DALLAS -- The San Jose Sharks couldn't have known for certain they'd face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs until the third period of their game against the Dallas Stars.
So don't think the record-breaking mayhem that ensued in what was supposed to be a meaningless Sunday farewell to the regular season was in any way linked to the fact the Sharks will play the team that led the NHL in fights this season.
Besides, players said, if this were a game that mattered, things wouldn't have reached the point where San Jose set records for individual penalty minutes in one game and team penalty minutes on the road.
"This is not how you'd handle it, and we're all smart enough to know that," said left wing Jody Shelley, who set a franchise record with 41 penalty minutes, two more than Marty McSorley had against Edmonton a decade ago. "Stuff just needed to be addressed."
The outcome had no impact on the standings, and that's a good thing for the Sharks, whose 2-0 lead turned into a 4-2 loss.
Along the way, the Sharks also set a mark for penalty minutes in a road game with 95, and their 57 in the first period was 19 more than the most they had in any full game this season.
Joe Thornton pounded on Stars center Steve Ott, earning 19 minutes in penalties in the first period. In the second period, Shelley caught up with Ott and was hit with penalties for instigating and fighting along with a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.
SUNDAY'S GAMES -- Host Detroit beat Chicago 4-1 and won the Presidents' Trophy for having the NHL's best record. ... Philadelphia's 2-0 win cost visiting Pittsburgh the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. ... Keith Tkachuk became the 41st player in NHL history to score 500 goals as visiting St. Louis defeated Columbus 4-1. ... Host New Jersey posted its first win over the New York Rangers in eight tries this season, 3-2 in a shootout. ... Colorado beat visiting Minnesota 4-3 in a shootout to set up a first-round playoff matchup between the teams. ... Ryan Getzlaf had the deciding goal in the shootout as host Anaheim beat Phoenix 3-2.