PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Scott Hartnell and Andrej Meszaros each scored two goals, and the Philadelphia Flyers clinched the Atlantic Division and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Philadelphia opens defense of its conference championship next week against the No. 7 seed - likely the Buffalo Sabres.
The Flyers won the division for the first time since 2003-04 - a minor consolation after they squandered their lead atop the East to Washington with the late-season swoon.
Kimmo Timonen and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers. Darroll Powe added an empty-netter with 1 second left.
Michael Grabner, Travis Hamonic, John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau scored for the Islanders, who finished 30-39-13 and with 73 points. Only Florida was worse in the East.
NEW YORK (AP) - Captain Chris Drury scored his first goal of the season in a surprise return to the lineup and Ryan McDonagh netted the first of his career as New York rallied for the win, then got some help to reach the playoffs.
The Rangers had to wait several hours to see if they would claim the No. 8 seed in the East, and they did when Carolina lost at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2. New York edged out Carolina by two points and will face Washington in the first round.
Wojtek Wolski, Brandon Prust and Vinny Prospal also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as New York improved to 29-0 when leading after two periods.
Nick Palmieri and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Devils.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist, and quick-starting Tampa Bay eliminated Carolina from playoff contention.
Lecavalier, Dominic Moore and Steven Stamkos scored during a 6-minute, 32-second flurry in the first period. The Lightning led 4-0 midway through the second and held on to send the New York Rangers into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the East.
Martin St. Louis had two assists before he and Simon Gagne scored empty-netters in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Mike Smith made 42 saves as the Lightning matched a club record with win No. 46.
Cory Stillman and Chad LaRose scored and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots for Carolina.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Bill Thomas scored with 6:05 remaining and Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves to help Florida close the season by snapping a 10-game losing streak.
Washington, which lost for only the third time in 20 games (16-3-1), had clinched the top seed in the East on Friday when Philadelphia lost to Buffalo.
Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for the Capitals.
The victory was the Panthers' first since a 4-0 shutout over Toronto on March 17 and helped them avoid matching the NHL's longest season-ending slide since the 1967 expansion. The 2003-04 Kings and 1976-77 Red Wings both ended the season with 11 consecutive losses.
BOSTON (AP) - Nathan Horton scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period and Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots to help Boston win its regular-season home finale.
It was the Bruins' seventh win in 10 games and left them in contention for the East's second seed with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Boston must win its regular-season finale Sunday in New Jersey to have a chance.
Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley had Boston's other goals.
Bobby Butler scored for the Senators, who missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons and fired coach Cory Clouston and two assistants after the loss.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jaroslav Halak shut out playoff-bound Nashville for the third time this season and T.J. Oshie scored from his knees early in the second period for St. Louis.
Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for the Predators, who are assured of at least the sixth seed in the West.
Halak stopped 24 shots for his seventh shutout, and also blanked Nashville on Dec. 26 at home and Oct. 28 on the road.
Alex Steen scored his 100th career goal with 49 seconds to go to clinch it for the Blues, who missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Paul Gaustad scored the winner late on a power play, and four other Buffalo players scored in the season finale for both teams.
With the game tied 3-3, Drew Stafford and Gaustad, who also had an assist, scored on a five-minute major to former Buffalo captain Craig Rivet for cross-checking Tyler Ennis.
Jason Pominville added a goal and an assist, and Chris Butler and Ennis also scored for Buffalo, which holds the No. 7 seed in the East. Brad Boyes added three assists for the Sabres.
Kristian Huselius scored twice, and Derek Dorsett and Jared Boll also scored for Columbus.
TORONTO (AP) - Brian Gionta scored two goals and Carey Price made 27 saves to help Montreal close the season as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern playoffs.
Ryan White and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, who could have slipped to seventh with a loss but instead set up a first-round matchup against the rival Boston Bruins.
Phil Kessel scored for Toronto, which missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Price picked up his 38th win of the season, becoming the first Montreal goalie since Ken Dryden in 1976-77 to accomplish that feat. Price watched last year's playoff run from the bench, but will likely play a major role in the team's success or failure this spring.