Petr Sykora's goal with 8:40 left in the third period lifted the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Red Wings, giving New Jersey its first win in Detroit in 15 years.
Sykora gathered a feed from linemate Patrik Elias while all alone in front of the Detroit goal and fired a shot that eluded Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard for his 20th goal of the season. It's the 10th time Sykora - who signed with the club after accepting a training camp invite prior to the season - has scored 20 or more goals in a campaign.
The outcome didn't have any impact on the playoff fortunes of the Devils, who were locked into the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference after Philadelphia edged Buffalo 2-1 earlier in the evening. The victory was the first for the Devils in Detroit since Nov. 6, 1996. New Jersey will face either Florida or Washington in the first round.
New Jersey struck first midway through the opening period. Alexei Ponikarovsky jumped on a rebound from point-blank range and fired it ...