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BOSTON (AP) -The Bruins clinched a playoff berth after three short-handed goals in 64 seconds on the same penalty powered Boston to a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Daniel Paille, Blake Wheeler and Steve Begin scored short-handed goals in the second period to make it 3-0, and Milan Lucic added an empty-netter with 1 minute left.

Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots for Boston.

Cam Ward made 38 saves for the Hurricanes, who finished their season without making the playoffs one year after reaching the Eastern Conference finals.

The outburst was unexpected from the Bruins, who had only scored three short-handed goals all season before Saturday and haven't scored on their own power play in 22 tries over the last seven games.

MONTREAL (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite losing on Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf's overtime goal.

Phaneuf netted the winning goal at 3:06, but the Canadiens had locked up their place in the playoffs once the game was pushed to overtime. Phaneuf scored for the second straight game to give Toronto the win in a game it never led. He notched his first goal with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

The Canadiens, who failed to hold three one-goal leads, will be the No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the East. That will be determined by Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Rangers.

Montreal's loss secured the sixth seed for the Boston Bruins.

Andrei Markov had a goal and two assists for Montreal.

Christian Hanson scored his first two goals of the season for Toronto. His second was a short-handed tally in the third that got the Maple Leafs even at 3.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Logan Couture converted on his first career shootout attempt to lead San Jose to a victory over Phoenix that kept its hope alive for the top seed in the Western Conference.

After being unable to protect a 2-1 lead in the third period, the Sharks earned the crucial two points when Couture scored in the fifth round of the shootout in San Jose's final game of the regular season.

That gave the Sharks 113 points on the season, two more than Chicago for the most in the West. The Blackhawks have one game remaining and can clinch the top seed in the playoffs by winning at home Sunday against Detroit.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Travis Zajac matched his career-high with three assists, Patrik Elias scored twice, and New Jersey clinched a second straight Atlantic Division title with a victory over the New York Islanders.

Dainius Zubrus, Zach Parise and Dean McAmmond scored in a 4:54 span of the first period to ignite the Devils' biggest offensive output of the season and largest margin of victory.

Elias and Brian Rolston added second-period, power-play goals, and Ilya Kovalchuk and Elias tallied in the third for New Jersey, which clinched the Atlantic when Pittsburgh lost 1-0 at Atlanta on Saturday night.

Matt Moulson spoiled Martin Brodeur's bid for his 10th shutout of the season when he scored a power-play goal with 6:50 remaining.

ATLANTA (AP) - Bryan Little scored a goal, Johan Hedberg made 33 saves, and Atlanta ruined Pittsburgh's hopes of claiming the Atlantic Division title.

The Thrashers also prevented Sidney Crosby from scoring his 50th goal of the season. The Penguins captain will have one more game - Sunday at the New York Islanders - to try to reach the milestone for the first time. Crosby, in his fifth NHL season, recorded three shots on goal.

Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champion, will finish second in the Atlantic behind the New Jersey Devils.

Atlanta, which has been eliminated from postseason contention, had lost five straight games. Little netted the only goal 9:26 of the second period.

OTTAWA (AP) - Thomas Vanek scored four goals and Buffalo snapped a nine-game losing streak to Ottawa.

The Sabres spoiled the celebration for Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who recently played his 1,000th NHL game. Vanek stole the show in his first game after sitting out six due to a lower body injury.

Alfredsson, who played in game No. 1,002 on Saturday, became the 44th NHL player to appear in 1,000 games with one franchise.

Derek Roy also scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller made 28 saves for his 41st win. Buffalo will play at New Jersey on Sunday with a chance to claim the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Chris Neil and Shean Donovan scored and Pascal Leclaire made 23 saves for the Senators, who will be the fifth-seeded team in the East and face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the postseason.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rookie Devan Dubnyk made 52 saves and denied the Kings' last two shootout attempts, leading NHL-worst Edmonton past playoff-bound Los Angeles.

Tom Gilbert had a short-handed goal and two assists for the Oilers, who have won three straight. Edmonton blew a three-goal lead in the third period, but Ryan Potulny and Shawn Horcoff scored in the shootout.

Michal Handzus scored the tying goal with 2:34 left in regulation and connected again in the shootout for the Kings.

Mike Comrie scored two early goals and the Oilers spoiled the Kings' home finale. With its second win in 23 road games, Edmonton snapped a 10-game winless streak on the road since Feb. 11, when the Oilers beat the Kings in another shootout.

Captain Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll also scored third-period goals for the Kings, who took a season-high 55 shots. Los Angeles is in a 3-3-3 skid.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Martin Erat scored the lone goal of the shootout, and Nashville beat St. Louis.

The Predators finished the regular season by winning three of four and reaching 100 points. They have a chance to finish as high as fifth in the Western Conference.

Jason Arnott scored the regulation goal for Nashville, which won the season series with St. Louis 5-1. Pekka Rinne stopped David Perron and Andy McDonald, and Brad Boyes missed in his last chance to continue the shootout.

Steve Sullivan missed the puck on Nashville's first shot and tried to tap it in on a second try, but that is not allowed. Erat, skating second, beat Ty Conklin's glove for the win.

David Backes scored St. Louis' lone goal.

This was the seventh time in 13 games the Predators had gone to overtime and they went 6-1 in those games.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Mike Modano was denied but Jamie Benn scored in the shootout, giving Dallas a victory over Minnesota to wrap up the regular season.

Brendan Morrow had a power-play goal, and Steve Ott scored twice for the Stars, tying the game at 3 early in the third period.

Mikko Koivu scored twice and rookie Casey Wellman got his first career goal for the Wild.

But this was about Modano, who drew a standing ovation when a video of highlights from his days with the Minnesota North Stars was shown during a first-period break.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos became the third-youngest player to score 50 goals in a season and he scored the only goal in the shootout to lead Tampa Bay over Florida.

At 20 years, 2 months and 3 days, only Wayne Gretzky (19 years, 2 months) and Jimmy Carson had 50-goal seasons earlier than Stamkos - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Stamkos scored in the first and second periods.

The Lightning held a 3-2 lead midway through the third period when Nathan Horton took advantage of an errant pass and slipped a backhand shot past Antero Nittymaki on the ensuing breakaway.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Michael Frolik scored for Florida, and Horton had two assists.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Henrik Sedin regained the NHL scoring lead with four assists, including three on twin brother Daniel's hat trick, and Vancouver beat Calgary.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa ended a long offensive drought with two goals, Rick Rypien and Ryan Kesler also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 38 saves as the Canucks ended the regular season by matching a franchise record with 49 wins. Daniel Sedin had four points.

Niklas Hagman had two goals, and Rene Bourque also scored for Calgary, which lost its final four (0-3-1) and missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

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