Red Wings Power Past Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings’ power play fired on all cylanders Saturday night, accounting for every goal in a 5-1 victory over the Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

Midway through the first period the Red Wings got on the board as Mikael Samuelsson tapped home a cross-crease feed. Scored at 9:53, the goal came just seconds after the end of a 5-on-3, which Chad Kilger still in the box but before Alex Steen could get back into the play.

With 2:44 remaining in the opening period, Henrik Zetterberg put Detroit up by two, putting the rebound of a shot by Tomas Holmstrom off the skate of Toronto netminder Andrew Raycroft and into the net from a bad angle.

Sameulsson scored again midway through the second, wristing a shot from the high slot past Raycroft at 10:42.

The Leafs responded quickly with a power play goal of their own just 1:22 later. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek went down early to face a shot by Kyle Wellwood, who instead passed off to Bryan McCabe for a shot into the open net.

With two seconds remaining in the middle period, Zetterberg scored his second, lifting the puck over Raycroft after a Pavel Datsyuk shot clanked off the post.

Datsyuk would pick up another assist, his third of the night, just 1:15 into the third, when he fired a shot from the left circle that was deflected by Dan Cleary past Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who replaced Raycroft in the Toronto net to start the final period.

The Red Wings ended the game with five power play goals on 14 chances. The Maple Leafs’ lone goal came on one of their eight tries. Both teams had one five-on-three.

Hasek stopped 21 of 22 shots against and Raycroft made 18 saves on the same number of shots. Aubin stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.

The Red Wings will face another Eastern Conference foe on Tuesday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Earlier in the day, the farm clubs of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs met in Toronto, with the Grand Rapids Griffins earning a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies.

Red Wings Down Blues on Brett Hull Night

On the night that the St. Louis Blues retired the number of former captain Brett Hull, the Detroit Red Wings spoiled the show, jumping out to an early lead and picking up a 5-1 victory in the first game of a home-and-home series.

After a long ceremony to honor the former Blue and Red Wing, the teams took to the ice with Detroit clearly dominating.

Just 2:34 in, Henrik Zetterberg scored a power play goal to put the Red Wings on the board. Taking a cross-crease pass from Pavel Datsyuk, he lifted a shot into the far side of the net before goaltender Manny Legace could get to it.

Less than two minutes later, Datsyuk got a goal of his own, putting a wrist shot from the left circle off of defenseman Bryce Salvador and into the St. Louis net at 4:22.

With 6:18 remaining in the period, the Red Wings added another when Dan Cleary threaded a shot between Legace and the post. The goal chased Legace from the crease and brought Jason Bacashihua into the game.

The Blues never recovered from Detroit’s quick start and the Red Wings continued rolling, adding a goal by Valtteri Filppula in the second period and one by Robert Lang in the third.

Eric Brewer scored with 3:24 remaining in the third to break Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek‘s shutout.

Hasek stopped 24 of 25 shots against while Legace made only nine saves on 12 shots and Bacashihua went 18-for-20.

The Red Wings’ first goal was the game’s lone power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the extra attacker and St. Louis had eight.

The two teams will meet again on Thursday night when the Red Wings host the second game of the home-and-home series.

Late Goals Lift Sharks over Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks scored twice in the final 3:31 Saturday night to earn a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The game-winning goal came with just 5.9 seconds remaining.

After a turnover by Dan Cleary at the Red Wings’ blue line, Milan Michalek sent a pass to Joe Pavelski, who cut in from the left side, and beat Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald.

Mark Bell had tied the game with 3:31 remaining, knocking in the rebound of his own shot after MacDonald bobbled the puck.

San Jose had opened the game’s scoring just 3:14, with a power play goal by Patrick Marleau.

Detroit appeared to tie things up with 3:13 remaining in the first but the goal by Mathieu Schneider was waved off as the officials determined that Tomas Holmstrom was in the crease. Replays later showed Holmstrom to be outside of the blue paint.

Mikael Samuelsson eventually got the Red Wings on the board with a wrist shot from the right circle at 11:27 of the second.

Only 1:22 later, Schneider added one that counted, sending a blast from the high slot through Sharks’ goalie Vesa Toskala and trickling across the goal line for a power play goal.

Toskala made 17 saves on 19 shots while MacDonald stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced.

Each team scored once on the power play. Detroit had three chances on the night while San Jose benefitted from five.

The Red Wings will next take to the ice on Tuesday night when they visit the St. Louis Blues. Before the game, the Blues will retire future Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull‘s jersey.

Red Wings Blank Wild for Second Consecutive Win

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in a 37-second span of the second period Friday night and goaltender Dominik Hasek did not allow a goal as they skated to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

It was Detroit’s second win in a row after ending a five-game losing streak on Monday night against the Dallas Stars.

Dan Cleary got the Red Wings on the board at 7:18 of the second period, two seconds after the expiration of a hooking penalty to Todd White. Robert Lang threaded a pass from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to Cleary in the slot for a shot into the open side of the net.

Cleary took a stick to the face on the play, resulting in some lost teeth and a four minute penalty to Pascal Dupuis.

Just 37 seconds into the power play, a blast from the point by Nicklas Lidstrom beat goalie Manny Fernandez.

Cleary added a second goal of the game at 4:00 of the third period, a tally originally credited to Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson took an off-angle shot from the left circle and got his own rebound, putting it back in on the net. Cleary tipped the attempt and the puck slipped past Fernandez for the game’s final goal.

Hasek needed to make only 20 saves to earn the shutout, his fourth of the season. Fernandez made the same number of stops on 23 shots against.

Detroit’s power play goal came on one of their five chances with the man-advantage. Minnesota had only one power play attempt on the night.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday night when they host the San Jose Sharks.