Bertuzzi Out For Ducks-Wings

The Red Wings won’t have to face Todd Bertuzzi tonight when they visit the Anaheim Ducks. Bertuzzi is out with a concussion after a hit from Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard in the first period of Sunday night’s loss.

From the LA Times via George Malik

Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said his big winger suffered an apparent concussion when he was hit by Minnesota winger Derek Boogaard nearly 14 minutes into the game.

“He moved the puck toward the net and Boogaard . . . I don’t know if he ran down but he took an extra step to come down to hit him,” Carlyle said. “His shoulder or arm area caught flush on the jaw of Bertuzzi.”

The severity of the concussion is unknown. Carlyle said Bertuzzi will be re-examined today and pronounced him “highly doubtful” for tonight’s home game against Detroit.

Interesting that Carlyle seems to be questioning the legality of Boogaard’s hit, knowing the history of his own club. I didn’t see the hit so I won’t comment on it but if it was high, why is Carlyle surprised that it goes both ways?

Red Wings Open Road Trip with Win over Kings

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Sunday night, opening their first western road trip of the season with a win.

After a scoreless first period, Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board just forty seconds into the second frame just as a power play expired.

Henrik Zettrberg fired a shot on Kings rookie goalie Jonathan Bernier and Datsyuk got to the rebound, poking it under Bernier and just across the goal line.

Kris Draper added a shorthanded goal 2:26 later, breaking in on goal before faking around Bernier and putting the puck in behind him.

Mike Cammalleri pulled the Kings to within a goal 1:44 into the third period with Los Angeles on a five-on-three, rifling a one-timer from the right circle over Detroit goalie Chris Osgood‘s glove.

The Wings responded 3:55 later, with tic-tac-toe passing on a three-on-two getting the puck from Datsyuk to Zetterberg and across to Tomas Holmstrom to bang past Bernier.

Zetterberg made it 4-1 at 7:21 of the final period, wrapping around the net and coming out into the slot to lift a shot into the far corner of the net.

The Red Wings were without a goal on two power play attempts. Los Angles scored their only goal on one of their six chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood stopped 27 of 28 shots against. Bernier made 26 saves on 30 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.

Detroit was without Mikael Samuelsson, who suffered a minor groin injury in Friday’s loss to Chicago. Aaron Downey made his Red Wings debut in Samuelsson’s roster spot.

Wings-Hawks Game Notes

Having been at the game last night, I didn’t get time to put notes together for a proper game recap until I went back to watch the game this afternoon.

A couple things I thought at the game were confirmed. One is that the Red Wings’ goals both came on lucky bounces. Detroit was completely unable to score without the puck going in off of a Chicago player.

Another is that the Blackhawks were able to get to the Detroit net without punishment, either from the Red Wings’ defenders or the officials.

At one point shortly after Tomas Holmstrom was called for goaltender interference, Patrick Kane cut through Dominik Hasek‘s crease, bumping the Detroit goalie, with no call from the refs.

Later, the ‘Hawks would get on the board when several players were allowed to remain at the side of the crease as Hasek sprawled out, with Patrick Sharp eventually lifting the puck over him.

One thing I hadn’t realized was how awful the third-period slashing call on Andreas Lilja was. That was the call that gave the Blackhawks the power play on which they scored the game-winning goal. That’s a lot riding on a broken stick.

It’s early in the season, right now it’s important to think that it doesn’t matter. In April we might be able to look back at things like that (as well as the quick whistle in Chicago last week that cost Detroit a goal) and still say it doesn’t matter. If they do matter by then, I imagine a lot more games like this will have happened.

Red Wings Beat Flames for Second-straight Win

Backup goaltender Chris Osgood earned his first win of the season and the Detroit Red Wings picked up their second victory in a row Wednesday night, defeating the Calgary Flames 4-2.

The win came in Osgood’s first start of the campaign. He stopped 19 of Calgary’s 21 shots in the effort.

The Red Wings got on the board first for the third consecutive game, scoring on the power play at 8:08 of the opening period.

Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff attempted a long pass that was picked off by Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk broke in on the net, drawing Kiprusoff to him before passing off to Henrik Zetterberg to slam the puck into the open side of the net.

Kristian Huselius evened things up with 6:39 remaining in the first, breaking in on a two-on-one before faking out Osgood and putting a shot behind him.

Tomas Holmstrom put Detroit back in the lead at 3:01 of the second period. Datsyuk carried into the Calgary end before sending a centering pass out to Holmstrom. A failed interception attempt put it right on Holmstrom’s stick and he shoveled it in under Kiprusoff.

Huselius pulled the Flames back into a tie just 3:24 later, picking off a Niklas Kronwall pass and skating in on Osgood, banking a shot off of the goalie and in.

