The third period was not kind to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night versus the Philadelphia Flyers, but it was a different story Friday night in New Jersey.
Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar notched their 9th and 6th goals respectively clinching a 3-1 Wings victory.
Jonas Gustavsson was solid in net when he needed to be as Detroit’s defense completely stifled the Devils all night limiting them to only 11 shots.
The Wings dominated the Devils on the shot clock all night. Through forty minutes Detroit outshot New Jersey 16-8, but Cory Schneider‘s goaltending enabled the Devils to enter the third period in a 1-1 tie.
The Wings were the beneficiary of a questionable call when Schneider was whistled for playing the puck outside of the trapezoid late in the third period. Tatar capitalized on the opportunity beating Schneider blocker side with a quick snapper.
Devils’ defender Andy Greene opened the scoring with a tip in on a Patrick Elias drive mid way through the opening frame.
Detroit is back at it Saturday when they host the Florida Panthers.