DETROIT (AP) — Jiri Hudler scored twice against his former team, and the Calgary Flames beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Friday night.
Sean Monahan, Matt Stajan and Mason Raymond also scored for the Flames, who rallied in convincing fashion after Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader scored the game’s first two goals.
Calgary moved into a tie for second with Vancouver in the Pacific Division, where four teams are scrambling for spots in the postseason behind first-place Anaheim. The Flames have one game remaining on a seven-game road trip — they’ve won four of the first six.
Detroit’s three-game winning streak was snapped, although the Red Wings outshot the Flames 35-24. Calgary’s Jonas Hiller made 33 saves, blanking Detroit after Abdelkader’s two early goals.
The Red Wings controlled the first few minutes, taking the lead after only 3:05 on a breakaway by Abdelkader. That goal was set up when Henrik Zetterberg one-timed a pass from near the corner in his zone all the way to Abdelkader, who was behind the defense near the opposite blue line.
Zetterberg assisted on the second goal, too, sending a pass from the right circle across to Abdelkader, who tapped it in from in front of the net for a power-play goal.
Monahan answered on a Calgary power play around the midway point of the first. Stajan tied it in the second when Brandon Bollig dumped the puck into the Detroit zone. It caromed right to Stajan, who slapped the puck past Jimmy Howard from the left circle.
Hudler, who played his first seven seasons for the Red Wings before signing with the Flames in 2012, slipped a wrist shot past Howard from the right circle in the second period. Raymond added an insurance goal early in the third, and Hudler’s empty-netter with just over a minute remaining made it 5-2.
The Flames have won three in a row and swept a back-to-back set at Boston and Detroit. Calgary is 6-1-1 in the second half of back-to-backs this season.
NOTES: Stajan returned after missing five games due to the birth of his child. . Detroit was without RW Johan Franzen (concussion), F Darren Helm (side) and D Alexey Marchenko (side). . The Flames were missing RW David Jones (lower body) D Mark Giordano (arm), C Paul Byron (lower body) and D Ladislav Smid (upper body).