Wings Rally Late for Tie With ‘Canes

It started out looking like a game where nothing was going to go right for the Red Wings, but three goals within 6:48 late in the third period changed that perception and brought the Wings to a 4-4 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pavel Brendl started the Hurricanes off early, putting a hard wrist shot over Curtis Joseph‘s catching glove just 2:37 into the game.

With that, Carolina’s usually anemic offense was off and running. Radim Vrbata scored a power play goal similar to Brendl’s with 8:20 left in the first””another laser of a wrist shot high over the catching glove.

Rod Brind’Amour put the Hurricanes up by three with 3:25 left before the first intermission. Jiri Fischer‘s pass didn’t clear the Red Wings’ blue line. Vrbata intercepted the puck and sent it across the slot to Brind’Amour, who deked neatly around Joseph before sliding the puck in low.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, were having trouble. Their passes weren’t reaching the intended recipients, they were missing defensive coverages, and, while they managed to pepper Carolina goalie Kevin Weekes with plenty of shots, their best scoring chances wound up going wide of the net or being deflected away.

Manny Legace came in for Joseph to start the second period. The Red Wings gained a four minute power play early when Niclas Wallin was given a double minor for high-sticking Brendan Shanahan, and things were starting to look up.

Things looked even better when Henrik Zetterberg tipped Ray Whitney‘s left point shot past Weekes just as the power play was about to expire, but the momentum from that goal was short-lived. Sean Hill managed to slide the puck between Legace’s shin pads just 24 seconds after Zetterberg’s goal.

Detroit started to look better early in the third. They forced Weekes to make some big saves, particularly a shot followed by a rebound shot from Brett Hull and Ray Whitney.

Finally, with 10:09 left in regulation, everything started to click into place. Shanahan centered a pass from the right corner through the goal crease. Weekes came out a little to poke it away, but he gave it directly to Tomas Holmstrom. Holmstrom made no mistake, whipping the puck into the open space of the net for his tenth goal of the season.

The Wings got another power play chance when Bob Boughner was given a high-sticking penalty. Once again, the Two Kids and Old Goat line came through in the crunch. Pavel Datsyuk threaded a pass to Hull in the slot, and Hull one-timed the puck towards the net. Zetterberg deflected it in mid-air, and the puck squeezed past Weekes.

Holmstrom tied the game up with 3:21 left in regulation. He came up the left side and one-timed a shot off Shanahan’s pass.

Neither team had very much of a scoring chance in overtime. The Red Wings got a four on three power play when Jeff O’Neill was called for hooking, but by then only thirty seconds remained, and no one was able to put the puck past Weekes again.

Detroit outshot Carolina by a count of 44 to 18. The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday night, when they travel to Nashville to play the Predators.

Darren McCarty played his first game after missing nearly three months with a back injury. He played a total of 7:31 and had one shot on net”¦. Steve Thomas, however, will be out for a few weeks with a rib injury aggravated Thursday night against New Jersey”¦. Equipment manager Paul Boyer had to get four staples in his head after being hit by the puck behind the bench during the first period.

Home Sweet Home: Wings Bounce Back from Bad Trip with Win at Home

The Detroit Red Wings bounced back from a five-game road trip in which they won only one game and earned only four of a possible ten points with a 5-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. The win lifted the Wings’ record to 19-4-2 at home this season.

Detroit goaltender Curtis Joseph was spectacular early on as the Red Wings killed off a New Jersey 5-on-3 in the opening minutes of the game. The Wings gained momentum with the successful penalty kill and struck first, scoring the game’s first goal with 8:59 remaining in the period.

Henrik Zetterberg won an offensive zone faceoff against former Red Wing Igor Larionov and got the puck back to Jamie Rivers. Rivers fired a hard shot from the blue line that surprised Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur and found its way into the net.

Just 2:47 later, the Devils responded. Erik Rasmussen picked up the puck in the New Jersey zone and outraced Jason Woolley down the left side of the ice. He gained the Detroit blue line and fired a shot through Joseph’s pads. The goal was a soft one for Joseph to give up, but his teammates would bail him out.

Mathieu Schneider scored his fifth goal in five games 2:16 after the Rasmussen goal as Detroit was on the power play. Tomas Holmstrom carried the puck over the New Jersey blue line and fed it off to Brendan Shanahan at the right-side half-boards. Shanahan sent a pass to the streaking Schneider who one-timed a shot by Brodeur to put the Red Wings back out in front.

