CLUTCH KINGS BEAT CALGARY IN OT
Kris Versteeg tied the game with 35.1 seconds remaining in regulation, and Jeff Carter scored 40 seconds into overtime to help the Kings set a franchise record with their 47th victory of the season.
Carter, who has points in four straight (4-2—6), picked up his eighth career overtime goal and third of 2015-16. Elias notes that there have been 34 tying goals scored in the final minute of regulation this season, and those teams have gone on to win 26 times.
Flames captain Mark Giordano (1-1—2) posted his 300th NHL point.
ISLANDERS RALLY PAST CAPITALS, CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
The Islanders scored three unanswered goals, including the winner by Thomas Hickey (1-1—2) at 2:13 of overtime, to clinch their second consecutive playoff berth and third in the past four seasons.
Hickey posted his fourth career game-winning goal, three of which have come in overtime. The others: Feb. 21, 2013 at MTL and Dec. 2, 2014 vs. OTT.
John Tavares (1-2—3) recorded his fifth three-point game of the season and second in as many days (also Monday vs. TBL: 1-2—3).
Christopher Gibson turned aside 29 shots to earn his first career win while making his first NHL start (2 GP).
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2) notched his League-leading 46th and 47th goals of the season. Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (0-3—3) matched a career high for assists/points in one game, while teammate T.J. Oshie (1-2—3) recorded his fourth three-point performance of the season.
DUCKS FALL IN OT TO JETS
Marko Dano tied the game with 3:46 remaining in regulation, and forward Blake Wheeler scored at 3:07 of overtime to lift the Jets past the Ducks, preventing Anaheim from maintaining its one-point lead atop the Pacific Division.
Wheeler (1-0—1) extended his point streak to a career-high nine games (6-6—12). Teammate Mark Scheifele (0-1—1) extended his point streak to eight games (4-7—11), matching a career high established March 1-14 (8-4—12).
The Panthers scored three unanswered goals to pick up their fourth consecutive victory and clinch their second division title in franchise history (also 2011-12: Southeast Division).
At 46-25-9 (101 points), the Panthers reached the 100-point milestone for the first time in franchise history and also extended their record for wins in one season.
Aleksander Barkov (5-6—11) and Jonathan Huberdeau (6-4—10) both extended their point streaks to a career-high seven games. Barkov scored 10 seconds after the opening face-off, matching a club record set on Oct. 17, 1996 at COL (Johan Garpenlov).
Roberto Luongo (32 SV) earned his 34th win of the season, one shy of the franchise record he established in 2005-06. Luongo also posted his 435th career victory to move within two of tying Jacques Plante (437) for sixth place in NHL history.
PENGUINS, RANGERS KEEP PACE IN METROPOLITAN
Both the Penguins and Rangers – the No. 2 and 3 seeds in the Metropolitan Division, respectively – registered comeback wins to keep pace in the race for home ice:
The Penguins scored five unanswered goals – two each from Sidney Crosby and Carl Hagelin – to pick up their seventh consecutive victory overall as well as their seventh straight win on the road. Via Elias, Pittsburgh overcame a three-goal deficit to win in regulation for the first time since March 7, 2013 at PHI (5-4 W). Crosby, who has collected at least one point in 19 of his last 20 outings (10-18—28), extended his point streak to seven games (4-4—8).
The Rangers scored three unanswered goals – including the tying and winning markers 2:13 apart in the third period – to earn their second consecutive win on the heels of a three-game skid (0-2-1). Derek Stepan recorded 2-1—3, including his career-high 22nd goal of the season. He has compiled 6-8—14 in his past eight contests, including both of his three-point games in 2015-16 (also March 23 vs. BOS: 1-2—3).
KARLSSON CONTINUES SENSATIONAL SEASON
Senators captain Erik Karlsson (1-0—1) became the first defenseman in franchise history to reach the 80-point milestone in one season (16-64—80).
Elias adds that Karlsson became just the second defenseman to hit the 80-point milestone for any team in the last 20 years. The other: Nicklas Lidstrom with the Red Wings in 2005-06 (also 16-64—80).
Karlsson, who has spent his entire career with the Senators, picked up his 100th NHL goal – one shy of the franchise record for a defenseman, held by Wade Redden (101).
FLYERS, RED WINGS CONTINUE PLAYOFF PUSH ON RIVALRY NIGHT
The Flyers (39-26-13, 91 points) and Red Wings (40-28-11, 91 points) – two of the three teams vying for the final two postseason spots in the Eastern Conference – continue their playoff push when they meet at Joe Louis Arena on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. This marks the third and final matchup of 2015-16 between these clubs; both of their first games have been decided by one goal, with Philadelphia winning each contest (PHI: 2-0-0, DET: 0-1-1). The Flyers have picked up points in six of their last eight outings overall (5-2-1), while the Red Wings have won six of their past nine (6-3-0).
OILERS FACE CANUCKS IN FINAL GAME AT REXALL PLACE
The Oilers (30-43-7, 67 points) face the Canucks (30-36-13, 73 points) in the final NHL game at Rexall Place, the club’s home since 1974-75 (when it was in the World Hockey Association). More than 150 alumni, staff and special guests will help Edmonton bid farewell to its storied barn, which has played host to five Stanley Cup-winning teams.
“This building has a ton of history,” said Oilers forward Connor McDavid. “It’s special to play here, in my first year. I’m looking forward to the final game and experiencing what that’s going to be like. It’s going to be special, for sure.”
WEDNESDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Vancouver @ Edmonton, 7:00 p.m., SNP, SNW
Columbus @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, SNE, SNO
Philadelphia @ Detroit, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS
TUESDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
Carolina 2, BOSTON 1 (SO)
Buffalo 3, NEW JERSEY 1
NY Islanders 4, WASHINGTON 3 (OT)
NY RANGERS 3, Tampa Bay 2
Florida 4, MONTREAL 1
Pittsburgh 5, OTTAWA 3
NASHVILLE 4, Colorado 3
San Jose 3, MINNESOTA 0
CHICAGO 6, Arizona 2
Los Angeles 5, CALGARY 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 2, ANAHEIM 1 (OT)
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services