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Lundqvist rusty in return, Rangers lose

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BOSTON (AP) If the Boston Bruins want an example of what's needed in the final few games to make the playoffs, they can simply watch a replay of the first period against the New York Rangers.

Milan Lucic scored twice in the first 10 minutes, Carl Soderberg also scored in the first period, and the Bruins spoiled New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return after a long layoff with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers.

The Bruins moved ahead 1-0 less than 2 minutes into the game when a rebound caromed into the net off Lucic's right skate. It was originally waved off, but counted after a replay review. The Bruins went on to build a 3-0 lead after one.


Pens win, Letang hospitalized after hit

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins struggled the past two weeks while playing without two of their leading scorers.

The Penguins took a step in the right direction on Saturday, welcoming Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist back to the lineup, but they later lost star defenseman Kris Letang on a scary hit that required a trip to the hospital.


Predators clinch playoff spot, down Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) Filip Forsberg projected as a future star for the Capitals before he was traded to the Predators in 2013. Nashville's Calder Trophy candidate came up big in his first time playing in Washington.

Forsberg scored during a three-goal first period and had two assists as the Predators became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday.


Habs beat Panthers, lock up playoff spot

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens are heading to the playoffs, and they're hardly satisfied.

Their sights are already set on the next big objective: finishing first in the Eastern Conference.


Wild win fifth straight, end Kings' run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Devan Dubnyk still isn't asking for a rest. Not even after 35 consecutive starts, including 34 with the Minnesota Wild.

Dubnyk made 31 saves and Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu each scored two goals to lead the Wild to their fifth-straight victory, 4-1 over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.


Ducks edge Isles to earn playoff berth

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks had no idea their latest win put them into the Stanley Cup playoffs. They were just happy they have turned things around on their long Eastern trip.

Frederik Andersen made 29 saves, and the NHL-leading Ducks used a two-goal second period to beat the struggling New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday.


Wings' Mrazek blanks Tampa, Datsyuk back

DETROIT (AP) Petr Mrazek was Detroit's starter in goal Saturday and did nothing to lose that role.

Now coach Mike Babcock is ready to play him again.


Klingberg lifts Stars past Canucks in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) John Klingberg scored 4:13 into overtime as the Dallas Stars edged the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Saturday night.

Jamie Benn, Patrick Eaves, and Tyler Seguin scored in regulation for the Stars, while Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves.


Leafs rally, Sens suffer setback in hunt

TORONTO (AP) The best game of Tyler Bozak's career sent the Ottawa Senators to a tough loss.

Bozak recorded his first career hat trick - scoring all three goals in the third period - and assisted on Eric Brewer's winner in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs won 4-3 on Saturday night.


Jackets top Blues for sixth straight win

ST. LOUIS (AP) The streaking Columbus Blue Jackets keep finding ways to win against the top teams of the Western Conference.

After defeating Anaheim on Tuesday and then Chicago on Friday, the Blue Jackets got goals from William Karlsson, Jack Johnson, Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday night.

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