Friday, August 29, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Bruins down Capitals, clinch division title

Jarome Iginla scored twice while backup goalie Chad Johnson saved 31 of 33 shots to give the visiting Boston Bruins a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

The win clinched the Atlantic Division title for Boston and moved the Bruins past the St. Louis Blues in the race for the NHL's Presidents' Trophy with 108 points.

Iginla is tied for 24th on the NHL's all-time goals list with 560, one behind former Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano.

The Capitals' loss prevented them from gaining ground in the chase for the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.

Avalanche 3, Sharks 2 - Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped a season-high 47 shots as Colorado clinched a playoff berth for the first time in four years with a victory over San Jose. The Avalanche, who moved into second in the Central Division, suffered an injury scare with top scorer Matt Duchene hurt his left knee after he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn.

Blue Jackets 3 Hurricanes 2 - Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal at 2 minutes, 40 seconds of overtime to lift visiting Columbus. Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves for Columbus in his second straight start in place of flu-stricken starter Sergei Bobrovsky.

Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 2 - Darren Helm registered his first career hat trick and visiting Detroit sent Toronto to its eighth consecutive defeat. Gustav Nyquist also scored during a three-goal blitz early in the second period as the Red Wings took over sole possession of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and moved two points ahead of the Maple Leafs.

Canadiens 4, Panthers 1 - Max Pacioretty scored twice to establish a career-best goal total as visiting Montreal extended its winning streak to a season- high-tying five games. The Canadiens improved to 8-1-0 in their last nine to maintain their hold on second place in the Atlantic Division.

- Wire reports

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