The Red Wings followed their new game plan perfectly.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the shootout to lift Detroit to a 2-1 home win over San Jose last night, snapping the Sharks’ six-game winning streak.
Zetterberg also had a goal in regulation, and Chris Osgood made 33 saves for Detroit, which isn’t the high-scoring team it has been the past few years.
After the losses of free agents Marian Hossa and Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler’s decision to play in Russia, the Red Wings knew they would have to play better defensively and grind out games more. But early-season injuries to talented forwards Johan Franzen (knee) and Valtteri Filppula (broken wrist) have made Detroit more of a defense-oriented team.
“We’re not going to win the same way we did before,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We don’t have the team to do that.’’
Osgood also had his third good game in a row - a big reason for the Red Wings’ three-game winning streak - after a slow start.
Logan Couture scored his first NHL goal for San Jose. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 35 shots.
Couture opened the scoring with 5:19 left in the second period when he beat Osgood with a wrist shot from the right circle. Zetterberg tied it at 1-1 at 5:38 of the third.
Kings 5, Penguins 2 - Host Los Angeles roared from behind with a four-goal third period, with Jarrett Stoll potting the go-ahead score with 7:51 to play.
The Kings are 6-0-2 in their last eight games - the club’s longest points streak since November 2000. Los Angeles also ended the Penguins’ season-opening, seven-game road winning streak.
Senators 3, Lightning 2 - Jason Spezza scored his first goal of the season 4:17 into overtime to lift host Ottawa.
Spezza, sidelined the previous two games because of back pain, drove a slap shot past Antero Niittymaki after Tampa Bay’s Mattias Ohlund was sent off for holding three minutes into overtime. Spezza also assisted on Daniel Alfredsson’s first-period goal.
Rangers 4, Oilers 2 - New York ended a four-game losing streak on the road behind a goal and two assists from Ales Kotalik.
Marian Gaborik, Christopher Higgins, and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers, who had won only two of their previous eight games. Edmonton has lost six of seven.
Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 1 - Peter Mueller scored his first goal of the season and Martin Hanzal added a goal and an assist to lead Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz.
Scottie Upshall also scored for the Coyotes and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves as Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak.
Flames 2, Blues 1 - Dion Phaneuf’s goal 2:50 into overtime lifted Calgary over host St. Louis.
Phaneuf fired a shot past Chris Mason, who made 27 straight saves after giving up an early goal to Jarome Iginla. Lars Eller, playing in his first NHL game, scored the lone Blues goal.
Canucks 5, Wild 2 - Tough guy Darcy Hordichuk and newly signed Matt Pettinger each scored their first goals of the season, forming an unlikely pair to lead visiting Vancouver. Hordichuk’s goal was his first in 50 games.
Ducks 4, Predators 0 - Jonas Hiller made 40 saves to earn his fifth career shutout and Teemu Selanne scored twice to power Anaheim at home.
Blue Jackets 4, Thrashers 3 - Raffi Torres scored two uncontested second-period goals as Columbus held off host Atlanta.