Red Wings upend Devils 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings made the most of their offensive opportunities against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

"It was a game that was offensively challenged by both teams," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after his Red Wings beat the Devils 3-1.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals Detroit, which has won five of six.

Joakim Andersson also scored and Jonas Gustavsson made 10 saves for the Red Wings.

"(The Red Wings have) to keep (winning). Tough without big guys but it's important to see we can win without them," Franzen said. "(It's) big for us to see we can win without them."

Cory Schneider made 18 saves for New Jersey, which has lost three in a row.

"We didn't play our best game of the year," Steve Bernier said. "There (are) a lot of bad things around right now, but we need to focus on the good things."

The Red Wings finished with 21 shots while the Devils only had 11.

The 11 shots tied a New Jersey franchise record for fewest shots in a home game.

"We didn't cash in (on) some of our chances. We have to be opportunistic. We have to find a way to score two or three and we didn't do that," New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer said.

"It's easy to look at the shot clock and say that (11 shots on goal is not enough). We've generated 21 shots and generated the same amount of scoring chances. (If the shot clock says) 21, you feel better about it? It doesn't matter."

Andy Greene scored for the Devils.

Franzen snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored his ninth of the season with 7:20 left in the third. Standing in the low slot, Franzen poked a Gustav Nyquist pass past Schneider.

"It's always hard to defend when you change sides for the defender so I tried and sneak around the back post and found it through the crease," Franzen said of his goal.

New Jersey led 1-0 at the first intermission on Greene's fourth goal of the season.

Having drawn a high-sticking call on Franzen, Greene weaved his way through all three zones before finishing a give-and-go with Patrik Elias by tipping a centering pass under Gustavsson 13:43 into the game.

"It wasn't our best period but we came out the way we did against a good team (and) we have to take that and build off it. We just couldn't seem (to) build off it and get it going," Greene said.

"They were kind of sitting back on the drop pass, before I gave it to Patty. Tried to make the play to Patty and he made a great saucer over to me, and (I) just tried to hang with it to get it over his pad."

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