DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have allowed a few late leads to turn into ties or losses this season. They weren't interested in repeating that trend against the Calgary Flames.
Flames goalie Roman Turek gave up four goals in the first two periods.
Brett Hull had a goal and assisted on the go-ahead score as Detroit beat the Flames 4-2 Tuesday night, extending the Red Wings' unbeaten streak to eight games.
Detroit has the best record in the NHL (21-3-1-1) because its
new stars -- Hull, Luc Robitaille and Dominik Hasek -- continue to
blend well with the standouts already in place.
Robitaille's 14th goal padded Detroit's lead to 4-2 late in the second. Hasek, who stopped 19 shots, didn't allow a goal over the final 43-plus minutes.
The Red Wings watched a three-goal lead turn into a 4-4 tie
Sunday with Chicago. But they didn't allow the Flames to mount a
Calgary had just 12 shots in the last two periods.
"That's the least chances we've given up in back-to-back periods this season," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said.
Robitaille said it was important for the Red Wings to stay aggressive despite their two-goal lead.
"We wanted to play a great third," Robitaille said. "We played well, we really shut them down."
Bowman and Robitaille both complemented the line of Boyd
Devereaux, Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. Holmstrom scored the
game's first goal with assists from Devereaux and Datsyuk
"I think that line was the difference," Bowman said. "We wanted to play them more and they responded."
When Holmstrom was replaced by Hull on that line, Devereaux and
Datsyuk assisted on Hull's goal, which gave Detroit a 2-1 lead.
Kirk Maltby's backhander off a rebound gave Detroit a 3-2 lead at
6:09 of the second.
"They really set the tone for us early," Robitaille said.
Calgary still shares the lead in the Northwest Division with
Edmonton despite losing three straight after a 10-game unbeaten
streak. Roman Turek made 28 saves for the Flames.
Calgary returns home to play Dallas on Thursday after playing
the past four games on the road.
"This was our first test," forward Jarome Iginla said. "We
knew we were going to have them in an 82-game season. This road
trip was a bump in the road for us."
The NHL's top two scorers, Iginla and Detroit's Brendan
Shanahan, did not register a point.
The Flames beat Detroit 4-2 in the Red Wings' home opener earlier this season, ending their franchise-record 19-game home unbeaten streak. ...
A scoring change has taken away a goal from Shanahan's 15th hat
trick in a win over Nashville last week. He now has 17 goals this
season. ... Maltby played in his 500th NHL game. ... Regehr scored
his first goal this season.