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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Sidney Crosby finished the regular season with a flourish, scoring twice to reach 50 goals for the first time and adding three assists that helped the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 6-5 in overtime Sunday.

Crosby's second-period breakaway gave him 51 goals this season, tying him with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer.

Jordan Leopold scored at 4:25 of overtime for the Penguins, who will be the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference when the NHL playoffs begin this week.

Evgeni Malkin complemented Crosby's big game with two goals and two assists. Eric Godard also scored for the Penguins.

John Tavares had two goals, and Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo and Jon Sim also scored for the Islanders.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos got his 51st goal of the season, and Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay also scored to lead Tampa Bay past Florida.

Stamkos chased down a loose puck and scored into an empty net with 13 seconds left to tie Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the league lead. Washington's Alex Ovechkin remained at 50 after he was held scoreless in the Capitals' loss to Boston.

Mike Smith made 30 saves for the Lightning, who finished the season with three straight wins.

Rostislav Olesz scored for Florida and Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jamie Langenbrunner scored an empty-net, power-play goal with 3 seconds left and New Jersey earned the No. 2 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Sabres needed to win the game in regulation to earn the No. 2 seed and they pulled goalie Patrick Lalime with about 10 seconds to go to put an extra skater on the ice. It backfired seconds later when Langenbrunner took a pass from Zach Parise and found the empty net.

Travis Zajac also scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots, including a great leg save on Toni Lydman with 2:35 to play. The Devils will meet seventh-seeded Philadelphia in the opening round of the playoffs.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brian Boucher stopped Olli Jokinen on the final attempt of the shootout to send Philadelphia into the playoffs while eliminating the New York Rangers.

The Flyers earned the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will play New Jersey.

The Rangers forced what was essentially a one-game playoff when they beat the Flyers on Friday night. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was sensational, but Matt Carle tied the game at 1 early in the third period.

Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux scored in the shootout for the Flyers. P.A. Parenteau scored for the Rangers.

CHICAGO (AP) - Brad Stuart scored at 3:11 of overtime as Detroit prevented Chicago from winning the Western Conference.

Stuart took a pass from Dan Cleary to beat Antti Niemi as the Red Wings continued their late-season surge and locked up the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. They will face Phoenix in the first round.

A victory would have allowed the Blackhawks to tie San Jose (113) for most points in the Western Conference and Chicago would have won a tiebreaker because it had more victories.

Instead the Blackhawks had their six-game winning streak end, finishing with 112 points and now have the No. 2 seed. They will open the playoffs against Nashville.

DENVER (AP) - Dustin Brown scored 1:31 into overtime, helping Los Angeles head into the postseason with a burst of momentum.

The Kings are still waiting to see who they will face in the Western Conference playoffs. It will be the sixth seed and face Vancouver in the first round.

The Avalanche enter the postseason as the eighth seed and will face San Jose.

Los Angeles tied the game late in the third when Jarret Stoll redirected a shot past Craig Anderson. Kings goalie Erik Ersberg had 31 saves filling in for Jonathan Quick.

Ryan Stoa scored the lone goal for Colorado.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two-time reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin was held without a point as Boston beat Washington in a shootout.

David Krejci and Miroslav Satan scored in the shootout for the Bruins, who ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak.

Marco Sturm tied the game with 4:18 remaining in regulation for Boston. Mike Knuble had given Washington the lead by redirecting Mike Green's drive with 10:01 to play.

Alexander Semin reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career and Eric Belanger also scored for the Capitals, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Michael Ryder scored twice in the first period for the Bruins.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored his 606th goal in possibly his final NHL game, and Anaheim beat Edmonton in the league's regular-season finale.

Ryan Carter scored twice for the Ducks, who didn't know whether they were bidding farewell to Selanne or captain Scott Niedermayer. Both mainstays of Anaheim's 2007 Stanley Cup championship team haven't decided whether they'll return to the Ducks, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Honda Center was ringed with dozens of signs and banners in English and Finnish, praising Selanne and demanding another year from him and Niedermayer, the 36-year-old defenseman.

Ryan Whitney scored for the Oilers, who finished last in the NHL.

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