Canadiens Double Up Jets
Winnipeg, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets saw their playoff hopes end Thursday night on two scoreboards they didn’t control, even before they bowed 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Jets were ahead 2-1 as they started the third but already knew whatever they did wouldn’t be enough.
Both the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators moved out of reach with overtime wins that kept them in the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
David Desharnais scored two for Montreal. Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher had the others as the Canadiens broke out of a slump that had seen them lose five of their previous six games.
James Wright and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets, who finished the season 24-21-3.
Blues 4, Flames 1
St. Louis — Ryan Reaves scored twice and Brian Elliott earned his NHL-leading 10th win in April in the Blues’ victory over Calgary.
St. Louis, which has won five of six, moved into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Blues have 58 points, one ahead of Los Angeles and San Jose. They can clinch the No. 4 seed and home ice in the opening round of the playoffs with a victory over Chicago tomorrow.
Los Angeles and San Jose will meet Saturday in the final regular-season game for both teams.
Red Wings 5, Predators 2
Detroit — Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists and the Detroit Red Wings moved a step closer to their 22nd straight playoff appearance.
The Red Wings, who moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, need one more point to secure their spot in the postseason. They own the longest current playoff streak in North American professional sports.
Detroit has one regular-season game remaining.
Devils 3, Penguins 2
Newark, n.j. — Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, giving New Jersey a victory over Pittsburgh.
Kovalchuk’s goal with 6:10 remaining helped New Jersey overcome a 2-0 deficit and win its home finale.
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils. Johan Hedberg made 15 saves in his first start since March 19 for his sixth win of the season.
Matt Cooke scored in the first period and Jussi Jokinen added a second-period goal for the Penguins.
Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 0
Sunrise, Fla. — Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead Toronto over Florida.
Clarke MacArthur and Leo Komarov also scored for the Maple Leafs. James Reimer stopped 34 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. Nazem Kadri had a pair of assists.
Jacob Markstrom made 13 saves for Florida, which played its final home game of the season. The Panthers clinched the worst record in the NHL for the first time in franchise history.
Senators 2, Capitals 1 (ot)
Washington — Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa’s first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth.
Craig Anderson made 19 saves. The only shot that got past him was Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-leading 32nd goal, which tied the game 8½ minutes into the third period.
Flyers 2, Islanders 1
Philadelphia — Oliver Lauridsen and Danny Briere scored goals to lead Philadelphia over New York.
Lauridsen scored his second career NHL goal on a slap shot high above the circle late in the third period to lift the Flyers to a win in their home finale. They missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.