Senators beat Bruins 2-1 in shootout to pull ahead in chase

Pressure on Maple Leafs going into final weekend of season

Senators beat Bruins 2-1 in shootout to pull ahead in chase

Boston opens a series Wednesday in Ottawa still seeking its first win over the Senators this season.

The Bruins conclude their regular season Saturday against Washington. The Maple Leafs need one point to pass Boston and finish third in the Atlantic, which would make the Bruins a wild-card team and send them to Washington.

Ottawa loses their final two games in regulation, Boston loses their final game in overtime or a shoot-out, and Toronto gains at least three points in their final two games.

Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, Derick Brassard - all solid, if unspectacular, forwards who lead the Senators' well balanced attack.

Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored for Pittsburgh.

NEWARK, N.J. - Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves, Anders Lee scored twice and NY kept its playoff hopes alive. Now they wait to find out who their opponent will be. Alternatively, they could qualify if Tampa Bay lost to Toronto and the New York Islanders lost to Carolina.

Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots for Boston, which went 0-4 against Ottawa this season.

Having said that, there was no way the Bruins were going to beat Washington in a 7-game series.

Washington has already clinched home ice throughout the playoffs.

"Charlie's a guy up to this point that has had no problem in the limelight, the big games". Columbus is 3-5-2 in its last 10 games.

Seth Jones and Boone Jenner scored for Columbus.

Its the first time in team history the Senators have faced Boston in the playoffs. Chara has six goals and 12 assists in his last 28 games, with a +22 rating during that stretch.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots for the Rangers, who have lost back-to-back games.

Tyson Jost scored his first National Hockey League goal, and Matt Nieto, Francois Beauchemin also contributed goals during the home finale for the Avalanche. He is 6-1-0 since being recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on March 23. But Minnesota challenged the play claiming goaltender interference, and after another review, the tying goal was negated.

"We've kept working and trying to build our game for the playoffs", said Johansson, whose Capitals have won the Presidents" Trophy for the second straight year. They would've been extremely fortunate to win two games, never mind four. And maybe playing without Anderson forced everyone to tighten up defensively, because by the middle of February, this was no longer the loosey-goosey bunch that allowed Auston Matthews to score four goals on opening night.

LOS ANGELES - Drew Doughty scored 27 seconds into overtime, leading Los Angeles over Chicago.

Gillies had been called up on an emergency basis from the club's AHL affiliate in Stockton, California, after backup Chad Johnson suffered a lower-body injury against Anaheim on Tuesday. The Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames are are all in with none of the Pacific Division matchups set yet.

And the Caps, who have won three straight and nine of their last 10, will face a team missing two of its most important offensive players as the Bruins will be without the suspended Brad Marchand and Torey Krug, their most mobile and offensive defenseman.

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