Detroit pumped 38 shots on Chris Mason, and fired the puck 65 times in total against the Predators. They rallied in this game after going down 2-1 in the third period: Second-period goals by Johan Franzen, Patrick Eaves and Pavel Datsyuk gave the Wings a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Wings outscored their opponents 12-3 this week in chasing the final Western Conference playoff spot. They now have 54 points, leapfrogging the Minnesota Wild for the moment into seventh place.
Detroit closes its season at Dallas on Saturday. The Wild have games against vs. the Oilers and at the Avalanche left.
Thus ends the Stars’ postseason push. It was an unlikely one after the team traded away Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr at the deadline. But in the end, the Stars’ 0-2-1 stumble at the end of the season thwarted their playoff hopes.
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