Curtis Joseph made 32 saves as the Red Wings won their seventh straight game, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, last night in Detroit.
"I thought we had a tremendous first period and then Curtis Joseph took over," Detroit Coach Dave Lewis said.
Detroit has won 10 of its last 11 (10-0-0-1) games. The loss snapped Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.
"After the first few minutes, Joseph was the difference," Tampa Bay Coach John Tortorella said.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Mathieu Dandenault and Brendan Shanahan scored for the Red Wings, who got two assists from Pavel Datsyuk. Dan Boyle and Vaclav Prospal had the goals for the Lightning.
"He seems to be finding his groove," Shanahan said of Joseph. "Most of his big saves came on power plays and on the five-on-three."
* AVALANCHE 3, PANTHERS 1: Third-period goals by Alex Tanguay and Peter Forsberg gave visiting Colorado a victory over goal-starved Florida.
Rob Blake also scored for Colorado, 16-1-2-2 in its last 21 games and 9-1-1-1 in its last 12 on the road.
Tanguay made it 3-1 at 6:14 when he fired a wrist shot over Luongo's left shoulder after skating in from behind the net. Tanguay's goal came seconds after Forsberg skated off the ice after being hit by a slap shot from the point.
Forsberg, who entered the game fourth in the NHL with 81 points, did not return.
"We kept it smart," said Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy, who made 30 saves. "We were moving the puck pretty well and had a great team effort."
* STARS 7, BLACKHAWKS 4: Phillippe Boucher put Dallas ahead in the third period, and the Stars took the lead in the race for the Presidents' Trophy with their home victory.
Jere Lehtinen extended his career-best goal-scoring streak to six games as the Stars moved a point ahead of idle Ottawa. The team with the most regular season points is guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Dallas is 3-1-3-1 in its last eight games and 23-3-6-1 at home.
"Some wins are pretty, some are pretty ugly. This was pretty ugly," Stars Coach Dave Tippett said. "That was a sloppy, ugly hockey game, but we'll take the two points and run."
* MIGHTY DUCKS 3, CANADIENS 1: Mike Leclerc and Patric Kjellberg scored 63 seconds apart in the third period to give Anaheim the home win.
Anaheim backup goalie Martin Gerber made 24 saves and won for the third time in four starts after going 0-7-3 in his previous 10 decisions -- including 1-0 losses to Philadelphia and Edmonton.
* FLAMES 5, DEVILS 4: Martin Gelinas's second goal of the game, at 1:54 of overtime, gave host Calgary the come-from-behind victory.