Green scores in over­time, Red Wings de­feat Devils

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van

Mike Green and the strug­gling Detroit Red Wings ended a scor­ing slump, with a lit­tle help from Frans Nielsen.

Nielsen scored two goals and set up Green’s win­ner from the right cir­cle at 3:18 of over­time as the Red Wings handed the New Jer­sey Devils a rare loss at home with a 5-4 vic­tory Fri­day night.

The five-goal out­burst tied the Red Wings’ sea­son high for a game and it was their most since col­lect­ing that many against Nashville on Oct. 21. It also was Green’s fourth of the sea­son, and his first since he had a hat trick against Ot­tawa on Oct. 17.

It also gave Detroit its se­cond straight win af­ter los­ing four in a row. The Red Wings opened the sea­son with a 6-2 record and were 2-8-1 be­fore win­ning the last two.

“This win a con­fi­dence booster, yes,” Green said. “It’s some­thing to build on for sure and we just have to con­tinue this and it’s def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive thing for us to move for­ward on for sure.”

The Red Wings started the over­time on a power play and the game ended with the teams play­ing 4-on-4 be­cause the clock never stopped dur­ing the ex­tra ses­sion.

Nielsen made the big play by mak­ing a cross-ice pass from the left cir­cle to Green in the right. The de­fense­man waited a se­cond and then fired that puck past de­fense­man Andy Greene and beat Cory Sch­nei­der, who faced 33 shots.

“I just saw Nielsen had a lit­tle bit of time there and he made a great play,” Green said. “I just had to get around their first guy in close so I just had to hit the net to try and cre­ate some­thing.”

Dy­lan Larkin and An­thony Man­tha also scored for the Red Wings, who lost goalie Jimmy Howard to a lower-body in­jury in the first pe­riod. Petr Mrazek fin­ished and al­lowed three goals on 13 shots in re­lief.

John Moore, Mike Cam­mal­leri, Pavel Zacha and Adam Hen­rique scored for the Devils (7-0-2). They have not lost at home in reg­u­la­tion this sea­son.

“Points are im­por­tant so the fact that we got a point out of the game is cer­tainly is a pos­i­tive,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “How we played the game is not how we wanted to play and I think we were for­tu­nate to be able to get a point out of the game. We need to be much bet­ter to­mor­row.”

The Devils it at 4 with 5:11 left in reg­u­la­tion when Hen­rique tipped a point shot by for­mer Red Wing Kyle Quincey into the net with New Jer­sey hav­ing an ex­tra skater with a de­layed penalty about to be called.

Man­tha had given the Red Wings the lead with a blast from the left dot 43 sec­onds into the third pe­riod.

Nielsen gave the Red Wings took a 2-1 lead af­ter the first pe­riod. New Jer­sey went ahead 3-2 in the se­cond pe­riod on a goal by Cam­mal­leri and a pow­er­play tally by Larkin with 1.2 sec­onds left in the pe­riod.

The Devils chal­lenged the goal, say­ing that Gustav Nyquist was off­side. Af­ter a re­view, Larkin’s sixth goal stood.

John Moore gave New Jer­sey an early 1-0 lead and the Devils looked in good shape af­ter Ri­ley Shea­han was as­sessed a four-minute mi­nor for high stick­ing.

Ab­delka­der stripped the puck from Da­mon Sev­er­son, took a shot and Nielsen put in the re­bound with Sch­nei­der down in the crease.

Shortly af­ter com­ing out of the penalty box, Shea­han took a shot be­tween the cir­cled and Nielsen again put in the re­bound with a lit­tle help from Devils for­ward Kyle Palmieri, who seemed to nudge the puck over the goal line.

Cam­mal­leri, who has six points in two games back in the lineup, got his goal on a shot that de­flected off the skate of Red Wings de­fense­man Jonathan Eric­s­son at 4:06 of the se­cond pe­riod. Zacha scored less than two minute later on a shot from the left cir­cle.

NOTES: Ab­delka­der had the best save of the game with a skate stop on Cam­mal­leri with Mrazek out of po­si­tion in the se­cond pe­riod. New Jer­sey was lead­ing 3-2 . ... Nielsen has 10 goals in 45 games against the Devils . ... Palmieri re­turned to the Devils’ lineup af­ter miss­ing two games with up­per body sore­ness and played in his 100th game with New Jer­sey.


Devils de­fense­man John Moore is knocked down by Red Wings left wing Tyler Ber­tuzzi dur­ing Detroit vic­tory.

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