It Was Everyone, or Was It No One?

I didn’t post a news update or a message here in my blog after Detroit’s 6-2 loss in Nashville a couple days ago. I believe that’s the first time this season that, aside from the score, DetroitHockey.Net went without mention of the outcome of the game.

I wasn’t trying to ignore it, though – as I mentioned in the forums – I did turn the game off in the second period. I just felt that I needed time to reflect before putting my thoughts together on such a horrible performance.

Two days later, I find myself thinking that the performance wasn’t as horrible as it seemed.

Right before I turned the game off, Mickey Redmond said something along the lines of “If there was ever a game where the goalie gave up six goals and didn’t have a bad night, it was tonight.” I think – to a certain extent – that applies to the whole team.

Thinking back, there weren’t really too many bad plays or stupid decisions made by the Red Wings, it was just that Nashville capitalized on every single chance they got.

I’d love to complain about the officiating (the name of this blog is “Misconduct” after all) but the refs don’t score six goals on a team.

Mike Babcock called it a “team effort” (I belive those were his words). An off-night, others might say.

While it comes at a bad time, during a losing streak that needs snapping, it’s not indicitive of Detroit’s play as of late.

As long as they bounce back, the game is an outlier and can be forgotten.

Shorthanded Goals Help Red Wings Snap Skid

The Detroit Red Wings scored two shorthanded goals in the third period Monday night, lifting then to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars and ending their losing streak at five games.

Kris Draper scored the first of Detroit’s tallies 3:03 into the third period, banging home the puck when a long shot by Nicklas Lidstrom bounced off the back boards and came to him at the side of the net.

Mathieu Schneider put the Red Wings in the lead 9:50 later, taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg all alone at the blue line and rifling a shot off the bottom of goalie Marty Turco‘s glove and into the net.

The goals came on two of four Dallas power plays in the final frame.

After a scoreless first period, the Stars opened the scoring at 6:22 of the second, when Antti Miettinen put a shot in from the bottom of the left circle while Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek struggled to get back into position after colliding with Schneider.

Haske finished the night with 20 saves on 21 shots while Turco, who has never won at Joe Louis Arena, stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit had two chances and Dallas had five, including one in the final minute while their net was empty for a 6-on-4.

The Red Wings will look to continue their winning ways when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Red Wings Drop Shootout to Blues

Former Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace stopped 41 shots – plus two more shootout chances – Friday night, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over Detroit.

Legace, making his first start in Detroit since leaving the Red Wings, was aided by 22 blocked shots by his new teammates.

Martin Rucinsky and Doug Weight each scored on Red Wings’ goaltender Dominik Hasek during the tiebreaker, while Legace stopped Jason Williams and Pavel Datsyuk rang a shot off the post.

The Blues carried a 2-1 lead into the third period but the Red Wings turned up the pressure, outshooting St. Louis, 17-3.

One of those shots found its way through, when Nicklas Lidstrom scored on a power play with 8:17 remaining in regulation. After a flurry of Detroit chances, Pavel Datsyuk picked up a rebound to Legace’s left. Lidstrom pinched in from the point and got the puck on a crossing pass, lifting it over Legace.

Dispite their chances, the Red Wings never led the game.

After a scoreless first period, Petr Cajanek snuck a wrist shot past Hasek at 1:24 of the second.

Just 2:39 later, Jason Williams threw a shot on net from the right circle that Henrik Zetterberg redirected in at the back door.

Only 3:11 after that, Cajanek scored again on another wrist shot, this one deflecting off the inside of the post and into the net.

Both teams had chances to win before the shootout, with St. Louis going on a power play with 1:34 left in regulation and Detroit getting a chance with the extra attacker for the final 1:51 of overtime.

Legace saved the game for the Blues, with his 41 saves on 43 shots. Hasek faced only 19 shots, making 17 saves.

St. Louis was held scoreless with the man-advantage, going 0-for-2, while the Red Wings scored on one of their four tries.

