Hudler helps Flames top Red Wings for third straight

Paul Harris  - Correspondent | Friday, 03.06.2015 / 11:30 PM

DETROIT -- Though Jiri Hudler started his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, coming into Joe Louis Arena as a visitor was business as usual Friday.

Hudler scored two goals, including the game-winner, against his former team, helping the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win.

"It didn't feel like a special game," said Hudler, who played parts of seven seasons with the Red Wings before signing with the Flames as a free agent in 2012. "There's no hard feelings; I have a lot of friends here. We're playing for our lives, trying to get to the [Stanley Cup Playoffs]."

Hudler's first goal, with 6:50 left in the second period, broke a 2-2 tie.

He scored on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle, between the legs of defenseman Niklas Kronwall, that beat goalie Jimmy Howard high on the long side. It came after Hudler carried the puck from inside the blue line and was unchallenged when he got into the circle.

Hudler's second goal, his 23rd of the season, was into an empty net with 1:06 remaining.

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist, and Matt Stajan and Mason Raymond scored for Calgary (36-26-4), which scored five unanswered goals to win its third straight.

Dennis Wideman had two assists, and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves for the Flames, who are third in the Pacific Division.

"[Hiller] shut them down after the first two and we were opportunistic on our chances," Stajan said.

Justin Abdelkader scored the goals for Detroit (36-16-11), which had a three-game winning streak end. Erik Cole had two assists for his first points with the Red Wings, and Howard made 19 saves.

"We had good chances tonight. Could we have been better? Absolutely we could have been better," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We had lots of play, but in the end we didn't do it good enough, long enough, and you've got to give them credit. They found a way to win on back-to-back nights (Calgary defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday). They were better in the second half of the game than we were."

Stajan tied it 2-2 at 6:05 of the second period with his fifth goal. He beat Howard with a one-timer from the top of the left circle after the puck caromed off the end boards.

"I was hoping it got through his legs. He didn't see it," said Stajan, who returned after missing five games for the birth of his child. "I was lucky enough it hit the post and went in instead of kicking out."

Raymond scored 1:50 into the third period to make it 4-2. Howard got a piece of the shot from the left circle but not enough of it.

"In our book, we gave up one chance in the third period. To do that against a team that good really says something," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "Our [defense] blocked a lot of shots (21) and we managed to control their pressure."

Abdelkader gave Detroit a 2-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game.

He scored on a breakaway at 3:05, beating Hiller high to the glove (right-hand) side. Abdelkader was sprung by a one-time, headman pass from Henrik Zetterberg from the corner in the Red Wings zone.

"Originally I was trying to get out of the zone on the strong side for [Zetterberg] and the puck went behind the net," Abdelkader said. "I kind of looped back toward the middle and I saw their [defense] pressing up and decided to stay out because we had full possession, and [Zetterberg] made a great play."

Abdelkader's power-play goal at 8:12 made it 2-0. He tipped in a pass from Zetterberg for his 16th goal.

Monahan's power-play goal with 9:33 left in the first period started Calgary's scoring. He picked up a rebound, moved across the top of the crease to put Howard out of position, and shot through the legs of Kronwall, who was trying to block the shot in the crease.

"When they went up 2-0, you don't like to think like that, but we needed to get a quick goal. And we did," Hudler said.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:05DET Justin Abdelkader (15) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (37), Erik Cole (16) 1 - 0 DET
08:12DET PPG - Justin Abdelkader (16) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (38), Erik Cole (17) 2 - 0 DET
10:27CGY PPG - Sean Monahan (24) ASST: Kris Russell (22), Dennis Wideman (28) 2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
06:03CGY Matt Stajan (5) ASST: Brandon Bollig (3) 2 - 2 Tie
13:10CGY Jiri Hudler (22) ASST: Sean Monahan (22), Dennis Wideman (29) 3 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
01:50CGY Mason Raymond (12) ASST: Drew Shore (1), Josh Jooris (9) 4 - 2 CGY
18:54CGY EN - Jiri Hudler (23) ASST: Johnny Gaudreau (31), Mikael Backlund (13) 5 - 2 CGY
Three Stars of the Game
Jiri Hudler
Jiri Hudler
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:57
Dennis Wideman
Dennis Wideman
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 26:29
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 31-32
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .943SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:36CGY Mason Raymond  Tripping against  Brendan Smith
09:57DET Brendan Smith  Interference against  Drew Shore
2nd Period
02:09DET Stephen Weiss  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:30DET Danny DeKeyser  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
14:35CGY Kris Russell  Hooking against  Justin Abdelkader
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/2
Faceoff Wins2531
Blocked Shots215
Penalty Minutes46
3D. SchlemkoD0020013:35
4K. RussellD0113226:12
6D. WidemanD0221026:29
7T. BrodieD0001024:08
8J. ColborneC00-10018:36
11M. BacklundC0103020:05
13J. GaudreauL0121020:54
17L. BoumaC0001016:40
18M. StajanC1012011:03
21M. RaymondL1012212:58
22D. ShoreC0110010:45
23S. MonahanC1111019:10
24J. HudlerR2023016:57
25B. BolligL0110010:50
29D. EngellandD0001018:55
33R. DiazD0012010:54
79M. FerlandL000308:56
86J. JoorisR0110010:17
1J. Hiller3335.94360:00
2B. SmithD0003217:26
8J. AbdelkaderL2006018:00
13P. DatsyukC00-23018:29
14G. NyquistR0003017:31
15R. SheahanC00-11016:42
18J. AnderssonC00-1409:03
20D. MillerL00-1009:41
21T. TatarL00-23019:02
26T. JurcoR00-21012:29
27K. QuinceyD0002018:38
28M. ZidlickyD0010016:16
40H. ZetterbergL0202018:24
41L. GlendeningC00-10010:24
52J. EricssonD00-30017:55
55N. KronwallD00-31024:44
65D. DeKeyserD0001221:37
72E. ColeL0203017:12
90S. WeissC00-12014:29
35J. Howard1923.82657:16