By DENIS GORMAN/Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals and the Detroit Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Friday.
Joakim Andersson also scored and Jonas Gustavsson made 10 saves for Detroit, which has won five of six.
Cory Schneider made 18 saves for New Jersey, which has lost three in a row.
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.
Andy Greene scored for the Devils.
Franzen snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored his ninth of the season with 7:20 left in the third. Standing in the low slot, Franzen poked a Gustav Nyquist pass past Schneider.
New Jersey led 1-0 at the first intermission on Greene’s fourth goal of the season.
Having drawn a high-sticking call on Franzen, Greene weaved his way through all three zones before finishing a give-and-go with Patrik Elias by tipping a centering pass under Gustavsson 13:43 into the game.
The power-play goal was the only one New Jersey scored on four opportunities with the man advantage.
Detroit drew even at 1-1 after Andersson scored with 36 seconds left in the second period. The scoring sequence began when Daniel Alfredsson fired a diagonal cross-ice pass to Drew Miller from the blue line.
Miller attempted two backhands which Schneider stopped, but the New Jersey goaltender was unable to stop Andersson’s jam shot. The goal was the fourth of the season for Andersson.
The game stayed tied until Franzen’s goal.
Tatar’s power-play score at 18:57 of the third was Detroit’s only goal on five attempts with the man advantage.
Both Detroit and New Jersey were content to take away the middle of the ice and, as a result, neither team generated much offensively.
NOTES: Detroit improved to 49-56-21-0 against the New Jersey franchise. … Following the morning skate, New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer announced right wing Damien Brunner would be scratched. Brunner, signed to a two-year, $2.5 million during training camp, has not scored a goal since Oct. 26, a stretch of 16 games. … Devils left wing Ryane Clowe participated in the morning skate, marking the first time he skated with the team since being concussed by a Jacob Trouba elbow in the Devils’ 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 13. … Red Wings stars Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) missed their second game in a row with injuries.
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