Brett Hull put the Wings up by two early in the second. Just 46 seconds in to the period, he took a pass at the right faceoff circle from Steve Thomas, spun around a defender, and deflected a shot off Brodeur’s shoulder, off the crossbar, and into the net.

Within three minutes, Turner Stevenson had the Devils back within one. At 3:31, Stevenson took at pass from Jeff Friesen and put a one-timer from the middle of the Wings’ zone past Joseph.

Detroit didn’t regain their two-goal lead until almost midway through the third period. At 8:30 of the period, Holmstrom scored on just the Wings’ second power play attempt of the game. Schneider fired a shot from the point and the Brodeur let the rebound slip away from him. Holmstrom picked up the puck with his back to the crease and spun around, flipping a shot past Brodeur’s outstretched pad.

Kris Draper added a shorthanded, empty-net insurance goal with 1:02 remaining in the game. Draper picked up a loose puck in the high slot in the Detroit zone, skated with it to the blue line, and fired a long shot into the vacant New Jersey net.

Detroit’s special teams were perfect for the game, with the power play converting on both opportunities and the penalty kill successfully defending against seven New Jersey attempts with the extra attacker.

Joseph stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in net for the Red Wings, a far cry from his last appearance in net, where he allowed four goals on eight shots in two periods against the Phoenix Coyotes. Brodeur made 15 saves on 19 shots against for the Devils.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Joe Louis Arena. Detroit defeated the Hurricanes, 4-1, in their previous meeting this season.

Detroit forward Steve Thomas left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. He did not return.

Wings Close Trip With Tie in Dallas

The Red Wings are ready to be done with their West Coast road trip and head for home after finishing up with a 2-2 tie against the Dallas Stars.

The teams got off to a slow start, trying to get a sense of each other. Detroit began to pressure first. Henrik Zetterberg had a good scoring chance against Marty Turco early, but hit the goalpost.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring at 12:28 of the first period. Jiri Fischer made a pass into the Stars’ zone. Datsyuk raced in to beat Sergei Zubov to the puck, then took a hard wrist shot which beat Turco through the five-hole.

Dallas tied the game up on a power play late in the period. Jason Arnott won the faceoff in the Red Wings’ defensive zone. Richard Matvichuk took a hard shot from the left point, and David Oliver tipped the puck on its way through. Steve Ott was screening Manny Legace so that the goalie couldn’t see the shot until it was too late.

The late goal gave the Stars a confidence they may have lacked before, and they came on strong for the second period. The Red Wings’ skaters had a tough time getting the puck out of their zone, let alone trying to set up any scoring chances against Turco. Fortunately for Detroit, Legace was there to stop every Dallas shot he faced in the second.

Tomas Holmstrom moved the Red Wings back into the lead with a non-characteristic goal early in the third. He intercepted a pass from Matvichuk to Teppo Numminen deep in the Dallas zone. Turco came out of the net to challenge, but Holmstrom stick-handled around the goaltender and zinged a hard shot into the net.

The Red Wings seemed to slump back into a defensive position after that, but the Stars continued to pressure offensively. They tied the game back up with just 6:03 remaining in regulation. Pierre Turgeon won the faceoff in Detroit’s zone. Numminen shot the puck from the right point. Turgeon and Bill Guerin were both in front of the net creating a screen so that Legace couldn’t see the puck sliding through traffic.

Detroit controlled the overtime, coming up with five good scoring chances against Turco to the Stars’ one shot against Legace, but neither goaltender allowed another shot through.
Dallas outshot Detroit by a count of 29 to 26. The Red Wings will return home to face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday evening.

This was Steve Yzerman‘s 1425th game, moving him past Pat Verbeek into 15th place on the list of total career games played…. Dominik Hasek‘s injured groin will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Special Teams Lead ‘Yotes over Wings

Three power play goals and two shorthanded goals lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night. The Coyotes ended the night three-for-six on the powerplay with goals on three of their first four chances with the man-advantage.

Phoenix’s first powerplay goal opened the game’s scoring just 47 seconds into the first period. With Detroit’s Ray Whitney in the box for hooking, Daymond Langkow deflected a Shane Doan shot from the point past Detroit netminder Curtis Joseph, giving Phoenix the 1-0 lead.

