NEWARK, N.J. – The Detroit Red Wings made the most of their offensive opportunities against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
It was a game that was offensively challenged by both teams, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after his Red Wings beat the Devils 3-1.
Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals for Detroit, which has won five of six.
Joakim Andersson also scored and Jonas Gustavsson made 10 saves for the Red Wings.
(The Red Wings have) to keep (winning). Tough without big guys but its important to see we can win without them, Franzen said. (Its) big for us to see we can win without them.
Cory Schneider made 18 saves for New Jersey, which has lost three in a row.
We didnt play our best game of the year, Steve Bernier said. There (are) a lot of bad things around right now, but we need to focus on the good things.
The Red Wings finished with 21 shots while the Devils only had 11.
The 11 shots tied a New Jersey franchise record for fewest shots in a home game.
We didnt cash in (on) some of our chances. We have to be opportunistic. We have to find a way to score two or three and we didnt do that, New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer said.
DUCKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2: In Chicago, Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri scored in the shootout to help Anaheim send the defending Stanley Cup champions to their third consecutive loss.
The Blackhawks losing streak is their worst regular-season stretch since February 2012.
BLUE JACKETS 4, WILD 0: In Columbus, Ohio, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger scored and Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout since 2011 as Columbus won its second straight.
HURRICANES 5, SHARKS 3: In Raleigh, N.C., Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists to lift Carolina to its third straight win.
AVALANCHE 3, FLAMES 2: In Calgary, Alberta, Maxime Talbot scored the tying goal and set up the go-ahead score 54 seconds later in the second period to lift Colorado.