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B’s Drop Finale, Get Leafs

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel is congratulated on his goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel is congratulated on his goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, collides with Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93), right, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Senators left wing Jakob Silfverberg, background, skates behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel is congratulated on his goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Boston (ap) — Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:34 to play and the Ottawa Senators beat Boston 4-2 last night in the NHL’s rescheduled regular-season finale.

The victory gave the Senators the seventh seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs and a matchup with Montreal and dropped the New York Islanders into eighth and a first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins, who could have won the Northeast Division and earned a No. 2 seed with a win, finish fourth; they will play Toronto in the first round.

The game was originally scheduled for April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was the only NHL game yesterday, with the rest of the league wrapping up the regular season by Saturday.

Kyle Turris scored an empty-netter with 37 seconds left.

Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots for the Senators, who had not beaten Boston in their previous 14 tries.

Tuukka Rask made 18 saves for Boston, which had won two straight division titles.

Pageau also assisted on Erik Condra’s goal that made it 1-0 with 3 minutes left in the first period. Jared Cowen scored midway through the second to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead.

But the Bruins scored twice — on Rich Peverley’s goal with 3.4 seconds left in the second period and again on Dennis Seidenberg’s goal just 14 seconds into the third.

It was still tied when Pageau swept a rebound past Rask to give the Senators a 3-2 lead. The Bruins couldn’t manage any pressure with Rask pulled for the final minute, and Ottawa clinched it when Erik Karlsson lofted it out of the zone to Turris, who wristed a long shot into the empty net.

Stars Dump GM

Dallas — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Dallas Stars have hired Jim Nill to replace fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity last night because the move hadn’t been announced.

Dallas fired Nieuwendyk yesterday after four seasons with two coaches and no playoff appearances. The Stars finished their season 22-22-4 Saturday without earning a spot in the playoffs for the fifth season in a row.

Nill has helped the Detroit Red Wings extend their postseason streak to 22 straight appearances. He was Detroit’s assistant general manager for 15 seasons and has worked for the franchise’s front office since 1994.

Avs Fire Sacco

Denver — The Colorado Avalanche have fired coach Joe Sacco a day after the team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

General manager Greg Sherman said in a news release yesterday the “organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward.”

Colorado never got on track in the lockout-shortened season and finished last in the Western Conference.

Sacco was hired in 2009 after coaching in the minors. He preached an up-tempo style and it served the youthful Avalanche well in his first season as the team earned a postseason spot. But the team couldn’t duplicate that success.

Sacco will lead the U.S. squad at the world championships later this week. Sacco will even take several Avalanche players with him, including Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson.