Everything seemed to be going in for the Kings in their 8-3 win over Vancouver Thursday night. Brown recorded a career high four points, including his second career hat trick, while five other Los Angeles players added two points each in the rout. Making his second straight start, Jonathan Bernier(notes) made 27 saves for his third win of the season. The Kings took a 5-0 lead midway through the second period and potted three more in the third period to add to Roberto Luongo's(notes) rough night. The Vancouver netminder was in net for all eight Kings' goals. Currently entangled in a tough stretch, Luongo has now lost five of his last seven starts.
Clemmensen and the Panthers helped the Boston Bruins squander an opportunity to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Keith Ballard's(notes) goal early in the first period and Clemmensen's 36 saves was enough for a 1-0 Panthers victory, snapping their four-game losing streak. Clemmensen won for the third time in his last four starts and recorded his fifth career shutout, two of which have come against Boston.
All Ottawa needed to clinch a playoff berth was a single point against Carolina. It was looking like they'd have to wait on it as the Hurricanes held a 3-2 lead with under a minute remaining. That was until the rookie defenseman tied things up on his second goal of the night with 7.7 seconds left to force overtime. Jason Spezza(notes) recorded three assists and scored the game-clinching goal in the shootout for a 4-3 Senators win. The red-hot Karlsson has tallied 10 points in his last six games for the Senators.
Honorable mention: Blake Comeau's(notes) two goals helped the New York Islanders end a 15-game losing streak to the Philadelphia Flyers in a 6-4 win. Sean Bergenheim(notes) scored a goal, added an assist and finished a plus-four along with Dylan Reese ... Flyers' rookie goaltender Jeremy Duchesne(notes) made his NHL debut replacing Brian Boucher(notes) in the second period ... Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) made 22 saves and Garnet Exelby(notes) scored his first goal in 154 games as Toronto beat Buffalo 4-2 and spoiled the Sabres' chance to extend their lead over Pittsburgh and New Jersey for second in the East ... Semyon Varlamov's(notes) 19 saves helped Washington beat Atlanta 2-1 and record their 50th win of the season. The Capitals have won all five meetings with the Thrashers this season ... After being named the NHL's 2nd Star of the Week, as well as the Rookie of the Month for March, Jimmy Howard(notes) stopped 20 Columbus shots in a 3-2 Detroit victory. Pavel Datsyuk(notes) and Tomas Holmstrom(notes) each contributed two points as Howard won his seventh straight start ... Patric Hornqvist(notes) had three assists including on Steve Sullivan's(notes) game winner six minutes into the third period as Nashville upended St. Louis 3-2.
Did you know? Nashville holds a 26-6-3 record against St. Louis since the 2005-06 season. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Brian Boucher was under siege by the Islanders, allowing five goals on 24 shots before being pulled in the second ... The losses by Boston and Philadelphia keep things at the bottom of the East's playoff picture in a deadlock at 82 points ... Two scary moments in the Vancouver/Los Angeles game. First, Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows took a slap shot to the upper body and left the ice immediately and did not return. Then, Tanner Glass' boarding of Jeff Halpern caused the Kings forward to miss the rest of the game ... Colby Armstrong(notes) laid another in a long line of questionable hits on Mathieu Perreault(notes) of the Capitals. The Thrashers forward was not penalized for the blow to the head, but was sent to the box after his post-whistle scrum with Shaone Morrisonn(notes):