The Florida Panthers clinched the first division title in franchise history, getting first-period goals from Marcel Goc (gahch) and John Madden and 33 saves from Scott Clemmensen to beat the Carolina Panthers 4-1 and wrap up the Southeast crown
The Eastern Conference playoff pairings are set: Top-seeded New York will play Ottawa, No. 2 seed Boston takes on Washington, third-seed Florida plays New Jersey and fourth seeded Pittsburgh plays Philadelphia.
In the first of the action from the final day of the regular season in the NHL:
-- Taylor Pyatt scored two goals and Mike Smith made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes clinch the first division championship in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Coyotes will play sixth-seeded Chicago in the first round. -- Alex
Steen and David Perron scored power-play goals, Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slav HAH'-lak) stopped 33 shots, and the playoff-bound St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2.
-- Backup Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots before leaving early in the final period after a collision and Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 27th goal to lift the playoff-bound Nashville Predators to a 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
-- Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal of the season and Teddy Purcell had a hat trick -- including the overtime winner -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended their season with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg. Only Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals have reached the 60-goal mark since 1996. Just 19 players have scored 60 goals or more in a single season.
-- Washington scored three first-period goals and third-string goaltender Braden Holtby made 35 saves to help the Capitals beat the Rangers 4-1, spoiling New York's chance to clinch the Presidents' Trophy.
-- Evgeni Malkin scored his 50th goal of the season and added an assist to lock up his second NHL scoring title and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. These teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs.
-- Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) had three assists in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout on Saturday to lead the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins into the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres had already been eliminated from the playoff race.
-- In Detroit, two Central Division foes faced off with the Blackhawks beating the Red Wings 3-2. Chicago won the game in a shootout as Patrick Kane had the only goal in the shootout. Despite the loss, the Red Wings clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference and Blackhawks finish as the sixth seed.
-- Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) scored twice, Stephen Gionta broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 to close the regular season with a six-game winning streak. The Devils will be the No. 6 seed in Eastern Conference for the postseason.
-- Nigerian-born Akim Aliu scored his first two NHL goals Saturday to lead the Calgary Flames to a season-ending 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
----In a matchup of two teams not going to the playoffs, Montreal beat Toronto 4-1. Erik Cole scored his team-high 35th goal for the Habs.
----In the final game for both teams, Cam Atkinson scored twice in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 7-3 win over the New York Islanders.
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