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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Wings Win 60, Match Habs Record

COMBINED REPORTS


DETROIT, Michigan -- The Detroit Red Wings became the second team in NHL history to win 60 games in a season, matching the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.


The Red Wings have two games remaining in which to break the record. They play Friday at home against the Blackhawks and finish Sunday at Dallas.


But the Red Wings (60-13-7) can't surpass the point total of the great Canadiens team. Montreal finished 60-8-12 that season, for 132 points.


The dominant Montreal teams of the 1970s also won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships. The Red Wings have endured a 41-year drought without the Stanley Cup, the longest active streak in the NHL. Last year, Detroit was swept in the finals by the New Jersey Devils.


The Red Wings, one of the NHL's original six franchises, have won seven Stanley Cup championships, more than any other U.S.-based team.


On Wednesday, Darren McCarty and Kirk Maltby scored goals 60 seconds apart in the first period for Detroit and the game's outcome was never in doubt after that.


Keith Primeau and Dino Ciccarelli scored second-period goals and Doug Brown had an empty-net tally for Detroit.


Lightning 2, Panthers 1. In Miami, Brian Bradley had a goal and an assist to move Tampa Bay into the Eastern Conference's eighth playoff spot. Florida, after missing the playoffs by one point in the club's first two seasons, backed into the postseason because New Jersey lost to Philadelphia.


Roman Hamrlik had the game-winning goal and Bill Houlder got two assists in Tampa Bay's third-straight victory over the Panthers.


Flyers 5, Devils 1. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, John LeClair got his 49th and 50th goals as the Flyers moved closer to a second straight Atlantic Division title. Rob Brind'Amour also scored for Philadelphia and Ron Hextall had 34 saves as the Flyers opened a three-point lead on the New York Rangers with two games left in the season.


Islanders 6, Penguins 2. In Pittsburgh, Zigmund Palffy and Todd Bertuzzi each scored two goals as the lowly Islanders shocked Pittsburgh.


The Islanders posted only their second win in the last 13 games and prevented the Penguins from moving closer to clinching first place in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins lost their second consecutive game to a non-playoff team; they were beaten 5-4 in Hartford on Monday.


Capitals 4, Rangers 1. In New York, Jim Carey continued his brilliant work in goal as the Capitals clinched a playoff berth for the 14th straight season.


Carey was 1:49 from his 10th shutout of the season before Alexei Kovalev scored on a power play to break the spell. ()


(For other results, see Scorecard.)