Anaheim end season on a high note with overtime victory over Colorado
AP April 15, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
ANAHEIM, California -- The NHL's regular season came to an end on Sunday, with Anaheim beating another divisional leader Colorado 3-2 in overtime to complete the best campaign in franchise history.
Among other results on the final day, New Jersey beat Eastern Conference leader Boston in what may well have been the last game in Devils colors for veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, Detroit tuned up for the playoffs with a win against sliding St. Louis, and Ottawa showed what might have been by downing playoff-bound Pittsburgh.
Anaheim's Nick Bonino scored 1:33 into overtime to give the Western Conference-leading Ducks a fitting climax to the regular season ahead of a first-round playoff series against Dallas.
Patrick Maroon and Saku Koivu scored 3:13 apart to tie the game early in the third period for the Ducks, who 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.
Brad Malone and Stefan Elliott scored for the Avalanche, who will play Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs.
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur made 16 saves in the Devils' 3-2 win over a second-string Boston.
The soon-to-be 42-year-old Brodeur is in the final year of his contract and is likely to test the free-agent market now that he has been relegated to backup duties with the Devils after 20 seasons.
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored twice and Travis Zajac had a goal for the Devils, who have now missed the playoffs two straight seasons after making the Stanley Cup finals in 2012.
Loui Eriksson scored for Boston, which rested eight starters in preparation for the playoffs, including Zdeno Chara and No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask.
New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr had two assists, giving him 1,050 and moving him past Gordie Howe for eighth on the NHL career list.
The Devils announced during the game that coach Pete DeBoer will return next season.
Detroit's backup goalie Petr Mrazek kept injury-riddled St. Louis down heading into the playoffs with his second career shutout, giving the Red Wings a 3-0 win.
Justin Abdelkader scored twice and Riley Sheahan added a goal for the Red Wings, who earned the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and will face Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
The Blues had been in contention for the No. 1 overall seed but lost their last six and missed a chance at taking the Central Division.
Ottawa ended its frustrating season with a fifth-consecutive win, beating Pittsburgh 3-2 after a shootout.
Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris scored in the tiebreaker for the Senators, while Turris and Mark Stone netted in regulation for Ottawa, which will miss the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Jussi Jokinen and Lee Stempniak scored for the Penguins, who rested captain Sidney Crosby and several others ahead of the playoff series against Columbus.
Tampa Bay wrapped up home-ice advantage for its first-round playoff series against Montreal by edging Washington 1-0 after a shootout.
Matthew Carle scored the only goal in the tiebreaker. The victory clinched second place in the Atlantic Division for Tampa Bay, which finished with 101 points, one more than Montreal.
The shootout was Washington's NHL-record 21st of the season. The Capitals were 10-11 in those games.
Nashville finished its season on a high by beating playoff-bound Minnesota 7-3, with Craig Smith having two goals and two assists.
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