The Detroit Red Wings beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday to register their sixth consecutive victory and close the gap at the top of the Western Conference standings.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Central Division-leading Red Wings (37-11-7) tallied three goals in the second period to pull away from the Wild and move within a point of the conference-leading San Jose Sharks.
Detroit’s consecutive win streak ties a season high and comes on the heels of a five-game losing stretch.
Jiri Hudler’s go-ahead goal at 10:22 in the second period was his 18th of the season and gave the Red Wings a 2-1 advantage.
“I think we surprised the goalie with that pass,” Marian Hossa told reporters, after making an assist on the play. “Jiri was in good position to either shoot or make a play, and it was a good goal.”
Kris Draper and Ville Leino followed with scores over the next seven minutes as the aggressive Red Wings sent 43 shots at Wild goalie Josh Harding.
Harding finished with 39 saves for Minnesota (28-23-3), while Detroit goalie Chris Osgood had 21 saves in an improved display.
The 36-year-old Red Wings goaltender has struggled recently and entering the contest he had allowed three goals or more in his last seven starts.
“It was the worst I’ve played for this long of a stretch in my career,” Osgood said. “There’s a lot more to goaltending than just stepping on the ice.”
“Mentally I had to go out there and realize the weight of the world is not on my shoulders. I have great teammates and I’m supposed to come out here and have fun. No matter what that’s the way I have to approach it,” he said.
Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson’s opened the scoring 9:26 into the contest before Minnesota defenseman Brent Burns tied things up six minutes later.
Mikko Koivu produced the final score of the game, a shorthanded goal with 9:35 remaining.
Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg went scoreless to snap a four-game points streak.
FLAMES 2, KINGS 0
In Los Angeles, Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves for his 30th NHL shutout as Calgary beat Los Angeles.
Michael Cammalleri scored his team-leading 29th goal on a first-period power play that stood until a late empty-netter.
PANTHERS 5, HURRICANES 0
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Florida shut out the Hurricanes to record a crucial two points in the Eastern Conference.
The win puts the Panthers three points above the Hurricanes in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun made 42 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and 29th of his career, while Anthony Stewart and Gregory Campbell scored just 12 seconds apart during the second period.
The Panthers scored all five goals in the first 33-1/2 minutes.
CANUCKS 4, COYOTES 3
In Glendale, Arizona, Henrik Sedin capped a three-goal comeback in the third period as Vancouver edged Phoenix and notched a fourth straight win.
Down 3-1 early in the third, Sedin scored on a power-play to kick start the Canucks comeback.
SENATORS 5, FLYERS 2
In Philadelphia, Ottawa finally won a third straight game, their longest streak of the season, by downing Philadelphia.
Dany Heatley scored two goals and Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Senators.
PREDATORS 4, BLUES 3, SO
In Nashville, Tennessee, Jason Arnott tied the game with only 3 seconds left in regulation time, and Nashville went on to beat St Louis in the shootout.
Steve Sullivan, playing in his 14th game of the season after nearly a two-year layoff because of a back injury, scored the only goal of the shootout with a wrist shot low to the glove side.
LIGHTNING 6, MAPLE LEAFS 4
In Tampa, Florida, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals to help Tampa Bay hold off Toronto.
Ryan Malone scored twice in a 54-second span in the first period to send the Lightning on its way as the hosts took a 4-1 lead before the Maple Leafs came back into the contest.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very