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Red Wings hang on for fourth win in a row, fatten wild card lead

Apr 4, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

Tyler Ennis, Justin Abdelkader,  Darren Helm, Daniel Alfredsson AP

The Detroit Red Wings’ 3-0 lead slipped to 3-2, but they managed to hold on to beat the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

In the process, Detroit is now on a four-game winning streak, beefing up their lead on the East’s top wild card spot to three standings points.

Pavel Datsyuk made his return to the lineup, and while he was dominant in the faceoff circle (11-2), the returning veteran was unable to register a point. Daniel Alfredsson was able to shine offensively, however, collecting the game-winning goal and an assist.

The youngsters managed to keep the good times going in their own right, with Tomas Jurco also finding the net. (Buffalo was able to hold Gustavv Nyquist off the scoreboard, however.)

It was a positive night for the Red Wings overall, as second wild card team Columbus saw a chance to get at least one point slip away thanks to a stunning late Chicago goal. While the Toronto Maple Leafs remained idle (and gained a little optimism thanks to Columbus’ stumbles), the New Jersey Devils took the 10th spot and send the Washington Capitals down to 11th in the process.

In short, Detroit, Toronto and New Jersey were Friday’s big winners while Washington and Columbus slipped. Here’s a look at how the East playoff picture appears following tonight’s relevant games (including Montreal storming back against Ottawa):


  1. hockeydon10 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Woot! Woot!

    Just passed Philly in points too. (Not that I expect them to fall to a wild card spot. Looks like they have an easier schedule than CBJ. Always nice to have the extra points just in case.)

  2. billiam55 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Babcock really deserves coach of the year. its been a tough rough season. but hes managed to get these new guys going. coming off a win against a top team. and its paying off.

    • polegojim - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Absolutely deserved – not pretty, but a gutsy win

  3. toiletclown - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Bylsma deserves it AGAIN

    • billsin20xx - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      ye, he did a great job coaching at the Olympics……….. loser

      • toiletclown - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Oh sorry, I didn’t know coach of the year was based on the Olympics. My bad.. D-bag

    • dangle13x - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Your name speaks volumes. Toiltclown? Typical Pittsburgh white trash with zero hockey background other than jumping on the bandwagon.

      • toiletclown - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Let me guess, you’re another one of those Dirty-D Datsyuk Fanboys. The man is way past his prime. Nyquist is better than him. You better jump on that young bandwagon now.

      • toiletclown - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        And by the way, 479 man-games lost with 103 points, 2nd in the Eastern Conference isn’t that far fetched from Bylsma winning again. Take those homer goggles off for a minute.

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