Ed Belfour made 28 saves last night for his second straight shutout and the Toronto Maple Leafs moved into first place in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference by virtue of a 6-0 routing of the Senators in Ottawa.
With one day left in the regular season, only one Eastern Conference playoff series has been determined. No. 1 seed Tampa Bay will play the eighth-seeded Islanders.
Toronto (103 points, 45 wins) and Ottawa (102 points, 43 wins) played their final regular-season game. The Bruins (102 points, 40 wins) can finish first in the Northeast Division with a win at New Jersey today, but would finish second with a tie or overtime loss and third with a loss in regulation.
Belfour earned his career-best 10th shutout this season and the 75th of his career. He is tied with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for the lead among active goalies and one blanking behind Tony Esposito for seventh on the NHL list.
Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who scored three times in less than five minutes of the second period.
Ron Francis and Tie Domi each added a goal and an assist, and Mats Sundin and Robert Reichel also scored. Calle Johansson had three assists.
The Maple Leafs scored three times on nine shots and chased starting goaltender Martin Prusek from the game. Senators forward Peter Bondra left the game after taking a hard hit from Domi in the second period and didn't return because of a lower-body injury.
Blues 4, Predators 1 -- Brian Savage scored the tiebreaking goal at 2:43 of the third period as St. Louis beat host Nashville and clinched its 25th consecutive playoff berth.
St. Louis is assured of the Western Conference's seventh seed.
Nashville clinched the eighth seed when Edmonton lost to Vancouver. Canadiens 6, Sabres 3 -- Pierre Dagenais scored twice in the first period and host Montreal stopped a five-game losing streak and secured the No. 7 seed in the East with a victory over Buffalo.Canucks 5, Oilers 2 -- Mike Keane scored two goals to help host Vancouver clinch the Northwest Division title and the third seed in the West with a victory that eliminated Edmonton from playoff contention. Adam OatesRangers 3, Capitals 2 -- Bobby Holik scored two goals, including the winner 1:08 into overtime, as visiting New York (27-40-7-8) finished its season with the sixth-worst record in the NHL.Thrashers 2, Lightning 1 -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 41st goal and visiting Atlanta tallied twice in the third period in a victory over Tampa Bay.Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1 -- Rick Nash broke a 1-1 tie with his 41st goal and visiting Columbus ended its season with a victory over Detroit.Coyotes 2, Blackhawks 1 -- Krys Kolanos scored 2:55 into overtime, as host Phoenix edged Chicago.