SAN JOSE — Jeremy Roenick scored his 507th career goal and added the decisive shootout score as the San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff berth with their 13th victory in 14 games, 4-3 over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.
Roenick and Curtis Brown each had a goal and an assist, and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves in his NHL-leading 42nd victory for San Jose, which has 27 points in 14 games since Feb. 21 after beating Minnesota for the seventh time in a row.
Joe Pavelski put the Sharks ahead with 2:02 left in regulation on an awkwardly angled shot set up by Milan Michalek, who stole a puck behind the Minnesota goal and fed Pavelski for the go-ahead score. But after a penalty and an empty net gave the Wild a 6-on-4 power play, Marian Gaborik slammed home his second man-advantage goal of the night with 28 seconds to play.
Roenick scored the decisive shootout goal in the third round when Niklas Backstrom couldn't hold on to his hard shot. Nabokov stopped Mikko Koivu to end the meeting of division leaders, gleefully kicking the puck after dropping it out of his glove.
BLACKHAWKS 5, CAPITALS 0, at Chicago — Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves in his first start in nearly a month as Chicago ended Washington's four-game winning streak.
DUCKS 2, STARS 1, at Dallas — Todd Bertuzzi's power-play goal with 27.2 seconds left broke a tie and lifted Anaheim past Dallas.
Defending Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim strengthened its grip on second place in the Pacific Division, moving three points ahead of third-place Dallas.
RANGERS 2, DEVILS 1 (SO), at Newark, N.J. — Chris Drury scored the tying goal with 4:46 left in regulation, and Nigel Dawes beat Martin Brodeur in the shootout for New York.
The Rangers improved to 6-0 this season against the Eastern Conference-leading Devils, holding them to five goals in the process and winning three times after regulation.
SABRES 7, LIGHTNING 4, at Buffalo, N.Y. — Thomas Vanek scored three consecutive goals and Jochen Hecht scored twice in Buffalo's six-goal third period. The Sabres scored six times on their final 10 shots to overcome a 4-1 deficit.
RED WINGS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1, at Detroit — Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals in the third period to lift Detroit and record his third career hat trick.
HURRICANES 5, THRASHERS 3, at Atlanta — Eric Staal scored his 35th goal and Sergei Samsonov had a goal and an assist in Carolina's victory.
ISLANDER IS OUT — New York goaltender Rick DiPietro will miss the rest of the season because of hip surgery today. He's finishing the second season of a landmark 15-year contract.