Red Wings continue NHL playoff run; Wild grab eighth seed

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 27: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal in front of Aaron Rome #27 of the Dallas Stars and Stephane Robidas #3 at American Airlines Center on April 27, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader celebrated against the Stars in Dallas on Saturday. (Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the playoffs for the 22d straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory in Dallas on Saturday night.

Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout as Detroit won the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports.

Wild 3, Avalanche 1 — Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, including 15 in the third period, helping Minnesota secure its first playoff spot in five years with a win in Denver.

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Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie for the Wild, who earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago.

Rangers 4, Devils 0 — At Madison Square Garden, Rick Nash scored twice, reaching the 20-goal plateau for the ninth straight season. The Rangers went 10-3-1 in their final 14 games.

Flyers 2, Senators 1 — Jakub Voracek scored the winner, Steve Mason made 43 saves, and Philadelphia closed out the season with a win in Ottawa.

The loss leaves the Senators sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference. They can finish seventh if they pick up a point against the Bruins Sunday.

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1 — Lars Eller had a goal and two assists as Montreal sent a message to its possible first-round opponent with a convincing victory in Toronto. Phil Kessel scored his 20th goal of the season for Toronto, notching his 10th goal in as many games.

Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1 — Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left as host Columbus scored three times in the third to cap a remarkable late-season turnaround with a victory over Nashville. Still, despite the 8-0-1 finish, Columbus was eliminated from the playoff race when Minnesota beat Colorado to earn the West’s final spot.

Blues 3, Blackhawks 1 — Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game as host St. Louis earned the No. 4 seed and home ice for the first-round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks, who finished 36-7-5 to wrap up a second Presidents’ Trophy, started goalie Carter Hutton, a UMass-Lowell product who made his NHL debut.

In other games — Tomas Fleischmann scored twice and Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists for visiting Florida in a 5-3 victory. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to give him an NHL-high 60 points, making him, at 37, the oldest player to win the Art Ross Trophy . . . Justin Williams scored in the third period as Los Angeles finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 3-2 victory over San Jose, the sixth seed . . . Nail Yakupov had his first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the third, as Edmonton beat Vancouver, 7-2. The Oilers have missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons since losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2006 . . . James Neal scored three goals in his first game back from a concussion as host Pittsburgh beat Carolina, 8-3 . . . . Radim Vrbata had three goals and Jason LaBarbera made 22 of his 43 saves in the first period to lead visiting Phoenix to a 5-3 win over Anaheim.