The eight Eastern Conference participants in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs are set. The pairings will take a little more time to determine.
Overtime victories on the road by the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators on Thursday night completed the eight-team field in the East. The Rangers rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3, and the Senators got past the Washington Capitals 2-1. Those outcomes ended any remaining hopes for the Winnipeg Jets, who needed to beat the Montreal Canadiens and hope for help.
The Senators, Rangers and New York Islanders each have 54 points; Ottawa is sixth because it has a game in hand on the other two; the Rangers are seventh because they own the tiebreaker with the Islanders.