VIDEO: Lightning’s Johnson injured after late hit by Canadiens’ Pateryn

The Tampa Bay Lightning took to the ice with no reason to win Saturday with second place in the Atlantic locked up, but the team may have suffered a significant loss in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens.

Already sitting five regulars due to injury, forward Tyler Johnson was helped off the ice after being cross-checked into the boards by defenseman Greg Pateryn. Johnson looked to be in considerable pain as he was helped off the ice.

The Lightning later announced he suffered an upper-body injury and would not return to the game.

Pateryn received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit.

Injuries have limited Johnson to just 69 games this season, where he recorded just 14 goals and 24 assists after a breakout 72-point campaign a year ago.

The Lightning were playing without Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, and Ryan Callahan for Saturday's game.

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Flyers clinch final East playoff berth, eliminate Bruins

The Philadelphia Flyers clinched the second wild-card - and final playoff - spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

The win eliminates the Boston Bruins from playoff contention who earlier in the day missed their chance of clinching a spot with a 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

For the Flyers, the win gives them their second playoff appearance in the last four seasons.

The win also sets up the club's first-round matchup, an intra-division clash with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals.

It will mark the first time the teams have faced one another in the postseason since 2008, when the Flyers edged the Capitals 4-3 in the conference quarterfinals.

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Sakic confirms Roy will return as coach next season

Patrick Roy recently made it clear that he plans on remaining behind the Colorado Avalanche bench, and it looks as though he's not alone on that front.

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Roy will return as coach next season prior to Colorado's season finale against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Roy won the Jack Adams Award in his first season as coach in 2014, leading the Avalanche to a first-place finish, but the season ended in a first-round playoff exit.

After winning the Central Division title, it appeared that Colorado had turned a corner under Roy, but the Avalanche missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season this year.

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Blackhawks’ Crawford returns for regular season finale

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will get one tuneup game before his club embarks on another Stanley Cup run.

The 31-year-old will make his first appearance between the pipes Saturday - against the Columbus Blue Jackets - since March 14, thanks to an unfortunate upper-body injury.

"It's very important to get a game in here before the playoffs," head coach Joel Quenneville said, according to NHL.com's Craig Merz. "You get three or four more practices before he plays a playoff game. It helps getting at least a start here and getting back on the on the ice as well. This is the next step."

Crawford's untimely departure from the team's lineup came while he was enjoying a season that saw him set a career-high with 35 wins in 57 games.

His career .921 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average in the playoffs will be looked upon heavily as the team looks to repeat as Cup champs.

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Blue Jackets farmhand released from hospital after collapsing on bench Friday

Columbus Blue Jackets minor leaguer Brett Gallant was released from hospital Saturday after collapsing on the bench during a game Friday night.

The 27-year-old forward for the Lake Erie Monsters was stabilized by the on-site medical personnel at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto and was conscious before being taken to a local hospital, the AHL club confirmed.

Gallant traveled back to Cleveland, where he'll continue to consult with team doctors.

He was taken off the bench on a stretcher during Friday's game against the Toronto Marlies.

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Jimmy Howard: ‘Let’s go have some fun down in Tampa’

For the 25th consecutive season, the Detroit Red Wings secured a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and for the second season in a row, the Wings will square off with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.

Detroit locked up the third spot in the Atlantic Division thanks to the Bruins blowout at the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.

Despite not earning the spot by a win of their own, Detroit's players are feeling good about clinching.

"Let's go have some fun down in Tampa," goaltender Jimmy Howard told reporters postgame.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was quick to give some credit to the Senators' aiding win.

"We had our chances, made a good effort, but gotta send our thanks to Ottawa," Zetterberg said.

Zetterberg, who will suit up in the playoffs for the 13th time in his career, may have to share some calming advice with Detroit rookie sensation Dylan Larkin.

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Chara baffled by Bruins’ big-game letdowns: ‘I wish I had an explanation’

An emotional Zdeno Chara was left searching for answers after his Boston Bruins were eliminated from postseason contention.

The captain was asked why his club was so prone to big-game letdowns this season, the biggest of which came in a 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

"I wish I had an explanation," Chara told reporters, according to DJ Bean of WEEI. "I wish I had an explanation."

The veteran defenseman was clearly frustrated after missing out on the playoffs for the second straight season.

Boston entered Saturday's game ranked fifth in the NHL in goals per game, and the Bruins led the Atlantic Division earlier in the season, so Chara's frustrations might be justified.

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Bruins’ Julien: ‘All we can do is cross our fingers and hope for a miracle’

The Boston Bruins will no doubt be scoreboard watching this weekend.

With a devastating 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Bruins missed their chance to clinch a spot in the postseason and will now turn their eyes to the Philadelphia Flyers with the hope the team will stumble in their quest to clinch a spot, needing two points in their final two contests.

"Right now, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope for a miracle," head coach Claude Julien said. "That's all that's left for us.

"Excuses are out the window."

Forward Patrice Bergeron echoed his head coach suggesting the team now needs some help.

"Fingers crossed, I guess, but it was in our hands and we didn’t do it, so hopefully we can get some help from other teams," said Bergeron. "All you need is to get in, right? So after that, anything can happen.

"Hopefully it comes out that way."

After making the postseason every season from 2008-2014, the club is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the second-straight season after missing last season's installment by just two points.

The Bruins chances are slim, but a huge opportunity was definitely squandered Saturday.

"Our A-game wasn't there," said Julien. There was a lot that wasn't at the level it needed to be today."

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VIDEO: Bruins showered with boos in dying seconds of loss to Senators

The Boston Bruins needed a win on home ice to give themselves the best shot at securing a playoff spot.

Instead, they fell 6-1 to the Ottawa Senators, and their regular season came to an end amid a shower of boos from whatever was left of the disappointed home crowd.

Boston, who posted a record of 17-18-6 at home, can still clinch a playoff spot if Philadelphia picks up one point or less in their final two games.

Either way, the fan base is not enthused.

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Red Wings clinch 25th consecutive playoff berth

The streak is alive.

Despite a loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings have clinched a playoff spot for the 25th consecutive year, thanks to a concurrent Boston Bruins loss.

Their run matches the third-longest string of consecutive appearances in NHL history.

The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups since the streak began in 1991, with only the cancelled postseason of 2005 keeping the city of Detroit from enjoying hockey past the 82 regular season games.

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