Sports Bruins beat Devils to clinch playoff berth

11:35  04 may  2021
11:35  04 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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Bruins clinch 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff berth in win vs. Devils . The Boston Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The B's clinched a postseason berth Monday night in a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Boston's magic number to eliminate the New York Rangers from playoff contention was one point entering Monday.

The Boston Bruins can clinch a playoff berth tonight against the New Jersey Devils , who will not make it easy for the Bruins . In their first six meetings, the Bruins are 2-3-1 against the Devils . New Jersey is also coming off a stretch of where they won three out of four games over the Philadelphia Flyers. Gone from the Devils roster since the last meeting in Boston is forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac, who where traded to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline.

NEWARK, N.J. — Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal and the Boston Bruins clinched their fifth straight playoff berth with a dominating 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

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Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season and Nick Ritchie broke a scoreless tie in the second period as the Bruins won their fourth straight game and ended the Devils’ three-game winning streak.

Defenceman Matt Grzelcyk scored on a deflection off Devils defenceman Ryan Murray late as the Bruins won for the 10th time in 12 games. Brad Marchand, who was playing in his 800th NHL game, and Bergeron got the assists on the third goal.

McLeod, Blackwood lead Devils to 2-1 win over Islanders

  McLeod, Blackwood lead Devils to 2-1 win over Islanders UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Michael McLeod scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots and the New Jersey Devils beat the playoff-bound New York Islanders 2-1 Thursday night for their fifth win in six games. Pavel Zacha also scored for the Devils, who beat the Islanders for just the second time in seven meetings this season. Coming off an overtime win against Boston, the Devils have won consecutive games against teams headed to the post-season. “We’re playing some good hockey as of late, beating some pretty big teams that could go pretty far in the playoffs,” McLeod said.

The Boston Bruins clinched the final Stanley Cup Playoff berth from the MassMutual East Division with a 3-0 win against the Devils .

Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils projected lineups. Boston Bruins Record: 30-14-6 (66 points). With one of their best efforts last game against the Buffalo Sabres, it doesn’t seem like head coach Bruce Cassidy will be making any unforced changes to the lineup for tonight. As I mentioned earlier, the B’s can clinch the playoffs tonight by just going to overtime. However, if they can’t secure a point tonight, they can also clinch with a New York Rangers loss. Hopefully, we don’t have to scoreboard watch.

Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood finished with 39 saves.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists as Edmonton clinched a playoff spot.

Jesse Puljujarvi had a goal and an assist, Tyson Barrie and Dominik Kahun also scored and Leon Draisaitl added two assists for the Oilers in the opener of a four straight games between the teams. Mikko Koskinen stopped 20 shots for his 12th win of the season.

McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 91 points (31 goals, 60 assists).

Nate Schmidt, J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser scored for the Canucks, who lost their fifth straight. Braden Holtby had 27 saves.


NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Sprong’s tiebreaking goal in the third period led Washington past the fading, who were knocked out of playoff contention.

Suns top Clippers, clinch 1st playoff berth since 2010

  Suns top Clippers, clinch 1st playoff berth since 2010 PHOENIX — Chris Paul scored 28 points, Devin Booker added 21 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-101 on Wednesday night to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The Suns finally figured out a way to beat the Clippers, who won the first two games of the season series. Phoenix didn’t trail the entire game but needed a fourth-quarter push to turn back a Los Angeles rally. The Suns took an 86-80 lead into the final quarter. The Clippers pulled within 93-92 midway though the fourth but Paul scored three consecutive tough baskets to give Phoenix some space. The 35-year-old Paul shot 10 of 15 from the field and dished 10 assists.

• Edmonton will clinch a playoff berth if they earn at least one point against the Vancouver. TODAY’S KEY GAMES Stars vs. Panthers, 7 p.m. ET Bruins vs. Devils , 7 p.m ET Capitals vs. Rangers, 7 p.m. ET Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET Golden Knights vs. Wild, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN livestream) Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for his league-leading seventh shutout of the season as the New York Islanders beat the rival Rangers 3-0 Saturday night to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight year. Mathew Barzal added a breakaway goal and Josh

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Nic Dowd, Conor Sheary, Garnet Hathaway, Niklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals as they snapped a two-game skid. Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves to earn the 19th win of his rookie season.

Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Kaapo Kakko also had a goal for New York, which dropped its third consecutive game. Artemi Panarin added two assists and Igor Shesterkin stopped 34 shots, but the Rangers were eliminated from the post-season picture when Boston beat New Jersey.

Alex Ovechkin returned to Washington's lineup after missing four games with a lower-body injury but went to the locker room after playing 39 seconds in the first period and did not return.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jonas Brodin scored with 1:06 left, 26 seconds after Kirill Kaprizov had tied the game to help Minnesota beat Vegas.

Nick Bonino added two goals and an assist, while Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin Fiala also scored for Minnesota, which trailed by two goals twice in the game. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots for the Wild, who have beat West-leading Vegas five times in the seven matchups this season.

Jarry, Guentzel lead Penguins past Bruins, 1 -0

  Jarry, Guentzel lead Penguins past Bruins, 1 -0 PITTSBURGH — Tristan Jarry made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season and Jake Guentzel scored in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Jarry has won his last four decisions, including a sloppy 7-6 home win against New Jersey last week, in which he allowed six third-period goals. He rebounded two nights later against the Devils and has earned a point in 11 of his last 12 starts. Guentzel scored his 21st atJarry has won his last four decisions, including a sloppy 7-6 home win against New Jersey last week, in which he allowed six third-period goals. He rebounded two nights later against the Devils and has earned a point in 11 of his last 12 starts.

Brodeur was quick to credit New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello for the team's run of 13 straight playoff seasons, the second longest streak in the NHL after the Detroit Red Wings, who have yet to clinch a playoff berth this season. The first step is always making the playoffs ." Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens (37-31-8), who have one victory in their last five games but still remained sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Canadiens came out dominating the opening minutes of the game and building a 7-2 lead in shots on goal through the first

Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron meets the media after Boston clinches spot in 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs . Bergeron reacts after Bruins clinch playoff spot. Condensed Game: Bruins @ Devils .

Mark Stone had a goal and assist. Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez, Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner made 26 saves in goal.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Michael Houser stopped 34 shots in his NHL debut, Sam Reinhart scored twice in Buffalo’s three-goal third period and the Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit.

Tage Thompson and Rasmund Asplund also scored for Buffalo. Houser spent the past 8 1/2 seasons in the minor leagues. It was his first game since March 7, 2020, with Cincinnati of the ECHL.

Adam Pelech and Oliver Wahlstrom scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov, coming off three straight shutouts, finished with 36 saves.

The Islanders fell to fourth place in the Eastern Division —one point behind Boston, which beat New Jersey 3-0. The Bruins also have a game in-hand on the Islanders.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Kevin Hayes gave Philadelphia a rare early lead, and the Flyers skated to an easy 7-2 victory over the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Hall scores 2, Bruins beat Islanders to clinch 3rd in East

  Hall scores 2, Bruins beat Islanders to clinch 3rd in East BOSTON — Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the game 2:53 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders in their home finale on Monday night to clinch third place in the East Division. Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which will face second-place Washington in the first round of the playoffs. Tuukka Rask had 16 saves. Marchand and the Bruins will face former captain Zdeno Chara, who signed as a free agent with the Capitals during the off-season after playing 14 seasons in Boston. “I think if you look back at the start of the season, you probably could have guessed it was going to play out this way,” Marchand said.

Joel Farabee had a goal and two assists and Shayne Gostisbehere, Wade Allison and Robert Hagg also scored for the Flyers, who snapped a three-game skid and won for just the sixth time in the last 16. Alex Lyon made 35 saves for his first victory in his fourth start.

Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker scored for the Penguins, who fell into tie with Washington atop the East Division. The Capitals have four games left while Pittsburgh has three.


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Roman Josi scored his second goal of the game 3:24 into overtime and Nashville tightened its hold on a playoff spot.

Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist, and Juuse Saros had 30 saves for Nashville.

The Predators are dueling with Dallas for the Central Division’s fourth playoff spot and increased their lead to four points with the Stars’ overtime loss to Florida on Monday night. Nashville has three games remaining and the Stars have four.

Emil Bemstrom scored three goals in the third to rally Columbus from a 3-0 deficit. Elvis Merzlikins had 34 saves for Columbus.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —Sebastian Aho scored twice in the second period on the way to a hat trick, helping Carolina roll past Chicago.

