Red Wings Bounce Back Against Devils

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Saturday in a come-from-behind victory over the New Jersey Devils. The win was their first at the Meadowlands since 1993.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Lebda scored for Detroit to pull ahead. The Red Wings’ defense allowed only four shots in the final frame, which included a 6-on-3 for New Jersey with two Red Wings in the penalty box and goalie Martin Brodeur on the bench for the extra attacker.

With Detroit on a power play 8:27 into the third, Mathieu Schneider fired a blast from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out the other side to Datsyuk, who had a wide open net to shoot into and get the Red Wings on the board.

Just 2:16 later, Lebda put the Wings in front, sneaking a shot from the left faceoff circle past Brodeur on the near side.

Scott Gomez opened the game’s scoring with 9:03 remaining in the second period, deflecting a shot from the blue line by Brian Gionta with the Devils on a power play.

Hasek finished the game with 21 saves on 22 shots while Brodeur stopped 34 of 36 shots against.

Both teams’ power play went 1-for-7.

The Red Wings will wrap up their three-game road trip on Monday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home matchup.

Before Saturday, the Red Wings had not won in New Jersey since November 20, 1993, a 4-3 overtime victory. Between wins, Detroit was 0-8-1 at the Meadowlands… Defenseman Niklas Kronwall returned to the Detroit lineup after missing six games with a groin injury.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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