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NHL: Maple Leafs snap eight-game losing streak to keep slim playoff hopes alive
First Published Apr 01 2014 11:28 pm • Last Updated Apr 02 2014 06:21 pm

Toronto • Toronto snapped an eight-game losing streak to remain in the playoff chase, beating Calgary 3-2 Tuesday night.

Jay McClement, Dave Bolland and David Clarkson scored for the Maple Leafs, who got 20 saves from Jonathan Bernier in his first victory since March 10.

At a glance

NHL standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

y-Boston 75 52 17 6 110 241 158

x-Tampa Bay 76 42 25 9 93 226 202

x-Montreal 77 43 27 7 93 200 192

Detroit 75 35 26 14 84 202 213

Toronto 77 37 32 8 82 223 241

Ottawa 75 32 29 14 78 218 250

Florida 77 27 42 8 62 184 254

Buffalo 75 21 45 9 51 145 224

Metropolitan Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Pittsburgh 76 48 23 5 101 233 189

N.Y. Rangers 76 42 30 4 88 205 183

Philadelphia 75 39 27 9 87 213 211

Columbus 75 38 30 7 83 210 203

Washington 76 34 29 13 81 217 231

New Jersey 76 32 28 16 80 186 198

Carolina 76 33 32 11 77 191 211

N.Y. Islanders 75 30 35 10 70 210 249

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-St. Louis 75 51 17 7 109 241 168

x-Colorado 75 48 21 6 102 230 204

x-Chicago 76 42 19 15 99 248 200

Minnesota 76 39 26 11 89 189 191

Dallas 75 37 27 11 85 219 212

Nashville 76 33 32 11 77 190 229

Winnipeg 76 33 33 10 76 212 225

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Anaheim 75 49 18 8 106 244 191

x-San Jose 76 47 20 9 103 232 184

Los Angeles 76 44 26 6 94 191 162

Phoenix 75 36 27 12 84 206 212

Vancouver 76 34 31 11 79 184 206

Calgary 76 31 38 7 69 194 226

Edmonton 75 26 40 9 61 184 249

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

x-clinched playoff spot; -clinched division

Tuesday’s Games

Buffalo 3, New Jersey 2, SO

St. Louis 1, Philadelphia 0, SO

Toronto 3, Calgary 2

N.Y. Islanders 4, Florida 2

Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1

Dallas 5, Washington 0

Colorado 3, Columbus 2, OT

Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1

N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver, late

Winnipeg at Phoenix, late

Edmonton at San Jose, late

Wednesday’s Games

N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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The two points were the first Toronto picked up since beating Los Angeles on March 13. It put the Leafs at 82 points, still behind Detroit (84) and Columbus (83) in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

Matt Stajan and Kris Russell scored for Calgary, which lost for the third time in four games and is not in playoff contention in the West. Like Bernier, Karri Ramo made 20 saves.

The Leafs (37-32-8) might need to sweep their final five games and get help to make the playoffs after such a debilitating losing streak.

Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT) • In Columbus, Ohio, Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime to help the Avalanche extend their winning streak to four.

Rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon, centering the top line with Matt Duchene expected to miss a month with a knee injury, assisted on both of Landeskog’s scores.

Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1 • In Pittsburgh, rookie Elias Lindholm scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and Carolina denied listless Pittsburgh a chance to wrap up the Metropolitan Division title.

Eric Staal and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina while Jeff Skinner added two assists. Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots as the Hurricanes avoided being swept.




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