Jimmy Howard blanks Senators, Red Wings win third straight
Detroit – With two more goals from players they hope are future stars, the Red Wings defeated the Senators 2-0 in a matinee game at a two-thirds full Little Caesars Arena Saturday for a rare, third consecutive win.
Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored the goals for the Red Wings.
Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for a shutout and his 22nd win of the season.
After a difficult month at the end of a consecutive difficult season, the Red Wings have their second three-game winning streak of 2017-18. They won four from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5.
The Wings have had back-to-back victories eight times this season.
BOX SCORE: Red Wings 2, Senators 0
In the third period, Athanasiou scored his 16th goal, tied for third on the team despite a late start to his season and some limits on his playing time since rejoining the Red Wings.
Athanasiou picked up a loose puck in the slot, stepped to his left and let a quick wrist shot go to put the Wings up by two at 4:29, despite being outshot throughout the game, to that point.
Larkin opened the scoring in the second period when Nick Jensen sprung him and Anthony Mantha with a productive two-line outlet pass.
Mantha and Larkinn gained the Senators’ blue line on a two-on-one break. Mantha judiciously held the puck to keep the goalie, Mike Condon, in place, and then fed a timely pass to Larkin, who benefited from a wide-open net, at 4:10.
It was the hot Larkin’s fifth goal in seven games, and 14th of the season.
The Red Wings were outplayed in the first period, and the 10-5 advantage in shots on goal for the Senators reflected the performance of the teams.
Howard made a couple of outstanding stops on four shots on goal on Senators power plays. But both teams came in ranked 25th in the NHL on the power play, each at 17 percent, and they were not making much of the man advantages.
The Wings outshot the Senators 11-9 in the second period.