Around the NHL: Red Wings close on spot in playoffs
Red Wings 5, Predators 2: Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists and host Detroit moved a step closer to its 22nd straight playoff appearance by defeating Nashville last night.
The Red Wings, who moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, need one more point to secure their spot in the postseason. They own the longest active playoff streak in North American professional sports. Detroit has one regular-season game remaining, on Saturday at Dallas.
Senators 2, Capitals 1, OT: Sergei Gonchar got a power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime on Erik Karlsson’s second assist of the game, and visiting Ottawa clinched a playoff spot.
Blues 4, Flames 1: Ryan Reaves scored twice and Brian Elliott earned his NHL-leading 10th victory in April for host St. Louis.
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3, OT: Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and visiting New York clinched a playoff spot.
Devils 3, Penguins 2: Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 6:10 remaining, his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, to help host New Jersey overcome a 2-0 deficit. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby (broken jaw) missed his 10th straight game, but he was cleared by medical personnel to return to hockey-related activity.
Canadiens 4, Jets 2: David Desharnais scored twice for visiting Montreal.
Bruins 2, Lightning 0: Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in as many starts for host Boston.
Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 0: Phil Kessel scored twice to lead visiting Toronto, which had been in a 1-3-0 slump.
Flyers 2, Islanders 1: Oliver Lauridsen and Danny Briere scored to lead host Philadelphia.
Ducks 3, Canucks 1: Matt Bleskey and Brad Staubitz scored 1:37 apart in the second period to lift visiting Anaheim.