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Flyers clinch division

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Oates and Mark Recchi scored as the Philadelphia Flyers won the Atlantic Division title with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the New York Rangers.

The Flyers could clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a victory over the Islanders on Sunday if Boston loses in regulation to Pittsburgh and Toronto loses to Ottawa later Saturday night.

Blues 3, Red Wings, 2 OT

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Pronger scored with 1:09 left in overtime, giving St. Louis its first win over the Detroit in two years.

Brett Hull and Jason Williams scored for Detroit.

Dallas Drake and Pavol Demitra had the other goals for St. Louis.

Sharks 3, Kings 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Scott Thornton scored his 100th career goal, and Patrick Marleau had two assists as San Jose finished the best regular season in franchise history with a win over Los Angeles.

Teemu Selanne and Marco Sturm also scored for the Pacific Division champions, who won their fifth straight home game.

Evgeni Nabokov, looking sharp behind a sturdy defense, stopped 28 shots for the Sharks, who rested captain Owen Nolan.

Bruins 7, Penguins 1

BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored three goals as Boston clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over Pittsburgh.

The Bruins, who ended a five-game winless streak, finally gained momentum going into their playoff opener at home Thursday night against Montreal.

Devils 4, Capitals 3, OT

WASHINGTON -- Scott Niedermayer scored 1:53 into overtime as New Jersey beat Washington.

In the regular season finale for both teams, the Devils moved one point ahead of the New York Islanders. New Jersey will either be the fifth or sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, pending the outcome of the Islanders game against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Maple Leafs 5, Senators 2

OTTAWA -- Mats Sundin had a goal and three assists as Toronto beat Ottawa, spoiling Roger Neilson's 1,000th regular season game as an NHL coach.

Toronto finished fourth overall in the Eastern Conference, but its playoff opponent is not yet set.

Ottawa finished seventh in the Eastern Conference and will face Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.

Sabres 3, Canadiens 0

MONTREAL -- Martin Biron made 22 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Miroslav Satan scored his team-leading 37th goal as Buffalo beat Montreal.

Erik Rasmussen and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Sabres.

The Canadiens finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and will begin their first playoff series in four years next Thursday at Boston.

Canucks 4, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta -- Markus Naslund scored his 40th goal of the season and added an assist as Vancouver beat Calgary to finish the regular season with a nine-game unbeaten streak.

Vancouver is currently tied for fifth in the Western Conference, but could still drop back to eighth depending on the outcome of Sunday's games.



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