Valtteri Filppula hit the target twice on his return to the game, Robin Lehner repelled 29 shots and the New York Islanders finished the season with a whitening Washington Capitals 3-0 to ensure the advantage ice cream in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday night.
Matt Martin also sounded the charge, with less than three minutes to go.
Barry Trotz’s squad started the one-point game to secure their place in second place in the Metropolitan section, somewhat behind the Capitals. The Islanders will kick off the spring tournament at home for the first time since 1988 and will face the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite their overtime loss to the New York Rangers.
The Capitals will face off with the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, as they try to get their hands on the Stanley Cup for a second year in a row. Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie and John Carlson got an evening of rest, while Phoenix Copley was in the net. He made 18 saves.
The Islanders will play their first-round playoff games at the Nassau Coliseum and could compete in the following rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Blue Jackets will face Tampa Bay
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets easily defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-2 on Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets secured a playoff spot the day before in a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers. They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.
Alexandre Texier, with his NHL debut, Riley Nash, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Markus Nutivaara have moved the ropes for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves.
Thomas Chabot and Mikkel Boedker hit the target for the Senators. Anders Nilsson stopped 17 shots to replace Craig Anderson, who was chased after allowing three goals in seven shots.
The Senators finished last in the NHL for the first time in 23 years.
Hurricanes beat Flyers
Jordan Staal broke the tie in the second and the Carolina Hurricanes held the fort to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday night.
This is their fourth victory in five games. The Hurricanes earned the first of two passes to the Eastern Conference teams and will face the defending Stanley Cup champions Washington Capitals in the opening round.
Warren Foegele, Justin Faulk and Teuvo Teravainen moved the strings in the first half for the Hurricanes, who secured their playoff spot on Thursday with a win against the New Jersey Devils.
The Hurricanes set a franchise record by collecting his 22 th win on the road. The Hurricanes have a record of 31-12-2 in their last 45 games, placing them in the top-3 best circuit teams in 2019.
Oskar Lindblom, Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier responded for the Flyers, who failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Predators secure section title
Viktor Arvidsson led the team with only 3: 33 left in the third and the Nashville Predators triumphed 5-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
The Predators needed two points against the Blackhawks to secure the Central Division title for a second consecutive season. They will have the advantage of ice for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Predators erased a 0-2 Arvidsson late and scored his 34 th goal of the season, a club record, during a power play. His wrist shot deceived Cam Ward’s vigilance on the side of the mitten.
Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino both had a goal and an assist, Dante Fabbro scored his first NHL goal and Colton Sissons completed the mark in a deserted net. The Predators have won five of their last six outings.
Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to finish the season with a record of 30-19-4. He has reached the 30-game winning streak for an eighth season.
Brendan Perlini and Drake Caggiula have provided success to the Blackhawks, who have lost three of their last five games. Ward blocked 45 pucks in the loss.
The Stars get their ticket for the series
Tyler Seguin opened the scoring with two goals in the third period and the Dallas Stars shut out the Minnesota Wild 3-0 for their playoff pass Saturday night.
Ben Bishop made 22 saves for his seventh shutout of the season, a career record. Tyler Pitlick also shone the light of goals for the Stars, who will start the spring tournament against the Nashville Predators.
Seguin first moved the strings on the power play in the third minute of play in the third. He accepted Alexander Radulov’s pass while he was in the left-throw circle and beat Alex Stalock with a slap shot in the top corner.
The Wild managed to limit the damage in the last 22 numerical disadvantages.
Seguin then jumped on Jamie Oleksiak’s throwback and beat Stalock from a backhand shot six minutes later.
Stalock concluded the match with 41 saves.
The Sabers are a mouthful of the Red Wings
Jeff Skinner moved the strings twice to reach the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career, and the Buffalo Sabers ended their season with an overwhelming 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin scored a goal and help, Sam Reinhart, Conor Sheary, Zemgus Girgensons and Brandon Montour also blacked the scorecard for the Sabers, who finished the season with a scanty 76 points. Jack Eichel and Rasmus Ristolainen both collected two assists, while Linus Ullmark dropped 23 pucks.
Anthony Mantha was the only scorer for the Red Wings, who collected 74 points during the season. Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots before being replaced by Kaden Fulcher in the second period. In his NHL debut, Fulcher finished with nine saves.
The Sabers are out of the playoff picture and finished the season with a 3-13-2 record.