Co-champions declared in Nova Scotia provincials after 7 overtimes

Nova Scotia crowned co-champions Saturday night.

The province's female Peewee AA championship ended in a 1-1 tie after seven overtime periods failed to declare a winner, according to the Canadian Press. The TASA Ducks and Pictou County Selects - featuring Nova Scotia's best 10- and 11-year-old female players - are both winners.

Peter Twohig, Hockey Nova Scotia's regional director for females, said Saturday's events were unprecedented.

"The game went on, and went on, and went on," he said. "I’ve seen a lot of triple-overtime games, but I've never seen anything like I watched (Saturday).

"It was amazing to me to watch throughout overtime. They were playing with heart and determination. They’re really exceptional athletes."

The game began at 11:30 a.m. local time, and was called five hours later when "it was getting clear to me a lot of the girls were at their limit - their physical limit, and also their psychological limit too," Twohig said.

After 10 periods of hockey, a shootout wouldn't have been fair, and it was thought another game would be scheduled. But the teams and coaches huddled together and came up with a better idea: co-champions.

"We've always had a provincial champion. And in my mind, we have a champion this year - we just have champions," Garth Isenor, president of Hockey Nova Scotia said.

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Panthers retake Atlantic lead with win over Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. - Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist, Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and the Florida Panthers took over first place in the Atlantic Division by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night.

Vincent Trocheck, Jiri Hudler, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Panthers, who have a two-point lead over the Lightning.

Tampa Bay got goals from Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos.

The Lightning were without right wing Nikita Kucherov, who took a shot off his foot in a 7-4 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night. Right wing Ryan Callahan, defenseman Anton Stralman and center Valtteri Filppula also sat for Tampa Bay with injuries.

The Panthers' 28th-ranked road power play converted its first opportunity when Jagr beat Andrei Vasilevskiy from the right circle for a 2-1 lead with 1:58 left in the first.

Jagr's goal was his 25th this season and 747th overall, which is the third most in NHL history. Gordie Howe is second with 801.

Related: Jagr becomes 2nd in history to score 25 goals in 18 seasons

Florida went up 3-1 at 15:53 of the second when Alex Petrovic's shot hit Hudler and then went off Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman.

Luongo made strong in-close saves on Cedric Paquette and Mike Blunden during the second.

Huberdeau made it 4-1 at 4:02 of the third.

Stamkos got his 36th goal on the power play with 3:12 to play before Jokinen added an empty-netter.

Less than a minute after Johnson was denied on a re-direction by Luongo, Trocheck got the Panthers even at 1 and extended his goal-scoring streak to four straight games at 13:36 of the first.

Johnson opened the scoring 5:52 into the game on Tampa Bay's first power play against Florida, which has the NHL's second best road penalty-killing unit.

Florida went 1 for 4 on the power play, while Tampa Bay scored twice on five chances.

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Jake Allen backstops Blues to 4th straight shutout

The St. Louis Blues remain impenetrable.

Jake Allen made 32 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, giving St. Louis its fourth consecutive shutout.

The Blues haven't allowed a goal since March 16, when they gave up six in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

"It's always fun to get shutouts," Allen added, "but it's all about wins. Shutouts are the bonus part. We've got four bonuses lately."

Brian Elliott has recorded three straight shutouts since returning from injury on March 19.

Washington failed to clinch the Presidents' Trophy, awarded to the team with the best record in the league.

The Blues host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and the Boston Bruins on Friday.

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Coyotes ‘will never’ trade Ekman-Larsson for 1st overall pick

With Arizona native Auston Matthews widely expected to be the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, many have speculated his hometown Coyotes would deal All-Star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in order to bring the American home.

But when asked about the speculation Saturday, team executives were quick to shut that notion down.

"That will never happen," Maloney said, per Coyotes senior director of news content Dave Vest, adding that the team's most pressing need this offseason is "another impact defenseman." Ekman-Larsson was drafted sixth overall by Maloney in 2009.

"We're not trading Oliver for a draft pick," echoed team president Anthony LeBlanc.

The Swedish blue-liner currently leads the Coyotes in points for a second consecutive season, recording 20 goals and 31 assists in 68 games entering Saturday.

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VIDEO: James Neal notches 30th goal with perfect snipe

Who says the Nashville Predators need help scoring?

James Neal netted his 30th goal of the season Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, snapping a quick shot through a screen to beat Joonas Korpisalo.

Neal became the second Predators forward to hit the 30-goal mark in 2015-16, joining Filip Forsberg, who scored his 30th against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday before tallying again against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Nashville has two 30-goal scorers for the first time since 2005-06. The Dallas Stars are the only other team with a pair of 30-goal scorers this season.

(Video courtesy: NHL.com)

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Lightning’s Kucherov dealing with lower-body injury

The Tampa Bay Lightning took the ice Saturday against the Florida Panthers without one of their leading scorers, as Nikita Kucherov is sidelined with a lower-body injury, the team announced. He is considered day-to-day.

Kucherov's 61 points tie captain Steven Stamkos for the highest mark on the Lightning entering Saturday's action. The 22-year-old extended his goal-scoring streak to four games Friday with his 29th of the season, matching his career high set one year ago.

The Lightning placed 11 forwards and seven defenseman in the lineup for their key division battle, with Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Callahan also out with injuries.

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Blashill on Detroit’s embarrassing loss: ‘We gotta win a hockey game Monday’

Jeff Blashill is looking forward, not back.

The Detroit Red Wings head coach delivered some real talk after his team was blown out 7-2 at home by the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that, like most at this time of year, was virtually a must-win.

Blashill didn't go into too many specifics about the game, saying tape would be watched and adding that he knows only one thing moving forward:

"I know we gotta win a hockey game Monday," he said.

Detroit's first-year head coach once again said his squad didn't show enough resiliency after being scored upon, allowing the Penguins to take control of momentum and the game. The Red Wings opened the scoring and led 1-0 after 20 minutes, but Pittsburgh erupted for four second-period goals, putting the game away.

"It's a loss," Blashill said. "It was frustrating, it was embarrassing, but it's a loss. That's it. So we have to win a game on Monday.

"I have tons of belief in these guys. We gotta come here and win a game on Monday, period."

The Buffalo Sabres are in Detroit on Monday. Should the Red Wings lose that game, their streak of 24 straight seasons competing in the playoffs will almost surely end over the next two weeks.

Blashill added his team must do a better job of keeping the puck out of its net, but wouldn't say if Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard would start Monday. Mrazek was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots Saturday. Howard didn't fare much better, allowing three goals on 14 shots.

Detroit's tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild-card spot in the East with 85 points, but the Flyers will have a game in hand after Saturday night. Philly's in Arizona to face the Coyotes late Saturday. They can pull two points ahead of Detroit with a win.

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