NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 1, 2012.

No April foolin’ here: Ray Whitney reaches milestone as Coyotes blank Ducks, Blues fall to Blue Jackets but clinch Central Division crown, Blackhawks clinch playoff spot with win over Predators, Sharks blank Stars to keep playoff hopes alive, Wild upset Kings in shootout, David Clarkson pots 30th as Devils clinch post-season spot, and the Bruins down the Islanders.

 

Whitney nets 1,000th point in Coyotes victory.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Ray Whitney netted his 1,000th career point, and Mike Smith made 44 saves (21 in the first period), as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked the Anaheim Ducks 4-0, giving them sole possession (for now) of seventh in the Western Conference.

BND.COM: The St. Louis Blues fell 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but clinched the Central Division title thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks defeating the Nashville Predators 5-4.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner in the aforementioned Blackhawks win over the Predators, as the ‘Hawks also clinched a post-season berth with the win.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks gave their playoff hopes a boost with a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars, lifting the Sharks into eighth overall with a one-point lead over the Stars.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild played spoiler, downing the LA Kings 4-3 in a shootout, preventing the Kings from widening their lead in the very tight Pacific division race.

NJ.COM: David Clarkson scored his 30th goal of the season as the Devils clinched a playoff spot, blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins stayed six points up on the Ottawa Senators in the Northeast with a 6-3 victory over the NY Islanders.

The Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals results are noted in “Canadian Corner”.