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BLUES HEAD INTO PLAYOFFS WITH 6TH STRAIGHT LOSS

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ST. LOUIS - Without Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson, the Red Wings warmed up for the playoffs with a win.

They sent the sagging Blues, minus even more big names, limping into the postseason.

"I don't know if you can evaluate much about the game," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said after a 3-0 victory Sunday. "But it's always nice to win it."

The Blues had been in contention for the No. 1 overall seed but lost their last six, and Sunday's loss cost them a chance at winning the Central Division. The Avalanche clinched on a tiebreaker before playing at Anaheim on Sunday night.

Minus three of their top five scorers, their top faceoff man and two top defensemen, the Blues were shut out for the second straight game and third time during the slump.

"There's no point dwelling on stuff. Nothing's going to change," said forward Alexander Steen, who led the Blues with 33 goals and 62 points. "It's the way we finished the season, that's all. Now we have to regroup and get ready for the first round."

Daniel Sedin stretchered off: Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was in stable condition at a Vancouver hospital after being taken off the ice on a stretcher following a hit from behind by the Flames' Paul Byron in Vancouver's 5-1 win. Sedin, who scored twice in the first period, was injured in the second.

Top scorers: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer with 117 points, 17 more than the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf. The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer with 51. He was the only player to top 50.

Red Wings 1 1 1 3 at Blues 0 0 0 0

First-1, Det, Abdelkader 9 (Lashoff, Datsyuk), 13:30. Penalties-Ouellet, Det (holding stick), 6:58; Colaiacovo, StL (hooking), 7:59; Andersson, Det (goaltender interference), 9:48; Paajarvi, StL (delay of game), 13:49.

Second-2, Det, Sheahan 9 (Tatar), 16:19. Penalties-Leopold, StL (holding), 9:38; Glendening, Det (roughing), 12:18; Steen, StL (cross-checking), 19:55.

Third-3, Det, Abdelkader 10 (Datsyuk, Kindl), 12:43. Penalties-None. Shots on Goal-Det 4-9-8-21. St.L 7-6-10-23. Power-play opportunities-Det 0 of 4; St.L 0 of 3. Goalies-Det, Mrazek 2-4-0 (23 shots-23 saves). St.L, R.Miller 25-30-4 (21-18).

at Devils 1 0 2 3 Bruins 1 0 1 2

First-1, NJ, Zidlicky 11 (T.Zajac, Elias), 7:12. 2, Bos, Eriksson 10 (Soderberg, Marchand), 19:28 (pp). Penalties-Khokhlachev, Bos (hook), 6:13; Brunner, NJ (goalie interference), 6:13; Harrold, NJ (interference), 18:39.

Second-None. Penalties-None.

Third-3, NJ, T.Zajac 18 (Jagr, Merrill), 3:52. 4, NJ, Zidlicky 12 (Brunner, Jagr), 6:13 (pp). 5, Bos, Marchand 25 (Soderberg, Eriksson), 19:44 (pp). Penalties-Campbell, Bos (tripping), 5:50; Hamilton, Bos (holding), 13:05; Ryder, NJ (holding), 18:50. Shots on Goal-Bos 5-4-9-18. NJ 13-11-7-31. Power-play opportunities-Bos 2 of 2; NJ 1 of 2. Goalies-Bos, C.Johnson 17-4-3 (31 shots-28 saves). NJ, Brodeur 19-14-6 (18-16).

Hurricanes 3 1 1 0 6 at Flyers 1 3 1 0 5 Hurricanes win shootout 1-0

First-1, Car, Skinner 32 (Nash, Komisarek), 2:07. 2, Car, E.Staal 20 (Tlusty, Faulk), 8:31. 3, Phila, Read 22 (Akeson, Streit), 9:51. 4, Car, Malhotra 7 (Komisarek), 12:32. Penalties-None.

