Ducks claim Pacific Division, Flyers down Islanders


The Anaheim Ducks claimed the NHL Pacific Division courtesy of a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

In the final game of the regular season, the Ducks wrapped up the Pacific title after leapfrogging the Los Angeles Kings, who went down 4-3 to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. 

After a scoreless first period at the Verizon Center, the opening goal came four minutes, 34 seconds into the second through Corey Perry.

The Ducks doubled their advantage through Nick Ritchie just over two minutes later, holding on for the shut-out win. 

The Ducks will face the Nashville Predators in round one of the Stanley Cup play-offs, while the result means the Kings come up against the San Jose Sharks.

The New York Islanders missed the chance to move above the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division following a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Goals to Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Martin put the Islanders 2-0 up 9:19 into the first period but goals from Shayne Gostisbehere and Evgeny Medvedev tied the game going into the second. 

Michael Raffl put the Flyers ahead for the first time in the second period before Scott Laughton and R.J. Umberger rounded out the win in the third. 

The result means the Islanders must face the Atlantic Division winners the Florida Panthers in the play-offs, while the Rangers meet the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the other play-off games, the Flyers come up against the Washington Capitals, the Tampa Bay Lightning face the Detroit Red Wings, the Dallas Stars meet the Minnesota Wild, and the St. Louis Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks.