Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, and San Jose Sharks\' Joe Thornton eye the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 4, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to give him 999 career points and help the San Jose Sharks clinch their fourth straight Pacific Division title with a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Kyle Wellwood added a goal and two assists, and defencemen Dan Boyle and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who won for the eighth time in nine games. Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi also scored as San Jose moved one point past Detroit for second place in the Western Conference with 103 points with three games remaining.
Michal Handzus scored the lone goal for the Kings, who lost for the second time in seven games and missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Los Angeles remained tied for fourth in the West with Phoenix.
NEW YORK (AP)—Brandon Dubinsky and Michael Sauer scored 51 seconds apart late in the third period, and the York Rangers turned a likely crippling defeat into their most stirring victory of the season by rallying from a 3-0 deficit.
The Rangers, who trailed by three in the second period, seemed beaten by the Northeast Division-champion Bruins when the game suddenly turned without warning. Dubinsky scored the tying goal with 3:48 remaining and Sauer followed at 17:03 with the winning tally that shook Madison Square Garden.
Derek Stepan sealed it with an empty-net goal with 52.2 seconds left. Vinny Prospal had two goals in the second period to start the Rangers' rally that might have saved their season.