Newark, NJ (Betting Express) - Dainius Zubrus scored late in the third period to snap a tie and lift the New Jersey Devils
to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the regular-season finale for both teams at Prudential Center. David Clarkson and Zach Parise each scored goals off fluke bounces for New Jersey, while Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Atlantic Division champions. The Devils (51-27-4), who finished with 106 points, will be the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face Carolina in the first round. New Jersey won its final two games of the regular season and four of its last five after suffering through a six-game losing streak. Carolina (45-30-7) finished the season with 97 points, dropping its final two games of the campaign after a nine-game winning streak. The Hurricanes will be the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs since Pittsburgh beat Montreal on Saturday. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward was given the season-finale off after being pulled in the second period of Thursday's setback against Buffalo. He had started 28 consecutive games. Michael Leighton made 32 saves Saturday in defeat.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Betting Express) - Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist, as the Philadelphia Flyers inched closer to securing the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over the lowly New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Joffrey Lupul and Mike Knuble also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who will host the New York Rangers on Sunday. Martin Biron turned aside 30 shots to pick up the win. The Flyers, who are tied with Pittsburgh for the fourth spot in the East, will face the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh beat Montreal on Saturday. What remains to be seen, though, is which team will have home-ice advantage. Both squads have 99 points on the season, but Philadelphia has one game left, which will take place on Sunday. Should the Flyers get at least one point, they will have the fourth seed and home ice; however, if Philadelphia is beaten in regulation, the Penguins, who will at that point have more wins than the Flyers, will take the fourth spot. Sean Bergenheim and Tim Jackman scored for the Islanders, who have lost three straight games and will host Boston on Sunday. Yann Danis stopped 24 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Betting Express) - Dustin Byfuglien scored on a penalty shot with 27.6 seconds left in the third period, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Central Division champion Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena. Andrew Ladd scored and also registered an assist, while Niklas Hjalmarsson tallied his first NHL goal for the Blackhawks, who secured the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will have home-ice advantage in a first-round playoff matchup against Calgary. The Blackhawks will be appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2002. Ben Eager also tallied for Chicago, while Cristobal Huet stopped 21-of-23 shots in claiming the win. Martin Havlat and Brian Campbell each registered a pair of assists for the Blackhawks, who have won five of their last six games. Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit, which was coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville on Thursday. The Red Wings, who have dropped five of seven overall, have the second seed in the West locked up. Conklin turned aside 22-of-25 shots.
Final Score: Vancouver 1, Colorado 0 (OT)
Denver, CO (Betting Express) - Henrik Sedin scored just 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Canucks needed just one point to claim the Northwest Division title and wrapped it up once they finished regulation tied, but Sedin gave the team its third straight win to complete the regular season. Vancouver (45-27-10) notched its sixth division crown and second in three seasons, ending the 2008-09 campaign with 100 points to enter the Western Conference playoffs as the third seed. Potential first-round opponents for the Canucks are Columbus, Anaheim and St. Louis. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for his ninth shutout of the season and 47th of his career. He also blanked Los Angeles on Thursday. Peter Budaj turned aside 32 shots for Colorado, which will close its season on Sunday at home against St. Louis. The Avalanche have lost three in a row -- all after regulation -- and are 1-7-4 in their last 12 games.
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Boston 1
Buffalo, NY (Betting Express) - Mikael Tellqvist made 34 saves as the Buffalo Sabres ended their season with a 6-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist and Matt Ellis and Tim Connolly each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres (41-32-9), who finished the season with three straight wins, but will miss the playoffs for the second straight season. Daniel Paille and Chris Butler also lit the lamp in the win. Mark Recchi scored the lone goal while Manny Fernandez was charged with all six goals on 34 shots in the loss for the Bruins, who have dropped two of three. Boston, which has already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, missed out on a chance for the Presidents' Trophy as the loss gives San Jose the best record overall in the NHL. Boston will face Montreal, which lost to Pittsburgh on Saturday, in the first round of the playoffs.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3
Los Angeles, CA (Betting Express) - Peter Harrold's third period goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Los Angeles Kings ended their season with a 4-3 victory over the Presidents' Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks. Despite the loss, the Sharks earned their first-ever Presidents' Trophy, awarded to the team that finishes the season with the best record in the NHL, due to Boston's regulation loss to Buffalo on Saturday. Wayne Simmonds, Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus also scored for the Kings (34-37-11), who finished outside the West's playoff race after posting only 79 points this season. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to earn the victory. Devin Setoguchi, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau tallied for San Jose (53-18-11), which will play the eighth-seeded team in the West after all the playoff matchups are decided. Evgeni Nabakov allowed all four goals on 24 shots in the losing effort.
