BOSTON (AP) - Patrice Bergeron had three assists in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout on Saturday to lead the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins into the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres had already been eliminated from the playoff race.
Tyler Seguin scored twice, and Brad Marchand also had a goal for the Bruins, who had already clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They will open the playoffs next week against either Ottawa or Washington.
Brad Boyes scored twice for the Sabres, who finished with 88 points - two behind the Capitals, who had one game to play. Jason Pominville added his 30th goal of the season.
Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots for the Bruins.
Jhonas Enroth made 37 saves for Buffalo.