The Canucks ended up with the most points in the NHL for the second straight season, finishing with 111 and 51-22-9 record. They got help earlier Saturday when the New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals, which opened the door for Vancouver to take the top spot. New York held the advantage on tiebreakers.
As a result of Vancouver's win, the St. Louis Blues finished in second place in the Western Conference. Vancouver will play Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues will face the Sharks, who beat the Kings 3-2 in overtime.
LIGHTNING 4, JETS 3, OT
WINNIPEG (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal and Teddy Purcell had a hat trick — including the overtime winner — to lift Tampa Bay over Winnipeg in a season finale between teams that will miss the playoffs.
FLAMES 5, DUCKS 2
CALGARY (AP) — Nigerian-born Akim Aliu scored his first two NHL goals to lead Calgary to a season-ending win over Anaheim.
By winning their final two games, the Flames reached the 90-point mark for the eighth season in a row. However, since going to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004, they have been ousted from the playoffs in the first round four times followed by three years of not making the post-season.
Bobby Ryan scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season for Anaheim (34-36-12), which finished with its worst record since the 2003-04 season.
CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Tomas Plekanec scored a rare short-handed goal with Montreal down two players and the Canadiens beat Toronto in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Max Pacioretty, Erik Cole and Brad Staubitz also scored for Montreal (31-25-16), which finished last in the East. Staubitz's goal into an empty net with 1:58 to play was his first point in 62 games this season.
Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto (35-37-10), which had a promising start to the season wasted by a 7-18-4 record over the last two months.
There was not much to play for but pride and final draft positions for both clubs.
CAPITALS 4, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Ovechkin, Mathieu Perreault and John Carlson scored first-period goals and third-string goalie Braden Holtby made 35 saves as Washington spoiled New York's chance to win the Presidents' Trophy.
Brian Boyle scored for the Rangers, who finished with 109 points. New York could have clinched the top spot in the NHL with a Vancouver loss, but the Canucks beat Edmonton 3-0.
Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington, which closed with 92 points and claimed the No. 7 seed in the East when Florida beat Carolina 4-1. The Capitals will open the playoffs in Boston, while the Rangers host Ottawa in the first round.
PENGUINS 4, FLYERS 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored his 50th goal and added an assist to lock up his second NHL scoring title and lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.
Malkin finished the regular season with 109 points and became the ninth player in Penguins history to reach the 50-goal mark.
BLUES 3, STARS 2
Kris Russell added an even-strength goal for the Central Division-champion Blues, who snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak (0-2-2) to finish with 109 points — the most since they had 114 in 1999-2000.
St. Louis settled for the No. 2 seed in the West after Vancouver claimed the Presidents' Trophy with a 3-0 win over Edmonton. The Blues open the playoffs against San Jose.
BRUINS 4, SABRES 3, SO
BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron had three assists before scoring the winner in the shootout to lead defending Stanley Cup champion Boston into the playoffs with a win over Buffalo.
The Sabres had already been eliminated from the playoff race.
Brad Boyes scored twice for the Sabres, who finished with 89 points — two behind the Capitals, who beat the Rangers 4-1.
COYOTES 4, WILD 1
Mikkel Boedker and Radim Vrbata also scored, and Michal Rozsival added two assists for the Coyotes (42-27-13), who won the final five games of the regular season to leapfrog Los Angeles and San Jose for the Pacific Division title. The Coyotes had never won a division dating to their inception as the Winnipeg Jets in 1979-80.
The Coyotes will play sixth-seeded Chicago in the first round of the playoffs.
Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who missed the post-season for a fourth straight season.
PANTHERS 4, HURRICANES 1
Scott Clemmensen had 33 saves to help the Panthers wrap up the Southeast crown with 94 points — just two ahead of Washington.
BLACKHAWKS 3, RED WINGS 2, SO
DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the shootout to give Chicago the win over Detroit in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Despite the loss, the Red Wings clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference, while the Blackhawks finish as the sixth seed.
The Red Wings face Nashville in the opening round of the playoffs, while the Blackhawks will play Phoenix, which clinched the Pacific Division with a 4-1 win over Minnesota.
PREDATORS 6, AVALANCHE 1
DENVER (AP) — Backup Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots before leaving early in the final period after a collision, Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 27th goal and Nashville closed the season with a win over Colorado.
David Legwand, Craig Smith, Roman Josi, Brandon Yip and Matt Halischuk also had goals for Nashville, which clinched the No. 4 seed in the West when Central Division rival Detroit lost to Chicago in a shootout. The Predators open the playoffs next week by hosting the Red Wings.
Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for an Avalanche team that struggled down the stretch and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.
DEVILS 4, SENATORS 2
Kovalchuk iced the game with an empty-netter for the Devils, who missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996.
SHARKS 3, KINGS 2, OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Dan Boyle scored his second goal of the game with 1:02 remaining in overtime to give San Jose the win over Los Angeles in the regular-season finale.
The Sharks clinched the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and will meet the St. Louis Blues in the first round.
BLUE JACKETS 7, ISLANDERS 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored two goals — giving him five in five periods — to lead Columbus to a victory over New York in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Rick Nash opened the scoring in what could be his final game for the Blue Jackets. He has asked for a trade and management has said it will try to deal him this summer.