Penalty Killers Lead Red Wings over Avalanche

The Detroit Red Wings took a 4-3 lead over the Colorado Avalanche into the third period on Saturday and their penalty killers helped them keep it through two Colorado power plays in the period, including a five-on-three chance.

Goaltender Manny Legace led the way for the Red Wings in the third, stopping all nine shots he faced including two big Avalanche chances during a flurry with the two-man power play.

The Avalanche had two chances with a two-man advantage on the game and could not score on either. Detroit’s game-winning goal came on their only five-on-three chance.

With the game tied at three and 2:58 remaining in the second period, Robert Lang scored the game’s final goal to put Detroit in the lead. With Colorado down to three men on the ice, Pavel Datsyuk was free to send a pass from down low through the crease to Lang on the other side, where he was open to bank the puck in off the skate of Colorado netminder David Aebischer.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring just 49 seconds into the game. Behind the goal, Kris Draper sent the puck to Brendan Shanahan, who passed it into the slot for Datsyuk. Datsyuk quickly sent it back on net and past Aebischer to put Detroit on the board.

The Avalanche pulled back into a tie 46 seconds later, when Ian Laperriere tipped a soft shot from the point by John-Michael Liles past Legace.

Tomas Holmstrom put the Red Wings back out in front with 2:57 remaining in the period. Mark Mowers carried the puck away from the goal through the bottom of the right circle before spinning to send a pass through the crease to Holmstrom on the far side, open for an easy tip-in.

With 1:09 left in the period, Detroit took a two-goal lead on their first power play. Mathieu Schneider sent a shot on goal from the high slot through a screen. The puck deflected off Colorado blueliner Patrice Brisebois and into the net.

Colorado came back in the second period, starting with a power play goal at 1:29. Brisebois fired a shot from the point that Andrew Brunette deflected at the top of the crease to beat Legace.

With 6:37 remaining in the period and the teams skating four-on-four, Rob Blake scored to tie the game. Blake sent a shot from the point that may have deflected off of Chris Chelios and past Legace.

Lang’s game-winner came 3:39 later.

The Red Wings ended the game two-for-five on the power play and held the Avalanche to one goal on eight power play chances.

Legace made twenty saves on 23 shots while Aebischer stopped 28 of 32 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they host the Nashville Predators.


Mowers was in the lineup for the second-straight game as Henrik Zetterberg rests a hip flexor. Zetterberg is expected to play on Monday… Monday’s matchup is the rescheduled November 21 game. As such, Nashville will begin the game with a 1-0 lead.

Osgood, Holmstrom Lead Red Wings past Blue Jackets

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood stopped all 26 shots that he faced and Tomas Holmstrom scored twice to lead the visiting Red Wings to a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both of Holmstrom’s goals came on the power play, as the Red Wings went two-for-seven with the man-advantage.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Blue Jackets control the play, Detroit took over the game.

Holmstrom’s first goal of the night opened the scoring at 7:06 of the middle frame. Jason Williams one-timed a shot from above the high slot that Holmstrom deflected down at the top of the crease and past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.

With 1:51 left in the period, Mark Mowers scored his second goal of the season to put Detroit up by two, deflecting a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point past Leclaire.

Holmstrom’s second of the night came 4:52 into the third period. Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck behind the net and sent it out front into the slot, where Holmstrom was open to bang it back at the net and by Leclaire.

Mathieu Schnieder added a goal on a blast from the top of the left circle with 1:47 remaining in the game.

Detroit stopped all seven of Columbus’ power play chances.

Leclaire made 37 saves on 41 shots in the Blue Jackets’ net.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche for the first time this season. They earned a 7-3 win over Colorado in Detroit on November 23.


Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a hip injury.

Late-period Goals Not Enough to Lift Rangers over Red Wings

The New York Rangers scored a goal in the final 2:30 of each period Saturday afternoon but it wasn’t enough to stop the Detroit Red Wings from picking up a 4-3 victory.

