DALLAS – Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu added goals to the one Columbus already had when the makeup game started, and the Blue Jackets clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
The Blue Jackets had a 1-0 lead when the puck dropped because that was the score March 10, the night the original game was postponed after Dallas forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench because of an irregular heartbeat.
The Blue Jackets set a franchise record with 42 wins, beating the previous mark from their only other playoff season in 2008-09.
Anisimov doubled the margin on an unassisted goal just 1:33 into the game. That was 71 seconds faster than the goal last month by Nathan Horton, who got credit for it even though he didn’t officially play because he missed the makeup game with a lower-body injury.
The Stars scored when they pulled goalie Tim Thomas for a 6-on-4 power play with 13 minutes left in the game. Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made a sprawling save before Trevor Daley punched in a rebound in a crowd in front of the net.
PENGUINS 4, RED WINGS 3, SO
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation and then got the game-winner in the shootout, lifting Pittsburgh past playoff-bound Detroit.
James Neal scored two power-play goals in regulation—his 25th and 26th of the season—for Pittsburgh, which got defenceman Kris Letang back for the first time since he suffered a stroke 10 weeks ago.
Tomas Jurco, Jakub Kindl and Riley Sheahan scored for the Red Wings, who are headed to the post-season for the 23rd straight time.
Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had 34 saves through overtime and stopped all three attempts in the shootout, including a spinning acrobatic glove save on Daniel Alfredsson to preserve the win.
BLACKHAWKS 3, CANADIENS 2, OT
CHICAGO (AP)—Patrick Sharp set up Marian Hossa’s tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then scored the game-winner 43 seconds into overtime to lift Chicago.
Jeremy Morin also scored in the Blackhawks’ fourth straight win overall, and their first in overtime this season after seven losses.
Sharp scored the winner on a shot from the slot that struck Montreal goalie Peter Budaj, rolled high off his equipment, ticked off the left post and landed in the net.
Hossa had tipped in Sharp’s feed from the right corner left to tie the game at 2 with 47.7 seconds left in the third period.
Dale Weise and Francis Bouillon scored for Montreal.
DUCKS 5, SHARKS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and Anaheim clinched its second straight Pacific Division title.
Corey Perry scored his 43rd goal as the Ducks finished off the second-place Sharks with a three-goal third period to earn the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history.
Matt Beleskey also scored for the Ducks as they pushed one point ahead of St. Louis for the overall lead in the Western Conference, although the Blues have a game in hand.
Jason Demers and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who have lost four of six down the stretch. Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 19 shots before getting pulled.
FLAMES 4, KINGS 3, SO
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Sean Monahan scored his 21st goal and then got the shootout winner as surging Calgary won its fourth straight.
T.J. Galiardi and Matt Stajan also scored in regulation for Calgary, which has won seven of its last 10.
Jarret Stoll, Anze Kopitar and Jordan King scored for playoff-bound Los Angeles, which is locked into third spot in the Pacific Division. The Kings are 1-3-1 in their last five.
Tied 1-1 in the shootout after three attempts with Marian Gaborik scoring for Los Angeles and Jiri Hudler for Calgary, Monahan sent a shot past Jonathan Quick for his fourth shootout winner of the season. He also scored for the fifth time in eight attempts in the shootout.
Karri Ramo, who finished with 41 saves through overtime, then clinched the victory with a stop on Mike Richards.