The Calgary Flames failed to get back on the winning track Wednesday night, losing a 3-2 decision to the Detroit Red Wings.
Brett Lebda scored the game-winning goal at 11:24 of the third period and little-tested Dominik Hasek made 13 saves to earn the win.
The Flames (3-7-1) have now dropped three straight games and six of their last seven contests.
Detroit (7-4-1) continued its dominance over the Flames Wednesday night, winning nine of the last 13 games. The win also gave the Red Wings their fourth straight victory.
"Since we got back from the West Coast, the guys have dug in," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I think it's evident in how we play."
Despite the loss, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff played a solid game, stopping 23 of his 31 shots in the first two periods.
Kiprusoff, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie last year, has struggled at the start of this season, posting a 3-7-1 record in his first 11 starts.
Holding onto a slim 2-1 lead, Lebda gave the Wings some breathing room with his first goal of the season. Lebda started a solo rush from his own blue-line and beat Kiprusoff with a wrist shot from the right circle, giving Detroit a two-goal advantage.
"I saw the defencemen were wide, it was four-on-four, and the forward overplayed me so I stepped around him," Lebda said. "I just tried to get a decent shot on net— kind of lucky that it went in."
Babcock was impressed with theway Lebda carried the puck theentire game.
"I thought Lebda was really good," Babcock said. "He really pushed the puck up ice."
Calgary defenceman Andrew Ference made things interesting late in the game, scoring his first with 2:07 remaining. The Flames then pulled Kiprusoff in the final 30 seconds for the extra attacker, but failed to get the equalizer.
The Red Wings began the game strong, getting goals from Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom 79 seconds apart in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.
Franzen opened the scoring at 4:29 after taking a pass from defenceman Chris Chelios following a Calgary turnover.
"I got a pass right in the middle of the slot," Franzen said, "and got off a pretty good shot."
Holmstrom put Detroit ahead 2-0 on the power play 1:19 later, converting on Jason William's rebound off the goal post for his fourth goal of the season.
"The first is where we're getting ourselves in trouble," Flames winger Jarome Iginla said.
Following a sluggish first period, the Flames finally got on the board at 12:29 of the second on the power play.
Alex Tanguay found defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who beat Hasek with a one-timer.
"It's about getting the most of what our dressing room has to offer," Flames coach Jim Playfair said. "Our defence has to be a lot better. It's about a lot more from everybody in our dressing room, from our goaltenders right out."