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|Monday, 07 April 2008 00:14|
Monday, April 7
No games scheduled. The Stanley Cup playoffs begin on Wednesday.
-Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings, scored twice to lift Detroit to a 4-1 victory against Chicago.
-Martin Biron, Flyers, stopped 20 shots in his second straight shutout and led Philadelphia to a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.
-Keith Tkachuk, Blues, scored and had an assist to help St. Louis beat Columbus 3-1.
DETROIT ROCK CITY
Detroit beat Chicago 4-1 Sunday to win the Presidents' Trophy with the best record in the NHL. The Red Wings, with 115 points, will have home ice throughout the playoffs and will face Nashville in the first round.
Keith Tkachuk became the 41st player in NHL history to score 500 goals, and added an assist to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Sunday in the season finale. Tkachuk, a 16-year veteran, scored his 27th of the season, a short-handed goal into an empty net, with 1:34 remaining. He scored three goals in the final two regular-season games - both wins against Columbus - to reach the milestone.
Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 2-0 Sunday, costing the Penguins the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins play Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs. The Senators won that season series 2-1-1.
Dallas rallied to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Sunday in a physical regular-season finale that included 160 penalty minutes. There were 105 penalty minutes in the first period, 57 to the Sharks who collected three 10-minute misconducts and three fighting majors. Dallas' Stephane Robidas received a game misconduct and a five-minute major for checking from behind during the opening 20 minutes.
The New Jersey Devils captured home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series against the Rangers with a 3-2 shootout win over their longtime New York area archrivals on Sunday. The playoff series, which will be the fifth between the Devils and Rangers, will start with games at the Prudential Center on Wednesday and Friday. The last time the teams met in the playoffs was 2006. The Devils swept New York in the first round.
``It makes it more fun. It definitely makes it more stressful for both teams.'' - New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner said of the playoff matchup against the Rangers. The Devils beat the Rangers 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday.