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Coyotes beat Stars, but it does not matte

Coyotes beat Stars, but it does not matter GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What was supposed to be a game for the final playoff berth in the NHL ended up being a meaningless exhibition between two teams looking toward the future. For the Phoenix Coyotes, that means retooling a roster that missed the playoffs for a second straight season. For the Dallas Stars, the plans are more immediate: a first-round playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks after a six-year postseason absence.

Lightning 1, Capitals 0 (SO)

(Updated: UPDATING: Editing throughout) Lightning 1, Capitals 0 (SO): Defenseman Matt Carle scored the only goal in the first round of the shootout as visiting Tampa Bay clinched home-ice advantage against Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

Senators beat Penguins for fifth straight win

Senators beat Penguins for fifth straight win PITTSBURGH -- The Ottawa Senators won't be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2011 but at least they could go into the offseason on a high note. Centers Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored during the shootout as the Senators closed their season with a 3-2 victory over the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. Ottawa won its fifth straight game, a season high.

Ducks honor Selanne, top Avalanche in OT

Ducks honor Selanne, top Avalanche in OT ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Western Conference's two division champions found different reasons to celebrate on the last day of the NHL's regular season. The Colorado Avalanche learned before the opening face-off Sunday night that they would finish in first place in the Central Division, given the St. Louis Blues' defeat earlier in the day. Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks commemorated the career of their all-time leading scorer with a late victory.

Predators close season with win over Wild

Predators close season with win over Wild SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- With their season ending, the Nashville Predators could dismiss long-time coach Barry Trotz. Although the Predators are out of the playoffs, lately Trotz's players have given the organization ample reason to keep him around. On Sunday, the Predators closed the season with a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild and have been one of the NHL's hottest teams of late, going 9-1-2 in their final dozen games.

Canucks 5, Flames 1

Canucks 5, Flames 1: Daniel Sedin scored a pair of first-period goals before being stretchered off the ice in the second to put a damper on host Vancouver's season-ending victory.

Islanders finish on high note, beat Sabres in SO

Islanders finish on high note, beat Sabres in SO BUFFALO, N.Y. -- For all intents and purposes, the New York Islanders' season ended a long time ago -- but their players kept on pushing until the end. The Islanders, sitting in last place in the Metropolitan Division, ended their season on a high note Sunday by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout. With the win, the Islanders finished the year on a three-game winning streak.

Stanley Cup first round set on final day of season

(Reuters) - The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs were set on Sunday after Colorado clinched the West's Central Division and Tampa Bay tied up second spot in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic with a win over Washington. The postseason gets underway on Wednesday with the Lightning hosting Montreal, Columbus traveling to face Pittsburgh and Anaheim hosting Dallas.

Devils 3, Bruins 2

Devils 3, Bruins 2: Defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored twice to send Martin Brodeur out a winner in potentially his last appearance with host New Jersey. Travis Zajac scored and set up a goal and Jaromir Jagr notched a pair of assists to increase his career total to 1,050, moving past Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe for eighth place on the NHL's all-time list. Jagr also tied Steve Yzerman for sixth place on the all-time points list with 1,755.

Lightning 1, Capitals 0 (SO)

Lightning 1, Capitals 0 (SO): Defenseman Matt Carle scored the only goal in the first round of the shootout as visiting Tampa Bay defeated Washington for its fourth straight victory to end the regular season.
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