UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Kyle Turris scored twice and had two assists, Milan Michalek added his team-leading 35th goal and the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders 5-1 Sunday to clinch a playoff spot.
The Senators won their fourth straight game to move four points behind idle New Jersey for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games left before the regular season ends Saturday. The Senators, with 92 points, are four ahead of eighth-place Washington.
“What a great feeling this is, to know we are in the playoffs,” Turris said. “It was fun skating on a line with Milan tonight and doing so well. Definitely, this is a satisfying night for me.”
Nick Foligno and Sergei Gonchar also scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 29 saves, allowing only Mark Streit’s first-period goal.
Ottawa was missing captain Daniel Alfredsson and leading scorer Jason Spezza.
“We knew we were missing two key guys but we played a very solid and focused team game,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean, who reached the post-season in his first season as an NHL head coach. “The leadership on our team did a tremendous job all season to pull us up by our bootstraps and create a winning foundation.”
BRUINS 2, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP)—Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals, Tim Thomas made 33 saves and the Boston Bruins clinched the Northeast Division title with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Boston also prevented the Rangers from winning the Atlantic Division and securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. New York needs only one point in its final three games to finish first.
Marian Gaborik scored his 40th goal of the season early in the first period, but the Rangers couldn’t muster much else against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who also locked up the No. 2 seed. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for New York. The Rangers lead Pittsburgh by five points.
FLYERS 6, PENGUINS 4
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Jakub Voracek scored twice in the third period to break open a tight game and lift Philadelphia past Pittsburgh.
Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot and Marc-Andre Bourdon also scored for Philadelphia, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 43 shots to help the Flyers pulled within a point of the Penguins for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Steve Sullivan scored twice for Pittsburgh, and James Neal added his 39th of the season, but the Penguins couldn’t hold an early two-goal lead. Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves.
The game served as a preview of what could be a heated first-round playoff matchup. There was an third-period brawl that even had the coaches yelling at each other.
Pittsburgh’s frustration bubbled over late after captain Sidney Crosby took a hard hit from Philadelphia centre Brayden Schenn in the third period. Crosby slowly got back to his feet and returned to the game, and teammate Arron Asham tried to exact some revenge by taking on Schenn a few minutes later.
WILD 5, BLACKHAWKS 4, SO
CHICAGO (AP)—Devin Setoguchi and Erik Christensen scored in a shootout to help Minnesota beat Chicago for its third straight victory.
Setoguchi had a goal and two assists in regulation, then sealed the victory in the third round of the shootout with a quick shot that beat Ray Emery.
Patrick Kane had the lone Chicago goal in the shootout against Josh Harding. Kane scored his second goal in regulation, during a power play with 2:45 left in the third period, to tie it at 4.
Dany Heatley, Kyle Brodziak and defenceman Clayton Stoner also scored Minnesota, which won in a shootout for the second straight night. Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg scored for Chicago.
The Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot Saturday night.
RED WINGS 2, PANTHERS 1, SO
DETROIT (AP)—Jiri Hudler scored with 14:30 remaining in the third period and again in a shootout to help Detroit beat Florida.
Pavel Datsyuk also scored in the shootout for the Red Wings, who held on to win when Kris Versteeg missed high on Florida’s last attempt.
The Panthers did secure a point to move three ahead of second-place Washington in the Southeast Division with three games remaining. Florida leads ninth-place Buffalo by five points in the conference standings.
Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Panthers in the first period.
OILERS 2, DUCKS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Teemu Hartikainen gave Edmonton an early lead with his first two goals of the season, Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves and the Oilers beat Anaheim in the Ducks’ final home game of the season.
Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks, and Jonas Hiller stopped 13 shots. Hiller, who has set franchise records with 70 starts and 71 appearances, finished his home slate 19-16-2.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal disallowed that would have tied it. Television replays confirmed that his slap shot from the top of the right circle got past Dubnyk a split-second after time expired in the second period.