Penguins rip Red Wings, clinch playoff berth

Phil Kessel scored twice and had an assist Thursday, and the host Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, who had won six straight games.Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists to reach 98 points, and Jake Guentzel scored his 39th goal for Pittsburgh (44-26-11, 99 points). The Penguins increased their run of playoff appearances to 13 seasons, the longest current streak in the NHL and the longest in Penguins history.Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray, in his career-high 10th straight start, made 33 saves.Matt Puempel scored for Detroit (32-39-10, 74 points), which beat Pittsburgh 4-1 on Tuesday.Jimmy Howard stopped 43 of 47 Penguins shots.Detroit took a 1-0 lead at 7:35 of the first. The Red Wings struggled to get set up during most of a power play, but when they finally did in the last 20 seconds, Filip Hronek let loose a shot from the top of the slot into a crowd, and Puempel tipped it in.