’CANES CLIP WINGS’ PLAYOFF STREAK AT 25 POSTSEASONS
raleigh, n.c.» Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom scored about five minutes apart in the first period, and the Hurricanes beat the Red Wings 4-1 Tuesday night in the teams’ second meeting in two nights.
Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm also scored for Carolina and Cam Ward stopped 21 shots.
Detroit’s loss eliminated it from playoff contention, ending the Red Wings’ run of 25 consecutive postseason appearances — tied for the third-longest such streak in NHL history.
The Red Wings beat the Hurricanes on Monday in a makeup game rescheduled from Dec. 19 when a Freon leak at PNC Arena made for unplayable ice.
T.J. Oshie scored his second goal of the game 1:42 into overtime to bookend Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick, Braden Holtby earned his 40th win and the Capitals beat the Wild 5-4 for their fifth straight victory. After Eric Staal’s goal for the Wild tied the game with 26.6 seconds left in regulation, Oshie took a pass in the left circle from Marcus Johansson and beat struggling Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk with a wrist shot. Johansson had four assists. … Cam Talbot made 34 saves, Eric Gryba broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and the Oilers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2006 with a 2-1 win over the Kings. … Auston Matthews broke Wendel Clark’s 31-year-old franchise rookie record with his 35th goal of the season, and the Maple Leafs earned a 3-2 win over the Panthers. Brendan Gallagher put Montreal ahead early in the third period and the Canadiens went on to a 4-1 victory over the Stars. … Jordan Weal scored the only shootout goal after tying the game late in the third period to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Senators. … Patrik Laine scored in a shootout and the Jets rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Devils 4-3 in the makeup of a game that was postponed by a snowstorm earlier this month. … Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his return from a onegame absence and the Bruins beat the Predators 4-1. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Noel Acciari and David Backes scored for the Bruins, who moved three points ahead of idle Tampa Bay for the second Eastern Conference wild card. … Cam Atkinson got his team-leading 34th goal and Sergei Bobrovsky had 41 saves to power the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win over the Sabres.