Red Wings top Kings, 3-1, to boost postseason hopes
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) looks up as Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) celebrates the goal by teammate center Pavel Datsyuk during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner (24) and Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, controls the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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 victory 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.
The Dallas Stars, who are four points behind Detroit, host Columbus on Thursday and Detroit on Saturday.
Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2
Martin St. Louis scored three goals and Tampa Bay snapped a six-game losing streak.
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.
St. Louis’s goal in the second period came off wrist shot off a slick pass from behind the net by Nate Thompson to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.
In the third period, with the Lightning leading 3-2, St. Louis got to a rebound of Keith Aulie’s slap shot off the boards and slipped the puck past goalie James Reimer.
St. Louis completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 2:49 left in the game.