The Blackhawks clinch the President’s Trophy, the Red Wings keep their playoff hopes alive, Martin St. Louis takes over the lead in the scoring race and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks commemorated the return of Patrick Sharp to the lineup by clinching the President’s Trophy with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win over the LA Kings, putting them into eighth overall, one point up on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Wings could have Todd Bertuzzi back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators, but could also be without Johan Franzen, who was shaken up against the Kings.
TBO.COM: Martin St. Louis’ hat trick not only lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, it also vaulted the 37-year-old into the lead in the NHL scoring race. Steven Stamkos also scored his 29th of the season, putting him two points behind St. Louis and two goals behind Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin for the Richard Trophy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the 37-year-old St. Louis wins the scoring title, he’ll become the oldest player in NHL history to achieve that feat.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Two first period goals were all the Phoenix Coyotes needed to defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-1.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars playoff picture appears glum, but the players aren’t about to give up hope.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Mats Zuccarello has proven a welcome late addition in the Rangers playoff push.