DETROIT (Ticker) -- Since winning there twice in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals, the New Jersey Devils have experienced a series of frustrating losses at Joe Louis Arena.
Kris Draper scored 1:55 into overtime, moments after an apparent Devils' goal was disallowed, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory.
A turnover by Devils defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky sent Kirk Maltby and Draper in alone on goaltender Martin Brodeur. As Brodeur tried a poke-check, Maltby skated past the puck, but Draper chipped it over the goalie for his third goal of the season.
"I tried to pass to Malts and it was a little too far," Draper said. "I was like, 'It figures.' But Malts just went to the net hard. I think he got a whack at it and (Brodeur) came out a little bit. I was fortunate to chip it over him."
Moments earlier, New Jersey's Scott Gomez whipped a pass through the slot to John Madden. With his stick tied up by rookie defenseman Dmitri Bykov, Madden had the puck go in off his right skate. But the video replay official ruled Madden used a kicking motion and the goal was waved off.
"I know I didn't kick it in because I was surprised it hit my skate," Madden said. "But the guy was holding my stick. I thought it was a goal."
Devils coach Pat Burns laughed in disgust on the bench. In January 2000, then-New Jersey coach Robbie Ftorek tossed a stool onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena to protest a non-call after a check left Jay Pandolfo bloodied.
"The rule book specifically says, and you've probably read it, 'a puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.' That was not a kicking motion, not even close. But this is Hockeytown. Funny calls are made in Hockeytown."
New Jersey has lost five straight and six of seven trips to Detroit since stunning the Red Wings to win the Cup in 1995.
"They did a lot of holding, but the referee didn't call it," said Brodeur, who made 22 saves. "It's not fair, but it's their building."
Bykov and Brett Hull scored the other goals for Detroit, which ended a three-game winless streak.
"You always want to play good hockey against good hockey teams. That's what we were able to do tonight," Draper said. "I don't think anybody was really happy with the way we played against Edmonton (on Monday), but we came back with a really solid performance tonight, especially in the third period."
Bykov opened the scoring 8:59 into the first period, leaning into a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Brodeur to the glove side.
Turner Stevenson tied it 53 seconds later with his first goal since February 27, 2001 - a span of 49 games. Defenseman Scott Stevens' slapper from the left point bounced into the slot, where Stevenson gloved it down and wristed it by Curtis Joseph.
The Devils grabbed the lead on the power play at 1:58 of the second period when Jeff Friesen ripped a shot from the edge of the slot off the left goalpost and into the net for his fifth goal.
Denied twice by Brodeur earlier in the period, Hull beat him with a patented one-timer from the top of the left circle during a power play with 6:17 to go.
"I knew Brett wanted the puck back," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "When he's open, he wants the puck, even if it looks like the lanes to the goalie are blocked. But he has such a great shot."
Joseph made 25 saves and improved to 8-9-7 lifetime vs. New Jersey.