 straight entering this season)
* Stars: winless in last 3 games (0-2-1); remain 3 points out of final playoff spot in Western Conference with 2 games left on their schedule
* Joe Pavelski & Logan Couture (SJ): score tying and game-winning goals 30 seconds apart in 3rd period (Couture's game-winning goal is scored with 5:07 left)
* Sharks: 4-1-0 in last 5 games

Longest Active Postseason Streaks
Last Missed
Red Wings 21 1989-90
Sharks 9<< 2002-03
Penguins 7<< 2005-06
Bruins 6<< 2006-07
Capitals 6<< 2006-07
>>Includes this season

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 (SO) (CAR wins shootout, 2-0)
* Islanders: clinch playoff berth with overtime point and Jets regulation loss at Capitals (1st playoff berth since 2006-07 season)
* Islanders: have earned at least 1 point in 11 straight games (8 wins, 3 OT/SO losses)
* Islanders: 2-0-1 so far on season-ending 5-game road trip; 14-5-3 on road this season
* Hurricanes: only 2nd win in last 11 HOME games (2-9-0)

Blues 3, Avalanche 1
* Blues: clinch playoff berth for second consecutive season
* Blues: 4-1-0 in last 5 games
* Patrik Berglund (STL): Goal (16), 1st goal in last 10 games
* Avalanche: 1-12-4 in last 17 road games

Panthers 3, Rangers 2
* Rangers: remain tied with Senators at 52 points, currently hold final playoff spot in Eastern Conference (1 point ahead of Jets)
* Jacob Markstrom (FLA): 36 saves
* Panthers: snap 6-game losing streak
* Rangers: 3-game win streak ends

Flyers 5, Bruins 2
* Bruins: remain tied with Canadiens for lead in Northeast Division (Bruins own tiebreaker)
* Bruins: 2-5-0 in last 7 ROAD games
* Flyers: score 2 goals 7 seconds apart in 2nd period (ties franchise record for fastest 2 goals)
* Flyers: 4-1-0 in last 5 games

Devils 3, Canadiens 2
* Canadiens: fail to gain ground, remain tied with Bruins atop Northeast Division (Bruins own tiebreaker)
* Canadiens: 1-5-0 in last 6 games, outscored 28-14 in those games
* Patrick Elias (NJ): 375th career goal, extends lead as Devils franchise leader

Capitals 5, Jets 3
* Capitals: clinch Southeast Division title and 3 seed in Eastern Conference with win (5th division title in last 6 seasons); 10-1-0 in last 11 games
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): empty-net goal in 3rd period; 31st goal of season (leads NHL), also has assist
* Jason Chimera (shih-MAIR-uh) & Mathieu Perreault (pari-OH) (WSH): goal & assist each
* Jets: 1-5-0 in last 6 ROAD games; remain 1 point out of final playoff spot in East with 1 game left to play (vs Canadiens Thursday)
FROM ELIAS: Alex Ovechkin set an NHL record for April goals in one season with 13. Besides being a new league record, Ovechkin’s 13 goals in April this year (in 11 games) are the most he’s recorded in one calendar month since October 2009 (14 goals in 13 games).

Wild 2, Kings 1
* Wild: now 7th in Western Conference with 53 points (2 points ahead of 8th-place Blue Jackets)
* Wild: 1st win in last 6 HOME games (1-4-1)
* Charlie Coyle & Cal Clutterbuck (MIN): score goals 16 seconds apart in 1st period
* Kings: 1st regulation loss in last 6 games (4-1-1)

Sabres 4, Penguins 2
* Penguins: remain 3 points behind Blackhawks for best record in NHL (Penguins have 2 games left to play)
* Sabres: snap 2-game losing streak
* Penguins: 7-game winning streak ends



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