Isles defeat Flyers, secure playoff spot

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2002

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Dave Scatchard scored early in the third period to break a tie, helping the New York Islanders secure fifth place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff match with Toronto after a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

New York's Claude Lapointe added an empty-net goal with 46.9 seconds remaining.

Roman Hamrlik also scored for the Islanders, while Chris Osgood picked up his 32nd win by stopping 15 shots.

The Flyers, who are set to face the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs, got 30 saves from Boucher in an outstanding performance. Ruslan Fedotenko scored Philadelphia's only goal.

Oilers 4, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Josh Green scored two unassisted goals and added an assist and backup goalie Jussi Markkanen made 30 saves to lead Edmonton past Minnesota.

Todd Marchant scored short-handed and Mike York also had a goal for the Oilers, who finished one spot out of the playoffs with 92 standings points and will miss the postseason for the first time since 1995-96.

Blackhawks 2, Blue Jackets 0

CHICAGO -- Eric Daze scored his 200th career goal and Chicago clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference by beating Columbus.

Jocelyn Thibault stopped 28 shots to get his sixth shutout of the season, and Tony Amonte added a goal in the final period for Chicago, which will face No. 4 seed St. Louis in the opening best-of-7 playoff series.

Stars 2, Avalanche 2

DENVER -- Steven Reinprecht scored with 2:59 left in regulation as Colorado secured home-ice advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs with a tie against Dallas.

Colorado tied San Jose with 99 points, but had one more victory (45-44) to earn the second seed in the Western Conference.

Dallas, already out of the playoff race, failed to reach 90 points (89) for the first time since 1995-96.

Hurricanes 2, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA -- Martin Gelinas scored on a deflection midway through the third period, helping Carolina stay unbeaten in 15 games all-time against Atlanta.

The Hurricanes, who clinched their second Southeast Division title in four years earlier this week, played without top scorers Ron Francis, Sami Kapanen and Jeff O'Neill, who were healthy scratches.

Carolina, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, plays New Jersey in the first round of the playoffs.

The Thrashers, who finished with the NHL's worst record for the second time in three seasons, went winless in their last nine games (0-5-3-1).

Blues 5, Red Wings 3

DETROIT -- Pavol Demitra was one of five St. Louis players to score as the Blues beat Detroit.

St. Louis, which will host Chicago in the first round later this week, won the final four games of the regular season and eight of 11.

Detroit, which will play Vancouver in the first round and has the NHL's best record, is winless in seven and has just one win in 10 games.

Both teams made the playoffs.

Kings 1, Mighty Ducks 0

LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy scored a power-play goal in the third period and Los Angeles defeated Anaheim to extend its unbeaten streak to 11 games at Staples Center.

The Kings finished with 95 points and secured the seventh seed in the Western Conference. They play Northwest Division champion Colorado in the first round of the playoffs.

Lightning 3, Panthers 2, OT

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Vincent Lecavalier scored during a two-man advantage in overtime, giving Tampa Bay a win over Florida.

Lecavalier's 20th goal made him the first player in team history to post three consecutive 20-goal seasons.

Coyotes 6, Predators 4

PHOENIX -- Teppo Numminen scored the game-winner as Phoenix scored four goals in the third period to beat Nashville and lock up sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Coyotes will open the first round of the playoffs against the Pacific Division champion Sharks in San Jose, with whom they split a four-game season series.

The comeback win allowed Phoenix to avoid the eighth seed and having to begin the first round against No. 1 Detroit. The Red Wings beat the Coyotes twice and tied the other two games.

Ladislav Nagy scored twice, once on a power play.

Claude Lemieux, Radoslav Suchy and Paul Mara had the other Phoenix goals.

Patrick DesRochers started in the Phoenix goal for Sean Burke, who had a slight groin pull.

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