Holmstrom Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Blackhawks

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and three other Red Wings had multi-point nights as Detroit picked up a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night.

New acquisition Kyle Calder was one of the two-point scorers for Detroit, picking up a goal and an assist in his first game for his new team. Linemate Johan Franzen also had a goal and an assist, while Pavel Datsyuk added two helpers.

Calder’s goal at 1:46 of the first period came on his first shift as a Red Wing. With Calder cutting to the Chicago net, Franzen threw the puck out front from behind the goal and Calder grabbed it to throw past netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Holmstrom’s first goal, scored with 7:09 remaining in the second period, would be the eventual game-winner. Datsyuk banged at the puck from the side of the crease and it came out the other side, where Holmstrom chipped it into the net.

Franzen and Calder hooked up again for Detroit’s third goal. Calder sent a long outlet pass off the right wing boards and Franzen raced Chicago’s James Wisniewski to the puck in the right circle of the Blackhawk zone. Franzen spun quickly and put a shot between the defender’s legs and past Khabibulin with 58 seconds remaining in the middle period.

Holmstrom added a power play goal to round out Detroit’s scoring at 9:18 of the third, putting home a rebound after a big stop by Khabibulin on Nicklas Lidstrom.

Jeff Hamilton broke Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek‘s shutout with 1:00 remaining in regulation, putting a quick wrister from the right circle off the crossbar and into the net.

Holmstrom’s second goal was Detroit’s only power play tally in five tries while Chicago was held scoreless on three attempts with the extra attacker, including a long 5-on-3 in the second period.

Hasek made 24 saves on 25 shots. Khabibulin stopped 24 of 28 shots against.

The two teams will meet again on Friday in Detroit for the second half of the home-and-home series.

Calder’s goal was the second time in as many seasons that a Detroit trade-deadline acquisition scored on his first shift and first shot with the Red Wings. Cory Cross did it last season, also against the Blackhawks… The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), who is expected to return to the lineup for Friday’s game. Chris Chelios was rested, with Andreas Lilja taking his spot on the blue line.

Wings Acquire Bertuzzi from Florida

With less than an hour remaining before the National Hockey League’s 2007 trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings added some much-needed grit to their lineup, acquiring forward Todd Bertuzzi from the Florida Panthers.

The Red Wings will send a conditional draft pick and forward prospect Shawn Matthias to the Panthers in return.

Bertuzzi has one goal and six assists in only seven games with the Panthers this season, missing much of the year with back injury that he says is completely healed. he had begun practicing with the Panthers but the team didn’t expect him back in the lineup until next week.

In 717 career NHL games with the New York Islander, Vancouver Canucks and Florida, Bertuzzi has 224 goals and 312 assists for 536 points, as well as 1044 penalty minutes.

He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The conditional pick is based on team performance, Bertuzzi’s performance, and whether or not he resigns with Detroit.

Matthias was drafted by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 47th overall. He has 33 goals and 28 assists with the OHL’s Bellville Bulls this season.

Williams Dealt, Calder Acquired in Three-Team Deal

The Detroit Red Wings made their first move of the 2007 NHL Trade deadline Monday night, dealing away Jason Williams and acquiring Kyle Calder in a three-team deal.

Longtime Red Wing Williams was sent to the Chicago Blackhawks, who Detroit will visit on Tuesday night.

In turn, the Blackhawks shipped defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and a third-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers, who then sent Calder to Detroit.

Calder is playing out a one-year deal he signed with Chicago last summer, before the Blackhawks traded him to Philadelphia for Michal Handzus. He has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 59 games.

“He’s had a tough season, but he’s a proven NHL player,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said on Monday night. “He works, works and works and he’ll make us a harder team to play against.”

Williams is in the first year of a two-year deal he signed with the Red Wings in July. He has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 58 games.

Predators Down Red Wings in OT to Pull Even in Standings

The Nashville Predators scored twice in the game’s final 3:15, bouncing back to earn an overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Nashville’s gaining of a point on Detroit pulls the two teams even atop the Western Conference standings.

With 1:04 remaining in regulation and the Nashville net empty, Paul Kariya deflected a long shot by Dan Hamhuis past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood to tie the game.

Kariya threaded a pass from the right circle through the legs of defender Niklas Kronwall to Peter Forsberg to tap in the game-winning goal from the edge of the crease at 2:11 of the overtime period.

The former Duck also scored Nashville’s first goal with 1:54 remaining in the first period, slipping through the left circle and wristing a quick shot on net that beat Osgood to the short side.

Tomas Holmstrom scored the first of his three power play goals to pull the Red Wings even just 38 seconds into the second, banging the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot over Predators’ netminder Tomas Vokoun.

Holmstrom would put Detroit out in front 1:49 later with the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, tipping a shot by Mathieu Schneider into the net.

