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Bruins' loss hands Panthers a postseason spot

SUNRISE — The Panthers are back in the playoffs for just the second time in the past 15 seasons.

Florida's spot was clinched Sunday when the Bruins lost to the Blackhawks, and the Panthers now are on the brink of securing home-ice advantage for at least the opening round. They have a two-point lead over the Lightning for first in the Atlantic Division with four regular-season games left for both teams.

The last time the Panthers reached the playoffs was in 2011-12, when they lost to the Devils in the first round.

Game HIGHLIGHTS: Patrick Kane had three goals and an assist to hit 100 points for the season as the host Blackhawks got a 6-4 victory over the Bruins. Kane is just the third player to hit 100 in the past five seasons. The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the others. … The Penguins equaled their longest winning streak of the season at six games with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Flyers.

Around the league: The Canadiens recalled All-Star Game MVP John Scott from AHL St. John's for the final three games of their season. The forward/enforcer, voted into the All-Star Game by fans, was shipped from Arizona to Montreal before the All-Star Game and sent to St. John's.

at Blackhawks 2 4 0 6
Bruins 0 2 2 4

First1, Chi, Anisimov 20 (Panarin, Seabrook), 13:14 (pp). 2, Chi, Kane 41, 18:31. PenaltiesKrejci, Bos (slashing), 11:37; Chara, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:46; Toews, Chi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:46.

Second3, Chi, Kane 42 (Anisimov, Panarin), :54. 4, Chi, Toews 26 (Hossa, Ladd), 2:00. 5, Chi, Panarin 28 (Kane, Anisimov), 5:17. 6, Chi, Kane 43 (Panarin, Seabrook), 14:16 (pp). 7, Bos, Pastrnak 13 (Krejci, Chara), 19:44. 8, Bos, Bergeron 31 (McQuaid, Marchand), 19:55. PenaltiesGustafsson, Chi (delay of game), 5:25; Griffith, Bos (delay of game), 8:02; Bos bench, served by Pastrnak (too many men), 12:33.

Third9, Bos, Bergeron 32 (Eriksson, Krug), 2:39. 10, Bos, Marchand 36 (Krug, Bergeron), 9:51. PenaltiesVatrano, Bos (embellishment), 6:56; Teravainen, Chi (holding), 6:56. SOGBos 8-21-17—46. Chi 19-12-3—34. PPsBos 0 of 1; Chi 2 of 3. GoaliesBos, Rask (22 shots-18 saves), Gustavsson 11-8-1 (2:00 second, 12-10). Chi, Darling 11-8-3 (46-42).

at Penguins 2 1 3 6
Flyers 0 1 1 2

First1, Pit, Crosby 33 (Kessel, Letang), 15:38 (pp). 2, Pit, Bennett 6 (Sheary, J.Schultz), 16:43. PenaltiesCole, Pit (interference), 2:21; Simmonds, Phi (hooking), 15:03.

Second3, Pit, Hornqvist 21, 10:34. 4, Phi, Simmonds 29 (Giroux, MacDonald), 19:18. PenaltiesNone.

Third5, Pit, Hagelin 12 (Bonino, Letang), 4:14. 6, Phi, Voracek 11 (Gostisbehere, Couturier), 8:04. 7, Pit, Fehr 7 (Cullen, Kuhnhackl), 9:43. 8, Pit, Fehr 8 (Cullen), 18:21 (en-sh). PenaltiesGostisbehere, Phi (hold), 13:18; Bonino, Pit (hook), 17:53. SOGPhi 6-13-11—30. Pit 16-10-13—39. PPsPhi 0-2; Pit 1-2. GoaliesPhi, Mason 22-18-9 (38 shots-33 saves). Pit, Murray 7-2-1 (30-28).

Blues 3 1 1 5
at Avalanche 0 0 1 1
Blues 3 1 1 5
at Avalanche 0 0 1 1

First1, St.L, Backes 21 (Tarasenko, Shattenkirk), 5:30 (pp). 2, St.L, Paajarvi 3 (Stastny, Brouwer), 8:56. 3, St.L, Parayko 9 (Steen, Tarasenko), 16:09. PensLandeskog, Col (delay game), 4:13; Pietrangelo, StL (hook), 16:43; Stastny, StL (slash), 19:37.

Second4, St.L, Pietrangelo 7 (Brodziak), 3:26. PenaltiesIginla, Col (high-stick), :29; Parayko, StL (rough), 7:31; McLeod, Col (rough), 7:31; Schwartz, StL (slash), 15:21; Matthias, Col (hook), 19:28.

Third5, Col, Duchene 30 (Boedker, Grigorenko), 15:46. 6, St.L, Brouwer 17 (Backes, Pietrangelo), 17:05 (en). PenaltiesParayko, StL, major (fighting), 8:49; Landeskog, Col, major (fighting), 8:49; Steen, StL (hooking), 18:45. SOGSt.L 14-16-9—39. Col 11-12-8—31. PPsSt.L 1 of 3; Col 0 of 4. GoaliesSt.L, Allen 26-15-3 (11 shots-11 saves), Nilsson (0:00 second, 20-19). Col, Varlamov 27-23-3 (14-11), Pickard (0:00 second, 24-23).

at Jets 1 1 3 5
Wild 0 0 1 1

First1, Wpg, Scheifele 27 (Ehlers, Burmistrov), 17:55 (pp). PenaltiesSchroeder, Min (high-sticking), 13:57; Scheifele, Wpg (hooking), 14:43; Niederreiter, Min (hooking), 16:05.

Second2, Wpg, Thorburn 6 (Halischuk), 12:37. PenaltiesZucker, Min (slashing), 5:23; Stuart, Wpg (roughing), 5:23.

Third3, Min, Granlund 13 (Koivu, Parise), 7:37. 4, Wpg, Copp 5 (Petan, Chiarot), 9:03. 5, Wpg, Stafford 21 (Trouba, Dano), 12:55 (pp). 6, Wpg, Wheeler 23 (Ehlers), 17:16 (en). PenaltiesWheeler, Wpg (goalie interference), 3:39; Suter, Min (high-stick), 11:49. SOGMin 7-15-7—29. Wpg 13-13-8—34. PPsMin 0-2; Wpg 2-3. GoaliesMin, Dubnyk 32-25-6 (33 shots-29 saves). Wpg, Pavelec 11-13-4 (29-28).

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild-card berths regardless of their division. Wild-card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

Islanders 93 5 37

Flyers 91 4 36

Bruins 90 3 37

West Pts GL ROW

x-Predators 92 3 35

Wild 87 2 35

Avalanche 82 3 35

x—clinched playoff spot

Bruins' loss hands Panthers a postseason spot 04/03/16 [Last modified: Sunday, April 3, 2016 11:33pm]
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