Red Wings beat Devils 4-3 for third win in a row
The Wings celebrate one of four goals they scored against New Jersey Thursday night.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Detroit Red Wings have won three straight.
That’s after a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night.
Detroit won 5-3 in Columbus on Tuesday night, after defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2 at home on Sunday. The Wings began the season 1-7-2.
“We’re getting some bounces. We’re spending some time in the offensive zone,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said of the difference. “Guys are holding on to the puck in the offensive zone.”
The specialty teams were responsible for all the goals on Thursday night: two on the power play and two shorthanded.
Justin Abdelkader’s shorthanded goal with 7:10 left was the game winner, breaking a 2-2 tie. With Kronwall in the penalty box for holding, Abdelkader’s second goal of the season came when he put in a rebound of Luke Glendening’s shot on a 2-on-1 rush.
Abdelkader, who has three points this season, has struggled early this season. He didn’t get his first goal of 2018-19 until Sunday, when he got an empty netter.
He was asked if the goal will give him more confidence.
“Frankly, I’m just going to go out there and do it right,” he said. “Points are always important out there, but the process is important: Doing it right.”
Martin Frk and Michael Rasmussen had power-play goals.
Rasmussen scored in his second consecutive game. The 19-year-old rookie tied it at 2 when he poked a rebound past New Jersey goalie Cory Scnheider 4:59 into the third period.
“I think it’s huge. I think confidence is everything in this league,” coach Jeff Blashill said about Rasmussen. “... I think his play’s been way better in the last little bit. I think he’s building as a hockey player, and I think he’s getting rewarded (for) it with goals.”
Sami Vatanen’s power-play goal 3:20 into the third period gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead.
Defenseman Trevor Daley got an empty-net goal with 43 seconds left as the Devils had a 6-on-4 manpower advantage with Schneider pulled for the extra attacker and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson serving a crosschecking penalty. So the goal was officially a shorthanded effort.
Jimmy Howard made 25 saves and Dylan Larkin had two assists to give him seven points (two goals and five assists) in his last seven games.
“I think we’ve started to build a bit of an identity in the O-zone where we’ve done a good job of grinding teams out,” Blashill said. “Even when it doesn’t create tons of offense, it’s a grind. I think we’ve been hard at the net.”
Marcus Johansson scored a power-play goal for New Jersey with four seconds left for the final margin.
Frk’s power-play goal 7:54 into the first period gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. Frk got the opportunity to unleash his biggest asset – his slap shot – from the top of the left circle on a one-timer, and the puck went in off the shoulder of Schneider. It was Frk’s first goal of the season. He is taking full advantage of the opportunity given to him by injuries to other forwards.
“Certainly Frky, that’s something he can bring to the table is scoring on that one-timer,” Blashill said.
New Jersey tied it at 1 with 5:48 left in the second period on a goal by Blake Coleman.
The Red Wings were without injured forwards Frans Nielsen (unknown), Andreas Athanasiou (leg), Thomas Vanek (lower body) and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (hand).
…Center Wade Megan made his Detroit debut after being called up from Grand Rapids on Wednesday. He was thwarted by Schneider on a breakaway attempt with 3:35 left in the opening period.
… Jersey captain and defenseman Andy Greene is from Trenton.