Pens lose finale, Montreal 1st in East
The Philadelphia Flyers helped both themselves and the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
As a result, Montreal wraps up the Eastern Conference title and will face No. 8 Boston in the first round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh will battle Ottawa in a rematch of last year's playoff, while Philadelphia will take on the hot Washington Capitals.
New Jersey will host the New York Rangers in the final Eastern playoff series.
Scottie Upshall's goal in the second period held as the winner for Philadelphia (42-29-11), with Mike Knuble adding an empty-net goal in the final minute of regulation. Jeff Carter assisted on both goals.
Martin Biron earned his second consecutive shutout, making 20 saves. Biron, who will make his playoff debut after over a decade in the league, finished with five shutouts on the season.
Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 20 stops for Pittsburgh (47-27-8).
With a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference title and gain home ice the first three rounds of the playoffs, Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch for the Penguins for Sunday afternoon's game.
Crosby missed 28 games overall this season with a sprained right ankle. He finished the season, his third, with 24 goals and 72 points in 53 games.
Coach Michel Therrien likely sat out Crosby to avoid potential for injury against the physical Flyers. Last year, it was revealed Crosby had dressed for all playoff games despite suffering a broken foot late in the season.
Veteran Gary Roberts suited up for the Penguins. Roberts has missed 43 games after suffering a broken leg in late December.
"I'm looking forward to it," Roberts told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I'm excited to play, but I'm realistic at the same time. I haven't played in three months. I'm just going to try to keep it simple, get my legs under me and get back to being part of the team."
Darryl Sydor also missed the game for Pittsburgh. Daniel Briere sat out for Philadelphia after hurting his knee in a game last week.