Toronto, ON – Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - On Feb. 9, the Ottawa Senators sat with a 20-22-9 record, 14 points behind the battle-tested Boston Bruins for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. With its 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon, Ottawa completed an improbable comeback to clinch a spot in the postseason. Mark Stone scored a pair of goals to tie Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau for the rookie scoring lead, and the Senators finished the regular season with a 43-26-13 record. Ottawa will be the top wild card in the Eastern Conference and will take on Atlantic Division champion Montreal in the first round of the playoffs. Andrew Hammond was again impressive, making 34 saves to finish the regular season with a 20-1-2 record. The Flyers finished 33-31-18, leaving them on the outside looking in at the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Matt Read scored Philadelphia's lone goal and Steve Mason allowed all three Ottawa goals on 22 shots.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Buffalo 0
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Sutter recorded the only goals of the contest and the Pittsburgh Penguins reached the postseason with a 2-0 decision over Buffalo. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for his 10th shutout of the year for the Penguins (43-27-12), who saw a comfortable place in the standings at midseason spiral out of control to the point where a loss could have kept them from the playoffs. Pittsburgh secured the final wild-card entry in the Eastern Conference. The Pens will take on the Metropolitan Division champions and Presidents' Trophy winners, the New York Rangers, in the first round. Anders Lindback made 36 saves for the Sabres (23-51-8), who had already clinched last place in the NHL with a loss on Friday.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Victor Hedman had the lone goal of the shootout to send Tampa Bay to a 3-2 win over Boston in the regular-season finale, on a night the Bruins were eliminated from playoff contention. The Lightning (50-24-8) finished with a franchise-record 108 points and as the second seed in the Atlantic Division, just behind Montreal (110 points). Tampa Bay will play Detroit in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins (41-27-14) were ousted from a shot at making the postseason when Pittsburgh won at Buffalo Saturday night. The Penguins nabbed the final wild card in the Eastern Conference, ending Boston's seven-year playoff run.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Carolina 0
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Petr Mrazek staked his claim for starting in net for the Red Wings this postseason as he blanked the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-0 victory on Saturday. Either Mrazek or Jimmy Howard will get the nod next week, and the former made a strong statement in the season finale with 35 saves. The Red Wings' 43-25-14 record was good enough for third place in the Atlantic Division. They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. Carolina finished with a 30-41-11 record for 71 points -- the fifth fewest in the league.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Washington 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers set single-season franchise records for most wins and points in a season after beating the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Saturday. Goals by Kevin Hayes, Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast and 22 saves by Henrik Lundqvist helped the Rangers (53-22-7) finish the season with 113 points. That broke the old record of 112 set by the 1993-94 team, which also finished with 53 wins on the way to a Stanley Cup title. The Rangers and Capitals are each headed to the Eastern Conference playoffs, with top-seeded New York taking on Pittsburgh in the quarterfinal round after the Penguins defeated Buffalo Saturday night. Despite the loss, the Capitals (45-26-11) will still have home-ice advantage for their opening-round series with the Islanders after they lost in a shootout to Columbus on Saturday.
Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 3 (SO)
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Galchenyuk scored the winner in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens wrapped up the Atlantic Division title with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The Canadiens won the division for the second time in the past three seasons and will take on the Ottawa Senators when the playoffs start. Tomas Plekanec, Jacob De La Rose and David Desharnais all scored for the Canadiens (50-22-10), who won their final three games of the season. Carey Price stopped 19 shots for his franchise- record 44th win of the season. Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel each posted a goal and an assist and Casey Bailey also scored for the Maple Leafs (30-44-8), who dropped four of their last five to end the season second to last in the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Bernier made 30 saves in the loss.
Final Score: Columbus 5, NY Islanders 4 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Atkinson spoiled the festivities at Nassau Coliseum, scoring in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 win over the Islanders in New York's final regular-season game at their longtime venue. The Islanders appeared on the way to a celebratory tribute to the 43-year-old arena, the franchise's home since its inception in 1972-73. They owned a 4-3 lead with time winding down in the third period, but Scott Hartnell evened the score with 1:35 left and Alexander Wennberg kept the shootout going by beating Jaroslav Halak in the third round. Of perhaps greater concern for the Islanders, Saturday's tough defeat gave Washington home-ice advantage for their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with New York (47-28-7), which will get to host at least two more games before it moves to the state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn for next season. Atkinson and Wennberg also scored in regulation for Columbus (42-35-5), which will miss out on the playoffs despite closing the regular season on a 12-0-1 tear.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Minnesota 2
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jori Lehtera's two goals and 23 saves from Brian Elliott led the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in a prelude to a first-round Western Conference playoff series. The Central Division champion Blues (51-24-7) will be the second seed in the West, behind only Anaheim. The teams each finished with 109 points, but the Ducks claimed the tiebreaker with one more non-shootout win. St. Louis will face Minnesota in the conference quarterfinals. The Wild finished as the top wild card in the West. Minnesota (46-28-8) won't have home-ice advantage, but probably won't mind starting on the road. The Wild had won 12 consecutive games away from home, tying an NHL record set by the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings, prior to Saturday's setback.
