The Detroit Red Wings trailed 2-0 after the first period on Saturday night but scored two quick goals in the second and another in the third to complete a come-from-behind win over the New York Rangers.
It was Detroit’s first win over the Rangers in six tries and was head coach Mike Babcock’s 500th career victory.
Riley Sheahan started the Red Wings’ comeback with 5:46 remaining in the middle frame. Johan Franzen gained the New York zone but had nowhere to go, dropping the puck off to Stephen Weiss as he was pushed into the left wing boards. Weiss moved it on to Sheahan in the slot, who spun to backhand a chance past Rangers’ netminder Cam Talbot to make it 2-1.
Just 1:01 later it was tied up, as Luke Glendening banged a loose puck in the crease behind Talbot after chances by Drew Miller and Joakim Andersson.
Darren Helm put the Red Wings out front at 7:40 of the third period, catching up to a deflected pass by Tomas Tatar in the left faceoff circle and snapping a shot over Talbot’s shoulder for a 3-2 lead.
The Wings preserved the lead through 5:24 of shorthanded time caused by three consecutive, overlapping penalties. The Rangers had a five-on-three for 2:36 of that time and Drew Miller was without a stick for part of that.
Kevin Klein had opened the game’s scoring at 9:31 of the first period, shoveling a backhander past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from right in front.
With 5:48 left in the opening frame, Derick Brassard sprung Rick Nash on a breakaway, with Nash beating Howard stick-side to put the Rangers up by a pair.
Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots against. Talbot made 31 saves on 34 shots.
Neither team scored a power play goal. The Rangers had seven tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.
The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.
Detroit remained without forward Justin Abdelkader (shoulder). Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches.