Detroit Wins Sixth-straight in Penalty-filled Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings emerged from a penalty-filled visit to the Vancouver Canucks with a 7-3 win Sunday night, exending their winning streak to six games and regaining possession of the top spot in the NHL standings.

The Canucks were penalized 15 times on the night and the resulting 11 power plays were the most given to Detroit in any game this season. The Red Wings scored on only one of their chances, while the Canucks capitalized on on both of their attempts, once on a five-on-three.

The Red Wings were penalized only six times.

Detroit opened the scoring at 6:03 of the first period, when Tomas Holmstrom scored on an odd-man rush with Mark Mowers and Henrik Zetterberg, ripping a shot from the left cirlce over goalie Alex Auld’s shoulder off a pass from Mowers.

Jason Williams put the Red Wings up by a pair just 40 seconds later. Chris Chelios caused a turnover at the Vancouver blue line as the Canucks tried to clear their zone. He got the puck to Steve Yzerman, who was on his knees at the top of the right circle. Yzerman sent a backwards, backhand pass to Williams, who cut to the net and put a backhander between Auld’s legs.

Nicklas Lidstrom extended the Detroit lead with a power play goal with 9:05 left in the period, firing a shot from the blue line past Auld as Holmstrom screened in front.

Pavel Datyuk scored Detroit’s fourth goal just 1:30 into the second period, taking a pass from Kris Draper at the Vancouver blue line to break in all alone on Auld, faking to the backhand before moving to his forehand and lifting a shot into the net.

After a Vancouver goal was mysteriously waived off because Todd Bertuzzi was in the Detroit crease, the Canucks finally got on the board with a five-on-three goal at 3:44 of the second, as Anson Carter put a rebound chance past Detroit’s Chris Osgood.

Just 1:02 later, with the Canucks still on the power play, Markus Naslund sun through the left circle and threw a shot over Osgood’s shoulder for Vancouver’s second goal.

The Red Wings regained their three-goal lead when Williams scored his second of the night with 21 seconds left in the period, but the Canucks scored with 2 seconds remaining to counter his goal, with a Matt Cooke shot deflecting off of Mathieu Schneider and into the Detroit net.

Brendan Shanahan scored Detroit’s sixth goal of the night 12 seconds into the third period, getting the puck from Datsyuk on a centering pass to him from the left wing and putting a high shot into the net.

Johan Franzen wrapped up the game’s scoring 3:30 later when his long shot evaded Auld’s glove on a shot that the Vancouver goalie could have had.

After allowing seven goals on 28 shots, Auld was replaced by Mika Noronen, who stopped all nine shots he faced. Osgood made 21 saves on 24 shots on the night.

Red Wings Down Oilers in Shootout

Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg remained perfect in shootout attempts, each scoring on Saturday night as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers with a 2-0 shootout win.

Williams, taking Detroit’s second shot of the tiebreaker, lifted a shot over Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson‘s glove to move to three-for-three on the season.

Zetterberg clinched the win with his second shootout goal in as many attempts, pushing a soft backhand shot between Roloson’s pads.

Detroit goalie Manny Legace stopped Fernando Pisani and Sergei Samsonov on their attempts, while Roloson denied Pavel Datsyuk on Detroit’s first shot.

Zetterberg had opened the game’s scoring with 9:52 remaining in the first period and the Red Wings on a power play. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the left circle wide of Roloson. The puck deflected off the boards behind the net and came to Zetterberg at the right side of the crease for an easy tap-in.

The Oilers tied the game just 2:39 later just after an Edmonton power play expired. Jarret Stoll sent a shot from the left circle on net and it deflected off of Kris Draper‘s stick on the way, getting over Legace’s glove to even the game.

Edmonton took the lead with 8:03 remaining in the second period when a Steve Staios shot from the point snuck past Legace as he was screened by Raffi Torres and Andreas Lilja.

Chris Chelios scored Detroit’s second power play goal of the night to even things up with 5:07 remaining in the middle frame.

After some four-on-four play, Chelios jumped out of the penalty box and the puck came right to him after deflecting off the stick of a falling Chris Pronger. Chelios was all alone in the Edmonton zone but didn’t know it, so he reached back to take a long slap shot. He lost control of his stick, and the moment of hesitation let him get closer to Roloson and put a shot past him.

Tomas Holmstrom gave the Red Wings the lead at 4:12 of the third period, scoring on a long rebound from a soft backand shot by Dan Cleary.

Pisani forced overtime with a shorthanded goal from his knees with 1:57 remaining in regulation.

