DETROIT - The Red Wings have made a habit of coming back in games and did so again Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena against the New Jersey Devils.
But the Devils managed to hold off the Wings for a 4-3 win in regulation.
These two teams will play in the regular-season finale at the Joe on April 9.
1. Slow starts: The Wings came into the game fresh off the All-Star break, talking about playing with a sense of urgency. But the Devils carried the play early and scored just 1:28 into the game when Stefan Noesen beat Jared Coreau with a rebound. Then, while the Wings were on the power play, Kyle Palmieri scored a shorthanded goal at 6:21 for a 2-0 lead.
Quotable: "Not good enough for certain. We got to come out and have better starts than that, for sure. We mismanaged the puck, I thought. When you mismanage the puck, that puts you on your heels and that's what happens. We turned pucks over and when you turn pucks over, you end up on your heels. We got to be better than that at the start so we're going to have to work as a staff and as a team to make sure we have better starts." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Nick Jensen: Jensen played in his 17th career game and has moved past Alexey Marchenko and Ryan Sproul on the defensive depth chart. At 15:18 of the third, Jensen broke to the net and threw the puck in and it ended up in the net for his first NHL goal.
Quotable: "That whole third period when we were down a couple goals, I think we were taking a little more risky plays. I think the D were getting a little more involved and it turned out to work out pretty well. We had them in their zone pretty good. We were getting a lot of shots and we were getting chaos in front and we just had a shot that almost went in and it came to the side. I didn't see a clear shot so I kind of went to the corner. There's film on some of the goalies I know that anytime you throw it to the front of the net there's going to be chaos so I tried to go like I was going behind the net and just kind of tossed it out front. Anything can happen from that standpoint and obviously it worked to my favor." - Jensen
3. Henrik Zetterberg : At age 36, Zetterberg continues to lead the team in scoring. At 18:03 of the second period, Zetterberg drove to the net and knocked the puck past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, cutting New Jersey's lead to 2-1. Zetterberg also assisted on Jensen's goal. Zetterberg now has 10 goals, tied for third on the team with Frans Nielsen, and 25 assists, most on the team.
Quotable: "We should come out a little more ready. That's on me. But once we got into the game, I thought we worked ourself into the game and played pretty good." - Zetterberg