Hockey Today March 31

Hockey Today March 31

Hockey Today

Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers (7 p.m. EDT). The Penguins and Rangers complete their home-and-home series.

STARS

-Marian Gaborik, Wild, scored twice, including the winner in overtime, and Minnesota edged Colorado 3-2.

-Dominik Hasek and Johan Franzen, Red Wings. Hasek stopped 22 shots and Franzen scored with 1:39 left in overtime to give Detroit a 1-0 win over Nashville.

-Mathieu Schneider, Ducks, scored two goals in regulation and Anaheim defeated Dallas 3-2 in a shootout.

-Andrej Sekera, Sabres, scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift Buffalo over Boston 2-1.

-Joe Thornton, Sharks, scored two goals in the first period of San Jose's 3-1 win over Phoenix.

-Trevor Linden, Canucks, broke open a tie game with two goals in the second period to help Vancouver rout Calgary 6-2.

SUPER MARIAN

Marian Gaborik scored his second goal of the game in overtime and Minnesota celebrated clinching a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over Colorado on Sunday. Detroit beat Nashville minutes before Minnesota took the ice, which sent the Wild to its second straight playoff berth. The game-winner was Gaborik's career-high 40th goal and his franchise-record 80th point.

KANE IS ABLE

Patrick Kane scored the only goal in a shootout and tallied an assist in Chicago's 5-4 victory over Columbus on Sunday. The assist was Kane's 48th of the season, breaking the Blackhawks rookie record set by coach Denis Savard (1980-81) and Steve Larmer ('82-83).

SNAPPED

Dan Ellis made 35 saves but had his franchise-record 233 minute, 39 second shutout streak end in Nashville's 1-0 overtime loss to Detroit on Sunday.

TWICE AS NICE

Trevor Linden notched his first two-goal game since Feb. 25, 2003 in Vancouver's 6-2 win over Calgary on Sunday.

HOT

Johan Franzen scored in overtime to help Detroit edge Nashville 1-0 on Sunday and has 14 goals and four assists in his past 13 games. ... David Krejci scored in Boston's 2-1 loss to Buffalo, extending his point streak to four games. The rookie center has eight points over that stretch (three goals, five assists). ... Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 26 shots to earn his seventh straight win in Pittsburgh's 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

HANGING IN THERE

Ryan Miller stopped 17 shots and Andrej Sekera scored in overtime to lead Buffalo past Boston 2-1 on Sunday and keep alive the Sabres' threadbare playoff hopes. Toni Lydman also scored for Buffalo, which would have been eliminated from contention with a loss. With 86 points and three games left, the Sabres remain in 10th place in the East, five points out of a playoff spot.

SHARK BITE

San Jose eliminated Phoenix from playoff contention with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. The Sharks have earned a point in every game since Feb. 20 while rolling to the third Pacific Division title in franchise history. They have 36 points in their past 19 games, including three straight wins since an overtime loss at Phoenix on Tuesday.

SPEAKING

``I had no idea. It's probably the only record I'm going to break. I'm sorry I had to spoil his birthday. It was the last day I could do it, too.'' - Detroit Johan Franzen, after his record sixth game-winning goal of the month lifted the Red Wings over Nashville 1-0 on Sunday. Franzen broke the previous franchise mark held by Henrik Zetterberg and Gordie Howe, who was honored in a pregame ceremony on the eve of his 80th birthday.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

- The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers will both be trying to pick up a win on Monday when they battle at Madison Square Garden.

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 as a -150 favorite last time out. The four goals scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Evgeni Malkin scored his 46th goal of the season for Pittsburgh, while Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists in the win.

The Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 3-1 as a +130 underdog last time out. The four goals scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Brandon Dubinsky scored the Rangers' lone goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves in the loss.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 46-26-7
New York: 40-27-11

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Ottawa are 3-7
After playing NY Rangers are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

New York most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games when playing NY Rangers
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
NY Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
NY Rangers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the NY Rangers last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the NY Rangers last 14 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 2
NY Rangers at NY Islanders, Thursday, April 3

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Atlanta Thrashers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

- If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Atlanta Thrashers and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet at St. Pete Times Forum.

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

Jim Slater potted the lone goal for Atlanta in its 7-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Carolina won as -285 home favorites as the teams played over the 6-goal total posted by oddsmakers.

Karri Ramo made 38 saves to backstop the Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday, as +110 underdogs at home. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Jussi Jokinen scored a goal and added an assist, while Jeff Halpern added the other marker in the win.

Team records:
Atlanta: 32-39-8
Tampa Bay: 31-38-9

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Monday are 2-7-1
Before playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After playing Carolina are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-3-2
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Carolina are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta home to Florida, Tuesday, April 1
Tampa Bay at Carolina, Wednesday, April 2

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