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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Detroit

(Saturday, February 13th)

Final Score: Detroit 4, Ottawa 1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary each scored a power-play goal, as the Detroit Red Wings picked up a much-needed victory before the two-week Olympic break, beating the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, at Joe Louis Arena.

Kirk Maltby and Johan Franzen also tallied for the Red Wings, who snapped a four-game winless streak. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard made 29 saves.

Peter Regin had the lone goal for Ottawa, which has split its last four games after winning 11 in a row. Brian Elliott stopped 36 shots to take the loss.

The Red Wings built a two-goal lead in the first period.

Elliott attempted to cover up a Brad Stuart point shot, but Derek Meech dug the puck loose and Maltby backhanded it home at the 9:33 mark.

Datsyuk scored on a power play seven minutes later, redirecting a Nicklas Lidstrom feed past Elliott.

"When you give them two power-play goals, and basically put them right on their stick instead of icing the puck, that's basically the difference in the game," said Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston.

Regin put Ottawa on the board at 8:13 of the middle session, but Cleary converted a Todd Bertuzzi pass three minutes later.

Franzen's empty-netter in the waning moments of regulation sealed the win.

Game Notes

Senators defenseman Derek Smith made his NHL debut...Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom exited the game because of a left knee injury...Ottawa wraps up its pre-Olympic slate by visiting the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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