Red Wings 6, Flames 4
DETROIT (AP) _ Gerard Gallant scored his 16th goal of the season and set up another by defenseman Randy Ladouceur in a 2:16 span early in the final period Wednesday night to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-4 NHL victory over the Calgary Flames.
With the score 3-3, Gallant slipped unattended into the slot and converted John Ogrodnick’s centering pass at 4:10 of the third period.
Following a penalty to Calgary’s Tim Hunter, Gallant dug the puck out from behind the Flames’ goal and slid a pass to Ladouceur. Ladouceur’s first shot was stopped by a Calgary defenseman, but his second effort found the net for his third goal of the season and a 5-3 Detroit lead.
Joel Otto narrowed the margin to 5-4 midway through the final period, but Tim Higgins clinched the victory with an empty-net goal with 32 seconds remaining.
After Joe Mullen scored his 20th - an unassisted goal at 1:17 of the second period - the Flames held a 3-0 lead. But Detroit rallied with three goals in a 3:55 span to tie the score.
Mike O’Connell began the spurt with his second of the year, a 30-foot slapshot at 3:47 to trim the margin to 3-1. Petr Klima netted his 15th of the season at 6:32 when he slipped behind the Calgary defense, took a perfect pass from Ladouceur and blistered a slapshot past Flames netminder Mike Vernon.
The Red Wings completed their comeback bid 1:10 later when defenseman Dave Lewis slapped a rolling puck from center ice toward the Calgary net. The puck curved noticably on its way to the goal and eluded a surprised Vernon. The goal was Lewis’ first in 93 games, dating back to April 6, 1985, when he was with the New Jersey Devils.
Lanny McDonald and Nick Fotiu scored first-period goals to stake the Flames to a 2-0 lead.