Blackwood, Simmonds lead Devils in 4-1 win over Red Wings

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) One good period and a few well-chosen words from interim coach Alain Nasreddine were all the New Jersey Devils needed to get past the struggling Detroit Red Wings.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice in a four-goal third period outburst and the Devils rallied to beat the Red Wings 4-1 on Thursday night.

''I think we got the coach's message,'' Simmonds said after his first multi-goal game as a Devil. ''We turned it on, first period we were awful and it was like we were playing pond hockey, and the second period was a lot of power plays and penalty kills and didn't get a chance to get the 5-on-5 going. But the third period we knew we had to come out and deliver and so that's what we did.''

Andy Greene and Jesper Bratt also scored in the four-minute barrage as the Devils posted only their third win (3-20-0) when trailing after two periods. They now have points in seven of eight games (4-1-3) since returning from the All-Star break.

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, who had shutouts in his last two starts, made 25 saves in winning for the fourth time in five games (4-0-1).

Andreas Athanasiou ended Blackwood's shutout streak at 171 minutes, 37 seconds with a shot from the right circle at 16:34 of the second period.

''The streak was good while it lasted,'' Blackwood said. ''I knew it wouldn't last forever. It was a good shot, I didn't pick it up through the guy's legs. It's how it goes some times.''

Jonathan Bernier finished with 22 saves for the Red Wings, who have the worst record in the league. The way he was playing in the first two periods, the Athanasiou sgoal looked as if it would be enough. It wasn't.

''No one wants to be in this position,'' Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said. ''I felt the last two weeks we've been building our game and playing as a unit of five out there and our goaltending has been great. Tonight we took a step backwards. In a league that's so tight, so competitive we got to come every night. Especially us. We've got to come harder.''

Greene tied the game at 5:10 of the third period with a shot from the left point. While Simmons didn't get a point on the play, he screened Bernier and that started the onslaught.

Simmonds put the Devils ahead less than two minutes later with a tap-in goal set up by nice cross-ice passes by Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood. He added his seventh of the season at 8:37, putting in the rebound of a Kyle Palmieri power-play shot for his 250th career goal.

Bratt closed out the scoring 33 seconds later with straight-on shot from above the faceoff circles.

''We just stopped playing,'' Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. ''I don't have an answer as to why exactly. My job is to try and fix it, but I don't have an answer as to why we stopped skating.''

Athanasiou's goal was his eighth of the season and third in the last three games.

Blackwood's shutout streak is the fifth-longest in Devils' history. Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur has the top four on the list. He also holds the New Jersey record with three straight shutouts.

Devils defenseman Damon Severson had two assists, extending his point streak to eight games. It is the longest by a Devils defenseman since Brian Rafalski had eight in 2006-07.

''A little bit of an ugly first two periods for us,'' Severson said. ''We had chances, a couple power plays in a row, we didn't capitalize when we had a chance but Greener got us going, had a power play goal and we were able to break it open there.''

NOTES: New Jersey D P.K. Subban played in his 700th NHL game. ... The Devils placed D Sami Vatanen (bruised right leg) on injured reserve and recalled RW Nick Merkley from Binghamton (AHL). Merkley was acquired in the trade that sent 2018 Hart Trophy winner to the Coyotes. He didn't play. ... Red Wings LW Brendan Perlini is out indefinitely with a facial laceration sustained Tuesday against Buffalo.

UP NEXT:

Red Wings: at Boston on Saturday to face Bruins for second time in six days.

Devils: At Carolina on Friday night for second of four-game season series.

