Red Wings Bounce Back Against Coyotes Again

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 2-1 against the Phoenix Coyotes for the fourth time this season, scoring twice in the third period to take a 3-2 win.

Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom led the comeback, combining on the tying and game-winning goals.

At 9:09 of the third period, Lidstrom wristed a shot from the top of the left circle, bouncing off the inside of Holmstrom’s leg in the slot and past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to knot the game up at two goals each.

Just 3:23 later, Lidstrom’s blast from the blue line slipped through a screen by Holmstrom and behind Bryzgalov.

Chris Osgood kept the Red Wings in the game early and in the lead late, stopping Shane Doan on a breakaway with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Henrik Zetterberg, returning to the lineup after missing two games and the All-Star Game with a back injury, got Detroit on the board early, scoring at 3:54 of the first period. Zetterberg carried the puck into the left wing corner and threw it back out to the net, where it deflected off Bryzgalov and in.

Martin Hanzel and Ed Jovanovski countered for Phoenix.

Hanzel scored at 9:57 of the first, when a centering attempt by Niklas Kronwall deflected off of Daniel Winnik to Hanzel in the high slot, leaving him all alone to snap a shot past Osgood.

Jovanovski gave the Coyotes the lead at 8:31 of the second, scoring on a blast from the blue line through a three-player screen.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting three chances with the extra attacker and Phoenix getting one.

Osgood made 32 saves on 34 shots. Bryzgalov stopped 36 of 39 Red Wings chances.

Niklas Kronwall left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. The Red Wings called it a sternoclavicular cartilage injury, which is expected to sideline the defenseman for at least a week.

Wings Front Office Headed to Toronto

… or so the Canadian media might have you believe.

TSN has a bit today about what top executives might be headed to Toronto. Of the thirteen names mentioned, four are currently in the Detroit organization.

The selection of the man to be tasked with rebuilding the Maple Leafs is big news up there and big names are being thrown around. The thirteen names?

Ken Holland, Jim Rutherford, Brian Burke, Scotty Bowman, John Muckler, Doug Armstrong, Neil Smith, Craig Patrick, Rick Dudley, Colin Campbell, Jim Nill, Steve Yzerman and Glenn Healy.

Holland, Bowman, Nill and Yzerman are all with the Wings in various capacities.

Why would any of them leave the Detroit organization? The answer seems to come down to “Because it’s Toronto.”

I say that answer applies to a different question. The question of why they wouldn’t want the job.

Red Wings Enter Break with 2-1 Win over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings completed their three-game West Coast road trip undefeated Wednesday night, holding off a comeback by the Anaheim Ducks to earn a 2-1 win in their last game before the All-Star Break.

Detroit stood up to punishing physical play from the Ducks early and scored the first goal to get out to an important lead.

Thirteen penalties had already been called before Brian Rafalski scored with 8:08 left in the first period, including a pair of fighting majors when Chris Pronger and Dan Cleary dropped the gloves.

Rafalski’s goal came with the Red Wings on a five-on-three. His blast from the top of the left circle was deflected by Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and into the net.

Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings up by a pair at 7:52 of the second period.

Francois Beauchemin broke his stick on a clearing attempt from the Anaheim zone. Filppula picked off the pass and was in alone on Beauchemin but waited for Tomas Kopecky to catch up, working the give-and-go with Kopecky to pull Giguere to one side of the net and put the puck in the open side.

The Ducks tried to mount a comeback in the third period, with Pronger scoring a power play goal on a blast from the point through a screen by former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi at 8:05.

It wouldn’t be enough for Anaheim, as Dominik Hasek shut the door, including several key stops in the game’s final minutes.

Hasek finished the night with 24 saves on 25 shots. Giguere stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced.

Both teams went one-for-five on the power play.

The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg for the second-straight game… Dan Cleary left the game with swelling around the eye after his fight with Chris Pronger.

