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Red Wings use power play to defeat Senators

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com

OTTAWA -- The Detroit Red Wings took advantage of the penalty prone Ottawa Senators for a 5-3 win at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist scored power-play goals to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead, and Jonathan Ericsson, Dylan Larkin and Danny DeKeyser scored, allowing the Red Wings (5-5-1) to avoid a sweep in their home-and-home with the Senators (5-4-2).

Ottawa won 3-1 Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

The win was Detroit's second in its past eight games (2-5-1). The Red Wings, who have outshot their opponents in three of 11 games this season, were pleased with their ability to put some pressure on the Senators in the Ottawa zone, in part because of some good support from their defensemen, who had two goals and three assists Saturday.

"I liked our game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought the second period was as good as we had done throughout the season in terms of having zone time, kind of grinding it in their end, getting changes, getting new guys out there and continuing to grind. That's the way we want to play, that's what we want to be as a hockey team."

The Senators, who entered the game with 50 minor penalties, the most in the NHL, gave up their 10th and 11th power-play goals this season, also most in the League.

"I thought we were playing some decent hockey early, took a few bad penalties, me included, and it kind of took away a little momentum," Senators wing Mark Stone said.

"I think in the third period we just really gave up after they made it 4-1 really early, which is not what we need."

The Senators are 1-3-2 at home.

"It's not just struggling on home ice, it's the drop in our game," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "There's too big a drop in our game when we're good and when we're not good. We have to figure out why that is. I talked to them and I had a few suggestions why I think that is and challenged them in a couple of areas. We'll see where that goes."

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg had two assists. His first was the 500th of his NHL career and his second was his 800th point.

"[Red Wings forward Drew] Miller told me a few games ago that I was close," Zetterberg said. "He's the stats guy on the team. I'm happy I reached it. Obviously, I played with a lot of great players. I've got to thank them a lot too.

"For us, it was nice to get a win, but now we've just got to do it again. You can't just be one and done."

Zetterberg's milestones were popular in the Red Wings dressing room.

"Good for him," Blashill said. "(Defenseman) Johnny Ericsson said at the end of the game it's a pleasure to play with a guy like that. He's had a great career. He's got lots of career left in him."

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 23 saves. Petr Mrazek made 33 saves for the Red Wings.

Ottawa's Kyle Turris scored his seventh goal of the season and the 100th of his NHL career to make it 2-1 at 13:36 of the second period.

Tatar gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 12:55 of the first period. With Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci in the penalty box for slashing, Tatar got the puck in the left-wing circle. Justin Abdelkader provided a screen in front of Anderson, and Tatar found the net to Anderson's right for his third goal of the season.

With Ottawa's Chris Neil in the penalty box for interference, Nyquist scored his fifth of the season at 5:29 of the second period when he deflected Zetterberg's hard pass in the slot.

Ericsson scored at 18:05 of the second period after the Red Wings won an offensive-zone faceoff. Larkin showed his good speed to get around Karlsson and scored on a wraparound 39 seconds into the third, and DeKeyser scored off an odd-man rush at 5:35 to make it 5-1.

Larkin's goal turned out to be the game-winner -- the first in the League for the 19-year-old rookie -- after Stone scored off a turnover at 15:51 of the third and Bobby Ryan scored his fourth of the season with 1:09 left to make it 5-3.

"I didn't even know (my goal was the winner), but it feels good just to hear the word 'win,'" Larkin said. "It feels pretty good to contribute."

What did Blashill think of Larkin's goal?

"It was good," he said. "We talked to him a little bit about pulling up and hitting late attackers, so it's good he's not listening to us."

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