The Detroit Red Wings won their fourth game in a row Tuesday night, earning a 2-1 decision over the St. Louis Blues for their ninth win in the last eleven games.
Johan Franzen’s third period power play goal gave Detroit the win. Goalie Chris Osgood stopped 17 of 18 shots against to preserve the late lead.
Franzen scored at 8:22 of the final frame. Nicklas Lidstrom carried the puck down the left side and ran out of room to move, throwing a shot on net. Franzen got to the rebound and knocked it past netminder Manny Legace to put the Red Wings in front.
Henrik Zetterberg scored the game’s first goal with 4:11 left in the first period, knocking the rebound of a chance by Dan Cleary past former-Red Wing Legace.
Andy MacDonald scored the Blues’ lone goal 2:36 into the second off a turnover at the Detroit blue line. He skated in alone on Osgood with Cleary unable to catch up from behind before he lifted a shot over the Detroit goaltender’s shoulder.
The two teams will meet again on Friday night in the second game of the home-and-home series.
Dan Cleary returned to the Detroit lineup after missing six weeks with a fractured jaw… Dominik Hasek did not make the trip, staying home with the flu.