SCOREBOARD
Friday, April 4
Florida at Carolina (7 p.m. EDT). The Hurricanes can wrap up the Southeast Division and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a win over the Panthers.

STARS
Thursday
-Antoine Vermette, Senators, scored three goals and Ottawa beat Toronto 8-2.
-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals, scored twice in Washington's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay
-Marian Gaborik, Wild, scored two third-period goals as Minnesota beat Calgary 3-1.
-Jaromir Jagr, Rangers, scored two power-play goals in a 2-minute span of the first period, and New York beat the Islanders 3-0.

ALEX THE GREAT
ive from the top of the left circle and just under the crossbar for his 22nd power-play goal, tying Peter Bondra's team record. The Capitals have won six in a row - their longest winning streak since Jan. 8-19, 2000 - and 10 of 11.

GOING WILD
Minnesota's Marian Gaborik scored two third-period goals to help the Wild beat Calgary 3-1 on Thursday night for the first division title in the franchise's seven seasons. Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire also earned his 500th career victory and became the 12th coach in NHL history to reach that mark.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Antoine Vermette scored three goals and Ottawa moved within a point of wrapping up a playoff berth with an 8-2 win over Toronto on Thursday. The Senators, who scored three short-handed goals, can clinch a playoff spot with at least one point Friday night when they close out the regular season at home to Boston.

CLINCHED
Henrik Zetterberg wrapped up the Presidents' Trophy for Detroit, scoring with 11 seconds left to rally the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over Columbus on Thursday night. With 113 points, the Red Wings took the Presidents' Trophy as the regular-season points leaders and earned home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

IN
Jaromir Jagr scored two power-play goals in a 2-minute span of the first period, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots, and the Rangers clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 3-0 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night. The Rangers are in the playoffs for the third straight year.

SPEAKING
``You could see their faces after the game. Obviously, they weren't too thrilled.'' - Montreal's Chris Higgins after the Canadiens 3-1 victory over Buffalo., eliminating the Sabres from the playoffs.

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