"They score more than us. The bottom line is they took the game over from us in the second period," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we fought to get it back in the third period, but in the second we got outskated, turned pucks over in the neutral zone, never got it behind them enough. When we get in their zone we're one-and-done too quickly."
Brassard broke the Rangers' two-game losing streak when he picked up a loose puck just inside the blue line and beat Howard between the pads.
"I only had to scoop up the puck. It was kind of bouncing, so I just closed my eyes and shot," Brassard said.
Zuccarello tied it at 2 by putting in a rebound 2:18 into the third for his first goal of the season.
Pouliot had gotten the Rangers even at 1 with a power-play goal with 2:40 remaining in the second period. He put the puck past Howard during a goal-mouth scramble for his first with New York.
Alfredsson's power-play goal with 11 seconds left in the second period restored Detroit's lead at 2-1. He netted his second of the season with a one-timed shot from the right circle.
The Rangers had scoring chances earlier but were denied by Howard and the goal post.
Howard dove across the crease to make a spectacular blocker save on Brian Boyle about eight minutes into the middle period. Ryan McDonagh hit a goal post about five minutes into the frame.
Miller gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with 2:48 remaining in the first period. He completed a 2-on-1 rush by beating Talbot with a wrist shot from the left circle for his first of the season.
Lundqvist missed his second game because of an undisclosed injury. ... Seeking to generate more offense, Babcock split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who had been playing together on the first line. Datsyuk centered RW Daniel Alfredsson and LW Todd Bertuzzi, and Zetterberg was between LW Tomas Tatar and RW Johan Franzen for Detroit, which had scored only three goals in its previous three games. Datsyuk and Zetterberg were back together by late in the second period. ... Rangers center J.T. Miller played junior hockey with the suburban-Detroit based Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. ... The Red Wings' healthy scratches were RW Mikael Samuelsson and RW Patrick Eaves.
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