Ice Hockey - Canucks win shootout against Red Wings to clinch play-off berth

Maxim Lapierre scored the lone goal of the shootout as hosts Vancouver clinched an NHL postseason berth against Detroit.

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Vancouver Canucks Maxim Lapierre (R) scores the winning goal against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during a shootout at their NHL hockey game in Vancouver (Reuters)

Penguins 3, Bruins 2

Jussi Jokinen collected a goal and two assists as visiting Pittsburgh clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference in a game that was rescheduled from Friday after authorities conducted a manhunt for one of the suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Jarome Iginla and defenseman Kris Letang scored power-play goals in the third period and Tomas Vokoun turned aside 38 shots for the Penguins, who have won six in a row overall and six straight against Boston.

Pittsburgh moved within four points of Chicago in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

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Devils 6, Panthers 2

Patrik Elias recorded his 51st career two-goal game - and first of the season - as host New Jersey netted six unanswered tallies to keep its slim postseason aspirations alive.

Fourth-liner Ryan Carter scored for the second straight game and David Clarkson, Stephen Gionta and Dainius Zubrus also scored.

Martin Brodeur (11 saves) denied Quinton Howden on a penalty shot early in the third period for the Devils, who have won two straight following a 10-game winless skid (0-6-4) and moved within six points of the eighth-place New York Rangers.

New Jersey has four games remaining on its schedule - including a pair at New York.

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Islanders 5, Jets 4 (shootout)

John Tavares and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout as visiting New York snapped Winnipeg's five-game winning streak. Josh Bailey and Frans Nielsen each had a goal and an assist and Michael Grabner and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who improved to 8-0-2 in April and pulled even in points with fifth-place Toronto.

Captain Andrew Ladd tallied in the shootout and finished with two assists for the Jets, who fell to 5-0-1 on their six-game homestand and moved within a point of both Southeast Division-leading Washington and the eighth-place New York Rangers.

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Maple Leafs 4, Senators 1

James van Riemsdyk scored twice and James Reimer made 49 saves as visiting Toronto clinched their first play-off berth in eight seasons.

Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul also tallied to lift the Maple Leafs two points clear of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Phil Kessel and defenseman Cody Franson assisted on both of van Riemsdyk's goals for Toronto, who won for the fourth time in five games against provincial-rival Ottawa.

Rookie Jakob Silfverberg scored and Craig Anderson stopped 18 shots for the Senators, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Ottawa remained in seventh, two points ahead of the New York Rangers.

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Flyers 5, Hurricanes 3

Wayne Simmonds recorded his first career hat trick and provided insurance by setting up Matt Read's goal in the third period as visiting Philadelphia posted their 20th win in 24 outings (20-2-2) against Carolina.

Read added a pair of assists and Jakub Voracek scored for the third time in four contests to extend his career high to 20 goals.

Steve Mason turned aside 26 shots for the Flyers, who have scored 14 goals en route to sweeping the three-game season series with the Hurricanes.

Jeff Skinner scored in his return from a head injury and captain Eric Staal and defenseman Justin Faulk also tallied for Carolina, who fell to 2-15-2 in their last 19 outings.

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Capitals 5, Canadiens 1

Alex Ovechkin collected two goals and an assist and Braden Holtby made 35 saves as Washington trounced hosts Montreal.

Troy Brouwer tallied twice, Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist and Mike Ribeiro recorded three helpers for the Capitals, who moved three points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets in the Southeast Division.

Max Pacioretty spoiled Holtby's shutout with 5:09 left and Carey Price turned aside 20 shots as the Canadiens suffered their fourth loss in the last five games.

Montreal remains two points ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division.

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Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 2 (shootout)

Defenseman David Schlemko scored the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout as visiting Phoenix posted their first win in four contests and ended Chicago's seven-game winning streak.

Blue-liner Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata tallied in regulation and Mike Smith returned from a lower-body injury to make 36 saves for the Coyotes, who climbed within three points of eighth-place Columbus in the Western Conference with four games remaining.

After Marian Hossa blasted a shot off the crossbar, Schlemko faded to the left and lifted the puck past Crawford to end the contest.

Brent Seabrook scored a pair of power-play goals, fellow defenseman Nick Leddy notched two assists and Crawford stopped 29 shots for the Blackhawks, who moved five points ahead of Pittsburgh in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

Chicago are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games.

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Canucks 2, Red Wings 1 (shootout)

Maxim Lapierre scored the lone goal of the shootout as host Vancouver clinched a postseason berth.

Defenseman Alex Edler tallied in regulation and Cory Schneider made 33 saves as the Northwest Division-leading Canucks moved six points ahead of Minnesota, who have four games remaining.

After both teams failed to convert in the first two rounds, Lapierre stickhandled down the slot and lifted a backhander past Jimmy Howard to give Vancouver the advantage.

Schneider denied Damien Brunner on Detroit's last chance, ending the contest.

Cory Emmerton scored and Howard turned aside 13 shots for the Red Wings, who climbed within one point of Columbus for eighth place in the Western Conference.

With the Canucks' victory, the Los Angeles Kings also clinched a play-off spot.

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