Detroit came back buzzing after the Phoenix goal and evened things up at 6:45 of the first. Pavel Datsyuk kicked a pass from Steve Thomas from his skate to his stick as he crossed the blue line, then carried the puck down the left side of the ice and rifled a shot by Coyotes’ goaltender Brian Boucher.

The Coyotes regained their lead when Radoslav Suchy scored a powerplay goal with 7:26 remaining in the period. Suchy took a pass in the slot and fired a quick shot under the sliding defenseman Chris Chelios and through Joseph’s five-hole.

Another powerplay goal gave the Coyotes a 3-1 lead 3:44 into the second period. Paul Mara took a point shot that went wide on the short side. Joseph moved to follow the puck behind the net but it took a lively bounce off the back boards and came out to Jan Hrdina, who had an open net to put the puck into.

Mathieu Schneider pulled the Wings back to within a goal of the Coyotes, scoring at 8:46 of the second. Schneider darted in from the blue line to one-time a deflected pass in the slot past Boucher.

Daniel Cleary gave Phoenix a shorthanded goal with 1:07 remaining in the second and Branko Radivojevic added a shorthanded empty-net goal with 29 seconds left in the game.

Detroit’s Joseph stopped just four of the eight shots he faced in the first two periods before being replaced by Manny Legace. Legace was perfect on five shots. Boucher stopped 44 of the 46 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will conclude their Pacific Division road trip on Monday night in Dallas.

The game was Detroit’s first at Glendale Arena, the Coyotes’ new home… Jiri Fischer missed the game due to a one-game suspension handed down by the NHL. Fischer was suspended for head-butting Los Angeles’ Ian Laperriere on Thursday night.

Hull Snaps Slump as Wings Down LA

Brett Hull scored his first goal in 21 games, ending the longest goal scoring drought of his career and helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Hull’s goal came 3:47 into the second period as the Wings were on one of their two power plays of the game. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from inside the blue line that Hull deflected near the slot and went past Kings’ goalie Roman Cechmanek to pull Detroit back into a 2-2 tie with Los Angeles.

Detroit had opened the scoring off a faceoff 6:01 into the game. Pavel Datsyuk won the draw back to Jamie Rivers at the blue line. Rivers sent a pass to Jason Woolley who fired a shot from along the boards that was deflected into the net from the slot by Steve Thomas.

The Kings took the lead on goals just 1:30 apart later in the first period. Trent Klatt scored on the power play with 4:49 remaining in the period, deflecting a shot at the top of the crease through Detroit netminder Curtis Joseph‘s five-hole. Alexander Frolov put the Kings up by a goal after picking up a rebound and firing it over the sprawling Joseph.

Detroit regained the lead when Mathieu Schneider fired a shot from the right faceoff circle by Cechmanek 1:30 after Hull tied the game.

Jamie Rivers, who was inserted into the lineup late after Niklas Kronwall was injured in pre-game warmups, scored his first goal as a Red Wing 3:55 into the final period. Rivers picked off a pass just inside the Kings’ blue line and rifled a quick shot by Cechmanek to make it 4-2.

Another power play goal pulled the Kings back within a goal when former Red Wing Luc Robitaille deflected a shot by Joseph at the 6:15 mark of the third.

Schneider’s second goal of the game put Detroit back up by a goal with 6:08 remaining in the game and that was enough for the Red Wings to hold on for the victory.

Frolov finished the game’s scoring with 1:17 remaining in regulation. As the Kings skated with the extra attacker, Frolov swept down the left side of the ice and fired a backhand shot over the stick of a surprised Joseph for his second goal of the night.

Joseph stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced in net for the Red Wings. Cechmanek made 24 saves on 29 shots between the pipes for the Kings.

Detroit is next in action on Saturday night when the Red Wings pay their first ever visit to the new Glendale Arena, home of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Kronwall Breaks Leg in Warmups

Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Niklas Kronwall will return to Detroit for further evaluation on Friday after suffering a broken leg during pre-game warmups before the Red Wings’ Thursday-night matchup with the Los Angeles Kings.

Kronwall’s skate reportedly got caught in a rut in the ice as he turned, causing his leg to twist and buckle under him.

He was helped off the ice and defenseman Jamie Rivers was quickly inserted into the lineup to replace him.

Without further assessment of the injury, no timetable has been set for his return.

