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Red Wings beat Blues 5-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Red Wings beat Blues 5-3
Detroit Red Wings 5, St. Louis Blues 3
One reason for the Detroit Red Wings' continues success is their composure -- they don't panic when things go wrong.

Saturday night was a perfect example.

Goalie Jimmy Howard shook off a shaky start to the third period, and goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader gave the Wings a 5-3 victory over the Blues in St. Louis.,

"We didn't get frustrated, we just settled down," said Howard, who earned his NHL-best 17th road win. "I thought we played another great game minus the first five minutes of the third period."

Howard, who was in net for a 2-1 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers at home on Friday, is 17-3-2 on the road. David Backes and Matt D'Agostini scored in a span of 2:31 early in the final period to tie it but Howard stopped St. Louis' last eight shots.

One night after beating Edmonton by scoring in OT, Datsyuk scored the tie-breaking goal with 6:47 to play to give the Wings consecutive wins after four losses in a row. They have 90 points, second in the Western Conference.

"Pavs made a great play," said Abdelkader, whose goal 80 seconds later gave the Wings some breathing room. "He's one of the best players in the League, and he's been playing so well of late."

Datsyuk added an assist and has 10 goals and 7 assists in 17 games since returning from a broken wrist that sidelined him for 19 games.

Detroit appeared to be in control after two periods, leading 3-1 and holding the St. Louis power play to three shots in four opportunities. But after Backes and D'Agostini scored in a span of 2:31 to tie it at 6:19, Wings coach Mike Babcock called timeout.

"We got on our heels a little bit. I look up and they scored two goals," Babcock said. "You just need someone to hang onto the puck and make a play."

St. Louis, 0 for 9 on the power play the last three games, threatened only on Patrik Berglund's chance from the slot with about 5 seconds to go in the first period.

"I thought their penalty kill out-efforted, outworked our power play," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "We didn't make very clean decisions, and in contact situations they won most of them, either physically or with the stick."

On the Blues' first shot of the final period, Backes scored from the left circle off a feed from Andy McDonald after shooting wide from his knees seconds earlier. D'Agostini's 15th goal came on a deflection of Kevin Shattenkirk's point shot.

Then the momentum switched back to Detroit.

Datsyuk skated around three defenders on the go-ahead goal after winning a battle for the puck along the boards before beating Jaroslav Halak. Abdelkader added his fifth after a turnover.

"Turnovers to players like that, it usually ends up in our net," Halak said. "It was a learning game for us. Let's not get distracted or anything, just get ready for the next one."

Adam Cracknell's first NHL goal, on a one-timer midway through the first period, gave the Blues their only lead. The Red Wings answered with goals 16 seconds apart by Ruslan Salei and Darren Helm. Niklas Kronwall made it 3-1 on a power play late in the second, 9 seconds after Ryan Reaves was called for holding.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
Adam Cracknell (1) ASST: Ryan Reaves (1), Cam Janssen (2)
1 - 0 STL
Ruslan Salei (2) ASST: Daniel Cleary (17)
1 - 1 Tie
Darren Helm (11) ASST: Justin Abdelkader (11), Kris Draper (5)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
PPG - Niklas Kronwall (11) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (34), Johan Franzen (23)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
David Backes (25) ASST: Andy McDonald (22), Matt D'Agostini (18)
3 - 2 DET
Matt D'Agostini (15) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (25)
3 - 3 Tie
Pavel Datsyuk (22) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (16), Niklas Kronwall (22)
4 - 3 DET
Justin Abdelkader (5) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (23), Brad Stuart (13)
5 - 3 DET
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/20/4
Power Play %17.1%18.1%
% on Road21.2%25.7%
% at Home13.5%10.8%
League Rank22nd20th
penalty summary
1st Period
Matt D'Agostini  Tripping against  Niklas Kronwall
Brad Stuart  Tripping against  Chris Stewart
2nd Period
Johan Franzen  Interference against  Carlo Colaiacovo
Henrik Zetterberg  Slashing against  T.J. Oshie
Todd Bertuzzi  Hooking against  Roman Polak
Ryan Reaves  Holding against  Todd Bertuzzi
3rd Period
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
SA: 29TOI: 59:53
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 27TOI: 58:14
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .815SH: 2 - 2