Legace finished the game with 25 saves on 28 shots, while Roloson stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

Detroit went two-for-five on the power play and did not allow a goal on Edmonton’s six chances with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will conclude their short Western Canada road trip on Sunday night when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

The win lifts the Red Wings into first place in the league, moving them past the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators by one point.

Red Wings Continue Streak with Win over Mighty Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Wednesday night.

With the Mighty Ducks fighting to make the playoffs and the Red Wings battling for the top spot in the league, the defenses dominated the game.

Kris Draper‘s empty-net goal with ten seconds remaining in the game was the only goal not scored during the first period of play.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring just 1:00 in, fighting off Jeff Friesen at the blue line and skating into the right circle before whipping a shot off the far post and behind Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

With Detroit on a five-on-three at 10:45 of the period, Mathieu Schneider wired a shot from the high slot to the corner of the net as Tomas Holmstrom screened Giguere.

The Ducks got on the board with a power play goal of their own with 5:44 remaining in the period. Scott Niedermayer sent a crossing pass from behind and to the right of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood and Teemu Selanne was left alone to bang home a shot from the opposite side of the net.

The goalies were key in the game with Osgood stopping 25 of 26 shots in the second of rare consecutive starts. Giguere made 26 saves on the 28 shots he faced.

Detroit finished the game one-for-four on the power play, with Anaheim going one-for-six.

The Red Wings now head on the road for a short Western Canada trip. They will visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Red Wings Sweep Blackhawks in Home-and-Home Series

The Detroit Red Wings finished a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, picking up a 5-3 win in the second of the games on back-to-back nights.

Mathieu Schneider, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each had a multi-point night and defenseman Cory Cross, playing his first game with the Red Wings, scored the game’s opening goal.

Cross’ goal came just 1:49 into the game on a turnover by Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin attempted to play the puck away from the oncoming Jason Williams but instead put it right onto his stick. Williams sent a pass through the crease to Robert Lang at the bottom of the left circle. Lang held on just long enough for Cross to jump up from the blue line into the slot before sending a pass that Cross one-timed past Khabibulin.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings up by a pair just 2:17 later, taking a Datsyuk pass from behind the net and banging a bad-angle shot past Khabibulin.

At 6:57, Datsyuk extended the Red Wings’ lead to three goals, taking an outlet pass in the neutral zone during a Chicago line change and skating in all alone on Khabibulin, cutting to his left to lift a shot into the net.

Craig Anderson replaced Khabibulin after the Datsyuk goal and the Blackhawks began their comeback.

With 5:00 remaining in the first, Mikael Holmqvist capitalized on a series of miscues by the Red Wings beginning with a bad pass by netminder Chris Osgood to Andreas Lilja. After that pass failed to connect and a diving Kris Draper missed a clearing attempt, Holmqvist was left alone in front to lift a rebound over the sprawling Osgood.

At 5:26 of the second period, Patrick Sharp scored a goal very similiar to the one he scored on Saturday night. Sharp came in off the right wing and cut to the net, holding the puck at the top of the crease before sliding a shot under Osgood.

The Red Wings bounced back in the third period and didn’t let Chicago tie it, with Zetterberg scoring just four seconds into a power play at 3:40 of the period.

After losing a faceoff in the Blackhawks’ zone, Zetterberg went to the net while Datsyuk won back the puck. Datsyuk fed Zetterberg from the corner and the Swede was wide open to lift it into the net.

Chicago pulled back to within one with 9:34 remaining, as Matt Cullen redirected a Brent Seabrook shot into the top of the net, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game’s final goal with 7:06 remaining, one-timing a pass from behind the net home.

Osgood earned his second win in as many starts after a turbulent January and February, stopping 17 of the twenty shots he faced. Khabibulin made only two saves on five shots before Anderson replaced him and made 21 saves on 23 shots.

Detroit scored one power play goal on four chances and held the Blackhawks without a power play goal in the same amount of tries.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Cross’ goal came on his first shot as a Red Wing.

Red Wings Hold Off Chicago Comeback for 6-4 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third period comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, riding three goals in each of the first two periods to a 6-4 win over their longtime rivals.

The game, the first in a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights, saw Detroit captain Steve Yzerman net two goals and Brendan Shanahan add three assists.

The Blackhawks opened the game’s scoring just 1:08 in, when a long shot by former Red Wing Martin Lapointe bounced off the back boards to Matthew Barnaby at the side of the net, where he was open to bang a shot over Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

Detroit evened the game at 6:25, when Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin allowed a long rebound into the slot on a shot by Shanahan. Pavel Datsyuk pounced on it and put a shot over Khabibulin’s glove to get the Wings on the board.

