NHL: Coyotes top San Jose; Blackhawks clinch top record

2013-04-25T00:00:00Z NHL: Coyotes top San Jose; Blackhawks clinch top recordThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, and the Phoenix Coyotes prevented San Jose from moving up in the Western Conference standings with a 2-1 win over the Sharks on Wednesday night.

San Jose had a chance to pass Los Angeles for fourth in the West, but the Coyotes played more like the team still in the playoff hunt.

Phoenix beat Thomas Greiss for two goals in the first period and played the tight-checking style that had been so successful the previous three seasons. That left the Sharks tied with the Kings at 57 points.

Michael Stone and Keith Yandle both scored, and Shane Doan had a pair of assists for Phoenix.

Brent Burns scored and Greiss stopped 30 shots in his first start since March 6 for the Sharks, who will close the season against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday.

San Jose has closed the season strong and finished off its final home game on Tuesday in perfect fashion, scoring two goals 30 seconds apart in the third period to beat Dallas 3-2.

That clinched the Sharks' ninth straight playoff appearance and gave them a chance to earn home-ice advantage in the first round.

The Coyotes officially had a run of playoff appearances end at three straight seasons with Detroit's win over the Kings.

• Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1: In Edmonton, Alberta, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and Chicago secured the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in 22 years.

The Blackhawks (35-6-5) held off the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the top regular-season record in the NHL.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya also scored for the Blackhawks, who have gone 10-1-2 in their last 13 games and clinched the league's best record for the first time since 1991.

Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers (17-22-7), who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

• Red Wings 3, Kings 1: In Detroit, Jordin Tootoo netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 6:26 left, lifting the Red Wings into eighth place in the Western Conference.

Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining. The Red Wings are aiming to extend their postseason streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 23 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk scored a game-tying goal midway through the second period.

• Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2: In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis scored three goals and Tampa Bay snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto.

St. Louis, who has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points - two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.

Stamkos scored his 29th goal, two behind NHL-leading Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and added an assist.

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