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NHL: Red Wings Gain Home Ice Advantage After Oilers Shutout


The Detroit Red Wings secured home ice advantage during the National Hockey League playoffs with a 2-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.

Kris Draper and Donald MacLean scored goals for Detroit, while goalie Manny Legace made 29 saves. The win was Detroit's 55th this season, giving the team 118 points and the NHL's President's Trophy for the league's best record. Edmonton is two points ahead of Vancouver in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere in the West, the Calgary Flames shut out the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-0. Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season. Calgary has now reached 100 points for the first time since the 1990-91 season.

The Nashville Predators reached 100 points for the first time in franchise history with a 2-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues. Goalie Chris Mason made 27 saves for his third career shutout. The Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 for their franchise-record 52nd victory of the season.

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4, while the Minnesota Wild downed the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0.

In the NHL's Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Devils scored a 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Goalie Martin Brodeur made 37 saves to help the Devils lock up a spot in the playoffs. He is also the first NHL goalie to win at least 40 games in five different seasons.

The Hurricanes relinquished the overall lead in Eastern Conference to the Ottawa Senators, who scored a 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins.

The New York Islanders notched a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, their playoff-bound, crosstown rivals. The Rangers are now three points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Tuesday.

The Atlanta Thrashers routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 to move within four points of the defending Stanley Cup champions for the eighth playoff spot in the East.

And the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Florida Panthers 6-5 in overtime.

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