* The Washington Capitals (56-17-8, 120 points), who own the NHL's best record and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference will open at home against the Flyers (40-27-14, 94 points), who were the final team to clinch a playoff berth with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. This marks the fifth postseason meeting between the Capitals and Flayers: 2008 CQF (4-3 PHI W), 1989 DSF (4-2 PHI W), 1988 DSF (4-3 WSH W) and 1984 DSF (3-0 WSH W).
* The Atlantic Division's No. 2 seed, the Tampa Bay Lightning (46-31-5, 97 points), will face the No. 3 seeded Detroit Red Wings (41-30-11, 93 points). It marks the second straight opening round meeting between the teams (TBL: 4-3 series win in 2015).
* With a win Sunday, the New York Islanders (45-26-10, 100 points), who earned a point via overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and hold the first wild card into the playoffs from the East, can leapfrog the New York Rangers (46-27-9, 101 points) for the third seed in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders, Rangers, Florida Panthers (47-26-9, 103 points; No. 1 in Atlantic Division) and Penguins (48-26-8, 104 points; No. 2 in Metropolitan Division) still await their Eastern Conference First Round opponent.
Video: BUF@NYI: Tavares ties the game at 3 with a tip-in
* The Central Division's No. 1 seed, the Dallas Stars (50-23-9, 109 points), who own the top record in the Western Conference, will play the Minnesota Wild (38-33-11, 87 points) in the first ever postseason matchup between them.
* The St. Louis Blues (49-24-9, 107 points), who are locked in as the second seed in the Central Division, will open at home against their longtime rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-9, 103 points). This marks the 12th postseason meeting between the Blues and Blackhawks, with the most recent series taking place in 2014 (CHI: 4-2 series win in CQF).
* With a win Sunday, the Anaheim Ducks (45-25-11, 101 points), who are second in the Pacific Division and won Saturday, can leapfrog the Los Angeles Kings (48-28-6, 102 points), who lost in a shootout, for the division title. The Kings, Ducks, San Jose Sharks (46-30-6, 98 points; No. 3 in Pacific Division) and Nashville Predators (41-27-14, 96 points; first wild card in the West) still await their Western Conference First Round opponent.
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Detroit 2
Ottawa 6, BOSTON 1
PHILADELPHIA 3, Pittsburgh 1
Anaheim 5, COLORADO 3
NEW JERSEY 5, Toronto 1
FLORIDA 5, Carolina 2
COLUMBUS 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
Calgary 2, MINNESOTA 1
MONTREAL 5, Tampa Bay 2
Buffalo 4, NY ISLANDERS 3 (OT)
Washington 5, ST. LOUIS 1
DALLAS 3, Nashville 2
VANCOUVER 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Winnipeg 4, LOS ANGELES 3 (SO)
SAN JOSE 1, Arizona 0
RED WINGS CLINCH 25TH CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF BERTH…
Despite a 3-2 loss to the Rangers, the Red Wings clinched their 25th consecutive playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American professional sports, and the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division by virtue of a Boston Bruins loss. Detroit's 25 consecutive postseason trips are tied for the third-longest streak in NHL history:
Video: DET@NYR: Howard reaches up to rob Brassard
Most Consecutive Playoff Appearances, NHL History
29 - Boston Bruins (1967-68 to 1995-96)
28 - Chicago Blackhawks (1969-70 to 1996-97)
25 - St. Louis Blues (1979-80 to 2003-05)
25 - Detroit Red Wings (1990-91 to present)
…SIMMONDS LEADS FLYERS TO FINAL PLAYOFF BERTH
Wayne Simmonds (2-0-2) scored twice, including the game-winning goal at 16:58 of the second period, to help the Flyers (40-27-14, 94 points) clinch their seventh postseason berth in the past nine seasons and the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference.
* Simmonds has scored seven times in his past seven games (7-2-9) to help propel the Flyers into the postseason. He scored the game-winning goal Saturday and the game-tying goal on Thursday to help the Flyers collect their last three standings points. He leads them with an NHL career-high 32 goals and his 60 points (32 goals, 28 assists) matched his career high set in 2013-14.
OVECHKIN, HOLTBY REACH MILESTONES IN CAPITALS WIN
Braden Holtby turned aside 19 of 20 shots and Alex Ovechkin (3-0-3) earned his second hat trick of the season to lead the Capitals to a 5-1 win against the Blues.
Video: WSH@STL: Ovechkin blasts it home for his 49th goal
* Holtby earned his 48th win of the season, tying Martin Brodeur (48 in 2006-07) for the NHL's single-season wins record. Holtby (66 GP) secured his 48th win in 12 fewer games than Brodeur (78 GP). Brodeur, the Blues' assistant general manager, was in attendance for the achievement.
* Ovechkin (50-21-71) reached the 50-goal mark for the third consecutive season and the seventh time in his NHL career. Per Elias, Ovechkin became the third player in NHL history to have seven or more 50-goal seasons, joining Mike Bossy (9) and Wayne Gretzky (9).
* At (56-17-8, 120 points), the Capitals will look to become the eighth team in NHL history to win 57 or more games in one season when they host the Ducks on Sunday in their final game of the regular season.
STARS LOCK UP WESTERN CONFERENCE, CENTRAL DIVISION TITLES
Down 2-0 in the second period, Jason Spezza (3-0-3) scored three unanswered goals to help the Stars (50-23-9, 109 points) clinch first place in the Central Division and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
* The Stars reached 50 wins in a season for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 2006-07 (50-25-7, 107 points). Their 109 points are the most they've had in a single season since 2005-06 (53-23-6, 112 points).
