Red Wings Strike Back at Blue Jackets

Two nights after an awful first period led to a 4-3 loss in Columbus, the Detroit Red Wings played a strong sixty minutes and capitalized on all their chances, earning a 5-0 win over the Blue Jackets in the second game of a home-and-home series.

Dominik Hasek, who was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period on Monday, made 27 saves en route to the shutout.

Like the Blue Jackets did in Columbus, the Red Wings got on the board early, with Dan Cleary scoring the first of his two goals just 5:46 into the game.

With the teams skating four aside, Mathieu Schneider fired a shot from the right point as Cleary cut across the top of the crease, in position to deflect the puck past goaltender Fredrik Norrena.

Cleary’s second of the night came 4:32 later on a Detroit power play. A shot from the left circle by Robert Lang left both teams scrambling at the top of the crease until the Blue Jackets attempted a clear up the middle. Nicklas Lidstrom held the puck in and quickly turned to put it back on net, where it was tipped by Cleary to put Detrot up by two.

Kirk Maltby‘s first goal of the season came at 6:15 of the second period. Maltby blocked an outlet pass by defenseman Aaron Johnson and skated in all alone on Norrena, lifting a shot over his shoulder from in close.

Columbus appeared to score later in the period but the goal was called back. Alexander Svitov appeared to score on his own rebound but on review it was determined that the puck crossed the goal line on the first attempt, a kick off a feed from Rick Nash. The disallowal of the first goal voided the second.

Just 1:02 past the game’s midway point, Lidstrom added a fourth Detroit goal off a blast from the blue line with the Red Wings on a power play.

Jason Williams closed the game’s scoring at 4:38 of the third, taking a long pass and skating in all alone on Norrena before putting the puck between his legs on a backhand shot.

Norrena was replaced by backup Ty Conklin to finish the game. Conklin stopped all three shots he faced after Norrena made 17 saves on 22 shots.

Detroit scored on two of their six power play chances, while stopping all six of Columbus’ tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Friday when they host the Minnesota Wild in the first game of a rare home-and-home-and-home that will see the two teams face off on Friday in Detroit, in Minnesota on Saturday, and back in Detroit on next Wednesday.

Rookie Matt Ellis played his second game for the Red Wings in place of the injured Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson is expected to return after Christmas.

Early Lead Holds in Blue Jackets’ Win Over Red Wings

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period and added one more late in the third, holding off a comeback by the Detroit Red Wings to pick up a 4-3 win.

Columbus opened the scoring at 8:30 with a shorthanded goal by Jason Chimera. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek misplayed the puck behind the net and Chimera jumped on it, looping back out in front of the goal to lift a shot over Hasek’s shoulder and into the top of the net.

Just 1:24, the Blue Jackets’ lead went to two when Rick Nash got the puck all alone in front of Hasek and put it around the sprawling goaltender.

With 1:22 remaining in the period, former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov notched his first of two goals on the night on a wrister from the right circle between Hasek’s legs, a power play goal.

Goaltender Chris Osgood, returning from a hand injury that forced him to miss six weeks, took over in the Detroit net for the second period as the Red Wings mounted a comeback.

With 6:03 remaining in the middle frame, Robert Lang got the puck from behind the net on a pass by Dan Cleary and put a shot into Columbus netminder Fredrik Norrena. Lang picked up his own rebound and reached across the top of the crease, putting it around Norrena to get the Red Wings on the board.

The game’s final minutes became a shootout when Jiri Hudler wristed a shot past Norrena with 7:18 remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings pressured to get the tying goal but Fedorov notched his second of the night with 1:52 remaining on a 3-on-1. Only 20 seconds later, Lang scored again to pull Detroit back within one.

With Osgood on the bench for the extra attacker, the Red Wings were unable to pull even and Columbus held on for the win.

Osgood finished the night with 13 saves on 14 shots, allowing only the eventual game-winner to Fedorov. Hasek made nine saves on 12 shots in his period of play, while Norrena stopped 33 of 36 shots against.

The Blue Jackets scored the game’s only power play goal on one of their six tries with the man-advantage. Detroit had four power play attempts.

The two teams will meet again in Detroit on Wednesday in the second game of their home-and-home series.

Red Wings Bounce Back Against Devils

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Saturday in a come-from-behind victory over the New Jersey Devils. The win was their first at the Meadowlands since 1993.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Lebda scored for Detroit to pull ahead. The Red Wings’ defense allowed only four shots in the final frame, which included a 6-on-3 for New Jersey with two Red Wings in the penalty box and goalie Martin Brodeur on the bench for the extra attacker.

With Detroit on a power play 8:27 into the third, Mathieu Schneider fired a blast from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out the other side to Datsyuk, who had a wide open net to shoot into and get the Red Wings on the board.

Just 2:16 later, Lebda put the Wings in front, sneaking a shot from the left faceoff circle past Brodeur on the near side.

Scott Gomez opened the game’s scoring with 9:03 remaining in the second period, deflecting a shot from the blue line by Brian Gionta with the Devils on a power play.

Hasek finished the game with 21 saves on 22 shots while Brodeur stopped 34 of 36 shots against.

Both teams’ power play went 1-for-7.

The Red Wings will wrap up their three-game road trip on Monday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home matchup.

Before Saturday, the Red Wings had not won in New Jersey since November 20, 1993, a 4-3 overtime victory. Between wins, Detroit was 0-8-1 at the Meadowlands… Defenseman Niklas Kronwall returned to the Detroit lineup after missing six games with a groin injury.

Red Wings Edge Blackhawks to Start Road Trip

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off a three game road trip with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. The loss was Chicago’s first in regulation under new head coach Denis Savard.

The Red Wings weathered constant pressure from the Blackhawks, a team invigorated by the recent return of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and forward Martin Havlat from injury. Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek made 29 saves on 31 shots in one of his more impressive outings of the season.

Henrik Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board just 3:57 into the game, pounding a shot between Khabibulin’s pads off a spinning behind-the-back pass from Pavel Datsyuk. Khabibulin appeared to have made the save until the puck trickled through and crossed the goal line.

The Blackhawks pulled even with 9:16 remaining in the second period, capitalizing on a giveaway by Robert Lang.

Lang attempted to clear the zone with a cross-ice pass but it was picked off by Jim Vandermeer, who passed up to Jeff Hamilton, in all alone on Hasek with Patrick Sharp. Hamilton passed to Sharp and Hasek went down to make the stop, but Sharp passed back off to Hamilton, who had a wide open net.

Only 1:54 later, Lang helped make up for his miscue with an assist on the Dan Cleary goal that put Detroit back out in front.

Coming out of the Detroit zone, Cleary got the puck to Lang, who gave it back when Cleary made it to the left faceoff circle in the Chicago zone. Before Khabibulin could get set, Cleary put a quick shot off the far post and into the net.

The Red Wings extended their lead with a power play goal with 8:24 remaining in regulation. After a series of passes left the Blackhawks scrambling but the Wings unable to shoot, Mathieu Schneider got the puck to Mikael Samuelsson in the right circle for a heavy shot over Khabibulin’s shoulder.

A rare miscue by Nicklas Lidstrom 2:14 later allowed Tuomo Ruutu to pull Chicago back within one. In front of the Detroit goal, the puck got caught in Lidstrom’s skates and his attempt to corral it went straight to Ruutu, who whipped a shot past Hasek.

Detroit fended off a late Chicago power play and one minute of 6-on-5 with the Blackhawks’ net empty to preserve the win.

Khabibulin finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots.

Detroit was 1-for-3 on the power play while Chicago was held without a goal on five power play chances.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Saturday when they visit the New Jersey Devils for an afternoon game.

Tomas Kopecky left the game early in the third period after crashing awkwardly into the boards. Initial reports indicate that he suffered a broken collarbone.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short Against Senators

After allowing the Ottawa Senators to score three goals in the second period Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings scored twice but were unable to get the third goal to even the score, picking up a 3-2 loss.

Forty-three saves by Ottawa netminder Ray Emery kept the Red Wings even getting a point out of a game which they controlled most of.

Detroit outshot the Senators 18-3 in the first period but couldn’t get on the board.

Jason Spezza scored the game’s first goal just 1:44 into the second, picking off a Robert Lang pass at the Ottawa blue line and breaking in all alone on Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek before roofing a shot over his pad.

Chris Neil added the Senators’ second goal at 5:19 of the middle frame, knocking the puck out of the air with what Hasek argued was a high stick and bouncing it under the Detroit goalie just as an Ottawa power play came to an end.

Spezza’s second of the night came 5:01 after his first as he split the Detroit defense in the slot and put a shot past Hasek for a power play goal.

The momentum swung back in Detroit’s favor 25 seconds later, when Lang threaded a shot from the left faceoff circle between Emery and the far post.

With 2:26 remaining in the second, Pavel Datsyuk snapped a shot from almost the same spot past Emery on the near side, a power play goal.

The Red Wings couldn’t pull even in the third, even with Hasek out of the net and an extra attacker on the ice for the final minute of the game.

Hasek finished the night with 19 saves against his former team.

Detroit went 1-for-3 on the power play while Ottawa was 1-for-4.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks and recently-signed forward Peter Bondra.

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