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                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                               (Monday, March 30)
                      Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3
 Montreal,  QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Vladislav Namestnikov registered a pair of
 goals  and one assist, as the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a playoff berth and
 set  a new single-season  record for wins in a season thanks to a 5-3 decision
 over  Montreal  in a crucial  intra-divisional battle from Bell Centre. Nikita
 Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin and Anton Stralman added  scores for  the Lightning,
 whose  47  wins surpassed the  old mark of 46  set three times previously. Ben
 Bishop  stopped  25 shots and  added a pair  of assists --  one shy of the NHL
 record set by Calgary's Jeff Reese in 1993 -- to snag the win. Max Pacioretty,
 Jeff  Petry  and P.K. Subban  lit the lamp for  the Canadiens, who dropped all
 five  games in  the season series to their Atlantic Division foes. Carey Price
 took the loss despite making 39 saves.
                     Final Score: Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1
 St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks had been stumbling
 of  late. A matchup  with the slumping St. Louis Blues couldn't have come at a
 better  time.  Eddie Lack  made 23 saves  and the Canucks  got goals from four
 different players in a 4-1 victory over the Blues on Monday night. Vancouver's
 win  was the  sixth straight  over  St. Louis  and snapped  a two-game  losing
 streak. The Canucks hold a slim lead on  second place in the Pacific Division.
 Brian  Elliott gave up three goals on 21 shots for the Blues, who have dropped
 five  of six  and squandered a chance  to clinch a playoff spot. St. Louis may
 have  lost more  than  just a  game. Leading  scorer  Vladimir Tarasenko  left
 in  the third  period with  an  apparent leg  injury. The  Blues were  already
 playing  without  forward  Alexander  Steen  (lower-body  injury).  Coach  Ken
 Hitchcock  had  no update  on Tarasenko,  who suffered the  injury when he was
 tripped by Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa. He will be evaluated on Tuesday.
                     Final Score: Calgary 5, Dallas Stars 3
 Dallas,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dennis  Wideman, Johnny  Gaudreau and  Jiri
 Hulder  each posted  a goal and an assist  to lead the Calgary Flames in a 5-3
 victory  over  the Dallas  Stars on  Monday. Raphael  Diaz and Mikael Backlund
 also  scored and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves for the Flames, who have won their
 past two. The  win, coupled with  Los Angeles' loss to Chicago on Monday, gave
 Calgary  a  bit  of  breathing  space  for  the  third  spot  in  the  Pacific
 Division  as the  Flames now  hold a  three-point lead  over the  Kings. Also,
 Calgary  is  two points  back of  Vancouver for second  place in the division.
 Dallas,  on the other  hand, suffered a serious blow to its slim playoff hopes
 as  the team sits  six points back of Winnipeg for the final wild card spot in
 the  Western Conference  with just five games left. Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza
 and Jason Demers all scored for the Stars, who have dropped two of three. Kari
 Lehtonen  was pulled  late  in the  second  after allowing  four  goals on  19
 shots, while Jhonas Enroth stopped all five shots he faced in relief.
                     Final Score: Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1
 Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Darling turned aside 31 shots and four
 different  players lit  the lamp  as Chicago  claimed a  4-1 victory  over Los
 Angeles  at United Center. Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson and
 Marian Hossa scored for the Blackhawks, who have won two in a row and finished
 the  month of March with a 9-3-1 record. Jake Muzzin supplied the lone offense
 for  the Kings, who failed to make up ground on Calgary -- which won at Dallas
 --  in  the Pacific Division.  Jonathan Quick took  the loss despite making 36
                      Final Score: Edmonton 4, Colorado 1
 Denver,  CO (SportsNetwork.com) - For the second time in less than a week, the
 lowly  Edmonton Oilers  delivered  a  huge blow  to  the Colorado  Avalanche's
 playoff  hopes.  Richard Bachman made  29 saves, Andrew Miller collected three
 assists  and the  Oilers posted a 4-1  win over the Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
 Ryan  O'Reilly scored a goal to extend his point streak to a career-high eight
 games,  but  the Avalanche  were unable to  close the gap  on Winnipeg for the
 second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They remain eight points back
 of  the  idle Jets with six  games remaining. Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 shots
 for Colorado, which lost 4-3 at Edmonton last Wednesday.
                       Final Score: Buffalo 4, Arizona 1
 Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrej Meszaros scored twice as the Buffalo
 Sabres grabbed a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Brian  Gionta and
 Rasmus  Ristolainen  added empty-net goals  and Anders Lindback turned away 28
 shots  for  the Sabres, who  snapped a  five-game losing streak. Connor Murphy
 had  the  only goal of  the game  for the Coyotes,  who had a two-game winning
 streak broken. Mike Smith turned aside 32-of-34 shots.
 03/31 01:00:12 ET

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