The Rangers opened the game’s scoring with 1:15 remaining in the first period. From behind the net, Martin Rucinsky sent a pass out to Jaromir Jagr in the low slot. Jagr put a one-timer back on net and past Detroit goalie Manny Legace to put New York on the board.

The Red Wings responded at 7:45 of the second.

With Detroit on the power play just after a five-on-three opportunity expired, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot on net from the blue line. Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist knocked the puck into the left circle but Robert Lang was there to pick up the rebound and lift it over Lundqvist and into the net.

Just 52 seconds later, Detroit took the lead on Brendan Shanahan‘s first goal of the night. His shot from the right circle caught the top of Lundqvist’s stick and deflected into the net.

The Rangers retied the game with 15 seconds remaining in the middle frame, when a Michael Nylander shot beat Legace as Ville Nieminen pushed past Lidstrom and crashed the net. Legace argued for an interference call to no avail.

Shanahan’s second goal of the night put Detroit back in front at 5:48 of the final period.

Chris Chelios drew most of the New York defense to him in the high slot while Henrik Zetterberg had the puck in the corner to Lundqvist’s right. Zetterberg sent a pass out to Shanahan at the top of the crease but Lundqvist stopped the attempted one-timer. The rebound bounced free and Shanahan jumped up to lift the puck over the falling Rangers goalie.

Johan Franzen scored the final Detroit goal of the night with 5:21 left in the game, deflecting a pass from Kris Draper past Lundqvist.

New York’s Jed Ortmeyer pulled the Rangers back within one on a shot that deflected off Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda with 2:26 remaining but it wouldn’t be enough to get his team back in the game.

Lundqvist stopped a flurry of Detroit chances in the game’s final minutes but the Rangers were unable to tie it up.

A shot by Shanahan in the game’s closing seconds entered the empty Ranger net after time expired.

Legace finished the game with 21 saves on 24 shots while the rookie Lundqvist stopped 32 of 36 shots, including 15 of 17 in the second period alone.

Detroit held the Rangers scoreless on three power play chances and converted one of their five opportunities.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.


New York was without defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who suffered a sprained knee during pre-game warmups.

Guest Editorial: Original Six Matchup to be a Treat for Wings and Rangers Fans

This Saturday North America will have the pleasure and the privilege of seeing two of the NHL’s Original Six teams play each other in Hockeytown. It will be televised in the US and Canada on NBC. What a way for NBC to open its coverage of the “new” NHL! This game should showcase hockey at its very best.

As of January 13th, the Detroit Red Wings sit in a tie for second place in the league and, improbably, their old Original Six rivals, the New York Rangers, are in a tie for eighth. Yes, you read that right, the lowly New York Rangers, the team everyone loves to hate and had been predicted to finish dead last, are doing remarkably well with their youth movement.

I am a Ranger fan by birth and I do bleed True Blue. I am a Red Wing fan by choice. Actually, in the playoff desert that has been New York for almost the last decade, I turned to the Red Wings for my post season hockey fix and have learned to love the Red Wings. In the decade since the Rangers last won the Stanley Cup, the Red Wings have been an oasis from the trap and transition style of play exhibited by the New Jersy Devils and the Ottawa Senators, to say the least. Besides, the Red Wings are out of our conference and therefore easier to justify loving. Who in their right mind would root for the Devils?

What I love about the Red Wings has to do with their style of play and, of course, the players. No Red Wing game I have ever watched or had the honor to have attended has ever been boring. I always know that no matter how badly down the Wings are in a game (though very seldom it happens), they can stage a comeback and turn it around. Case in point, the game against the Caps on December 9th, 2005.

It was my only road trip this year and my husband and I traveled down to DC to see what was probably the Yzerman farewell tour.(maybe the Shanahan farewell tour). The marketing geniuses that make up the NHL schedule did not have the Wings playing anywhere in the NY Metro area. DC was the closest they would come to me. So, off I went.

The MCI Center was filled with Red Wing jerseys. I was wearing my signed Shanahan. The place was a sea of red! The crowd behaved like it was a Wings home game. The only thing Leonsis could smile about was that his building was filled to the rafters, even if it was with Wings fans. The Caps jumped out to a 3-0 lead but the Wings went on the beat them 4-3.

