Red Wings beat Hurricanes 3-2, but haven’t clinched yet

DETROIT (AP) — Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk scored in the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night, taking a big step toward their 24th consecutive playoff berth.

Detroit could have clinched a postseason berth with the win over Carolina if Pittsburgh had beaten Ottawa in regulation, but the Penguins couldn’t do that.

The Red Wings’ streak of playoff berths is the longest active run in the four major U.S. pro leagues.

The Red Wings won for only the sixth time in their last 18 games, and they looked sluggish again while falling behind 2-1 in the second period, but Nyquist tied it less than two minutes into the third, and Datsyuk scored the game winner with 8:35 to play.

Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for Detroit, which was outshot 28-16 over the final two periods.