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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 01:25
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 1
Calgary at Edmonton (9 p.m. EDT). The Flames and Oilers are both aiming for playoff spots in the Western Conference.

STARS
Monday
-Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers, scored two third-period goals as Atlanta blanked Tampa Bay 2-0.
-Chris Drury, Rangers, scored a power-play goal 1:46 into overtime, giving New York a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

SHUTOUTS
Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, 2-0 over Tampa Bay on Monday night.

STANDINGS
The Rangers' 2-1 overtime victory Monday night kept the Penguins from clinching their first division title in 10 years. Pittsburgh, with 100 points, is two ahead of the Canadiens in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins have two games remaining, Montreal has three, and New Jersey four.

SWINGS
Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr has scored three times in five games after netting three in the previous 24. Jagr went 32 games since his previous power-play goal, also against Pittsburgh on Jan. 14. Monday night marked the first one he scored at home, a 2-1 overtime victory.

STREAKING
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday night, tied his career high with 52 and finished with 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 15 games during March. He also has eight goals in the past seven games against the Lightning.

SIDELINED
Montreal captain Saku Koivu has a broken bone in his left foot and will miss the last three regular-season games. His status for the playoffs is uncertain.

SIGNING
Phoenix signed top draft pick Kyle Turris to an entry-level contract Monday. The 18-year-old center, the third overall selection in the 2007 draft, completed his freshman year at Wisconsin, where he was the leading scorer with 11 goals and 25 assists with 38 penalty minutes in 36 games.

SPEAKING
``It's embarrassing to me, for both teams. Don't talk to me about effort.'' - Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella after his team went 0-for-5 on the power play through the first two periods of a 2-0 loss to Atlanta on Monday night.
 

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