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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
LAST DAY OF REGULAR SEASON FINALIZES PLAYOFF PICTURE …

One division title, four playoff positions and four first-round matchups were decided during the final day of the regular season:

* The Anaheim Ducks clinched the Pacific Division title by defeating the Los Angeles Kings. They will face the Calgary Flames in Western Conference First Round series, their third postseason meeting. Anaheim defeated Calgary in the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 ANA) and 2015 Western Conference First Round (4-1 ANA).

* The Edmonton Oilers locked in the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division to set up a Western Conference First Round series with the San Jose Sharks, their second all-time meeting. Edmonton defeated San Jose in six games in the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals en route to the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Boston Bruins clinched the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division by virtue of the Toronto Maple Leafs' regulation loss to set up an Eastern Conference First Round series with the Ottawa Senators, their first postseason meeting.

* The Maple Leafs fell to the No. 2 wild card in the Eastern Conference to set up a first-round series with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, their first meeting in the postseason.

 

… NHL ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE

The NHL announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begins Wednesday.

Click here for complete details.

 

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

DETROIT 4, New Jersey 1

TAMPA BAY 4, Buffalo 2

NY ISLANDERS 4, Ottawa 2

ST. LOUIS 3, Colorado 2

Columbus 3, TORONTO 2

NY RANGERS 3, Pittsburgh 2

Carolina 4, PHILADELPHIA 3 (SO)

Florida 2, WASHINGTON 0

ANAHEIM 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)

EDMONTON 5, Vancouver 2

 

DUCKS CLAIM FIFTH CONSECUTIVE PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE … 

Ryan Getzlaf had three assists to help the Ducks (46-23-13, 105 points) clinch the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division, their fifth consecutive division title and sixth ever.

* The Ducks finished the season on a 14-game point streak (11-0-3), the third-longest such run in franchise history behind 16- and 14-game runs in 2006-07 and 2015-16, respectively.

* They had at least a point in each of their final 10 games at Honda Center (9-0-1), marking the second straight season the Ducks have posted a 10-game home point streak (Jan. 20 - March 14, 2016: 9-0-1).

* Getzlaf (58) had at least three assists in a game for the fifth time this season to finish third in the League behind the Oilers' Connor McDavid (70) and the Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom (63).

 

… AS McDAVID GETS 100TH POINT IN OILERS' NINTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN

Connor McDavid had two assists to reach the 100-point milestone for the first time in his career (30 goals, 70 assists), extend his season-ending point streak to 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 14 games and help the Oilers set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive home win.

* McDavid became the second Oilers player to lead the NHL in points, joining Wayne Gretzky, who achieved the feat in seven consecutive seasons from 1980-81 to 1986-87.

* At 20 years, 86 days, McDavid became the third-youngest player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to lead the League in points, behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (19 years, 244 days in 2006-07) and Gretzky (20 years, 69 days in 1980-81). McDavid is just the fifth player younger than age 21 to hit the 100-point mark over the past 27 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

* McDavid, who led the NHL with 30 multipoint games in 2016-17, became the second Oilers player with at least 100 points in a season during the past 26 seasons, joining Doug Weight who had 104 points (25 goals, 79 assists) in 82 games in 1995-96.

* Elias adds that McDavid became the first Oilers player with points in at least 14 consecutive games since 1987-88 when Mark Messier (11-16-27 in 14 GP) and Gretzky (11-27-38 in 15 GP) each saw their point streaks end Nov. 29.

 

ZETTERBERG LEADS RED WINGS IN FINAL GAME AT THE JOE

Playing in his 1,000th NHL game, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist to power the Red Wings to a victory in the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, the team's home since 1979-80.

* Zetterberg, who had an assist in his first game at Joe Louis Arena, against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 17, 2002 in his fourth NHL game, became the seventh player to skate in 1,000 NHL games with the Red Wings. He led the Red Wings with 68 points (17 goals, 51 assists) in 82 games.

* Riley Sheahan (2-0-2) opened the scoring in the first period and scored the last goal at The Joe with 2:33 remaining in regulation. They were his first goals in exactly one year (April 9, 2016 at NYR). In the Red Wings' first game in the building, Dec. 27, 1979, Red Wings forwards Dennis Sobchuk (1:43) and Daniel Bolduc (17:46) scored in the second period of a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

* ICYMI: Click here for more details from the final game at Joe Louis Arena.

 

BICKELL CAPS NHL CAREER WITH SHOOTOUT GOAL

In the final game of his NHL career, Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout to help the Carolina Hurricanes win their season finale. Bickell, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, returned to the lineup for the final four games. He had said Sunday would be his last NHL game.

"It was special. First time I lifted the [Stanley] Cup was in Philly [with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010]," Bickell said. "To end it here was nice. Kind of think of all the memories and all the support and people that helped, it's really a moment that rushes in at once. I'm just happy to have them support me, believe in me and let me do what I love."

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Cam Atkinson scored the game-winning goal and moved into sole possession of second place on the Columbus Blue Jackets' all-time goals list as the Blue Jackets reached the 50-win mark for the first time. … Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 39th goal of the season to finish tied for fourth in the League and establish a career high for points in a season with 75 (39 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games as the Blues finished the season with a 15-2-2 run. … Kings forward Jarome Iginla (0-1-1) became the 34th NHL player with 1,300 career points (625 goals, 675 assists). … Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer made 33 saves and closed the season with back-to-back shutouts. … Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist to eclipse 300 career points (65-236-301 in 549 GP) and finish the season with 72 points (16 goals, 56 assists) in 79 games, second among NHL defensemen behind the Sharks' Brent Burns (29-47-76 in 82 GP). … Oilers forward Jordan Eberle had his second NHL hat trick to reach the 20-goal mark. … Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist became the sixth rookie to reach the 20-goal mark this season, the most since seven scored that man in 2010-11. … Ducks fans gave Kings broadcaster Bob Miller a standing ovation as he called the final game of his Hall of Fame career.

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