Kevin Miller had revenge on his mind while Steve Yzerman was anxious to keep a streak alive.
Miller, acquired from the stumbling New York Rangers in a five-player deal March 5, scored twice and Yzerman reached the 50-goal mark for the fourth straight season as the Detroit Red Wings compiled their best home-ice record ever with a 6-5 victory Saturday."Sure it did," Miller responded when asked if the two-goal performance felt especially good against his former teammates. "Everybody wants to do well and wants to beat them."
Miller opened the scoring at 7:10 of the first period and got his second goal early in the third to stretch the lead to 5-2. In 10 games with the Red Wings, Miller has scored five of his 22 goals.
"I'm playing a lot right now," Miller said. "I'm killing penalties and playing on the power play. If I play a lot, I'll get a lot of chances.
"And I'm playing with great players. I'm playing with Yzerman and I'm playing with (Sergei) Fedorov."
Yzerman broke a four-game drought with his goal. No other Red Wing has reached the 50-goal plateau more than twice.
"Once the playoffs started, it wouldn't have made any difference," Yzerman said. "But it was nice to get it over with."
Detroit coach Bryan Murray was glad to see his captain reach the 50 mark.
"I think he was pressing," Murray said. "There's no question about it."
Detroit (34-37-8), posted a 26-11-3 home-ice mark, one victory better than the record of the 1971-72 team. The Red Wings also swept their season series with the Rangers 3-0.
After New York's Jody Hull tied the score 2-2 midway through the middle period with his second goal of the game, Paul Ysebaert and Brent Fedyk broke the game open with goals one minute apart late in the period.
Ysebaert beat Mike Richter with a slapshot from inside the left faceoff circle. Fedyk converted Yzerman's centering pass for his 16th goal during a delayed-penalty call against New York.
Ysebaert added a third-period goal for the Red Wings.
Penguins 4, Flyers 4
At Pittsburgh, a meaningless tie almost cost the Pittsburgh Penguins their leading scorer.
Kjell Samuelsson scored with 2:13 left in the third period to give the Philadelphia Flyers a tie against the Penguins. Samuelsson fired a wrist shot from the right point that got by screened goaltender Tom Barrasso.
Capitals 4, Devils 0
At Landover, Md., Don Beaupre stopped 21 shots for his second straight shutout and Washington clinched third place in the Patrick Division by beating the New Jersey Devils.
It was the NHL-best fifth shoutout of the season for Beaupre, who has now gone 135 minutes, 42 seconds without giving up a goal. His toughest test came late in the first period, when New Jersey's John MacLean missed an open net at the end of a 2-on-1 break.
The victory gave the Capitals 81 points, two less than the second-place New York Rangers. If Washington beats Buffalo on Sunday and the Rangers lose to Pittsburgh, the Capitals will take second place - and the home-ice advantage in the playoffs against New York - by virtue of having more victories than the Rangers.
Islanders 5, Bruins 3
At Uniondale, N.Y, linemates Tom Fitzgerald and Hubie McDonough each scored two goals and combined with Brad Lauer for 11 points to help the New York Islanders halt an eight-game winless streak with a victory over the Boston Bruins.
Sabres 5, Whalers 5
At Hartford, Conn., Uwe Krupp had Buffalo's final two goals in a four-goal third period as the Sabres tied the Hartford Whalers.
Canadiens 4, Nordiques 3
At Montreal, Guy Carbonneau and Shayne Corson scored power-play goals in the third period, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
Blues 5, Maple Leafs 2
At St. Louis, Brett Hull scored his 85th goal during a four-goal outburst in the second period, leading the St. Louis Blues to a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
North Stars 2, Blackhawks 1
At Bloomington, Minn., Jon Casey made 27 saves as the Minnesota North Stars ended Chicago's 10-game unbeaten streak and kept the Blackhawks from clinching the NHL's overall point title and the Norris Division championship with a victory.