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Devils claim vital win

The Cardiff Devils were the big winners on Sunday evening as the three-way battle for the Elite League title got even tighter heading into the final week of the season.

The Devils, who have a game in hand on both of their rivals, beat the league-leading Sheffield Steelers 6-3, while the Braehead Clan went down to a 2-1 defeat to the struggling Edinburgh Capitals.

That means the Steelers remain top of the table on 70 points with Braehead just a point behind, while Cardiff moved onto 68 points but can draw level with Sheffield if they beat Edinburgh on Wednesday evening.

Sheffield took a 1-0 lead over Cardiff through Mathieu Roy's 39th goal of the season just 2:44 into the contest but the Devils rallied and turned things around to lead 5-1 with goals from Jake Morissette, Joey Martin (two), Brent Walton and Matt Myers.

Roy's second of the evening got Sheffield back into it before Andrew Lord again tallied for the Devils and Mike Forney's late powerplay effort was mere consolation.

Two goals from Daniel Naslund boosted Edinburgh's faint play-off hopes, although Scott Pitt's late marker made them sweat it out before holding on for the two points.

Elsewhere, Hull claimed a valuable point in their battle with the Capitals for a play-off spot despite going down 3-2 to the Coventry Blaze on penalty shots.

Guillaume Doucet scored a hat-trick as the Nottingham Panthers won 5-1 at the Belfast Giants, while Ned Lukacevic scored a treble of his own as the Fife Flyers moved to within two points of a guaranteed a play-off place with an 8-4 triumph over the bottom-placed Dundee Stars.

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