Devils miss out on play-offs
Hull Stingrays, Coventry Blaze and Fife Flyers secured the remaining Elite League play-off places on Sunday night as Cardiff Devils missed out.
Hull went into their home game with Sheffield Steelers in the weakest position - second bottom in the table above only Edinburgh Capitals - but Sylvain Cloutier's men managed to win 4-2.
Matthew Davies and Jason Hewitt exchanged goals in the first period but two scores from Guillaume Doucet and one from Jereme Tendler outstripped Chad Langlais' second-period contribution.
Hull will play regular-season champions Belfast Giants in the quarter-finals.
Michael Henrich was the hero for Coventry, who next face Sheffield, his goal in a 1-0 victory over Cardiff denying the Welsh side a shot at the quarter-finals.
Fife's 4-1 victory over Braehead Clan saw them bag a play-off showdown with Nottingham Panthers.
Tim Hartung scored twice with Jordan Fulton and Danny Stewart rendering Joel Champagne's effort a mere consolation.
Elsewhere, basement boys Edinburgh enjoyed a 4-1 win over Dundee Stars.
Curtis Leinweber, Jaroslav Cesky and Marcis Zembergs all scored in the second period before the Latvian put the result beyond doubt in the third.
Nico Sacchetti notched for the Stars, who finished third and will face Fife in the last eight, guaranteeing a Scottish club's presence in the semi-finals.