Down a goal in the third period, Pavel Datsyuk had the primary assist on the tying goal and scored the game-winner with 9:35 remaining in regulation to help the Red Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 and improve to 8-2-0 in their past 10 games against them dating to Dec. 9, 2007.
* The Red Wings (42-25-13, 97 points) passed the idle Bruins (41-25-13, 95 points) into third place in the Atlantic Division, but were prevented from clinching their 24th consecutive playoff berth by virtue of the Senators (41-26-13, 95 points) defeating the Penguins.
* Datsyuk scored his 50th career game-winning goal (fifth this season). His 25 goals are his most in one season since 2009-10 (27 in 80 GP), despite playing in only 62 games.
* Henrik Zetterberg (1-1—2) ended an 11-game goal drought and posted his 17th multipoint game of 2014-15. He leads the Red Wings with 17-47—64 (76 GP), one point more than Datsyuk (25-38—63).
* Gustav Nyquist scored his 27th goal of 2014-15, one shy of his career high set last season. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to earn his second straight victory.
RANGERS CLAIM PRESIDENTS' TROPHY
Kevin Hayes tallied 1-2—3 and James Sheppard scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period to help the New York Rangers defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-2. They swept their season series with the Devils, won their fifth straight and clinched the Presidents' Trophy.
* The Rangers (52-21-7, 111 points) won the Presidents' Trophy for the third time since it was first awarded in 1985-86; they also finished first overall in 1991-92 and 1993-94, when they won their fourth Stanley Cup.
* The Rangers' 52 wins match a franchise record, while their 111 points are one shy of the club mark, each established in 1993-94 (52-24-8, 112 points).
* The Rangers have won six straight games against the Devils dating to the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series (7-3 W). Elias says the Rangers swept their season series with the Devils for the second time in franchise history (also 1993-94: 6-0-0).
* Hayes had his second career three-point game (Feb. 12 at COL: 1-2—3). He ranks fifth in rookie scoring with 16-27—43 this season (77 GP).
* Sheppard scored his second goal in a Rangers uniform, while Carl Hagelin (1-1—2) and Ryan McDonagh had the other goals.
* Cam Talbot made 19 saves to win his first career game against the Devils. Elias says he is the first Rangers goaltender other than Henrik Lundqvist to defeat New Jersey since Nov. 5, 2005 (Kevin Weekes: 23 SV, 3-2 SO W).
WILD CLINCH THIRD STRAIGHT PLAYOFF BERTH
Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves and Jason Zucker's goal at 13:14 stood as the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1, snapping a three-game losing streak, earning their second straight win over the Blackhawks and clinching their third consecutive berth in the playoffs.
* The Wild (45-27-8, 98 points) maintained their two-point lead for the first wild card over the Winnipeg Jets (42-26-12, 96 points), who also won Tuesday, and pulled within four points of the Blackhawks (48-26-6, 102 points) for third place in the Central Division.
* Minnesota's 98 points equal their total from last season (43-27-12, 98 points) and are six shy of the franchise record established in 2006-07 (48-26-8, 104 points).
* The Wild, who were eight points outside the playoff picture before Dubnyk made his team debut on Jan. 15, have posted a 27-8-3 in their 38 games since to clinch the franchise's sixth postseason berth.
* Dubnyk, who has started all 38 of those games, improved to 27-8-2 with a 1.73 GAA, .938 save percentage and five shutouts in a Wild uniform. That includes a 15-1-1 mark on the road (1.42 GAA, .953 save percentage, three shutouts).
* The Wild extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 11 games; Elias says that is one shy of the NHL record set by the Red Wings in 2005-06. Minnesota closes its season with visits to Nashville (Thursday) and St. Louis (Saturday).
* Zucker scored his third game-winning goal and 19th goal of 2014-15. Mikael Granlund scored his eighth goal of the season, matching his career high set in 2013-14.
IDLE CANUCKS ALSO LOCK UP PLAYOFF SPOT
The idle Vancouver Canucks (46-29-5, 97 points), who occupy the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division, clinched their sixth playoff berth in the past seven seasons by virtue of the Los Angeles Kings' regulation loss to the Edmonton Oilers. It marks the franchise's 27th all-time trip to the postseason.
PAVELEC AGAIN STELLAR AS JETS SOLVE BLUES
Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves in the Jets' 1-0 win against the St. Louis Blues to record his second shutout in as many days, guide the Jets to their third straight victory and help the club earn it first regulation win against the Blues since Oct. 8, 2009 when the franchise was in Atlanta.
* The Jets (42-26-12, 96 points) increased their lead to three points over the Kings (39-26-15, 93 points), who lost in regulation, for the second wild card in the Western Conference. The Kings, however, own the ROW tiebreaker (LAK: 37, WPG: 35).
* Elias says Pavelec is the first goaltender in Jets/Thrashers history to have shutouts on consecutive days. He also had shutouts in back-to-back personal starts for the first time in his career. The last goaltender to have a shutout in consecutive team games for the franchise was Kari Lehtonen (Oct. 7 and Oct. 9, 2006).
* Pavelec, the Thrashers' second-round pick (No. 41) in the 2005 NHL Draft, had his 15th career shutout (fourth this season) to establish a new Jets/Thrashers franchise record.
* He improved to 22-16-7 with a 2.34 GAA and .919 save percentage in 49 appearances this season, including a 9-2-0 mark in his past 11 games.
* Chris Thorburn scored the lone goal early in the second period. His two game-winning goals are the most he has scored in one season, while his seven goals are two shy of his career high established in 2010-11 (82 GP). Jim Slater and Adam Pardy had the assists.
John Tavares had 1-2—3 against the Flyers to set a career high with 83 points (36-47—83 in 80 GP) and tie Sidney Crosby (28-55—83 in 75 GP) for the League lead . . . Crosby had 1-1—2 against the Senators; he has 9-21—30 in 29 career games vs. OTT . . . Penguins defenseman Ian Cole stretched his career-high point streak to five games (0-6—6) . . . Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis scored while playing in his 200th NHL game . . . Kings captain Dustin Brown (800), Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu (700) and Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (200) also played in milestone games . . . The NHL announced the details of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung. Fans can register for the tournament at NHL.com/Bracket and once the first-round playoff matchups are set, make predictions in the interactive bracket until April 15, the first day of the postseason. Click here for complete details . . . The NHL will release the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET . . . Actor Dan Aykroyd played Shoot the Puck during intermission at the MIN-CHI game.
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