Tampa set for home ice

Tampa Bay secured a home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup play-offs as the NHL regular season ended on Sunday.

Matt Carle scored the only goal in a shoot-out as the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 1-0.

The Detroit Red Wings prepared for their play-off commitments against Boston with a 3-0 win over the out-of-form St Louis Blues.

Justin Abdelkader scored twice as St Louis lost their sixth game in a row.

There were heroics from Brock Nelson as he scored the equaliser in normal time and then a shoot-out winner as the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3, while the Ottawa Senators closed out their campaign with a 3-2 shoot-out success over Pittsburgh.

Minnesota were given a pre-play-off shock as Nashville beat them 7-3. The Wild had not lost in regular time in seven games prior to this defeat, which featured four unanswered goals.

Veteran Martin Brodeur is out of contract with the New Jersey Devils and made 16 saves in what could prove to be his final game.

His side beat Boston Bruins 3-2 and he was giving a lap of honour at the end ahead of an anticipated non-renewal of his deal. He has played for New Jersey since 1992.

There were emotional scenes at the Honda Center too as Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old who is leaving Anaheim and retiring after the play-offs, wore the captain's 'C' as his side saw off Colorado 3-2 after overtime.

Eric Staal scored twice in regulation time and made it three with the only goal in the shootout as Carolina beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5.

Daniel Sedin scored twice but left the ice on a stretcher as the Vancouver Canucks beat Calgary 5-1, while Dallas' dead-rubber ended in a 2-1 loss to Phoenix.

The play-off series begins on Wednesday with match-ups between Montreal and Tampa Bay, Columbus and Pittsburgh and Dallas and Anaheim.