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NHL - Red Wings 4, Coyotes 0

9:43 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko (6) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard stopped all 34 shots for his fourth shutout of the year and it came at a big time as Detroit took a 4-0 win over Phoenix.

Detroit came into the game three points out of a playoff spot, but now has 50 points and sits just one back of Columbus and Minnesota for a spot in the Western Conference postseason.

Minnesota and Detroit both have three games to play and Columbus has two left on its schedule.

Phoenix, meanwhile, is in dire straits with its playoff hopes hanging by a thread. The team has 46 points with three games to play.

Johan Franzen scored twice, Damien Brunner posted a goal and an assist while Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings, who came into the game having dropped five of their last six. Henrik Zetterberg gave three assists on the night.

Mike Smith gave up three goals on 22 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost four of their past five games.


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