NHL Roundup: Win gives St. Louis sixth playoff spot in West
The NHL roundup …
DENVER ó Chris Mason made 28 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, helping the St. Louis Blues take the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday in the regular-season finale.
In the playoffs for the first time in five years, the Blues ó 9-1-1 in their final 11 games ó will face Vancouver in the opening round.
Brad Boyes scored the only goal of the game early in the first period.
Rangers 4, Flyers 3
PHILADELPHIA ó Sean Avery and Blair Betts scored third-period goals to rally New York, spoiling Philadelphia’s shot at home-ice advantage against Pittsburgh in its opening playoff series against Pittsburgh.
Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals for the Rangers, set to open the playoffs against Southeast Division champion Washington.
Jeff Carter scored his 46th goal to finish second behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (56) for the NHL lead. Danny Briere and Claude Giroux also scored.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 0
CHICAGO ó Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves for his 41st career shutout, and Chicago tuned up for its first playoff appearance in seven years by beating Detroit.
Andrew Ladd and Jonathan Toews scored first-period goal, and Dave Bolland converted on the power play in the third. Khabibulin has three shutouts this season.
Bruins 6, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. ó Phil Kessel had three goals and an assist, and Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his 36th victory for Eastern Conference champion Boston.
Michael Ryder, Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Bruins, who will face Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.
Radek Martinek and Doug Weight scored for New York.
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