Panthers shut out Sens to secure NHL’s best home record

Carter Verhaeghe scored twice and Spencer Knight stopped 27 shots for his second career shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Thursday night.

With the win and Nashville’s 5-4 shootout victory over Western Conference leaders Colorado (56-18-7), the Panthers (58-17-6) clinched their first Presidents Trophy for best record. regular season and home ice. advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett also scored for Florida, ending Ottawa’s four-game winning streak.

Filip Gustavsson made 26 saves for Ottawa.


DENVER (AP) — Matt Duchene scored the only goal of the shootout and David Rittich stopped all three attempts as Nashville rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Colorado.

Duchene also scored in regulation time, along with Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm to help the Predators qualify for first place with one game remaining.

Rittich stopped 42 shots as he replaced injured goalkeeper Juuse Saros. Rittich came out big in the shootout, thwarting Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri.

Cale Makar, Logan O’Connor, Artturi Lehkonen and JT Compher scored for Colorado, the top seed in the Western Conference. By winning a point, the Avalanche now have 119 and beat the franchise mark (118) held by the 2000-01 team that won the Stanley Cup.

Colorado’s shootout loss gave the Florida Panthers the Presidents’ Trophy and home ice throughout their playoff run.

Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves for the Avalanche.


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Jesperi Kotkaniemi had a goal and two assists as Carolina capped a record-breaking season with a win over New Jersey.

The Metropolitan Division champion Hurricanes added to their franchise records for wins (54) and points (116) in a season.

Ethan Bear, Martin Necas, Teuvo Teravainen, Steven Lorentz and Jordan Martinook also scored for the Hurricanes, who will lead a six-game playoff winning streak.

Carolina goalie Antti Raanta made 27 saves.

Fabian Zetterlund, Jesper Bratt and Jimmy Vesey scored for the Devils. Pavel Zacha had two assists and Andrew Hammond stopped 30 shots.


BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron recorded his eighth career hat trick and 400th NHL goal, and David Pastrnak ended Boston’s 0-for-39 power-play slide with his 40th goal of the season for lead the Bruins past Buffalo.

It was already 4-0 when Bergeron took a pass from Charlie McAvoy at center and put it in the net with 2:13 to go for his third of the game. Hats flew above the glass and the Bruins hugged their captain as they jumped on their skates.

Linus Ullmark made 37 saves against his former team for his first shutout of the season as he tries to clinch the No. 1 playoff goalie position.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 27 shots for the Sabres, which will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight season.


ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored a power-play goal 44 seconds into overtime to give Minnesota a win over Calgary.

With this victory, the Wild seizes only the second place of the central division. Minnesota leads St. Louis by two points, with each team having one game to play on Friday. If the Wild picks up points in their game against Colorado or if the Blues lose at home to Vegas, Minnesota will have home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series against St. Louis.

Jonas Brodin and Frederick Gaudreau also scored for Minnesota. Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 33 shots.

Johnny Gaudreau scored his 40th goal of the season for the Flames, who sit first in the Pacific Division. Nikita Zadorov also scored for the Flames and Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oliver Bjorkstrand led Columbus with a goal and an assist in the win over Tampa Bay, preventing the Lightning from securing the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division.

Jakub Voracek, Cole Sillinger, Jack Roslovic and Andrew Peeke also scored in the Blue Jackets’ final home game of the season. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 shots in his 27th victory.

Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry scored for Tampa Bay, while Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman each had two assists. Brian Elliott stopped 30 shots.

Tampa Bay is one point ahead of Boston with one game remaining for each team. The No. 3 seed will face the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the other will earn the No. 1 wildcard spot in the East and a series against the Carolina Hurricanes.


EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Zach Hyman scored his career-high 27th goal of the season 1:37 into overtime and Edmonton rallied to beat San Jose.

Ryan McLeod, Kailer Yamamoto, Derek Ryan and Philip Broberg also scored for the Oilers, who tied a franchise record for consecutive home games with one point, going 13-0-1 in their last 14 games. at Rogers Place. Edmonton has also won six of its last seven games overall and will face the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Noah Gregor scored twice, and Scott Reedy and Nick Bonino also scored for the Sharks, who have lost two in a row as they finish a season in which they missed the playoffs.


NEW YORK (AP) — Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored first-period goals, Mathew Barzal had three assists and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves as New York routed Washington to the playoffs.

JG Pageau, Kyle Palmieri and Josh Bailey added third-period goals for the Islanders, who swept a home-and-away streak with the Capitals in the playoffs this week.

Varlamov’s shutout was ruined with 41.4 seconds left in the game when Washington’s Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored. Vitek Vanecek made 21 saves for the Capitals.

The Islanders were coming off a 4-1 win at Washington on Tuesday when Ryan Pulock and Dobson each scored on the power play as New York ended a five-game winless streak. The win ended the Islanders’ road season at 17-19-5.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Brock Boeser scored his second goal of the game with 29.7 seconds left in overtime, giving Vancouver a win over Los Angeles.

The Kings (44-27-11) dominated for most of the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the third period thanks to goals from Adrian Kempe and Gabriel Vilardi.

The Canucks (40-30-11) rallied in the third with goals from Boeser and Alex Chiasson.

Vancouver, playing its last home game of the season, got a 33-save effort from Spencer Martin. Cal Petersen of the Kings made 26 saves.


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