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April 9, 2013

Gagnon's first goal helps Jets beat Sabres

Buffalo loses in Winnipeg, 4-1, Tuesday night.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba —  

Aaron Gagnon scored his first NHL goal Tuesday night to help the Winnipeg Jets earn a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Gagnon was playing in just his third game since he was called up from the AHL.

Kyle Wellwood, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler had Winnipeg's other goals.

Kevin Porter had the only goal for the Sabres in the third period, spoiling what could have been Ondrej Pavelec's first shutout of the season. Porter's shot glanced off Wheeler.

Pavelec finished with 29 saves.

It was the second win in a row for the Jets during a six-game homestand they pretty well need to sweep to have a chance of making the playoffs. They trail Washington by two points in the Southeast Division.

Penguins  5, Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Penguins work pretty fast these days — when they are turning a deficit into a lead, and when they are wrapping up a division.

Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored 13 seconds apart in the third period, and the Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title by beating the free-falling Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Brenden Morrow scored his first goal with Pittsburgh, the first team in the NHL to claim a division crown in this shortened season.

Blues 1, Predators 0 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brian Elliott made 15 saves and Alex Steen scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

The Blues extended their winning streak to a season-long five games. The fading Predators have dropped four straight and seven of their last eight.

Elliott was relatively untested en route to his second consecutive shutout. He made four saves in the first, six in the second and five in the third. Elliott has 20 career shutouts.

Lightning 3, Senators 2

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored his 26th goal of the season in the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night.

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