ST. LOUIS – Without Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson, the Detroit Red Wings warmed up for the playoffs with a win.
They sent the sagging St. Louis Blues, minus even more big names, limping into the postseason.
They didn’t have their team and we didn’t have chunks of our team, too, so I don’t know if you can evaluate much about the game, coach Mike Babcock said after a 3-0 victory on Sunday. But it’s always nice to win it.
Backup goalie Petr Mrazek earned his second career shutout for the Red Wings, who are locked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will play Boston. Justin Abdelkader scored twice, Riley Sheahan added a goal and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.
I think the regular season you sort of just have to go flush out, to tell you the truth, Abdelkader said. I think everything is tossed to the side and it’s a new season. It really is.
DEVILS 3, BRUINS 2: In Newark, N.J., Martin Brodeur made 16 saves in what might have been his last start in a 20-year career with New Jersey as Boston rested many its stars.
LIGHTNING 1, CAPITALS 0, SO: In Washington, Tampa Bay wrapped up home-ice advantage for its first-round playoff series against Montreal. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin finished with an NHL-leading 51 goals.
HURRICANES 6, FLYERS 5, SO: In Philadelphia, Eric Staal scored twice in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lead Carolina in the season finale.
ISLANDERS 4, SABRES 3, SO: In Buffalo, N.Y., Brock Nelson scored with 3:44 left in regulation to force overtime and then netted the decisive shootout goal to lift New York in a season-ending matchup of non-playoff teams.
SENATORS 3, PENGUINS 2, SO: In Pittsburgh, Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help Ottawa finish the season on a five-game winning streak.
DUCKS 3, AVALANCHE 2, OT: In Anaheim, Calif., Nick Bonino scored 1:33 into overtime, and Anaheim, with its playoff position secure, used the game to honor Teemu Selanne, who plans to retire after the season.
PREDATORS 7, WILD 3: In St. Paul, Minn., Craig Smith had two goals and two assists for Nashville.
COYOTES 2, STARS 1: In Glendale, Ariz., Dave Moss scored late in the third period, Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots, and Phoenix ended a seven-game losing streak.