Red Wings rally for rare shootout victory
Newark, N.J. — The Red Wings rallied from a three-goal deficit in regulation — then won the shootout for the first time this season.
The holiday weekend just got a little better all the way around.
The Red Wings won 5-4, winning the shootout 1-0 with Gustav Nyquist scoring the lone goal for the Red Wings and goalie Petr Mrazek — who struggled early — stopping all three Devils shooters.
The Red Wings had three consecutive losses in shootouts.
"I like the shootout, it's fun, but it's a 50-50 chance for both teams," said goalie Petr Mrazek, who rallied from a poor first period to stop 21 shots and earn his second consecutive win this season. "You have to stay positive and play all 60 minutes. You keep battling and working."
The Red Wings (13-5-5, 31 points) won their third consecutive game, while the Devils dropped to 9-10-4 (22 points).
"We didn't skate in the first period and played a slow game," coach Mike Babcock said. "We played a slow game and they scored. But our goaltender hung in there and he really battled and our penalty kill turned the game for us."
The Red Wings killed a two-man advantage that lasted 1 minute, 56 seconds for the Devils, with New Jersey holding a 4-2 lead midway in the second period.
"Glennie (Luke Glendening), Millsie (Drew Miller) and Big E (Jonathan Ericsson) did a great job, that was huge," Babcock said. "That's the key to the game. We got some momentum out of that and got playing."
Said Miller: "When you're down five-on-three, you want to get that killed and give the team a chance to get back in the game. That was a big one."
Miller tied it 4-4 at 10:07 of the third, his first goal of the season.
Niklas Kronwall drove to the net after a give-and-go with Tomas Jurco, and Miller pounced on the rebound after the save by goalie Cory Schneider.
Miller scored on the rebound, his first goal since March 7 against New Jersey dating back to last season, 41 games ago.
"When you're not a scorer, you sit around the net and you have to find rebounds and I found the rebound and I put it in there," Miller said. "It feels great to finally get that one."
Riley Sheahan (power play), Xavier Ouellet and Justin Abdelkader (power play) also scored for the Red Wings.
Former Michigan standout Mike Cammalleri (one a power play), Jaromir Jagr and Peter Harrold had Devils goals.
The Red Wings went 2-for-4 on the power play, keeping them in the game through two periods.
Trailing 4-1, the Red Wings got back in the game with a pair of goals.
Ouellet scored his first in the NHL to cut the Devils lead to 4-2.
Darren Helm found Ouellet moving to the low slot. Ouellet one-timed a shot from between the hash marks past Schneider at 1:55 of the second period, just a little over a minute after the Devils had taken a 4-1 lead on Cammalleri's second goal, on the power play.
Cammalleri received the puck in the lower right circle and beat goalie Petr Mrazek at 28 seconds of the second period, giving the Devils the short-lived three-goal lead.
But Ouellet's goal made it a two-goal game, then the Red Wings earned a big momemtum shift when they killed a 1:56 two-man Devils advantage when Kyle Quincey (7:35) and Kronwall (7:39) were called for slashing.
Mrazek stood tall in the two-man Devils power play, and it appeared he and the Red Wings all earned some confidence out of the sequence.
"Guys were blocking shots and Mrazek was making big saves with good plays with his stick and his glove," Miller said. "It was a good all around effort by the guys."
When Devils forward Stephen Gionta was called for slashing at 10:59, the Red Wings quickly converted.
Abdelkader, increasingly becoming a force around the net, one-timed a pass from Henrik Zetterberg from the side of the net at 12:52 for his seventh goal.
The Red Wings dominated the second period, outshooting the Devils 17-6 as they clawed back into the game.
The Devils controlled the first period, Mrazek allowing three goals on 10 shots in the period, but the goalie hung tough.
"Sometimes you give up some ugly ones but it doesn't matter about the ugly ones, what matters is the next one," Babcock said. "He didn't let the next one in and allowed us to battle back. I wasn't making (a) change no matter what. Howie (Jimmy Howard) was on faceoff stats."