NHL News and Notes April 5

NHL News and Notes April 5

NHL Today - April 5
SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, April 4

San Jose at Anaheim (10 p.m. EDT). San Jose's Joe Thornton needs just two assists to become the third player in NHL history to have back-to-back 90-assist seasons.

STARS

Tuesday

-Saku Koivu, Canadiens, scored twice in Montreal's 2-0 victory over Boston.

-Bryan McCabe, Maple Leafs, scored a power-play goal 2:18 into overtime to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

-Joe Sakic, Avalanche, scored once and assisted on Colorado's other three goals in a 4-3 victory over Calgary.

-Wade Dubielewicz, Islanders, stopped 36 shots, plus three more in the shootout, to lead the Islanders to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

STORM DRAIN

Carolina's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night officially eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions from playoff contention. The Hurricanes became the first defending champion to miss the playoffs the next season since New Jersey in 1996. Carolina has dropped four of five.

CUTTING CREW

Buffalo clinched the Northeast Division and wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in 27 years with a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Sabres last won a conference title, the Prince of Wales, in the 1979-80 season and hadn't won their division in 10 years.

MASKED MILESTONES

Martin Brodeur tied Bernie Parent's single-season record for wins, earning his 47th in a 2-1 shootout victory over Ottawa on Tuesday night. Parent set the record in 1973-74. ... Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller matched a team record, earning his 38th victory in the Sabres' 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. Don Edwards set the franchise mark in 1977-78. ... Toronto's 3-2 win over Philadelphia was Andrew Raycroft's 37th of the season, tying the franchise record set by Ed Belfour in 2002-2003.

SHUTOUTS

Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots in Montreal's 2-0 win over Boston on Tuesday night to shut out the Bruins for the second time in seven games. He made 30 saves in a 1-0 win over the Bruins on March 20. Halak is 7-0 at the Bell Centre. ... Dominik Hasek made 35 saves and moved into a tie for eighth place on the career shutouts list with No. 76, leading Detroit to a 3-0 win over Columbus. Hasek tied Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for career shutouts and notched his eighth of the season. ... Olie Kolzig made 27 saves and got his first shutout in more than three years during Washington's 1-0 victory over Florida. The shutout was Kolzig's first since Feb. 15, 2004, during the Capitals' 4-0 win at Chicago. ... Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout this season, helping Minnesota end a three-game winless skid with a 3-0 victory over Edmonton.

CAPITAL IDEA

Alex Ovechkin's goal in Washington's 1-0 win over Florida on Tuesday night gave him 90 points this season, making Ovechkin only the second Capitals player to score 90 or more points in back-to-back seasons. Dennis Maruk was the other to accomplish the feat in 1980-81 and 1981-82.

STREAKING

Colorado has points in 15 of its past 16 games (13-1-2) after Tuesday night's 4-3 win over Calgary. Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj is unbeaten in regulation in his past 14 games (12-0-2).

SNAPPED

Calgary's 4-3 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night snapped the Flames' six-game winning streak. The Flames lost at home for just the eighth time this season.

WRONG TIME

Nashville lost its third straight, and is 3-5-2 over its past 10, after Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago. The Predators have dropped out of the top of the NHL, Western Conference and Central Division standings during the slump.

SLUMPING

Edmonton's 3-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night was the Oilers' fifth straight, and eighth in a row on the road. The Oilers have lost 17 of 18, and have been outscored 65-21 in that stretch. ... Phoenix has dropped 13 of its past 15 games after a 5-2 loss to St. Louis. ... Los Angeles has lost five straight with Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to Vancouver.

SPEAKING

"We're completely frustrated as a team. Embarrassed. We wanted to be in the playoffs. We wanted to defend the Cup we won last year, and we didn't get it done tonight. It's unacceptable for the guys we have in this room and the amount of talent we have. Everyone feels just terrible.'' - Carolina center Eric Staal after Carolina lost 3-2 to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, officially eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions from playoff contention. The Hurricanes became the first defending champion to miss the playoffs the next season since New Jersey in 1996.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Hannu Toivonen, Boston Bruins - Toivonen is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Sabres, reports the Boston Globe.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres - Miller is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Bruins, reports WGR 550 radio.

Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens - Halak is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Rangers, reports RDS.

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils - Brodeur is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Flyers, reports the AP. He'll be gunning for his 48th win of the season, which would break the NHL record of 47 held by Bernie Parent.

Fredrik Norrena, Columbus Blue Jackets - Norrena is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Stars, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins - Fleury is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Senators, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators - Emery is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Penguins, reports the official Senators website.

Jussi Markkanen, Edmonton Oilers - Markkanen is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Wild, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild - Backstrom is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Oilers, reports the official Wild website.

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings - Osgood is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, reports the Booth Newspapers / Michigan Live. Dominik Hasek will start the season finale on Saturday.

Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche
- Budaj is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Canucks, reports the Denver Post.

The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Lundqvist is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Canadiens.

Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers - Biron is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Devils.

Mike Smith, Dallas Stars - Smith is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets.

Andrew Raycroft, Toronto Maple Leafs - Raycroft is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Islanders.

Wade Dubielewicz, New York Islanders - Dubielewicz is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs.

Jason Bacashihua, St. Louis Blues - is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Predators.

Tomas Vokoun, Nashville Predators - Vokoun is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Blues.

Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks
- Khabibulin is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Red Wings.

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks - Luongo is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Avalanche. Martin Brodeur is getting most of the attention, but Luongo has virtually matched him all season and is sitting on 46 wins himself.

Mikael Tellqvist, Phoenix Coyotes
- Tellqvist is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Kings.

Sean Burke, Los Angeles Kings - Burke is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Coyotes.

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames - Kiprusoff is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Sharks.

Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks
- Toskala is the probable starter for Thursday's game against the Flames.


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