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April, 26, 2013
4/26/13
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The Rangers and Senators clinched postseason berths on Thursday, completing the octet of Eastern Conference playoff teams, though all the seeds have not yet been decided. In the Western Conference, two berths remain up for grabs among three teams, including the seventh-place Red Wings, who won on Thursday and have the NHL’s longest active streak of playoff appearances at 21.

Senators 2, Capitals 1 (OT)
* Senators clinch playoff berth for 2nd straight season
* Sergei Gonchar (OTT): scored 47 seconds into OT
* Erik Karlsson (OTT): returned from torn Achilles tendon with 2 assists
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): NHL-leading 32nd goal
FROM ELIAS: Alex Ovechkin has 371 career goals in 600 games, the most goals that any active player has scored in his first 600 NHL games and eighth-most all-time. (Wayne Gretzky, of course, holds the record: 526 goals.) Four other active players scored at least 300 goals in their first 600 games: Teemu Selanne (357), Ilya Kovalchuk (329), Jaromir Jagr (306) and Dany Heatley (304).

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3 (F/OT)
* Rangers: clinch playoff berth for 3rd straight season
* Rangers: 4-1-0 in last 5 games
* Ryan Callahan (NYR): Goal (15); game-winning goal in OT, 4th game-winning goal this season
* Jared/Eric/Jordan Staal (CAR): 1st 3 brothers to play in same game for same team sine 1985

Canadiens 4, Jets 2
* Jets: eliminated from playoff contention
* David Desharnais (MTL): 2 goals (10, 11); went previous 10 games without a goal
* Canadiens: 61 points, tied with Bruins for Northeast division lead (Bruins have tiebreaker)
* Canadiens: 1st win in last 4 road games

Red Wings 5, Predators 2
* 7th in Western Conference with 1 game left
* Pavel Datsyuk (DET): goal, 2 assists (5 points in last 2 games)
* Red Wings: 3-1-0 vs Predators this season
* Predators: winless in last 9 ROAD games

Longest Active Postseason Streaks
Last Missed
Red Wings 21 1989-90
Sharks 9<< 2002-03
Penguins 7<< 2005-06
Bruins 6<< 2006-07
Capitals 6<< 2006-07
>>Includes this season

Blue Jackets 3, Stars 1
* Blue Jackets: 53 points, tied on points with Wild for 8 seed in West (Wild own tiebreaker)
* Stars: eliminated from playoffs; 0-3-1 in last 4 games
* Blue Jackets: 7-1-0 in last 8 games, outscoring opponents 26-14
* Cam Atkinson (CBJ): 2 goals (7, 8); 4th multi-goal game of career

Devils 3, Penguins 2
* Devils: 4-1-0 in last 5 games, won 3 straight home games
* Devils: 3-7 on power play in last 2 games (1-3 vs Penguins)
* Ilya Kovalchuk (NJD): Goal (11); 1st goal in last 9 games
* Penguins: locked into top seed in East

Flyers 2, Islanders 1
* Flyers: won 3 straight games
* Islanders: 1st regulation loss in 12 games (8-1-3 in those games)
* John Tavares (NYI): 29th goal this season (2nd most in NHL, behind Alex Ovechkin)

Bruins 2, Lightning 0
* Bruins: Tuukka Rask recorded 5th shutout of the season (15th career)
* Bruins: remain No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference
* Bruins: 2-4-1 in last 7 games

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