The team with the fewest points in the NHL would have little chance of winning at Joe Louis Arena in years past.

Not so this season.

Victories are by no means easy or automatic for the Detroit Red Wings in 2013. That was evident Tuesday, when the Calgary Flames doubled their season's win total by beating Detroit 4-1.

The slow-starting Red Wings played from behind most of the game and couldn't take advantage of a young, inexperienced goaltender who was forced into the game at the start of the third period.

Leland Irving needed to make only six saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve the win, replacing Mikka Kiprusoff, who was injured in the second period. Kiprusoff had stopped 19-of-20 shots. It was the season debut for Irving, who had only seven prior appearances.

The Red Wings (4-4-1) never led but were building some momentum in latter half of the second period. It was sapped in the final minute, however, when Dennis Wideman put the Flames up 3-1 with 23.1 seconds remaining.
Matt Stajan won an offensive-zone faceoff from Pavel Datsyuk, getting the puck to Wideman. He fired a shot from just inside the blue line through a maze of players, past Jimmy Howard.

Mark Giordano's power-play goal at 15:58 of the third period sealed it.

The Flames improved to 2-3-2. They entered the game with a league-low four points.

The Red Wings had cut Calgary's lead to 2-1 on Franzen's power-play goal at 12:37. he roofed a backhander after taking a nice pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Howard stopped Jarome Iginla on a penalty shot at 13:12. Jonathan Ericsson had tripped Iginla on a breakaway.

The slow-starting Red Wings dug themselves a hole in the first period, when Calgary took a 2-0 lead on goals by Iginla and Curtis Glencross.