TORONTO (AP) - Darren Helm had a hat trick and the Detroit Red Wings sent the Toronto Maple Leafs to their eighth consecutive loss with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.
This is Toronto's first such streak of eight straight regulation defeats since 1985.
The Leafs have 80 points with just six games remaining and might have to run the table to give themselves a legitimate shot at a second straight playoff appearance.
They have two fewer games left than the Red Wings (82 points), the Columbus Blue Jackets (82 points) and the Washington Capitals (80 points) in the Eastern Conference.
Cody Franson and Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto. Gustav Nyquist also had a goal for Detroit.
Jonathan Bernier, playing his third game back from a groin injury, stopped 24 of the 28 shots. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard finished with 25 saves.