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Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno, right, tries to get a shot past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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First Published Apr 04 2014 09:30 am • Last Updated Apr 05 2014 05:26 pm

SHARKS 2, KINGS 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. • Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored second-period goals and the San Jose Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night.

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Antti Niemi made 26 saves and the Sharks overcame a first-period deficit to move within a point of Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks still have two games in hand and the inside track on the top spot.

Jordan Nolan scored the lone goal for the Kings, who had their eight-game road losing streak snapped by their first loss away from home since Jan. 28 in Phoenix. Martin Jones made 19 saves as starter Jonathan Quick got rest a night after shutting out the Coyotes to clinch a playoff berth.

The Kings are locked into third place in the division after the loss. Of more immediate concern was an upper-body injury that knocked star defenseman Drew Doughty out midway through the first period. Doughty appeared to hurt his left shoulder while checking Tyler Kennedy.

BLUES 2, SABRES 1

ST. LOUIS • Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots, and the Blues set a franchise record with their 52nd victory.

Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow scored as St. Louis improved to 14-2-0 in their last 16 games against Buffalo. The previous record for wins in a season belonged to the 1999-2000 Blues, who won 51 games on their way to their last Presidents’ Trophy.

Elliott improved to 18-5-2 overall and 10-1 at home this season. He was coming off a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh when he had 33 stops.


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St. Louis (52-17-7) also moved into a tie with Boston for the most points in the league with 111. The Bruins lost 4-3 to Toronto in overtime.

Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson scored a power-play goal at 19:04 of the third period.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3, OT

TORONTO • Nazem Kadri scored 2:51 into overtime, giving Toronto the win.

Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 26 and March 1. Chad Johnson made 27 saves.

Bergeron tied it at 12:51 of the third against backup goalie James Reimer, after Lucic scored 5:03 into the final period.

Paul Ranger, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto, which finished the game without goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

It remains to be seen how severe Bernier’s injury is. He left 7:22 into the third period after Ranger pushed Patrice Bergeron into him.

AVALANCHE 3, RANGERS 2

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