Ice Hockey - St. Louis treble fires Lightning win

Martin St. Louis recorded his seventh career hat-trick as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis celebrates his second goal of the game during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tampa (Reuters)

Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2

St. Louis took over the league lead in points with his tally while Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist in the Lightning's win.

Rookie defenseman Radko Gudas scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and St. Louis added two more to give him 58 points, two ahead of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Stamkos.

Ben Bishop made 26 saves as the Lightning snapped a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs, who remain four points behind fourth-placed Montreal and one ahead of the New York Islanders.

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Red Wings 3, Kings 1

Jordin Tootoo scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Johan Franzen added his sixth tally in as many games as hosts Detroit beat the Kings and moved into eighth place in the Western Conference.

Pavel Datsyuk scored his team-leading 14th goal and added an assist while Jimmy Howard turned aside 23 shots for the Red Wings, who pulled one point ahead of Central Division-rival Columbus.

Detroit can clinch their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance by winning their remaining two games - against Nashville on Thursday and at Dallas on Saturday.

Jonathan Quick finished with 33 saves for the Kings, who remain level on points with fourth-placed San Jose, who face Phoenix later on Wednesday.

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Backhawks 4, Oilers 1

Patrick Kane collected a goal and two assists and Corey Crawford stopped all 14 shots he faced in relief of an injured Ray Emery as visiting Chicago secured the second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history.

Captain Jonathan Toews matched Kane with his 22nd goal and Marian Hossa recorded his 500th career assist. Patrick Sharp returned from a five-game absence due to a shoulder injury to add an empty-net goal for the Blackhawks, who also finished first overall in points in 1990-91.

All was not positive for Chicago as Emery exited 13:49 into the first period with a lower-body injury.

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Coyotes 2, Sharks 1

Defensemen Michael Stone and Keith Yandle scored first-period goals and host Phoenix held on for just their second win in six games (2-2-2).

Captain Shane Doan ended a seven-game point drought with two assists and Mike Smith made 33 saves for the Coyotes, who were eliminated from playoff contention when Detroit defeated Los Angeles earlier on Wednesday.

Brent Burns scored and Thomas Greiss turned aside 30 shots in a rare start for San Jose, who failed to overtake the Kings for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.

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