Mon, Apr 09, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Sabres beat Caps on way to posting best NHL mark


Tim Connolly scored his first goal of the season, helping the Buffalo Sabres secure the Presidents' Trophy for the first time.

Connolly scored in his return from a concussion sustained in last year's playoffs to help Buffalo beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 on Saturday and clinch the best record in the NHL.

The Sabres' 53rd win was enough to lock up the Presidents' Trophy title and home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Canucks 4, Sharks 3, OT

In San Jose, California, Mattias Ohlund scored a power-play goal in overtime and Vancouver clinched a division title by beating San Jose.

Islanders 4, Flyers 2

In Philadelphia, Wade Dubielewicz made 28 saves and New York kept up in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating the Flyers.

Red Wings 7, Blackhawks 2

In Detroit, Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and a five points to lift Detroit over Chicago in the season finale for the host Red Wings.

Kings 3, Coyotes 2

In Los Angeles, rookie Anze Kopitar scored his 20th goal of the season with 53 seconds remaining and Los Angeles beat Phoenix.

Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 3

In Columbus, Ohio, Teemu Selanne had two goals and Anaheim celebrated its first division title by beating Columbus.

Maple Leafs 6, Canadiens 5

In Toronto, the Maple Leafs got power-play goals from Bryan McCabe and Kyle Wellwood and then held on for the win.

Thrashers 3, Lightning 2, SO

In Atlanta, Jonathan Sim's shootout goal gave Atlanta a win over Tampa Bay in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Senators 6, Bruins 3

In Boston, Dany Heatley's 50th goal of the season helped Ottawa clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Oilers 3, Flames 2

In Calgary, Patrick Thoresen's tiebreaking goal in the third period gave Edmonton the win.

Hurricanes 5, Panthers 4, OT

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Rod Brind'Amour scored on a breakaway with 24 seconds left in overtime to lift Carolina.

Wild 5, Blues 1

In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Wild cruised in their final tuneup before the playoffs, getting 24 saves from Niklas Backstrom in a victory over St. Louis.

Predators 4, Avalanche 2

At Denver, Paul Kariya scored the winner in the third period to help Nashville beat the Avalanche.

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