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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Cal Heeter, left, reaches for a rebound in front of teammate Sean Couturier (14) and Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner during the first period of an NHL game Sunday in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Cal Heeter, left, reaches for a rebound in front of teammate Sean Couturier (14) and Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner during the first period of an NHL game Sunday in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Staal scored twice in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in regular-season finale Sunday.


Jeff Skinner added a pair of goals for the Hurricanes, who finish the season in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, outside of the playoff picture.


Wayne Simmonds scored twice for the Flyers, who had already wrapped up third place in the Metropolitan Division and a date with the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs later this week.


Cal Heeter made 33 saves in his NHL debut for the Flyers, before stopping one of two shots in the shootout.


Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin made 39 saves and stopped all three of shots in the shootout.


Senators 3, Penguins 2, SO


PITTSBURGH — Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help Ottawa beat Pittsburgh and finish the season on a five-game winning streak.


The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods and didn’t score in the third or overtime.


Spezza, who scored the lone goal in Ottawa’s win Saturday against Toronto, stopped at the circle during his shootout attempt, stickhandled around goalie Jeff Zatkoff, and scored. Kyle Turris added a goal in the shootout for the Senators.


Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner stopped Beau Bennett and Jussi Jokinen to seal the win.


Turris scored his 26th goal in regulation, and Mark Stone had his fourth for Ottawa, which will miss the playoffs for the second time in six years and first since 2011.


Lightning 1, Capitals 0, SO


WASHINGTON — Tampa Bay wrapped up home-ice advantage for its first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens by edging Washington in a shootout.


Matthew Carle scored the only goal in the tiebreaker.


The victory clinched second place in the Atlantic Division for Tampa Bay, which finished with 101 points, one more than Montreal.


Tampa Bay will host Montreal in Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Canadiens were idle Sunday, after closing their regular season with a 1-0 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.


Alex Ovechkin finished with an NHL-leading 51 goals, but the Capitals failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, his second season in the league.


Red Wings 3, Blues 0


ST. LOUIS — Backup goalie Petr Mrazek kept injury-riddled St. Louis down heading into the playoffs with his second career shutout for Detroit.


The Blues had been in contention for the No. 1 overall seed but lost their last six and missed a chance at taking the Central Division with Colorado clinching on a tiebreaker before playing at Anaheim Sunday night. Minus three of their top five scorers, their top faceoff man and two top defensemen, they were shut out for the second straight game and third time during the slump.


Justin Abdelkader scored twice, Riley Sheahan added a goal and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists for the Red Wings, who are locked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will play Boston.


The Blues set a franchise record with 52 wins but are the third seed in the Western Conference entering a first-round series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.


Islanders 4, Sabres 3, SO


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brock Nelson scored with 3:44 left in regulation to force overtime and then netted the decisive shootout goal to lift the New York Islanders in a season-ending matchup of non-playoff teams.


Anders Lee scored twice for the Islanders (34-37-11), who finished with three straight wins. Anders Nilsson stopped 36 shots through overtime and all three he faced in the shootout. Nilsson clinched the victory by using his glove to sweep away a puck that got away from Ville Leino as he drove to the net.


Ducks 3, Avalanche 2, OT


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Bonino scored 1:33 into overtime, and Anaheim finished the regular season with a victory over Colorado.


Devante Smith-Pelly controlled the puck in the slot and passed to Bonino, who wrapped up Anaheim’s 54th victory with his 22nd goal.


With their playoff position secure, the Ducks used the game to honor Teemu Selanne, who plans to retire after the season. The 43-year-old Finnish Flash got standing ovations on every shift in the third period in Anaheim, his home for 15 of his 20 NHL seasons.


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