NHL: Coyotes win final game; Red Wings, Wild earn berths

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z NHL: Coyotes win final game; Red Wings, Wild earn berthsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Radim Vrbata had three goals, capping his hat trick with a short-handed score, and Jason LaBarbera made 22 of his 43 saves in the first period to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-3 victory over the playoff-bound Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

The Coyotes finished 21-18-9, four points out of a playoff spot after winning their first division title in franchise history and going to the Western conference finals last season. This is the first time the Coyotes will miss the postseason since 2009, and only the second time for Dave Tippett in his 10 seasons as an NHL head coach.

• Red Wings 3, Stars 0: In Dallas, Detroit clinched a playoff berth for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist. 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.

• Wild 3, Avalanche 1: In Denver, Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping Minnesota secure its first playoff spot in five years with a win over Colorado. The Wild earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago.

• Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1: In Columbus, Ohio, Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left and Columbus capped a remarkable turnaround with a victory over Nashville. But despite that win, Columbus was eliminated from the playoff race when Minnesota won.

• Rangers 4, Devils 0: In New York, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots as the Rangers beat New Jersey and jumped over Ottawa and the Islanders from eighth to sixth place in the East to earn a first-round playoff matchup with the Washington Capitals.

• Capitals 3, Bruins 2, OT: In Washington, Eric Fehr scored on a power play 3:23 into overtime, to lead the Capitals over Boston, which is trying to win the Northeast Division. Boston, tied with Montreal, can take the title today against Ottawa in the last regular-season game.

• Blues 3, Blackhawks 1: In St. Louis, Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game and St. Louis earned home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs by defeating Chicago.

• Panthers 5, Lightning 3: In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to become the oldest player to win the league scoring title in Tampa Bay's loss to Florida. St. Louis, 37, finished with 60 points.

• Penguins 8, Hurricanes 3: In Pittsburgh, James Neal scored three goals in his first game back from a concussion as the Penguins beat Carolina.

• Flyers 2, Senators 1: In Ottawa, Jakub Voracek scored the winner, Steve Mason made 43 saves and Philadelphia closed out with a win over Ottawa.

• Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1: In Toronto, Lars Eller had a goal and two assists and Montreal sent Toronto a pre-playoff message, defeating the sluggish Maple Leafs.

• Kings 3, Sharks 2: In Los Angeles, Justin Williams scored in the third period as the Kings won to finish fifth in the West. L.A. will face St. Louis in the playoffs.

• Oilers 7, Canucks 2: In Edmonton, Alberta, the Oilers' Nail Yakupov scored his first career hat trick.

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