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 WASHINGTON (AP) - Carl Soderberg and Jarome Iginla scored 41 seconds apart in the second period to break open a close game, and the Boston Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title Saturday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Iginla scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark, and Patrice Bergeron added a goal as the Bruins won for the 14th time in 15 games. Chad Johnson made 31 saves, and he and Tuukka Rask have combined to allow only 13 goals over 11 games.
Jason Chimera and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, and Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots for the Capitals, who were down 3-0 before they could find any traction against the possession-minded Bruins.
AVALANCHE 3, SHARKS 2
DENVER (AP) - Semyon Varlamov had a season-high 47 saves and Colorado clinched its first playoff berth in four years by beating San Jose.
Center John Mitchell had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who moved past Chicago into second place in the Central Division with 100 points in what might have been a costly victory.
Center Matt Duchene injured his knee injury on the opening shift Saturday when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn near the Sharks' blue line. He fell to the ice and then gingerly skated to the bench.
Mitchell moved up to center Colorado's top line, and came through with a big power-play goal to give Colorado a 3-1 lead at 6:32 of the second period.
RED WINGS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TORONTO (AP) - Darren Helm had a hat trick and Detroit sent Toronto to its eighth consecutive regulation loss, the Maple Leafs' first such streak since 1985.
The Maple Leafs have 80 points with just six games remaining and might have to run the table to give themselves a legitimate shot at a second straight playoff appearance.
They have two fewer games left than the Red Wings (82 points), the Columbus Blue Jackets (82 points) and the Washington Capitals (80 points) in the Eastern Conference.
Cody Franson and Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto. Gustav Nyquist also had a goal for Detroit.
Jonathan Bernier, playing his third game back from a groin injury, stopped 24 of the 28 shots. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard finished with 25 saves.
BLUE JACKETS 3, HURRICANES 2, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal at 2:40 of overtime and Columbus beat Carolina to earn two points in its push for the second playoff berth in club history and first since 2009.
Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets
Jeff Skinner and Andrei Loktionov scored and Riley Nash had two assists for the Hurricanes, who fell to 6-11 since the Olympic break.
Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves for Columbus in his second straight start in place of flu-stricken starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
Brandon Dubinsky rang the left post midway through the extra session for the Blue Jackets. Goalie Anton Khudobin couldn't cover the puck, but forward Jiri Tlusty did - drawing the Hurricanes' first penalty of the night at 1:54.
Johansen then ended it with a snap shot that trickled past Khudobin.
ISLANDERS 2, DEVILS 1, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Frans Nielsen scored in the second period and then added a goal in the shootout to lift New York over playoff-hopeful New Jersey.
Nielsen scored in the first round, and Brock Nelson added a goal in the second against New Jersey's Cory Schneider to hand the Devils their 14th straight shootout loss - 0-10 this season. Anders Nilsson turned aside Adam Henrique, who scored in regulation, and Patrik Elias to win it.
The Devils earned one point, but are still behind several teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race with eight games left. They are 2-4-2 in their last eight.
Nielsen gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead early in the second before Henrique tied it.
CANADIENS 4, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist to help Montreal extend its winning streak to five games with the win over Florida.
Thomas Vanek added a goal and an assist for Montreal and Carey Price made 36 saves. David Desharnais had an empty-net goal.
Pacioretty's second goal put the Canadiens ahead 3-0 in the second period. Pacioretty camped at edge of the crease and tipped in a pass from Desharnais at 14:00 for his 35th of the season, a career high. Pacioretty has 11 points in his past 10 games.
Brad Boyes scored for Florida and Dan Ellis stopped 15 shots for the Panthers, who have lost five of their past six games.
LIGHTNING 4, SABRES 3, OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and Tampa Bay beat Buffalo to remain two points behind Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning, who have earned at least a point in 11 consecutive games.
Matt D'Agostini, Cody Hodgson and Cory Conacher scored for Buffalo, which finished March with a 2-11-1 record.
 

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