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Capitals clinch top spot in East

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The Washington Capitals wrapped up the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight season on Friday night -- by doing nothing.

The Caps were assured of the first seed when the Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-3 in overtime at Buffalo. The single point gives the Flyers 104 -- three behind Washington as the teams prepare for their regular-season finales on Saturday.

Washington visits Florida and the Flyers host the New York Islanders.

The Flyers need a win to assure themselves of the Atlantic Division title and the No. 2 seed. Pittsburgh pulled even with the Flyers by beating the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout -- but the Flyers have five more non-shootout wins. They will win the division by winning or matching the Penguins' outcome in Pittsburgh's season-finale at Atlanta on Sunday.

Buffalo became the seventh team in the East to clinch a playoff berth -- the Sabres were actually assured of making the postseason by getting to overtime. The win gives them 94 points, the same as sixth-place Montreal, which had three more non-shootout wins. Both teams end their seasons on the road Saturday night -- Buffalo at Columbus and Montreal at Toronto.
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