They will play Montreal and Chicago respectively in the next round. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Alex Tuch's overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over Colorado on Saturday and a Western Conference top seed in the National Hockey League playoffs. Joining Vegas with the preferred paths in the Stanley Cup chase were the Philadelphia Flyers, who got two first-period goals from Nicolas Aube-Kubel in beating Tampa Bay 4-1 to capture the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Rookie Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored twice, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Saturday night to clinch the Eastern Conference's top seed through the playoffs. The Lightning not only dropped the game in completing preliminary round-robin play with a 2-1 record, Tampa Bay's star defenseman Victor Hedman did not return after appearing to twist his right ankle while going down untouched midway through the first period. Coach Jon Cooper didn't have an update on Hedman's status or how much time he might miss, though acknowledged his potential loss would create a notable hole in the Lightning's lineup.