Filppula Scores Second Consecutive GWG as Red Wings Defeat Blue Jackets

Valtteri Filppula scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, once again leading the Detroit Red Wings to a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula scored Detroit’s second goal in their 2-1 win in Columbus on Friday and followed it up with their third goal in a 4-2 win on Sunday night.

Sunday’s goal came on a three-on-two rush just 52 seconds into the third period. Todd Bertuzzi sent the puck to Johan Franzen for a redirection on Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason from right in front. Mason knocked it aside but Filppula was left all alone to jump in and lift a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and in, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.

R.J. Umberger pulled Columbus to within a goal with 1:31 left in the third, tipping an Antoine Vermette shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard while skating six-on-four.

Danny Cleary scored into the empty net to wrap up the game’s scoring.

Derick Brassard had opened the scoring with 43 seconds left in the first period, tipping a shot from Anton Stralman past Howard to give the Jackets the lead.

Niklas Kronwall tied things up at 10:12 of the second, pushing up to carry the puck to the net from the corner and bang in his own rebound chance.

Just 14 seconds later, Darren Helm lifted a shot from the right faceoff circle over Mason’s shoulder to give the Wings the lead.

Umberger’s goal was Columbus’ only tally on seven power play tries, including a full two minute two-man advantage in the middle of a four-minute power play. Detroit was held scoreless on all five of their chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 27 saves on 29 Columbus chances while Mason stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Red Wings now head west for a three-game trip through California, facing the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday to kick things off.

The Red Wings were without Mike Modano for the first game this season. He underwent surgery for a severed tendon in his arm on Saturday and is out indefinitely.

Howard Stops 34, Leads Red Wings to 2-1 Win over Blue Jackets

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 34 of 35 shots faced Friday night, holding off the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading the Red Wings to a 2-1 win.

Howard kept Columbus off the scoreboard through the first two periods, over which time the Red Wings were outshot 25-20 and the Blue Jackets had five power plays. He also stopped Jared Boll on a penalty shot at 8:53 of the second period.

The Red Wings opened the scoring on an odd-man rush at 7:04 of the second period. Todd Bertuzzi carried the puck down the right wing boards as Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen joined him on a three-on-one. Bertuzzi sent a pass through defenseman Anton Stralman to Franzen for a quick snap shot into the open side of the net.

Valtteri Filppula made it 2-0 at 8:06 of the third, beating Columbus goaltender Steve Mason from down low off pass from Brad Stuart on the power play.

Antoine Vermette beat Howard on a backhand rebound chance 59 seconds later to pull the Jackets to back within a goal but Columbus couldn’t even it up.

Mason finished the night with 30 saves on 32 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings were one-for-three on the power play for the night. Columbus went scoreless in five tries with the man-advantage.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Detroit.

Mike Modano left the game in the third period with a cut on his arm. His status for Sunday’s rematch was not immediately known.

Modano Out Indefinitely

I’m unplugged a bit today so I’m probably late getting to this, but Bill says that Mike Serven says that NHL Network says that Mike Modano has a severed tendon in his arm and is out indefinitely.

No news on remotely what kind of timeline “indefinitely” is. I know nothing about that kind of injury, anyone else have anything to add?

Edit 10:40 AM: @chollis says we’re looking at 2 – 3 months after surgery.

Red Wings – Thrashers Postgame Thoughts


That’s how someone (Saler, I think) described the Red Wings in a game a few weeks ago and I think it’s something we’ve seen a lot from them this season. They’ve won despite it at times but tonight Detroit’s disinterest bit them in the ass in their 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

How many times do you remember the Red Wings having sustained pressure in the Atlanta zone tonight? I can think of a single second-period shift from the first line.

Forget sustained pressure, how many times do you remember the Wings cleanly gaining the zone and getting set up? How many odd-man rushes did they have?

I look at the boxscore and see that the Wings were credited with 33 shots but I’m shocked to see a number that high. It felt like no more than 20.

Detroit had nothing going on offense and then they were sloppy on defense. It’s what we’ve been seeing for the past week taken to an extreme. A loss like this was bound to happen the way they’ve been playing.

