Instead, they launched a winning streak.
Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Saturday for their third straight win.
Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored to help Detroit gets its longest winning streak since a season-high four-game stretch Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.
”We have a job to do every night and every day, and we’ve got a lot of young guys in here,” Larkin said. ”Every day is an audition and guys are trying to earn whatever it might be, whether it is more ice time next year,whatever.
”Your position on this team and in this league has to be earned every day.”
Howard’s best save was a sliding left pad stop on a second-period breakaway by Ottawa forward Ryan Dzingel.
”It feels good,” Howard said after his 24th career shutout. ”It took 59 games, unreal Ronnie Harrison Color Rush Jersey , but at the same time the guys in front of me did a really great job, allowing me to see the puck.”
Mike Condon finished with 25 saves for the Senators, who were blanked for the ninth time this season.
”I can’t comment on the offense, because if that’s the case then all the offensive guys could comment on the goaltending,” Condon said. ”That’s a slippery slope.
”Everyone’s working their hardest. Everyone’s trying to get a couple in there.”
After a scoreless opening period, Detroit got on the board at 4:10 of the second. Taking advantage of a bad pinch by Senators defenseman Christian Wolanin, Anthony Mantha fed a pass across to Larkin on a 2-on-1 break, and Larkin flipped the puck in as Condon lunged desperately across his goal crease. It was Larkin’s fifth goal in the last seven games. He scored nine times in the first 72 games.
”That was a horrible play on my part http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-whitehead-jersey ,” Wolanin said. ”It cost us the first goal and eventually the game winner.”
Athanasiou increased the margin to 2-0 at 4:29 of the third. Using Evgeni Svechnikov as a screen, Athanasiou fired a high shot past Condon.
NOTES: Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson remained one point away from reaching 60 for the sixth time in his career. … The Senators, who play three of their final four games away from home, fell to 11-22-5 on the road – one win more than Montreal for the fewest in the NHL. Last season, the Senators won 22 games away from home, fifth-best in the league. … The Red Wings improved to 17-6-2 in their last 25 games against Ottawa. That includes five straight wins by Detroit at home. Ottawa’s last road victory in in the series was a 3-1 decision on Oct. 30, 2015. … Henrik Zetterberg remained one point from breaking a tie with Sergei Fedorov (954) for fifth on the Red Wings’ all-time scoring list.
Senators: Host Winnipeg on Monday night in their final home game of the season.
Red Wings: At Columbus on Tuesday night.
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics had no way of knowing how much they would get out of Kyrie Irving in the upcoming playoffs.
Now they know.
News broke midday Thursday that Irving will undergo another procedure on his left knee Saturday, the removal of two screws and treating of an infection that will remove him for the rest of the season.
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The Celtics host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night in what is close to a meaningless game. The Toronto Raptors have a magic number of one to clinch the best record in the Eastern Conference after beating the Celtics on Wednesday night in Toronto. The Bulls will be watching the playoffs on television.
Irving will need 4-to-5 months of recovery.
This procedure comes after a first surgery done March 24 to remove a wire from the knee.
“In this case,” Irving said on Instagram, “finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the (sic) all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers (sic) completely (expletive) wrong Authentic Isac Lundestrom Jersey , and accomplishing the goals I’ve set out for the team and myself.”
The Celtics reportedly signed guard Jonathan Gibson on Thursday to fill out the roster for the final four regular-season games, but he is not likely to be eligible for the playoffs.
Irving joins Gordon Hayward and rookie Daniel Theis with season-ending injuries.
In the second spot in the conference, the Celtics, who will see the Raptors clinch with a Toronto win or Boston loss, will face the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards or Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. All three could be troublesome without Irving — the Bucks beat the Celtics on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
Irving, also on Instagram, said Chad Thomas Color Rush Jersey , “Let’s go Celtics!! Celtics fans, I look forward to hearing how loud it gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets. Thank you all!”
The Bulls (27-51) have followed a seven-game losing streak with three straight wins.
“We’re going out there and try to win every game,” rookie Lauri Markkanen said after his 24 points helped the Bulls to a win over Charlotte on Tuesday night. “I hope we can keep this thing going.”
Markkanen’s comments were in response to a suggestion his team is hurting its draft position by winning these games.
They held on for the win over Charlotte with coach Fred Hoiberg sitting Markkanen and other regulars in the fourth quarter — a tanking decision that didn’t work out.
“You want your guys to go out and compete at the highest level and we’re doing that across the board right now,” Hoiberg said. “We’ve got so many young guys and they’re still learning their way in this league. They want to compete.”
The Celtics (53-25) lost the opener of the season series with the Bulls 108-85 on Dec. 11 in Chicago but have won the last two. None of the three meetings have been decided by fewer than 16 points..