NHL: Red Wings put Coyotes at brink

2013-04-23T00:00:00Z NHL: Red Wings put Coyotes at brinkThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings' push to make the playoffs got a boost with two desperately needed points.

Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help Detroit beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Monday night in a matchup of two teams in a logjam for the final two spots in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Red Wings moved within a point of eighth-place Columbus in conference. They're hoping to finish the last three games of the regular season against the L.A. Kings, Nashville and Dallas strong enough to extend the franchise's postseason streak to 22 years - the first without Steve Yzerman or Nicklas Lidstrom as a captain.

"It means a lot to me for this team to do well," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had three assists.

The Coyotes, five points behind with 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 fading regular season.

"Just got to find a way to win the next one and give ourselves a chance," Phoenix captain Shane Doan said.

• Ducks 3, Oilers 0: In Edmonton, Alberta, Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Anaheim clinched the Pacific Division title with a win. Ryan Getzlaf, Radek Dvorak and Sami Vatanen scored for the Ducks, who won back-to-back games in Edmonton to capture their first division title since 2007 - the year they went on to win the Stanley Cup.

• Canucks 3, Blackhawks 1: In Vancouver, British Columbia, Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist to help the Canucks lock up their fifth straight Northwest Division title and home ice in the first round with a victory over Chicago. Vancouver also won its eighth in a row at home.

• Jets 2, Sabres 1: In Buffalo, N.Y., Antti Miettinen scored with 7:36 left to keep surging Winnipeg in the playoff race with a win. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots, including a huge glove save on Thomas Vanek with 5:45 left.

• Penguins 3, Senators 1: In Ottawa, Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves and Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and an assist to lead Pittsburgh to its seventh straight victory.

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