Losing Streak at Four as Blues Beat Wings

The St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory was their first over the Red Wings since October of 2003, a string of eight games. The Wings winless streak has now hit four, after losing all three of their games on the previous road trip.

The teams played a scoreless first period to start the game. Early in the second period the Blues got a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:06, but Manny Legace made a few nice saves to keep the game scoreless. Then at 7:32 after both penalties expired, Jamal Mayers put the Blues on the board first scoring on a rebound off of Legace’s glove. Mayers was standing right next to the left post while Legace came out to play the original shot from the left point by Eric Weinrich.

The Wings then tied the scored at 15:43 of the second. Mikael Samuelsson broke across the Blues’ blue line with Jiri Fischer on his left. Samuelsson passed across to Fischer who then sent it back to Samuelsson as he reached an empty crease and net after Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford came out to cut off the angle. It was the first goal the Blues had given up in over 106 minutes of play.

In the third period the Blues scored twice only one minute and 43 seconds apart to go up 3-1. The first goal was scored at the 7:00 mark by Mike Sillinger who one-timed a pass from Petr Cajanek who was behind the goal. Sillinger had moved into the slot and put the puck between Legace’s pads. The second goal was scored by Warren, Michigan native Doug Weight on a wrist shot from the left circle on the power play.

The Blues then shut down the Wings 5-on-3 opportunity that lasted for 1:32, mostly due to some nice saves from Sanford and one shot that hit a post.

As time was running out in regulation, Wings’ coach Mike Babcock pulled Legace for an extra attacker. With the man advantage at 19:08 Brendan Shanahan scored from the right circle off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg who brought the play into the Blues’ zone.

Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford was impressive, stopping 32 of the Wings’ 34 shots. Legace stopped 27 of the Blues’ 30 shots. The Blues power play had been struggling, but they managed one goal during their seven opportunities. The Wings were scoreless on their six power plays chances.

The Wings will face the Nashville Predators next on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Wings Skid Hits Three With OT Loss to Oilers

The Wings completed their road trip winless as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers in overtime, 6-5. With help from four third period goals, the Oilers came back from being down two goals at the beginning of the third period to create a two goal lead for themselves. The Wings answered with two third period goals of their own to send the game to overtime.

Jarret Stoll scored the game winner only 33 seconds into overtime. The Oilers were on the power play due to a Kirk Maltby goaltender interference penalty called at 19:47 of the third period. Stoll took a pass at the top of the left circle, moved right along the blue line and sent a wrist shot just over Osgood’s glove.

The Oilers opened the scoring at 14:28 of the first with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Chris Pronger was high between the circles and fed Ales Hemsky the puck below the circle on the left. Hemsky put the puck on net while Chris Osgood dove to get in front of it. The puck ricocheted off the paddle of Osgood’s stick then up to his cage, from there it bounced into the net for the goal. There was a short delay to fix Osgood’s throat protector after which had come off due to the contact with the puck.

The Wings tied the game up two minutes later as Mikael Samuelsson stepped in front of a Chris Pronger pass just inside the Oilers’ blue line. Samuelsson then skated to the top of the right circle and put it past Jussi Markkanen.

In the second period, the Wings scored twice early, giving them a 3-1 lead. The first goal came on the power play at 3:37 from Pavel Datsyuk who took a pass at the center ice circle and motored into the Oilers’ zone heading to the left circle. There he sent a shot to the top far corner over Markkanen’s glove. Then at 4:50 Johan Franzen took a pass from Robert Lang just inside the blue line and sent a slap shot from the top right circle that hit the inside of the far post on Markkanen’s stick side.

Down two goals starting the third period, the Oilers turned things around scoring four goals in seven minutes. The first of the four goals came at 5:30 from Marc-Andre Bergeron who got the puck at the left circle from a bad clearing attempt by Chris Chelios. Bergeron went far side over Osgood’s glove, banging it off the post for the goal.

Only one minute and 29 seconds later Ryan Smyth scored on a wrap around on the right post after picking up the puck from Hemsky who had it pinned along the boards behind the net.

The Oilers took the lead at 8:12 on a shorthanded goal from Ethan Moreau. Shawn Horcoff broke in and sent the Wings’ backcheckers with him to the right, then passed behind his back to Moreau who was alone and breaking for the slot. Moreau then had Osgood going left and had an empty net to shoot at.

Ryan Smyth then added his second goal of the night to give the Oilers a 5-3 lead at 12:25 of the period while on the power play. Smyth picked the puck up in the right corner, turned and sent his shot top shelf from the right circle.

The Wings cut the lead to one with a power play goal from Brendan Shanahan at 16:40. Nicklas Lidstrom brought the puck deep into the Oilers’ zone at the bottom of the left circle and sent a pass to the crease where Shanahan tapped it past Markkanen. The Wings tied the game at 5-5 only a minute and two seconds later when a bouncing puck in front of Markkanen was eventually put in by Steve Yzerman after Kris Draper‘s and Maltby’s attempts.

Both the Oilers and the Wings had 28 shots a piece, with the Oilers taking the only shot recorded in overtime. The Wings took half of their shots in the third period alone. The Wings managed two power play goals during their six chances, while the Oilers converted three of their eight power play opportunities.

The Wings will head home to play the St. Louis Blues next on Saturday night.

