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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 2
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Penguins can clinch their first division title in 10 years with a victory.

STARS
Tuesday
-Carey Price, Canadiens, made 32 saves and Montreal blanked Ottawa 3-0.
-Zach Parise, Devils, deflected in the game-winning goal 29 seconds into overtime to give New Jersey a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
-Maxim Afinogenov, Sabres, scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting Buffalo to a 4-3 victory at Toronto.
-Rich Peverley, Predators, scored 1:43 into overtime and Nashville rallied for a 4-3 win at St. Louis.
-Owen Nolan, Flames, scored the winning goal with 3:44 left in regulation to help Calgary beat Edmonton 3-2.

CLINCHINGS
York Islanders. The Devils trail Pittsburgh by five points, but have a two-point edge over the fifth-place New York Rangers in the chase for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. ... Colorado became the sixth Western Conference team to claim a playoff spot with its 4-2 win at Vancouver.

ALL-TIME HIGH
San Jose earned its 108th point with Tuesday night's 5-2 victory over Los Angeles, surpassing last season's franchise record of 107 with two games to play.

CAPITAL GAIN
Washington tied Carolina for first place in the Southeast Division after beating the Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night. The Capitals are on their first five-game winning streak since March 2001 and have also won nine of 10. Both Washington and Carolina have 90 points with two games to go in the regular season, but the Hurricanes hold the tiebreaker with one more victory.

SATISFYING WIN
Calgary eliminated division-rival Edmonton from the Western Conference playoff chase after edging the Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night. Calgary moved into sixth place in the West and needs just a point in its last two games, or a loss by Nashville or Vancouver, to make the playoffs.

FANTASTIC FOUR
San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov recorded his 46th win of the season after making 16 saves in a 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Nabokov is fourth in NHL history behind Martin Brodeur's 48 victories of last season and the 47 compiled by Philadelphia's Bernie Parent (1973-74) - who did it before shootouts - and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo (2006-07).

FINALLY
Peter Forsberg scored his first goal of the season to help Colorado defeat Vancouver 4-2 on Tuesday night. Forsberg had 10 assists in his first seven games with the Avalanche since signing with the team in late February.

STUNNING COMEBACK
Nashville overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit and jumped a point ahead of Vancouver into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 4-3 overtime win at St. Louis.

STILL ALIVE
Buffalo kept its slim playoff hopes alive with Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout win at Toronto. The Sabres are three points behind Philadelphia and Boston with two games remaining - at Montreal on Thursday and at the Bruins on Saturday.

WELCOME BACK
Buffalo defenseman Teppo Numminen was activated from the injury-suspended list and cleared to play Tuesday, more than six months after the 39-year-old had open-heart surgery. Numminen did not play against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, but has not been ruled out from playing in either of the Sabres' final two regular-season games.

SPEAKING
``It's nice to have that 'X' by your team in the standings.'' - New Jersey coach Brent Sutter after the Devils clinched a playoff berth with Tuesday night's 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders.
 

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