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Predators win to capture division crown

Viktor Arvidsson completed the comeback, and set a franchise record in the process, as host Nashville beat Chicago 5-2 on Saturday night and claim the top spot in the Central Division on the final night of the regular season.

The Predators (47-29-6, 100 points) will face the Dallas Stars in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They are on a roll, having won eight of their last 11 games to claim a second consecutive division crown.

Arvidsson, with his 34th goal of the season, broke a 2-2 deadlock with a power-play goal 3:33 into the third period. As the Predators rushed up the ice, Arvidsson received a cross-ice pass inside the blue line and wired a shot that ended up the game winner.

Late goals by Colton Sissons, his into an empty net, and Nick Bonino rounded out the scoring for Nashville, which received a 31-save performance from goalie Pekka Rinne.

Elsewhere, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor collected a goal and an assist as visiting the Winnipeg Jets posted a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Nikolaj Ehlers and defenseman Jacob Trouba also tallied, and Connor Hellebuyck made 19 saves for the Jets (47-30-5, 99 points), who recorded just their second win in their last seven games (2-4-1).

Winnipeg, which finished second in the Central Division, will have home-ice advantage when it faces St Louis in the first round of the playoffs.

Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored goals in a shootout as host St Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each scored to reach career milestones as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning matched an NHL record with their 62nd victory, a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

Also, the Canadiens beat Maples Leafs 6-5; Blue Jackets topped Senators 6-2; Sabres thumped Red Wings 7-1; Devils edged past Panthers 4-3; and Hurricanes flew over Flyers 4-3.

In other action, it was: Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT); Islanders 3, Capitals 0; Stars 3, Wild 0; Oilers 3, Flames 1; Kings 5, Golden Knights 2; and Sharks 5, Avalanche 2.


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