Bruins wrap up regular season with high-scoring affair

Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2003

BOSTON -- Glen Murray and Mike Knuble each scored two goals as the Boston Bruins ended the regular season Saturday by rejuvenating their offense with an 8-5 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

The eight goals matched the Bruins' output for their previous five games, when they went 0-2-3. They also were 0-for-25 on power plays in their previous seven games before scoring on two of them Saturday.

After clinching the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins' next game will be against one of the NHL's best defensive teams, the New Jersey Devils, in the first round of the playoffs.

The Sabres missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

Thrashers 3, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Playoff-bound New York ended the regular season in a slump as Atlanta rookie defenseman Joe DiPenta had a goal and an assist for his first NHL points.

The Islanders are winless in their last five games (0-4-1) but secured the league's final playoff spot Friday night, when the New York Rangers were eliminated with a loss to New Jersey. The Islanders open the playoffs in Ottawa.

DiPenta, playing in his second NHL game, gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead just 1:24 in and set up Ilya Kovalchuk's 37th of the season at 14:04 to give Atlanta a two-goal lead. Dany Heatley added his 39th goal for the Thrashers.

Capitals 5, Penguins 3

WASHINGTON -- Peter Bondra became Washington's career scoring leader, scoring twice in the third period.

Bondra, who reached 30 goals for the ninth season, scored the first and last goals in a four-goal, third-period rally.

He has 790 points (451 goals, 339 assists) since making his NHL debut in Washington in 1990-91. Bondra passed Mike Gartner, who had 397 goals and 392 assists for 789 points from 1979-89.

Senators 3, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO -- Zdeno Chara, Todd White and Radek Bonk scored as Ottawa finished the regular season with a victory over Toronto.

Backup goalie Martin Prusek made 23 saves for the Senators, who had already clinched the NHL's best regular-season record, becoming the first Canadian team in 14 years to win the Presidents' Trophy.

The Senators, who set franchise records with 52 wins and 113 points, will face the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.

Matthew Stajan scored his first goal in his first game NHL game for the Maple Leafs, who finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, giving home-ice advantage to the fourth-place Philadelphia Flyers in their first-round matchup.

Canadiens 5, Rangers 4

MONTREAL -- Stephane Quintal scored with 2:14 left in the third period to lift Montreal past New York.

Yanic Perreault had two goals and an assist, and Richard Zednik and Saku Koivu also scored for Montreal as both teams brought disappointing seasons to an end.

Sandy McCarthy had his first career two-goal game for New York, and Eric Lindros and Petr Nedved also scored.

New York finished ninth in the East with 78 points, extending their postseason drought to a team-record six seasons. The Canadiens were 10th with 77 points.

Flames 4, Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Craig Conroy scored twice and Dave Lowry had three assists as Calgary finished its season with a victory.

Roman Turek made 23 saves, and Stephane Yelle and Jordan Leopold added goals for Calgary. The Flames missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season, the NHL's longest current drought.

Todd Marchant scored for Edmonton.

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