VANCOUVER, B.C. — Daniel Sedin scored twice before leaving on a stretcher after taking a hit from behind as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 Sunday night in the season finale.
Frank Corrado got his first NHL goal, and Ryan Kesler and Yannick Weber also scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves for his first victory with the Canucks.
The result of a game that meant very little was overshadowed by a nasty incident late in the second period when Daniel Sedin was checked in the numbers by Calgary’s Paul Byron and stayed down before being taken off on a stretcher. Sedin appeared to be moving his fingers, but there was no immediate update on his status. Byron was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct.
The Canucks said in a statement that Sedin was taken in stable condition to a hospital to undergo further evaluation.
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“He exhibited signs of movement to his extremities and showed improvement from initially being hit,” the statement read. “No assessment will be made until completion of this evaluation.”
Henrik Sedin added two assists for Vancouver, which missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Johnny Gaudreau scored in his first NHL game and Karri Ramo stopped 18 shots for Calgary, which is out of the postseason for the fifth straight year.
Before the game, the Canucks inducted former coach and general manager Pat Quinn into the Ring of Honor. Quinn led the Canucks’ team that lost in Game 7 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Final to the New York Rangers.
NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Brodeur made 16 saves in what might have been his last start in a 20-year career with the Devils, and New Jersey beat Boston 3-2 as the Bruins rested many of their stars in preparation for the playoffs.
The soon-to-be 42-year-old Brodeur is in the final year of his contract and is likely to test the free-agent market now that he has become the backup to Cory Schneider.
New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr had two assists, giving him 1,050 and moving him past Gordie Howe for eighth on the NHL career list.
The Devils announced during the game that coach Pete DeBoer will return next season.
WASHINGTON — The Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up home-ice advantage for its first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens by edging the Washington Capitals 1-0 in a shootout.
Matthew Carle scored the only goal in the tiebreaker.
The victory clinched second place in the Atlantic Division for Tampa Bay, which finished with 101 points, one more than Montreal.
|The first round of the NHL playoffs|
|St. Louis vs.||Chicago|
|San Jose vs.||Los Angeles|
|Tampa Bay vs.||Montreal|
|N.Y. Rangers vs.||Philadelphia|
|* top overall seed|