Final Score: Toronto 5, Ottawa 2
Toronto, ON (Betting Express) - Boyd Devereaux registered his second career hat trick, and Niklas Hagman scored twice, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-2, in the season finale for both teams at Air Canada Centre. Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan each finished with two assists for Toronto, which won two of its last three to close out its campaign. The Maple Leafs, who have not made a playoff appearance in the last four seasons, finished with a 34-35-13 mark. Martin Gerber turned aside 37-of-39 shots for Toronto. Jason Spezza and Chris Kelly tallied for the Senators, who dropped their last two. Ottawa, which missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 1995-96, end the season with a 36-35-11 record. Brian Elliott made 25 saves for the Senators.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Betting Express) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens to finish up the regular season for both squads at the Bell Centre. Maxime Talbot, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal for the Penguins (45-28-9), who closed out their regular season with three straight victories. With the win, Pittsburgh will now face Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. What remains to be seen, though, is which team will have home-ice advantage. Both squads have 99 points on the season, but Philadelphia has one game left, which will take place on Sunday when the Flyers host the New York Rangers. Should the Flyers get at least one point, they will have the fourth seed and home ice; however, if Philadelphia is beaten in regulation, the Penguins, who will at that point have more wins than the Flyers, will take the fourth spot. Roman Hamrlik had the lone goal while Carey Price made 38 saves for the Canadiens (41-30-11), who dropped their last four games of the regular season. With the loss, Montreal will have the eighth seed in the playoffs and will face the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. Additionally, the loss gives the New York Rangers the seventh seed, and they will play the Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals.
Final Score: Atlanta 6, Tampa Bay 2
Atlanta, GA (Betting Express) - Colby Armstrong scored twice to lead the Atlanta Thrashers past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-2, in a battle between two teams eliminated from the playoffs at Philips Arena. Eric Perrin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Ron Hainsey, and Colin Stuart also lit the lamp for the Thrashers (35-41-6), who had a three-game losing streak going into the tilt. Marty Reasoner had two assists. Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots to collect the win. Matt Pettinger and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning (24-40-18), who lost nine consecutive games to finish the season. Mike McKenna stopped 11-of-15 shots while Karri Ramo finished the game in net and gave up two goals on 11 shots.
Final Score: Florida 7, Washington 4
Sunrise, FL (Betting Express) - David Booth finished off his season in style, scoring twice and assisting three times, as the Florida Panthers ended their campaign with a 7-4 victory over the Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals. Booth became the sixth player in franchise history to pass the 30-goal plateau, finishing the season with 31 for Florida (41-30-11), which was eliminated from playoff contention despite a win over Atlanta on Thursday. Radek Dvorak, Bryan McCabe, Steve Eminger and Michael Frolik also scored in the victory. Tomas Vokoun made 37 saves in the win. Alexander Semin scored twice for the Capitals (50-24-8), who will face the seventh-seeded New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Brooks Laich and Alexander Ovechkin also scored, but Jose Theodore allowed six goals on 41 shots in the defeat.
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Columbus 3
Columbus, OH (Betting Express) - Marian Gaborik scored twice and added an assist, as the Minnesota Wild doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-3, in each team's regular season finale. The loss particularly hurt Columbus, which is heading to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and had a chance to lock up the sixth seed in the Western Conference. However, stuck at 92 points, the Blue Jackets are just two ahead of St. Louis, which ends its season Sunday at Colorado. The Blues hold the tiebreaker over the Blue Jackets by virtue of their head-to-head record -- St. Louis was 5-1-0 against Columbus this season. The Wild finished just out of the playoff race, ending the season ninth in the West with a 40-33-9 record (89 points). Minnesota had played in the postseason in each of the previous two seasons. Mikko Koivu and Kurtis Foster each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, which closed the 2008-09 campaign on a three-game winning streak. Martin Skoula and Marc-Andre Bergeron also tallied a goal apiece, and Josh Harding made 25 saves in the win. Jared Boll, Derek Dorsett and Rick Nash each had a goal for Columbus, whose 92 points (41-31-10) are by far a franchise record for points in a season. The Blue Jackets' old mark in seven previous years of existence had been 80, set last season. Steve Mason allowed five goals on 27 shots in the loss, Columbus' second in a row and fourth out of five games.
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Betting Express) - Viktor Tikhonov scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout as Phoenix ended its regular season with a disputed 5-4 win over Anaheim. After Teemu Selanne lifted his chance over the net to start the round, Tikhonov made several stick fakes before slipping the puck off Jean-Sebastien Giguere's pad and the right post. The Ducks coaching staff asked for a review because it appeared that Tikhonov illegally double-touched the puck to push it over the goal line. After a lengthy review proved inconclusive, Phoenix was finally able to walk away victorious. Steve Reinprecht tallied twice with two helpers for the Coyotes (36-39-7), who finished the season with four wins in their last six games and landed in a tie with the Kings at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Todd Fedoruk and Enver Lisin also scored while Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 35 shots for the win. Selanne had a goal and assist for the Ducks (42-33-7), who could have leapt over Columbus, which lost earlier Saturday, for the sixth spot in the West with a victory. However, with 91 points, Anaheim moved alone into seventh, one point ahead of idle St. Louis. The Blues finish their regular season on Sunday. Jonas Hiller started the contest and surrendered four goals on 24 shots through two periods. Giguere finished the game by stopping all nine shots he faced.
Final Score: Calgary 4, Edmonton 1
Calgary, AB (Betting Express) - Mike Cammalleri posted two goals and one assist, as Calgary downed Edmonton, 4-1, in the back half of a home-and-home set at Pengrowth Saddledome. Craig Conroy and Jamie Lundmark also tallied for the Flames (46-30-6), who snapped a two-game slide to end the regular season. Calgary will begin the postseason as the fifth seed in the Western Conference and are set to face fourth-seeded Chicago. Curtis McElhinney, in his first start since March 6, stopped 35 shots for the win, his first of the season. Tom Gilbert provided the lone offense for the Oilers (38-35-9), who topped Calgary, 5-1 on Friday in Edmonton, but stumbled to the finish having lost four of six. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 41 saves in defeat.