Red Wings Fall to Oilers in Shootout

A goal by Raffi Torres in the seventh round of the shootout lifted the Edmonton Oilers over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, just one night after the Red Wings fell to the Calgary Flames.

Edmonton had a late 3-2 lead but Jiri Hudler tied the game with just over three seconds remaining in regulation, deflecting a shot from the right circle by Dan Cleary past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Red Wings never led the game, with Shawn Horcoff opening the scoring for Edmonton at 4:38 of the first period beating Detroit netminder Joey MacDonald on a one-timer from Ryan Smythe.

Kris Draper tied the game 2:50 later on a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Henrik Zetterberg, putting a shot into Roloson’s glove which was – after lengthy review – determined to have crossed the goal line.

Joffrey Lupul put the Oilers back out in front 3:18 later, bouncing a shot from behind the goal line off of MacDonald’s pad and into the net.

Danny Markov‘s first goal as a Red Wing pulled Detroit even again at 5:11 of the second period but Torres snuck a shot past MacDonald at 8:52 of the third to restore Edmonton’s lead.

In his first NHL start, MacDonald stopped 18 of Edmonton’s 21 shots. Roloson made 38 saves on 41 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting two tries and Edmonton taking three attempts with the extra attacker.

Having closed out their road swing through western Canada, the Red Wings will return to the ice on Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

Jason Williams made his return to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion. Darryl Bootland and Evan McGrath were returned to Grand Rapids to make room in the lineup… Continuing the effort to keep Dominik Hasek from playing on back-to-back nights and with Chris Osgood still injured, Stefan Liv backed up MacDonald.

Red Wings’ Streak Ends with Loss to Flames

The Detroit Red Wings failed to set a new franchise record for consecutive wins Friday night, falling to the Calgary Flames, 4-1.

Had the Red Wings won, it would have been their tenth victory in a row, a feat unmatched in the team’s history. They have won nine-straight games six times, including once last season.

Calgary’s power play led the way, with three of the Flames’ four goals coming with the extra attacker.

Kristian Husilius and Matthew Lombardi notched first-period power play goals to put Calgary on the board. Dion Phaneuf added another in the third period after an even-strength tally by Daymond Langkow in the middle frame.

Dan Cleary scored Detroit’s only goal of the game with 41 seconds remaining in the third. It was a power play goal.

While their winning streak was snapped, Cleary’s goal allowed the Red Wings to avoid being shut out, extending a streak of games in which they scored at least one goal that goes back to 2004.

The Red Wings will look to rebound on Saturday in Edmonton. With Chris Osgood injured, rookie goaltender Joey MacDonald could get his first career NHL start.

Prior to the game, the Red Wings retroactively placed Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall, and Chris Osgood on the injured reserve list. Darryl Bootland, Evan McGrath and Stefan Liv were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to take their roster spots.

Red Wings Tie Team Record with Ninth-Straight Win

The Detroit Red Wings tied a franchise record Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine games with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Johan Franzen‘s shorthanded goal at 6:19 of the third period gave Detroit the win.

The Red Wings got on the board first at 4:36 of the second period, when Valtteri Filppula carried the puck out from behind the net and turned to put a shot on Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. Luongo lost his stick and was disoriented as the puck bounced off defender Patrick Coulombe and into the net.

The Canucks responded 3:13 later with a power play goal by Henrik Sedin. It was the first goal allowed by Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek in three games, ending his shutout streak at a personal-best 181:17.

Just 1:28 into the third, Detroit pulled ahead again when Henrik Zetterberg roofed a shot from in close over Luongo but the game was tied again 30 seconds later, after Kevin Bieksa put a one-timer past Hasek.

After Franzen’s goal put Detroit in front, an apparent tying goal for Vancouver was called back on a Jan Bulis goaltender interference penalty.

Detroit was once again held without a power play goal, failing to capitalize on five chances. They held the Canucks to one goal on six tries with the extra attacker.

