The Detroit Red Wings earned a 2-1 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames Monday night, giving them a franchise-best ninth-straight road win. It was also their 28th victory of the season away from Joe Louis Arena, tying the NHL record set by the 1998-99 New Jersey Devils.
After a slow start, the Red Wings needed a shootout to finish off the Flames.
In the tiebreaker, Pavel Datsyuk scored on the first shot and Jason Williams scored on the second, both using similar moves, while Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped both Matt Lombardi and Jarome Iginla for Calgary.
Detroit had a chance to end the game in overtime but Nicklas Lidstrom’s shot with the Wings on the power play rang off the post.
Calgary opened the scoring in the final minute of the first period, after a series of Detroit turnovers left the puck in the Red Wings’ zone. On a delayed Detroit penalty, Dion Phaneuf put a shot past Osgood from the slot with 40 seconds remaining in the period.
Steve Yzerman extended his point streak to nine games with the tying goal at 6:12 of the second period, while the teams skated four aside.
Yzerman battled to win a faceoff in the right circle of the Calgary zone and managed to push the puck to Datsyuk, who had jumped in to help. Datsyuk cut to the bottom of the circle and dropped a pass back for Yzerman, who put it over the shoulder of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
The goal was the 692nd of Yzerman’s career, moving him to within two of Mark Messier for seventh in all-time NHL goal scoring.
Osgood finished the game with 27 saves on 28 shots while Kiprusoff stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced.
Detroit had seven power play chances and Calgary had six but neither team was able to score on the man-advantage.
The Red Wings, having finished their tough stretch of four games in in four cities in five days, are off until Friday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home series.