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|Friday, 04 April 2008 19:01|
The Flyers' remarkable turnaround from the worst team in the NHL last season to the Eastern Conference playoffs was completed when Florida beat Carolina.
R.J. Umberger scored his 13th goal of the season only 5:44 into the game, and Scottie Upshall and Joffrey Lupul scored 37 seconds apart in the third. Biron, who has never played a postseason game, recorded his 22nd career shutout.
Martin Brodeur made 33 saves for the Devils.
Panthers 4, Hurricanes 3
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist and Florida prevented Carolina from clinching the Southeast Division.
Radek Dvorak added a goal and an assist, and Jay Bouwmeester and Steve Montador also scored for the Panthers, who snapped a 13-game losing streak on Carolina's home ice and won here for the first time since 2002.
Eric Staal, Sergei Samsonov and Trevor Letowski each scored for the Hurricanes, who would have clinched the division with a victory and outshot Florida 46-17 while committing no penalties to the Panthers' nine.
Instead for Carolina, it will be a long weekend of scoreboard watching. Washington would clinch the division title by beating Florida on Saturday night. The division goes to the Hurricanes with a Capitals loss.
Islanders 4, Rangers 3, SO
NEW YORK (AP) - Richard Park scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then added the decisive tally in the shootout for the Islanders.
Jaromir Jagr got the Rangers even at 3 just 4:20 into the third period, with his third goal in two games, but it wasn't enough.
Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau scored on the Islanders' first two shootout attempts against Henrik Lundqvist, but Nigel Dawes and Fredrik Sjostrom tied it.
In the fourth round, Park beat Lundqvist again before Wade Dubielewicz turned aside Petr Prucha. Dubielewicz made 48 saves, and Lundqvist stopped 29 shots before the shootout.
Okposo scored his second NHL goal in the first period, and Miroslav Satan netted his 16th of the season in the second. Dan Girardi and Dawes both scored tying goals in the second period for the Rangers.
Bruins 2, Senators 1
OTTAWA (AP) - Tim Thomas came within 8:14 of recording his third straight shutout against Ottawa and Zdeno Chara scored against his former team as both teams clinched playoff berths.
Phil Kessel also scored for Boston, which also drew even with Ottawa for sixth overall in the Eastern Conference with 94 points.
The Senators completed their regular season schedule, clinching a playoff spot midway through the third period when Florida beat Carolina.
Antoine Vermette, who scored his first career hat trick one night earlier, scored 11:46 into the third, ending Thomas' shutout streak against Ottawa at 180 minutes, 10 seconds. Thomas stopped 17 shots, improving to 4-0-1 in his last five starts against the Senators.
Blackhawks 3, Predators 1
CHICAGO (AP) - NHL rookie scoring leader Patrick Kane recorded his 20th goal and had an assist, and Patrick Lalime made 29 saves to lead Chicago.
Rookies Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish also scored for the Blackhawks, who won their fourth straight.
Rich Peverley scored for Nasvhille, which lost for the first time in regulation following a 5-0-1 stretch. The loss locked the Predators, who played their final regular-season game, into eighth place and the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Nashville will face league-leading Detroit in the opening postseason round. The Predators were 3-3-2 against the Red Wings in regular-season play.
Coyotes 4, Stars 2
DALLAS (AP) - Rookie Daniel Carcillo had three goals for his first career hat trick, rookie Martin Hanzal notched the tiebreaking goal in the second period, and Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak.
With the game tied at 2, Hanzal took a long lead pass from Zbynek Michalek and beat Dallas goalie Marty Turco on a breakaway for his eighth goal of the season at 13:13 of the second period. Carcillo put the game away with an empty-netter with 2.7 seconds left, his 11th of the season.
Trevor Daley had a goal and Philippe Boucher scored short-handed for Dallas, 3-8-2 in its last 13 games.
Mikael Tellqvist made 30 saves for the Coyotes, 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.