NHL: OT loss keeps Coyotes from gaining on Wings

2013-04-13T00:00:00Z NHL: OT loss keeps Coyotes from gaining on WingsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CALGARY, Alberta - Mark Giordano scored the winning goal 4:36 into overtime, and Calgary snapped a three-game home losing streak with a victory over Phoenix.

The loss, combined with Detroit's shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, kept Phoenix from gaining ground in the Western Conference playoff hunt. The Coyotes are two points behind the Red Wings for the No. 8 spot.

Curtis Glencross and Mikael Backlund combined to set up Giordano just inside the blue line. While goalie Mike Smith was screened, Giordano put a shot just inside the goal post. Smith shrugged his shoulders as if he didn't see the puck.

Jiri Hudler and Lee Stempniak also scored for Calgary (15-21-4), which had lost six of seven.

Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle scored for Phoenix (18-16-7), which earned three of six points on a three-game trip.

• Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2, SO: In Chicago, Brandon Saad scored in the fifth round of the shootout after Jonathan Toews tied the game late in regulation, and Chicago clinched the Central Division title with a victory over Detroit.

With St. Louis losing to Columbus earlier Friday, the Blackhawks wrapped up the Central race for the first time since 2010 when they won the Stanley Cup. Chicago also increased its lead over Anaheim for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs to seven points.

The shootout was tied 1-1 when Saad beat Jimmy Howard with a backhand shot. Corey Crawford then stopped Johan Franzen, sealing the win and giving the Blackhawks a four-game season sweep over Detroit.

Senators 2, Devils 0: In Newark, N.J., Craig Anderson made 33 saves in his third shutout of the season, and Ottawa sent the sliding Devils to their ninth straight loss.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Milan Michalek second-period goals for the Senators, who won for the second straight night, following a five-game skid, to boost their playoff chances.

Ottawa, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, leads ninth-place Winnipeg by four points. New Jersey is 10th, eight points behind Ottawa and four behind the New York Rangers and the postseason cutoff with seven games to play.

• Blue Jackets 4, Blues 1: In Columbus, Ohio, Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves as Columbus ended St. Louis' season-high, six-game winning streak.

Artem Anisimov, Ryan Johansen and Marian Gaborik also had goals for Columbus, which continued its climb from cellar-dweller to playoff contention. The Blue Jackets, 11-1-3 in their last 15 home games, were last in the NHL after a 5-12-2 start but have earned points in 18 of 22 games since (13-4-5).

The Blue Jackets are tied for ninth in the Western Conference with 43 points, two behind eighth-place Detroit. The Blues are sixth with 48 points.

Bobrovsky improved to 11-3-5 with a 1.68 goals-against average at home this season.

Stars 5, Predators 2: In Nashville, Tenn., rookie Alex Chiasson scored two goals, and Dallas earned its fourth straight win.

Ray Whitney had a power-play goal and an assist, and Erik Cole and Tom Wandell had a goal apiece. Vern Fiddler also had two assists for the Stars, who are ninth in the Western Conference - two points behind eighth-place Detroit and the postseason cutoff. Dallas is tied in points with Phoenix and Columbus.

Richard Bachman stopped 26 shots and improved to 5-3. starting in place of Kari Lehtonen.

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