Ice Hockey - Round-up: Detroit reach post-season

Captain Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals and set up another while Jimmy Howard made 17 saves en route to his second shutout in four games as visiting Detroit clinched a playoff spot for the 22nd consecutive season.

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Red Wings 3, Stars 0

Captain Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals and set up another while Jimmy Howard made 17 saves en route to his second shutout in four games as visiting Detroit clinched a playoff spot for the 22nd consecutive season.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson also tallied and Pavel Datsyuk collected three assists for the Red Wings, who ended the regular season with four straight victories.

Detroit finished seventh in the Western Conference and will face the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs.

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Wild 3, Avalanche 1

Devin Setoguchi scored on the power play and Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves as visiting Minnesota clinched a playoff berth.

Zach Parise and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also tallied for the Wild, who needed a win to get into the postseason after Columbus and Detroit had both emerged victorious earlier on Saturday.

Minnesota secured the eighth seed in the Western Conference and will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round.

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Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1

Defenseman Jack Johnson snapped a tie with 4:48 remaining as host Columbus scored three times in the third period to briefly keep their playoff hopes alive.

Brandon Dubinsky recorded a goal and an assist, Cam Atkinson also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves for the Blue Jackets, who won eight of their final nine games in the regular season.

Columbus still missed out on the second postseason appearance in franchise history, however, as Minnesota defeated Colorado to claim the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.

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Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Eric Fehr scored a power-play goal 3:23 into overtime as host Washington dealt a blow to Boston's bid for its third consecutive Northeast Division title.

Defenseman Mike Green scored a pair of power-play goals just 1:55 apart in the third period and Braden Holtby finished with 32 saves for the Southeast Division champion Capitals, who improved to 11-1-1 in their last 13 games.

Third-seeded Washington will face the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston will host Ottawa on Sunday in its season finale needing a victory to win the Northeast title.

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Rangers 4, Devils 0

Rick Nash scored twice to surpass the 20-goal plateau for the ninth consecutive season and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 20 shots he faced for host New York, which secured the number six seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Captain Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan each collected a goal and an assist as the Rangers improved to 10-3-1 in their last 14 games and will face Southeast Division champion Washington in the first round.

The clubs have met in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

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Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1

Lars Eller scored and added two assists as visiting Montreal ended its season with a thumping of Northeast Division rival Toronto.

Rookie Brendan Gallagher and defenseman Andrei Markov each had a goal and an assist, Tomas Plekanec also scored and Peter Budaj made 16 saves for the Canadiens, who have a one-point lead in the division over Boston.

Phil Kessel opened the scoring during a power play for the Maple Leafs, who finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and will face either Boston or Montreal in the opening round of the playoffs.

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Flyers 2, Senators 1

Jakub Voracek scored the decisive goal midway through the third period as visiting Philadelphia thwarted Ottawa's chances of improving its playoff seeding.

Jason Akeson scored his first goal in his NHL debut and Steve Mason made 43 saves while picking up an assist on the winning goal as the Flyers finished the season on a four-game winning streak and handed the Senators only their sixth regulation loss at home.

Kyle Turris scored the only goal for Ottawa, which must earn a point in Sunday's season finale at Boston to avoid finishing in eighth place and a first-round playoff matchup with the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ottawa's game with the Bruins is a makeup as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings, and Boston needs a victory to win the Northeast Division title.

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Penguins 8, Hurricanes 3

James Neal recorded a hat trick and added an assist after missing eight games with a concussion as visiting Pittsburgh erupted for five goals in the third period to win its regular-season finale.

Evgeni Malkin collected a power-play goal and two assists with his parents in attendance.

Jussi Jokinen scored twice against his former team and Brenden Morrow and Matt Cooke each had a goal and an assist.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 shots and had an assist in the second straight contest for the top-seeded Penguins, who will face either Ottawa or the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.

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Blues 3, Blackhawks 1

Rookie Jaden Schwartz recorded his first career two-goal performance to help host St Louis secure home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues, who finished in fourth place in the Western Conference and will host either the Los Angeles Kings or San Jose Sharks to open their postseason.

Brian Elliott made 22 saves to improve to 11-2-0 in April.

Ben Smith tallied for Presidents' Trophy-winning Chicago, which rested a large number of its regulars - including Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, captain Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith.

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Coyotes 5, Ducks 3

Radim Vrbata recorded his fourth career hat trick and Jason LaBarbera turned aside 43 shots as visiting Phoenix upended Pacific Division champion Anaheim for the third time in four meetings.

Kyle Chipchura and Antoine Vermette also scored and defenseman Keith Yandle notched a pair of assists - one day after setting up three goals in a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado.

Martin Hanzal also had two assists and captain Shane Doan added one to move within two points of tying Thomas Steen (817) for second place on the Coyotes' all-time points list.

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Panthers 5, Lightning 3

Tomas Fleischmann scored his second goal to snap a tie with 6:07 remaining in the third period and Nick Bjugstad added his first career tally as visiting Florida rallied past Tampa Bay.

Martin St. Louis had staked the Lightning to a 3-2 lead with a goal and assist and wrapped up his second NHL scoring title (2004).

Scottie Upshall tied the game at 3-3 on a rebound 5:30 into the third, Fleischmann swept home a cross-ice pass by rookie Jonathan Huberdeau (three assists) for the winner and Marcel Goc added an empty-netter for the Panthers.

St. Louis, 37, who finished with 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) became the oldest player to win the Art Ross Trophy.

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Oilers 7, Canucks 2

Rookie Nail Yakupov recorded his first career hat-trick as host Edmonton scored five goals in a 3:35 span late in the third period to win the season series against Northwest Division champion Vancouver for the first time in seven seasons.

Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz recorded a goal and three assists while Jordan Eberle scored twice for the Oilers, who finished with 13 goals over two consecutive victories after winning one of their previous 10 contests.

Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and Jerred Smithson capped the scoring with his first point as an Oiler.

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Kings 3, Sharks 2

Justin Williams recorded a goal and an assist as Los Angeles extended its home winning streak to seven games.

Kyle Clifford and defenseman Slava Voynov also scored, Brad Richardson set up two scores and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, who finished in fifth place in the Western Conference.

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