The Detroit Red Wings haven't scored a power-play goal on the road, but they have improved on the man-advantage at home.
Following Sunday's season-high three power-play goals in an 8-3 blowout of the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings moved up to eighth in the NHL on the power play at home, converting on 24.6 percent of their chances (14-of-57).
“It was great to see the power play be rewarded,'' coach Mike Babcock said. “We have been snake-bitten on the power play.
“You have to have people at the net and going to the net. They have a good penalty kill and are well-organized. The puck actually bounced for us, went to our stick, went off people. It’s a good feeling.''
They rank 19th overall because they're the only team that hasn't converted on the road (0-for-28).
“I think we’ve been doing some good stuff, but really haven’t gotten goals,'' Henrik Zetterberg said. “We talked about throwing pucks on the net and off of rebounds, but I don’t think we expected them to go in.''
Running man: Jordin Tootoo was called for charging when he ran over Christopher Tanev at 9:35 of the second period. Zack Kassian then attempted to engage Tootoo in a fight.
Tootoo declined, and Kassian was called for roughing, negating the power play.
“He runs over people. That’s what he does,'' Babcock said of Tootoo. “You know he’s out there and he’s coming hard.
Red Wings now have a top-10 power play -- at home; Mike Babcock glad Jordin Tootoo 'runs over people'
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