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Red Wings 3, Devils 1

The SportsXchange

NEWARK, N.J. -- Left winger Johan Franzen scored with 7:20 remaining in the third period to help lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Prudential Center.

Franzen's ninth goal of the season was scored from near the crease and was set up by linemates Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

Centers Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar also scored for the Red Wings, who have won five of six since losing star forward Pavel Datsyuk to a concussion.

Defenseman Andy Greene scored for the Devils.

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 18 saves. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson stopped 10 shots for the Red Wings.

The Devils had a hard time generating offense throughout the game, but especially during the first period. But they broke through on a power play with 6:17 left in the period when Greene tipped a pass from left winger Patrik Elias past Gustavsson to make it 1-0.

Greene's fourth goal of the season came on the Devils' second shot of the game, and they only put eight pucks on net during the game's first 40 minutes.

One of those shots required an acrobatic save from Gustavsson during the second period. Devils forward Adam Henrique shot the puck off the back of Gustavsson, and the Devils appeared to be headed for a 2-0 lead. But Gustavsson made a no-look save by swiping his catching glove behind his back, keeping the Red Wings within one goal.

The save proved to be crucial. Andersson scored with 36 seconds left in the period to even the score at 1. Left winger Drew Miller gathered a loose puck behind the net, slipped it through Schneider, and a cutting Andersson jammed home the loose puck for his fourth goal of the season.

NOTES: Red Wings C Darren Helm (shoulder) missed the first of at least two games. C Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and LW Henrik Zetterberg (back) also did not play. ... Devils LW Ryane Clowe, who has been out since Oct. 13 with a concussion, took part in the team's morning skate on Friday. There is still no timetable for his return, but coach Peter DeBoer said it was a positive sign. "He's been cleared to skate and get in practice and take contact, so that's the first step of a few here before he's game-ready," DeBoer said. ... Devils RW Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch. He has one goal in his past 23 games.
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