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."
"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, RANGERS 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.