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Red Wings back in playoff spot for now

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, center, leads the bench cheers after Johan Franzen gives Detroit a 2-0 vs. Nashville.

Associated Press

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, center, leads the bench cheers after Johan Franzen gives Detroit a 2-0 vs. Nashville.

NASHVILLE — The Red Wings went into Bridgestone Arena and did what they had to do: Grind out a victory.

A 3-0 final against the Predators on Sunday night gave the Red Wings the two points they needed to at least momentarily climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture after falling out of it over the weekend.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for the first time in 11 games, and defenseman Danny DeKeyser, a free agent signed out of college last month, earned his first NHL point assisting on that goal.

The win was the Red Wings' first in four games, and Detroit moved into sole possession of eighth place in the West, two points ahead of Dallas and Columbus. Nashville lost its sixth straight to fall further out of the playoff scene.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his third shutout this season.

"This was huge," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Every game is going to be really important for us. I thought we did a lot of good things."

Game highlights: Blues goalie Brian Elliott's shutout streak ended at 214 minutes when Bryan Bickell tapped in his own rebound early in the second period of the visiting Blackhawks' 2-0 win. Elliott entered the game with three consecutive shutouts.

Around the league: The Blue Jackets, fighting for the second playoff berth in franchise history, are indefinitely without forward Artem Anisimov, the team co-leader in goals, after he took what looked like a hit to the head from Wild forward Charlie Coyle on Saturday.

Red Wings 0 1 2 3
at Predators 0 0 0 0
Red Wings 0 1 2 3
at Predators 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesFranzen, Det (interference), 10:33; Colaiacovo, Det (tripping), 14:40.

Second Period1, Detroit, Zetterberg 9 (DeKeyser, Datsyuk), 6:23. PenaltiesKlein, Nas (slashing), 7:47; Beck, Nas (slashing), 15:40.

Third Period2, Detroit, Franzen 9 (Filppula, Cleary), 17:01. 3, Detroit, Abdelkader 9 (Zetterberg, Datsyuk), 18:41 (en). PenaltiesNone. Missed Penalty ShotButler, Nas, 6:26 third. Shots on GoalDetroit 9-16-7—32. Nashville 13-4-5—22. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 2; Nashville 0 of 2. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 17-12-6 (22 shots-22 saves). Nashville, Rinne 14-15-7 (31-29).

Blackhawks 0 1 1 2
at Blues 0 0 0 0
Blackhawks 0 1 1 2
at Blues 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesBrookbank, Chi (roughing), 8:42; Bolland, Chi (cross-checking), 8:42; Polak, StL (roughing), 8:42; Bollig, Chi (slashing), 13:24; Perron, StL (slashing), 13:24; Stalberg, Chi (roughing), 18:04; Berglund, StL (interference), 18:04; McDonald, StL (hooking), 18:28.

Second Period1, Chicago, Bickell 9 (Stalberg), 4:31. PenaltiesSteen, StL (slashing), 10:46; Steen, StL (goaltender interference), 15:01.

Third Period2, Chicago, Hossa 15 (Toews), 6:34 (sh). PenaltiesKruger, Chi (interference), 3:56; Keith, Chi (tripping), 6:16; Bolland, Chi (roughing), 18:05; Sobotka, StL (roughing), 18:05. Shots on GoalChicago 10-9-7—26. St. Louis 11-7-12—30. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 3; St. Louis 0 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 17-4-4 (30 shots-30 saves). St. Louis, Elliott 8-7-1 (26-24).

Red Wings back in playoff spot for now 04/14/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 11:52pm]
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