April 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games.
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Bruins 4, Sabres 1
David Krejci scored twice as the Boston Bruins clinched the National Hockey League's Presidents' Trophy and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
The victory, in Boston's home regular season finale, ensured the team will finish the regular season with the most points in the league.
It is the second President's Trophy for the Bruins since it was first awarded in 1986-87. They also won it in 1989-90.
The Bruins (54-18-9) have 117 points, the third-most in team history.
They will face the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.
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Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (overtime)
Mark Streit scored with 2:50 remaining in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and clinched third place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Flyers improved to 11-2-1 in their last 14 games at Pittsburgh, and are the only team to beat the Pirates more than twice this season.
The Penguins (51-24-6) are locked-in as the second seed in the Eastern Conference and will meet the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Flyers (42-30-9) will start the postseason against the New York Rangers.
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Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2
The Columbus Blue Jackets tuned up for the playoffs with a road win over the Florida Panthers.
Ryan Johansen scored the winning goal on a power play with 14:02 left to clinch the first wild-card berth for Columbus.
The Blue Jackets, who are in the postseason for just the second time in the 14-year history of the franchise, will be without injured Nathan Horton for the rest of the season, after the right winger underwent abdominal surgery.
Florida, who have missed the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 years, finished the season 29-45-8.
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Canadiens 1, Rangers 0 (overtime)
Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a home win in their regular season finale.
Montreal (46-28-8) will play Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.
The Canadiens will have home-ice advantage unless the Lightning win their final regular season game against Washington on Sunday.
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Predators 7, Blackhawks 5
The Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks at home in a wild back-and-forth game that featured four goals in the last three minutes.
The Predators delivered the knockout blow on a goal from right winger Patric Hornqvist with 58.2 seconds left.
Chicago played without several top players as they prepare to meet either the Colorado Avalanche or St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs.
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Senators 1, Maple Leafs 0
Jason Spezza scored the only goal as the Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto, who lost their seventh game in a row on the road, miss the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons.
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Sharks 3, Coyotes 2
Joe Pavelski scored two first-period goals to break the 40-goal barrier for the first time in his career and the San Jose Sharks beat the slumping Phoenix Coyotes.
The loss was the seventh straight for Phoenix, who had a five-point lead on Dallas two weeks ago for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
The Sharks play the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
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Ducks 4, Kings 3 (shootout)
Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 27 saves and winger Devante Smith-Pelly scored the winning shootout goal as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks (53-20-8) secured the Western Conference regular-season title and will face the Dallas Stars in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Oilers 5, Canucks 2
The Edmonton Oilers sent left winger Ryan Smyth out in style as one of the most beloved figures in franchise history ended his career on a winning note over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
The season has been a disaster for the Oilers, but they finished it with something special, an emotional farewell to a team mate who is retiring after 1,270 games over 20 seasons in the NHL. (Editing By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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