Hammond stands firm as Senators clinch playoff spot

Ottawa's goal-tender stops 34 shots in a win over the Flyers to seal a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    Goal-tender Hammond is mobbed by Ottawa teammates after he stopped 34 shots [AP]
    Goal-tender Hammond is mobbed by Ottawa teammates after he stopped 34 shots [AP]

    Ottawa right-winger Mark Stone scored twice and goal-tender Andrew Hammond stopped 34 shots as the Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 and clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Eastern Conference
    NY Rangers V Pittsburgh Penguins
    Washington Capitals V NY Islanders
    Montreal Canadiens V Ottawa Senators
    Tampa Bay Lightning V Detroit Red Wings
    Western Conference
    Anaheim Ducks V Winnipeg Jets 
    Vancouver Canucks V Calgary Flames
    St Louis Blues V Minnesota Wild 
    Nashville Predators V Chicago Blackhawks

    Centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau added a goal as Ottawa completed their improbable run to the playoffs, clinching a spot on the season's final day.

    Elsewhere, Centre Brandon Sutter scored twice as Pittsburgh qualified for the post-season for the ninth consecutive year with a 2-0 win over the Sabres.

    Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his 10th shutout of the season.

    Centre David Desharnais scored the decisive goal in a shootout as the Canadiens clinched first place in the Atlantic Division following a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.

    The Canadiens entered the game needing only one point or a loss by the Tampa Bay Lightning to secure the division title.

    Other results:

    Lightning 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

    Ducks 2, Coyotes 1

    Blue Jackets 5, Islanders 4 (SO)

    Rangers 4, Capitals 2

    Blues 4, Wild 2

    Jets 5, Flames 1

    Kings 4, Sharks 1

    Red Wings 2, Hurricanes 0

    Panthers 3, Devils 2

    Stars 4, Predators 1

    Avalanche 3, Blackhawks 2

    Canucks 6, Oilers 5 (OT)

    SOURCE: Reuters


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