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Red Wings 4, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 4, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Detroit Red Wings 4

DETROIT - Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night.

Kirk Maltby, Dan Cleary and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit, which won for the first time in five games.

Peter Regin scored for Ottawa and Brian Elliott stopped 36 shots. The Senators lost for only the second time in 15 games.

Detroit right winger Tomas Holmstrom left in the first period, leaving him questionable to play for Sweden in the Olympics.

Holmstrom missed 13 games in January because of a knee injury and returned for three games before sitting out Tuesday night in St. Louis. He returned Thursday night against San Jose, then left Saturday. If he can't play in the Olympics, Holmstrom might be replaced by teammate Johan Franzen, who played his third game following surgery on his left knee.

Regin put Ottawa on the board 8:13 into the second period when he put in a rebound off a goal-mouth scramble for his ninth goal.

Cleary's power-play goal restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead with 8:51 left in the middle period. He converted Todd Bertuzzi's cross-crease pass for his 13th goal.

Franzen added an empty-net goal in the last minute.

Detroit led 2-0 after the first period.

Maltby opened the scoing 9:33 into the game when he backhanded in a rebound for his fourth goal. Datsyuk's power-play goal made it 2-0 with 3:27 left in the opening period. He tipped in Nicklas Lidstrom's slap pass for his 17th goal.

NOTES: Detroit C Valtteri Filppula missed the game with a groin injury. Filppula still hopes to play for Finland in the Olympics ... Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall returned after missing four games with a sore knee. He expects to play for Sweden in the Olympics ... Detroit RW Patrick Eaves missed his third game with a sprained ankle ... The Olympic participants from each team were honored in a ceremony before the game ... The Senators close out their schedule before the Olympic break on Sunday in Uniondale, N.Y., against the Islanders (5 p.m., no TV, Team 1200). The game broadcast is available online through NHL GameCenter at NHL.com.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:33
DET
Kirk Maltby (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Derek Meech (4), Brad Stuart (10)
1 - 0 DET
16:33
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (17) Tip-in - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (29), Henrik Zetterberg (32)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
08:13
OTT
Peter Regin (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Kovalev (28), Filip Kuba (24)
2 - 1 DET
11:09
DET
PPG - Daniel Cleary (13) Tip-in - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (19), Drew Miller (8)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
19:11
DET
EN - Johan Franzen (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (32), Brian Rafalski (25)
4 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
16:12
OTT
Matt Cullen  Slashing against  Jason Williams
19:15
DET
Kris Draper  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Shannon
2nd Period
04:27
OTT
Filip Kuba  Interference against  Henrik Zetterberg
09:41
OTT
Mike Fisher  Tripping against  Niklas Kronwall
17:40
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
3rd Period
12:35
OTT
Filip Kuba  Holding against  Darren Helm
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 39TOI: 59:29
Saves: 36EV: 31 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
21-13-8
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0