Calgary at Detroit

Alfredsson wins it in OT as Wings end six-game skid


DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings were in desperate need of a victory and two veteran stars helped delivered it.

Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals, including a power-play score at 1:03 of overtime and the Red Wings earned a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak (0-4-2) and five-game home losing streak.

"We were hanging in, playing some good hockey, and then all of a sudden we're having some lapses where we give the other team way too many chances," Alfredsson said. "We did that some today, too, but overall we grinded."

Alfredsson also had an assist and was set up for the winner by Pavel Datsyuk, who had three assists. Datsyuk threaded a cross-ice pass to Alfredsson, who rifled in a one-time slap shot from the inside edge of the left circle for his ninth goal of the season.

Datsyuk drew the penalty on T.J. Brodie, who hooked Datsyuk as he tried to split the defense deep in the Calgary zone with 42 seconds left.

Alfredsson also got his 700th assist earlier in the game.

Detroit is without eight regulars due to injury.

Joakim Andersson also scored for Detroit, defenseman Niklas Kronwall added two assists and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves.

Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano scored for Calgary. Mike Cammalleri had two assists and goalie Karri Ramo stopped 35 shots.

"They had a little desperation and hunger in their game down the stretch," Cammalleri said.

Calgary coach Bob Hartley disagreed with the penalty call on Brodie.

"I didn't think it was a call," Hartley said. "I thought it was a hockey play. It was stick to stick."

Alfredsson opened the scoring only 26 seconds into the game when he put in a loose puck from the slot.

Backlund tied it at 5:11 with his fifth goal. He flipped in the puck after it caromed off the end boards.

Andersson gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead at 11:38 of the second when Alfredsson's shot deflected in off his skate. It was Andersson's fifth goal. It was Alfredsson's 700th career assist.

Giordano's power-play goal tied it at 2 with 4:27 left in the second period. He beat Gustavsson with a shot from the high slot just after a two-man Flames' advantage ended.


Calgary C Mike Cammalleri returned after missing the previous game due to an illness. Cammalleri also played at the University of Michigan. ... Red Wings captain and C Henrik Zetterberg, who is on the long-term injured reserve due to a herniated disc, skated with his teammates Thursday morning for the first time since his previous game, which was Dec. 4. ... Flames C Jiri Hudler is a former Red Wing. ... Detroit RW Jordin Tootoo was in the lineup after being recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL. The veteran enforcer was sent down to the team earlier in the season.

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Daniel Alfredsson (right) scores two goals, including one on the power play at 1:03 of the OT for Detroit. (USATSI)
Daniel Alfredsson (right) scores two goals, including one on the power play at 1:03 of the OT for Detroit. (USATSI)
Calgary (13-16-6)11002
Detroit  (16-12-9) «11013
Three Stars
D. Alfredsson

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Cammalleri

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
N. Kronwall

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
26.0 - Daniel Alfredsson (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Kronwall
05:11 - Mikael Backlund (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cammalleri, Brodie
11:38 - Joakim Andersson (4), Tip-In. Assist: Alfredsson, Datsyuk
15:53Power Play - Mark Giordano (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glencross, Cammalleri
01:03Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Kronwall
Penalty Summary
06:41Hudler, 2 min, High sticking
15:46Stempniak, 2 min, Hooking
09:19Andersson, 2 min, Cross Check
12:02Smid, 2 min, Cross Check
13:28Jurco, 2 min, Tripping
13:46Smith, 2 min, Tripping
15:21Ericsson, 2 min, High sticking
09:10Andersson, 2 min, Hooking
19:18Brodie, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Karri Ramo 60:48353
Jonas Gustavsson 60:57202
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Referees - Eric Furlatt, Dean Morton
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Darren Gibbs
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