Red Wings beat Kings, take 8th place in WestApr 25, 2013 - 4:55 AM
Pavel Datsyuk also scored with Henrik Zetterberg chipping in two assists for the Red Wings, who vaulted over idle Columbus into eighth place in the Western Conference with 52 points.
Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots, improving to 3-1-1 in his last five starts.
"Our problem hasn't been giving up goals, our problem has been scoring goals," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said. "Tonight we were able to get three, which is real positive for us."
Both the Wings and Blue Jackets have two games remaining and are in action on Thursday. Detroit plays Nashville and Columbus takes on the playoff-hopeful Stars.
Kyle Clifford provided the lone offense for the Kings, who have lost two in a row and three of five. Jonathan Quick played well in defeat, making 33 saves.
Los Angeles remained tied for fourth in the West with San Jose, which lost in regulation to Phoenix. The Kings and Sharks meet Saturday in the season finale for both clubs.
"I guess if you got home ice, it would be important," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. "Last year we were hanging on for the eighth spot and this year we clinched sixth two or three games ago. That's the only difference."
Detroit took a 2-1 lead with 5:42 played in the third, as Patrick Eaves ripped a shot from the right circle which was deflected by Tootoo in the slot.
Initial replays seemed to show that Cory Emmerton batted the puck out of the air just below the crossbar, but the score was given to the former Predators puncher, who recorded his first goal since Feb. 24.
Franzen's power-play marker with 6:26 remaining boosted the hosts to a two- goal advantage, redirecting a Zetterberg feed between Quick's pads from the right side of the crease.
The Wings outplayed the visitors in the opening 20 minutes, claiming a 13-4 shot advantage, but couldn't light the lamp.
Clifford's persistence in the slot paid off, as he managed to flip a loose puck over Howard and past a Wings defenseman in the crease for a 1-0 Kings edge with 5:28 played in the second period.
Datsyuk evened the score with 9:28 remaining in the second, beating Quick with a backhand from the top of the left circle.
The Red Wings haven't missed out on the postseason since 1990, when they finished last in the Norris Division with a 28-38-14 record ... The San Antonio Spurs claim the second-longest postseason string at 16 straight years ... Prior to the game, the NHL announced that Kings captain Dustin Brown was suspended for the final two games of the regular season ... LA recalled forward Tyler Toffoli from Manchester of the American Hockey League.
- LOS ANGELES: 1
Apr 24 10:06 PM
- Detroit Power-Play Goal - Johan Franzen (13), from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk at 13:34.
Kings 1, Red Wings 3 3rd - 6:26Apr 24 9:51 PM
- Detroit Goal - Jordin Tootoo, at 5:42.
Kings 1, Red Wings 2 3rd - 14:18Apr 24 9:35 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 1
End of 2nd
Apr 24 9:07 PM
- Detroit Goal - Pavel Datsyuk (14), from Jonathan Ericsson and Henrik Zetterberg at 10:32.
Kings 1, Red Wings 1 2nd - 9:28Apr 24 8:48 PM
- Los Angeles Goal - Kyle Clifford (6), at 5:28.
Kings 1, Red Wings 0 2nd - 14:32Apr 24 8:39 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
End of 1st
Apr 24 8:14 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Apr 24 7:41 PM
- Canada beats Finland 2-0 to win world hockey championship May 22
- Blues hope goalie change can slow down Sharks top line May 21
- Red Wings add Jeff Salajko as goalie coach May 17
- Kings agree with coach Darryl Sutter on contract extension May 13
- Red Wings hire assistant coach Houda, don't re-sign Bedard May 10
- Confident Lightning headed to East final again May 9
- Capitals get playoff payoff from Williams against Penguins May 8
- Kings GM: Coach Darryl Sutter has contract offer to return May 6
- Pietrangelo logs heavy ice time in Blues' playoff run May 3
- Pietrangelo logs heavy ice time in Blues' playoff run May 2
- Barkov, Eriksson, Kopitar are Lady Byng finalists Apr 30
- Penguins and Capitals expect Crosby to respond in Game 2 Apr 30