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Rangers open playoffs at Pens; Ducks vault Kings in Pacific

  • Anaheim Ducks center Mike Santorelli (25) celebrates his goal with right wing Chris Wagner (62) in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Anaheim Ducks center Mike Santorelli (25) celebrates his goal with right wing Chris Wagner (62) in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant talks to the players during a timeout during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant talks to the players during a timeout during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, celebrates after scoring his third goal of an NHL hockey game during the third period against the St. Louis Blues, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, celebrates after scoring his third goal of an NHL hockey game during the third period against the St. Louis Blues, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

The New York Islanders will open the playoffs at the Florida Panthers, and that means Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers will face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third consecutive postseason.

The Eastern Conference playoffs were settled Sunday following the Islanders' 5-2 loss to Philadelphia. The Islanders are seeded seventh and will take on the Atlantic Division champion Panthers in the first round. The Rangers stayed in third in the Metropolitan Division, and will face the second-place Penguins.

In the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks vaulted ahead of Los Angeles to clinch their fourth consecutive Pacific Division title with a 2-0 win at Washington on Sunday. The Ducks open the postseason against seventh-seeded Nashville. The Kings dropped to second in the Pacific and will face the third-place Sharks.