The loss is Detroit’s fourth consecutive and the third one in a row to go to at least overtime. The Red Wings will try to snap their skid on Saturday when they visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

Report: Red Wings Sign Kronwall for Five Years

Canada’s TSN reported on Thursday that the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The deal is reportedly worth $15 million.

The 25-year-old Kronwall broke into the NHL in 2003-04, filling in on an injury-depleted Red Wings lineup until suffering an injury of his own, a broken leg from a freak accident during pre-game warmups in a January 23, 2004, matchup with in Los Angeles.

After spending the 2004-05 NHL lockout season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where ne was named the league’s top defenseman, Kronwall was back with the Wings for 2005-06, only to suffer another major injury. In a preseason game in Colorado on September 27, 2005, his left ACL was torn on a hit by Dan Hinote, leaving him off the roster until February of 2006.

The deal reportedly calls for Kronwall to be paid $1.5 million in 2007-08, $3 million in 2008-09, $3.25 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-2011, and $3.75 million in 2011-2012, making his salary cap hit $3 million. He will make $1.14 million this season, in the last year of a two-year deal signed in the summer of 2005.

Canucks Capitalize on Chances to Rally Against Red Wings

The Vancouver Cancucks scored twice in the third period to force overtime against the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night, then notched a tally in the extra frame to pick up the win.

When the Red Wings made a bad line change with 1:59 left in the overtime, Sami Salo sent a pass to the breaking Brendan Morrison who moved in all alone on Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek and beat him five-hole for the game winner.

Morrison had tied the game at 7:23 of the third period, throwing the puck into an empty net after Hasek tripped on a rut in the ice and fell down, out of position, with the Red Wings already down two men.

“This isn’t about officiating,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock later said. “We don’t get the job done, end of story.”

Markus Naslund pulled the Canucks to within one 2:33 earlier, scoring on a rebound.

Vancouver had opened the scoring only 18 seconds in to the game on a one-timer by Livonia native Ryan Kesler.

The Red Wings scored the game’s next three goals.

Mathieu Schneider knocked the puck out of mid-air on a rebound chance to put Detroit on the board at 9:24 of the first.

Just 2:01 later, Lidstrom fired a shot that bounced off Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, defenseman Mattias Ohlund, and into the net for a power play goal.

With 1:00 remaining in the second period, after an apparent goal by Mikael Samuelsson was called back, Dan Cleary lifted a shot over Luongo to put the Red Wings up by a pair of goals, before the Canucks’ third-period comeback began.

The Red Wings were down a main for almost two periods, when a hit by Willie Mitchell with 2:11 remaining in the first knocked Johan Franzen out of the game. With Franzen’s head down, Mitchell lifted his shoulder into the Swede’s jaw, sending him sprawling to the ice.

Franzen was helped off the ice by Jason Williams, who was felled by a similar hit from Edmonton’s Raffi Torres just two weeks ago. Williams missed three games with a concussion, which Franzen was also diagnosed with.

Osgood Out 2-6 Weeks

The Detroit News reported on Wednesday that Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood is expeced to miss 2-6 weeks with a broken bone near the wrist of his left hand.

The hand – his glove-hand – has been bothering Osgood, ‘causing him to miss his scheduled start against Edmonton on Saturday night. Rookie Joey MacDonald, Detroit’s third-string goalie to start the season, took Osgood’s place.

“I have to stay ready for when my opportunity arrives,” said MacDonald. “I know I can play in this league. I have to stay positive and see what happens.”

Unlike with the groin injury that Osgood suffered last season, he will be able to continue skating to remain in shape and make a quick return.

“It’s just a matter of it healing,” said Osgood. “It’s a bone that’s attached to tendons in the wrist. It hurts when I bend it. I just have to let it heal.”

The Red Wings don’t expect to call up a goaltender from Grand Rapids to take MacDonald’s spot as the No. 3 goalie. They had promoted Stefan Liv to be MacDonald’s backup in Edmonton but he was returned to the Griffins on Monday.