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Red Wings use big second period to defeat Flames

by Paul Harris

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings used a three-goal second period to defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday.

The win was Detroit's 800th at Joe Louis Arena.

"We had some good offense going," Red Wings center Riley Sheahan said. "Once we realized when we put the puck behind them and skate underneath, we had some success. We were trying to do that and get out of our zone as quick as possible and things were working."

Dylan Larkin, Brad Richards, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit (17-9-7), which ended a three-game losing streak (0-1-2). Danny DeKeyser had two assists and Petr Mrazek made 26 saves.

"Our second period was the way we have to play hockey to be successful," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. He added the key elements were forechecking, causing turnovers and spending a lot of time in the offensive zone.

Dennis Wideman and Dougie Hamilton scored for Calgary (15-16-2). Karri Ramo made 31 saves.

"A few turnovers and they made us pay. They're a good skating hockey club and they capitalized on their pressure," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Turnovers flip the momentum and you can't find your way out of your own zone."

It was Calgary's second consecutive loss after a seven-game winning streak.

"Maybe we don't have enough energy to get on top of teams and forecheck and backcheck," Hamilton said.

Wideman's power-play goal gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 1:56 into the second period. His wrist shot from inside the blue line in the middle of the ice beat Mrazek, who was screened. It was Wideman's first goal of the season and Calgary's first power-play goal in 24 chances.

Detroit then scored three straight goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.

Larkin put in a rebound from the crease 7:46 into the second period to tie the game 1-1. He started the play by intercepting a pass just inside the Calgary blue line. It was Larkin's 12th goal, which leads NHL rookies. Richards beat Ramo with a slap shot from the high slot less than a minute later at 8:31 for a 2-1 lead.

"It was a big part of the game right there," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "When we tied it up and then the second goal right away gave us a little momentum, a little confidence."

Nyquist made it 3-1 with 2:29 left in the period when his wrist shot from the left point beat Ramo, who was screened. It was Nyquist's 12th goal.

"In the second when your bench is close to the O-zone, you can keep cycling around," Sheahan said. "And get changes and keep the puck in the O-zone, it's huge because then they get tired and when that happens, it's just obvious it's tough to play 'D'."

Hamilton made it 3-2 with 2:59 left when he scored with the Flames playing 5-on-4 because Ramo was pulled for an extra attacker. He scored his fifth goal on a slap shot from the high slot.

Abdelkader scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left to make it 4-2.

"We didn't shut down plays in our D-zone quick enough," Wideman said. "And I thought we turned some pucks over in the neutral zone."

Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson didn't play because of a lower-body injury sustained in a 4-3 shootout loss against the Vancouver Canucks Friday. Defenseman Jakub Kindl took Ericsson's place in the lineup.

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