DETROIT — Riley Sheahan scored a career-high two goals to help Detroit take a four-goal lead into the third period and the Red Wings held on to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Thursday night.

Sheahan’s second goal came 12 seconds after Luke Glendening scored early in the second, then Anthony Mantha’s first NHL goal gave the Red Wings a 4-0 lead late in the period.

Petr Mrazek had 26 saves for the Red Wings, who are in a tightly contested race for a wild-card spot in the hopes of extending their postseason streak to 25 seasons.

HURRICANES 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Victor Rask, Chris Terry and Elias Lindholm each scored goals within 1:38 of each other in the third period and Eddie Lack made 42 saves in a win at Columbus, Ohio.

WILD 6, FLAMES 2: Zach Parise scored three times for his third hat trick of the season and added an assist as the Wild won at home to spoil goalie Niklas Backstrom’s return to Minnesota.

JETS 4, KINGS 1: Dustin Byfuglien and Paul Postma scored less than three minutes apart early in the third period to help Winnipeg win at home.

The Pacific Division-leading Kings suffered their third loss in a row.

DEVILS 3, PENGUINS 0: Kyle Palmieri scored twice in the first period and Scott Wedgewood stopped 39 shots for his first career shutout as New Jersey won at Pittsburgh.

Palmieri, who set career highs with 29 goals and 52 points, has a four-game points streak. New Jersey has won five of seven.

MAPLE LEAFS 6, DUCKS 5: Anaheim clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season in an overtime loss at Toronto.

The Ducks entered the game needing only one standings point to reach the postseason and got it when they rallied from a 4-1 deficit to force the extra period.


BLUE JACKETS: Forward Jared Boll was suspended for four games without pay by the NHL for interference against Philadelphia forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

Boll was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for the blind-side hit in the second period of Columbus’ 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday night. Considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Boll’s suspension will cost him $82,927.

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