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DETROIT - Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and the Detroit Red Wings earned a team-record 21st consecutive playoff berth with a 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Detroit broke its team record of 20 straight seasons of reaching the playoffs set from 1939-58.

Detroit's playoff streak is the longest active run in professional sports.

The NBA's San Antonio Spurs are expected to extend their playoff streak to 15 years; the Philadelphia Phillies have been in five straight postseasons in baseball; and the Baltimore Ravens have been in the NFL playoffs four consecutive years.

Holmstrom scored twice to help the Red Wings take a 4-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. They had a 6-0 cushion midway through the second period and a seven-goal lead early in the third.

Columbus is in last place in the NHL with 55 points.

The Red Wings have won two straight after dropping six in a row.

Detroit is a point ahead of Nashville and five points in front of Chicago to be the fourth-seeded team ? with home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs ? with six games left in the regular season.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Martin St. Louis scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Steven Stamkos notched his team-record 53rd goal and Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia.

Ryan Malone and J.T. Wyman also had goals to help the Lightning win their third straight game. It's a little too late for Tampa, which is 11th in the Eastern Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot with seven games remaining.

Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Scott Hartnell scored Philadelphia's goals. The Flyers lost for just the third time in 14 games this month. They've already clinched a playoff berth, but are four points behind Pittsburgh for fourth place and the home-ice advantage in the first round that goes with it.

Dwayne Roloson stopped 35 shots, outplaying Ilya Bryzgalov.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) ??? Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals in the third period to send Ottawa over Winnipeg.

Evander Kane gave the Jets hope at 17:03 of the third period after the puck went in off his arm as he was pushed into the net.

The goal was reviewed, but stood to tie the game at 4-4.

But Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game just 24 seconds later.

Chris Neil, Kaspars Daugavins and Kyle Turris also scored for Ottawa (39-28-10), while Milan Michalek added an empty-netter.

Ottawa is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 88 points.

Winnipeg's Antti Miettinen scored twice and Kyle Wellwood also scored for the Jets (35-33-8), who are six points behind Washington and Buffalo in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and they only have six games remaining.

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