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Oilers get first playoff berth since '06

Edmonton Oilers celebrate the win over the Los Angeles Kings at the end of the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The Oilers won, 2-1. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers are finally back in the playoffs.

Cam Talbot made 34 saves as Edmonton Oilers officially earned a postseason berth for the first time in 11 years with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

"It's a special feeling tonight, especially seeing how passionate the crowd was and how excited they were," Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "We've had some tough years, but it's all worth it right now."

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Ovechkin scores 3, Oshie nets 2nd in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) With two goals in the final 4:57 of regulation against the NHL's best defense, Minnesota's spirited comeback gave a sputtering team one point for the standings and some confidence for the stretch run.

Alex Ovechkin's magnificence on the power play proved to be unbeatable.

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Ducks beat Canucks, clinch playoff spot

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Minus their captain and leading scorer, the Anaheim Ducks didn't miss a beat.

Corey Perry and Patrick Eaves scored 74 seconds apart early in the first period, and the playoff-bound Ducks cruised past the listless Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their season-high winning streak to five games.

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Sharks snap slide, headed to playoffs

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After six straight losses, the San Jose Sharks were looking for any kind of win. A well-played game that featured a late comeback and dramatic winner only made them feel even better.

Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 3:10 into overtime and the Sharks snapped their longest skid in six years on the night they clinched a playoff berth, rallying past the New York Rangers 5-4 on Tuesday.

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Bobrovsky stops 41, Jackets beat Sabres

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets struggled on the power-play again, but they keep finding ways to do just enough to win.

The Blue Jackets managed just three shots and no goals on three power plays in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Buffalo and haven't scored with a man-advantage since March 13. That's becoming a concern as they battle their Metropolitan League foes down the stretch for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

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Matthews' 35th sets Leafs' rookie record

TORONTO (AP) Wendel Clark knew his record might be in jeopardy a little more than 20 minutes into Auston Matthews's first game with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Matthews became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in a debut that October night against Ottawa and on Tuesday broke Clark's 31-year-old franchise rookie record with his 35th goal this season - the opening goal in the Leafs' 3-2 win over Florida.

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Rask steps up as Bruins down Predators

BOSTON (AP) Tuukka Rask's return provided the Boston Bruins with a much-needed boost of energy Tuesday night.

Rask made 24 saves following a one-game absence and the Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 4-1, improving their playoff chances in the process.

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'Canes top Wings as point streak hits 12

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Just three weeks ago the Carolina Hurricanes were fighting to stay out of last place in the Metropolitan Division. Now, a furious run has them on the brink of a playoff spot.

Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom scored about five minutes apart in the first period, and the Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Tuesday night in the teams' second meeting in two nights.

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Habs eliminate Stars from playoff race

MONTREAL (AP) The biggest ovation at the Bell Centre didn't come for Carey Price's stellar goaltending or for Brendan Gallagher's tiebreaking goal. It was for an assist by veteran defenseman Andrei Markov.

By flipping a pass to Artturi Lehkonen for a one-timer that beat Kari Lehtonen in Montreal's 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, Markov moved into a tie with Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe for second in career points by a Canadiens defenseman with 572, behind only Larry Robinson's 833.

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Weal leads Flyers past Sens in shootout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jordan Weal put his hustle and skill on display.

Weal scored the only shootout goal after tying the game late in the third period on an embarrassing mistake by the Ottawa Senators, sending the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

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