Penguins reach the playoffs in NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinch an NHL playoff spot following a nervous 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    The Penguins are now at 99 points, moving closer to clinching the Metropolitan Division title [AFP]
    The Penguins are now at 99 points, moving closer to clinching the Metropolitan Division title [AFP]

    Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals midway through the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched an NHL playoff spot with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal for Columbus with 3:06 minutes left, but Pittsburgh hung on as Fleury made huge saves on Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson during a scrum in the final seconds.

    "We're fighting for every inch we can get right now," coach Dan Bylsma said after his team ended a string of three regulation defeats.

    "Tonight, this was exactly what we've talked about and wanted from this game. It was a playoff-type game, with playoff-type intensity."

    Curtis McElhinney, taking the place of the ill Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped the first 28 Penguins shots before Kunitz notched his 34th with 9:25 minutes left.

    The Penguins are now at 99 points, moving closer to clinching the Metropolitan Division title.

    Ducks miss out

    The Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to move into a tie with San Jose for first in the Pacific Division, falling to the last-place Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime.

    Andrew Ference scored in overtime and Ben Scrivens stopped 48 shots for Edmonton, which ended a three-game skid.

    The Ducks remain one win short of tying their club record of 48 wins in a season, set in 2006-07 when they won the Stanley Cup.

    The Dallas Stars had seven different players score goals in their 7-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.

    After Nashville pulled within 5-3 in the third period on Eric Nystrom's goal, Valeri Nichushkin and Cody Eakin scored nine seconds apart to give the Stars a four-goal cushion.

    Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Flyers topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2, the Calgary Flames ended New York's winning streak at five games, beating the Rangers 4-3, and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.