Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Wings Blank Flyers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Wings Blank Flyers

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Jimmy Howard made 30 saves, Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou and Kyle Quincey scored for Detroit, and the Red Wings took a step toward a 25th consecutive playoff appearance with a 3-0 win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings (93 points) lead Boston (91) in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia (91) is tied with the Bruins for the second wild card.

The Flyers have three games remaining, while Detroit and Boston each have two. The Bruins host the Red Wings on Thursday night.

Helm scored in the first period and Athanasiou added a short- handed goal in the second for Detroit, which hasn't missed the postseason since 1990. Quincey's goal was an empty-netter.

Howard held on for his second shutout of the season.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead on Helm's goal in the first. Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere was trying to help clear the puck by flinging it around behind the net from near the corner, but instead it went toward the goal and bounced in front, where Helm was able to flip it past Flyers goalie Steve Mason for his 13th goal of the season.


Blackhawks recall Bickell * The banged-up Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Bryan Bickell from Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Bickell, 30, has spent much of this season with the IceHogs after helping Chicago win the Stanley Cup last year. The rugged winger, who signed a $16 million, four-year deal in 2013, has 65 goals and 70 assists in 382 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks.

Forwards Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa missed Chicago's 6-2 victory over Arizona on Tuesday night due to injuries, and center Artem Anisimov left in the second period after taking a big hit. The Blackhawks did not practice on Wednesday, so the next update on Anisimov's status likely will be Thursday morning's skate before their game against the Blues. …

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