Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Down to the wire

The Preds are still in the playoff hunt--barely. This and more in today's links:

Nashville Predators 3, Calgary Flames 2 (SO): Staying Alive
The Predators needed a win in Calgary tonight to stay in the playoff race, and the kids fought for the two points until the very end.

The Preds won a must-win game in a shootout last night. They're still chasing the Jets, but unlike the Flames they're still in it. They wrap up the season Thursday and Friday against the Wild and Avalanche, at home; the Jets play the Wild today on the road and the Avalanche Thursday, also on the road.

In order for the Preds to make the playoffs, they need to win their final two games and for the Jets to lose their final two games in regulation.

Sharks’ Karlsson becomes first NHL defenceman to record 100-point season since 1992
The Swedish blue liner notched his 100th point of the season as the Sharks took on the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre. Karlsson became the first defenceman to complete the feat since the soon to be inducted Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch (102 points) in 1991-92.

Just couldn't stand people talking about Josi instead, huh. (But seriously--an incredibly impressive season from Karlsson.)

‘It’s special’: Giroux, Pavelski get to 1,000 points
Ottawa Senators forward Claude Giroux, 35, and Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski, 38, each reached the 1,000-point mark on Monday night in victories for their respective clubs, marking the first time two players did so on the same night in NHL history.

A night for records.

Islanders’ Horvat apologizes for jab at Vancouver
Islanders star Bo Horvat, who was traded from Vancouver to New York at this year’s NHL trade deadline, apologized Monday for a perceived shot at the Canucks franchise and its fan base.

I'd love to know all of what went wrong in Vancouver for...a lot of the players, it sounds like.

Toews unclear on future, wants to enjoy Blackhawks’ final 2 games
Jonathan Toews had a succinct way of looking at what could be his final two home games with the Chicago Blackhawks.

It's going to be so weird once he retires, whether that's this offseason or later.

Canada top Group A with dramatic shootout win over rivals U.S. at Women’s Worlds
Canada top Group A with dramatic shootout win over rivals U.S. at Women’s Worlds

International tournaments do love their dramatic shootouts.

F Stone enters ‘next phase,’ practices with Vegas
As the Golden Knights prepare for the NHL postseason next week, Vegas captain and veteran forward Mark Stone returned to practice on Monday for the first time since back surgery Jan. 31 forced him out of the lineup.

The Knights are going to be getting some reinforcements.

Connor Bedard’s WHL career ends as Pats lose Game 7 to Blades
Connor Bedard’s junior career ended in disappointing fashion as his Regina Pats lost 4-1 in Game 7 to the Saskatoon Blades in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

Those teams lucky enough to be eligible to get draft-lotteried up to the #1 pick are probably not sorry to see this.