The Philadelphia Flyers still have a chance to make the playoffs, at least in the strictest sense of the word 'chance', but you won't find too many people willing to place money on it happening.
The Flyers visited the New York Islanders for what was essentially a must-win for the Flyers to keep their dim playoff hopes alive. The Flyers responded with the same struggling, sloppy play that has been a problem for them all season long, and the Islanders -- 7-2-1 in their last ten, by the way -- won the game by a final score of 4-1.
Elsewhere in the NHL on Tuesday night, the Penguins clinched a division title, the Sharks failed to show up against the Blue Jackets, and the Blues and Blackhawks pitched twin 1-0 victories.
Read on for all the details.
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on Tuesday's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:
Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch the Atlantic Division?
The Penguins scored three goals in the third period, including one from a previously-slumping Evgeni Malkin, to triumph over the Hurricanes 5-3 and clinch their division title. They're guaranteed one of the top three spots in the East now and, given how few points the Southeast Division champion will have in comparison, almost certainly one of the top two spots.
Both those dudes finished the night -3 and with no points in the team's 5-3 loss so...
Mason made 28 saves on 31 shots for the Flyers. He was fine, but he isn't the magic good-luck charm the Flyers need to win with their current defense.
Ben Bishop continued his strong play since joining the Lightning, making 31 saves against his former club. Cory Conacher didn't make an impact for the Senators, unless you count crashing into Bishop midway through the game.
5. Will the Washington Capitals extend their four-game winning streak?
By winning a tough one in Montreal to keep their winning streak alive, the Capitals took a step towards countering critics who say that they aren't as good as their recent record thanks to stat-padding against weak Southeast Division opponents.
What moment from Tuesday night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Stat of the Night
The Nashville Predators do not score goals:
The #Preds have been shut out eight times this year. Tonight is their fourth 1-0 loss. They've also scored one goal seven times.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 10, 2013
Post to Post
- Could Erik Karlsson come back bigger, faster and stronger after his injury?
- The Flyers aren't going to make the playoffs, folks.
- The Hurricanes set a franchise record. The bad kind.
- Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks may have a goaltending controversy on their hands heading into the playoffs. The good kind:
#Blackhawks win 1-0. Emery third shutout in his last five games. Hossa with the winner.— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) April 10, 2013