Late Goals Lift Red Wings Past Flames

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the final half of the third period on Tuesday night, carrying them to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller notched Detroit's goals, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Hudler's goal came with 8:31 left in regulation. Valtteri Filppula sent the puck from the side of the net out front, where Hudler jumped up all alone and backhanded a chance past scrambling Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Miller's goal required similar quick passing, with Danny Cleary sending the puck from the bottom of the right faceoff circle through the crease to Miller at the far side, where he knocked it in with 4:02 left.

Detroit had taken an early lead in the game when Cory Emmerton scored on the rebound of a Justin Abdelkader chance at 5:57 of the first period.

Calgary's Mike Cammalleri made it 1-1 at 1:59 of the second period. With the Flames on a power play, Alex Tanguay was left all alone in the high slot to take his time with a shot. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard made the save but by then the defense had moved to Tanguay, leaving Cammalleri alone in close to outwait Howard and lift a backhander past him.

It was the only power play goal of the night. Calgary had two chances with the extra attacker while Detroit had three.

Howard finished the night with 28 saves on 29 shots. Kiprusoff made 22 stops on 25 chances.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Thursday in Vancouver.

Notes: Tomas Holmstrom and Jakub Kindl were the scratches for Detroit... Before the game, Calgary honored former Flame and Red Wing Brad McCrimmon, who was one of the victims of the Lokomotiv plane crash last fall.

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The Red Wings are back from the All-Star break and back on the road, visiting the Calgary Flames tonight.

Tomas Holmstrom and Jakub Kindl are the scratches. Holmstrom is recovering from a bad reaction to injections to his knees last Thursday while Kindl might be out of the lineup for awhile after a bad outing in Montreal last Wednesday.

Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak and Mike Commodore are all in for Detroit. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

The Flames will be honoring former Calgary and Detroit defenseman and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon before the game.

Game time is 9:00 on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 7:22 PM


Good on FSD for showing the Calgary McCrimmon tribute

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 9:15 PM


Daniels audibly choked up to start the game. I don't blame him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 9:20 PM


Emmerton from Mursak on the first Detroit shot of the game. Great feed, good finish.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 9:28 PM


Abdelkader a goddammed beast on the PK. Hope he can shake it off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 9:33 PM


Abdelkader testing out his knee. Looks like he's okay.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 9:43 PM


Hell of a stop by Kiprusoff.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 9:53 PM


Cammaleri left all alone in front of the net to put in a rebound PPG. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 10:17 PM


Kinda crazy scrambly play. Flames are going to get the next goal if this keeps up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 10:38 PM


Fantastic pass by Filppula and Hudler was absolutely untouched.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 11:21 PM


Another really nice pass in tight, this one by Cleary.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/31/2012 at 11:31 PM

Drew Miller

Drew Miller
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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