NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Detroit
(Tuesday, April 11th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Edmonton 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Manny Legace stopped 29 shots for his seventh shutout of the season, as the Detroit Red Wings clinched the best record in the NHL this season with a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Kris Draper and Don MacLean scored for the Red Wings, who secured the Presidents' Trophy for the fifth time in team history to ensure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Detroit, which has 118 points this season, has won five in a row and 14 of its last 17 games. The 118 points are second- most in team history, as the 1995-96 club had 131 points.
"Our guys played great in front of me," Legace said. "That's what we're stressing, solid defense. It's hard to play a team like that because they're so fast and they crash and they bang and they send guys all the time. Their defense is pinching. It's a credit for our guys to stand in there and take the punishment."
Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves for the Oilers, who are barely holding onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Edmonton, losers in 12 of its last 19 games, has 91 points, two ahead of ninth-place Vancouver, which was idle Tuesday. The Oilers have two games remaining in the regular season, both at home, against playoff-bound Anaheim on Thursday and versus Colorado next Monday.
"I'm not very positive right now," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish, whose team lost 2-1 at lowly St. Louis on Sunday. "I don't have a positive attitude right now. It's two very tough games to lose. I still believe wholly that it's a product more of our undoing rather than either team taking it to us and beating us."
MacLean scored off a rebound on the power play midway through the opening period after a scramble in front. It was MacLean's first goal as a Red Wing and his first since March 31, 2004 when he was with Columbus in a game versus Detroit.
Draper scored 19 seconds into the third period on a wrister from the right circle, after a puck came loose at center ice.
Legace did the rest, stopping 16 shots in the third period for his 13th career shutout. His seven shutouts this season are the most for the Red Wings since Roger Crozier in 1964-65.
It's the first time Edmonton has been blanked in 64 games, a span going back to November 7 at Dallas...The Oilers were 0-for-5 on the power play, while Detroit was 1-for-6.
04/11 23:17:49 ET