I also had the privilege of seeing the Rangers play the Wings at the Joe for a pre-season game in September 2003. I was joined by none other than our very own Clark Rasmussen. He was kind enough to show me a little of HockeyTown, too.

Most of all, I admire the players who have populated the Wings over the last decade. Stevie Y, Lidstrom, Chelios, Draper, D-Mac, Homer, the Professor and the Russian Mob. None more than Brendan Shanahan though! He has been my ideal hockey player and has shown himself to be a fine man as well. I hope that someday he will be NHL Commissioner.

I have that same feeling of affection and pride when look at the “new” New York Rangers. I have followed the “kids” from the minors to Broadway. The Czechs are amazing and work hard. A motivated Jagr is a dangerous thing. I hope they continue to grow together and play well. We have had so many pleasant surprises with the likes of rookies Lundqvist and Prucha and our outstanding penalty killers Ortmeyer, Ward, Moore and Hollweg. I hope Petr Sykora can add more scoring on our second line.

I sincerely hope that this game Saturday night is officiated well and fairly and that both teams play their best hockey. This is an opportunity for North America to see what a great, exciting game hockey really is. Hopefully, the ratings will show that NHL hockey is worthy of national exposure and not be relegated to a mickey mouse network like OLN.

Ultimately, I want the Rangers come away with the two points. Hey, the Wings are in second place. They can spare a couple of points.

Five Third Period Goals Spark Red Wings’ Victory

The Red Wings continued their dominance of the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena with a 6-3 victory in the only meeting between the two teams this season. The Wings were led by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk who each had two goals.

The teams skated to a scoreless first period with Wings shutting down four power play opportunities for the Flyers. The Wings also held the Flyers top line of Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne, and Mike Knuble without a shot in the period.

At 13:20 of the second period Datsyuk put the Wings on the board first. While on the power play Zetterberg made a cross crease pass to Datsyuk who was positioned just off the right post.

The Flyers tied the game at 16:45 of the second with a power play goal of their own. Gagne was left alone between the circles and put a wrist shot past Manny Legace after a pass from Forsberg in the left circle.

The Wings scored two goals in the first 46 seconds of the third period. The first came only 14 seconds in when Chris Chelios found himself alone in the right circle after Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby forced a turnover while killing off Robert Lang‘s hooking penalty from late in the second. Then Pavel Datsyuk played a give-and-go with Brendan Shanahan skating on his right and took the pass in the slot to beat Flyers’ goalie Antero Niittymaki.

The Flyers pulled within one at 4:06 with a goal from Dennis Seidenberg, taking a shot from above the left circle, which was tipped by Andreas Lilja.

Zetterberg put the Wings up by two again at 8:37. Zetterberg had misfired on a shot just left of the goal from a feed by Pavel Datsyuk in the right circle. Zetterberg then gathered the puck along the boards and banked it off the back of Niittymaki’s legs.

The Flyers again pulled within one goal of the Wings, this time by a goal from Gagne at a tight angle at 10:33. Forsberg had controlled the puck behind the net and passed to Gagne just below the left circle.

Zetterberg scored his second goal from the left slot at 11:09 of the third period off a pass from Datsyuk which was close to a mirror image of Datsyuk’s first goal in the second period from Zetterberg. Then Robert Lang added the Wings sixth goal at 14:10 off a pass from Steve Yzerman on a 2-on-1.

Each team scored on one of their power play opportunities. The Flyers had six and the Wings had four. Antero Niittymaki faced 41 Red Wings’ shots, making 35 saves, while Manny Legace made 17 saves on 20 shots by the Flyers.

The Wings next face the New York Rangers at the Joe on Saturday afternoon.


The Flyers have not won at Joe Louis Arena since November 4, 1988 … Steve Yzerman recorded his 1051st assist, passing Gordie Howe for 7th place on the NHL all-time list. Yzerman is now only 29 assits behind Adam Oates who is 6th on that list.