Red Wings Bounce Back to Beat Predators

The Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals to turn a game in which they trailed 2-1 into a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

The Red Wings tied the game with 35 seconds remaining in the first period, when Tomas Holmstrom deflected a shot from the left wing boards by Nicklas Lidstrom with Detroit on a power play.

After a scoreless second period, the Red Wings pulled into the lead 1:42 into the third. With Robert Lang and Steve Yzerman fighting for the puck on the left side of the ice, Brendan Shanahan got open in the slot. Yzerman got the puck free and sent it to Shanahan, who moved around Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun and put the puck into the net.

Jason Williams closed the game’s scoring, one-timing a chance from the slot past Vokoun on a pass from the bottom of the right circle by Yzerman.

Nashville had opened the scoring with 6:31 remaining in the first, when a series of quick passes got the puck to Mike Sillinger alone in the left circle to wrist a shot past Detroit netminder Manny Legace for a power play goal.

Just 40 seconds later, Kris Draper scored off the rebound of a Pavel Datsyuk shot while the two skated in on an odd-man rush.

Nashville breifly regained their lead 27 seconds later, when Scott Hartnell deflected a long shot by Brendan Witt past Legace.

Both goaltenders finished the night having faced 34 shots, with Legace making 32 saves and Vokoun stopping 30 chances.

Detroit went one-for-six on the power play while Nashville went one-for-eight.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the second of four games in five nights.

Yzerman’s 690th Leads Red Wings over Blues

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman‘s 690th career goal lifted him into a tie with Mario Lemieux for eight place in all-time NHL goal scoring and was the eventual game-winner Monday night, as the Red Wings cruised to a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Yzerman’s goal, his 12th of the season, gave Detroit a 2-0 lead at 9:45 of the second period.

After a long shot by Niklas Kronwall, the puck bounced around at the top of the crease. Robert Lang couldn’t get a handle on it and it skipped over to Yzerman near the left circle, where he was open to bang it into the net.

Johan Franzen scored just 47 seconds later, cutting to the net from the side of the goal and pounding away at the puck, putting in his own rebound as he moved across the top of the crease.

Tomas Holmstrom notched the Red Wings’ final goal 34 seconds into the third period when Henrik Zetterberg got him the puck on a three-on-two with Mikael Samuelsson. Skating through the slot, Holmstrom lifted a backhander past Blues’ goalie Patrik Lalime.

With 58 seconds remaining in the game, St. Louis spoiled Detroit netminder Manny Legace‘s shutout effort when Petr Cajanek scored on a rebound opportunity.

Kirk Maltby had opened the scoring at 2:01 of the first period, whipping a shot from the right circle to the far corner of the net.

Legace finished the night with twenty saves on 21 shots, while Lalime stopped 28 of 32 shots against.

Detroit was held scoreless on their five power play chances but did not allow a goal on any of St. Louis’ eight power plays.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they visit the Nashville Predators in a game that was originally scheduled for January 23.

Wings Sign Samuelsson to Extension

The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year contract extension on Saturday. As per club policy, the deal’s financial terms were not announced.

Samuelsson, 29, has scored 21 goals and 17 assists for the Red Wings this season, his first with the club. He also played at the Olympics for Sweden.

He was originally a fifth-round choice of the San Jose Sharks and also played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Florida Panthers.

Samuelsson returned to the Detroit roster on Thursday after missing nine games with a wrist injury.

Red Wings Blow Third-Period Lead, Fall to Columbus in Shootout

For the first time this season, the Detroit Red Wings carried a lead into the third period only to come away with a loss.

Saturday night, the Red Wings led the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-0, after two periods. Columbus scored four-straight goals to take a 4-3 lead before the Red Wings tied the game back up. Detroit would eventually fall in a shootout in which they were kept scoreless.

Detroit’s defensive collapse began with a goal by Rostislav Klesla at 7:08 of the period, a blast from the blue line that appeared to be deflected before getting past Red Wings’ goalie Chris Osgood.

David Vyborny pulled the Blue Jackets to within one 3:31 later when he was left all alone to deflect a shot from the left wing by Klesla.

A Mikael Samuelsson turnover in the Columbus zone led to the third Blue Jackets’ goal with 5:44 remaining. Vyborny stole the puck and sent an outlet pass to Rick Nash, who easily skated around a slashing Andreas Lilja before cutting in front of Osgood and putting the puck around him.

