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Capitals triumph over Red Wings

AP, DETROIT, Michigan

The Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby, right, stops a shot by the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk in the third period of their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday.

Photo: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY

Mike Green had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals beat Detroit 2-1 on Sunday, putting the Red Wings in an anxious spot as they try to extend their streak of post-season appearances.

Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, who moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals clinched a playoff berth when Ottawa lost to Toronto in a shootout.

Darren Helm scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek finished with 26 saves.

Kuznetsov put the Capitals ahead 3 minutes and 38 seconds into the game, firing a shot that bounced off Drew Miller’s stick and past Mrazek.

Green made it 2-0 at 4 minutes and 42 seconds of the second as he ripped a shot that hit the top of Mrazek’s glove before settling in the top right corner of the net for his 10th of the season.

Helm got the Red Wings on the board with his 14th of the season with 7 minutes and 1 second left in the second.


In Philadelphia, Steve Mason made 46 saves, and Philadelphia scored three power-play goals to beat Pittsburgh.

Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto all scored with the man-advantage, and Ryan White also had a goal for the Flyers.

Philadelphia, who are eliminated from playoff contention, completed a season sweep of their Pennsylvania state rival.

Brandon Sutter scored on the power play late in the first period for Pittsburgh to tie the score at 1-all.

The Penguins have dropped 10 of their last 13 games and suddenly face the prospect of playing for a post-season spot.


In Sunrise, California, Carey Price stopped 24 shots to pick up his league-leading 42nd win and Tomas Plekanec scored his 200th career goal as Montreal beat Florida.

Brendan Gallagher, P.A. Parenteau and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for Montreal.

Aaron Ekblad scored for Florida, and Dan Ellis finished with 23 saves.

Plekanec opened the scoring with Montreal on a five-on-three power play, sweeping in a wrist shot between Ellis’ legs at 6 minutes and 36 seconds.

The teams traded goals just 46 seconds apart in the second period. Ekblad tied it on a power play at 6 minutes and 20 seconds for his 12th goal by beating Price low on the glove side. Gallagher regained Montreal’s lead for good by finishing a two-on-one off a pass from Subban.

Parenteau and Smith-Pelley capped the scoring later in the second.


In Toronto, Peter Holland scored the winning goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lift Toronto.

Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, and Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves through overtime.

Erik Karlsson and rookie Mark Stone scored for Ottawa, and Andrew Hammond finished with 36 saves — including 21 in the first period.

Mika Zibanejad scored in the first round of the shootout for Ottawa, and Lupul tied it in the second. Neither team broke through again until Holland’s game-winner.

Despite the loss, the Senators picked up a valuable point, pulling two behind Detroit, Boston and Pittsburgh — who are tied for the last three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference with three games left for each team. Ottawa host Pittsburgh today.


In Chicago, Olli Jokinen and David Backes scored in the second period as St Louis won their third straight to move into first place in the Central Division.

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