Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Smith (2) celebrates his first period goal with teammates Johan Franzen (93), of Sweden, Jakub Kindl (4), of Czechoslovakia, and Gustav Nyquist, right, of Sweden, during the first period.
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DETROIT — Johan Franzen had two goals and two assists, Gustav Nyquist a goal and three assists and David Legwand a goal and two assists in the Detroit Red Wings’ 7-4 win over the New Jersey Devils today.
Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit. Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves.
Adam Henrique had two goals and Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr also scored for New Jersey. Cory Schneider, who gave up seven goals for the first time in his career, stopped 25 shots.
The Red Wings led 5-3 after a wild second period in which seven goals were scored.
Franzen gave Detroit a 2-0 lead when Nyquist’s shot went in off Franzen’s glove. But New Jersey scored three goals in 2:41 to take the lead.
Elias’ short-handed goal put the Devils on the board, Jagr got his 20th goal of the season and 701st of his career, and Henrique got his 20th.
Then the Red Wings got three goals in 3:01.
Franzen scored his second of the game and 15th of the season on the power play. Nyquist picked up his 16th goal and Quincey gave Detroit a two-goal lead with his fourth goal.
Legwand, acquired at Wednesday’s trade deadline from Nashville, got his first goal as a Red Wing in the third period.
Henrique got his second goal of the night with 1:18 left.
Smith opened the scoring in the first period. He came straight off the bench and sent a one-time slap shot from just inside the blue line past Schneider. It was Smith’s third goal.
NOTE: New Jersey had its penalty reduced by the NHL for trying to circumvent the league’s salary cap on the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk, who has since retired and returned to Russia. The Devils originally lost their first-round pick in this year’s draft and were fined $3 million. New Jersey will pick 30th in the first round of the 2014 draft and the fine was reduced. . Detroit C Darren Helm expects to miss a week due to vision problems after being hit in the head on Feb. 27 at Ottawa. . Newly acquired Legwand played for New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer in junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, who are based in suburban Detroit.
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