Devils snap 10-game skid in wild, 6-4 win over Flyers

  Devils snap 10-game skid in wild, 6-4 win over Flyers NEWARK, N.J. — Yegor Sharangovich scored the go-ahead goal at 12:36 of the third period and the New Jersey Devils snapped a 10-game winless streak with a wild 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Nico Hischier, Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood and Connor Carrick also scored for the Devils, who saw the Flyers rally from third-period deficits twice to tie the game. Mackenzie Blackwood made 26 saves as the Devils ended an 0-9-1 skid and won for the first time since April 8. Mikhail Maltsev scored into an empty net in the waning seconds to ice the game. “It feels much better to come in the locker room and celebrate a win,” Hischier said.

Dougie Hamilton and Martin Necas also scored for the Hurricanes, who entered this game leading the race for the Presidents’ Trophy awarded to the team with the league’s best regular-season record.

Ian Mitchell and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, which also had a goal from Philipp Kurashev disallowed on replay review because Pius Suter impaired Alex Nedeljkovic’s ability to play his crease position.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Nikita Zaitsev scored with 1:13 left in the third period to lift Ottawa to its sixth win in eight games.

Goaltender Filip Gustavsson was stellar in the win, stopping 28 shots while the Senators killed off all six of Winnipeg’s power-play chances. Connor Brown also scored and assisted on Zaitsev’s winning goal for Ottawa.

Josh Morrissey scored for Winnipeg, which has lost seven straight games.


MONTREAL (AP) — Cole Caufield scored at 4:43 of overtime and Montreal beat Toronto.

The rookie took a pass from Jeff Petry and wired home his second NHL goal — and second OT winner in two games.

Tyler Toffoli and Philip Danault scored in regulation for Montreal. Jake Allen made 27 stops for the Canadiens, who entered having won two in a row, including Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 overtime triumph at the Bell Centre against the Ottawa Senators when Caufield was also the star.

Petry and Nick Suzuki added three assists each on Monday.

Auston Matthews, with his league-leading 39th goal of the season, and Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto, which got 20 saves from Jack Campbell.

Senators could use more goaltending depth

  Senators could use more goaltending depth Marcus Hogberg gave up two goals on 20 shots in relief of the injured Matt Murray in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Canucks.In an unusual scare, Hogberg and Nikita Zaitsev collided within 10 seconds of Hogberg’s appearance in the game, scaring the coaching staff.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored 2:50 into overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Nikita Gusev, Gustav Forsling and MacKenzie Weegar also scored for the Panthers, and Owen Tippett had two assists.

Spencer Knight stopped 25 shots in his third career start and fourth appearance. Knight, who turned 20 on April 19th, is the youngest goalie in NHL history to start 4-0.

The Panthers are two points behind Carolina for first place in the Central Division and two points ahead of Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes and Lightning each have two games in hand over the Panthers.

Tyler Seguin scored a goal in his first game of the season, Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist, and Joe Kiviranta and Joe Pavelski also scored for Dallas. Anton Khudobin allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Jake Oettinger early in the second period. Oettinger finished with 27 saves.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robert Bortuzzo got his first goal of the season and Brayden Schenn also scored, leading St. Louis past Anaheim.

Jordan Binnington had 19 saves to earn his 70th career win, becoming the 10th goaltender in Blues history to reach the mark. The Blues have won seven of their last nine against the Ducks and are 5-1-1 this season against Anaheim.

Ryan O’Reilly added an empty-netter to seal the win.

Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim and John Gibson had 29 saves.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored 41 seconds into overtime and Colorado gained ground in the race for first place in the West Division.

Colorado scored three times in the third period to overcome a pair of two-goal deficits and got the tying goal from Nazim Kadri with 3:39 to play.

Mikko Rantanen scored his 29th goal of the season and Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves. Colorado moved within two points of first-place Vegas with a game in hand after the Golden Knights lost 6-5 to Minnesota.

Evander Kane scored twice and Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier also scored for San Jose. Martin Jones made 26 saves.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to reach 999 career points and Los Angeles put a big dent in Arizona's playoff hopes.

Kopitar scored in the second period and had an assist on Alex Iafallo’s goal, putting him within one point of becoming the fourth Kings player to reach 1,000 for his career.

Trevor Moore also scored and Jonathan Quick had 17 saves before leaving after the second period with an upper-body injury. Cal Petersen stopped 15 shots and helped the Kings withstand a wild late flurry by the Coyotes in relief.

Jakob Chychrun scored his 17th goal, which leads all NHL defencemen, and Christian Dvorak scored for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper had 22 saves.

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