Red Wings Rout Jets in First-Ever Meeting

The Detroit Red Wings routed the Winnipeg Jets, 7-1, Saturday night in the first meeting between the teams since the former Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg.

Barring a Stanley Cup Finals matchup, it will be the only meeting between the two teams this season. They're slated to become conference rivals when the NHL realigns next year.

The Jets' lone goal of the night came just 35 seconds in, when Bryan Little got behind the Detroit defense and skated in on goalie Jimmy Howard, sliding a backhander into the far side of the net.

Detroit would start their run of seven unanswered goals at 6:47 of the first period.

To open the scoring, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a long pass for Johan Franzen into the Winnipeg zone. Franzen went into the corner to pick up the puck and sent a pass back out front to Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi, uncovered while cutting to the edge of the crease, put a wrister past Winnipeg netminder Ondrej Pavelec.

With 5:04 remaining in the opening period, Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-1. Rushing into the Winnipeg zone, Valtteri Filppula dropped a pass to the top of the left faceoff circle. Zetterberg caught up to the puck and blasted a high shot past Pavelec for what would be the game-winner.

Jiri Hudler scored the first of his pair of goals at 4:03 of the second period. Franzen had the puck behind the net again and sent it into the left circle for a speeding Hudler to pounce on and snap back past Pavelec.

Just 40 seconds later, Chris Conner scored his first as a Red Wing when his attempted pass to Danny Cleary deflected off of Winnipeg defenseman Randy Jones' skate and into the net, making it 4-1.

At 9:31 of the middle frame, Pavel Datsyuk sent a no-look backhand pass from the right corner to the Filppula in the left faceoff circle. Filppula continued on to the slot and ripped a high shot past Pavelec.

With 7:19 left in the period, Drew Miller picked up a rebound in the left circle and put another high shot into the net.

Hudler finished off the game's scoring - and Pavelec's night - just 1:12 into the third period. Hudler picked off a pass from the Jets' Dustin Byfuglien and sent it to Zetterberg at the top of the crease. Rather than shooting, Zetterberg sent it back to Hudler, who was driving in to put a shot into the open side of the net.

Pavelec finished the night with 19 saves on the 26 shots he faced. Chris Mason stopped all of the three shots Detroit put at him in relief while Howard stopped 29 of 30 Winnipeg chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, though Filppula's tally came with the teams skating four-on-four. The Jets had two power play tries to the Red Wings' three.

The Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Notes: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall missed time in the game after taking a puck to the face, requiring stitches. He returned for the third period... The Red Wings' healthy scratches were Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore.

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Fifteen years and this is the first time I've gotten to write anything about a Red Wings vs. Jets game. Seems so odd.

Detroit hosts the former Atlanta Thrashers tonight, the only time the new version of the Winnipeg Jets play the Wings this season. The two teams will be a part of the to-be-renamed Conference B next season, though, so we'll be seeing a lot more of them.

Pavel Datsyuk, held out of the third period of Thursday night's win over the former Winnipeg Jets, will play tonight. In fact, no lineup changes are expected for the Wings.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

I've got tickets to this one and am heading out now so I expect to be pretty quiet. I'll check in when I can.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/10/2011 at 4:31 PM


Well sh*t hahahahahaha. 35 seconds in.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/10/2011 at 7:16 PM


Logged in just in time to see the Bert goal and the closie by Z. Wooohoo!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 7:27 PM


WoooHooo ZZZZZ!!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 7:37 PM



Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 8:12 PM


Cleary!!! And the walls come a tumbling down!

One! Two!.... One, two, three, four!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 8:14 PM


Two BS calls right in a row...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 8:22 PM


That was a good goal.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/10/2011 at 8:25 PM


And Flipper makes it 5-1. What a magic deceptive pass by Pasha!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 8:25 PM


This is getting out of control but no complaints hahaha.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/10/2011 at 8:32 PM


It's Miller time! 6-1...!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 8:33 PM


Save some for the rest of the season boys!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 8:33 PM


Huds to Z and it's 7-1...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/10/2011 at 9:07 PM


I agree that Howard belongs under the bus for the first goal allowed. No matter how you look at it, that was sloppy play all around. At first I thought the game was going to be one in which the Wings looked as if they rolled out of the bar in a 'Varsity Blues" fashion. I'm happy they finally got it together however, there were bad mistakes and missed opportunities that there is absolutely no excuse for.

There are times when it seems like the whole team goes to sleep and I can't put my finger on why that is. Any ideas?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/11/2011 at 7:16 PM


A Varsity Blues reference. Love it.

As for why the team comes out asleep, I have no idea. It absolutely p*sses me off when it happens, though. There's no excuse for it. When they wake up and make up for it, it's easy to look past a bad start, but in those games where they never wake up it's just painful to watch.

This was Tweeted and posted to the DH.N Facebook page earlier but my photos from this game have been posted. http://www.detroitho.../2011/12/10.php

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/12/2011 at 2:54 PM

Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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