Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild earn final 2 playoff berths in West | NHL
The Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild earned the last two NHL Western Conference playoff berths, winning their final regular-season games.
DALLAS — The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference. It is the lowest playoff seed for the Red Wings since the NHL moved to the 1-versus-8 conference format in 1993.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild got the No. 8 seed by beating host Colorado 3-1.
Jonathan Ericsson scored and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports, six years longer than the NBA San Antonio Spurs' stretch of postseason play.
Detroit will face second-seeded Anaheim in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Minnesota will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round. The Wild made the playoffs because it owned a tiebreaker with Columbus, which won 3-1 at home over Nashville.
EDMONTON, Alberta — Nail Yakupov scored his first career hat trick and the Edmonton Oilers closed out their season with a 7-2 victory over the playoff-bound Vancouver Canucks.