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Red Wings lose to Rangers but make playoffs

Detroit earns postseason berth with Boston loss to Ottawa

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK --- The news wasn't official until the Detroit Red Wings were back in the visitors dressing room at Madison Square Garden, taking off their gear following what could have been a disheartening and potential season-ending 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. 

With help from the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, the Red Wings clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 25th consecutive season. Ottawa's 6-1 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden was what the Red Wings needed to lock up third place in the Atlantic Division.

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Eric Staal 'should be fine' after injury scare

Rangers forward left game in second period following collision

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Eric Staal "should be fine" for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after leaving the final regular-season game, coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday.

Staal was injured late in the second period of a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden.

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Coach's Challenge: DET @ NYR - 2:42 of the First Peri

Original call is overturned, no goal Red Wings @NHLdotcom

Siutation Room: DET vs. NYR

Situation Room: Red Wings' goal disallowed in 1st

4/9/16: A video review determines that the Red Wings were offside and the goal is disallowed

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At 2:42 of the first period in the Red Wings/Rangers game, New York requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Detroit's Joakim Andersson was off-side prior to his goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Andersson was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an "Off-side" infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed." 

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Howard in net for Red Wings vs. Rangers

Detroit has to win in regulation or overtime to qualify for Stanley Cup Playoffs for 25th consecutive season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Jimmy Howard will be the goalie who hopes to help the Detroit Red Wings clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 25th straight season.

Howard starts against the New York Rangers on Saturday after getting pulled in a 5-2 loss against the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Detroit will clinch a playoff berth with a win in regulation or overtime against the Rangers.

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Red Wings can clinch against Rangers

Regulation or overtime win will give Detroit 25th straight playoff berth

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealenhl / Staff Writer

RED WINGS (41-29-11) at RANGERS (45-27-9)

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG, NHL.TV

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings won 3-2 against the New York Rangers when Darren Helm scored with 1:57 left in overtime at Joe Louis Arena on March 12. Brad Richards tied the game for the Red Wings with 31.8 seconds left in regulation. The Rangers won 1-0 on Feb. 21 when Kevin Klein scored 1:59 into overtime at Madison Square Garden. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves.

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Zuccarello to miss Rangers finale

Top scorer out against Red Wings; expected to return for playoffs with Stalberg, Girardi @NHLdotcom

New York Rangers forwards Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg and defenseman Dan Girardi will not play against the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of the regular season on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG, NHL.TV).

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault also said backup goaltender Antti Raanta will start.

Zuccarello, the Rangers' leading point-scorer with 61 (26 goals, 35 assists), and Stalberg each played Thursday in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders, but did not practice Friday. Each is out with a lower-body injury, but Vigneault says he expects each player back for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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