The Pittsburgh captain entered his late-afternoon game with the New York Islanders knowing that he trailed both Alex Ovechkin(notes) and Steven Stamkos(notes) for the NHL's goal scoring lead by one and Henrik Sedin(notes) for the points title by eight. Crosby did his best to win both titles, but ended the night having to share on. His two goal, three assist performance in the Penguins' 6-5 overtime win helped him earn a share of the "Rocket" Richard Trophy with Stamkos and saw him finished tied for second with Ovechkin at 109 points. Crosby ended the regular season with 51 goals, a career high. Evgeni Malkin(notes) popped in two goals himself and added two helpers, while Jordan Leopold's(notes) fourth goal in his last five games was the overtime winner.
Down a goal with four and a half minutes remaining against the Colorado Avalanche, Brown helped set up Jarret Stoll's(notes) game-tying goal and then potted the overtime winner 1:31 into the extra frame. It was the third time in four games that Brown had recorded a goal and an assist. Erik Ersberg(notes) made 31 saves for his fourth win of the season.
In a game with no bearing on the Eastern Conference standings, Ryder, who had scored just once in his previous 23 games, tallied twice in the first period in a 4-3 Bruins shootout win over the Washington Capitals. The Bruins now face the Buffalo Sabres in the first-round of the playoffs. Tim Thomas(notes) made 34 saves in the win and didn't take kindly to Jason Chimera's(notes) drive to the net:
Honorable mention: Washington's Alexander Semin(notes) reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career. The goal was also his 300th point in his career ... Jimmy Howard(notes) stopped 27 Chicago shots and Brad Stuart(notes) netted the overtime winner as Detroit downed the Blackhawks 3-2. Howard improved his record to 12-0-2 in his past 14 games ... Despite Jody Shelley's(notes) second straight game with a goal, the New York Rangers fell in the shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 with a playoff berth on the line. Henrik Lundqvist(notes) was outstanding making 46 saves in the loss, but Brian Boucher(notes) made one more save than "King" in the shootout to clinch the final spot in the East ... John Tavares(notes) finished his rookie campaign with a two-goal afternoon to give him 24 on the season and end the year with 54 points, one point behind Matt Duchene(notes) for the rookie scoring lead ... Steven Stamkos earned his share of the Richard Trophy by scoring his 51st goal on an empty-netter to seal a 3-1 Tampa Bay win over Florida. Mike Smith(notes) made 30 saves and Alex Tanguay(notes) and Vincent Lecavalier(notes) in the win ... Martin Brodeur(notes) won game No. 602 and Jamie Langenbrunner's(notes) empty-net winner with three seconds left gave New Jersey a 2-1 win over Buffalo. Needing a win in regulation to pass the Devils in the standings, the Sabres had emptied their net in hopes of taking the lead ... Ryan Carter(notes) matched his season total with two goals in Anaheim's 7-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. In possibly his final NHL game, Teemu Selanne(notes) scored his 606th career goal 16 seconds into the second period:
Did you know? The Kings passed the 100-point mark for the first time since the 1990-91 season. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Jeff Deslauriers was in goal for all seven of Anaheim's tallies against Edmonton. The Oilers goalie finishes the season allowing 36 goals in his last nine games.