Ducks seal division title by beating Sharks
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Anaheim sealed its second-straight NHL Pacific Division title by beating San Jose 5-2 on Wednesday, and moved to the top of the Western Conference.
Among the day’s other games, Chicago finally ended its season-long losing streak in overtime, and Pittsburgh prevailed in a shootout against Detroit.
Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon scored twice and John Gibson made 36 saves for the Ducks who scored three goals in the third period to seal their first-ever back-to-back division titles.
Corey Perry scored his 43rd goal of the season and Matt Beleskey also netted for the Ducks as they pushed one point ahead of St. Louis for the overall lead in the West, although the Blues have a game in hand.
Jason Demers and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks.
Chicago’s Patrick Sharp set up Marian Hossa’s tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then scored the game-winner 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over Montreal.
Sharp scored the winner on a shot that struck the Montreal goalie, rolled off his equipment, ticked off the left post and landed in the net.
Hossa had scored the tying goal with 47.7 seconds left in the third period while Jeremy Morin also scored in the Blackhawks’ fourth straight win overall, and their first in overtime this season after seven losses..
Dale Weise and Francis Bouillon scored for the Canadiens.
Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation and then got the game-winner in the shootout to give the Penguins a 4-3 win over Detroit.
James Neal scored two power-play goals in regulation for Pittsburgh, which got defenseman Kris Letang back for the first time since he suffered a stroke 10 weeks ago.
Tomas Jurco, Jakub Kindl and Riley Sheahan scored for the Red Wings.
Columbus sealed only the second playoff berth in franchise history by beating Dallas 3-1. The Blue Jackets started the night 1-0 up, as it was the resumption of a game that was postponed a month ago when Rich Peverley collapsed with heart trouble.
Calgary’s Sean Monahan scored in regulation and the shootout as the surging Flames beat Los Angeles 4-3 for their fourth-straight win.