Pens must wait another day to clinch

From Mirror, wire reports

The Pittsburgh Penguins could have clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference Friday night had either Boston or Detroit lost.

However, the Penguins must wait another day because both the Bruins and the Red Wings were victorious.

Going into today’s game at the New York Islanders, the Penguins (44-25-8) have 96 points and are in third place in the conference standings. They are ahead of the New York?Rangers (95 points) and Tampa Bay (93 points). If they win today, they’re in.

Only?Washington and Florida have clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Wings survive

DETROIT – Riley Sheahan had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night in a game with playoff implications for both teams.

Detroit entered one point behind Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Dylan Larkin scored on a power play in the first period and then Tomas Tatar put Detroit up 2-0 2:32 into the second period.

After Jonas Brodin scored for Minnesota with 4:18 left in the second, Sheahan got his goal 2:08 into the third.

Bruins hang on

ST. LOUIS – David Krejci had two goals and two assists and the Boston Bruins snapped out of a scoring funk to beat the St. Louis Blues, 6-5, and hang onto third place in the Atlantic Division.

Loui Eriksson got his 500th career point with a goal and an assist and Patrice Bergeron scored his 30th this season for the Bruins, who totaled 10 goals while dropping six of their previous seven games. They’re a point ahead of Detroit with four games remaining.