GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -The Phoenix Coyotes, the surprise team of the NHL, celebrated their first playoff berth since 2002 with a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche behind Lee Stempniak's two goals on Saturday night.
The Coyotes, still owned by the league after going through protracted bankruptcy proceedings last summer, clinched the postseason spot earlier in the day when Calgary lost to Boston.
Four of Phoenix's goals came from players who joined the team at the March 3 trade deadline - Stempniak, Wojtek Wolski and Derek Morris.
Stempniak, with both scores in the third period, has 12 goals in 12 games since he arrived from Toronto, including four two-goal games.
Former Coyotes forward Kevin Porter scored for the Avalanche, his first goal of the season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby set up three goals, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played a strong game after allowing an early soft goal, and Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia in the final regular season game in Mellon Arena between the longtime rivals.
Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Ruslan Fedotenko and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins.
Scoring more than three goals for the first time in 10 games, the Stanley Cup champions ended a three-game losing streak and clinched a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
The Flyers generated little offense after Aaron Asham's attempted pass was misplayed by Fleury into a goal 1:02 into the game, and they lost their fifth in a row and seventh in eight games.
BOSTON (AP) - Dennis Seidenberg, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara scored power-play goals, and Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for Boston in his first shutout since Dec. 21.
Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi also scored for the Bruins. Boston won for just the third time in 15 home games and moved into a tie with Philadelphia for seventh in the East.
Calgary, in ninth place in the West, moved a step closer to playoff elimination.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Niklas Kronwall, in his first career shootout try, scored the winning goal in the 11th round to give Detroit a win over Nashville.
Jimmy Howard stopped nine of Nashville's 10 shootout attempts to make Kronwall's goal stand up as the winner.
Detroit has won five straight and eight of nine to move into a more solid playoff position. The Red Wings jumped out of eighth place in the tightly packed Western Conference race.
Nashville lost for just the second time in nine games. The fifth-place Predators are only one point ahead of the surging Red Wings.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne denied eight of Detroit's first 10 shootout chances, but couldn't stop Kronwall's backhander that slipped between his pads.
MONTREAL (AP) - Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner had power-play goals and Dainius Zubrus also scored for New Jersey, which clinched its 13th straight playoff berth with a win over Montreal.
Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for his 41st victory of the season and New Jersey's 44th.
Brian Rolston recorded his 700th career point when he scored into an empty net at 19:50.
The Devils, who have won four straight in Montreal, moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points. New Jersey, which snapped a four-game losing streak on the road, holds the edge for second place overall in the Eastern Conference with one more win than the Penguins.
Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Patrick Lalime won his 200th career game and Buffalo clinched its first playoff berth in three years with a rout of Tampa Bay.
Lalime, who made 22 saves, had been 0-4-1 with a no-decision since posting win No. 199 against Pittsburgh on Dec. 29. He is the 66th NHL goalie to reach the milestone.
Derek Roy posted his fourth career hat trick and added an assist for Buffalo, which hadn't reached the playoffs since the 2007-08 season.
Paul Gaustad, Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville, and Adam Mair also scored for the Sabres, who have won five of six.
Steve Downie scored for Tampa Bay, which lost for the sixth time in eight games. Antero Niittymaki gave up three goals on six shots in the first 8:52 and was replaced by Mike Smith.
TORONTO (AP) - Nikolai Kulemin scored 39 seconds into overtime and Jonas Gustavsson made 36 saves to outduel Swedish counterpart Henrik Lundqvist in Toronto's comeback victory over the New York Rangers.
Gustavsson extended his winning streak to seven games, the longest run by a Maple Leafs goalie since Ed Belfour won seven straight from Nov. 22-Dec. 6, 2003.
Toronto won for the first time this season after trailing going into the third period. Lundqvist made a gaffe on Tomas Kaberle's goal late in the game to allow the Maple Leafs to tie it. John Mitchell had the other goal for the Maple Leafs, who have won nine of 12.
P.A. Parenteau and Brandon Dubinsky scored for New York, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. The 10th-place Rangers are four points behind eighth-place Philadelphia with seven games left.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Rich Peverley and Evgeny Artyukhin scored 57 seconds apart in the second period to help Atlanta beat Carolina.
Niclas Bergfors added a goal late in the second for the Thrashers, who snapped a two-game skid to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Johan Hedberg had a relatively stress-free night for Atlanta, facing six shots in the first period. He finished with 34 saves and earned his second shutout of the season.
Jim Slater added a goal late in the third period for Atlanta.
OTTAWA (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson scored the winning goal early in the third period and Brian Elliott made 20 saves for Ottawa, which topped Florida for its fourth straight victory.
Matt Cullen and Peter Regin also scored for the Senators. Erik Karlsson assisted on all of Ottawa's goals.
Stephen Weiss and Steven Reinprecht scored for the Panthers. Tomas Vokoun finished with 22 saves.
Alfredsson scored his 20th of the season on the power play, firing a shot from just inside the blue line in the opening minutes of the third that gave Ottawa a 3-1 lead. Alfredsson has scored at least 20 in 10 straight seasons.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Josh Bailey scored 2:58 into overtime to send the New York Islanders to a come-from-behind win over Columbus.
Kyle Okposo, Sean Bergenheim and Jon Sim scored in regulation for New York, which won for the first time at Nationwide Arena in its sixth attempt. It was the only NHL arena in which the Islanders hadn't won.
The Islanders earned their second road victory since Jan. 18 despite squandering a two-goal lead. They are 2-10-1 away from home during that span.
Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, and R.J. Umberger and Grant Clitsome scored for Columbus.