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Panthers Ban Rat Sales

Rogue rat-chuckers were Devils fans, team says

(Newser) - The Florida Panthers are taking steps to cool down one of the NHL's stranger traditions as their playoff run continues. Plastic rats—which fans have been chucking on the ice by the hundred—will no longer be sold at the team's souvenir shops, reports the Miami Herald . The... More »

Ovechkin, Caps in Playoffs

Washington wins seventh straight to finish climb into postseason

(Newser) - Make room in the playoffs for MVP front-runner Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Tomas Fleischmann, Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Semin scored for the Capitals, who clinched the Southeast Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. The win was also the Capitals' seventh straight. The... More »

Horton, Panthers Top Hurricanes

Carolina plays waiting game now to see if it gets a playoff spot

(Newser) - Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers beat Carolina 4-3 to prevent the Hurricanes from clinching the Southeast Division. Radek Dvorak added a goal and an assist, and Jay Bouwmeester and Steve Montador also scored for the Panthers, who snapped a 13-game losing streak at... More »

Devils Best Islanders, Clinch Playoff Berth

Ovechkin, Caps top 'Canes, Panthers take down Thrashers

(Newser) - Zach Parise’s goal 29 seconds into overtime gave New Jersey a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders and also clinched a playoff spot for the Devils. New Jersey has a two point lead on the New York Rangers for fourth place and can still win the Atlantic Division;... More »

Huet Pays Dividends Again for Capitals

Briere beats Islanders in shootout, rookies lift Leafs past Canadiens

(Newser) - Trading for Cristobal Huet paid off again for the Washington Capitals tonight, reports the Associated Press. Huet recorded his second shutout for the Caps and 17th of his career by blanking the Florida Panthers, 4-0, making 32 saves. It was Huet's fourth shutout of the season. Viktor Kozlov had a... More »

Caps Grab OT Win, Remain in Playoff Chase

Thrashers edge Panthers; Sabres outshoot Sens

(Newser) - The Capitals got the two points they needed tonight, but the Lightning didn’t give them up without a fight. Alexander Semin got Washington through regulation and Tomas Fleischmann won it for them in overtime, reports the AP. The victory puts the Caps just two points out of the eighth... More »

Five-Goal 3rd Pushes Sens Past Sabres

Bruins tighten grip on last playoff spot, Panthers lose

(Newser) - Anton Volchenkov’s first goal of the season came with less than two minutes remaining in regulation and propelled the Senators to a 6-3 win over the Sabres. Seven goals were scored in a wild third period, five of them by Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson had two of the Senators’ five... More »

Striving for Playoff Berth, Leafs Edge Sens

Panthers send Bolts to the NHL cellar, Ducks outfox Coyotes

(Newser) - Struggling to reach the playoffs, the Maple Leafs were determined to wrest two points from the Senators, and battled accordingly. The 5-4 Toronto victory was decided early in the third period with two quick goals, and secured when the Leafs killed a power play with 87 seconds remaining, reports the... More »

Red Wings Pounce on Predators, 6-3

Canes end Panthers seven-game win streak in shootout

(Newser) - They’ve already clinched the division title, but that hasn’t stopped Detroit from continuing their domination.  The Red Wings rolled over the Nashville Predators tonight, 6-3, giving Dominik Hasek his 385th career win in goal.  He’s now tied with Mike Vernon for 10th place all-time, reports... More »

Oilers Squeak Past Streaking Sharks

Blue Jackets top Red Wings, Panthers over Thrashers

(Newser) - Backup goalie Dwayne Roloson brought his A-game today as Edmonton bested San Jose in a shootout, 2-1. The Oilers ended a franchise-record 11-game winning streak for the Sharks. Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal for Edmonton in regulation, while Robert Nilsson and Fernando Pisani were credited with goals in the... More »

Beating Blues Brings Sharks' Streak to 11

Panthers get 6th straight vs Rangers, Caps take Thrashers

(Newser) - The Sharks did all their damage in the first period last night, first scoring 70 seconds in and then getting three goals within three minutes to put the game well out of St. Louis's reach. The 4-1 victory was the 11th straight for the Sharks, setting a new franchise record... More »

Leafs Best Flyers, Gain on Playoffs

Ovechkin scores 2 in Caps win, Lightning back in playoff hunt with victory

(Newser) - Three different Maple Leafs scored in their sorely-needed 3-2 victory over the Flyers; Toronto trails Philadelphia by five points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With just 10 games remaining that gap will be tough to close, especially if captain Mats Sundin’s first-period groin... More »

Fisher Gets Ottawa Back on Winning Track

Parise, Brodeur lift Devils, Panthers win fourth straight

(Newser) - The Ottawa Senators snapped a three-game winless streak and handed the Phoenix Coyotes a third straight home loss in a 4-2 win last night, reports the Associated Press. Dany Heatley had two goals for the Senators, who were without ailing leading-scorer Daniel Alfredsson for a third straight game. In other... More »

Kings' Ersberg Rules Over Senators

Hurricanes blow past Wild, Anderson helps Panthers beat Ducks

(Newser) - Erik Ersberg played as about a perfect game as an NHL goalie could last night as he made 40 saves in just his third start ever to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators, reports AP. Ersberg, who is taking over for injured starter... More »

Sabres Best Flyers 5-2, Gain Ground

Anderson has 40 saves as Panthers blank Bruins, Isles top Rangers in shootout

(Newser) - The Buffalo Sabres scored two goals within 18 seconds in the third period on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The win moved the Sabres to within one point of the Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot. Maxim Afinogenov and Jason Pominville each had... More »

SO Win Brings Avs Into Reach of Playoffs

Maple Leafs out shoot Panthers in extra time, 'Hawks blank Coyotes

(Newser) - Two shootout goals left Colorado with another extra-time win in a 3-1-1 road trip, this time 3-2 in Vancouver. The Avalanche forced overtime with a Joe Sakic goal with 15 seconds to go, and Sakic and Marek Svatos got past Roberto Luongo in the shootout, the Rocky Mountain News reports.... More »

Rangers Take Key Points From Sabres

Flyers lose record 10th straight, Sundin scores in Leafs' win

(Newser) - The New York Rangers playoff chances got a big boost tonight with a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, reports the Associated Press. The Rangers, Sabres and the Boston Bruins were tied for the last three Eastern Conference playoffs spots when the night started. Sean Avery scored the winner for... More »

Blue Jackets Shock Senators in Shootout

Bruins rally to stun Panthers, Raymond lifts Canucks by Predators

(Newser) - Rich Nash scored the tying goal in the third period and then added a goal in the shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 last night, reports the Associated Press. Pascal Leclaire stopped Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette in the shootout as Columbus won in Ottawa... More »

Penguins Erase Deficit, Beat Panthers

Bruins blow lead but beat Hurricanes in shootout, Leafs top Blue Jackets

(Newser) - Ryan Malone scored the game-winning goal with 27 seconds remaining to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Malone had tied up the game less than three minutes earlier. Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 entering the third period but Colby Armstrong’s goal cut it to 2-1, then... More »

Canadiens Deal Flyers Sixth Straight Defeat

Hurricanes edge Panthers, Islanders quiet Thrashers

(Newser) - Carey Price made 34 saves and held off a 5-on-3 power play in the closing minutes to lift the Montreal Canadiens past the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 last night, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The loss was the sixth straight for Philly. Andrei Kostitsyn scored a power-play goal in the second period... More »

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