Flyers clinch Atlantic Division title with tie

Posted: Monday, April 05, 2004

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Kim Johnsson scored 4:20 into the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers got the point they needed to clinch the Atlantic Division title by tying the New York Islanders 3-3 on Sunday.

The Flyers edged New Jersey 101 points to 100 and will open the playoffs with home-ice advantage against the Stanley Cup champion Devils.

Roman Hamrlik, Adrian Aucoin and Alexei Yashin scored power-play goals for New York, which locked up the eight seed in the East on Saturday and will play top-seeded Tampa Bay in the first round.

Keith Primeau and Jeremy Roenick scored for the Flyers.

Bruins 3, Devils 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Boston won a division title and took one away from New Jersey on the final day of the regular season.

Glen Murray set up a goal and scored another in a three-goal first-period, and the Bruins captured the Northeast Division title.

Travis Green and Sergei Samsonov also scored for Boston, while Andrew Raycroft made 13 saves.

The loss cost the Devils their second straight Atlantic Division title.

The Bruins will face Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

Predators 2, Avalanche 1, OT

DENVER David Legwand scored 32 seconds into overtime and Chris Mason stopped 38 shots, helping Nashville beat Colorado.

Colorado outshot Nashville 39-22, but Scott Hartnell tied it with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

The Avalanche play Dallas in the first round of the playoffs but could be without Paul Kariya, who twisted his right ankle.

The Predators open the Western Conference playoffs against the top-seeded Red Wings.

John-Michael Liles scored for Colorado just 1:52 in.

Sharks 4, Kings 3, OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. Brad Stuart tied the game with two goals in the final 20 seconds of regulation, and Vincent Damphousse scored with 3:10 into overtime for San Jose.

The Sharks, Pacific Division champions, will face St. Louis in the first round.

The Kings took a 3-1 lead in the third period on goals by Jaroslav Modry and John Tripp, but the Sharks rallied after pulling goalie Evgeni Nabokov during a power play in the final minute.

Stuart's two goals in 17 seconds set a franchise record for the Sharks, who won for the sixth time in seven games.

Modry scored his first goal in 56 games for the Kings, whose season-ending winless streak stretched to 11 games (0-9-0-2).

Mighty Ducks 2, Flames 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. Martin Skoula and Sergei Fedorov scored third-period goals, lifting Anaheim over Calgary.

Calgary's Jarome Iginla scored his 41st goal of the season in the second period to match Columbus left wing Rick Nash and Atlanta left wing Ilya Kovalchuk for tops in the NHL.

Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff was given the day off, leaving him with a 1.69 goals against average in 38 games, a modern era record. Kiprusoff also led the league with a .933 save percentage.

The Flames will face Vancouver in the first round of the playoffs.

Hurricanes 6, Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. Brad Fast scored his first NHL goal with 2:26 left in regulation to help Carolina salvage a tie at Florida after squandering a four-goal lead.

Radim Vrbata, Jesse Boulerice, Rob Brind Amour, Erik Cole and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who ended the season on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).

Donald Audette had two goals and two assists for the Panthers. Christian Berglund also scored twice for Florida. Mikael Samuelsson and Kamil Piros had the other goals, while Olli Jokinen and Mike Van Ryn each had three assists.

Stars 5, Blackhawks 2

DALLAS Marty Turco returned from a four-game suspension and made 24 saves, leading Dallas past Chicago.

Shayne Corson had two goals for Dallas, which finished fifth in the West and will play fourth-seeded Colorado in the opening round of the postseason.

Jere Lehtinen, Bill Guerin and Val Bure also scored for Dallas.

Ryan VandenBussche had two goals and Jocelyn Thibault stopped 22 shots for the Blackhawks, who were winless in their last nine games (0-5-2-2).

Wild 3, Blues 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. Marian Gaborik had a goal, and Dwayne Roloson earned his fifth shutout, leading Minnesota to a season-ending victory over short-handed St. Louis.

Stephane Veilleux had a power-play goal, and Marc Chouinard added an empty-netter for the Wild, who finished 10th in the West after advancing to the conference finals last year.

Minnesota went 9-3-1-1 in its final 14 games and moved above .500 for the first time all season to finish at 30-29-20-3.

Roloson, who made 24 saves, had the second-best goals-against average in the league behind Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff.

Penguins 4, Capitals 3

PITTSBURGH Lasse Pirjeta scored two goals, but Pittsburgh still finished last in the NHL standings for the first time since 1984.

After losing 18 straight games, the Penguins went 12-5-3 the greatest turnaround by a team in any season following a winless streak of 15 games or longer.

The Penguins also were 6-0-2 in their final eight home games after going 0-15-1 during a franchise-record 16-game home winless streak that included a league-record 14-game losing streak.

Milan Kraft scored the game-winning goal with 2:38 remaining.



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