The Ottawa Senators closed out the National Hockey League's regular season with a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers Tuesday.
Dany Heatley scored his 50th goal of the season to help the Senators claim the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The loss cost the Rangers the Atlantic Division title to the New Jersey Devils, who staged a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Devils were down 3-0 in the third period when they scored four unanswered goals to gain their 11th straight win. New Jersey will take on the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. Montreal ends the season with the seventh seed in East.
In other NHL games on Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres shut out the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0. The loss, combined with Ottawa's victory, cost the Hurricanes the top playoff spot in the East. Carolina will take on Montreal in the playoffs, while Buffalo will face the Philadelphia Flyers, who beat the New York Islanders, 4-1.
The Washington Capitals downed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1. Washington rookie Alexander Ovechkin got his 54th assist to finish the season with 106 points. Tampa Bay, the defending Stanley Cup champions, earned the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and will take on the Ottawa Senators.
The Florida Panthers beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 2-1. The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3, despite the 39th goal of the season for Penguins rookie sensation Sidney Crosby. The Columbus Blue Jackets downed the playoff-bound Dallas Stars, 5-4, in overtime. The Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings, 6-3, and the Chicago Blackhawks earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues.