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5 NHL Teams Score Overtime Victories - 2004-03-28


Saint Louis, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver and Columbus all scored in overtime to post victories in Saturday's National Hockey League action.

The Saint Louis Blues moved back into playoff contention in the Western Conference with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues set an NHL record with their 11th overtime victory this season.

Boston rallied to edge the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 with the Bruins' league-record 29th overtime game of the season. The Bruins are just one game behind Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff race, after the Flyers lost 3-1 to the New York Rangers. Despite the loss to Boston, Montreal clinched playoff berth Saturday.

The Vancouver Canucks also clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 OT win over the Dallas Stars. The Canucks are in fifth place in the Western Conference, one game ahead of rival Calgary, which also took extra time to pull out a win. The Flames beat the visiting Los Angeles Kings 3-2.

In night's fifth overtime game, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 for their fourth straight victory.

In other NHL games Saturday, the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings shut out arch rival, the Colorado Avalanche 2-0. The top team in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning, trounced the Washington Capitals 4-1. The Carolina Hurricanes topped the New York Islanders 3-2. The Atlanta Thrashers blanked the Florida Panthers 3-0. The Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs skated to a 2-2 draw, and the Buffalo Sabres tied the Pittsburgh Penguins at two goals apiece.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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