Hasek Allows Three as Wings Fall to Senators

In his second complete game of the preseason, Dominik Hasek allowed three goals as the Ottawa Senators defenated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1.

The Senators opened the game’s scoring early in the first period. Marian Hossa took a centering pass from Radek Bonk in the low slot and put a quick shot past Hasek’s pad at 3:36 of the period.

Detroit responded with a similar goal just 1:04 later. Henrik Zetterberg carried the puck behind the Ottawa net and sent a quick pass to a streaking Ray Whitney, who put the puck past Ottawa netminder Ray Emery for his second preseason goal.

Hasek allowed the first of two weak goals 6:01 into the second period when he couldn’t get his pads closed in time to stop a Radek Bonk shot from the left circle.

Marian Hossa’s second of the night finished off the scoring. With 7:55 remaining in the game, he streaked down the left side of the ice and put a shot through the gap in Hasek’s pads, lifting the Senators to a 3-1 lead.

Hasek allowed the three goals on only 18 Ottawa shots. Emery stopped all but one of Detroit’s 29 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action Thursday night in Boston. It will be their last game before the NHL’s annual Waiver Draft, which could decide the fate of Wings’ goalie Curtis Joseph.

Thrashers’ Heatley, Snyder Injured in High-Speed Crash

Atlanta Thrashers’ star Dany Heatley and teammate Dan Snyder were injured in a high-speed, one-car accident late Monday night.

Snyder is in critical condition following Tuesday morning surgery for a depressed skull fracture. The lone passenger in the car, Snyder was thrown from the vehicle during the crash.

Heatley, the driver of the Ferrari, suffered a broken jaw.

The Ferrari left the road and struck a wall in front of an apartment complex at approximately eighty miles per hour.

Heatley has been charged with driving recklessly and with serious injury by vehicle.

A former second-overall draft pick in 2000, Heatley was Atlanta’s scoring leader last season with 41 goals and 48 assists. He was named MVP of the 2003 NHL All-Star Game in Florida after scoring four goals.

Snyder scored 10 goals and added four assists in 36 games last season for the Thrashers. He has split much of his professional career between the Thrashers and their minor-league affiliates after signing with Atlanta in 1999.

Stars Spoil Hatcher’s Return to Dallas

Derian Hatcher made his first appearance at Dallas’ American Airlines Center since signing with the Detroit Red Wings but couldn’t stop the Starts from defeating the Wings, 3-2.

The Stars’ Bill Guerin knocked a bouncing puck past Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek just 1:59 into the game to put Dallas up by a goal.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game for Detroit, converting on a cross-ice pass from Ray Whitney on the power play with 3:41 remaining in the period.

With Dallas on the power play, rookie Antti Miettinen beat Hasek to put the Stars up again. Guerin scored his second of the night with just twenty-two seconds remaining in the second period, wristing a shot over Hasek’s shoulder.

Jason Williams added the game’s final goal 8:59 into the third period.

Hasek played the game’s first two periods in net for Detroit, allowing three goals on sixteen shots. Marc Lamothe played the third period, stopping all five shots he faced.

Marty Turco started in goal for the Stars, allowing only Datsyuk’s goal out of eleven shots. Ron Tugnutt relieved Turco to start the second, stopping tewleve of the thirteen shots he faced.

A short pregame ceremony included a video tribute to Hatcher, who served as the Stars’ longtime captain before signing with Detroit this summer.

Wings Rout Bruins for First Exhibition Win

After dropping their first two games of the exhibition season, the Red Wings bounced back Wednesday night to defeat the Boston Bruins, 9-0.

Detroit’s special teams led the way as the Wings went 5-for-10 on the power play. The Bruins were unable to convert on any of their five attempts with the man-advantage.

“Guys were conscious about their position and that’s important,” coach Dave Lewis said. “They did the things we practiced and asked them to do, and then things happen.”

By the start of the third period, Detroit had built up enough of a lead that minor leaguers Mark Mowers and Darryl Bootland were used on a power play.

In all, eight different Red Wings scored. Tomas Holmstrom notched two goals. Henrik Zetterberg had three assists. Steve Yzerman notched his first preseason goal and rookie Jiri Hudler scored his third in as many exhibitions.

When asked about his recent success, Hudler said, “I don’t know. I think I play with great players. I think more games, I feel better.”

Of the Red Wings, only Dominik Hasek could be disappointed with the game. The goaltender, who prefers to stay active during a game, saw only twenty shots on goal from the Bruins.

“You try to stay focused the whole game,” Hasek said, “But 7-0 after second period, you know…”

Boston’s Felix Potvin, signed as a free agent this summer after a trade with Detroit fell through when Curtis Joseph elected to have surgery on his ankle, faced thirty Red Wings shots and allowed seven goals in the first half of the game. Andrew Raycroft, who replaced Potvin near the midway point of the second period, allowed two goals on seventeen shots.

The Red Wings are in action again tonight, heading to Washington to face the Capitals. The 7:00 PM game will not be televised or broadcast on radio in the Detroit area. Most Detroit stars will be kept out of the game, but Manny Legace and Chris Chelios are expected to play.

Wings Drop Second Exhibition

The Detroit Red Wings lost their second exhibition game in as many nights on Saturday, falling to the New York Rangers 5-3.

