RALEIGH — Wayne Simmonds got his first career hat trick to lead the Philadelphia Flyers in a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night in a matchup of teams recently eliminated from playoff contention.
Jakub Voracek and Matt Read also scored for the Flyers, who won for the third time in four games. Steve Mason, playing his fifth game for the Flyers since being acquired from Columbus, made 26 saves.
Simmonds’ first three-goal output came in his 364th game. He also had an assist for his first four-point game.
Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk and Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who lost for the ninth time in their last 10 home games.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 1
At Ottawa, James Reimer put in a monstrous effort with 49 saves and Toronto clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2004.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice, and Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul also had goals for the Maple Leafs.
CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 1
At Montreal, Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin each scored twice to lead Washington past sagging Montreal.
PENGUINS 3, BRUINS 2
At Boston, hockey returned to Boston after the manhunt following the marathon bombings, and Jarome Iginla scored the tiebreaking goal that gave Pittsburgh a win and home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
ISLANDERS 5, JETS 4, SO
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, John Tavares scored the winning goal in a shootout to help surging New York put a dent in Winnipeg’s playoff drive.
DEVILS 6, PANTHERS 2
At Newark, N.J., Patrik Elias scored twice and New Jersey kept its faint playoff hopes alive by rallying from a two-goal deficit for a win over Florida.