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Pittsburgh will face Columbus in the first round of the playoffs.
PREDATORS 7, WILD 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. • Craig Smith had two goals and two assists for Nashville, which finished the season strong with a win over playoff-bound Minnesota.
Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, though, didn’t do himself or his team any good with this shaky performance, as meaningless as the game was against a Predators team that missed the playoffs for a second straight year. Nashville went 9-1-2 in its final 12 games, including eight regulation wins, but finished in 10th place.
Ryan Ellis, Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Smith scored consecutively in the second period, and Bryzgalov was benched at the second intermission. Including his previous game, Bryzgalov gave up eight goals in a span of 43 shots.
Rich Clune had a goal in the first period, and Calle Jarnkrok and Smith scored against goalie John Curry in the final frame.
Erik Haula, Jason Pominville and Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who gave up a season-high seven goals.
DUCKS 3, AVALANCHE 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. • Nick Bonino scored 1:33 into overtime, and Anaheim finished the best regular season in franchise history with a victory over Colorado.
Devante Smith-Pelly controlled the puck in the slot and passed to Bonino, who wrapped up Anaheim’s 54th victory with his 22nd goal.
With their playoff position secure, the Ducks used the game to honor Teemu Selanne, who plans to retire after the season. The 43-year-old Finnish Flash got standing ovations on every shift in the third period in Anaheim, his home for 15 of his 21 NHL seasons.
The Ducks will face Dallas in the first round starting Wednesday, and the Avalanche open against Minnesota on Thursday.
Patrick Maroon and Saku Koivu scored 3:13 apart to tie it early in the third period for the Ducks, who won seven of nine to close the season. John Gibson made 29 saves to remain unbeaten in his third career start.
Brad Malone and Stefan Elliott scored for the Avalanche, who lost for the third time in 11 games. Longtime Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 33 shots in possibly his final game on his longtime home rink.
COYOTES 2, STARS 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. • Dave Moss scored late in the third period, Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots, and Phoenix ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Dallas.
Knocked out of playoff contention on Friday, the Coyotes wanted desperately to end their season-worst losing streak. Greiss gave them a chance with some difficult saves, and Moss finished it with a one-timer past Tim Thomas with 2:31 left.
Shane Doan also scored for the Coyotes, who finished two points behind Dallas in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.Next Page >
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