National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkApril 11, 2014 

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Krejci scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, as the Boston Bruins clinched the Presidents' Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday at TD Garden. Patrice Bergeron netted his 30th goal and Gregory Campbell also scored for the Bruins, who were coming off shootout losses in each of their last two games and locked up home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boston, which will finish with the best record in the NHL for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign, will close the regular season on Sunday in New Jersey before starting the playoffs at home next week. The Bruins were 8-0-1 in their last nine at home and finished 31-7-3 at TD Garden. Cody Hodgson scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who will host the New York Islanders on Sunday to close the disastrous 2013-14 season. Buffalo, which has lost six in a row, will finish with the worst record in the NHL. Sabres goaltender Matt Hackett was taken off the ice on a stretcher midway through the third period with an apparent leg injury after stopping 20 shots. Boston's Torey Krug was charging toward the net and was checked into the crease before falling onto the outstretched right leg of the goaltender with 11:35 remaining in the contest. Hackett remained on the ice and was immobilized before being lifted onto a stretcher and carted into the locker room.

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Streit's errant pass hit the back of the net with 2:50 remaining in overtime and lifted the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at CONSOL Energy Center. Streit skated up the right wing, in a 2-on-2 with Sean Couturier trailing on the opposite side. He attempted to backhand the puck across ice, but the disc deflected off a Pens defender's stick then found its way through Marc-Andre Fleury for the game decider. Jakub Voracek netted the first two goals and Claude Giroux the other in regulation for the Flyers, who locked up the third seed in the Metropolitan Division and are heading to a first-round matchup with the Rangers. New York completes its regular season in Montreal later Saturday, while Philadelphia hosts Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Steve Mason departed the game after two periods with an upper-body injury after stopping 21-of-22 shots. Ray Emery picked up the win despite allowing two shaky goals over 22:10 of action. James Neal totaled a goal and two assists for the Penguins, while Jussi Jokinen also tallied and Kris Letang sent the game to the extra session on a late marker. Fleury ended up with only 17 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Montreal 1, NY Rangers 0 (OT)

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens concluded the regular season with a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers at Bell Centre. The Rangers turned the puck over near the blue line in the Montreal zone. Gionta had a step on former Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz, who tripped the Montreal captain in the neutral zone. New York goaltender Cam Talbot stopped the first 26 shots he faced, but Gionta used a deke before scoring on a backhander at the 2:04 mark of the extra session. Carey Price made 41 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season as Montreal (46-28-8) moved one point ahead of Tampa Bay for home-ice advantage in a first-round playoff matchup with the Lightning. Tampa Bay needs to win Sunday at Washington to secure home ice. The Rangers (45-31-6) will open the playoffs at home against Philadelphia.

Final Score: Ottawa 1, Toronto 0

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Ottawa Senators to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The loss finished off a disappointing end to the season for Toronto, as the team went 2-12-0 over its final 14 games to finish with a mark of 38-36-8, missing the playoffs for the eighth time in the past nine campaigns. Toronto had been in second place in the Atlantic Division on March 13 prior to the collapse. Toronto has already made a big change, naming Brendan Shanahan as the new team president on Friday. The Hall of Famer had been serving as the director of player safety since June 1, 2011. James Reimer turned aside 36-of-37 shots in the loss. Jason Spezza had the only goal of the game for the Senators, who are riding a season-high five-game winning streak and close off their campaign in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Final Score: Columbus 3, Florida 2

Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Johansen supplied the game-winner with Columbus on the power play 5:58 into the third, as the playoff-bound Blue Jackets edged the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in the regular-season finale for both teams at BB&T Center. Cam Atkinson and Mark Letestu each scored once, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots for the Blue Jackets, who clinched the Eastern Conference's first wild-card spot and will take on the Metropolitan Division champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the postseason. Vincent Trocheck and Jimmy Hayes netted a goal apiece for the Panthers, who went 16-20-5 at home and finished the season with 66 points. Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on 38 shots in the setback.

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