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Athanasiou, Howard lead Red Wings past Senators, 3-2

Detroit Red Wings players celebrate their 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators after an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Pau...
Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) celebrates his goal on a penalty shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Se...
Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) scores on Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) on a penalty shot in the first period of an ...
Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) stops a Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) shot in the second period of an NHL hockey gam...
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game Thur...
Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) stops a Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) shot as Bobby Ryan (9) defends in the second perio...
Ottawa Senators center Colin White (36) shoots on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) as Trevor Daley (83) defends in the first period of a...
Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) and Ottawa Senators center Colin White (36) battle for the puck in the first...
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thur...

Detroit Red Wings players celebrate their 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators after an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Pau...

Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) celebrates his goal on a penalty shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Se...

Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) scores on Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) on a penalty shot in the first period of an ...

Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) stops a Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) shot in the second period of an NHL hockey gam...

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game Thur...

Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) stops a Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) shot as Bobby Ryan (9) defends in the second perio...

Ottawa Senators center Colin White (36) shoots on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) as Trevor Daley (83) defends in the first period of a...

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) and Ottawa Senators center Colin White (36) battle for the puck in the first...

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) stops a Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thur...

DETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou scored twice, including a penalty shot, and Jimmy Howard made 40 saves in his 500th game to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Frans Nielsen scored to break a 2-2 tie late in the second period.

Brady Tkachuk and Matt Duchene scored for Ottawa, and Anders Nilsson stopped 26 shots.

Nielsen got the winner with 3:00 left in the second period. He got his ninth goal, from the bottom of the left circle, by converting a pass from Darren Helm after a turnover by Senators defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

Duchene tied it at 2 with 6:21 left in the second. He skated around Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and beat Howard for his 26th goal.

The Red Wings led 2-1 after the first period.

Athanasiou scored his first goal with 9:16 left in the first. He cut in off left wing, skated across the crease and beat Nilsson with a backhand shot.

Tkachuk tied it with 3:36 remaining in the opening period when he put in a loose puck from in front. It was Tkachuk's 13th goal.

Athanasiou restored Detroit's lead when he scored on a penalty shot with 2:18 left in the first. Ottawa defenseman Christian Jaros impeded Athanasiou on a breakaway attempt. It was Athanasiou's career-high 20th goal and third in two games.

NOTES: Detroit F Martin Frk cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids. ... Ottawa was without G Craig Anderson (eye) and D Mark Borowiecki (lower-body injury). ... The Red Wings lead the NHL with four penalty shot attempts this season. They've been successful on two (both by Athanasiou), which ties the Vancouver Canucks for the league lead.

UP NEXT

Senators: At Winnipeg on Saturday night.

Red Wings: At Philadelphia on Saturday night.

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Updated : 2021-02-27 09:46 GMT+08:00