The Detroit Red Wings continued their home ice domination over the visiting Anaheim Ducks with a 5-2 victory on Friday.
Center Henrik Zetterberg recorded one goal and two assists to help Detroit pull within a point of the San Jose Sharks for the Western Conference top spot.
The streaking Red Wings (39-12-8) have won eight of their last 10 contests and have defeated Anaheim in 11 of the last 12 meetings in Detroit.
In another strong offensive performance, Detroit added to its NHL-leading totals in goals and power-play markers.
“We’ve been playing well for a while and capitalizing on power plays,” Red Wings goalie Ty Conklin told reporters after tallying 24 saves in place of starter Chris Osgood, who was a healthy scratch.
Daniel Cleary scored the first of three unanswered goals for the Red Wings, who took a 3-1 advantage into the final period after a goal from Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s power-play score at 11:39 in the second period.
Johan Franzen made it a three-goal advantage one minute into the third and Kris Draper added a bonus score in the dying seconds.
Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan both notched their 20th goals of the year for the Ducks (28-27-5), who missed an opportunity to move into the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.
Anaheim is ninth in the West, one point behind the Edmonton Oilers.
AVALANCHE 4, CAPITALS 1
In Washington, Colorado won their third straight to give coach Tony Granato his 100th career victory in beating Washington.
HURRICANES 4, LIGHTNING 1
In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Hurricanes made it five wins from five games against Southeast Division rival Tampa Bay this season.