Hurricanes clinch playoff spot however fall to Stars By Reuters



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Jamie Benn scored the successful aim 2:44 into additional time Monday because the Dallas Stars defeated visiting Carolina 4-3, with the Hurricanes nonetheless capable of safe a playoff spot regardless of the loss.

Benn, who added three assists, scored his eleventh aim of the season because the Stars continued their latest torrid tempo.

Carolina, which leads the Central Division, might be within the playoffs for the third consecutive yr in a feat achieved for the primary time for the reason that franchise relocated from Hartford, Conn., to North Carolina prematurely of the 1997-98 season.

The Hurricanes elevated their factors streak to seven video games. For the second consecutive sport, they have been in place to clinch a playoff berth with a victory, however on Monday, some extent for reaching additional time did the trick.

Predators 4, Panthers 1

Nick Cousins scored the tiebreaking aim early within the second interval, Juuse Saros made 22 of his 39 saves within the interval, and Nashville beat visiting Florida.

Erik Haula, who assisted on Cousins’ aim, scored 2:39 into the third for some insurance coverage because the Predators received their season-high fourth straight at dwelling. Mikael Granlund and Yakov Trenin additionally scored for Nashville, which stays two factors up on Dallas for the fourth and closing playoff spot within the Central Division.

Sam Bennett scored his fourth aim in six video games since being traded to the second-place Panthers, who’ve dropped two of three following a 4-0-1 stretch.

Sharks 6, Coyotes 4

Alexander Barabanov scored his first NHL aim as San Jose held on after practically dropping a four-goal result in defeat visiting Arizona and snap an eight-game dropping streak.

Evander Kane had a aim and two assists, and Noah Gregor, Burns, Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson additionally scored for the Sharks. Josef Korenar made 21 saves.

Jakub Chychrun scored twice and had an help, Michael Bunting had a aim and an help and Clayton Keller additionally scored for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper allowed 4 objectives on 11 photographs earlier than being eliminated within the second interval. Adin Hill made 21 saves in reduction.

Oilers 6, Jets 1

Connor McDavid collected his third hat trick of the season in a four-point outing to propel Edmonton previous host Winnipeg and into second place within the North Division.

Alex Chiasson, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse additionally scored, and goaltender Mike Smith made 36 saves for the Oilers to maneuver one level forward of the Jets. Edmonton, which has received six of eight conferences this season, additionally has two video games in hand on Winnipeg.

Mark Scheifele replied for the Jets, who’re on a four-game skid by which they’ve been outscored 18-5. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 17 of 23 photographs in two durations of motion. Laurent Brossoit made seven saves in reduction.

Blues 4, Avalanche 1

David Perron had a aim and two assists, and Jordan Binnington had 31 saves to guide host St. Louis to its second victory in three days once more Colorado.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Robert Thomas scored the Blues’ different objectives. Ryan O’Reilly (NASDAQ:) adopted up his four-point efficiency on Saturday with two assists.

Nathan MacKinnon prolonged his factors streak to 14 video games by scoring Colorado’s solely aim, a power-play marker within the second interval. The Avalanche misplaced consecutive video games for simply the third time all season. Enjoying in his sixth sport since being acquired in a commerce from Buffalo, Jonas Johansson stopped 16 of 20 photographs.

Canadiens 2, Flames 1

Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winning aim and goaltender Jake Allen made 21 saves to present Montreal an important victory to keep away from being swept within the three-game sequence by host Calgary.

Shea Weber additionally scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game dropping skid and gained some respiratory room — six factors — from the Flames within the chase for fourth place within the North Division standings.

Elias Lindholm scored Calgary’s lone aim, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 photographs for the Flames.

Senators 2, Canucks 1

Drake Batherson scored the tiebreaking aim within the second interval as Ottawa put a dent in visiting Vancouver’s playoff hopes.

Josh Norris additionally scored for the last-place Senators and Brady Tkachuk had two assists. Goaltender Marcus Hogberg made 25 saves.

Olli Juolevi scored the lone aim for the Canucks, who’ve received three of 5 video games since an 18-day pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak by which 22 gamers and 4 employees members examined optimistic. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 27 photographs.

Kings 4, Geese 1

Dustin Brown had a aim and an help as host Los Angeles defeated Anaheim within the first of 4 video games in six days between the groups.

Sean Walker, Mikey Anderson and Trevor Moore additionally scored, and Jonathan Fast made 21 saves for the Kings.

Jamie Drysdale scored and Anthony Stolarz made 21 saves for the Geese, who’ve misplaced 5 in a row. They’ve mixed to attain 5 objectives in these video games.

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