Calgary, Alberta — Always shoot the puck, simply get the puck to the net and you never know what'll happen.
It's something hockey coaches constantly tell players, and it's the truth.
Joakim Andersson seemingly had nothing to shoot at, but he shot from behind the end line early in the third period, and the puck somehow got through Calgary goalie Joey MacDonald, breaking a tie and igniting the Red Wings on their way to an eventual 4-3 victory.
The puck caught the inside of MacDonald's left skate and crept into the net 1 minute, 25 seconds into the third period.
"We've been talking about shooting it more and sometimes you get the bounce," said Andersson, who didn't get credit for the goal until after the game (Tomas Tatar was originally given credit for the goal on an apparent deflection). "It was a good bounce. I never saw it go in. I was looking at Abby (Justin Abdelkader) and he raised his hands. I just wanted to get it to the net because I saw Abby going hard to the net.
"I was surprised."
Abdelkader added a goal at 16:36, pushing the lead to 4-2, which turned out to be a big goal after Calgary forward Curtis Glencross scored with just under 10 seconds left, cutting the lead to 4-3.
The Red Wings (8-4-2, 18 points) have won the opening two games of this four-game trip through western Canada, with a game Saturday in Edmonton. They close the trip Monday in Winnipeg.
"After they scored their second goal, we really turned things around and started playing again," coach Mike Babcock said.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings.
Chris Butler and Sean Monahan had Flames goals.
The Red Wings killed all five Calgary power plays, another key factor.
It was a bit of a revenge win for the Red Wings, who lost all three games to Calgary (5-6-2, 12 points) last season and four of the last five games between the teams.
"We just have to get over the hump of second periods and letting teams get back in games," said goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 22 saves. "We kept it simple. We turned pucks over in the second period but in the third we got back to what made us successful."
Which is not turning pucks over, bottling the Flames up, and forcing a relentless attack.
"Keep going after them, we did that tonight," Babcock said. "I didn't like our second period, we got back to being what we've been sometimes, which is unacceptable and un-Red Wings-like. We have to learn to play consistently."
The Red Wings had a 2-0 lead after one period despite being out-shot 12-5.
Datsyuk opened the scoring with his sixth goal at 10:57.
MacDonald made the stop on Jakub Kindl's shot from the point, but couldn't control the puck in his glove.
The rebound went into the slot, where Datsyuk deftly controlled it and slipped it past MacDonald.
After a Flames power play was shut down by the Red Wings, Zetterberg made it 2-0.
An open Zetterberg took a sharp pass from Todd Bertuzzi through the slot, and drilled a shot into a open net, MacDonald not getting post-to-post quickly enough.
It was Zetterberg's seventh goal, at 17:15.