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Abdelkader, Zetterberg lift Red Wings over Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg both had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit (22-10-9), which has won five of seven. The Red Wings have won two of the first three games on a six-game trip.

Mason Raymond and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary (21-17-3). The Flames are 3-2 with one game to go in a six-game homestand.

The Flames reached the halfway point of the season in ninth place in the Western Conference, two points back of the second wild card spot.

Detroit is third in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Montreal.

The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead at 17:28 of the second period, shortly after killing their third consecutive minor penalty — and second to Abdelkader.

Zetterberg started the sequence by beating Sean Monahan on a faceoff deep in the Flames end. Detroit worked the puck around, and Zetterberg got it back on a pass from Abdelkader and fired his 10th of the season past Jonas Hiller.

Five of Zetterberg’s goals have come in his last nine games.

Joined on a line by Gustav Nyquist, who had two assists, the trio combined for an insurance goal 2:03 into the third period to make it 3-1. Abdelkader’s career-high 11th was the eventual winner.

Calgary cut the deficit to 3-2 on Backlund’s short-handed goal at 5:13.

A goal by Paul Byron goal with 1:20 left was waved off because Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek had his helmet knocked off when Ericsson pushed Curtis Glencross into him.

Calgary didn’t take advantage of four power plays. Ranked 26th entering the game, the Flames’ power play is 3 for 38 in its the last 11 games. Detroit entered ranked fourth in penalty killing.

Hiller entered halfway through the second period in relief of Karri Ramo. Making his first start since Dec. 16, Ramo only made it halfway through for the second game in a row.

Against the New York Rangers, Ramo was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots. This time, Ramo had 12 saves and was locked in a 1-1 tie when he was injured in a collision with teammate Raphael Diaz.

Racing out of the crease to dive and knock the puck away from Detroit forward Drew Miller, Ramo was kneed in the head by Diaz, who was chasing after Miller.

Ramo was helped off the ice and to the dressing room.

Back in the lineup after being scratched the past two games, Raymond gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 2:27 in. He tucked in his first goal since Oct. 19.

The Red Wings tied it at 7:58 on a goal from Sheahan. He made a nice move to beat Deryk Engelland to the outside, then put a perfect shot over Ramo’s shoulder and just under the crossbar. It was his eighth goal of the season and first in 11 games.

NOTES: The Flames were without leading scorer Jiri Hudler, who was a last-minute scratch to join his wife, who was about to give birth to their first child. … The Red Wings were without forwards Johan Franzen (upper body) and Tomas Jurco (back). Daniel Cleary and Joakim Andersson returned after missing six games. … The Flames activated Ladislav Smid (upper body) from the injured list but he didn’t play. Rookie C Markus Granlund and D Corey Potter were returned to Adirondack (AHL).

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