National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkMarch 31, 2014 

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, on Monday. Hemsky, Ottawa's second shooter, patiently skated up the slot and wristed a shot off the post and past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward. Senators netminder Craig Anderson turned aside Jeff Skinner and gloved Elias Lindholm's offering to ensure Ottawa's third straight win. Mika Zibanejad scored for Ottawa in regulation and Anderson stopped 30-of-31 Carolina shots in the win. Jeff Skinner extended his goal streak to four straight games while Ward made 28 saves for the Hurricanes, who have dropped three of their last four.

Final Score: New Jersey 6, Florida 3

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Travis Zajac had his first career hat trick and added an assist, as the New Jersey Devils continued their playoff push with a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Jaromir Jagr gave a goal and three assists while Ryane Clowe had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who had dropped three of four but now have 79 points and are three behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Clowe was forced to leave the game late in the second period after taking a hard hit from Quinton Howden. Clowe missed 32 games this season with a concussion. Martin Brodeur started in net, but was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals on nine shots. He did get the win, though, thanks to Cory Schneider stopping all 13 shots he faced in relief. Dmitry Kulikov, Brad Boyes and Brandon Pirri had the goals for the Panthers, who have lost six of their last seven. Dan Ellis was tagged for all six goals on 32 shots.

Final Score: Anaheim 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT)

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - It was quite the night for the Anaheim Ducks. Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime to cap off the greatest comeback in franchise history, as the Ducks scored five straight goals to beat the Winnipeg Jets, 5-4, on Monday. Robidas' slap shot from the high slot beat Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, and the Ducks (49-18-8) set a new franchise record for victories in a season. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which sits three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division. Nick Bonino, Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry also lit the lamp. Frederik Andersen stopped 33-of-37 shots for the Ducks, who have won four of five. Jacob Trouba, Matt Halischuk, Blake Wheeler and Eric Tangradi scored for the Jets, who fell to 1-2-1 on a five-game road trip. Pavelec turned aside 31-of-36 shots. The Ducks had never come back from more than a three-goal deficit until Monday night, when they fell behind 4-0.

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Los Angeles 2

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mikko Koivu scored the winner early in the third period as the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Koivu and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist and Matt Moulson also scored for the Wild, who have won their past two after dropping six of eight. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 shots in the win. With 89 points, Minnesota has a comfortable five-point lead over Phoenix for the top wild card spot in the Western Conference. Justin Williams had a goal and an assist and Alec Martinez added a marker for the Kings, who had a six-game winning streak broken, but finished March with a mark of 11-4-0. Jonathan Quick allowed all three goals on 20 shots. Los Angeles is sitting in third place in the Pacific Division with 94 points.

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