Around the NHL: Red Wings stifle Coyotes, creep closer to Jackets
Jimmy Howard made 34 saves to help the Red Wings move a point behind the Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the West.
Red Wings 4, Coyotes 0: Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help host Detroit defeat Phoenix last night.
The Red Wings now are a point behind the eighth-place Blue Jackets in the Western Conference and have played one fewer game. They are hoping to finish the last three games of the season strong enough to extend the franchise’s postseason streak to 22 years. Detroit had won only one of its previous six games, picking up a point in three shootout losses during the slump.
Damien Brunner scored late in the first period and Valtteri Filppula had a power-play goal late in the second. Franzen had an empty-net goal with 1:22 left.
The Coyotes, five points behind the Blue Jackets, are on the brink of elimination after losing for the fourth time in five games with the potential to earn just six more points in the season.
Penguins 3, Senators 1: Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves and Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Pittsburgh to its seventh straight victory.
Jets 2, Sabres 1: Antti Miettinen scored with 7:36 left to keep visiting Winnipeg in the playoff race. Winnipeg improved 6-0-1 in its past seven games and moved a point behind the idle New York Rangers, who hold the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. The Jets also are a point behind Southeast Division-leading Washington. That sets up a showdown tonight, when the Jets play at the Capitals.
Ducks 3, Oilers 0: Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and visiting Anaheim clinched the Pacific Division title, its first division title since 2006-07, when it won the Stanley Cup. The Oilers have lost eight of nine.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 1: Jannik Hansen, Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin scored for host Vancouver.