* Spezza earned his second hat trick of the season and the seventh of his NHL career. Per Elias, three of his seven career hat tricks have been natural hat tricks (also Oct. 15, 2013 at PHX: 3-0-3 and Feb. 14, 2012 at TBL: 3-1-4, both w/ OTT).
* Spezza (301-511-812) also became the second player from the 2001 NHL Draft class to eclipse the 300-goal milestone, joining Ilya Kovalchuk (417).
Video: NSH@DAL: Spezza powers Stars to win with hat trick
KANE, PANARIN KEEP SCORING IN SEASON FINALE
Patrick Kane (2-1-3) and Artemi Panarin (2-1-3) each had three points in the Blackhawks' overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
* Kane finished 2015-16 with 46 goals and 106 points and holds an 18-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race. His first goal came nine seconds into the opening frame, one second off the Blackhawks record established by Brent Sutter (0:08) on Feb. 5, 1995 at the Vancouver Canucks.
* Panarin has multiple points in four of his past five games (5-8-13) and continues to pace all rookies with 30 goals and 77 points. He became the fourth rookie in Blackhawks history to score 30 or more goals in a season and first since Eric Daze (30) in 1995-96.
PLAYOFF TEAMS FINISH STRONG
* Oscar Lindberg had a goal and an assist, including the game-winner into an empty net, to help the Rangers (46-27-9, 101 points) reach 100 points for the second consecutive season and ninth time in their history.
* Jakob Silfverberg (2-0-2) scored twice for his first 20-goal season in the League, and Corey Perry (0-3-3) assisted on three of Ducks' five goals to help them (45-25-11, 101 points) reach the 100-point mark for the third consecutive season and fifth time in their history.
* The Panthers raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening 7:40 en route to a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes backed by multi-point efforts from Jussi Jokinen (1-1-2), Teddy Purcell (1-1-2) and Jiri Hudler (0-2-2). At 47-26-9 (103 points), the Panthers concluded 2015-16 with the most wins and points in a single season in their history.
* Martin Jones turned aside all 20 shots he faced and Joe Pavelski scored the only goal of the game when the Sharks concluded their season with two shutouts over their final three games (also 3-0 W April 5 at MIN). Pavelski leads the League with 11 game-winning goals, tying the single-season Sharks record set by Jonathan Cheechoo in 2005-06.
DID YOU KNOW?
All 30 NHL teams were in action on the same day for the first time since the regular-season finale last season (April 11, 2015). A closer look at the 15-game slate Saturday:
* First Puck Drop: 12:37 p.m. ET
* End of Last Game: 1:03 a.m. ET
* First Goal of the Day: David Pastrnak (BOS)
* Last Goal of the Day: Patrick Maroon (EDM)
* Games: 15
* Total Minutes: 915 minutes and 14 seconds
* OT Games: 4
* Goals: 89 (5.93 per game)
* Shots: 853 (56.9 per game)
* Hits: 572 (38.1 per game)
* Blocked Shots: 383 (25.5 per game)
* Face-Offs: 888 (59.2 per game)
* Penalty Minutes: 317 (21.1 per game)
* Total Attendance: 275,616 (18,375 per game)
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Making the 900th start of his NHL career, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (26 saves) won his 436th NHL game to move within one of tying Jacques Plante (437) for sixth on the all-time wins list among goaltenders.
* Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla scored his 611th NHL goal to pass Bobby Hull (610) for sole possession of 16th on the League's all-time list. Iginla also skated in his 1,474th game to tie Doug Gilmour for 20th on the all-time games played list.
* Sharks forward Joe Thornton earned his 964th career assist to tie Gilmour for 13th on the all-time list. Thornton also extended his point streak to seven games (2-8-10).
* Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell (2-2-4) scored twice, including the overtime winner, to become the third player from the 2000 NHL Draft class to eclipse the 300-goal milestone (Marian Gaborik: 386, Dany Heatley: 372).
* Calgary Flames defenseman Patrick Sieloff scored the game-winning goal in his NHL debut and Islanders forward Alan Quine scored a shorthanded goal in his first NHL game. New Jersey Devils forward Pavel Zacha (0-2-2), Flames forward Turner Elson (0-1-1), Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington, Devils forward Miles Wood and Devils defenseman Steven Santini also made their NHL debuts.
* Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues (1-1-2) and Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (1-0-1) scored the first goals of their NHL careers.
* Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles (800), Rangers forward Tanner Glass (500) and Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith (400) each skated in milestone games.
The Islanders (45-26-10, 100 points) reached 100 points for the second consecutive season and ninth time in their history… Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-0-1) extended his point streak to eight games (6-5-11) and reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. Per Elias, he became the first Blues player to score 40 goals in a season since Brad Boyes (43) in 2007-08…Senators captain Erik Karlsson (0-1-1) concluded the season with a five-game point streak (2-4-6) to lead his team in scoring for the third consecutive season (16-66-82). Per Elias, Karlsson became the second defenseman in NHL history to lead his team in points over three or more consecutive seasons. The other: Denis Potvin (NYI) over four consecutive seasons from 1973-74 to 1976-77…Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (2-1-3), Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (2-1-3), Devils forward Adam Henrique (2-0-2) and Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (1-1-2) all reached the 30-goal mark... Jets forward Blake Wheeler (1-1-2) extended his career-high point streak to 11 games (8-8-16), tying the franchise record held by Marian Hossa (Feb. 17 - March 12, 2007: 7-11-18)...Jets forward Mark Scheifele (0-1-1) extended his career-high point streak to 10 games (6-9-15)... Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (0-1-1) extended his career-high point streak to nine games (5-8-13)...Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1-1-2) scored his NHL-leading seventh shorthanded goal of 2015-16, matching Ottawa's record (Daniel Alfredsson in 2007-08).