Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference. It's the lowest playoff seed for the Red Wings since the NHL moved to the 1 vs. 8 conference format in 1993.
Jonathan Ericsson also scored and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports, six years longer than the NBA's San Antonio Spurs' stretch of postseason play.
Detroit closed out the regular season with four consecutive wins by a combined score of 15-3. It will face second-seeded Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs
Richard Bachman made 34 saves for Dallas, which dropped its fifth consecutive game.
WILD 3, AVALANCHE 1
Zach Parise scored and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added a late empty-net goal for the Wild, who earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round of the postseason. Minnesota had a chance to wrap up a spot on Friday, but lost 6-1 at home to Edmonton.
Backstrom came up big in the third period, turning aside 15 shots. He improved to 24-5-3 against the Avalanche.
Ryan O'Reilly had the lone goal for Colorado, which finished in last place in the Western Conference.
BLUE JACKETS 3, PREDATORS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left and Columbus capped a remarkable turnaround with a victory over Nashville.
Coming into the night, the Blue Jackets were tied for eighth in the West with Minnesota, each with 53 points.
Detroit beat Dallas on Saturday and clinched the No. 7 seed.
The Blue Jackets were on the short end of tiebreakers against both the Wild and Red Wings.
RANGERS 4, DEVILS 0
When Ottawa was beaten by Philadelphia on Saturday night, the Rangers knew they were there to stay.
CAPITALS 3, BRUINS 2, OT
WASHINGTON -- Eric Fehr scored on a power play 3:23 into overtime, and Washington, with nothing at stake, came back for a victory over Boston, which is trying to win the Northeast Division.
Boston entered the day tied with the Montreal Canadiens, who beat Toronto 4-1 to grab the division lead. The Bruins need to beat Ottawa on Sunday night to take the title.
The NHL regular season originally was supposed to end Saturday, but the game between Bruins and Senators was rescheduled because of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Ovechkin didn't get a goal himself, leaving his league-leading total at 32.
BLUES 3, BLACKHAWKS 1
The Blues won 12 of their last 15 games to capture fourth place in the Western Conference.
Elliott and the Blues were helped by facing a Chicago lineup that was without many regular players.
Ben Smith, who was playing in his first game of the season, scored for Chicago.
PANTHERS 5, LIGHTNING 3
TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to win the league scoring title in Tampa Bay's loss to Florida in the season finale for two non-playoff teams.
The 37-year old St. Louis finished the year with 60 points, making him the oldest player in league history to win the Art Ross Trophy.
Tomas Fleischmann scored his second goal of the game to give Florida a 4-3 lead at 13:53 of the third. Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists, while Marcel Goc added an empty net goal in the final minute of play.
St. Louis assisted on Matt Carle's goal 5 minutes into the first period that made it 1-0, and scored from in-close to put Tampa Bay up 3-2 at 5:47 of the second. The right wing, with 912 points, moved past Gary Roberts in 95th place on the career list. Bobby Orr is 94th with 915 points.
PENGUINS 8, HURRICANES 3
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who had three third-period goals in 5:24 to turn a tie game into a rout. Brenden Morrow and former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen -- both acquired at the trade deadline -- also scored.
FLYERS 2, SENATORS 1
Jason Akeson also scored for the Flyers, who failed to advance to the postseason for just the ninth time in franchise history.
The loss leaves the Senators sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference. They can finish seventh if they pick up a point against the Boston Bruins in the season finale Sunday.
CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1
TORONTO -- Lars Eller had a goal and two assists and Montreal sent Toronto a pre-playoff message, defeating the sluggish Maple Leafs.
The Canadiens did it without No. 1 goalie Carey Price, who was given the night off in favor of Peter Budaj. Rubbing salt into the wound, Montreal chased Toronto starter James Reimer early in the third period.
Toronto and Montreal could meet in the playoffs depending on the outcome of the makeup game Sunday between the Senators and Bruins in Boston.
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