NHL Roundup: Capitals, Nashville clinch, Sharks struggle

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The defending Stanley Cup holders the Washington Capitals have clinched a berth in the forthcoming playoffs, after rallying for a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Thursday.

Washington currently lead the Metropolitan Division by three points over the New York Islanders.

The San Jose Sharks slumped to their seventh straight game loss, after suffering a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

The Sharks currently remain six points behind first placed Calgary Flames and five ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights in the Division.

Congratulations also going out to the Nashville Predators who clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Centre on Monday.


John Tavares scored four goals in a game for the first time in his NHL career, as the Toronto Maple Leafs completed a 7-5 win against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. Tavares (45), currently sits three behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the leading scorer in the NHL.

The only goal of the game was scored by Ryan Johansen, with the Preds leading the St. Louis Blues by two points for second place in the Central Division and trail the Winnipeg Jets by two points for first.

The Columbus Blue Jackets moved to within two points of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, after a 5-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Sunday.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves in his seventh shutout of the season for the Blue Jackets, and now sit just two points away from a wild card.

Carolina Hurricanes extended their lead in the Eastern Conference wild card race after beating the Montreal Canadians 2-1 in overtime at PNC Arena on Sunday.


The Hurricanes, who have won two in a row and four of their past five games, now lead the Canadiens by three points for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup play offs and are also just two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Boston Bruins clinched their third straight postseason berth with a 7-3 win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Bruins also became the second team from the Eastern Conference to book their place in the play-offs. Despite injuries to key players Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron – who missed a combined total of 35 games during the regulation season, thanks to a 19 game points streak after the All Star Break, was sufficient enough for the Bruins to extend their season.

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