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.