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Trending: Devils' quick strike in third lifts them over Wings, 5-1

Hirose nets second goal in his last three games

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

NEWARK - The Red Wings were the more rested team yet it was the New Jersey Devils who took over in the third period.

The Devils, who dropped a 4-1 decision Friday in Pittsburgh, scored two goals in under two minutes in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie, which ended in a 5-1 victory for the Devils at the Prudential Center Saturday night.

The Wings fell to 7-15-3 while the Devils improved to 8-10-4.

Taro Hirose was the Wings' goal scorer. Kyle Palmieri, Will Butcher, Blake Coleman (two) and Taylor Hall (empty net) had the Devils' goals.

Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier (5-6-2) made 29 saves.

New Jersey netminder Louis Domingue (1-0-0) had 19 saves.

The Wings do not have to wait long for their next game as they play the second half of a road-home back-to-back when they host the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday night.

The Devils will host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

1. Taro Hirose: Hirose was playing in just his 20th game of the season, having been a healthy scratch in the other five games. Before the game, Wings coach Jeff Blashill noted that learning at the NHL level is a very difficult thing, especially if you're a smaller player like Hirose and you're not a speedster. But Hirose has good hockey sense and knows where the scoring areas are. He went to the net and beat Domingue glove-side at 3:32 of the second period. Madison Bowey had the lone assist on the goal, Hirose's second of the season. That gives him two goals in his last three games played. Hirose played 17 shifts for 13:27, had one shot and was even.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Taro finds twine. #LGRW @Tarzy17 | #DETvsNJD

Quotable: "It was just going toward the net and Bows made a great play, found me in the slot there and just sort of chipped it in. Good to see the puck go in the net. For sure, you're getting more comfortable out there, making plays. For me, it's just managing the puck a lot better and not making risky plays with the puck and making sure when I'm out there, the puck is in the offensive zone and we're just trying to create momentum for the rest of the team." - Hirose

2. Power play: The Red Wings had a few chances on the power play, but couldn't convert, finishing 0-for-4 with the man-advantage. The best chances came in the first period when Filip Hronek had a shot from the right circle at 12:06 and then when Andreas Athanasiou had a chance from the right circle at 15:05. One contributing factor was the loss of Anthony Mantha, who played just 3:03 in the first period before leaving with a lower-body injury. The Devils were also 0-for-4 on the power play.

Quotable: "We got some looks but we miss Mo. Without him, he takes up a big shot, I thought Dubbs did a great job coming in but we got to be able to capitalize and hit the net and put one in the net. It's been too long for our power play." - Dylan Larkin

Quotable II: "Yeah, you like to score. I actually thought our power play in the second was good. I have no issue with our power play in the second. Do we have to score? Yes we have to score. But I thought from a process standpoint, it was good." - Blashill

Quotable III: "Yeah, it would have been nice (to score on the power play), every time you win that battle, you usually come out on top in these games, it's an area we have to keep digging at and we've got to be better." -- Frans Nielsen

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen, Taro Hirose, and Coach Blashill comment following tonight's game in New Jersey. | #DETvsNJD @CocaCola

3. Opponents' quick strike: The Red Wings have had trouble this season in halting their opponents' momentum after they've scored. It occurred again in the third period Saturday. Butcher's shot went off of Dylan McIlrath's skate and into the net at 4:42. It was initially ruled no goal as the on-ice officials thought Palmieri had kicked it in but the replay showed otherwise. Then, just 1:59 later, the Wings and Devils were battling for the puck behind the Detroit net and it came out to Coleman, who fired it into the far side of the net. On Thursday in Columbus, the Blue Jackets had goals 1:03 apart in the third period, at 7:40 on the power play and at 8:43. On Tuesday at home against the Ottawa Senators, they scored goals 57 seconds apart in the second period, at 5:00 and 5:57.

Quotable: "The way things are going, we need a bounce to go the other way for us. We can't let that happen, can't be sorry for yourself. Got to go out with the next puck, next play mentality and you got to want the puck in your stick and want to make plays and want to get through the neutral zone and get into the O-zone and play heavy minutes in there and grind the other team down. That's how you respond to a goal against and there wasn't much of that from us." - Larkin

Quotable II: "You should have a next-shift mentality, you can't change what happens. I think we're just trying to figure out how to put together 60 minutes right now. We're playing good periods and good hockey and then sometimes it just snowballs. That's definitely on us. No one else can change that. We just got to look in the mirror and be better next time." - Hirose

Quotable III: "You're in a tie game and they get one on a face-off that goes off our guy. That's life. And then they get another one on a bad miscue, and then they get eight chances the rest of the game. That to me is the most disappointing thing was after it went 3-1, you got lots of hockey left and I thought we played terrible after that. I thought they went right through us all in that period. We gave up two wide-open chances in the slot on turnovers by us. That's not even close to good enough. We gotta buckle down. We gotta get back to playing way better defensively, both as a team and as individuals. You know we'll have our hands full tomorrow against Carolina." - Blashill

Quotable IV: "We for sure got off our game when those two came, we started to take chances and turned some pucks over, and they created a lot of chances off of that and that can't happen, we got to stick to our game plan, no matter the score. We've got a game plan and that's for sure not ok. I mean those two tough goals came right after each other, just like I said, we came out into the third with a good feeling, we put ourselves into a good position with them having that game last night, for sure we have to do better than that." - Nielsen

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