Vancouver Canucks win shootout over Detroit, clinch playoff berth | NHL
Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over Detroit. The Canucks clinched a Western Conference playoff berth.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
The Canucks clinched a Western Conference playoff berth. They needed at least one point to qualify for the postseason — and got the point when the game went to overtime. The shootout victory yielded another point and guaranteed the idle Los Angeles Kings — who won the Stanley Cup last year — a playoff spot.
Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider made 33 saves through overtime, compared with 13 stops for Detroit's Jimmy Howard.
From the start of the third period through the end of overtime, the Canucks were outshot 21-3.
Vancouver has won its last seven home games.
Alex Edler of the Canucks scored a power-play goal at 12:15 of the first period.
Cory Emmerton scored at 19:39 of the first for the Red Wings, who beat the Canucks twice earlier in the season by a combined 13-5.
• Jarome Iginla scored the tiebreaking goal that gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 victory over the host Boston Bruins. The Penguins secured home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
• James Reimer made 49 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-1 victory at Ottawa that clinched the Maple Leafs' first playoff berth since 2004.
"This is huge," Reimer said. "It's been a long time coming now and this is a market and a group of fans that definitely deserves to have this team in the playoffs and competing for a Cup."