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Trending: Desperate Blues edge Red Wings at home

Athanasiou scores lone goal for Detroit, ties his career-best in points at 29

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings are both desperate teams but the Blues were slightly more so Wednesday night.

The Blues edged the Wings, 2-1, at Scottrade Center, snapping their seven-game losing streak and a five-game home losing streak to the Wings.

The Wings fell to 26-27-10 overall and 13-14-2 on the road while the Blues improved to 35-26-4 overall and 20-14-0 at home.

Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit while Scottie Upshall and Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis.

Both Justin Abdelkader and Pietrangelo were playing in their 600th career games while Gustav Nyquist skated in his 400th.

1. Andreas Athanasiou: The Wings went with the extra attacker, starting with 3:39 left in the third period. At 18:15, Tyler Bertuzzi hit the crossbar with a nice shot and the rebound made its way to Athanasiou, who finally ended Carter Hutton's shutout. The goal was Athanasiou's 13th of the season and extended his point streak to three games. He has two goals and an assist in that span. Bertuzzi's assist was his first point in seven games, the last coming on Feb. 15 at Tampa. Athanasiou has 29 points in 52 games this season, tying his career-high output from last season, which he accomplished in 64 games. Athanasiou was hooked by Jaden Schwartz at 18:41 but the referee also called Athanasiou for unsportsmanlike conduct-embellishment. Athanasiou finished with 20 shifts for 13:30 and he had three shots.

Quotable: "We had chances, but they played good in front of the goalie. They were really strong. I thought in the first we really didn't get in there enough in the dirty areas in front of the net. The goalie saw the puck most of the shots. Then it's hard to score. But I thought as the game went on, I thought we got better at that. That second goal that they get is obviously a tough one for us. Close." - Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg

2. Jimmy Howard : Howard has started five straight games since the Wings traded Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers. Although the Wings had the 13-8 shots advantage in the first period, Howard did have several tough saves. He stopped Nikita Soshnikov at the net and then Alexander Steen's rebound attempt. Howard also had a tough save on sniper Vladimir Tarasenko during a penalty kill at 15:19. In the second, Howard made the initial save on Colton Parayko's drive to the net, but Scottie Upshall swooped in for the rebound at 1:12 of the second. At 14:37 of the third, Pietrangelo fired a rocket that eluded Howard, who finished with 23 saves.

Quotable: "I thought we played really well in the game, a real good road game. You knew it was going to be tight out there after what they endured last night. They made it tough for us to get second and third opportunities." - Howard

Quotable II: "We had a lot of shots, a lot of O-zone play, three or four power plays. We had a couple chances at the end, too, we ended up getting one but we needed another one. Howie played awesome, gave us a chance. We got to score more but I thought we did a good job of getting to the net, we had a good shooting mentality. A couple bounces and we could be right there." - Dylan Larkin

3. Power play: The Wings came into the game ranked 22nd on the power play at 18.7 percent and 22nd on the road at 17.1 percent. They didn't get a lot of time with the man-advantage, once in the first period and again in the second. Neither opportunity yielded a goal for Detroit.

Quotable: "We got a power play early, we had a power play in the second, they were brutal. We got to be way better than that on the power play. We had one big-time chance and Nyquie (Nyquist) hit him in the helmet, I thought that was a real scoring chance. But we didn't execute well enough on it. So how much we miss Tats (Tomas Tatar) will be based on how well other guys play." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

Quotable II: "That (second power play) was probably our best power play of the night. That's when Gus kind of walked from the corner and his shot got blocked. I don't think it was that bad. You want to get a goal or two on the PP but you won't get it every night." - Zetterberg

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