Mon, Apr 09, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Sabres beat Caps on way to posting best NHL mark

AP , WASHINGTON

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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