The Detroit Red Wings failed to win one game against the Calgary Flames all of last season, as they were outscored 12-5 in three meetings.
While the Flames continued to be a pain for the Wings, this time, it was the Wings who came out on top Friday night at the Saddledome.
Four different players scored a goal for the Red Wings as they held on to beat the Flames 4-3 for the first time since January 31, 2012.
“I thought we got back to being what we’ve been sometimes this year which is unacceptable and un-Red Wing like,” head coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ve got to learn to play and play consistently and do it each and every night. Some nights, you’re not going to win, you do good things, but you give yourself a chance. I thought we had two good periods and one tough one.”
“It’s huge,” said goaltender Jimmy Howard, who stopped 19 of 22 shots. “It doesn’t matter what the score is as long as you get the two points on the road. You take the two points and you run with them.”
The Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes thanks to goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. But the Flames stormed back in the second period as they would tie the game 2-2, courtesy of goals from Chris Butler and Sean Monahan.
A stroke of good luck for the Red Wings turned the game around in the third, as Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the year at 1:25.
Joakim Andersson fired a shot from a tough angle that hit Tatar's skate and slid past Flames netminder Joey MacDonald that gave the Wings the lead for good.
“He said he didn’t touch it,” Andersson said. “It was a lucky bounce. Sometimes you need those lucky bounces to win games. It was nice to get it.”
Justin Abdelkader scored his second of the year with 3:24 remaining, as he beat MacDonald with another sharp-angle shot.
Abdelkader's goal would be the game winner, as Curtis Glencross scored with 9.8 seconds left to cut the defecit to one.
NOTES: Johan Franzen left the game with flu symptoms in the third period and did not return. He likely won't play against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
- DET Pavel Datsyuk (Goal, Assist)
- CGY Mike Cammalleri (Assist)
- DET Todd Bertuzzi (2 Assists)
You need to satisfy your competitive drive, so why not beat our experts in fantasy football. At FightClub, our official Fantasy Football partner, you can change you team weekly and win cash. Get a free $5 credit when you sign up and try them out. And each week, Sports Media 101 will sweeten the pot and award the player with top points an extra $25. Match-up and show them how good you are. Can you handle FightClub?
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrity offers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!
- Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames: Game Preview
- Detroit Red Wings Open Exhibition Season with Win Over Pittsburgh Penguins
- Detroit Red Wings Rally to Stun Carolina Hurricanes in OT
- Torrid Power Play Sparks Detroit Red Wings to Win Over Toronto Maple Leafs
Short URL: http://sport-ne.ws/13bb