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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, goes airborne after he was tripped up by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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First Published Mar 30 2014 10:43 am • Last Updated Mar 30 2014 11:37 pm

BRUINS 4, CAPITALS 2

WASHINGTON • Carl Soderberg and Jarome Iginla scored 41 seconds apart in the second period to break open a close game, and the Boston Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title Saturday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

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Iginla scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark, and Patrice Bergeron added a goal as the Bruins won for the 14th time in 15 games. Chad Johnson made 31 saves, and he and Tuukka Rask have combined to allow only 13 goals over 11 games.

Jason Chimera and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, and Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots for the Capitals, who were down 3-0 before they could find any traction against the possession-minded Bruins.

AVALANCHE 3, SHARKS 2

DENVER • Semyon Varlamov had a season-high 47 saves and Colorado clinched its first playoff berth in four years by beating San Jose.

Center John Mitchell had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who moved past Chicago into second place in the Central Division with 100 points in what might have been a costly victory.

Center Matt Duchene injured his knee injury on the opening shift Saturday when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn near the Sharks’ blue line. He fell to the ice and then gingerly skated to the bench.

Mitchell moved up to center Colorado’s top line, and came through with a big power-play goal to give Colorado a 3-1 lead at 6:32 of the second period.


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DUCKS 5, CANUCKS 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia • Corey Perry and Saku Koivu each had a goal and an assist and Frederik Andersen made 31 saves to help Anaheim defeat Vancouver.

Luca Sbisa, Matt Beleskey and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Anaheim, while Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik added two assists as the Ducks moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

Brad Richardson scored for Vancouver, which remained five points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Eddie Lack made 16 saves.

WILD 3, COYOTES 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. • Zach Parise scored two of Minnesota’s three third-period goals and the Wild rallied to beat Phoenix in a game with playoff implications.

Phoenix nursed a 1-0 through two periods on Mikkel Boedker’s early power-play goal, but the Coyotes went 24:28 without a shot.

Parise tied it from the top of the circle off a face off 8:03 into the final period, then Jared Spurgeon scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle with 7:03 to play and Parise added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Wild pulled three points ahead of Phoenix for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are just a point ahead of Dallas for the No. 8 spot.

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