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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Danny Cleary tipped in Brian Rafalski's shot 2:58 into overtime for Detroit's fourth unanswered goal, leading the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday that clinched their 20th straight playoff berth.

Justin Abdelkader had two goals, and Jakub Kindl also scored as Detroit improved to 2-3-2 in its last seven games. Rafalski finished with two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots in his first game back after missing two with a strained left shoulder.

The Red Wings extended the longest active playoff streak among North America's four major professional sports. They also got to 100 points for an 11th straight season, extending their NHL record.

Ryan Suter had a power-play goal and an assist, Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat scored, and Mike Fisher had two assists for Nashville. The second-place Predators blew a chance to pull within two points of Detroit in the Central Division with a week left in the season, allowing the Red Wings to leave town with a comfortable five-point cushion.

BOSTON (AP) - Michael Ryder scored on a penalty shot with 7:29 left to break a third-period tie and help the Bruins clinch the Northeast Division title.

Ryder stole the puck from Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian at center ice and was racing in alone on the goal when he was slashed by Atlanta's Johnny Oduya before he got to the crease. Ryder was given a penalty shot and he slowly made his way toward Ondrej Pavelec before wristing it over the goalie's left shoulder.

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for Boston, which leads Montreal by 10 points with four games left.

Pavelec made 20 saves for the Thrashers, who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Greene scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to help Los Angeles move one step closer to a playoff berth.

Thanks to Greene's second goal of the season, the Kings need just one win in their final four games to secure a second straight playoff appearance.

Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, Dustin Brown tallied and Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for Los Angeles, which improved to 9-2-1 in its last 12.

The victory also pushed the Kings into a tie with idle Phoenix for the fourth spot in the Western Conference.

Brad Richards scored his 26th goal and Kari Lehtonen had 29 saves for Dallas, which continued its late-season collapse. The Stars have dropped six straight, and likely will miss the postseason for a third straight year.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 29 shots against his old team and the Lightning earned their fourth consecutive win.

Ryan Malone, Steve Downie and Sean Bergenheim scored for playoff-bound Tampa Bay, which pulled within a point of Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins played at Florida later.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored and Niklas Backstrom had 20 saves for the Wild, who were officially eliminated from postseason contention.