Detroit Red Wings topple Los Angeles Kings

The Red Wings moved a step closer toward extending their postseason streak to 22 with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night 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 Detroit into eighth place in the Western Conference.

The Red Wings, who have won two straight games, are one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining in the regular season.

‘‘We’re trying to crawl our way back into the playoffs,’’ Detroit’s Jimmy Howard said after a 23-save effort.


Detroit has been in every NHL postseason since 1991 in what has become the longest active run in North American pro sports.

The 10th-place Stars, who are four points behind Detroit, host Columbus Thursday and Detroit on Saturday.

The Red Wings will also face the banged-up and already eliminated Predators Thursday at home.

Detroit’s win eliminated Phoenix from the playoff race.

Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2 — Martin St. Louis scored three goals and host Tampa Bay snapped a six-game losing streak 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 Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.

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

Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1 — Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as Chicago secured the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in 22 years with a win in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Blackhawks (35-6-5) held off the Eastern Conference-leading 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.

Coyotes 2, Sharks 1 — Mike Smith stopped 33 shots and host Phoenix prevented San Jose from moving up in the Western Conference standings with the victory.


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.


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