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NHL: Bruins clinch Northeast Division title

INTO THE POST-SEASON:Ottawa won their fourth straight to secure a playoff spot and now sit four points behind New Jersey for sixth in the Eastern Conference

AP, NEW YORK

The New York Rangers face off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.

Photo: AFP

Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals and Tim Thomas made 33 saves as the Boston Bruins clinched the Northeast Division title with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Boston also prevented the Rangers from winning the Atlantic Division and securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. New York need only one point in their final three games to finish first.

Marian Gaborik scored his 40th goal of the season early in the first period, but the Rangers couldn’t muster much else against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who also locked up the No. 2 seed.

FLYERS 6, PENGUINS 4

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jakub Voracek scored twice in the third period to break open a tight game and lift Philadelphia past Pittsburgh.

Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot and Marc-Andre Bourdon also scored for Philadelphia, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 43 shots to help the Flyers pull within a point of the Penguins for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Steve Sullivan scored twice for Pittsburgh and James Neal added his 39th of the season, but the Penguins couldn’t hold an early two-goal lead. Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves.

The game served as a preview of what could be a heated first-round playoff matchup, as there was a third-period brawl that even had the teams’ coaches yelling at each other.

SENATORS 5, ISLANDERS 1

In Uniondale, New York, Kyle Turris scored twice and had two assists, while Milan Michalek added his team-leading 35th goal as Ottawa beat New York to clinch a playoff spot.

The Senators won their fourth straight game to move four points behind idle New Jersey for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games left before the regular season ends on Saturday. The Senators, with 92 points, are four ahead of eighth-placed Washington.

Nick Foligno and Sergei Gonchar also scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 29 saves, allowing only Mark Streit’s goal in the first period.

OILERS 2, DUCKS 1

In Anaheim, California, Teemu Hartikainen gave Edmonton an early lead with his first two goals of the season and Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves as the Oilers beat Anaheim in the Ducks’ final home game of the season.

Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks and Jonas Hiller stopped 13 shots. Hiller, who has set franchise records with 70 starts and 71 appearances, finished his home slate 19-16-2.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal disallowed that would have tied it. Television replays confirmed that his slap shot from the top of the right circle got past Dubnyk a split-second after time expired in the second period.

WILD 5, BLACKHAWKS 4, SO

In Chicago, Devin Setoguchi and Erik Christensen scored in a shootout to help Minnesota beat Chicago for their third straight victory.

Setoguchi had a goal and two assists in regulation, then sealed the victory in the third round of the shootout with a quick shot that beat Ray Emery.

Patrick Kane had the lone Chicago goal in the shootout against Josh Harding. Kane scored his second goal in regulation, during a power play with 2:45 left in the third period, to tie it at 4.

Dany Heatley, Kyle Brodziak and defenseman Clayton Stoner also scored for Minnesota, who won in a shootout for the second straight night. Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg scored for Chicago.

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