Second-5, Car, E.Staal 21 (Tlusty, Faulk), :17. 6, Phila, Timonen 6 (Giroux, Voracek), 12:00 (pp). 7, Phila, Simmonds 28 (McGinn), 12:10. 8, Phila, Couturier 13, 15:32. Penalties-B.Schenn, Phi (holding), 9:01; Hainsey, Car (hooking), 11:16; Streit, Phi (tripping), 16:51.

Third-9, Car, Skinner 33 (Loktionov, Lindholm), 15:39 (pp). 10, Phila, Simmonds 29 (Streit, Timonen), 19:50. Penalties-Hainsey, Car (roughing), 13:09; Bellemore, Car (slashing), 13:09; Hartnell, Phi, major-game misconduct (spearing), 13:09.

OT-None. Penalties-None. Shootout-Car 1 (E.Staal G, Skinner NG), Phila 0 (Akeson NG, Giroux NG, Couturier NG). Shots on Goal-Car 13-12-9-4-38. Phila 11-11-18-4-44. Power-play opportunities-Car 1 of 4; Phila 1 of 2. Goalies-Car, Khudobin 19-14-1 (44 shots-39 saves). Phila, Heeter 0-0-1 (38-33).

Islanders 0 1 2 0 4 at Sabres 1 1 1 0 3 Islanders win shootout 1-0

First-1, Buff, McBain 6 (Knapp), 10:27. Penalties-Johnson, NYI, major (fighting), 2:22; Scott, Buf, major (fighting), 2:22; Johnson, NYI (interference), 8:22; Stafford, Buf (interference), 16:17.

Second-2, Buff, Ellis 4 (Foligno, McCabe), 7:23. 3, NYI, Lee 8 (Nielsen, Bailey), 16:37 (pp). Penalties-Gallant, NYI, major (fighting), 2:27; Konopka, Buf, major (fighting), 2:27; Carkner, NYI (roughing), 5:07; Deslauriers, Buf (roughing), 15:15.

Third-4, NYI, Lee 9 (Bailey, Nielsen), :17. 5, Buff, Mitchell 2 (Ristolainen, Tallinder), 9:51. 6, NYI, Nelson 14 (Hamonic), 16:16. Penalties-Mayfield, NYI (rough), 2:03; Deslauriers, Buf (rough), 2:03; Mayfield, NYI, major (fight), 4:07; Deslauriers, Buf, major (fight), 4:07.

OT-None. Penalties-None. SO-NYI 1 (Nielsen NG, Nelson G), Buff 0 (Ennis NG, Hodgson NG, Leino NG). Shots on Goal-NYI 6-9-9-1-25. Buff 11-10-14-4-39. PP opps-NYI 1 of 2; Buff 0 of 2. Goalies-NYI, Nilsson 8-7-2 (39 shots-36 saves). Buff, Knapp 0-0-1 (25-22).

Senators 1 1 0 0 3 at Penguins 1 1 0 0 2 Senators win shootout 2-0

First-1, Pitts, Jokinen 21 (Kunitz, Letang), 14:46 (pp). 2, Ott, Turris 26 (E.Karlsson, Hoffman), 18:38 (pp). Penalties-Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 9:24; Glass, Pit, major (fighting), 9:24; Michalek, Ott (hooking), 14:06; Zolnierczyk, Pit (hooking), 16:39; Greening, Ott (roughing), 19:56.

Second-3, Pitts, Stempniak 12 (Bennett, Gibbons), 5:16. 4, Ott, Stone 4 (MacArthur, Wiercioch), 17:14 (pp). Penalties-Zolnierczyk, Pit (hold stick), 6:58; Condra, Ott (hold), 9:48; Condra, Ott (slashing), 12:34; Kunitz, Pit (hook), 16:37; Despres, Pit (delay game), 17:32.

Third-None. Penalties-Adams, Pit (holding), 10:17.

