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Two For Two: Red Wings 4 - Flames 3

For the second straight game Detroit’s third line came up with the deciding goal.

Justin Abdelkader‘s hard wrister found its way  under the bar and proved to be the game winner as the Wings are 2 for 2 on their 4 game Western Canadian road swing.

It was also the first time in over two weeks that the Red Wings managed to score more than 2 goals in a game.

Tomas Tatar‘s 2nd goal of the year came on a harmless looking play; Joakim Andersson spun and fired a blind shot from below the goal line that barely glanced off the Slovak and found its way behind Flames’ goalie Joey MacDonald.

Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and were a threat all night. Todd Bertuzzi had a strong game making a slick no look backhand pass to set up Zetterberg for his 7th goal of the season.

Despite mustering just 5 shots on goal in the opening frame the Wings managed to find the back of the net twice. However, some sloppy Red Wing play led to the Flames evening up the score after 40 minutes.

Former Red Wing Jiri Hudler got his first point in 4 games against his old club and was a + 2 on the evening.

Returning to the lineup after a brief absence Wings’ forward Johan Franzen was eased back into things only logging 9:05 of ice time.It wasn’t quite the defensive display of two nights ago in Vancouver, but the Wings buckled down in the 3rd period and found a way to earn themselves 2 points.

The Wings will stick around Alberta for another night as they head north to take on the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Puck drop is at 10pm.

 

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