Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko (6) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard stopped all 34 shots for his
fourth shutout of the year and it came at a big time as Detroit took a 4-0 win
Detroit came into the game three points out of a playoff spot, but now has 50
points and sits just one back of Columbus and Minnesota for a spot in the
Western Conference postseason.
Minnesota and Detroit both have three games to play and Columbus has two left
on its schedule.
Phoenix, meanwhile, is in dire straits with its playoff hopes hanging by a
thread. The team has 46 points with three games to play.
Johan Franzen scored twice, Damien Brunner posted a goal and an assist while
Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings, who came into the game having
dropped five of their last six. Henrik Zetterberg gave three assists on the
Mike Smith gave up three goals on 22 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost four
of their past five games.
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