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NHL Report / Scores and fast facts

Saturday's games

New Jersey 4, Ottawa 2: Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, Stephen Gionta broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal and the Devils closed the regular season on a six-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 2: Evgeni Malkin's 50th goal of the season for the Penguins sewed up the Art Ross trophy as the league's top scorer and likely inched him to his first Hart Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player.

Calgary 5, Anaheim 2: The Flames' Akim Aliu, a 22-year-old born in Nigeria, scored his first two career NHL goals.

Montreal 4, Toronto 1: Tomas Plekanec scored a rare short-handed goal with the Canadiens down two players. Brad Staubitz's goal into an empty net with 1:58 to play was his first point in 62 games this season for Montreal.

Tampa Bay 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT): Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal of the season and Teddy Purcell had a hat trick -- including the overtime winner.

Columbus 7, N.Y. Islanders 3: Cam Atkinson scored two goals -- giving him five in five periods -- to lead the Blue Jackets. Rick Nash opened the scoring in what could be his final game for the Blue Jackets. He has asked for a trade and management has said it will try to deal him this summer.

Phoenix 4, Minnesota 1: Taylor Pyatt scored two goals and Mike Smith made 23 saves to help the Coyotes clinch the first Pacific Division championship in franchise history.

St. Louis 3, Dallas 2: Alex Steen and David Perron scored power-play goals and Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots.

Nashville 6, Colorado 1: Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots before leaving in the final period after a collision.

Edmonton at Vancouver: Cory Schneider has prompted chatter of a possible goaltending controversy for the Canucks by going 13-3-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average since Christmas.

Los Angeles at San Jose: Joe Thornton has been a major cog in the Sharks' three-game winning streak, scoring twice and adding three assists.


Around the rinks

AHL: Rochester 3, Hamilton 1: Phil Varone and Evan Rankin scored in the third period for the Americans.


On the Web

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Compiled from News and wire service reports.