Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Detroit stretched its postseason run to 22
seasons thanks to a 3-0 win over Dallas in the regular season finale on
Coming into the game, the Red Wings (24-16-8) needed just a point in order to
avoid missing the postseason for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign,
but the win ensured their run, which has seen four Stanley Cup titles, will
As the seventh seed in the Western Conference, the Red Wings will begin the
postseason on the road against the Pacific-champion Anaheim Ducks. It's the
lowest seed that the Red Wings have had during the postseason streak.
Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and added an assist while Jonathan Ericsson
added a goal for the Red Wings, who won four straight to close out the regular
Jimmy Howard posted 17 saves for his fifth shutout of the shortened season.
"The urgency was there. We knew what was at stake," said Howard. "We've been
playing playoff hockey here for a while and for us to come into the last week
and get the job done is really special."
Richard Bachman gave up all three goals on 37 shots for the Stars (22-22-4),
who dropped their final five games of the season to finish 11th in the
"I know our guys came together," said Dallas head coach Glen Gulutzan. "They
were real tight out in Anaheim on our first trip there. The leadership stepped
up. Guys were close and we wanted to prove people wrong from the coaching
staff down. The guys did a hell of a job battling hard. I thought we battled
hard tonight to finish it off."
The only goal of the first period was scored at the 18:17 mark. Zetterberg was
fighting for the puck in the right corner and was able to get away from his
defender. He threw the puck out front where it went off the skate of Alex
Goligoski and past Bachman for his 10th goal of the year.
Neither side scored in the second period, but Dallas was able to hold Detroit
off the board when Ryan Garbutt was given a double minor for high sticking.
Skating shorthanded to start the third period, the Red Wings padded their
advantage as Pavel Datsyuk sprung Zetterberg, who skated in alone and switched
to the backhand before slipping the puck between the pads of Bachman 1:57 in.
Ericsson scored on a slap shot from the slot at the 6:30 mark of the final
frame to make it a 3-0 game.
Datsyuk had three assists in the game ... Howard has 16 shutouts in his career
... Detroit won two of the three games against Dallas this season ... In the
1990-91 season, the Red Wings were seeded sixth in the Clarence Campbell
conference, the lowest seed the team had during the postseason run prior to
this season's finish ... Detroit went 11-9-4 on the road, while Dallas was
11-11-2 at home.
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