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April 9, 2013

Gagnon's first goal helps Jets beat Sabres

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


The Associated Press

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.

Stamkos snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal from the near post off a pass through the slot by Vincent Lecavalier with 5:04 to play.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Lecavalier.

Caps 3, Canadiens 2 

MONTREAL — Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal and Jack Hillen got his first as the Washington Capitals stretched their winning run to five games, 3-2 over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Lars Eller scored both goals for Montreal, which lost for only the second time in seven games. It was Montreal's first loss to a Southeast team (11-1-0) in 2013.

Islanders 4, Flyers 1

UNIONDALE — With a near capacity crowd at Nassau Coliseum chanting, "We want playoffs," the Islanders maintained their poise after Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and went on beat Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

The surging Islanders won for the seventh time in nine games and moved two points ahead of the idle Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia (17-19-3) is 12th in the East, five points behind the Rangers and the postseason cutoff.