Kris Draper‘s late second-period goal would put the Red Wings in front for good.

With a delayed penalty coming to the Flames, the Red Wings put a flurry of shots on the Calgary net. A rebound came out to Andreas Lilja at the blue line and he fired a shot that Draper deflected around Kiprusoff with 3:01 left in the period.

Mikael Samuelsson added an insurance marker on a power play with 4:24 remaining in regulation, firing a shot from the top of the left circle that may have been deflected in the low slot.

Kiprusoff finished the night with 24 saves.

The Red Wings went two-for-three on the power play and scored an additional goal while skating six-on-five. The Flames were held off the scoresheet on two chances with the extra attacker.

Detroit will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the finale of their three-game homestand.

Wings Hold off Oilers for Second Win

After blowing a two-goal lead on Saturday night, the Detroit Red Wings held off a late charge from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday to earn a 4-2 win.

Mikael Samuelsson opened up the game’s scoring just 6:51 into the first period, just as a Detroit power play expired. From behind the net, Samuelsson reached around and banked a shot off of Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson‘s skate and into the net.

Chris Chelios, who was without a goal throughout the 2006-07 regular season, scored with 5:50 remaining in the first to put the Red Wings up by two. Chelios picked up the puck from Samuelsson while jumping up towards the net, whacking away at it twice before Roloson went down and he could put the third shot over the sprawling goalie.

Only 19 seconds later, Shawn Horcoff got the Oilers on the board with a blast from the slot on a defensive breakdown by the Red Wings.

Tomas Holmstrom scored 27 seconds into the second and 14 seconds into a power play to put Detroit back up by two. A hard pass from the blue line by Lidstrom was tipped on to Holmstrom from Henrik Zetterberg in the slot. Holmstrom pounded away from the top of the crease, shoveling the puck into the net.

Rookie Andrew Cogliano scored his first career goal with 10 seconds remaining in the middle frame but it wouldn’t be enough for the Oilers. Kris Draper added an empty net goal for Detroit to hold on for the win.

Detroit’s power play went one-for-five and the Oilers were without a goal on four attempts.

Hasek made 18 saves on 20 shots while Roloson stopped 31 of 34 in the Edmonton net.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they host the Calgary Flames in the second game of a three-game homestand.

With an assist on Samuelsson’s goal, Nicklas Lidstrom passed Peter Forsberg for second place all-time among Swedish-born players in NHL scoring… Chelios skated in his 1550th career game, breaking a tie with Alex Delvecchio for eighth place in career games played.

Franzen Out 3-4 Weeks

Turns out that Johan Franzen‘s injury is more serious than he thought. Bruce MacLeod blogged today that Franzen will be out 3-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Aaron Downey or Matt Ellis will fill Franzen’s spot in the lineup but will likely join the third or fourth line. Kris Draper, Dan Cleary or Valtteri Filppula will be bumped up to Franzen’s spot.

My guess is that Babcock will want to give Filppula the ice time but since he’s not quite as gritty as Franzen, Cleary might fit the role better.

Red Wings Fall to Blackhawks in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings blew a 3-1 lead Saturday night, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in the team’s second shootout in as many games.

Rookie Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the tiebreaker, beating Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek on Chicago’s first shot. Hasek stopped Yanic Perrault while Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Jiri Hudler.

The Red Wings took an early lead just seconds after Dallas Drake and James Wisniewski squared off in Drake’s second fight of the season at 5:10 of the first period.

Brian Rafalski blasted a power play goal past Khabibulin 17 seconds later, rifling a shot from the top of the left circle.

Nicklas Lidstrom gave Detroit their first two-goal lead of the season just 1:39 into the second period. With the teams skating four-on-four, Henrik Zetterberg beat former Red Wing Robert Lang on a faceoff in the left circle of the Chicago zone. The puck went back to Lidstrom and he put a blast from the blue line past Khabibulin.

Tuomo Ruutu pulled Chicago back to within one at 9:43 of the second, scoring on an odd-man rush.

Tomas Holmstrom made the score 3-1 just five seconds into a Detroit power play at 10:55 of the middle frame, tipping a Rafalski shot into the Chicago net.

The Red Wings thought they had taken a 4-1 lead on a power play early in the third period. The apparent rebound goal was called back when referee Chris Rooney quickly lost sight of the puck.

On the same power play, Wisniewski would notch a shorthanded goal for the Blackhawks to make it 3-2.

With just 3:40 remaining in regulation, Lang tied things up with a quick wrister over Hasek’s left shoulder.

The Blackhawks finished the game with 27 shots to Detroit’s 26.

Johan Franzen left the game early in the second period with an apparent knee injury. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.