Osgood, Red Wings Blank Kings

The Detroit Red Wings and goaltender Chris Osgood shut out the Los Angles Kings Tuesday night, with Detroit cruising to a 3-0 victory.

Osgood stopped 27 shots en route to his third shutout of the season and the 46th of his career. The win moved him past Rogie Vachon for sole possession of 15th place in all-time career wins.

Detroit scored one goal each period on the offensive side of the game.

Tomas Holmstrom got the Red Wings on the board at 6:57 of the first. Rushing into the Los Angeles zone, Pavel Datsyuk stepped around Dustin Brown on the left wing and threw the puck out front for Holmstrom to one-time past goalie Jason Labarbara.

Strong defensive play by Matt Ellis led to Detroit’s second goal with 5:13 left in the middle period.

Ellis forced the puck loose along the left wing boards in the Detroit end and Mikael Samuelsson picked it up, racing down the ice almost alone. Just as Rob Blake caught up with him, he snapped a shot into the top corner over Labarbara’s glove.

Johan Franzen finished the scoring at 2:55 of the third. A Samuelsson shot went wide of the net and off the back boards, coming back to Franzen at the side of the crease. He pulled it back in front of the goal between his own legs and jammed it across the goal line.

Labarbara made 24 saves on 27 Detroit shots on the night.

No power play goals were scored, with the Red Wings having three opportunities with the extra attacker and the Kings having two.

Henrik Zetterberg sat out with a sore back. Matt Ellis was in the lineup in his place… Chris Chelios also sat out, with Derek Meech taking his spot in the lineup.

Zetterberg Out Through All-Star Game

Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg announced Tuesday that he will not play the next two games and will also sit out the All-Star Game scheduled for the upcoming weekend.

It marks the second consecutive All-Star Game Zetterberg has missed due to injury.

“I’m disappointed, especially this year after I was voted in (as a starter) by the fans,” Zetterberg said. “We decided it’s best not to go and get this squared away and be healthy for the rest of the year.”

The two Red Wings games he plans to sit out are Tuesday night in Los Angeles and Wednesday in Anaheim.

Special Teams Front-and-Center as Red Wings Beat Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks leaned heavily on their special teams for scoring Saturday night, with only three of their combined nine goals coming at even-strength. All three of San Jose’s goals came on the power play but it wasn’t enough to stop Detroit from picking up the 6-3 win.

The Red Wings scored three times while skating five-on-five, once while shorthanded, once on a four-on-three and one more time with a two-man advantage.

Detroit opened the scoring 6:53 into the game on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

Nicklas Lidstrom worked the puck down low to Pavel Datsyuk who send a blind backhand cross-ice pass to Zetterberg in front of the net for a tap-in.

It was the only goal of the first period. The second period would be much more eventful, with six goals and eight penalties.

Kris Draper‘s shorthanded goal put the Red Wings up by a pair just 54 seconds into the period but Devin Setoguchi got the Sharks back within one on the same power play 32 seconds later.

Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game on another power play at 7:42, moving to go behind the net with the puck but then coming back out front and stuffing it in after goalie Dominik Hasek had moved off the post.

Niklas Kronwall put the Red Wings back out in front halfway through the period. With both teams scrambling and netminder Evgeni Nabokov out of position, Kronwall raced down low to grab the loose puck and throw it back out front. It deflected off of Sandis Ozolinsh and into the net.

Lidstrom added another on a blast from the point with 6:45 left and the Red Wings skating four-on-three. Just 2:12 later, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Brian Rafalski shot past Nabokov on a five-on-three.

Steve Bernier pulled the Sharks back to within two goals 47 seconds into the third period, putting the puck into an open net with Hasek out of position on a San Jose power play.

Dan Cleary finished off the game’s scoring, getting the puck from Zetterberg on a two-on-one and putting it past Nabokov.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Sharks went three-for-six.

Hasek made 15 saves on 18 shots and Nabokov stopped 22 of 28 chances.

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