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'Canes' win locks Red Wings into final East wild card

DETROIT — Cam Ward had 28 saves, and the Hurricanes ended a quarter-century of regular-season futility in Detroit, beating the Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night.

The loss locked the Red Wings into the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. That means they will face Bruins in the first round. Boston has clinched first place in the conference.

The Hurricanes hadn't won a regular-season game at Detroit since Nov. 14, 1989, when they were the Hartford Whalers. They did win Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup final at Detroit, but that was their only victory of that series.

The Carolina-Hartford franchise had 16 losses and a tie since its previous victory at Detroit in the regular season.

Elias Lindholm and Jiri Tlusty scored in the first period Friday, and Carolina held on to hand the Red Wings their second regulation loss in eight games.

Riley Sheahan scored for the Red Wings in the third period.

Lindholm opened the scoring on the power play, and Tlusty made it 2-0 when he banged a rebound past goalie Jimmy Howard.

Early in the second, Detroit's Tomas Jurco skated in on a semi-breakaway but couldn't put the puck past Ward. At the other end, Eric Staal flipped the puck over a sprawling Howard, only to have Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl bat it out of the air with his stick.

Sheahan jammed the puck past Ward on a power play with 16:17 to play in the game, but Ward made a fine pad save on Abdelkader with about 9:30 remaining, thwarting a 2-on-1 by Detroit and keeping the Hurricanes ahead.

Game highlights: Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome scored in the shootout, and the Islanders beat the host Devils 3-2 in what might have been Devils goalie Martin Brodeur's final start. Devils coach Pete DeBoer hadn't said whether the soon-to-be 42 year-old Brodeur would start the season finale against Boston at home on Sunday. Brodeur, the NHL career leader in wins (687) and shutouts (124) in a 20-year career with New Jersey, is in the last season of his contract. … Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal to help lead the host Capitals to a low-intensity 4-0 rout of the coasting Blackhawks.

Around the league: Wild forward Mike Rupp was suspended for four games — the regular-season finale Sunday and the Wild's first three playoff games — for a hit to the head of Blues forward T.J. Oshie on Thursday. Rupp is a seldom-used veteran who before the game had not played since Feb. 1. Oshie didn't play against the Stars on Friday with what the team said was an upper-body injury. … Oilers forward Ryan Smyth, 38, will retire after tonight's game against the Canucks. Smyth, called "Captain Canada" for his loyalty to the national team, has 386 goals and 456 assists in 1,269 regular-season games in 18 seasons with Edmonton, the Islanders, the Avalanche and the Kings. … As expected, Hall of Fame player Brendan Shanahan was named president of the Maple Leafs and began his job immediately. Shanahan leaves his job as NHL director of player safety. He will be replaced by former player Stephane Quintal.

Islanders 1 0 1 0 3
at Devils 2 0 0 0 2
Islanders s win shootout 3-1

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Lee 7 (Nielsen), 10:04. 2, New Jersey, Carter 7 (Bernier, Gionta), 11:03. 3, New Jersey, Elias 18 (T.Zajac, Jagr), 19:51. PenaltiesNone.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesSestito, NJ (tripping), 19:32.

Third Period4, N.Y. Islanders, Strome 7 (Nielsen, Donovan), :19 (pp). PenaltiesHamonic, NYI (tripping), 4:41; Jagr, NJ (hooking), 10:55.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesMerrill, NJ (tripping), 2:08.

ShootoutN.Y. Islanders 3 (Nielsen G, Bailey G, Strome G), New Jersey 1 (Brunner G, Jagr NG). Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 4-13-9-4—30. New Jersey 13-3-11-0—27. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 3; New Jersey 0 of 1. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Nilsson 7-7-2 (27 shots-25 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 18-14-6 (30-28).

Hurricanes 2 0 0 2
at Red Wings 9 9 1 1

First Period1, Carolina, Lindholm 9 (Loktionov, Harrison), 8:15 (pp). 2, Carolina, Tlusty 16 (E.Staal, Faulk), 18:24. PenaltiesDetroit bench, served by Nyquist (too many men), 7:34.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesHainsey, Car (tripping), 6:21; Skinner, Car (roughing), 14:05; Quincey, Det (holding stick), 14:05.

Third Period3, Detroit, Sheahan 8 (Jurco, Tatar), 3:43 (pp). PenaltiesHarrison, Car (slashing), 2:58; Detroit bench, served by Nyquist (too many men), 15:24. Shots on GoalCarolina 8-7-4—19. Detroit 11-9-9—29. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 1 of 2; Detroit 1 of 2. GoaliesCarolina, Ward 10-12-6 (29 shots-28 saves). Detroit, Howard 21-19-11 (19-17). A20,066 (20,066).

at Capitals 2 2 0 4
Blackhawks 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Washington, Ovechkin 51 (Carlson, Backstrom), 2:04 (pp). 2, Washington, Beagle 3 (Orlov, Kuznetsov), 9:22. PenaltiesKruger, Chi (holding), 1:03; Carrick, Was (interference), 11:36.

Second Period3, Washington, Backstrom 18 (Ovechkin, Alzner), 1:19. 4, Washington, Beagle 4 (Chimera, Ward), 16:16. PenaltiesChicago bench, served by Bickell (too many men), 4:00; Washington bench, served by Kuznetsov (too many men), 19:18.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesBrookbank, Chi (roughing), 3:26; Ovechkin, Was (hooking), 4:45. Shots on GoalChicago 7-10-17—34. Washington 7-13-7—27. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 3; Washington 1 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 32-16-10 (20 shots-16 saves), Raanta (0:00 third, 7-7). Washington, Halak 29-13-7 (34-34).

Playoff chase

The top three teams in each division get berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals, regardless of division, get wild cards. Wild-card standings with points, games left and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, tiebreaker):

East Pts GL ROW

y Blue Jackets 91 137

yw Red Wings 91 133

West Pts GL ROW

yw Wild 98 1 35

Stars* 89 2 35

Coyotes 87 2 30

y Clinched playoff spot w Locked in to wild-card spot

* Late game

'Canes' win locks Red Wings into final East wild card 04/11/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:03pm]
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