Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks lock up their fifth straight Northwest Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
Jannik Hansen and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who won their eighth in a row at home and are guaranteed of home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Henrik Sedin added two assists and Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the Canucks, who have put some distance between themselves and slumping Minnesota in the past few weeks.
Daniel Carcillo scored for Chicago, who trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second.
Cory Crawford made 29 saves as the NHL-leading Blackhawks made clinching first place overall a bit more difficult with a second straight loss.
The Blackhawks are trying to win their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1991, when Mike Keenan was coach. Chicago have 73 points with three games remaining, while Pittsburgh have 70 with three games also left on their schedule.
DUCKS 3, OILERS 0
In Edmonton, Alberta, Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Anaheim beat Edmonton to clinch the Pacific Division title.
Ryan Getzlaf, Radek Dvorak and Sami Vatanen scored for the Ducks, who won back-to-back games in Edmonton to win their first division title since 2006-2007 — the season they went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Oilers have lost eight of their past nine games and seem destined for yet another high draft pick in the off-season.
Anaheim officially eliminated the Oilers from contention on Sunday, making them the team with the longest active post-season drought at seven consecutive seasons.
PENGUINS 3, SENATORS 1
In Ottawa, Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves, while Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and an assist to lead Pittsburgh to their seventh straight victory with a win over Ottawa.
Jarome Iginla and Tyler Kennedy also scored, while Brenden Morrow had two assists for the Penguins, who have already clinched first place in the Eastern Conference.
Craig Anderson stopped 21 shots and Patrick Wiercioch scored for the Senators, who did not get any help when Winnipeg beat Buffalo 2-1.
The Jets now trail the Senators and the New York Rangers by just a single point for the final playoff spot in the conference. Both the seventh-placed Rangers and the eighth-placed Senators have a game in hand on Winnipeg.
JETS 2, SABRES 1
In Buffalo, New York, Antti Miettinen scored with 7 minutes, 36 seconds left to keep surging Winnipeg in the playoff race with a win over Buffalo.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots, including a huge glove save on Thomas Vanek with 5:45 left, to preserve the victory.
The Winnipeg Jets improved 6-0-1 in their past seven games and moved within a point of the idle New York Rangers, who hold the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.
The Jets also crept within a point of Southeast Division-leading Washington, setting up a critical showdown yesterday, when the Winnipeg Jets traveled to play the Capitals.
Aaron Gagnon also scored for Winnipeg, while Vanek scored the lone goal for Buffalo.
RED WINGS 4, COYOTES 0
In Detroit, Michigan, Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help Detroit beat Phoenix for two desperately needed points in the Red Wings’ push to make the playoffs.
The Wings moved within a point of eighth-placed Columbus in the Western Conference and are hoping to finish their final three games of the regular season strong enough to extend the franchise’s post-season streak to 22 years.
Damien Brunner scored late in the first period and Valtteri Filppula had a power-play goal late in the second for Detroit, who had won only one of their previous six games.
The Coyotes are five points behind the Blue Jackets and on the brink of elimination.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on