DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 6:26 left, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Kings and into eighth place in the Western Conference.
Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining.
The Red Wings are aiming to extend their postseason streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 23 saves and Pavel Datsyuk scored a game-tying goal midway through the second period.
The Dallas Stars, who are four points behind Detroit, play host to Columbus tonight and Detroit on Saturday.
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In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis scored three goals and the Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto.
St. Louis, which has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points – two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.
With 55 points, Toronto is one point ahead of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams, who have already clinched playoff berths, have two games remaining.
SENATORS: Coach Paul MacLean said star defenseman Erik Karlsson would be in Washington tonight, though a decision hasn’t been made about putting him in the lineup.
Karlsson sustained a serious injury to his Achilles tendon Feb. 13 when Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke stepped on the back of his leg. Karlsson was expected to miss the rest of the season following surgery, but recently returned to practice and was back with regular defense partner Marc Methot for Wednesday’s skate.