Washington dent Detroit’s playoff hopes with win
Mike Green had a goal and an assist as Washington beat Detroit 2-1 in the NHL on Sunday, putting the Red Wings in an anxious spot as they try to extend their streak of postseason appearances.
Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals, who clinched a playoff berth and moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Darren Helm scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek finished with 26 saves.
The Red Wings, trying to reach the playoffs for the 24th straight season, remained tied with Boston and Pittsburgh for one of the last three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference with 95 points — just two points ahead of the Senators, who are ninth place.
Ottawa lost to Toronto 3-2 in a shootout, but still picked up a valuable point with three games left for each team. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, fell to Philadelphia 4-1 — the Penguins’ 10th loss in their last 13 games.
Peter Holland scored the winning goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lift Toronto to the win. Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves through overtime.
Erik Karlsson and rookie Mark Stone scored for Ottawa, and Andrew Hammond finished with 36 saves — including 21 in the first period.
Philadelphia scored three power-play goals, and Steve Mason made 46 saves to beat Pittsburgh.
Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto all scored with the man-advantage, and Ryan White also had a goal for the Flyers.
Philadelphia, which is eliminated from playoff contention, completed a season sweep of its Pennsylvania state rival.
Elsewhere, Carey Price stopped 24 shots to pick up his league-leading 42nd win and Tomas Plekanec scored his 200th career goal as Montreal beat Florida 4-1.
Olli Jokinen and David Backes scored in the second period as St. Louis beat Chicago 2-1 to move into first place in the Central Division.