Behn Wilson scored two goals to help the Chicago Blackhawks clinch first place in the Norris Division with a 3-1 victory yesterday over the visiting St. Louis Blues.
The Blackhawks finished the season with 86 points, one more than Minnesota. St. Louis finished third in the division with 83 points.
Chicago will play fourth-place Toronto and St. Louis will play the North Stars in the first round of the division playoffs.
Chicago goalie Murray Bannerman stopped 18 shots while shutting out St. Louis through two periods. Bannerman finished with 26 saves.
Wilson gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 10:06 of the first period. Troy Murray set up the power-play goal off a faceoff. Chicago wasted several good opportunities in the opening period and Wilson's second goal, at 13:05 of the second period, was a freakish one.
Wilson was at the center line when he slapped at the puck, dumping it along the boards. St. Louis goalie Greg Millen was in position to stop the puck as it slid behind the net, but it was diverted by a Blues defender straight into the net.
Denis Savard gave Chicago a 3-0 lead at 6:42 of the third period with his 47th goal of the season. Brian Sutter ended Bannerman's shutout at 12:25 of the third period with his 19th goal of the season.
Devils 9, Islanders 7: In East Rutherford, N.J., Aaron Broten broke a tie in starting a four-goal New Jersey third period as the Devils beat the Islanders in the regular season finale for both teams.
Broten made it 6-5 at 1:45 of the period and Peter McNab, John McLean and Kirk Muller followed with goals for New Jersey. The Islanders then got goals from Mike Bossy, his 61st, and Greg Gilbert.
Flames 6, Jets 4: Steve Bozek scored two goals and Joey Mullen had a goal and two assists as Calgary won in Winnipeg.
Despite the defeat, Winnipeg finished the season alone in third place in the Smythe Division because of Vancouver's loss last night and will play Calgary in the first round of the playoffs.
Penguins 5, Rangers 4: Mario Lemieux scored 25 seconds into overtime to give visiting Pittsburgh a victory that ended a five-game losing streak.
The Penguins' Dave Hannan and Mike Blaisdell scored third-period goals to tie it.
Lemieux's game-winner, his 48th goal of the season, came on a shot from 10 feet on a power play and helped end a 10-game losing streak for goaltender Roberto Romano.
Whalers 4, Bruins 3: In Boston, Torrie Robertson scored the go-ahead goal in the first period and Hartford withstood a Bruins rally as the Whalers ended their regular season with just one loss in their last 11 games.
Robertson's goal made it 2-1 at 16:16 of the first period, and Hartford increased its lead to 4-1 on Bill Gardner's fourth goal of the season, at 10:33 of the second period, and Wayne Babych's 17th, at 2:37 of the third.
Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 2: John Ogrodnick scored his 38th goal of the season and defenseman Mike O'Connell added a short-handed goal 2:20 later early in the second period to lead the hosts over Toronto.
Oilers 3, Canucks 2: Jari Kurri's shorthanded goal at 16:26 of the third period gave Edmonton the victory.
Oilers defenseman Paul Coffey was held pointless in his bid to tie Bobby Orr's single-season record of 139 points for defensemen. Coffey finished with 138 on 48 goals and 90 assists.