Ex-Wing Gustavsson returns to frustrate former team

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Former Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson returned to Joe Louis Arena as an Edmonton Oiler Sunday and stopped 22 shots for his first victory with his new team.

In Gustavsson’s first start of the season.

He’d played 10 minutes in a relief role, the entire season.

“I’m happy for Gus, getting his first win and he made some real big saves when we needed them,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan, a former Red Wings assistant coach.

Gustavsson’s lack of work this young season didn’t bother McLellan.

“Gus is a mature goaltender and he’s been in this role for many years,” McLellan said. “He works hard in practice and he’s ready to play. He’s experienced it before and it’s not like we have a young kid out of junior.

“He’s been it before and he’s played in this building, so it was a good opportunity for him.”

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Justin Abdelkader’s first-period power-play goal was the first road power-play goal the Oilers had allowed all season (seven games).

… Abdelkader now has goals in two consecutive games.

… The loss ended a 10-game home point streak for the Red Wings against the Oilers. They hadn’t lost to Edmonton at Joe Louis Arena since the 2009-10 season.

… It was only the fourth time in the last 50 games between the teams the Red Wings failed to get a point (30-4-16) against Edmonton.

… Goalie Jimmy Howard saw his personal 12-game win streak against Edmonton come to an end. But allowing only two goals on 28 shots, Howard still leads the NHL with a 1.12 goals-against average and .965 save percentage.

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