Flyers Come Up Short
The Philadelphia Flyers surrendered their first short-handed goal against in the first period of game 82 when Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers scored with a man down. The Flyers were that close to becoming just the second team in NHL history to play an entire season without surrendering a shorty. The Montreal Canadiens of 1975-76 remain the only team to accomplish that feat.
The Flyers went 103 games between short handed goals against. Montreal's streak went 122 regular season games.
Vanek Gets 40 In The Nick Of Time
Thomas Vanek scored his 40th goal of the season with 16 seconds remaining in the third period of the Sabres final game of the season.
Theoren Fleury is the only other player to reach a multiple of ten milestone (40 goals or higher) with 20 seconds left in his season. He scored his 40th goal of the 1998-99 season with just 13 second left.
Two players reached such plateaus in overtime: Joe Mullen scored his 40th in overtime in the Blues' final game of the 1984-85 season. Montreal's Brian Bellows scored his 40th of the 1992-93 season in the same fashion.
Luongo Closes The Door
Roberto Luonog and the Vancouver Canucks finished the season with a pair of 1-0 victories. This is only the 4th time in NHL history a goalie posted a shutout in each of his team's last two games of a season. The others to do that were George Hainsworth (1927-28 Canadiens), Ed Belfour (2003-04 Maple Leafs) and Martin Brodeur (2007-08 Flyers) .