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NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Calgary

Nov 4, 2010 - 7:28 AM
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard needed to make just 16 stops as the Detroit Red Wings took a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Mike Modano and Justin Abdelkader each had a goal for the Red Wings, who have won five of their last six games.

"It felt good (to contribute). It's been awhile, and it's tougher for our top guys to get out there as much as they can as far as (Calgary) getting the last matchups they want," Modano said. "It's critical for us on the road to have our share of chipping in and making life easier for those guys."

Mark Giordano scored the lone goal while Miikka Kiprusoff was charged with both goals on 33 shots for the Flames, who have dropped their past three games.

"We were up in this game and had a decent first period," said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter. "In the second period we made a couple of mistakes and against a team like Detroit they'll make things happen."

The Flames got the only goal of the first period. Skating on the power play, Jarome Iginla sent a pass from the left corner to the left circle where Giordano blew a one-timer past Howard at the 15:58 mark.

The Red Wings struck twice in the middle frame to take the lead for good.

The first goal came at the 1:54 mark as Modano let loose with a wrister from the left circle on the fly that beat Kiprusoff to the far corner.

Later in the frame, Detroit took advantage of an ill-timed Calgary line change that saw Pavel Datsyuk send a pass from the left point over to a skating Abdelkader, who blasted a shot over the glove of Kiprusoff at 12:05.

Howard stopped all seven shots he faced in the middle stanza to help Detroit maintain that one-goal edge.

The Wings killed a high sticking double-minor to Ruslan Salei in the third period and Howard only had to stop four shots to help Detroit hold on for the win.