Detroit-area native David Legwand re-tied the game with 8:56 remaining in the middle period, taking a long pass from Marek Zidlicky at the Detroit blue line and breaking in to push a backhander past Osgood.

Holmstrom’s hat-trick goal gave the Red Wings a short-lived late-game lead. After being cross-checked from behind at the front of the crease, Holmstrom got up just in time to pick the puck up as it bounced off the back boards and stuff it home with 5:08 remaining.

The Predators were held off the board on three power play chances while Holmstrom’s three power play goals on seven Detroit tries weren’t enough for the win.

Osgood stopped 25 of 29 shots against. Vokoun made 41 saves on 44 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday when they visit Chicago in the first game of a home-and-home with the Blackhawks.

Bruins Claim MacDonald Off Waivers

Netminder Joey MacDonald was claimed by the Boston Bruins on Saturday, a day after the Detroit Red Wings placed him on waivers.

The Red Wings cleared $117,000 towards the salary cap with the move while the Bruins gained goaltending depth.

MacDonald went 1-5-1 in his tenure as Detroit’s third goalie this season, with a 3.46 goals against average and a save percentage of .872.

Undrafted, MacDonald was signed as a free agent by Detroit on January 15, 2002.

Oilers End Red Wings’ Home Winning Streak in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings’ home winning streak ended at thirteen games Friday night as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in a shootout.

The Oilers twice came back to tie the game before Ryan Smyth scored the only goal of the shootout to give them the victory.

Marty Reasoner tied the game at 8:24 of the third period. Marc-Andre Pouliot was open with the puck at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle and Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek came out to try to take the puck away. Pouliot moved around him and put the puck through the crease, where Reasoner poked it home.

The Red Wings had taken an early lead on power play goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.

Zetterberg’s goal came on a five-on-three at 4:33 of the first period. Tic-tac-toe passing from Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider got the puck to Zetterberg in the right circle, where he one-timed a shot home.

Holmstrom scored 3:01 later, deflecting a wrister by Lidstrom from the top of the left circle.

Smyth pulled Edmonton to within one on the Oilers’ lone power play goal with 5:00 remaining in the period, getting the puck in front of the net and banging away at it until it went past Hasek.

Raffi Torres tied the game with 7:45 remaining in the second period when a Jan Hejda shot was deflected by Patrick Thoresen through the slot. It came right to Torres, who had a wide open net to score into.

Detroit regained the lead 3:44 later when Jiri Hudler got the puck from behind the net to Valtteri Filppula in front to bang it past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Roloson stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced while Hasek made 23 saves on 26 shots.

Detroit went 2-for-6 on the power play. Edmonton scored once on four chances.

The point from the shootout loss lifts the Red Wings one point ahead of the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference standings. The two teams will meet in Nashville on Saturday night for the first of five remaining matchups this season.

Red Wings Ride Strong Third Period Past Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings scored three times in the third period Wednesday night, with those goals carrying them to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first of three matchups in nine days between the Original Six rivals.

With the teams tied at a goal each entering the third, Pavel Datsyuk put the Red Wings out in front at 9:17.

The Blackhawks won a draw in the Detroit zone on the power play but Datsyuk jumped up to the blueline to steal the puck from defenseman Adrian Aucoin. He carried it the length of the ice virtually untouched before faking out goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and slipping it past him.

Chicago would respond just 1:29 later, while still on the power play, when a shot by Bryan Smolinski from the bottom of the right circle bounced off Mathieu Schneider and then twice off netminder Dominik Hasek and into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg scored his first of two goals to get Detroit back in the lead with 6:22 remaining in regulation. On a delayed call, Datsyuk sent a pass from the top of the right circle onto Zetterberg’s stick at the edge of crease, where it was poked into the net. The pass had been deflected by Aucoin but he never had possession of the puck to draw a whistle.

Aucoin would factor into the final Wings goal as well, giving up the puck to Zetterberg in the Chicago zone with the net empty, leaving him able to skate into the vacant crease for the game’s final goal.

Chicago had gotten on the board first when Duncan Keith chipped a shot to the front of the net and Radim Vrbata banged it past Hasek at 6:24 of the first.

Kris Draper replied for the Red Wings at 6:34 of the second, sneaking a hard shot from the bottom of the left circle past Khabibulin.

The Red Wings scored on a delayed penalty but were without a goal on four power plays. Chicago scored on one of their chances with the man-advantage.

Hasek stopped 26 of 28 shots in earning the win while Khabibulin made 31 saves on 34 shots against.

The Red Wings moved back into first place in the Western Conference with the win, leapfrogging over the idle Nashville Predators by using their game-in-hand. The Predators will host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and the Red Wings will host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday before the two teams meet for the first of five remaining matchups on Saturday.

The win was Detroit’s 13th-straight at Joe Louis Arena, one shy of tying the team record of 14 wins in a row at home.

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