Wed Apr 07 02:35am EDT
For the second time in three nights the Avalanche won a critical game in overtime and for the second time it was Stastny who scored Colorado's final goal in regulation. Tuesday he finished a 2-on-1 with Chris Stewart(notes) by making a quick skate-to-stick move and sliding the puck past Roberto Luongo(notes) for a 3-2 lead. In the first period Stastny had crashed the net and pressured Luongo into knocking the puck over his own goal line with the knob of his stick. Colorado's 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver coupled with Calgary's loss to San Jose wrapped up a playoff spot for the Avs, a team most had pegged as a Western Conference also-ran when the puck dropped in October.
The first blow in the combination that knocked the Flames from playoff contention was landed by Nabokov and the Sharks. San Jose had seen 2-0 leads evaporate in each of its previous two games (one win, one OTL), but Nabokov wasn't having it Tuesday, stopping 14 of the 15 shots he faced in the third period of a 2-1 San Jose victory over Calgary. The Sharks clinched their fifth Pacific Division title in eight years and remained two points ahead of the Blackhawks atop the Western Conference, though Chicago has one game in hand.
Semin made Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski(notes) look silly (video) in scoring Washington's first goal in an eventual 6-3 thumping of Pittsburgh. Semin, who added an assist, is now just one goal shy of his first 40-goal campaign.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Alfredsson(notes) picked up an assist in career game No. 1,000, a 5-2 Ottawa win over the Panthers. … Brian Boucher(notes) made 23 saves, including the second-best stop of the night (video), in recording career win No. 100 and shutout No. 17. … Martin Brodeur(notes) milestones usually make headlines, but if Tuesday's shutout was no big deal to Marty, then we're OK with tucking it in the footnotes. New Jersey's 3-0 win over Atlanta was career win No. 600 and shutout No. 110 for Brodeur. … Sean Bergenheim(notes) had a goal and two assists as the Islanders denied the Canadiens a postseason reservation with a 4-3 shootout win. … Drayson Bowman(notes) scored his first two NHL goals and Eric Staal(notes) had a four-point night as Carolina swamped the Lightning 8-5. … Chicago beat Dallas 5-2 to tie a franchise record with 107 points. … Justin Williams(notes) scored a goal and assisted on the game-tying tally as the Kings rallied from 4-1 down late in the second period to beat the Ducks 5-4 in a shootout. … Ryan Miller(notes) thwarted a 4-on-1 to turn the momentum in Buffalo's 5-2 win over the Rangers. The Sabres clinched the Northeast while the ninth-place Rangers were left to wonder what could have been had Miller not intervened on this Marian Gaborik(notes) shot …
Did You Know?: Daniel Alfredsson is the fourth player to reach the 1,000-game milestone at Florida's BankAtlantic Center this season. Jarome Iginla(notes), Bryan McCabe(notes) and Radek Dvorak(notes) also reached quadruple figures this season.
Bonus Question: Does Alfie get a Hall call?
Dishonorable Mention: When learning that a Florida defenseman had batted a puck out of the air and into his own net, did anyone out there really have to watch the video to know who was responsible? The perpetrator was a minus-3 in the 5-2 loss. … The supposedly desperate Thrashers put only two shots on net in the third period and were eliminated from playoff contention in the loss to the Devils. … Goalies Henrik Lundqvist(notes) (three goals on 16 shots) and Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) (three on 12) both earned early exists in high-profile games. … The Penguins are now winless in 12 games against the top two teams in each conference. … The Maple Leafs went 0-for-6 on the power play, running their drought to 30 chances. Coach Ron Wilson told reporters that the team's man-advantage attack has been "god awful a good part of the season."