OT-None. Penalties-None. Shootout-Ott 2 (Turris G, Spezza G), Pitts 0 (Bennett NG, Jokinen NG). Shots on Goal-Ott 9-13-9-2-33. Pitts 6-11-11-0-28. PP opps-Ott 2 of 5; Pitts 1 of 4. Goalies-Ott, Lehner 12-15-6 (28 shots-26 saves). Pitts, Zatkoff 12-6-2 (33-31).

at Coyotes 0 1 1 2 Stars 1 0 0 1

First-1, Dal, Sceviour 8 (Fiddler, Gonchar), 2:35 (pp). Penalties-Ekman-Larsson, Pho (slashing), 1:27.

Second-2, Pho, Doan 23 (Michalek, Boedker), :31. Penalties-Dal bench, served by Seguin (too many men), 1:17; Dal bench, served by Seguin (too many men), 14:46; Vermette, Pho (hooking), 15:03; Gonchar, Dal (cross-checking), 19:19.

Third-3, Pho, Moss 8 (Erat, Halpern), 17:29. Penalties-Chiasson, Dal (roughing), 3:40; Nemeth, Dal (hooking), 15:06; Roussel, Dal, minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:42; Yandle, Pho (slashing), 19:42. Shots on Goal-Dal 5-3-9-17. Pho 12-12-7-31. Power-play opportunities-Dal 1 of 2; Pho 0 of 5. Goalies-Dal, Thomas 18-24-4 (31 shots-29 saves). Pho, Greiss 10-8-5 (17-16).

at Ducks 0 0 2 1 3 Avalanche 1 1 0 0 2

First-1, Col, Malone 3 (Holden, Wilson), 12:11. Penalties-None.

Second-2, Col, Elliott 1 (Talbot, Bordeleau), 18:51. Penalties-Cogliano, Ana (roughing), 9:44; Guenin, Col (hooking), 12:52; Guenin, Col (holding), 16:24.

Third-3, Ana, Maroon 11 (Perreault, Lovejoy), 1:41. 4, Ana, Koivu 11 (Vatanen, Cogliano), 4:54. Penalties-None.

OT-5, Ana, Bonino 22 (Smith-Pelly, Vatanen), 1:33. Penalties-None. Shots on Goal-Col 9-10-12-0-31. Ana 9-15-10-2-36. Power-play opportunities-Col 0 of 1; Ana 0 of 2. Goalies-Col, Giguere 11-6-1 (36 shots-33 saves). Ana, Gibson 3-0-0 (31-29).

Predators 1 4 2 7 at Wild 2 1 0 3

First-1, Minn, Haula 6 (Pominville, Spurgeon), 5:13. 2, Minn, Pominville 30 (Moulson, Haula), 12:13. 3, Nash, Clune 3 (Gaustad), 14:57. Penalties-Brodin, Min (holding), 9:55.

Second-4, Minn, Parise 29 (Koivu, Pominville), 2:10 (pp). 5, Nash, Ellis 6 (Ekholm, Smith), 4:57. 6, Nash, Weber 23 (Hornqvist), 6:22 (pp). 7, Nash, Josi 13 (Jarnkrok, Spaling), 6:57. 8, Nash, Smith 23 (Josi, Wilson), 14:53. Penalties-Cullen, Nas (hook), :53; Moulson, Min (hook), 5:12; Weber, Nas (cross-check, rough), 9:42; Stoner, Min (rough), 9:42; Clune, Nas, served by Jarnkrok (rough, cross-check), 12:52; Niederreiter, Min (interfere), 14:22.

Third-9, Nash, Jarnkrok 2 (Smith, Ellis), 11:50. 10, Nash, Smith 24 (Spaling, Jarnkrok), 15:41 (pp). Penalties-Fontaine, Min (hold), 5:22; Spurgeon, Min (interfere), 15:06; McCormick, Min (rough), 20:00. Shots on Goal-Nash 11-10-12-33. Minn 12-8-9-29. PP opps-Nash 2 of 4; Minn 1 of 4. Goalies-Nash, Hutton 20-11-4 (29 shots-26 saves). Minn, Bryzgalov 12-9-8 (21-16), Curry (0:00 third, 12-10).

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