Senators punch ticket to playoffs with SO win

Would it be the Senators or Capitals, two teams against whom the Bruins went 0-5-2 this season?

Ottawa has 96 points to 95 for Boston after entering the night tied.

The Senators have two games remaining - Saturday against the New York Rangers and Sunday at the New York Islanders.

The win gave Pittsburgh 111 points - the second-highest total in franchise history. Toronto Maple Leafs salute fans following the team's NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Toronto on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Riding into the corner boards was probably not on Brandon Carlo's list of "favorite things", but he was on the inside of an Alex Ovechkin hit 13 minutes into the first period that left him on all-fours on the ice longer than anyone would have liked to see. The Senators won 2-1. If they get three points out of their last two games, they would pass Boston and finish third in the Atlantic. Nazem Kadri scored the only goal for Toronto.

Mike Zibanejad scored for NY, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots.

Forwards Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone, Derick Brassard, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ryan Dzingel and Tom Pyatt have to chip in offensively if this team is going to stand a chance.

Denying teams power play chances has been something the Caps improved on over their last ten games. Craig Anderson was in net for all four of those victories and turned in a sterling 1.47 goals against average.

Those outcomes, in which injuries and the absence of the suspended Brad Marchand had major impacts, left the B's in the uncomfortable position of not knowing their opponent for Round 1 of the playoffs this week.

With the best record in the West already sewed up, the Central Division champion Blackhawks rested captain Jonathan Toews, forwards Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov and defensemen Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Steve Mason made 20 saves to help Philadelphia beat reeling Columbus.

Itll be Bytown vs. Beantown to open the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The series will shift to Boston for Games 3 and 4 on Monday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 19.

Seth Jones and Boone Jenner scored for Columbus. Expect tension for Montreal and NY after the teams met in a contentious 2014 Eastern Conference final. James Reimer stopped 32 shots. He allowed three goals on 24 shots before leaving the game.

Nikita Kucherov had another huge game for the Lightning by scoring his 40th goal of the season and adding an assist in the win.

The Edmonton Oilers will nearly certainly face the San Jose Sharks and with home-ice advantage. We were all caught off guard a little bit on that one, but at the end fo the day if he's not able to play, Tuukka had to go in.

And the Bruins, third in the Atlantic, will visit the Senators.

Brent Burns and Joel Ward scored for the banged-up Sharks, and Martin Jones made 28 saves.

But they don't have to face Washington in the first round.

"We've kept working and trying to build our game for the playoffs", said Johansson, whose Capitals have won the Presidents" Trophy for the second straight year.

  • Joanne Flowers