Red Wings’ Streak Reaches Three with Win over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings extended their winning streak to three games on Saturday night, defeating former Detroit goalie Manny Legace and the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.

The Red Wings got to Legace early, scoring on each of their first two shots of the game.

Tomas Holmstrom beat Legace at 4:22 of the first period, rifiling a shot from the slot into the top half of the net.

Just 1:59 later, Valtteri Filppula‘s first career NHL goal put Detroit up by two as he skated around two St. Louis defenders and into the left faceoff circle before cutting back in front of Legace to lift a shot over him.

Bill Guerin pulled the Blues to within one with 6:25 remaining in the second, deflecting a Christian Backman shot from the point past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

The teams traded goals in the third, with Holmstrom picking up a rebound goal at 6:34 and Radek Dvorak scoring on a shorthanded breakaway off a turnover at 16:34.

Detroit continued their recent trend of improvement on the penalty-kill, holding St. Louis scoreless on five chances. The Blues were also perfect while shorthanded, stopping all five Detroit attempts.

Osgood finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots while Legace stopped 22 of 25 shots.

The win allowed team owner Mike Ilitch to avoid a St. Louis sweep of his teams after Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers failed to win a game in three tries in the Gateway City this week… Both starting goalies played for their opponent at one time in their respective careers. Legace was with Detroit from 1999-2006 while Osgood was with St. Louis from 2003-2004.

Red Wings down Stars for Second-Straight Win

The Detroit Red Wings’ penalty killers came to life at just the right time Friday night, holding off a four-minute Dallas Stars’ power play in the third period to help claim a 4-3 win.

After allowing three power play goals to Dallas, the Red Wings finally clamped down defensively after rookie Tomas Kopecky went off for a double-minor after high-sticking Jaroslav Modry at 2:58 of the final frame. They kept up the effort for the rest of the game and kept the Stars off the board, holding onto their one-goal lead.

The Stars never led the game but their power play kept them close.

Jiri Hudler opened the scoring for Detroit just 1:55 into the game but Mike Modano evened things back up 47 seconds later.

With 2:13 remaining in the first, Nicklas Lidstrom put Detroit back out in front, only to have the lead disappear when Jussi Jokinen scored 27 seconds into the second.

Pavel Datsyuk put in a rebound after a Dallas turnover in their own zone at 2:09 of the middle period and Lidstrom added Detroit’s lone power play goal on a 5-on-3 at 8:32.

Modano scored with 7:47 remaining in the period but the Stars were unable to even things up.

Detroit finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play while Dallas went 3-for-7.

Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek made 17 saves on 20 shots. Marty Turco stopped 29 of 33 shots against.

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

Third-period Goals Lift Red Wings over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Wednesday night to come from behind and earn a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Detroit’s win snapped a three-game losing streak.

Robert Lang scored the game-winner for the Red Wings with 8:52 remaining in the game, deflecting a shot from the point by Mathieu Schneider over the shoulder of San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Schneider had tied the game on a Detroit power play just 38 seconds into the period, puting a shot from the point past Nabokov.

San Jose’s lone goal came off the stick of Steve Bernier with the Sharks on the power play and 2:50 remaining in the first period.

The fast-paced game saw only six penalties, with Detroit going 1-for-2 and San Jose going 1-for-4 on the power play.

Nabokov finished the game with 37 saves on 39 shots while Red Wings’ goalie Dominik Hasek stopped 22 of 23 shots against.

The Red Wings will head back out on the road on Friday when they visit the Dallas Stars.

Wings’ Woes Continue

After the Red Wings’ horrible performances on Wednesday and Thursday, I didn’t even bother watching on Saturday. I had family-related stuff to attend to and that was more important.

Turns out, I missed what could have been a decent game.

The Detroit News game recap doesn’t say much (it’s an AP piece) but one of the previews on their badly-formatted RSS feed says “The Edmonton Oilers took advantage of some lucky breaks Saturday night.”

If that’s to be trusted, it’s good to hear that Edmonton got scoring from luck rather than real Detroit screw-ups. Maybe it means that the Red Wings are coming back around.

Penalty Killed

The Detroit News has a recap of last night’s mess in San Jose so I’m not going to bother with it today.

This marks two games – and two nights – in a row where the Wings have seemingly forgotten to show up.

It’s easy to look at the scoresheet and say “Oh, San Jose scored all their goals on the power play so Detroit must have played will at even strength.” For the most part, that’s true. The problem is that they took half a game’s worth of penalties, that leads to a lot of power play goals for the opponent.

The Red Wings played a horribly undiciplined game. They took bad penalties and then blew defensive assignments. That can’t continue.

Power Plays Lead Ducks over Red Wings

The Anaheim Ducks scored three times on ten power play chances en route to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night.

The three power play goals all came in the second period.

After an apparent goal by Teemu Selanne was called back for the net being off its moorings, Ryan Getzlaf scored at 8:46.

Just 1:40 later, Shane O’Brien scored his first NHL to extend Anaheim’s lead.

Chris Kunitz was credited with Anaheim’s third goal of the middle frame, though he later said he thought he didn’t get his stick on the puck as it slipped through Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek.

Corey Perry scored the Ducks’ lone even-strength goal with 6:20 in regulation but the Red Wings answered with Tomas Kopecky‘s first career goal 44 seconds later.

Hasek finished the night with 27 saves on 31 shots against while Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 of 22 shots.

The Red Wings will continue their road trip on Thursday in San Jose. Chris Osgood is expected to start in net for Detroit.

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