The Denver Post
CaPitals 2, bruins 1
WASHINGTON» Michael Raffl scored from a tight angle with 1.8 seconds remaining as Washington beat short-handed Boston on Tuesday night in the teams’ regular season finale.
Carl Hagelin also scored and Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots for Washington in a game between teams who will meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Capitals also welcomed right wing Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom back from lower-body injuries.
Curtis Lazar scored for the Bruins, who played largely a reserve squad. That included nine players that entered Tuesday with fewer than 10 games this year and only six with 40 or more. Jeremy Swayman made 30 saves for the Bruins.
Lazar opened the scoring midway through the second period when he snuck in front of the crease behind defender Tom Wilson and guided in Jarred Tinordi’s cross-ice pass.
Hagelin tied it with 3:45 left to go in the period, putting in a loose puck from in close after Swayman stopped Zdeno Chara’s initial shot.
It remained that way until Raffl collected a loose puck inside the final seconds in the Bruins’ end. From just feet from the goal line left of the goal, he lifted a shot above Swayman’s right shoulder and into the roof of the net.
Ovechkin’s return marked his first extended playing time since April 22. Capitals RW T.J. Oshie (lower body) and D John Carlson (lower body) remained out.
The Capitals fourth line of Hagelin, Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway all played their 56th game on Tuesday, representing three of Washington’s four players to appear in every game this season.
Jets 5, canucks 0
MANITOBA» Blake WINNIPEG,
Wheeler had two goals and two assists, Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, and Winnipeg beat Vancouver to clinch third place in the North Division.
Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added a goal and an assist and Mason Appleton also scored for the Jets. Hellebuyck finished with his 24th career shutout.
Winnipeg, which needed just one point to secure third, will face the second-place Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs. Toronto and Montrel will meet in the other division series.
Braden Holtby finished with 31 saves for Vancouver, which remained last in the North.
Connor opened the scoring at 7:48 of the first with his 24th of the season and second in two games against Vancouver. Connor took a nice tap pass from Wheeler before beating Holtby.
Appleton had a good scoring chance with under four minutes left but Holtby made the save as the Jets outshot Vancouver 11-6 in the period.