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Red Wings, Wild clinch playoff spots
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Dallas • The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference. It's the lowest playoff seed for the Red Wings since the NHL moved to the 1 vs. 8 conference format in 1993.

Jonathan Ericsson also scored and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports, six years longer than the NBA's San Antonio Spurs' stretch of postseason play.

Detroit closed out the regular season with four consecutive wins by a combined score of 15-3. It will face second-seeded Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

Wild 3, Avalanche 1 • At Denver, Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping Minnesota secure its first playoff spot in five years with a win over Colorado.

Zach Parise scored and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added a late empty-net goal for the Wild, who earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round of the postseason.

Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1 • At Columbus, Ohio, Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left and Columbus capped a remarkable turnaround with a victory over Nashville.

But despite that win, Columbus was eliminated from the playoff race when Minnesota beat Colorado later on Saturday to earn the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. Coming into the night, the Blue Jackets were tied for eighth in the West with Minnesota, each with 53 points.

The Blue Jackets were on the short end of tiebreakers against both the Wild and Red Wings.

Panthers 5, Lightning 3 • At Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to win the league scoring title. The 37-year-old St. Louis finished the year with 60 points, making him the oldest player in league history to win the Art Ross Trophy.

Stars set to make changes with GM, coach?

The Dallas Stars, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday for the fifth straight season, the longest drought in franchise history, head into the offseason with the futures of general manager Joe Nieuwendyk and coach Glen Gulutzan in question. Nieuwendyk, whose teams have been in playoff contention into the final week in three of his four seasons as GM, is entering the final year of his contract, and the Stars have a team option on Gulutzan's deal. EASTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

z-Pittsbrgh 48 36 12 0 72 165 119

x-Montreal 48 29 14 5 63 149 126

y-Wshngtn 48 27 18 3 57 149 130

x-Boston 47 28 13 6 62 129 105

x-Toronto 48 26 17 5 57 145 133

x-N.Y. Rgrs 48 26 18 4 56 130 112

x-N.Y. Isldrs 48 24 17 7 55 139 139

x-Ottawa 47 24 17 6 54 112 102

Winnipeg 48 24 21 3 51 128 144

Phildelphia 48 23 22 3 49 133 141

New Jersey 48 19 19 10 48 112 129

Buffalo 48 21 21 6 48 125 143

Carolina 48 19 25 4 42 128 160

Tampa Bay 48 18 26 4 40 148 150

Florida 48 15 27 6 36 112 171

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

z-Chicago 48 36 7 5 77 155 102

y-Anaheim 48 30 12 6 66 140 118

y-Vancouvr 48 26 15 7 59 127 121

x-St. Louis 48 29 17 2 60 129 115

x-Los Angls 48 27 16 5 59 133 118

x-San Jose 48 25 16 7 57 124 116

x-Detroit 48 24 16 8 56 124 115

x-Minnesta 48 26 19 3 55 122 127

Columbus 48 24 17 7 55 120 119

Phoenix 48 21 18 9 51 125 131

Dallas 48 22 22 4 48 130 142

Edmonton 48 19 22 7 45 125 134

Calgary 48 19 25 4 42 128 160

Nashville 48 16 23 9 41 111 139

Colorado 48 16 25 7 39 116 152

d-division leader

x-clinched playoff spot

y-clinched division

z-clinched conference

Saturday's games

N.Y. Rangers 4, New Jersey 0

Detroit 3, Dallas 0

Columbus 3, Nashville 1

Florida 5, Tampa Bay 3

Washington 3, Boston 2, OT

Philadelphia 2, Ottawa 1

Montreal 4, Toronto 1

Minnesota 3, Colorado 1

Pittsburgh 8, Carolina 3

St. Louis 3, Chicago 1

Phoenix 5, Anaheim 3

Edmonton 7, Vancouver 2

Los Angeles 3, San Jose 2

Sunday's game

Ottawa at Boston, 5 p.m.

End regular season

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