NHL Wrap: Carter, Richards lead Kings past Oilers

NHL Wrap: Carter, Richards lead Kings past Oilers
April 6, 2013, 10:45 pm

LOS ANGELES -- Although the Los Angeles Kings have proved home-ice advantage means absolutely nothing to them in the playoffs, they're still pushing toward a prime position for their Stanley Cup defense.

Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and the Kings kept moving forward in the Western Conference race with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Mike Richards and Slava Voynov also scored for the reigning NHL champions, who have won five of seven to climb back into fourth place in the West.

The Kings took the lead against Edmonton 98 seconds in and never surrendered it, grinding out another methodical victory (See full recap).

Emery, Blackhawks shut out Predators, 1-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of offense.

With the regular season starting to wind down, they're providing a strong reminder that they can play pretty stingy defense, too.

Bryan Bickell scored in the first period, and Ray Emery made 20 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 Saturday for their third win in four games.

"That's a team that you've really got to play some boring hockey against," Emery said of Nashville. "You just try to be in good defensive position and take advantage when you get the opportunity. And I thought we played that strategy to a T tonight."

Chicago improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division this season and moved closer to clinching the playoff berth.

The Blackhawks won their third against Nashville this season and second in six days. They'll have a chance at their third in a week Sunday night in Chicago as these teams wrap up a back-to-back (See full recap).

Rangers' strong second-period stifles Hurricanes, 4-1
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 48 saves, and the New York Rangers gave the Carolina Hurricanes their club-record-tying seventh straight home loss, 4-1 on Saturday night.

Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers' three-goal second period. Brian Boyle added an empty-netter just before the buzzer.

New York has earned seven points during a 3-0-1 run to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are tied with the eighth-place New York Islanders, and more importantly lead ninth-place New Jersey by three points (See full recap).

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