Red Wings End Slide in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings ended a three-game winless streak on Thursday, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a game decided by a shootout.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the only goal of the tiebreaker, slipping a backhander through the pads of Roberto Luongo on Detroit’s second shot.

“Simple, yet brilliant,” Luongo said of the goal. “He carried it on the forehand, slid it to the backhand, waited for me to open up and went five hole.”

Dan Cleary scored both of the Red Wings’ regulation goals, putting the team up by two before a Vancouver comeback.

With 1:44 left in the first period Cleary got the Red Wings on the board, tipping an Andreas Lilja shot from the point. The puck bounced down to the ice, up off Luongo’s glove, and into the net.

Just 1:51 into the second he added another. Valtteri Filppula won a battle for the puck along the right wing boards, moved into the high slot, and worked it down low to Cleary in front of the net for a tip past Luongo.

The Canucks tied the game up before the end of the period.

With 4:39 left, Sami Salo fired a blast from the point. Dominik Hasek came out of the Detroit net to make the stop but the rebound came right to Henrik Sedin to put into the open net.

Markus Naslund evened things up with 1:52 remaining, spinning around a defender in the right circle and throwing the puck to the front of the net, where it deflected off of Brian Rafalski‘s skate and past Hasek.

Hasek finished the night with 26 saves on 28 shots. Luongo stopped 47 of Detroit’s 49 chances.

Neither team scored on the power play. The Red Wings had three tries with the extra attacker while the Canucks had two.

Hossa Leads Thrashers Past Red Wings

Marian Hossa scored a natural hat trick to open the scoring for the Thrashers Tuesday night and the Detroit Red Wings never recovered as Atlanta cruised to a 5-1 victory.

Hossa scored twice on the power play and once at even-strength in the first 21:14 of the game, earning his seventh career hat trick.

The first power play goal came at 7:33, when Hossa skated out of the corner and moved out front of the goal untouched, putting a shot past Chris Osgood.

Hossa’s second game at with 5:38 left in the period. Brett Lebda missed the puck while retreating at center ice and Hossa pounced on it, jumping past him and skating in on goal alone before throwing a quick shot by Osgood.

Wide open in the slot on a power play, Hossa scored his third goal at 1:14 of the second. Todd White drew two defenders to him along the boards and the already-shorthanded Wings couldn’t cover Hossa when he took a pass and rifled a shot into the net.

Atlanta would get a power play goal from Eric Perrin and a late goal by former Red Wing Slava Kozlov to wrap up the scoring.

Niklas Kronwall scored Detroit’s only goal.

Osgood stopped 13 of 17 shots against before being replaced in net by Dominik Hasek. Hasek allowed the game’s final goal, stopping seven of eight shots. Kari Lehtonen made 46 saves on Detroit’s 47 shots.

Red Wings Fall Short Against Senators

In a matchup that could be a preview of this spring’s Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ third-period comeback wasn’t enough as the Western Conference’s leaders fell to the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to tie the game but a late Ottawa power play goal gave the Senators the win.

Ottawa got on the board just 1:09 into the game on a power play when Daniel Alfredsson scored on a blast from the blue line.

Mike Fisher put the Senators up by a pair at 3:26 of the second. A Chris Chelios turnover put the puck on the stick of Luke Richardson, who sprung Fisher into the Detroit zone on a 3-on-2. Fisher raced in on goal and put a shot on Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek, then poked the rebound past him.

Detroit began the comeback with a power play goal by Brian Rafalski at 7:46 of the third. Pavel Datsyuk got the puck after coming across the ice to help a two-on-two battle for the puck on the right wing boards. He tapped it along to Rafalski, who jumped in from the blue line for a blast over the glove of Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery.

With 7:54 left in the period, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out high into the left circle and Hudler stepped up to rifle a shot to the top corner of the net.

Alfredsson’s second of the night negated the Detroit comeback. With 2:56 left in the game, Alfredsson’s acute-angle shot from the bottom of the right circle slipped through a Jason Spezza screen and past Hasek for a power play goal.

Hasek finished the night with 29 saves on 32 shots against. Emery made 27 saves on 29 Detroit shots.


Ottawa’s Dany Heatley left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Red Wings’ Comeback Not Enough in Loss to Wild

The Detroit Red Wings came back from trailing by two goals to take a late lead Thursday night but couldn’t put away the Minnesota Wild, falling 6-5 in a shootout.

Brian Rolston scored on a slap shot from the slot and Marian Gaborik faked out goalie Chris Osgood in the shootout, giving the Wild the win when only Jiri Hudler could score for Detroit.

With just 49 seconds left in regulation, Eric Belanger tied the game for Minnesota. At the side of the net, Belanger gloved the puck out of the air and threw it onto his stick to put a shot in behind Osgood.

The Red Wings had taken the lead 19 seconds earlier when Dan Cleary backhanded the rebound of a Jiri Hudler shot from the blue line past Josh Harding.

The teams traded early goals just 1:03 apart, with Martin Skoula and Henrik Zetterberg scoring. Late-period goals by Marian Gaborik and Todd Fedoruk just 15 seconds apart put the Wild up by a pair before Valtteri Filppula pulled the Wings back to within a goal with 28 seconds left in the period.

Matt Foy gave Minnesota another two-goal lead at 3:00 of the second period.

A shorthanded goal by Dallas Drake cut the lead again at 7:32 and Niklas Kronwall tied the game 1:06 later, chasing starting goalie Niklas Backstrom from the Wild crease.

The Red Wings finished the night with 46 shots on goal, 15 of 19 stopped by Backstrom and 26 of 27 stopped by Harding. Osgood made 23 saves on 28 Minnesota shots.

Osgood Joins All-Star Roster

Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood will join three teammates and his coach in Atlanta for this year’s NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today.

With the starting lineup already determined by fan voting, the rest of the Western Conference team’s roster was announced Thursday. Osgood was named to the team, joining starters Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom.

The quartet of Red Wings will be coached by a familiar face, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.

With Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo declining his starting spot in net for the Western Conference team, three reserve goalies were selected. Osgood will split time between the pipes with San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov and former Red Wing Manny Legace of the St. Louis Blues.

Ed Jovanovski (Phoenix), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Chris Pronger (Anaheim) and Sergei Zubov (Dallas) joined the team on defense.

The forward reserves are Jason Arnott (Nashville), Marian Gaborik (Minnesota), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Shawn Horcoff (Edmonton), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), Rick Nash (Columbus), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver), Paul Stastny (Colorado) and Joe Thornton (San Jose).

Red Wings, Osgood Agree to Extension

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with goaltender Chris Osgood.

As per club policy, the financial terms of the deal were not announced, but TSN of Canada reports that the contract is for just under $1.5 million per season.

Osgood is in the third season of his second stint with the Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 1991. He is enjoying a career revival that sees him leading NHL goalies with a 1.68 goals against average, tied for the lead with a .932 save percantage, and holding a 19-2-1 record.