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Sunday, 30 March 2008 04:17
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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, March 30
Colorado at Minnesota (6 p.m. EDT). The Northwest Division-leading Wild can clinch a playoff spot with a victory over the Avalanche, who trail Minnesota by three points.

Monday, March 31
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers (7 p.m. EDT). The Penguins and Rangers complete their home-and-home series.

STARS
Saturday
-Loui Eriksson, Stars, scored twice less than 3 1/2 minutes apart during a four-goal second period and Dallas routed Los Angeles 7-2.
-Anton Stralman and Jiri Tlusty, Maple Leafs, each scored two goals and Toronto beat Montreal 4-2.
-Karri Ramo, Lightning, made 38 saves to lead Tampa Bay past Carolina 2-1.
-Tim Thomas, Bruins, stopped all 34 shots he faced and Boston beat Ottawa 4-0.
-Daniel Briere, Flyers, scored the only goal in the shootout to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.
-Dustin Penner, Oilers, scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help Edmonton edge Calgary 2-1.

SUCCESSFUL TRIP
Washington ended a 5-1 road trip and moved two points of Carolina for first place in the Southeast Division with a 3-0 win at Florida on Saturday night. The victory was the Capitals' 40th this season, the first time since 2000-01 that they reached that mark. Washington, which has also won eight of nine, begins its season-ending three-game homestand Tuesday night against the Hurricanes, who lost to Tampa Bay 2-1 on Saturday.

OIL'S WELL
Edmonton moved into a tie with Nashville and Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference after rallying for a 2-1 win at Calgary. However, both the Predators and the Canucks have two games in hand. The Oilers have just two games remaining, Tuesday at home against the Flames and Thursday in Vancouver.

HERE COME THE HAWKS
Chicago moved within four points of eighth-place Nashville for the final playoff slot in the Western Conference after holding off St. Louis 4-3 on Saturday night. The Blackhawks, who play again Sunday night at home against Columbus with four games remaining, have 82 points.

OPPOSITE OTTAWA
Ottawa lost to Boston 4-0 on Saturday and has won only 13 of its last 36 games after taking 13 of 14 to start the season. The Senators are still one point behind New Jersey for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, which gives that team home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

SHORT STUFF
Duncan Keith and Craig Adams scored short-handed goals to help Chicago beat St. Louis 4-3 on Saturday night. The short-handed goals were the Blackhawks' 15th and 16th of the season, moving them past Ottawa for most in the league. They were also the fourth and fifth short-handed goals Chicago scored against the Blues in eight games this season. St. Louis has allowed 12 short-handed goals this season.

NOW IN GOAL....
Daniel Taylor made his debut on Saturday and became the 11th goalie used by Los Angeles this season, replacing Erik Ersberg after two periods of Saturday's 7-2 loss to Dallas. Taylor surrendered Jere Lehtinen's goal on Dallas' first shot against him.

FEELING BLUE
St. Louis fell to 3-13-1 in its last 17 games after falling to Chicago 4-3 on Saturday night.

SIDELINED
Montreal was without captain Saku Koivu and defenseman Mark Streit for Saturday night's game against Toronto due to foot injuries. Both were injured in Friday's 4-3 overtime win in Buffalo.

FAREWELL
Tampa Bay captain Tim Taylor will not play one final game before retiring after the regular season ends. The 39-year old Taylor, who has missed the entire season after undergoing offseason hip surgery, has been practicing with team recently. Lightning coach John Tortorella had talked with Taylor about returning for one contest at home. Taylor has 73 goals and 94 assists in 746 career games.

SPEAKING
``We were looking for an easy game, but it wasn't easy.'' - Montreal's Christopher Higgins after the Canadiens failed to increase their lead in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.
 

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