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Stars secure No. 1 seed in West

Red Wings, Flyers clinch last berths in East; Bruins eliminated @NHLdotcom

The road to the Stanley Cup Final in the Western Conference will go through Dallas.

The Stars won the Central Division and home-ice advantage through the Western Conference playoffs Saturday. Dallas, which got a hat trick from Jason Spezza in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators, clinched a few minutes before the end of their game when the St. Louis Blues lost to the Washington Capitals 5-1.

The Stars will face the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round; the Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Anaheim Ducks have a chance to finish first in the Pacific Division by winning their final game at the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The Ducks moved within one point of the top spot by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-3, hours before the first-place Los Angeles Kings lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets. A victory of any kind by the Ducks in Washington will give them first place and a first-round series against the Nashville Predators. The second-place finisher plays the San Jose Sharks.

Earlier Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers clinched the final playoff berths into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Red Wings, who reached the postseason for a 25th consecutive season, lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden but secured third place in the Atlantic Division when the Bruins lost 6-1 to the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.

Boston was eliminated when the Flyers clinched the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 home win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Flyers will play the Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round. The Red Wings, who went 5-3-0 in their final eight games, will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The only issue remaining in the Eastern Conference is third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have a one-point lead over the New York Islanders, who play Sunday at home against the Flyers. The Islanders will pass the Rangers with a win of any kind. The third-place team in Metropolitan will play the Penguins in the first round, with the other team claiming the first wild card and playing the Florida Panthers, the Atlantic Division champions.

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