The game saw the return of Dominik Hasek to the Red Wings’ lineup for the first time since Game Five of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, when he claimed the NHL’s championship trophy for the first time in his career. It was also free agent signing Derian Hatcher‘s Detroit debut.

The Rangers opened the scoring on the power play at 9:56 of the first period. Defenseman Tom Poti pinched in and picked up the puck as it bounced through the crease, flipping it over a sprawling Hasek for his first goal of the preseason.

The Rangers extended their lead on another power play with only 46 seconds remaining in the period, as Petr Nedved beat Hasek for his first preseason goal.

Detroit rookie Jiri Hudler responded in the second period, putting a bouncing puck past Rangers netminder Jussi Markkanen with 7:08 remaining in the period.

The Rangers extended their lead with a third power play goal. With just 1:59 remaining in the second Nedved scored his second of the game, rifiling a shot over Hasek’s shoulder from right in front of the Detroit goalie.

Detroit bounced back on another Hudler goal just 23 seconds later, and the period ended with the Wings down by a goal.

Tomas Holmstrom pulled Detroit even with the Rangers at 6:24 of the third period while the Wings had the man-advantage but Poti notched his second of the game and the Rangers’ fourth power play goal at 10:41 and New York was up for good.

With fourth-string goalie Joey MacDonald on the bench for the extra attacker, Rangers’ rookie Dominick Moore scored into the empty net to clinch the New York victory.

MacDonald allowed one goal on the two shots he faced after replacing Hasek at the start of the third. Hasek stopped eleven of the fourteen shots he faced in the first two periods. Markkanen stopped twenty-two of the twenty-five shots he faced playing the entire game in the Rangers’ goal.

The Red Wings will next be in action Wednesday when the Boston Bruins visit Joe Louis Arena.

Wings Prepare for Exhibition Opener

The Detroit Red Wings will open their preseason exhibition schedule Friday night as the Washington Capitals come to Joe Louis Arena. The game will be Detroit’s first since the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim eliminated them from the first round of last season’s playoffs.

The Capitals were scheduled to open their exhibition season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins but that game was postponed as Hurricane Isabel wreaked havoc along the mid-Atlantic coast, including the Washington area.

The Red Wings were in action on Thursday in their annual Red and White Game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. The Red team defeated the White team, 2-1, on goals scored by Grand Rapids Griffins Hugo Boisvert and Nathan Robinson. Red Wings prospect Jiri Hudler scored the White team’s lone goal.

Domink Hasek, returning to the Red Wings after a one-year retirement, will not play against the Capitals. Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis said he wanted Hasek to have time to reacclimate himself to Joe Louis Arena and get in a full practice session. Hasek will play Saturday when Detroit hosts the New York Rangers.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman may also miss time after leaving the Red and White Game early with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. He was not scheduled to play against Washington but may not be available against the Rangers.

New Red Wings Derian Hatcher and Ray Whitney may make their first appearances wearing the Winged Wheel against the Captials.

Brett Hull will wear #80 throughout the exhibition season in honor of the late Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 US Olympic hockey team to a gold medal. Brooks died in a car accident in August.

Larionov Signs with New Jersey

Veteran center Igor Larionov signed a one-year deal with the Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils today, ESPN.com reports. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Larionov had turned down a $1 million offer from the Red Wings earlier this summer.

After Joe Nieuwendyk signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, the Devils were left weak at the center position. Larionov, the league’s oldest active player, will help fill that gap.

“I decided I want another year so I can have another chance to win the Cup,” Larionov said Wednesday. “This is my last year.”

Larionov said he would have retired at the end of last season had the Red Wings not been swept in the first round by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Following the departure of Sergei Fedorov to Anaheim, Larionov was the final member of the famed “Russian Five” unit on the Red Wings roster. The line, featuring Larionov, Fedorov, Vyacheslav Kozlov (now with Atlanta), Vladimir Konstantinov, and Viacheslav Fetisov, was the first all-Russian five-man unit to play together in the NHL when they were brought together with the Red Wings during the 1995-1996 season.

The Red Wings were hesitant to sign Larionov, as they believe that Jason Williams or Jiri Hudler might be able to make the jump to the NHL this season and take the fourth-line spot that was Larionov’s.

Bruins Sign Potvin: Boston no longer interested in Cujo

The Boston Bruins announced the signing of free agent goaltender Felix “The Cat” Potvin Wednesday, bowing out of the running to pick up Curtis Joseph from the Detroit Red Wings. Potvin was signed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

“Felix has been a solid NHL goaltender for a number of years,” Bruins GM Mike O’Connell said. “He’s won playoff rounds, and he gives us another veteran with experience.”

Potvin joins veteran Steve Shields and the young Andrew Raycroft in net for the Bruins. With three capable goalies already in place, it is highly unlikely that Boston would still be interested in trading for Cujo.

Joseph became available when Dominik Hasek ended his one-year retirement in July. The Bruins had announced their interest in him but when Joseph underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his ankle, trade talks were put on hold.

Atlanta is also interested in Joseph. Washington and the New York Rangers may also want to trade for the goaltender, but deals with either of them would likely require a third team.

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