Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Johan Franzen had two goals and two assists
as the Detroit Red Wings thumped the New Jersey Devils, 7-4, on Friday.
Gustav Nyquist posted a goal and three assists and David Legwand had a goal
and two assists for the Red Wings, who halted a two-game skid. Jonas
Gustavsson made 21 stops in the win.
"The guys kept putting in all their chances they were getting and that gave us
a lot of energy," said Gustavsson. "It's not every night you score seven
goals, but it was fun for the crowd."
Adam Henrique scored twice while Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr also scored
for the Devils, who had won three of four coming in. Cory Schneider gave up
all seven goals on 32 shots.
"We got up for a bit and battled back, but they were opportunistic and we
didn't do enough to win the game, that's the bottom line," said New Jersey
head coach Peter DeBoer.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead at 5:34 of the second as Franzen tipped in a shot from
Nyquist, but New Jersey exploded for three goals over a 2:19 span later in the
period to grab the lead.
The first goal came shorthanded as Elias stole the puck in his own zone and
skated down the ice before blasting a big shot past Gustavsson at 9:23.
Less than a minute later, it was a tie game as Jagr bulled his way through two
defenders and drew the puck back for a wrister into the net for his 701st
The Devils then took a 3-2 lead at 11:44 when Henrique slammed in his own
rebound for his 20th of the season.
Detroit, though, tied the game two minutes later on the power play courtesy of
a one-timer from Franzen, and it was a 4-3 game just over a minute later as
Nyquist cut through the middle and threw it in through a crowd for his 16th of
Kyle Quincey's one-timer from the slot off a slick backhand feed by Legwand
gave the Red Wings a 5-3 lead with 2:59 left in the second period.
Detroit got an extra marker at 4:48 of the third when Franzen's wrister from
the slot was stopped, but Legwand was there to tuck in the rebound for his
11th of the year and first with the team.
Drew Miller scored at 12:52 of the third, while Henrique's second of the game
came with 1:18 to play to cap the scoring in the contest.
The only goal of the first period went to Detroit, as Brendan Smith's one-
timer from the high slot beat Schneider at 13:43.
Detroit plays in New York against the Rangers on Sunday ... New Jersey hosts
Carolina on Saturday ... Detroit has taken two of three from New Jersey this
season ... It was a season-high in goals for for Detroit, and tied a season
high in goals allowed for New Jersey ... Detroit went 1-for-3 on the power
play, while New Jersey was 0-for-3 ... Detroit had 11 players register at
least one point.
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