Red Wings – Thrashers Pregame Notes

The Red Wings hit the road for the first time in about two and a half weeks, visiting the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.

The big news is that Jiri Hudler will be the healthy scratch tonight, with Justin Abdelkader bumped up to the second line in his place. Huds is less than thrilled about that but I say too damned bad.

Somewhat ironically, Hudler did score in Detroit’s last visit to Atlanta, a 6-3 win on March 20, 2009. It was a nice breakaway goal. I was there.

The Wings are 9-3-0 against Atlanta all time, though Saler questions whether I can be believed about that. Detroit is also 12-18-7 on November 24th going into tonight’s game, not that it means anything.

Oh, and this one’s on FS+.

Lidstrom Lifts Red Wings Past Flames in OT

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored 1:38 into overtime Sunday night, lifting the Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames.

Lidstrom took a feed from Darren Helm in the left faceoff circle, cut across the top of the crease to outwait Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, and slid a backhander into the back of the net.

The Red Wings had forced overtime with just 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation while skating six-on-four.

Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck into the Flames’ zone, splitting the Calgary forwards. Defenseman Cory Sarich was caught without a stick and couldn’t block Datsyuk’s pass to Henrik Zetterberg at the left side of the slot, where he snapped a shot into the top of the net.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring just 1:56 into the game, when Johan Franzen snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle past Kiprusoff on a Detroit power play.

Niklas Hagman responsed for the Flames at 5:21 of the first, beating Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard one-on-one after Jarome Iginla gained the Red Wings’ zone on an odd-man rush.

Iginla put Calgary out front with the next two goals. Just 54 seconds into the second he beat Howard from the bottom of the right faceoff circle after a turnover behind the net. He scored again 3:15 later, flipping the puck into an open net from a sharp angle on a Flames power play.

Datsyuk tipped a Brian Rafalski shot in at 2:28 of the third period for Detroit’s second power play goal, pulling the Red Wings back within one.

Alex Tanguay carried the puck across the goal mouth and beat Howard at 7:14 of the period to restore Calgary’s two-goal lead at 4-2.

Zetterberg’s first of the night drew the Wings to back within one with 8:56 left in the third as he backhanded a shot from the slot past Kiprusoff.

Kiprusoff stopped 33 of the 38 shots he faced on the night. Howard made 23 saves on 27 shots.

The Flames scored once on three power play tries. Detroit had three goals with the extra attacker on seven chances.

The win gives the Red Wings 11 out of a possible 12 points in the standings during their season-long six-game homestand. They’ll next be in action on Wednesday night when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game during the first period after a shot hit his ankle. He returned for the second… Forward Danny Cleary did not return after leaving the game in the second period with what the team called an upper body injury.

Red Wings – Flames Postgame Notes

So I realize I’m being quite the pessimist as of late but I’d rather look at the negative after a win than the positive after a loss. I love that the Red Wings are winning games but I look at a game like tonight and think, again, that it was a win they didn’t deserve.

That said, this is a different kind of undeserved win than the ones I complained about against St. Louis and Anaheim. Well, closer to Anaheim than St. Louis at least.

The Red Wings would not have won tonight’s game without the Flames repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot.

Matt Stajan’s ridiculous holding penalty with 4:31 remaining didn’t hurt Calgary but it was pushing their luck. Jarome Iginla squaring off with Justin Abdelkader (before the linesmen intervened) was just stupid on the Calgary captain’s fault.

There was nothing for the Flames to gain by Iginla fighting Abdelkader. The penalty would have been matching whether the fight had happened or not and taking Iginla off the ice at the expense of Abdelkader is a move the Wings would make in an instant. Maybe Iginla wouldn’t have touched the ice on the PK but he should have been on the bench with his team.

Cory Sarich’s broken stick in the final seconds? The Wings couldn’t have asked for a luckier break (pun not intended). While Pavel Datsyuk‘s pass and Henrik Zetterberg‘s shot to tie the game were fantastic, none of that happens without that insane piece of luck.

Until the overtime the Red Wings could get nothing going. Their forecheck was weak, they couldn’t keep control of the puck, and in their own end Jimmy Howard had another off night.

