CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings made up for a bad second period with a great third.
Tomas Tatar scored a fluky goal 85 seconds into the final frame Friday night to give the Red Wings a lead they wouldn't relinquish, and Justin Abdelkader added an insurance tally that proved to be the winner in Detroit's 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
"I thought we finished the second strong and had a real good third period," said Detroit's Mike Babcock, who coached his 800th NHL game. "We controlled the third I thought hands down.
"There's no question you want to just keep going after them, and I thought we did that."
Early in the third, Detroit forward Joakim Andersson chased down the puck in the Flames' zone and attempted a centering pass from the corner. The puck glanced off Tatar's skate before deflecting into the net off the leg of Calgary goalie Joey MacDonald.
"It was a lucky bounce," Andersson said. "Sometimes you need those lucky bounces to win games. It was nice to get it. We've been talking about that all year, shooting more and getting the pucks more to the net."
Tatar's goal proved to be a tough break for the Flames (5-6-2).
"It's like you take a good punch on the nose, but, at the same time you have to regroup," Flames goalie Bob Hartley said. "In a game, anything can happen, and you have to be ready for it."
Abdelkader made it 4-2 with 3:24 left when he sent a wrist shot into the top corner past MacDonald.
Curtis Glencross rounded out the scoring for the Flames when his pass from behind the net hit Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall and bounced past Howard with 9.8 seconds left.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings (8-4-2), who were coming off a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
After Datsyuk and Zetterberg gave Detroit a 2-0 lead, the Flames answered with goals by Chris Butler and rookie Sean Monahan in the second.
"I think after they scored their second goal, we really turned things around and got playing again," Babcock said.
Kronwall and Todd Bertuzzi each had two assists for the Red Wings.
"In the second period, a couple mistakes and the puck wound up in the back of our net," said Howard, who made 22 saves to improve to 5-4-2. "I think we got back to playing the style of hockey we played in Vancouver the whole game in the third period here. That's how we're going to be successful."
The Red Wings will continue their four-game trip through Western Canada on Saturday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers.