The Ottawa Senators clinched the NHL's best regular season record Friday night, becoming the first Canadian team in 14 years to win the Presidents' Trophy.
The Senators (51-21-8-1) were ensured the league's best record when the Detroit Red Wings tied the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-5. The last time a team from Canada won the trophy was 1989, when the Calgary Flames had the league's best record and went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The team finishing first overall has won three of the last four Stanley Cups.
Ottawa has also set franchise records with 111 points and 51 wins this season.
Ottawa will face the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs, beginning next week.
* DEVILS 2, RANGERS 1: Visiting New Jersey accomplished what the Islanders couldn't do for themselves -- knock the hated Rangers out of the playoff race.
Jeff Friesen had a goal and an assist to lead the Devils to victory over their metropolitan rivals. The Rangers failed to reach the postseason for a team-record sixth straight season, allowing the Islanders to get in.
* PANTHERS 4, HURRICANES 1: Goalie Roberto Luongo celebrated his 24th birthday by stopping 34 shots to help Florida snap a seven-game winless streak.
The victory ended the Panthers' franchise-record 13-game home winless streak. Florida hadn't won at home since beating Carolina, 3-2, in overtime on Jan. 25.
* FLYERS 4, LIGHTNING 1: Simon Gagne scored twice and Philadelphia set a franchise record with its 23rd road win.
Despite the win, the Flyers settled for second in the Atlantic Division.
Southeast champion Tampa Bay, which on Wednesday clinched the first division title in its 11-year history, had its franchise-record 13-game unbeaten streak (7-0-6) snapped.
* BLUES 2, BLACKHAWKS 2: Pavol Demitra's fluke goal early in the third period lifted visiting St. Louis into a tie, stretching the Blues' winless streak to four games.
Demitra tied it 5:36 into the third when his centering pass deflected off the stick of Chicago's Alex Zhamnov and past rookie goalie Michael Leighton.
St. Louis will face Colorado next week in the opening round of the playoffs.
* AVALANCHE 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 3: Milan Hejduk scored with 10 seconds left in overtime and visiting Colorado barely remained in contention for an unprecedented ninth straight division title.
Hejduk, who also scored an earlier goal, now leads the NHL with 49 goals -- one ahead of Vancouver's Markus Naslund.
Hejduk ended it when he cruised down the slot and redirected defenseman Rob Blake's centering pass from the top of the right circle. It was the 23rd goal in 29 games for Hejduk.
Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote also scored for the Avalanche, who need a win in Sunday's regular-season finale against St. Louis -- and a loss by the Vancouver Canucks against Los Angeles -- to capture the Northeast Division crown.
Forsberg increased his point total to 103 with his 28th goal and trails Naslund by one point.
It was franchise-record seventh overtime victory for the Avalanche.
* COYOTES 1, PREDATORS 0: Sean Burke stopped 24 shots in his first action since March 20, and Branko Radivojevic scored with 2:58 left as host Phoenix snapped a seven-game winless streak.
* FLAMES 2, KINGS 1: Craig Conroy scored 2:13 into overtime and host Calgary snapped a three-game winless streak.
* RED WINGS 5, BLUE JACKETS 5: Pavel Datsyuk scored with 12 seconds left in regulation as visiting Detroit rallied three times from two-goal deficits to tie Columbus.