Game recaps plus updates on Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry, Pekka Rinne, T.J. Oshie, Tomas Hertl and more.
NEW YORK POST: Rick Nash’s goal late in the third period lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, ensuring the Rangers secure home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Anders Lindback made 34 saves and Steven Stamkos collected two points as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2, moving within one point of the Montreal Canadiens for second in the Atlantic Division.
TWINCITIES.COM: Backup John Curry made 43 saves and Kyle Brodziak scored twice as the Minnesota Wild chased Ryan Miller from the St. Louis Blues net with a 4-2 victory. Wild forward Michael Rupp faces supplemental discipline after being ejected for a high hit on Blues forward T.J. Oshie, who is now listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
THE TENNESSEAN: Pekka Rinne set a franchise record for wins (162) backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 shutout over the Phoenix Coyotes.
WASHINGTON POST: Troy Brouwer scored twice as the Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”. The Lightning hold a game in hand over the Canadiens, giving them a good opportunity to finish the season second in the Atlantic Division and with home ice advantage in their upcoming playoff series against the Habs. Losing to the Predators could prove fatal to the Coyotes slim playoff hopes. They’re two points behind the Dallas Stars for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both clubs have two games remaining. The Coyotes must win their next two and hope the Stars drop both of theirs.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Sidney Crosby is finishing up a dominant regular season, having secured the Art Ross trophy as the league’s leading scorer and the front-runner for the Hart Trophy.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Corey Perry has had a strong performance (43 goals) in the first season of his new six-year contract.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks could have injured forwards Raffi Torres and Tomas Hertl back for the opening round of the playoffs.
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins team president Cam Neely said team owner Jeremy Jacobs isn’t interested in buying the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.