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April 28. 2013 11:44PM

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BOSTON — Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:34 to play and the Ottawa Senators beat Boston 4-2 on Sunday 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.


Penguins 8, Hurricanes 3

PITTSBURGH — James Neal scored three goals in his first game back from a concussion and Pittsburgh snapped a two-game skid with a victory over Jordan Staal and Carolina.

Flyers 2, Senators 1

OTTAWA — Jakub Voracek scored the winner, Steve Mason made 43 saves and Philadelphia closed out the season with a win.

Red Wings 3, Stars 0

DALLAS — The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd straight season.

Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference. It will face second-seeded Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

The Stars fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on Sunday.

Wild 3, Avalanche 1

DENVER — Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping Minnesota secure its first playoff spot in five years.

The Wild earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round.

Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left.

Capitals 3, Bruins 2, OT

WASHINGTON — Eric Fehr scored on a power play 3:23 into overtime.

Blues 3, Blackhawks 1

ST. LOUIS — Brian Elliott made 22 saves and St. Louis earned home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

Kings 3, Sharks 2

LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams scored in the third period and Los Angeles finished fifth in the Western Conference.

Oilers 7, Canucks 2

EDMONTON, Alberta — Nail Yakupov scored his first career hat trick for Edmonton.

Panthers 5, Lightning 3

TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to win the league scoring title.

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO — Lars Eller had a goal and two assists for Montreal.

Coyotes 5, Ducks 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Radim Vrbata had three goals, capping his hat trick with a short-handed score for Phoenix.

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