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Saturday, March 29
Montreal at Toronto (7 p.m. EDT). The Canadiens are headed to the playoffs and the Maple Leafs, who have won four of the six meetings this season, are not.
-Dan Ellis, Predators, made a career-high 43 saves to lead Nashville to a 2-0 win over Columbus.
-Joe Sakic, Avalanche, forced overtime by scoring with 5.9 seconds left in regulation, and then added the decisive tally in a shootout and Colorado stunned Edmonton 5-4.
-Tomas Plekanec and Christopher Higgins, Canadiens. Plekanec scored consecutive goals in the final three minutes of regulation and Higgins tallied 3:38 into overtime and Montreal rallied for a 4-3 win at Buffalo.
-Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Hamilton, Hurricanes, each scored two of Carolina's five power-play goals in a 7-1 rout of Atlanta.
-Brad Boyes, Blues, scored his second goal of the game and 40th of the season 2:43 into overtime to give St. Louis a 4-3 win at Detroit.
San Jose wrapped up its third Pacific Division title and first since 2003-04 with Friday night's 3-1 victory over Anaheim. The Sharks, who have points in 18 straight games (16-0-2), snapped the Ducks' 10-game home winning streak while improving their NHL-best road mark to 27-8-4.
New Jersey extended its home winning streak over Philadelphia to 12 games and snapped a five-game losing drought after posting a 5-4 shootout win on Friday night. The Flyers haven't won in New Jersey since March 9, 2004. The Devils own the second-longest current home winning streak against one team. Carolina has won 13 straight against Florida.
THRASHING THE THRASHERS
Carolina improved to 6-1-1 against Atlanta this season and moved closer to clinching the Southeast Division title with Friday night's 7-1 victory. The Hurricanes, who increased their lead in the division to four points over Washington, scored at least five goals in all but one of those victories.
Dan Ellis shut out Columbus for the second time in four days Friday night, stopping a career-high 43 shots in Nashville's 2-0 win. Ellis' 36-save performance backstopped the Predators to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday. Nashville is 15-0-1 in its past 16 meetings with the Blue Jackets, matching the longest current points streak for one team against another. That's 31 of a possible 32 points head-to-head the past two seasons.
Vancouver lost its fourth straight game and slipped into an eighth-place tie with Nashville in the Western Conference after a 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Friday night. The Predators beat Columbus 2-0 on Friday and hold the tiebreaker over the Canucks because of one more victory.
Buffalo blew a 3-1, third-period lead for the second straight home game Friday night, allowing Montreal to score twice in the final 2:31 and again 3:38 into overtime for a 4-3 loss. The Sabres also surrendered a 3-1 third-period lead in a 6-3 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday. Stuck in 10th place, Buffalo is four points back of eighth-place Boston and the postseason cutoff in the East.
Johan Franzen scored twice in Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Friday night, giving him 13 goals and four assists in 12 games.
Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford has been named in a lawsuit over Todd Bertuzzi's infamous attack on Steve Moore. Crawford, who now coaches Los Angeles, could be liable for millions if a judge decides Moore deserves compensation for his injury. Bertuzzi, who now plays for Anaheim, alleges Crawford urged him and his teammates during a March 2004 game against Colorado ``to make (Moore) 'pay the price' `` for a hit against Canucks captain Markus Naslund two weeks earlier. Bertuzzi sought to have Crawford included, saying his NHL contract compelled him to take orders from his coach.
Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella will coach Team USA in the world championships in May in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Tortorella's only other coaching stint with the U.S. program came when he served as associate coach of the 2005 team that played in the world championships in Austria.
``We're very confident with him the last couple of games. Over 40 shots and two shutouts - it's just unbelievable.'' - Nashville's Radek Bonk on goalie Dan Ellis, who shut out Columbus for the second time in four days after making a career-high 43 saves in a 2-0 win on Friday night. Ellis stopped 36 shots in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.