Wings Move Into Eighth in West
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 the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win last night over the Los Angeles Kings and into eighth place in the Western Conference.
Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining. The Red Wings are aiming to extend their postseason streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 23 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk scored a game-tying goal midway through the second period.
Kyle Clifford scored the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, who are trying to finish fourth to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves, including 13 in the first period when the Kings recorded only four shots on Howard.
Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2
Tampa, Fla. — Martin St. Louis scored three goals and Tampa Bay snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over 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 Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.
Stamkos scored his 29th goal, two behind NHL-leading Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and added an assist. Radko Gudas gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead in the third period.
With 55 points, Toronto is one point ahead of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams, who have already clinched playoff berths, have two games remaining.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead with 2:57 remaining in the first period when Phil Kessel pushed a wrist shot past goalie Ben Bishop. Joffrey Lupul scored with 24 seconds remaining in the second to get the Maple Leafs even at 2.