DALLAS (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference. It's the lowest playoff seed for the Red Wings since the NHL moved to the 1 vs. 8 conference format in 1993.
Jonathan Ericsson also scored and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports, six years longer than the NBA's San Antonio Spurs' stretch of postseason play.
Detroit closed out the regular season with four consecutive wins by a combined score of 15-3. It will face second-seeded Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs
Richard Bachman made 34 saves for Dallas, which dropped its fifth consecutive game.
WILD 3, AVALANCHE 1
DENVER (AP) — Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping Minnesota secure its first playoff spot in five years with a win over Colorado.
Zach Parise scored and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added a late empty-net goal for the Wild, who earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round of the postseason. Minnesota had a chance to wrap up a spot on Friday, but lost 6-1 at home to Edmonton.
Backstrom came up big in the third period, turning aside 15 shots. He improved to 24-5-3 against the Avalanche.
Ryan O'Reilly had the lone goal for Colorado, which finished in last place in the Western Conference.
BLUE JACKETS 3, PREDATORS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left and Columbus capped a remarkable turnaround with a victory over Nashville.
But despite that win, Columbus was eliminated from the playoff race when the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche later on Saturday to earn the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.
Coming into the night, the Blue Jackets were tied for eighth in the West with Minnesota, each with 53 points.
Detroit beat Dallas on Saturday and clinched the No. 7 seed. The Red Wings will play Anaheim in the first round.
The Blue Jackets were on the short end of tiebreakers against both the Wild and Red Wings.
Brandon Dubinsky tied it early in the period and Cam Atkinson added an empty-netter.
RANGERS 4, DEVILS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers started the day eighth in the Eastern Conference. They finished it two spots higher and locked into a first-round playoff matchup with the Washington Capitals.
In their final regular-season game, the Rangers beat New Jersey and jumped over the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders into sixth place.
When Ottawa was beaten by Philadelphia on Saturday night, the Rangers knew they were there to stay.
Henrik Lundqvist made that possible as he stopped 20 shots and coasted to his second shutout of the season. Rick Nash scored two goals.
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan both had a goal and assist in the first period against New Jersey backup goalie Johan Hedberg, who gave Martin Brodeur a rare game off.
CAPITALS 3, BRUINS 2, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Fehr scored on a power play 3:23 into overtime, and Washington, with nothing at stake, came back for a victory over Boston, which is trying to win the Northeast Division.
Boston entered the day tied with the Montreal Canadiens, who beat Toronto 4-1 to grab the division lead. The Bruins need to beat Ottawa on Sunday night to take the title.
The NHL regular season originally was supposed to end Saturday, but the game between Bruins and Senators was rescheduled because of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference to put Boston ahead 2-0 before Washington captain Alex Ovechkin assisted on Mike Green's two power-play scores within less than two minutes in the third period.
Ovechkin didn't get a goal himself, leaving his league-leading total at 32.
BLUES 3, BLACKHAWKS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game and St. Louis earned home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs by defeating Chicago.
The Blues won 12 of their last 15 games to capture fourth place in the Western Conference. St. Louis will face Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs.
Elliott and the Blues were helped by facing a Chicago lineup that was without many regular players.
Ben Smith, who was playing in his first game of the season, scored for Chicago.
The two-goal game was the first of Schwartz's career. Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis and David Backes had two assists to give him 300 points for his career.
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