Antti Miettinen scored with 7:36 left to keep the surging Winnipeg Jets in the playoff race with a 2-1 win over Monday night in Buffalo.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots, including a huge glove save on Thomas Vanek with 5:45 left to preserve the victory. Winnipeg (24-19-3) improved 6-0-1 in its past seven games and moved within a point of the idle New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators in a battle for the Eastern Conference’s final two playoff spots in the final week of the season. Both the seventh-place Rangers and eighth-place Senators have a game in hand on Winnipeg.
Just as important, the Jets also crept to within a point of Southeast Division-leading Washington. That sets up a critical showdown Tuesday, when Winnipeg travels to play the Capitals.
‘‘I think it’s been circled on our calendar for a long time now,’’ Jets captain Andrew Ladd said. ‘‘We wanted to put ourselves in a position where tomorrow’s going to be a meaningful game, and we've done that. So here it is.’’
Red Wings 4, Coyotes 0 — Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help host Detroit get 2 desperately needed points in their push to make the playoffs.
The Red Wings moved within a point of eighth-place Columbus in the West. They’re hoping to finish the last three games of the regular season strong enough to extend the franchise’s postseason streak to 22 years.
Penguins 3, Senators 1 — Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves and Dustin Jeffrey had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Pittsburgh to its seventh straight victory.
Jarome Iginla and Tyler Kennedy also scored and Brenden Morrow had two assists for the Penguins, who have already clinched first place in the Eastern Conference.
Patrick Wiercioch scored and Craig Anderson stopped 21 shots for the Senators.
Ducks 3, Oilers 0 — Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as visiting Anaheim clinched the Pacific Division title with the victory.
Ryan Getzlaf, Radek Dvorak, and Sami Vatanen scored for the Ducks, who won back-to-back games in Edmonton to capture their first division title since 2007.
The Oilers have lost eight of their last nine games and are destined for yet another high draft pick in the offseason.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 1 — Jannik Hansen, Zack Kassian, and Daniel Sedin scored and Cory Schneider made 25 saves as host Vancouver moved into sole possession of third place in the West