The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their first-ever championship Wednesday night when they won the Patrick Division title with a 7-4 victory over Detroit behind Jaromir Jagr's two goals.
Before Wednesday night, the Penguins had never won a championship of any kind since entering the NHL in 1967. The Penguins now lead the second-place New York Rangers by four points with two games to play, and have six more wins than the Rangers.The game was tied 3-3 late in the second period Kevin Stevens put the Penguins ahead to stay with a power-play goal. The Penguins extended their lead with a pair of quick goals early in the third period. Ron Francis scored his 23rd at 1:57, and Jagr added his 26th 34 seconds later.
Devils 4, Whalers 3, OT
At East Rutherford, N.J., Doug Brown's second goal of the game at 2:47 of overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a victory over the Hartford Whalers.
The win put the Devils in third place in the Patrick Division, two points ahead of Washington and four in front of Philadelphia. The Capitals and Flyers meet on Thursday night.
The Devils, who had tied their previous three games, are unbeaten in five (2-0-3) while the Whalers are winless in five (0-4-1).