DETROIT, MI - MARCH 9: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings controls the puck in a game against the Los Angeles Kings on March 9, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Kings defeated the Wings 2-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings Go Streak Busting Vs. Capitals

Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals as Detroit ended the Capitals nine-game win streak. Elsewhere, Ray Emery made his first start in over a year and the Canucks clinched a playoff spot.

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Capitals Vs. Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg Scores 2 Goals As Wings Bust Caps' Win Streak

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

Okay, so which nine-game streak are we talking about here? The first one that likely comes to mind is the nine-game win streak of the Washington Capitals, which was snapped on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena by the Detroit Red Wings. How was that streak snapped, you ask?

Well, Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals to end his own nine-game scoring drought as the Wings escaped with a 3-2 win. Brian Rafalski assisted on all three goals -- the two from Zetterberg and one from Valtteri Filppula. Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves for the Capitals, but that wasn't quite enough. 

With the win, Detroit gained a little breathing room over third place San Jose in the Western Conference. The loss doesn't help the Caps in their quest to win the Eastern Conference, because while they still sit just one point back of first place Philadelphia, they're giving up three games in hand to the Flyers. 

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks: Vancouver Clinches Northwest Division With Win

You know, as I was flipping through the games on Wednesday, I came across the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche during the first intermission. Colorado, who coming in had just one win in a reaaaaaaally long time, was up 2-0 on the best team in hockey. I thought for a second that, hey, maybe that could last.

Nah.

Vancouver reeled off four straight goals from Maxim Lapierre, Alex Burrows and two from Henrik Sedin the rest of the way. The Avs never scored again as the Canucks stromed back for a 4-2 win behind 27 saves from Cory Schneider.

With the victory, the Canucks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot, and they became the 2010-11 Northwest Division champions. As if you didn't know that was coming months ago. All that's left now is a President's Trophy... and maybe Canada's first Cup since 1993?

Brian Elliott was strong in goal for Colorado, making 36 saves on 39 shots.

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Blues Vs. Ducks: Ray Emery Stops 30 Shots, Wins First Start Of Year

Ray Emery's incredible NHL comeback took another awesome step on Wednesday night. In his first start in the league since February 1, 2010, Emery made 30 stops on 31 saves to boost the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

About a year ago, Emery faced what was then thought to be a career-ending injury when he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in his hip. The disease degrades the bone, which is obviously not good for anybody, let alone a hockey player who puts a lot of strain on that joint. His comeback, especially in such a relatively short period of time, is nothing short of amazing.

The win wasn't just a big one for Emery, though. For the Ducks as a whole, the win boosted them over the big bold line in the middle of the Western Conference standings. Anaheim now sits tied in points with Calgary, but they hold the eighth spot thanks to holding two games in hand over the Flames.

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Leafs 3, Hurricanes 1: One night after earning a big, important two points over the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina took a step back despite firing almost 18 more shots on goal than their foe, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dion Phaneuf scored two goals to give the Leafs a huge win that keeps them just four points out of the final playoff spot and just two points behind the Canes.

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