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Isles lose, to face Panthers in playoffs

The Flyers’ Radko Gudas ducks under the Islanders’ Bracken Kearns during the third period of Philadelphia’s 5-2 victory, which knocked New York down to the top wild card in the Eastern Conference.

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The Flyers’ Radko Gudas ducks under the Islanders’ Bracken Kearns during the third period of Philadelphia’s 5-2 victory, which knocked New York down to the top wild card in the Eastern Conference.

NEW YORK — Michael Raffl scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period and added two assists Sunday to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Islanders on the final day of the regular season.

The Islanders' loss gave the Rangers third place in the Metropolitan Division and a first-round playoff matchup with the Penguins. The Islanders finished as the Eastern Conference's top wild card and face the Atlantic Division champion Panthers in the first round.

Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 shots in the game that was rescheduled from Jan. 23 due to a blizzard.

DUCKS CLINCH: Corey Perry and Nick Ritchie scored, Frederik Andersen stopped all 24 shots he faced and the visiting Ducks clinched the Pacific Division on the final day of the regular season by beating the Capitals 2-0.

Anaheim faces the Predators in the first round of the playoffs, with the second-place Kings facing the Sharks. This is its fourth straight division title under coach Bruce Boudreau.

Andersen faced little resistance from a Capitals team that rested star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom and defensemen John Carlson and Brooks Orpik.

Datsyuk to leave Wings: Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk says he plans to leave the NHL after the playoffs to return to Russia to be near his teenage daughter and play in the KHL for at least one season. His agent, Dan Milstein, said Datsyuk's plans will not be final until after the postseason when he meets with general manager Ken Holland and owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. Datsyuk, 37 has one season left on his three-year, $22.5 million contract. He will count $7.5 million against Detroit's salary cap next season even if he leaves.

Around the league: Bryan Murray is stepping down as Senators general manager and taking on an advisory role with the organization. Murray, who is being treated for cancer, will be replaced by assistant general manager Pierre Dorion.

Flyers 2 1 2 5
at Islanders 2 0 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Kulemin 9 (de Haan, Pulock), 5:58. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Martin 10 (Pulock, de Haan), 9:19. 3, Philadelphia, Gostisbehere 17 (Voracek, Schenn), 11:15 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Medvedev 4 (Read, Cousins), 19:52 (pp). PenaltiesJohnston, NYI (high-sticking), 10:44; Kearns, NYI (holding), 18:37; Johnston, NYI (slashing), 19:45.

Second Period5, Philadelphia, Raffl 13 (Laughton, Schenn), 6:38. PenaltiesPhiladelphia bench, served by Cousins (too many men), 1:11; Gudas, Phi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:13; MacDonald, Phi (delay of game), 12:56.

Third Period6, Philadelphia, Laughton 7 (Raffl), 5:50. 7, Philadelphia, Umberger 2 (Raffl, Medvedev), 11:10 (pp). PenaltiesKearns, NYI (slashing), 10:59; Gostisbehere, Phi (delay of game), 19:14. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 9-9-9—27. N.Y. Islanders 7-4-6—17. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 3 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 4. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Neuvirth 18-8-4 (17 shots-15 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Greiss (9-7), Gibson 1-1-1 (0:00 second, 18-15).

Ducks 0 2 0 2
at Capitals 0 0 0 0
Ducks 0 2 0 2
at Capitals 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesFowler, Ana (high-sticking), 3:56; Stoner, Ana, major (fighting), 15:20; Latta, Was, major (fighting), 15:20; Winnik, Was (hooking), 18:46.

Second Period1, Anaheim, Perry 34 (Garbutt), 4:34. 2, Anaheim, Ritchie 2 (Santorelli, Wagner), 6:36. PenaltiesMcGinn, Ana (high-sticking), 10:03; Manson, Ana (slashing), 11:15; Johansson, Was (slashing), 11:15; Kuznetsov, Was (high-sticking), 12:18.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesManson, Ana (delay of game), 14:05; Burakovsky, Was (goaltender interference), 15:36. Shots on GoalAnaheim 9-8-4—21. Washington 6-11-7—24. Power-play opportunitiesAnaheim 0 of 3; Washington 0 of 3. GoaliesAnaheim, Andersen 22-9-7 (24 shots-24 saves). Washington, Grubauer 8-9-1 (21-19). A18,605 (18,506).

Playoffs | Round 1

East

capitals vs. flyers

Thursday: at Washington, 7, NBCSN

Saturday: at Washington, 7, CNBC

April 18: at Philadelphia, 7, NBCSN

April 20: at Philadelphia, 7, NBCSN

*April 22: at Washington, TBD, TBD

*April 24: at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD

*April 27: at Washington, TBD, TBD

panthers vs. islanders

Thursday: at Florida, 8, CNBC

Friday: at Florida, 7:30, NHLN

Sunday: at N.Y., 8, NBCSN

April 20: at N.Y., 8, USA

*April 22: at Florida, TBD, TBD

*April 24: at N.Y., TBD, TBD

*April 26: at Florida, TBD, TBD

penguins vs. rangers

Wednesday: at Pittsburgh, 8, USA

Saturday: at Pittsburgh, 3, Ch. 8

April 19: at N.Y., 7, USA

April 21: at N.Y., TBD, TBD

*April 23: at Pittsburgh, TBD, TBD

*April 25: at N.Y., TBD, TBD

*April 27: at Pittsburgh, TBD, TBD

West

stars vs. wild

Thursday: at Dallas, 9:30, NBCSN

Saturday: at Dallas, 8, NBCSN

April 18: at Minnesota, 8:30, CNBC

April 20: at Minnesota, 9:30, NBCSN

*April 22: at Dallas, TBD, TBD

*April 24: at Minnesota, TBD, TBD

*April 26: at Dallas, TBD, TBD

ducks vs. predators

Friday: at Anaheim, 10:30, NBCSN

Sunday: at Anaheim, 10:30, NBCSN

April 19: at Nashville, 9:30, USA

April 21: at Nashville, 8, CNBC

*April 23: at Anaheim, TBD, TBD

*April 25: at Nashville, TBD, TBD

*April 27: at Anaheim, TBD, TBD

blues vs. blackhawks

Wednesday: at St. Louis, 9:30, NBCSN

Friday: at St. Louis, 8, NBCSN

Sunday: at Chicago, 3, Ch. 8

April 19: at Chicago, 9:30, NBCSN

*April 21: at St. Louis, TBD, TBD

*April 23: at Chicago, TBD, TBD

*April 25: at St. Louis, TBD, TBD

kings vs. sharks

Thursday: at L.A., 10:30, CNBC

Saturday: at L.A. 10:30, NBCSN

April 18: at San Jose, 10:30, NBCSN

April 20: at San Jose, 10:30, USA

*April 22: at L.A., 10:30, TBD, TBD

*April 24: at San Jose, TBD, TBD

*April 26: at L.A., TBD,

* if necessary

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