Osgood Stops 27 as Wings Defeat Stars

Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped 27 of 28 shots, including 12 of 13 in the first period, leading the Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars Tuesday night.

The Stars were the dominant team early, outshooting the Red Wings 13-8 in the first period. Osgood held Detroit in the game, though, and the period ended tied at one.

Mikael Samuelsson opened the game’s scoring on just Detroit’s third shot. At 8:34 of the period, Henrik Zetterberg picked off a pass along the boards by Dallas netminder Marty Turco. He centered the puck from the right circle to Samuelsson, who tipped it into the net.

Dallas responded with 3:11 left in the period as Jaroslav Svoboda scored on a one-timer. After being hit into the end boards by Kirk Maltby, Niklas Hagman sent a pass from his knees to Svoboda in the right circle, where he was open to score.

Zetterberg’s second of three points on the night came as he scored at 4:14 of the second, tipping a pass from the right circle between Turco’s pads.

Tomas Holmstrom gave Detroit a two-goal lead at 8:34 of the second. A centering pass by Zetterberg was tipped by defenseman Brett Lebda before bouncing off Holmstrom and Turco and into the net.

Maltby finished the game’s scoring with an empty net goal, skating in all alone from the Detroit blue line.

Turco finished the game with 19 saves on 22 shots.

After Dallas outshot the Red Wings in the first period, the two teams were even on shooting for the remainder of the game.

Both teams were held scoreless on the power play, with Detroit getting three chances and the Stars having five opportunities with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday night in their annual New Years’ Eve game. This year they host the Columbus Blue Jackets, who they defeated in a shootout last week.

Kirk Maltby missed several shifts after taking a stick to the face but did not leave the bench… The Stars lost forward Stu Barnes to a “lower-body injury” in the first period.

Late Goals Lead Red Wings over Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings scored three late goals Friday night to come from behind and earn a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.

The Red Wings were trailing, 2-0, entering the final minute of regulation before notching goals with 39 and 7 seconds left in play to tie the game. They scored again with just tenths of a second left on the clock in overtime to earn the win.

With goaltender Chris Osgood on the bench for an extra attacker, Kris Draper scored Detroit’s first goal. Jason Woolley sent a hard pass from the blue line that Draper redirected in the slot past Chicago netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Nicklas Lidstrom tied the game for Detroit, putting a slap shot from the high slot into the net.

The Red Wings won the game on a disputed power play goal. In the game’s final second, Pavel Datsyuk took a pass at the side of the net from Jason Woolley and bounced a shot off the inside of Khabibulin’s pads and into the net.

The red goal light never went off and the official behind the goal signaled that time had run out but the goal was reviewed. The video goal judge determined that the puck was in the net before the clock ran out and the Red Wings left with the victory.

Chicago had opened the scoring in the first on a goal by Tyler Arnason. With 40 seconds left in the period, Mark Bell drove the Detroit net and a sprawling Osgood poked the puck away. It came out to Arnason, who was open to lift it over Osgood to put the Blackhawks up by a goal.

Former Red Wing Martin Lapointe extended the Chicago lead with 5:51 remaining in the second. The Blackhawks converted a Detroit turnover into a 3-on-1 and Lapointe carried the puck into the Red Wings’ zone. He sent it to Matthew Barnaby before heading to the side of the goal. Barnaby sent it back and Lapointe was open to tip it in, putting the Blackhawks up, 2-0.

The game marked the first time this season that the Red Wings headed to overtime in consecutive games, also having played an extra period on Tuesday against Columbus.

The Red Wings were outshot 24-17 across the first two periods before taking 17 third period shots and holding the Blackhawks to five. Osgood finished the game with 29 saves on 31 shots while Khabibulin stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced.

Detroit scored on one of their six power play chances and held the Blackhawks without a goal on their three power play opportunities.

After the NHL’s Christmas break, the Red Wings return to action when they visit the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Mikael Samuelsson was out with a leg injury but Mathieu Schneider returned to the lineup after missing one game with a charley horse. Defenseman Jamie Rivers remained in the lineup as the Red Wings opted to use seven defensemen and only eleven forwards.

Four Red Wings Named to Swedish Olympic Team

The Swedish Olympic men’s ice hockey team will feature four current Detroit Red Wings when they take to the ice in February. Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall as well as forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg were named to their native country’s roster.

Additionally, Red Wings prospect Stefan Liv was announced as the team’s third goaltender.

Lidstrom has twice before represented Sweden in the Olympics. Zetterberg was a member of the team in 2002, before his first season in the NHL with Detroit. Samuelsson and Liv will be making their first Olympic appearances.

Team Sweden’s complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Stefan Liv
Henrik Lundqvist
Mikael Tellqvist

Defensemen (7)
Christian Backman
Kim Johnsson
Kenny Jonsson
Nicklas Lidstrom
Niklas Kronwall
Mattias Norstrom
Mattias Ohlund

Forwards (13)
Daniel Alfredsson
Per-Johan Axelsson
Peter Forsberg
Mika Hannula
Jorgen Jonsson
Fredrik Modin
Markus Naslund
Samuel Pahlsson
Mikael Samuelsson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Mats Sundin
Henrik Zetterberg

Czechs Select Lang for Olympics

Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will make his fourth career Olympic appearance in February, as he was announced as a member of the Czech Republic’s men’s ice hockey team for the games in Turino, Italy.

The Czech roster also includes former Red Wing goaltender Dominik Hasek, now a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Defenseman Jiri Fischer, who was expected to be named to the team before suffering convulsions on November 21, was not on the final roster.

