DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist each and the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a third-period deficit for a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.
The Red Wings did their part to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; they needed a win and a regulation loss by the Ottawa Senators against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But the Ottawa Senators rallied from a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Detroit (42-25-13) is third in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who have a game in hand.
Gustav Nyquist scored for the Red Wings and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves.
The Red Wings trailed 2-1 after two periods.
"Obviously, it's a big two points. Ottawa won in overtime, three-point game there," Zetterberg said. "We have to get our points when we can. It was a hard-fought game tonight. It was nice to see us come through."
The message in the Detroit dressing room in the second intermission was simple.
"We don't have choice. We control our own destiny. We have to go out there and get points," Howard said. "We found a way to do that tonight. I thought we showed a lot of character doing that."
Zetterberg said, "We knew if we kept going and playing in their end we'd get opportunities. Howie played really, really well tonight, made some key, key saves there in the third so we knew if we got one, we'd probably get another one."
Chris Terry had a goal and an assist and Nathan Gerbe scored for Carolina (29-40-11). Victor Rask had two assists and Anton Khudobin made 22 saves.
"We played hard tonight. We were ready to go. In the first period we had to build our game," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "If you don't play hard against a good team you might get embarrassed."
Nyquist tied the game 2-2 at 1:56 of the third period with a wrist shot from the inside edge of the right circle that slid between Khudobin's pads. It was Nyquist's 27th goal.
Datsyuk gave the Red Wings the lead with 8:35 left. He scored from the slot after taking a pass off his skate from Zetterberg, who was behind the net. It was Datsyuk's 25th goal.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock usually plays Zetterberg and Datsyuk together when the Red Wings are in a tight spot. Darren Helm was the third forward on the line.
"I was obviously excited to be back with Pavel. It's been a while. It's good when we get an opportunity to play together to produce," Zetterberg said. "I have to give a lot of credit to (Helm) being in front of the net on both of the goals. He really created a lot of space for us and gives us a lot of time."
Peters is a former Detroit assistant coach, so he is quite familiar with seeing Datsyuk and Zetterberg on the same line.
"I've seen them together before. I've seen how dangerous they can be. When I saw they would be together before the game, it unnerved me," Peters said. "Because they're special when they are together. They are both special players individually, but when they're together …."
Zetterberg opened the scoring with a power-play goal 1:29 into the second period. Left wide open in front of the net, he made a move and put a backhand shot under the crossbar for his 17th goal. It came 32 seconds after Carolina defenseman Michal Jordan took a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass in his own zone.
But Gerbe, a native of Oxford, Mich. (about 40 miles north of Detroit), tied it with 5:52 left in the second. He put in a loose puck from just inside the left circle. It was Gerbe's 10th goal.
Terry gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 2:50 left in the second period. He drove in the second rebound of the sequence for Terry's 11th goal. He celebrated his 26th birthday on Tuesday.
Khudobin stretched his left leg to stop Nyquist's backhand shot on the goal line during a goalmouth scramble with under 10 minutes left in the second period.
Khudobin denied Zetterberg's one-time shot from the slot with a pad save with 1:15 remaining in the second period.
It was Detroit's final home game of the regular season. The Red Wings were without forwards Justin Abdelkader (hand), Erik Cole (upper body) and Tomas Jurco (upper body).