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HOCKEY / DETROIT 5, DUCKS 2

Ty Conklin and Red Wings shut down Ducks, 5-2

Anaheim remains one point out of the final West playoff spot after its third consecutive loss.

February 21, 2009|Associated Press

DETROIT — Ty Conklin is making a case to be Detroit's playoff goalie. The Ducks are having trouble making a case to even make the playoffs.

Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists, and Conklin made 24 saves for the Red Wings in his 11th straight home victory, 5-2 over the Ducks on Friday night.

Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and an assist, and Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen and Kris Draper also scored for Stanley Cup champion Detroit.

"It was a good game for us. It seemed like the puck was bouncing our way tonight," Zetterberg said. "We just have to enjoy this because we'll have some nights when it doesn't all go our way."

Conklin, a career backup, was signed as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Penguins in July to back up Chris Osgood. While Osgood has struggled this season -- his .879 save percentage is the NHL's worst among goalies who have played regularly -- Conklin is 21-7-1 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. He's tied for second in the NHL with six shutouts.

Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan scored for Anaheim, which lost its third straight and remained ninth in the Western Conference, one point behind eighth-place Edmonton for the final playoff spot. Teemu Selanne had two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots.

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