WASHINGTON — In a last-day-of-the-season game that had no effect on the standings, Alex Ovechkin and his Washington teammates tried their best to win the two-time reigning MVP some more individual hardware. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins were simply trying to beat the Capitals for the first time this season.

The Bruins held Ovechkin without a goal or an assist, preventing him from winning the league’s scoring title and goal-scoring crown, and David Krejci and Miroslav Satan scored in the shootout to give Boston a 4-3 victory.

Other than Ovechkin’s personal goals, the only suspense for both teams was waiting to learn their playoff opponents. Washington, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, will face Montreal in first round, and the sixth-seeded Bruins will open the postseason against Buffalo.

Ovechkin was trying to become the first player to win the Maurice Richard Trophy (most goals) three years in a row since Brett Hull from 1990-92. Instead, Sidney Crosby scored twice in the Pittsburgh’s 6-5 overtime win over the New York Islanders to share the award with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, who got an empty-netter in a 3-1 victory over Florida. Crosby and Stamkos finished with 51 goals; Ovechkin had 50, despite missing 10 games because of injuries and suspensions.

When Ovechkin left the arena, he already knew he wouldn’t claim the overall scoring title. Starting the day with 109 points, he needed a big day to catch Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin (112) for the Art Ross Trophy.

“Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose, so congrats to Sedin,” Ovechkin said. “He deserved it. He played great. We all tried, but some get it, some don’t.”

“It doesn’t take away from the year he had,” Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He didn’t get any points today. Sometimes you just can’t dig it up to do it. Boston looked to me like their whole concern was not to let Alex score. So we’ll get back to normal. I’m glad the whole race thing is over.”

Michael Ryder scored twice in the first period, and Marco Sturm tied the game with 4:18 remaining in regulation for the Bruins, who ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak.

“It’s nice getting a little momentum going into the playoffs,” Boston left wing Shawn Thornton said, “and it was nice seeing everybody come to work when we had our best players out.”

With both teams’ playoff seeds already determined, the game provided an extra day of rest for many regulars. Among the scratches for Boston were Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Mark Recchi, Zdeno Chara, Mark Stuart and Vladimir Sobotka. Tim Thomas made 34 saves in place of Tuukka Rask. Center Zach Hamill got an assist in his first NHL game.

Tomas Fleischmann, Eric Fehr, Quintin Laing, Tyler Sloan and John Erskine had the day off for Washington. Ovechkin and the Capitals’ other top scorers didn’t take part in the shootout, as Boudreau gave Boyd Gordon and Matt Bradley rare — but unsuccessful — chances against Thomas.

Two Washington players did achieve personal benchmarks. Alexander Semin reached the 40-goal mark for the first time and also notched his 300th career point.

Also, defenseman Jeff Schultz became the first Capitals player to lead the league in plus-minus rating. He was plus-2 for the game, putting him at plus-50 for season.

Eric Belanger and Mike Knuble also scored for the Capitals, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

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