Nilsson gets 1st win as Sens snap losing skid:
"Our charge kill has most likely been the greatest part of our game all year," Smith said. "We've got a lot of workers. We've got people who can eliminate penalties. Wire to wire the penalty kill has actually probably been the best part of our game."
Darren Helm and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings (3-7-0), who extended their losing streak to six games. Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 shots.
"I believed [Wednesday] was the worst defensively we've played in a while," stated Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill. "I don't desire to take anything away from Ottawa, they played hard.
"I just believed that was as bad defensively as we've played. Sometimes when you attempt so tough you play a bit dumb at times and you provide up possibilities that you can't pay for to give up."
WATCH "We've got a lot of employees. We've got men who can kill charges. Justin Abdelkader found Helm in the circle and wristed a shot past Nilsson to get Detroit on the board. "It's been a hard stretch here, but the 20 men in here are the ones who are going to get us out of it. He's severe about what he does, how hard he plays so it's great he gets rewarded.