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STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Abdelkader RW00-121/0009:162
A. Athanasiou RW10-131/1012:101
T. Bertuzzi LW00-120/0213:530
A. Biega D00010/0416:331
T. Daley D00-130/0017:400
C. Ehn C00-121/4009:380
A. Erne RW00-110/0010:333
R. Fabbri RW00-120/0016:291
V. Filppula C00006/4015:240
L. Glendening RW00-1116/2016:221
M. Green D00-200/0217:120
D. Helm LW00011/0218:012
F. Hronek D01-100/0024:230
D. Larkin C00-158/5018:390
G. Lindstrom D00-100/0218:451
A. Mantha RW01-120/1019:161
P. Nemeth D00-100/0021:351
F. Nielsen C00010/0012:341
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW00000/0009:021
J. Bratt LW10150/0016:253
W. Butcher D01210/0018:340
C. Carrick D00000/0012:110
B. Coleman LW00020/2219:214
A. Greene D10110/0217:500
N. Gusev RW00100/0016:460
J. Hayden RW00010/2008:297
J. Hughes C00004/5018:310
M. Mueller D00110/0014:421
K. Palmieri RW01030/0017:441
K. Rooney C00014/6012:281
D. Severson D02110/0225:031
W. Simmonds RW20241/0017:001
P. Subban D01110/0022:082
M. Wood LW01210/0214:172
P. Zacha LW02231/8018:041
T. Zajac C00117/11014:200
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Bernier (L)264220.84659:33
GOALIESSA
J. Bernier (L)26
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Blackwood (W)261250.96260:00
GOALIESSA
M. Blackwood (W)26
Trevor Daley shot on goal (Snap shot)
DET:GoalsShots
NJ:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NJ
      09:10GOAL Jesper Bratt (Snap shot), Assists: P.K. Subban and Will Butcher
    • NJ
      08:37(PP) GOAL Wayne Simmonds (Wrist shot), Assists: Kyle Palmieri and Damon Severson
    • NJ
      06:54GOAL Wayne Simmonds (Wrist shot), Assists: Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha
    • NJ
      05:10GOAL Andy Greene (Slap shot), Assists: Pavel Zacha and Damon Severson
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • DET
      16:34(PP) GOAL Andreas Athanasiou (Snap shot), Assists: Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • DET
        07:51Alex Biega penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NJ
        15:10Blake Coleman penalty Illegal Check To Head - 2 min.
      • DET
        11:49Alex Biega penalty Interference - 2 min.
      • DET
        09:35Gustav Lindstrom penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • DET
        07:30Mike Green penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
      • NJ
        05:49Miles Wood penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • DET
        02:59Tyler Bertuzzi penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • NJ
        11:18Andy Greene penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • DET
        03:22Darren Helm penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • NJ
        52.0Damon Severson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    DET
    NJ
    Shots on Goal2626
    Goals in Power Play11
    Faceoff Wins3417
    Penalties64
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties64
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    DET
    Shots on Goal26
    Goals in Power Play1
    Faceoff Wins34
    Penalties6
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties6
    Misconducts0
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    STARS OF THE GAME
    3.8 %SHOT %15.4 %
    0.846 %SAVE %0.962 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Abdelkader RW00-121/0009:162
    A. Athanasiou RW10-131/1012:101
    T. Bertuzzi LW00-120/0213:530
    A. Biega D00010/0416:331
    T. Daley D00-130/0017:400
    C. Ehn C00-121/4009:380
    A. Erne RW00-110/0010:333
    R. Fabbri RW00-120/0016:291
    V. Filppula C00006/4015:240
    L. Glendening RW00-1116/2016:221
    M. Green D00-200/0217:120
    D. Helm LW00011/0218:012
    F. Hronek D01-100/0024:230
    D. Larkin C00-158/5018:390
    G. Lindstrom D00-100/0218:451
    A. Mantha RW01-120/1019:161
    P. Nemeth D00-100/0021:351
    F. Nielsen C00010/0012:341
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Anderson RW00000/0009:021
    J. Bratt LW10150/0016:253
    W. Butcher D01210/0018:340
    C. Carrick D00000/0012:110
    B. Coleman LW00020/2219:214
    A. Greene D10110/0217:500
    N. Gusev RW00100/0016:460
    J. Hayden RW00010/2008:297
    J. Hughes C00004/5018:310
    M. Mueller D00110/0014:421
    K. Palmieri RW01030/0017:441
    K. Rooney C00014/6012:281
    D. Severson D02110/0225:031
    W. Simmonds RW20241/0017:001
    P. Subban D01110/0022:082
    M. Wood LW01210/0214:172
    P. Zacha LW02231/8018:041
    T. Zajac C00117/11014:200
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Bernier (L)264220.84659:33
    GOALIESSA
    J. Bernier (L)26
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Blackwood (W)261250.96260:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Blackwood (W)26
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    DET14-41-4
    0101
    NJ21-25-10
    0044
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Abdelkader RW00-121/0009:162
    A. Athanasiou RW10-131/1012:101
    T. Bertuzzi LW00-120/0213:530
    A. Biega D00010/0416:331
    T. Daley D00-130/0017:400
    C. Ehn C00-121/4009:380
    A. Erne RW00-110/0010:333
    R. Fabbri RW00-120/0016:291
    V. Filppula C00006/4015:240
    L. Glendening RW00-1116/2016:221
    M. Green D00-200/0217:120
    D. Helm LW00011/0218:012
    F. Hronek D01-100/0024:230
    D. Larkin C00-158/5018:390
    G. Lindstrom D00-100/0218:451
    A. Mantha RW01-120/1019:161
    P. Nemeth D00-100/0021:351
    F. Nielsen C00010/0012:341
    Total1202634/1712-15
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Anderson RW00000/0009:021
    J. Bratt LW10150/0016:253
    W. Butcher D01210/0018:340
    C. Carrick D00000/0012:110
    B. Coleman LW00020/2219:214
    A. Greene D10110/0217:500
    N. Gusev RW00100/0016:460
    J. Hayden RW00010/2008:297
    J. Hughes C00004/5018:310
    M. Mueller D00110/0014:421
    K. Palmieri RW01030/0017:441
    K. Rooney C00014/6012:281
    D. Severson D02110/0225:031
    W. Simmonds RW20241/0017:001
    P. Subban D01110/0022:082
    M. Wood LW01210/0214:172
    P. Zacha LW02231/8018:041
    T. Zajac C00117/11014:200
    Total4802617/348-25
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Bernier (L)264220.84659:33
    GOALIESSA
    J. Bernier (L)26
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Blackwood (W)261250.96260:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Blackwood (W)26
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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      NJ21-25-10
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      TEAM STATS
      2.15
      GF AVG
      3.91
      GA AVG
      .47
      Power Play
      3.24
      GF AVG
      4.11
      GA AVG
      .67
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.