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Blues Hand Avs Division Title – NHL Roundup

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Colorado Avalanche – Derek Leung/Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis’ late season slide has cost them the NHL Central Division title. The Blues dropped a 3-0 decision to Detroit for their sixth straight loss. That gave the division title to Colorado, which closed out its season at Anaheim last night.

Petr Mrazek turned aside 23 shots to hand the Blues their second straight shutout and third in six games. Justin Abdelkader (AB’-dul-kay-dur) scored twice for the Red Wings.

The Western Conference division champions tuned up for the playoffs in Anaheim, where the Ducks trailed 2-0 in the third period before beating the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. Patrick Maroon and Saku Koivu (SAK’-oo KOY’-voo) scored 3:13 apart early in the third period before Nick Bonino ended the game 93 seconds into OT.

In other NHL season finales:

— Tampa Bay has wrapped up home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series against Montreal by edging Washington 1-0 in a shootout. Matthew Carle scored the only goal in the shootout to help the Lightning clinch second place in the Atlantic Division.

— New Jersey beat Boston 3-2 as Martin Brodeur made 16 saves in what might have been the last start in a 20-year career with the Devils. The soon-to-be 42-year-old Brodeur is in the final year of his contract and is likely to test the free-agent market now that he has become the backup to Cory Schneider.

— Eric Staal scored the only goal of the shootout to give Carolina a 6-5 season-closing win over Philadelphia in a wide open affair that saw the two teams record a combined 82 shots on goal. Staal also scored twice in regulation.

— Kyle Turris scored once in regulation and again in a shootout as Ottawa outlasted Pittsburgh 3-2. Turris and Mark Stone each had power-play goals against the Penguins, who limp into the playoffs after going 7-7-3 over their last 17 games.

— Craig Smith scored twice and had two assists while Nashville was scoring the last six goals in a 7-3 win at Minnesota. Calle Jamkrok added a goal and two assists to the rout.

— Dave Moss scored with 2:31 left and Phoenix avoided a season-ending eight-game losing streak by nipping Dallas 2-1. Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots for the Coyotes, who finished two points behind the Stars for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

— Daniel Sedin (she-DEEN’) scored twice before he was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the second period of Vancouver’s 5-1 rout of Calgary. Sedin was fitted with a neck brace and placed on a backboard after being hit from behind by Flames center Paul Byron.

— Brock Nelson scored the tying goal with 3:46 left in regulation before netting the lone shootout goal in the New York Islanders’ 4-3 win at Buffalo.

All Times EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Boston 82 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 82 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 82 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 82 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 82 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 82 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 82 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 82 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5

Metropolitan Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 82 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-N.Y. Rangers 82 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 82 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 82 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 82 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 82 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 82 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
N.Y. Islanders 82 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 82 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 82 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 82 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 82 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 82 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 82 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 82 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 82 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 82 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 82 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 82 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 82 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 82 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 82 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

x-clinched playoff spot

y-clinched division

z-clinched conference

Sunday’s Games

Carolina 6, Philadelphia 5, SO

Tampa Bay 1, Washington 0, SO

N.Y. Islanders 4, Buffalo 3, SO

Ottawa 3, Pittsburgh 2, SO

Detroit 3, St. Louis 0

New Jersey 3, Boston 2

Nashville 7, Minnesota 3

Anaheim 3, Colorado 2, OT

Vancouver 5, Calgary 1

Phoenix 2, Dallas 1

 

 

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