Hasek made 18 saves on 20 shots while Luongo stopped 30 of 33 shots against.

The Red Wings will look to set a new franchise record winning-streak on Friday in Calgary.

Injuries may never be the same

When Jason Williams collapsed to the ice after a hit by Edmonton’s Raffi Torres on Wednesday, two thoughts ran through my mind:

1) Jiri Fischer.

2) This is nothing like Jiri Fischer.

I think that since Fischer’s collapse on the bench last November, every time a player goes down there is a feeling of immediate dread. The first thought is the worst, that something horrible has happened. That’s thought number one.

Thought number two is that it’s not likely that we will ever see something like what happened to Jiri Fischer again. There aren’t many stories like it in the NHL’s almost 90-year history. Bill Masterton (obvoiusly, the worst), Clint Malarchuk, Trent McCleary.

Every time something like what happened to those players happens, the fear that it will happen again is renewed, and so Fischer jumped immediately to mind with Williams lying on the ice.

Williams suffered “only” a concussion. He’s expected to return quickly. This time, we can be thankful that this is nothing like Jiri Fischer.

Red Wings Earn Second Consecutive Shutout

The Detroit Red Wings and goaltender Dominik Hasek didn’t allow a goal for the second game in a row, holding the Nashville Predators scoreless Friday night en route to a 3-0 victory.

As they did Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers, the Red Wings defense started strong, allowing only 8 Nashville shots in the first period.

One of Detroit’s 20 shots in the opening frame was Robert Lang‘s goal at 8:46 of the period. Lang’s centering feed from the bottom of the right faceoff circle bounced back to him off the skate of Nashville’s David Legwand and Lang bounced an off-angle shot between the pads of goalie Tomas Vokoun to put the Red Wings on the board.

A defensive, scoreless second period saw Nashville take only 4 shots but hold the Red Wings to 8.

Nicklas Lidstrom extended the Detroit lead to two goals, scoring on a rebound chance with the Red Wings on the power play 1:28 into the third period.

With the Nashville net empty and 1:19 remaining in the game, Dan Cleary extended his goal-scoring streak to three games.

The Red Wings went 1-for-5 on the power play while stopping all four Nashville chances with the extra attacker.

Hasek stopped 21 shots on the night and Vokoun made 37 saves on 39 shots against.

Detroit will be back in action on Tuesday when they begin a road trip through Western Canada in Vancouver.

Brad Norton – called up to take the roster spot of the injured Jason Williams – was a healthy scratch, as was defenseman Andreas Lilja.

Red Wings Blank Oilers to Win Seventh-Straight

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their seventh victory in as many games Wednesday night, holding the Edmonton Oilers scoreless en route to a 3-0.

The Red Wings set the tone for the game in the first period, going without a goal but holding the Oilers without a shot. Edmonton wouldn’t be credited with a chance on Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek until 20 seconds into the second period.

Dan Cleary‘s third goal in the last two games put the Red Wings on the board 1:35 later, when he tipped a shot from the point by Kirk Maltby past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.

Henrik Zetterberg stretched the Wings’ lead to two at 2:57 of the third period, scoring a shorthanded, bad-angle goal after Roloson lost track of the puck on a Detroit 3-on-2.

Detroit’s power play finally clicked with 4:32 remaining in the game when Jiri Hudler banged home a rebound chance with the Oilers down a man.

Hasek needed to stop only 16 shots on the night while Roloson made 42 saves on 45 shots.

The Red Wings stopped six Edmonton power plays and scored on one of their seven chances with the extra attacker. Three of those power plays came in the final half of a third period that saw the Oilers frustrated.

Detroit dodged a bullet in the second period when Jason Williams took a shoulder to the head from Raffi Torres. Williams crashed to the ice, hitting his head again, and didn’t move.

After he was carried from the ice on a stretcher, it was announced that he would be fine and was being treated as a precautionary measure.

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