NHL Playoff Matchups Set as Senators Win Season FinaleErik Matuszewski
The Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins for the first time in five tries this season, winning 4-2 to clinch the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference for the National Hockey League playoffs.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal with three minutes, 34 seconds remaining snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Senators to the road win in the final game of the regular season. Ottawa moved ahead of the New York Islanders for the seventh seed and will face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin tomorrow.
The Bruins’ loss cost them a chance to be the No. 2 seed in the East. Boston instead is the fourth seed and faces the fifth-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round.
Also in the East, the Islanders meet the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins and the third-seeded Washington Capitals play the sixth-seeded New York Rangers.
In the Western Conference, it’s the No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks against the No. 8 Minnesota Wild, the No. 2 Anaheim Ducks against the No. 7 Detroit Red Wings, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks against the No. 6 San Jose Sharks, and the No. 4 St. Louis Blues against the No. 5 Los Angeles Kings.
The Blackhawks, Ducks and Blues all host games tomorrow to begin the NHL playoffs. The Islanders visit the Penguins in one of three series that begin May 1, while the final two series -- including the Rangers against the Capitals -- begin May 2.