Just 1:43 later, Yzerman’s first of the night gave the Red Wings their first lead. Robert Lang got his own rebound on a shot from Khabibulin’s right and sent a pass through the slot to Yzerman on the other side, wide open to put a shot into the gap to the Chicago goalie’s left side.

The Blackhawks tied the game with 7:57 remaining in the period, when Mikael Holmqvist banked a bad-angle shot off the side of Legace and into the net.

Detroit regained the lead 1:25 later. Henrik Zetterberg tried to split two defenders cutting through the slot but lost the puck. Mark Mowers followed him and picked up the loose puck, whipping a shot past Khabibulin.

The Red Wings extended their lead at 5:33 of the second period, just five seconds into a power play. Zetterberg won a faceoff in the Chicago zone and Pavel Datsyuk poked the puck back to Nicklas Lidstrom, who sent a pass along the blue line to Jason Williams. Williams fired from the right point and the shot was deflected right to Zetterberg for a tap-in.

Kris Draper scored 5:01 later on a rush with Datsyuk and Shanahan. Datsyuk carried the puck into the Chicago zone and held up at the top of the right circle as Draper went to the net. Datsyuk threaded a pass to Draper, who deflected it past Khabibulin.

After allowing five goals on just twenty shots, Khabibulin was pulled in favor of Craig Anderson.

With just 7.2 seconds remaining in the second and the Red Wings on a five-on-three, Steve Yzerman put Detroit up by four, picking the puck out of his skated off a rebound and lifting it over the sprawled Anderson.

Chicago goals by Patrick Sharp and Curtis Brown late in the second cut Detroit’s lead but weren’t enough to pull even.

With 6:23 remaining in the game, Sharp drove the net with the puck and slipped a shot under Legace’s pads.

Just 53 seconds later, Barnaby connected with Brown on a shorthanded goal for the final goal of the game.

Legace finished the game with 25 saves on 29 shots while Anderson made 25 saves on the 26 shots he faced in half a game of play.

Detroit went two-for-nine on the power play and stopped all three of Chicago’s power play attempts, although they did allow a shorthanded goal.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Chicago.

The Red Wings played the game in their white jerseys, rather than their “home reds,” and the Blackhawks wore their red sweaters.

Red Wings Get Back on Track with 7-3 Win

After uncharacteristic sloppy defensive play on Tuesday led the Detroit Red Wings to a loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, they bounced back on Thursday to notch a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Red Wings started off strong, killing a long Los Angeles five-on-three in the second half of the first period. Neither team allowed a goal in the frame but they made up for it in the remaining periods, scoring a combined ten goals.

Robert Lang opened the game’s scoring just 1:29 into the second period, cutting in from the right circle and faking around defenseman Aaron Miller before putting a shot past Kings netminder Mathieu Garon.

Only 1:10 later, Dustin Brown tied the game with LA on the power play. A long shot by Joe Corvo bounced off Detroit goalie Manny Legace and hit Brown’s ankle, deflecting back into the net.

The Wings got a goal on a lucky bounce of their own at 6:48 of the period, also on the power play. Pavel Datsyuk attempted a cross-crease pass to Nicklas Lidstrom but the puck bounced off Miller’s skate and into the net.

Again, the Kings quickly tied it, scoring 1:45 later, when Mike Cammalleri put in the rebound of his own wraparound chance.

Detroit pulled back ahead with two Henrik Zetterberg goals just 52 seconds apart.

With 6:56 remaining in the period, Zetterberg scored a power play goal from the left circle on a blast to the top corner of the net.

With 6:04 remaining, Zetterberg scored again, this time spinning through the edge of the left circle before backhanding a shot past Garon.

Jason Labarbera replaced Garon in the Los Angeles goal but the Kings wouldn’t bounce back until the third period.

At 9:52 of the final frame, Vitali Vishnovsky scored on a one-timer from the high slot with the Kings on a five-on-three, pulling them to within one.

It wouldn’t be enough, as Jason Williams scored his second goal in twenty games to restore Detroit’s two goal lead with 6:19 remaining, tipping a rebound on the backhand between his legs and past Labarbera while facing away from the goal.

Tomas Holmstrom added an empty-net goal with 1:05 remaining and then, after the Kings took two penalties in frustration, Lidstrom added a 5-on-3 goal with 7 seconds left in the game.

Legace finsihed the game with 22 saves on 25 shots. Garon made 26 saves on 30 before he was replaced by Labarbera, who stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced.

Detroit went three-for-nine on the power play while Los Angeles scored on two of their eight power play chances.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday night when they host the retooled Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights.

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