NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Detroit
(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, New Jersey 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa had two goals and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, at Joe Louis Arena.
Kirk Maltby also scored for the Red Wings, who have won two straight and seven of their last nine games overall. Chris Osgood made 24 saves to pick up his 369th career win to move into a tie with Tom Barrasso for 14th place on the all-time list.
"We're still finding ourselves," said Osgood. "It sounds weird to say that because we won it (the Stanley Cup) last year but people expect us to take up right where we left off in the playoffs, but the playoffs are totally different. We found out early we have to be mentally ready for every game."
Zach Parise had the lone goal and Kevin Weekes stopped 28-of-31 shots for New Jersey, which has dropped five of its last seven contests. The Devils have lost eight straight and nine of their last 10 at Detroit.
"We played hard here tonight," said Devils head coach Brent Sutter. "I know it was a 3-1 game, but we did a lot of good things. I thought our work ethic was good tonight."
Hossa's bad angle shot from near the left boards found room on the short side and gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 3:30 into the contest.
"I would've liked to have the first goal back," Weekes said.
New Jersey evened the score on Parise's team-leading 10th goal of the season. The diminutive forward walked out of the left corner and deflected Johnny Oduya's blast from the point behind Osgood at the 4:15 mark of the middle stanza.
On a odd-man rush with Tomas Holmstrom, Hossa streaked down the left side, moved into the faceoff circle and snapped a wrister between the pads of Weekes, restoring a one-goal lead for Detroit with 9:19 remaining in the second period.
Maltby's first tally of the season made it a 3-1 game at the 4:11 mark of the third period.
These two teams met for the first time since December 16, 2006 at New Jersey's old home, Continental Airlines Arena...New Jersey right wing Brian Gionta and defenseman Bryce Salvador both left the game with undisclosed injuries and did not return...Weekes fell to 0-7-0 with a tie in nine career starts against the Red Wings...Detroit finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Devils were 0-for-3.
11/08 23:12:14 ET