Joonas Korpisalo stopped 33 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in a decisive Game 5 on Sunday in Toronto.
Zach Werenski's floater from the left point in the first period held up as the deciding goal. Liam Foudy sneaked in a shot from a bad angle with 8:20 remaining, and captain Nick Foligno sealed the victory by scoring into an open net with 23 seconds left.
Werenski played despite not being able to finish Game 4 with an apparent upper body injury. And Korpisalo posted his second shutout of the series.
The Maple Leafs ran out of offense with captain John Tavares misfiring by hitting the post while facing a wide-open side in the first period. And Toronto ran out of remarkable comebacks two nights after rallying from a three-goal third-period deficit in a 4-3 overtime victory.
So much for hometown advantage to the NHL's two hub-city teams with both the Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers eliminated in the preliminary round.
Columbus, which rallied from a three-goal second period deficit in a 4-3 OT win in Game 3, advances to the first round, where it will meet second-seeded Tampa Bay in a rematch of last year's first-round series. The Blue Jackets swept the President's Trophy-winning Lightning in four games.
Washington 2, Boston 1: T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and the Capitals beat the Bruins in round-robin play to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and set up a first-round matchup against former Washington coach Barry Trotz's New York Islanders.
Boston won the Presidents' Trophy as the top team during the regular season but lost all three of its seeding games and fell to fourth in the East and will face Carolina in the first round, a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals.
Dallas 2, St. Louis 1 (SO): Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Stars won to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
Denis Gurianov scored the only goal of the shootout for Dallas, which will face Calgary in the conference quarterfinals. Defending Cup champion St. Louis went winless in the round robin and will face Vancouver.