Datsyuk Added to All-Star Roster

Detroit Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk was among fifteen players added to the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday night. The starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference teams were announced two weeks ago.

Datsyuk joins Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom on the All-Star team. Lidstrom was announced as a starter after receiving the second-most votes for a defenseman from the Western Conference.

The two Red Wings will be coached by Detroit head coach Dave Lewis, who will be making his second appearance behind the bench for an All-Star team. Last season he was the assistant coach to Vancouver’s Marc Crawford. This season Crawford will be the assistant, while Lewis has the head coaching position.

Datsyuk will be making his first career All-Star appearance in only his third season. He played in the 2002 YoungStars game in his rookie year.

Ducks Bounce Back to Tie Wings, 2-2

A two-goal lead late in the second period wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings to defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Wednesday night. The Ducks scored in the final minute of both the second and third periods to force a tie with the Wings, who failed to defeat Anaheim for the first time this season.

With goaltender Martin Gerber on the Anaheim bench in favor of the extra attacker and only one minute remaining in regulation, Anaheim’s Vaclav Prospal picked up a rebound at the edge of the crease and flipped a shot over Detroit netminder Manny Legace to tie the game.

Detroit had led since Pavel Datsyuk scored with 7:38 remaining in the first period. With the Wings on the power play, Datsyuk sent a shot into the top of the net. The puck bounced back out so quickly that play continued and the shot had to be reviewed by video before the goal was announced.

Detroit’s lead was extended to two goals when Mathieu Schneider blasted a shot from the blue line by a screened Gerber with 9:20 left in the second period. The goal came at even strength, but Anaheim’s Cam Severson had not yet rejoined the play after leaving the penalty box.

Petr Sykora scored the Ducks’ first goal with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. Legace moved out of the net to corral the puck behind the goal but Samuel Pahlsson beat him to the puck and sent a pass to Sykora, who was all alone in front of the empty net.

The game was Detroit’s first in Anaheim since falling to the Ducks in a four-game sweep in the first round of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wings defeated Anaheim twice this season in Detroit.

Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov did not play in the game. He was a late scratch after coming down with the stomach flu.

Brett Hull‘s goal scoring drought reached twenty games. He assisted on Datsyuk’s goal but did not score.

Sharks Show Their Teeth

The Red Wings learned tonight that the San Jose Sharks’ rise to the top of the Pacific Division is no fluke. Detroit certainly wasn’t without scoring chances, but San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov played a fine game, allowing his teammates to make some timely goals and take a 2-1 win.

The Red Wings started the first period with a surprising amount of energy, considering that they are probably badly jet-lagged from their six hour flight and change of time zones. Nabokov had to be very sharp throughout the first, especially when the Wings got a power play with Alyn McCauley in the box for high sticking.

At the other end of the ice, the Sharks started out more cautiously, choosing their shots against Curtis Joseph carefully. When they did get a shot away, it was more often than not a good scoring chance, and Joseph had to be quick.

Todd Harvey, noted more for his grinding defensive play than his offensive prowess, opened the scoring with a skillful goal with 2:12 left in the first. He skated the puck in a tight circle around the net. Players were scrambling in front: Sharks trying to position themselves for a rebound and Wings trying to get the Sharks out of the way. Harvey circled out in front of the whole tangle and put the puck high.

The teams slowed the game up a little for the second period. San Jose went into more of a defensive mode, making sure to be the first ones to get to loose pucks in their own end so that Detroit would have a tough time setting up any plays.

Niko Dimitrakos increased the Sharks’ lead with just under five minutes remaining in the period. He took a nice pass from Wayne Primeau, then one timed a wrist shot just over Joseph’s glove. Joseph, screened by Henrik Zetterberg, didn’t have much of a chance to see or stop the shot.

Steve Yzerman spoiled Nabokov’s shutout bid and got the Red Wings back in the game midway through the third period. Ray Whitney centered the puck from the right boards. Yzerman skated up through the slot to take the pass and put a quick shot low to Nabokov’s right before the goalie could slide over.
The Red Wings pressed much harder for another goal after that, especially in the last minute when Joseph had been pulled for an extra skater, but Nabokov was more solid than ever.

Detroit outshot San Jose by a count of 35 to 24. The Red Wings will continue their West Coast trip with a stop in Anaheim to face the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.

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