NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 18: (L-R) Marcus Johansson #90, Alex Ovechkin #8 and Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals celebrate Knubles second goal of the game at 11:24 of the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 18, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. The Capitals defeated the Devils 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Alex Ovechkin's 300th Goal Helps Caps To Another Southeast Title

Alex Ovechkin scored his 300th career goal to boost the Caps to a win and another Southeast Division title. Elsewhere, Dallas stayed alive and Montreal clinched.

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Capitals Vs. Maple Leafs: Alex Ovechkin's 300th Goal Helps Washington Clinch Southeast

Believe it or not, there was a lengthy period this year where it seemed like the Washington Capitals might lose the Southeast Division, but after Tuesday night's win in Toronto, the Caps look destined for the spot they're very, very familiar with. For the fourth season in a row, they're the best the Southeast has to offer. 

Alex Ovechkin scored the 300th goal of his career in the second period to tie the game, and John Erskine score with about eight minutes left in the third to tie the game yet again before Mike Knuble scored the lone goal in the shootout to solidify the two points.

The win, coupled with Philadelphia's loss in Ottawa, also boosted the Capitals into the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Their magic number to win that spot is now at three points, and with two games left, it'll be up to the Caps to hold on to that position. 

On the flip side, the Leafs failed to earn two points, which officially, finally ended their slim playoff hopes. By the time overtime came along, they probably already knew their fate thanks to Buffalo's win over Tampa Bay, but no matter which way it's cut, the Leafs aren't playoff bound -- again.


Blackhawks Vs. Canadiens: P.K. Subban Draws Penalty, Scores OT Winner On Power Play As Habs Clinch

While the Caps have won their division for four straight seasons, the team that eliminated them from the playoffs a year ago is headed to the postseason for the fourth straight year.

The Montreal Canadiens officially clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday night thanks to an overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Rookie defenseman P.K. Subban drew a penalty in the extra session and then scored the game-winning goal on that power play to lift the Habs to victory -- and back to the postseason.

Did Subban dive on the play, which sent Jonathan Toews to the box? Some will say yes, some will say no. Others, like those at SB Nation's Second City Hockey, will tell you it doesn't matter.

The point is that the Hawks themselves are the ones who left them here. It is their fault that they can be defied by a flawless goalie performance that could cost them a point that could turn out to be fatal. It is their fault that we are praying that Colorado or Edmonton or an uncaring Vancouver or an already-given up Minnesota can do us a favor. No one else did it. And you can look everyone and apportion blame to them.    

With Dallas' win later in the evening, that single point could certainly become fatal indeed. With two games remaining in the regular season, the Stars sit just two points back of both No. 7 Anaheim and No. 8 Chicago. Tight quarters, to be sure.


Blue Jackets Vs. Stars: Dallas Stays Alive With Shutout Win Over Columbus

Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves on Tuesday night to stop the Columbus Blue Jackets in their tracks, and as a result, the Dallas Stars are still feeling good about their playoff hopes on this Wednesday morning. Dallas essentially needs every point at this stage of the game, and with the win, they moved within two points of the final playoff spot in the West. With three games left, their tragic number stands at five points.

How'd they get the win? Well, beyond Lehtonen's goose egg, Steve Ott's goal five minutes into the game wound up as the game-winner. Loui Eriksson and Brenden Morrow each scored empty netters in the final minute, because hey, Columbus, what's the difference between a 2-0 loss and a 3-0 loss when you've dropped 17 of your last 20?

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Sabres 4, Lightning 2: Tampa's hopes of home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs took a big hit thanks to their regulation loss in Buffalo, while the home team jumped up to the No. 7 position in the East with the victory. With two games left, they sit a comfortable five points over the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes.

Oilers 2, Canucks 0: Nothing to play for here. Moving on. 

Penguins 4, Devils 2: Thanks to the Flyers' loss in Ottawa, Pittsburgh pulled closer to the Atlantic Division lead with this victory over New Jersey. They now sit just one point behind Philadelphia for that spot, while they expanded their lead over No. 5 Tampa Bay to three points. All without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Senators 5, Flyers 2: If you're a Philadelphia Flyers fan and you're not concerned about the effort your team has put in over the last few weeks, you probably don't have a pulse. The Flyers dropped their fourth straight game, lost control of the Eastern lead and allowed the Penguins to crawl within a point all in a nights work.

Blues 3, Avalanche 1: We're not going to pretend this game between two non-playoff teams interests you at all. (Sorry, Mile High Hockey and St. Louis Game Time.)

Predators 6, Thrashers 3: Nashville jumped all the way up to the No. 4 seed in the West with the big win over Atlanta, and in the process, improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. That's the way to lock up a playoff spot, and with one more point in the final two games (or one point relinquished by No. 9 Dallas), they'll be officially on their way.

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