CALGARY - It was almost a shootout in the wild, wild west of Canada from a couple of unlikely sources.
The Calgary Flames, averaging 2.4 goals, bested the Red Wings, averaging 2.7 goals, 6-3, Thursday night at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome.
The 42 shots the Wings had marked a new season high, as were the 21 shots they had in the second period.
The Wings finished the road trip 2-2 and are now 6-6-0 away from home.
They will play 13 of their next 15 games at Little Caesars Arena.
1. Anthony Mantha : The big forward helped the Wings get on the board, finding Martin Frk for a backdoor goal on the power play at 8:43 of the second period, Frk's sixth of the season. That goal cut the Flames' lead to 3-1. Then at 15:49 of the second, Mantha passed from the right circle to Frans Nielsen in the left and Nielsen buried it for his sixth goal. After the Flames scored again, Mantha came in and scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season with 3.3 seconds left in the period, cutting Calgary's lead to 5-3. Mantha played 25 shifts for 22:10, more than any Detroit forward and second only to Mike Green's 23:52.
Quotable: "I just kept pushing. We wanted that win. We wanted to come back. It's hard when you give up that many goals to win a game. Like I said, they got us." - Mantha
Quotable II: "Mo's the complete package. When he's going, it's tough to stop him. A big body who still sees the ice really well. He's got great hands. He uses his body to his advantage. He played great tonight. He has been playing really well of late." - Niklas Kronwall
2. Frans Nielsen: In addition to scoring at 15:49 of the second on Mantha's nice pass, Nielsen also picked up an assist on Mantha's late second-period goal. Nielsen, who has struggled much of the season in adjusting to the enforcement of the face-off rules, was much better, going 6-of-8 from the dot. Nielsen was also one of the few plus players for the Wings at plus-2. Nielsen had four shots on goal.
Quotable: "I just tried to put the puck in the open area. I don't know how it got there. Sometimes you get those bounces and Frans had one." - Mantha
3. Johnny Gaudreau/Jaromir Jagr: Gaudreau is the young star for the Flames while Jagr is the oldest player in the league at 45. Gaudreau scored the second goal for the Flames, working his way into the slot and firing the puck past Petr Mrazek. That was Gaudreau's first career goal against the Wings in six games. Gaudreau and Jagr ended up on a 2-on-1 with Gaudreau passing it to Jagr for the Flames' fifth goal at 17:01 of the wild second period. It was Jagr's first goal with the Flames. Gaudreau added an empty-net goal at 17:37 of the third period. Gaudreau has six goals among 22 points in 16 games this season.
Quotable: "He's a great player. We gave him too much space tonight for sure. He creates a lot of it on his own. He's an elite elite mind offensively. Even the goal there to take off and Jagr ends up scoring it. But he kind of knows when to take off out of the zone. He's got big-time compete. I can't say enough good things about him." - Blashill
Quotable II: "It's amazing how quick he is. He almost looks like a video game out there when he gets the puck. Extremely talented and just seems to make things happen out of nowhere every time he's on the ice." - Kronwall on Gaudreau
Quotable III: "To be able to do what he's doing right now is remarkable. There's no words about it. To stay at the level he's at, at the age he's at, definitely you tip your hat." - Kronwall on Jagr