Final Score: Anaheim 2, Arizona 1
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Getzlaf notched a goal and an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks secured the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Jakob Silfverberg also scored and Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for the Ducks (51-24-7), who finished tied with Central champion St. Louis at 109 points, but had one more non-shootout win than St. Louis. Anaheim will face Winnipeg in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Sam Gagner scored late in the third period for Arizona (24-50-8), which had the worst record in the Western Conference and finished with more points than only Buffalo in the NHL. Mike Smith stopped 36 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Calgary 1
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets celebrated their best season since relocating in 2011 with a regular season-ending 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Winnipeg earned a franchise-best 99 points with a 43-26-13 record and will take on Anaheim, the top seed in the West, when the playoffs begin next week. Lee Stempniak tallied a goal and an assist, and Drew Stafford, Michael Frolik, Adam Lowry and Matt Halischuk added goals. Michael Hutchinson completed his rookie season with 24 saves on 25 shots. Despite the loss, the Flames finished 45-30-7 to earn the No. 3 seed in the Pacific Division. They will take on the second-seeded Vancouver Canucks in first-round action. Michael Ferland scored Calgary's lone goal 33 seconds into the game. Joni Ortio allowed all five Winnipeg goals on 22 shots.
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Edmonton 5 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Edler scored with 2:31 remaining in overtime, as the Vancouver Canucks ended the regular season with a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Edler added two assists, Sven Baertschi scored twice and Ryan Miller made 23 saves in his first start in nearly two months for the Canucks, who scored the final three goals and head into the postseason on a three-game winning streak. The Canucks' 48-29-5 record was good for second place in the Pacific Division and home-ice advantage against the Flames in the first round of the playoffs. Benoit Pouliot recorded a goal and two assists, but the Oilers (24-44-14) finished the season with 62 points -- the third fewest in the league.
Final Score: Dallas 4, Nashville 1
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamie Benn picked up four points to capture the NHL's scoring championship, as Dallas claimed a season-ending 4-1 victory over Nashville at American Airlines Center. Benn's second career hat trick plus a helper gave him 87 points, vaulting past Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (84) and Islanders center John Tavares (86) for the Art Ross Trophy. He became the first member of the Minnesota/Dallas franchise to finish as the league's top point producer. Cody Eakin added a goal and one assist while Jhonas Enroth picked up 24 saves for the Stars (41-31-10), who ended the season with four straight wins. Filip Forsberg notched the lone score for the playoff-bound Predators (47-25-10), with Carter Hutton stopping 21 shots in the loss. Nashville finished second in the Central Division and will take on third-place Chicago in the first round.
Final Score: Colorado 3, Chicago 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarome Iginla scored the winner with 32.9 seconds left as the Colorado Avalanche closed the season with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Iginla finished the game with two goals while Cody McLeod also scored for the Avalanche (39-31-12), who closed the season with three straight wins but still finished last in the Central Division. Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots in the win. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad lit the lamp for the Blackhawks (48-28-6), who lost four straight to end the season. Chicago finished the season in third place in the Central Division and will open the playoffs on the road against Nashville.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in a solid performance between the pipes and the Los Angeles Kings closed out the season with a 4-1 victory over the rival San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Tyler Toffoli and Andy Andreoff each tallied a goal and an assist, while Marian Gaborik and Brayden McNabb also lit the lamp for the Kings (40-27-15), who were eliminated from playoff contention with Thursday's 3-1 loss to Calgary. Brent Burns supplied San Jose's (40-33-9) lone goal and Alex Stalock made 32 saves in defeat.
Final Score: Florida 3, New Jersey 2
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaromir Jagr burned his former teammates for a goal and an assist in the third period, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the season finale for both teams on Saturday night. Jagr played 57 games for New Jersey this season before the Panthers acquired him for a pair of draft picks at the trade deadline. Florida was trying to make a playoff push, but came up short. Jagr, though, made a significant impact for the Panthers with six goals and 12 assists in 20 games. Jonathan Huberdeau and Dave Bolland also scored for the Panthers (38-29-15), who finished with 91 points -- a 25-point improvement from last season's 66. Al Montoya finished with 31 saves in Florida's second straight victory. Jordin Tootoo and Damon Severson scored for New Jersey (32-36-14), which went just 1-6-3 in its last 10 games. The Devils missed the playoffs for the third straight season and the club's poor start in 2014-15 cost coach Peter DeBoer his job in late December.