And then Nicklas Lidstrom made a great move in OT and Detroit got two points out of a game they were four seconds away from getting none.

Red Wings Rally but Fall to Wild in OT

The Detroit Red Wings rallied back from down 2-0 Friday night, taking a 3-2 lead before the Minnesota Wild mounted a comeback of their own to win 4-3 in overtime.

The Red Wings were trailing 2-0 when Justin Abdelkader brought the puck out front from behind the net and sent a cross-crease pass to Darren Helm for a tap-in with 34 seconds left in the second period.

Johan Franzen tied the game at 2:37 of the third period, throwing the puck on net from the bottom of the right faceoff circle. It bounced off defenseman Greg Zanon and past goalie Jose Theodore for a power play goal.

Patrick Eaves put the Red Wings in front 2:38 later on a wraparound after picking up the rebound of his own chance from in front.

Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu tied the game back up with 1:23 remaining in regulation. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard directed the rebound of a Nick Schultz shot right to Koivu in the slot to put it back past Howard.

With 52 seconds left in the extra period, John Madden drove to the net and put the rebound of a Martin Havlat deflection past Howard to win the game for the Wild.

Brent Burns had opened the scoring at 8:16 of the first, sending a seeing-eye shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic and past Howard.

Cal Clutterbuck made it 2-0 1:25 into the second, sneaking a bad-angle shot in between the post and Howard’s pad.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 27 shots. Theodore stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced.

Minnesota’s top-ranked power play did not score on three tries, though Burns’ goal came three seconds after the expiration of a Detroit penalty. The Red Wings scored once on four power play chances, including a lengthy five-on-three.

Four Goal Third Carries Red Wings Past Blues

The Detroit Red Wings scored four goals in a 3:14 span in the third period Wednesday night, lifting them to a 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The game was tied 3-3 with 7:34 remaining when Danny Cleary scored his second goal of the night, snapping a shot from the right side of the slot past St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak off a pass from behind the net by Mike Modano.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 5-3 just 46 seconds later. Zetterberg carried the puck into the St. Louis zone and cut to the left wing boards before circling back through the left faceoff circle and wristing a shot past Halak on the near side.

Brad Stuart‘s power play blast gave Detroit a three-goal lead with 5:30 left in the period. Tomas Holmstrom rounded out the scoring with a power play deflection of a Brian Rafalski shot 1:10 later.

Drew Miller was credited with the game’s first goal when Halak stopped his shot, then swatted the puck out of the air and into his own net in an attempt to clear the rebound.

Brad Boyes tied things up 1:32 later, sliding a backhander under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s pad.

Brad Winchester’s power play goal made it 2-1 for St. Louis at 8:16 of the second period. Winchester jammed the puck home from in front of the net off a feed from Andy McDonald.

Justin Abdelkader redirected a Rafalski pass between Halak’s pads with 6:18 left in the period to tie the game back up.

Cleary’s first of the night put Detroit back up with 3:30 remaining in the second but McDonald replied 37 seconds later to make it 3-3.

St. Louis outshot the Red Wings 36-31 but Howard made 33 saves to Halak’s 24, including a toe save with less than a second remaining in the first period and the game tied.

The Red Wings were two-for-five on the power play. The Blues went one-for-three.

The seven goals scored is Detroit’s highest offensive output of the season.

Red Wings – Blues Postgame Notes

Have you ever seen a game where one team won by four and you’re not sure they should have won at all?

That’s kind of where I sit on tonight’s game. Subtracting a four-minute period of complete domination, I wasn’t very happy with how the Red Wings were playing.

Even after Danny Cleary broke the tie with about 7:30 left in the third, I was thinking that the game reminded me of Detroit’s October 23 win over Anaheim, which I also said the Wings deserved to lose.

The first three powerplays were sloppy. The Wings were giving the puck away all over the place. The forecheck was awful. The first goal was pure luck.

Four minutes in the third period made none of that matter but it shouldn’t be forgotten. The Red Wings did not play a great game here. Thankfully, they turned it on at the exact time that the Blues collapsed so it didn’t matter.

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