Canucks capture division crown by beating Sharks

Associated Press • Apr 8, 2007 at 12:36 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mattias Ohlund scored a power-play goal 34 seconds into overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks clinched the Northwest Division title with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Roberto Luongo made 27 saves in his 47th win for the Canucks, who also clinched the Pacific Division title for the Anaheim Ducks by ending San Jose's five-game winning streak.

By earning one point, San Jose clinched the No. 5 seed in next week's playoffs against Nashville.

PITTSBURGH - Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi, the oldest players on a Pittsburgh team led by teenage scoring champion Sidney Crosby, scored goals and the Penguins completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NHL history.

The Penguins reached the playoffs for the first time since 2001 by going 47-24-11 - a 47-point improvement from their 22-win season of a year ago, when they were 15th and last in the Eastern Conference. The turnaround is the fourth best, by points, in NHL history.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Teemu Selanne had two goals, and Anaheim celebrated its first division title by beating Columbus.

The Ducks found out just before the game that they had clinched the Pacific Division crown.

TORONTO - Trailing Montreal by one entering the third period, the Maple Leafs got power-play goals from Bryan McCabe and Kyle Wellwood and then held on in the finale for both teams.

The Maple Leafs now need the New York Islanders to lose at New Jersey today to claim the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If New York wins, the Islanders are in.

PHILADELPHIA - Wade Dubielewicz made 28 saves and New York stayed alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating Philadelphia.

The Flyers finished with the worst record in the NHL for the first time.

DETROIT - Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and a career-high five points to lift Detroit over Chicago in the season finale for the host Red Wings.

Detroit will be the Western Conference's top seeded team in the playoffs.

ATLANTA - Jonathan Sim's shootout goal gave Atlanta a win over Tampa Bay in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Atlanta's first-round playoff opponent will be the New York Rangers. As the Southeast Division champion, Atlanta is the No. 3 seed and the Rangers are the No. 6 seed. The Lightning are the No. 7 seed and will face the New Jersey Devils.

LOS ANGELES - Rookie Anze Kopitar scored his 20th goal of the season with 53 seconds remaining and Los Angeles' win clinched last place in the Western Conference for Phoenix.

The Kings avoided finishing last by beating their Pacific Division rivals and snapping a six-game losing streak.

BOSTON - Dany Heatley's 50th goal of the season helped Ottawa clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Heatley became the first player with consecutive seasons of at least 50 goals since Pavel Bure did it with Florida in 2001 and 2002. Heatley also had exactly 50 last season, his first with Ottawa.

The Senators will open their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at home against Pittsburgh.

Boston missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rod Brind'Amour scored on a breakaway with 24 seconds left in overtime to lift Carolina to a season-ending victory over Florida.

Olli Jokinen scored his team-leading 39th goal and added two assists for Florida.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota cruised in its final tuneup before the playoffs, getting 24 saves from Niklas Backstrom. The Wild will meet Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

The Blues broke Minnesota's franchise-record scoreless streak at 169 minutes, 20 seconds when Peter Sejna beat Backstrom in the second period.

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