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Rangers lose, Leafs alive, Canucks clinch, etc.

While waiting for the Sabres to practice this morning, here's a look around the NHL:

*The Sabres were off Thursday, so there will be no update on Ryan Miller's status for this weekend's games against Washington and Carolina until the team practices today. But if the starter can't go, this team knows Jhonas Enroth can get the job done, too.

*The New York Islanders know they're not going to make the playoffs. They'd like the New York Rangers to join them. The Islanders scored four times in the second period Thursday night to knock out red-hot Henrik Lundqvist and beat the Rangers, 6-2 -- handing their local rivals their second loss in as many nights. The Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are closing strong. They're hoping a big finish will be enough to get them into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Leafs kept their playoff hopes alive when rookie Nazem Kadri scored the only goal in the shootout to give Toronto a 4-3 victory at Boston on Thursday night -- preventing the Bruins from clinching the Northeast Division in the process.

*Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored the go-ahead goal with 0.9 seconds left in the second period and the Canucks won their first Presidents' Trophy for the NHL's best record with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

*Now that they've made the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007, the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for more. "It's not our goal to get in and be happy with the first round," forward Ryan Malone said after a 2-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins officially clinched a playoff berth for the Bolts.

*The Flyers were hoping to have defenseman Chris Pronger back before the end of the regular season, but GM Paul Holmgren has all but squashed that idea. Holmgren said Thursday that Pronger has suffered a "minor setback" in his recovery from right hand surgery and will likely not play again until the start of the playoffs.

*TSN reports that the Capitals, who host the Sabres on Saturday, could be without Dennis Wideman. He reportedly is in a Washington hospital with a significant leg hematoma as a result of a hit Tuesday by Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu. A hematoma is caused by a contusion where blood escapes or leaks from an artery, vein or capillary into soft tissue, such as a muscle, where it does not belong.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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