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Hockey Daily Dose

Closing out the regular season

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The regular season is now in the books, but the playoffs start on Wednesday.  Day 1 will feature Detroit at Tampa Bay (7:00 p.m. ET), the New York Rangers at Pittsburgh (8:00 p.m. ET), and Chicago at St. Louis (9:30 p.m. ET).  In the meantime, be sure to check back later today and tomorrow as Corey and I will be publishing detailed previews of each playoff series.  I'll have the first half up - all four Western Conference series - today.


Before that happens though, let's take a look at the final regular season contests...


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Philadelphia already solidified its place as the second Wild Card seed on Saturday, so this win didn't actually impact them, but it was important to the Islanders.  With this loss, the Islanders finished with the first Wild Card seed as opposed to the third Metropolitan Division spot, which instead went to the New York Rangers.  That might prove to be a good thing though as now the Islanders will face the Florida Panthers instead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Michal Neuvirth made his first start since March 16, but the Flyers goaltender didn't end up getting much work in.  He only needed to make 15 saves to earn his 18th victory of the season.


Nikolay Kulemin found the back of the net for the Islanders.  He finished the campaign with nine goals and 22 points in 81 games, which is down from 31 points in 2014-15.


Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock registered his first and second career assists in his 15th NHL game.


Shayne Gostisbehere scored a goal to extend his point streak to three games.  The Flyers blueliner closed out his rookie season with 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games.




This win allowed Anaheim to take the Pacific Division title instead of the Los Angeles Kings.  Anaheim will consequently play against Nashville in the first round while the Kings will face the Sharks.


Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made 24 saves to earn his third shutout of the campaign.  He had a 2.30 GAA and .919 save percentage in 43 contests in 2015-16.


Of course, Andersen's job was made easier by the fact that Washington decided to rest Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Brooks Orpik.


Washington also went with backup goalie Philipp Grubauer last night.  He turned aside 19 of 21 shots to finish the season with a 2.32 GAA and .918 save percentage in 22 contests.


Corey Perry netted the first and therefore game-winning goal.  He had 34 markers and 62 points in 82 games.

Ryan Dadoun
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