DETROIT (AP) — Justin Abdelkader’s power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
The teams reignited their old Western Conference rivalry, accumulating 36 penalty minutes in a third period that included multiple skirmishes on the ice.
The Red Wings had a man advantage for the final 1:21 of regulation and the opening moments of overtime.
The penalty carried over to the extra session, when Abdelkader knocked in a rebound of a shot from Marek Zidlicky past Jake Allen for the game-winner. It was just the second power-play goal the Blues have allowed in 25 chances over the past seven games.
The Red Wings’ Erik Cole tied the game at 1-1 just 24 seconds into the third period.
Alexander Steen started the scoring for the Blues with a power-play goal at 9:38 of the second period. The goal was his 300th career point with St. Louis.
Cole’s third-period goal came after a shot by Abdelkader hit the head of Blues defenseman Chris Butler and landed in front of Allen, setting up Cole for his third goal in 10 games since being traded to Detroit.
Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Blues, who were playing their fifth game of a six-game road trip.
Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the Red Wings. He is 5-5-2 since returning from a groin injury, but has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of those starts.