Detroit Red Wings' Riley Sheahan, left, and Brendan Smith celebrate their goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm scored in the third period to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
Luke Glendening also scored and Thomas Howard stopped 27 shots as Detroit moved a point ahead of Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card playoff spot. Howard improved to 12-6-3 in his career against Columbus.
Alexander Wennberg spoiled Howard’s shutout bid on a power-play goal with 1 minute to go, ending the Blue Jackets’ home scoreless streak at 156:02. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 19 saves as Columbus lost its third straight.