Pittsburgh clinches home-ice advantage with win

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BOSTON — Another emotional video tribute. Another stirring performance of the national anthem by a packed arena. Another hockey game in Boston.

The sport returned to the city Saturday, a day after a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was captured, and the fans welcomed their Bruins back with cheers and greeted the Pittsburgh Penguins with jeers.

The Penguins clinched home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 3-2 win in the Bruins’ second game since the bombings.

The game had been postponed from Friday night because of the manhunt.

With the score 1-1 on goals by Brad Marchand in the first period and Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen in the second, the Penguins got two power-play goals by Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang in 4 minutes. Tyler Seguin scored the final goal for the Bruins with 2.6 seconds remaining.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 1

In Ottawa, James Reimer put in a monstrous effort with 49 saves and Toronto clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2004t.

DEVILS 6, PANTHERS 2

In Newark, N.J., Patrik Elias scored twice and New Jersey kept its faint playoff hopes alive by rallying from a two-goal deficit.

ISLANDERS 5, JETS 4 (SO)

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, John Tavares scored the winning goal to give New York a win over Winnipeg and put a dent in the Jets’ playoff drive.

CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 1

In Montreal, Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin each scored twice to lead Washington past the sagging Canadiens.

FLYERS 5, HURRICANES 3

In Raleigh, N.C., Wayne Simmonds got his first career hat trick to lead Philadelphia over Carolina in a matchup of teams recently eliminated from playoff contention.

 
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