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NHL: Islanders Beat Devils on Final Day of Regular Season


The New York Islanders won a thrilling 3-2 battle against the New Jersey Devils to become the final team to advance to the National Hockey League playoffs on the last day of the regular season.

The Islanders won in a shootout after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period and surviving overtime to edge the Devils, and take the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

The last-place Philadelphia Flyers capped their worst season in 40 years with a 4-3 triumph over the NHL-leading Buffalo Sabres. The win ruined Buffalo's chance to end its regular season with the highest point total in team history.

In the West, Mike Modano of playoff-bound Dallas scored late in the third period to lift the Stars 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks, and post his 507th career goal. Modano holds the record for the most goals scored by U.S.-born players.

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 6-3, and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks in games with no playoff implications.

The 16 playoff teams will play their opening post-season games this week, with four games Wednesday and four Thursday.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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