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Big first period sends Devils past Red Wings

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the first period and defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

The three goals came in less than three minutes.

"I didn't think it was our best hockey, but we came out of it with a 3-0 lead," said defenseman David Schlemko, who scored the third goal. "There was a lot of hockey left."

Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist, and Jordin Tootoo and Sergey Kalinin scored for New Jersey (17-13-5). Cory Schneider made 25 saves.

"We got off to a good start and we were opportunistic," Devils coach John Hynes said. "I thought Detroit had some really hard pushes. We had to dig in and weather the storm in the second period."

It was New Jersey's second win at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 6, 1996 (2-0), and they ended a three game losing streak (0-2-1)

"We were on a little bit of a slide, three losses in a row," Palmieri said. "Just wanted to go out there put in a good effort and have something we could build off of going into the break."

Dylan Larkin, Mike Green and Riley Sheahan scored for Detroit (17-10-7). Jimmy Howard made three saves on six shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek late in the first period. Mrazek made 10 saves.

"We had a couple unfortunate bounces and made some mistakes that we can't afford to make against a team like that," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

Sheahan made it 4-3 with 5:37 left in the third period. He scored his fourth goal on a wrist shot from the left circle off the rush.

"At that point, I'm just trying to put something on the net, and I found the right spot," Sheahan said.

New Jersey took a 3-0 lead in a span of 2:12 in the first period.

Palmieri made it 1-0 with 7:55 left when he backhanded in a carom off the end boards that came through the crease; his 14th goal tied his NHL career high, set with the Anaheim Ducks in each of the past two seasons.

"I know how the boards are here, and I thought their guys were flat-footed and I could beat them (to the net)," Palmieri said. "… I got a lucky bounce and I was able to put it in there."

Tootoo, a former Red Wings player, tipped in Andy Greene's shot 42 seconds later for his third goal. Schlemko made it 3-0 with 5:43 left when he scored from inside the right circle. Schlemko's third goal sent Howard to the bench.

"Jimmy's been good for us all year, but tonight we had to find a way to flip the momentum," Blashill said. "Those goals aren't all on him, but you just need to make a change."

Larkin's first NHL power-play goal, with 1:28 left in the period, made it 3-1. He beat Schneider with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle for his 13th goal, which leads NHL rookies.

Green's power-play goal pulled the Red Wings within 3-2 with 7:29 left in the second period. His slap shot from the top part of the left circle was his second goal.

Kalinin scored on a rebound 2:23 into the third period to give the Devils a 4-2 lead. His fifth goal was the result of a turnover by Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl.

The Devils last won in Detroit on April 5, 2012 (2-1) and had lost of 12 of 13 here.

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