NEW YORK — Dan Cleary scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:03 left, and Jimmy Howard made 28 saves to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
The Red Wings, who have been trying to make the most of a sputtering offense, shook off an early 1-0 deficit and won this matchup between Original Six teams.
After Marian Gaborik failed to control the puck and get off a shot in the Detroit end, Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom started a rush the other way. Henrik Zetterberg sent a pass to Cleary, who banked in a shot off the skate of goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his seventh goal.
Detroit, which rallied from two down before losing in a shootout at New Jersey on Saturday, also got goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper into an empty net. The Red Wings have won three of five (3-1-1).
Brian Boyle scored the lone Rangers' goal, and Lundqvist made 28 saves for New York, which failed to build on a 2-1 win at Buffalo on Saturday and lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Red Wings tied it 1-1 just 4 seconds after their second power play expired. Tomas Holmstrom set up shop in his usual spot in front and distracted Lundqvist as Zetterberg flipped a puck on net from the left circle. Lundqvist stopped the shot, but the rebound bounced free by the right post to Datsyuk, who jammed in his seventh goal with 8:01 left in the second.
Datsyuk had gone seven games without a goal, struggling along with the rest of his teammates. Detroit generated only 12 goals in that stretch, including three games in which the Red Wings were either shut out or scored once.
SENATORS 4, DUCKS 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Ottawa gave up one-goal leads three times against the Anaheim Ducks — each time in less than a minute — before Alex Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first two rounds of a shootout for a 4-3 victory on Sunday night to snap the Senators' four-game losing streak.
Ryan Getzlaf scored a fluke goal for Anaheim 15 seconds after Jarkko Ruutu got one, Joffrey Lupul tied it again 31 seconds after Jason Spezza regained the lead for the Senators, and Corey Perry completed the Ducks' unusual "hat trick" early in the third period after Filip Kuba's go-ahead score.
Brian Elliott finished with 33 saves and stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker.