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Preview: Blackhawks at Predators

The Chicago Blackhawks are still waiting to see who their first-round playoff opponent will be as they prepare to visit the Nashville Predators in their regular-season finale. The Blackhawks had the look of a team with nothing on the line Friday night, turning in a lackluster performance in a 4-0 loss at Washington that snapped a four-game winning streak. The Blackhawks have lost three of four meetings to the Predators this season, including a 7-2 drubbing in Nashville on Nov. 16.

Preview: Sharks at Coyotes

The San Jose Sharks conclude their regular season when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday in a tuneup for the postseason. San Jose, which will face Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs, prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division by posting a 5-1 triumph on Friday. Martin Havlat recorded a natural hat trick in a 9:38 span in the third period and Patrick Marleau added a goal and an assist as the Sharks snapped their two-game slide.

Preview: Canucks at Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers say goodbye to "Captain Canada" when they wrap up the regular season against the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Ryan Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 and spent 14 1/2 of his 19 NHL seasons in Edmonton, on Friday announced his retirement following the contest against Vancouver. The 38-year-old is the Oilers' all-time leader in overtime goals (five) and needs one power-play tally to surpass Glenn Anderson (126) for sole possession of first place on the club list.

Preview: Sabres at Bruins

The NHL's best and worst teams meet at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon as the Boston Bruins look to secure the second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history should they defeat the reeling Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins last finished a season with the most points in 1989-90 but have stumbled to four losses in their last five games. One could understand if the Sabres don't shed a tear for Boston's plight, as the cellar-dwelling club has lost five in a row and 16 of its last 18 (2-15-1).

NHL: Results and standings

National Hockey League results and standings after Friday's games: Dallas 3, St. Louis 0 Detroit 1, Carolina 2 Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 2 New Jersey 2, NY Islanders 3 (SO) San Jose 5, Colorado 1 Calgary 3, Winnipeg 5 Washington 4, Chicago 0 Standings (pl w l ot gf ga pts) Eastern Conference Atlantic Division 1. Boston 53 18 9 255 173115 2. Tampa Bay 45 27 9 239 215 99 3. Montréal 45 28 8 214 204 98 4. Detroit 38 28 15 219 230 91 5. Ottawa 35 31 14 232 263 84

Capitals 4, Blackhawks 0

(Updated: ADDING: dropped word in Para 1.) Capitals 4, Blackhawks 0: Jay Beagle scored twice to record his first career multi-goal performance and Jaroslav Halak stopped all 34 shots he faced as host Washington breezed to its fourth consecutive victory.

Sharks end Avalanche's streak

Sharks end Avalanche's streak SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Colorado Avalanche lost for the first time in 10 games on Friday, but still have fate in their own hands. A 5-1 setback to the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks didn't hurt the Avs because the rival St. Louis Blues continued their freefall with a fifth straight loss on Friday. Regardless what the Blues do Sunday against Detroit, Colorado can still win the Central Division with a win at Anaheim.

Jets 5, Flames 3

Jets 5, Flames 3: Defenseman Paul Postma snapped a tie midway through the third period with his first goal of the season as visiting Winnipeg halted Calgary's four-game winning streak.

Stars clinch playoff berth with win over Blues

Stars clinch playoff berth with win over Blues DALLAS -- Since Trevor Daley is the longest-tenured player on Dallas and the only player remaining from the last time the Stars made the playoffs, it seemed appropriate that he was front and center with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues on Friday to clinch their first playoff spot in six years.

Islanders win shootout against Devils, Brodeu

Islanders win shootout against Devils, Brodeur NEWARK, N.J. -- It was the same old story for the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, although the final chapter in the career of goaltender Martin Brodeur could still take place Sunday afternoon. The New York Islanders went 3-for-3 in the shootout to emerge with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in a battle between teams with no chance of reaching the postseason.
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