Wings Bow to Flames for Second Straight Loss

The Red Wings lost their second straight on the road, guaranteeing them a below .500 record on this their first of two western road trips in November. On the other hand, the 3-2 victory for the Calgary Flames was their 8th straight win, and 8th straight home-ice win.

The Wings opened the scoring on their first shot of the game, at 1:20 when Brendan Shanahan stole the puck from Andrew Ference at the Flames blue line. Shanahan then tapped the puck to Robert Lang who skated in all alone, putting it between Mikka Kiprusoff’s pads giving the Wings the early 1-0 lead.

The Flames returned the favor at the 11:01 mark of the first when Daymond Langkow stole a Jason Williams‘ pass just inside the Flames zone, then made a quick pass up to Tony Amonte who was breaking in at the Wings blue line. Amonte was in alone and put his shot between Manny Legace‘s pads to tie the score at 1-1.

At 16:41 of the second period the Flames grabbed the lead on a goal by Chuck Kobasew on the power play. Legace couldn’t grab the puck in front of the crease as Kobasew took three stabs at his own rebounds before scoring.

Darren McCarty then added an insurance goal for the Flames early in the third period. The goal, coming at 2:03, was a wrap around by McCarty on Legace’s glove side after he stopped the puck behind the net from a shoot-in by Langkow.

The Wings managed only 22 shots on Kiprusoff, who stopped 21 of them, while Legace stopped 25 of the Flames’ 28 shots. The Wings were 0-for-3 on the power play. The Flames converted one of their four power play opportunities.

The Wings will now travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers tomorrow night.

Red Wings Begin Road Trip with Loss to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings scored the opening goal of Sunday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks but were unable to put the puck in the net for the rest of the night, allowing four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 loss.

The loss is the first for the Red Wings on the road this season. Their seven-game road winning streak to start the season tied an NHL record.

The Red Wings got their lone goal just 5:35 into the game on a lucky bounce. Pavel Datsyuk crashed the Vancouver net and had the puck poked away from him by goalie Dan Cloutier. It bounced off defender Sami Salo and into the net for a Detroit power play goal.

Vancouver took over just 5:11 later, when Todd Bertuzzi scored the first of his three goals to put the Canucks on the board. Jason Williams lost the puck behind the Detroit goal and Markus Naslund was stopped on a wraparound attempt. Detroit goalie Manny Legace couldn’t cover up to get a stop in play and Bertuzzi poked the puck free, putting it past Legace and tying the game.

Bertuzzi scored again with 4:34 remaining in the opening period. With the Canucks on the power play, he snuck in behind the Red Wings’ defense and took a long pass from Nolan Baumgartner at the Detroit blue line. A half-step ahead of Jiri Fischer, he skated through the Red Wings zone and faked around Legace, beating him to the stick side to give the Canucks the lead.

Shortly after an odd play that saw play continue for quite awhile after Kirk Maltby crashed into the Vancouver net and knocked it off its moorings, the Canucks struck again.

At 4:45 of the second, Daniel Sedin sent the puck from the right circle to the top of the crease, where it was deflected off of Anson Carter’s skate and between Legace’s pads.

Bertuzzi completed his hat trick with 4:59 left in the middle frame. He took another long pass, this one from Mattias Ohlund, at the Detroit blue line and was left all alone to beat Legace with a backhand shot to the glove side.

The Red Wings limited the Canucks to only one shot in the third period but were unable to score any goals of their own to challenge Vancouver’s lead.

Cloutier finished the game with 34 saves on 35 shots, while Legace stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced.

The Red Wings were 1-for-6 on the power play. Vancouver scored on one of their eight chances with the man-advantage.

Detroit will be back in action on Wednesday in Calgary.

Datsyuk’s Point Streak Snapped as Wings Beat Wild

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk was held without a point for the first time in eleven games but the Red Wings were still able to defeat the Minnesota Wild, 3-1.

After a scoreless first period, Detroit got two goals in the second period to take the lead.

At 7:28, Brendan Shanahan put in the rebound from a Jiri Fischer shot. After the shot from the blue line, Shanahan picked up the puck in the left circle and whipped it through Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez’s pads.

Just 1:58 later, with Detroit on the power play, Jason Williams gave the Red Wings a two-goal lead. Henrik Zetterberg got the puck in the left circle and Williams pinched in from the point, getting open for Zetterberg to send a cross-ice pass to the right circle. Williams lifted a shot over Fernandez’s left shoulder for his sixth goal of the season.

The Wild, after being outshot 31-10 in the first two periods, came out strong in the third and pulled within one on a power play goal at 8:26. Randy Robitaille sent a shot along the goal line that bounced off Detroit netminder Manny Legace‘s pads and into the net.

The Red Wings regained their two-goal lead just 3:16 later, when Johan Franzen scored after a string of tape-to-tape passes got the puck into the Minnesota zone.

Chris Chelios started with the puck behind the Detroit net and sent it to Franzen. Franzen sent it back to Chelios who sent it up to Kirk Maltby in the neutral zone. Maltby got it to Mikael Samuelsson, who broke into the Minnesota zone and sent a long shot on Fernandez. The puck was kicked aside but Franzen skated in alone to pick it up and whip it into the goal.

Both teams finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play. Legace faced only 17 shots, making 16 saves. Fernandez stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced.

Detroit will be back in action on Sunday night, when they start a Western Canada road trip in Vancouver.