Just 29 seconds later, Manny Malhotra scored after two Detroit turnovers in their own zone. He was left all alone in front of Osgood to bang a shot that defelected off of the Red Wings’ goalie and into the net.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game with 1:50 remaining, breaking into the Columbus zone and rifling a shot past Blue Jackets’ netminder Pascal Leclaire.

Johan Franzen and Steve Yzerman scored first-period goals and Robert Lang added one in the second period to build Detroit’s initial lead.

After a scoreless overtime, Jaroslav Balastik scored on the first shootout attempt for the only goal of the tiebreaker.

Osgood finished the game with 23 saves on 27 shotsm facing more shots in the third period than in the rest of the periods combined. Leclaire made forty saves on 44 shots against.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit having three chances and Columbus having two.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Red Wings Blank Sharks to Move Into First

A 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday lifted the Detroit Red Wings into sole possession of the National Hockey League’s top spot. The Red Wings’ 102 points moved them ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who have 100, and the Carolina Hurricanes, who have 98 points.

The game marked the first time this season that San Jose was held off the scoreboard, leaving the Red Wings as the only team in the league to have scored in all of their games.

The shutout was Detroit goalie Manny Legace‘s sixth of the season. He stopped 28 shots on the night but was only truly tested for part of the third period.

San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves on 30 shots.

After a scoreless opening period, the Red Wings got on the board at 1:47 of the second. Mathieu Schneider fired a blast from the blue line along the ice and Tomas Holmstrom got a stick on it in front of the crease, lifting it off a defender and over Nabokov’s shoulder.

Jason Williams put Detroit up by a pair just 1:18 into the third period. Robert Lang caused a turnover on the right wing boards in the San Jose zone and centered to Williams, who was open near the crease to bang home a chance.

A power play goal by Steve Yzerman 1:41 later extended Detroit’s lead. After Nabokov stopped a long Nicklas Lidstrom shot, the rebound was lost in the low slot. Yzerman found it before anyone else, and with Nabokov still looking for the puck, he put it into an open side of the net.

Playing in his first game back from a wrist injury, Mikael Samuelsson finished the game’s scoring with 6:18 remaining, taking a cross-ice pass from Henrik Zetterberg before skating through the left circle and wristing a shot that was deflected by Joe Thrornton and over Nabokov’s shoulder.

Detroit finished the night one-for-three on the power play while stopping all of San Jose’s five attempts.

The Red Wings continue their stretch of eight games in 14 nights when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Predators End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

The Nashville Predators came from behind in a shootout on Tuesday to hand the Detroit Red Wings their first loss in seven games.

By losing out on the extra point, Detroit was unable to pull ahead of the Ottawa Senators for sole posession of first place in the league.

Nashville by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 after the first two rounds of the shootout but Steve Sullivan tied it in the third round and goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped Henrik Zetterberg to force sudden death rounds. The fourth round was scoreless and after the Predators took a 3-2 lead in the fifth round, Detroit captain Steve Yzerman scored to keep the Red Wings alive. Brendan Shanahan could not repeat the feat after Martin Erat scored for Nashville in the sixth round.

The first period was the only period of the game that saw any scoring, opening with a Nashville goal at 5:57, when Scott Hartnell deflected a shot from the blue line by Marek Zidlicky past Detroit netminder Manny Legace.

With the Red Wings on a two-man advantage at 9:34, Robert Lang tied the game, picking up a rebound that bounced around the crease and lifting it over the sprawling Vokoun.

Still on the power play just 57 seconds later, Shanahan tipped a centering pass by Zetterberg past Vokoun.

The Predators tied things back up with 5:09 remaining in the period while skating on a five-on-three of their own, as Steve Sullivan put home a rebound from the side of the net.

The Red Wings dominated the shooting in the second period and the Predators carried play in the third but neither team could break the tie. The best chance for either side came when Legace stopped Hartnell on a penalty shot with 5:12 remaining in regulation.

Legace finished the night with 34 saves on 36 shots, while Vokoun stopped 39 of 41 shots against.

Detroit’s power play went two-for-four and the Red Wings’ penalty killers allowed only one goal on six Nashville power plays.

The Red Wings will be back in action when the San Jose Sharks visit Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.

By picking up one point, the Red Wings became the second team to reach 100 points in the NHL standings, folowing Ottawa, who reached that point earlier in the night with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins… The third round shoout miss by Henrik Zetterberg was his first missed shootout chance of the season… Jason Williams remained perfect in shootout chances, moving to four-for-four on the season.

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