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San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - scored a pair of goals and made 37 saves to lead the San Jose to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit at HP Pavilion. , and also scored for San Jose, which rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Edmonton on Sunday to improve to 5-1-1 in its last seven. The extended their lead in the Pacific Division to three points over idle Dallas and also moved into a tie for second with Northwest-leading Colorado in the Western Conference playoff chase.

"It's a great feeling," said head coach Ron Wilson, whose club clinched a playoff spot. "Our guys worked really hard. I would have never predicted 94 points, let alone getting a shot at getting 100 points."

The , already the Central Division champs, remain atop the Western Conference with 99 points -- five ahead of Colorado and San Jose.

and scored for Detroit, while stopped just 15 of the 20 shots he faced. The have lost two straight and are 1-3-1 in their last five.

Legace started in place of , who injured his ankle in warmups.

"[Joseph] was scheduled to play," said head coach Dave Lewis. "Halfway to three-quarters of the way through warmup he tweaked his ankle. We're going to have to see how he is tomorrow. If he's no good tomorrow, we'll have to call somebody up."

The scored twice just under two minutes apart midway through the first period to open a 2-0 lead and never trailed.

Hannan scored his sixth of the season at the 7:42 mark to put San Jose on the board. Damphousse picked up the puck from in the left corner, skated into the left circle and tried to backhand a shot on net. The puck hit the skate of Detroit defenseman and caromed into the slot for Hannan, who buried a shot past Legace inside the right post.

Cheechoo then netted his 26th goal at 9:40 for a 2-0 edge. gained control of a rebound in the slot and had a point-blank chance turned aside by Legace. Cheechoo chased the rebound behind the net and was stopped on a wraparound attempt at the left post, but quickly flipped the rebound past the netminder.

The got one back just 1:33 before the end of the period. took advantage of a giveaway by and sent a pass from the right corner to the right circle for Datsyuk, who made a move around a San Jose defenseman toward the top of the crease before netting his 27th goal of the season.

The regained a two-goal margin at 7:12 of the second period when Cheechoo beat Legace with a shot from the left circle.

Detroit, though, again pulled within one just under five minutes later. led a 3-on-2 rush along the right wing, but pulled up at the half- wall and spotted a trailing Fischer in the slot. The defenseman was all alone and snapped a wrist shot past Nabokov on the glove side for his third goal of the season.

San Jose opened a 4-2 lead at 6:10 of the third. Legace went behind the net to play the puck and was knocked down by a pair of players. The puck went into the left corner for , who quickly fired it toward the crease. Korolyuk was skating in front and watched the puck carom off his skate into the empty cage.

The play was reviewed and the goal stood.

Nabokov kept it a two-goal game midway through the third with a brilliant save on a point-blank one-timer from the slot by Hull.

The sealed it with 4:09 remaining when Damphousse scored his ninth of the season. Marleau fired a shot from the right circle that Legace stopped, but the rebound fell in the crease and Damphousse poked it home for his 1,200th NHL point.

San Jose improved to 30-1-3-1 when leading after two periods.

The teams split the four-game season series.

Detroit is 1-2-1 on a five-game road trip that ends Thursday in Colorado.

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