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DETROIT — Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the final day of the regular season.

Detroit won the Presidents' Trophy, which goes to the team with the NHL's best record and ensures home ice throughout the playoffs, with 115 points, and faces Nashville in the first round of the playoffs.

Jiri Hudler added a goal and an assist for the Red Wings and Mark Hartigan also scored. Dominik Hasek made 26 saves.

Patrick Kane got Chicago's goal and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 34 shots.

Chicago missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

FLYERS 2, PENGUINS 0: At Philadelphia, Martin Biron stopped 20 shots in his second straight shutout and led the Flyers to a win over Pittsburgh, costing the Penguins the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Atlantic Division champion Penguins played without star Sidney Crosby, likely as a precaution after the Pens' captain missed 28 game with a sprained right ankle. The Flyers enter the postseason as the sixth seed and open the playoffs against Washington.

DEVILS 3, RANGERS 2 (SO): At Newark, N.J., the Devils captured home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series against their New York area archrivals. Zach Parise and Patrik Elias scored in the four-round shootout that the Devils won 2-1 to post their first win over the Rangers in eight tries this season.

The Rangers came into the game knowing they had to win in regulation to get the fourth seed and they failed to do that despite pulling their goalie in the closing 65 seconds of regulation with the score tied 2-all.

John Madden and Mike Rupp scored for the Devils, while Chris Drury and Jaromir Jagr tallied for the Rangers.

AVALANCHE 4, WILD 3 (SO): At Denver, Wojtek Wolski and Joe Sakic scored shootout goals, Jose Theodore stopped both of Minnesota's shootout attempts and Colorado beat Minnesota, setting up a first-round playoff matchup between the teams. Peter Forsberg had three assists and Theodore had 34 saves for the Avalanche, who clinched the No. 6 seed with the win. Josh Harding had 33 saves for the Wild, who came into the game having clinched the Northwest Division title and the No. 3 seed.

STARS 4, SHARKS 2: At Dallas, defenseman Mattias Norstrom's rare goal put his team ahead for good late in the second period and Dallas rallied to beat San Jose in a physical regular-season finale that included 160 penalty minutes. Dallas erased a 2-0 deficit on goals by Antti Miettinen, Stu Barnes and Norstrom in the final 10 minutes of the second period. Steve Ott also scored for the Stars. No. 2-seeded San Jose will play seventh-seeded Calgary in the first round of the playoffs. Dallas faces No. 4 Anaheim.

BLUES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1: At Columbus, Ohio, Keith Tkachuk became the 41st player in NHL history to score 500 goals, and added an assist to help St. Louis beat Columbus. Tkachuk, a 16-year veteran, scored his 27th of the season, a short-handed goal into an empty net, with 1:34 remaining. He scored three goals in the final two regular-season games — both wins against Columbus — to reach the milestone.

David Perron had a power-play goal and an assist, and Brad Boyes and David Backes had the other scores for the Blues.

Michael Peca scored on the man-advantage for Columbus, which closed out the season with one win in its last nine games, but had the best season in franchise history with 80 points.

DUCKS 3, COYOTES 2 (SO): At Anaheim, Chris Kunitz and Bobby Ryan scored 43 seconds apart in the third period against former teammate Ilya Bryzgalov, and Ryan Getzlaf had the deciding goal in the shootout. The Ducks will begin the defense of their Stanley Cup championship at home against Dallas. They were fourth in the Western Conference with 102 points and a 47-27-8 record.

Jonas Hiller, whose steady improvement led to the Ducks putting Bryzgalov on waivers Nov. 16, stopped 32 shots — including Peter Mueller's breakaway with 1:44 left in overtime. He thwarted Mueller again on the Coyotes' first attempt in the shootout, which Anaheim won by a 3-2 margin.

Phoenix will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season and third under coach Wayne Gretzky.

Stanley Cup playoffs



No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 8 Boston

No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Ottawa

No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Philadelphia

No. 4 New Jersey vs. No. 5 Rangers


No. 1 Detroit vs. No. 8 Nashville

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Calgary

No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Colorado

No. 4 Anaheim vs. No. 5 Dallas