The four players from the New York Rangers are the most sent by one NHL team to the Czech squad.

The complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Domink Hasek
Milan Hnilicka
Tomas Vokoun

Defensemen (7)
Frantisek Kaberle
Tomas Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina
Marek Malik
Jaroslav Spacek
Marek Zidlicky

Forwards (13)
Jan Bulis
Petr Cajanek
Martin Erat
Milan Hejduk
Ales Hemsky
Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Rostislav Olesz
Vaclav Prospal
Petr Prucha
Martin Rucinsky
Martin Straka
David Vyborny

Draper Picked for Team Canada

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper was announced as a member of Canada’s entry in the coming Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament on Wednesday night. It marks the first time that Draper will represent his country in the Olympics.

“Being selected has to be the highlight of my career,” Draper said after the announcement was made. “Being picked for the World Cup was an absolute thrill, but to play in the Olympics is something that is just huge. It’s the biggest sporting event in the world, and to be able to represent Canada, I’m just very honored.”

Draper joins teammates Mathieu Schneider and Chris Chelios as Olympians. The two defensemen were named to Team USA on Monday.

Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman had earlier removed himself from the running for a spot on the Canadian team, stating that he did not want to keep a younger player who deserved to make the team off the roster.

Kirk Maltby and Brendan Shanahan were also considered for the team but were not selected. Shanahan and Yzerman played for Canada in the 2002 Olympics, becoming the second and third players ever to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year.

Joe Sakic was named the team’s captain. Canada’s roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Martin Brodeur
Roberto Luongo
Marty Turco

Defensemen (7)
Rob Blake
Adam Foote
Ed Jovanovski
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Pronger
Wade Redden
Robyn Regehr

Forwards (13)
Todd Bertuzzi
Shane Doan
Kris Draper
Simon Gagne
Dany Heatley
Jarome Iginla
Vincent Lecavalier
Rick Nash
Brad Richards
Joe Sakic
Ryan Smyth
Martin St. Louis
Joe Thornton

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Team’s First-Ever Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit’s first-ever shootout Tuesday night as goalie Chris Osgood stopped former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov on Columbus’ final shot.

As Fedorov – who was taunted by the crowed throughout the night – skated in on Osgood, he fired a high shot that Osgood deflected with his shoulder.

Jaroslav Balastik had scored on Columbus’ first shootout chance before Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg, who was scheduled to take Detroit’s third shot, was not required to shoot with Detroit already up by a goal.

The Red Wings were the last NHL team to be involved in a shootout.

Robert Lang, back from eight games off with a groin injury, scored the first goal of the game just 4:16 in. Brett Lebda sent a hard pass from the point to Lang at the side of the crease, where he redirected it into the net.

Rick Nash tied the game for Columbus with 6:47 left in the period. He was left all alone in the slot to take a pass from the right wing boards. Defenseman Chris Chelios tried to stop him by tripping him on a play that was going to be called a penalty but Nash kept control of the puck and slipped it between Osgood’s pads.

The Red Wings regained the lead 3:14 later when Mark Mowers deflected a shot from the point by Lebda.

The Blue Jackets rallied in the third period, when Duvie Westcott scored a power play goal at 8:30. As Lebda skated without a stick, Westcott was able to jump from the blueline into the slot and take a pass from behind the net, one-timing it past Osgood.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings back in the lead 2:10 later, tipping a shot from Nicklas Lidstrom at the blue line in mid-air in the high slot.

Nikolai Zherdev forced overtime, scoring with 4:09 remaining in the third period on a wraparound attempt that caught Osgood looking the wrong way.

Osgood finished the game with 30 saves on 33 shots while Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced.

Detroit was held without a goal on their seven power play chances and held Columbus to one goal on five tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two Red Wings Named U.S. Olympians

Detroit Red Wings defensemen Chris Chelios and Mathieu Schneider were two of the 23 players named to the United States’ mens ice hockey rosrer for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The roster for the team was announced on Monday.

Chelios, along with Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, will be making his fourth trip to the Olympics. He was previously named to Team USA in 1984, 1998 and 2002, as well as for the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004.

“There’s no doubt the intangibles Chris Chelios brings to any team have to be discussed,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “We brought him back for his ability to play, but also because of his leadership and competitiveness. When he’s on your team, he believes your team is going to win, and he has an impact on the players around him.”

“I feel very lucky at my age and am looking forward to the challenge,” said Chelios, who will turn 44 in January.

Schneider, seemingly a lock for the team after his strong play in the 2003-04 season and early this year, will be making his second Olympic appearance for the United States. He was named to Team USA for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not make the team in 2002. He also played for Team USA at the World Cup in 1996 and 2004.

“With his ability to skate and handle the puck… the way he played two years ago and this year, it became pretty obvious that he had to be on the team,” Holland said.

“We think our depth on defense is as good as it’s ever been,” Team USA general manager Don Waddell said.

Almost half of the team has ties to Michigan, either having come from the state, played for the Red Wings, or played for one of the area’s college teams.

The full roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Rick DiPietro
Robert Esche
John Grahame

Defensemen (7)
Chris Chelios
Derian Hatcher
Jordan Leopold
John-Michael Liles
Aaron Miller
Brian Rafalski
Mathieu Schneider

Forwards (13)
Jason Blake
Erik Cole
Craig Conroy
Chris Drury
Brian Gionta
Scott Gomez
Bill Guerin
Mike Knuble
Mike Modano
Mark Parrish
Brian Rolston
Keith Tkachuk
Doug Weight

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