Red Wings – Blues Postgame Notes

I said on Twitter that this reminded me of the Tampa game and I’ll expand on that here.

The Wings didn’t look bad tonight but they had some lapses. For the first half of the third period tonight, St. Louis controlled play and the Wings were on their heels. The Blues used that time to score two quick goals and tie things up.

In the game against the Lightning, Detroit had a similar lapse, also used by their opponent to score twice quickly and tie the game.

Like in Tampa, the Red Wings buckled back down tonight and regained their lead.

It’s not something I’d like to see become a trend but those were two important points. Like last night, I’ll take them however they come right now.

Red Wings – Oilers Postgame Thoughts

Ignoring the awesomeness of the H2H2 pre-game party and how fun it was to celebrate a win with everyone, that was a pretty awful game for the Wings. Two much-needed points but not a good game.

The team we saw in the final 5 minutes was not the same as the other 59. They were getting rebound chances, they were going to the net. That wasn’t happening for most of the game.

For most of the game, the Wings couldn’t gain the Edmonton zone. I overheard Chris Hollis call it dump and chase without the chase. Part of the reason for that is that they’d get tired out in their own zone, finally get possession, then dump it in so they could make a line change. No forecheck means they’re just giving the puck back.

There were some defensive turnovers (Ericsson) but for the most part the blue line was solid. Kronwall cannot hold the puck in at the opposition blue line, he’s just awful about it right now.

Howard had a pretty spectacular night but the one goal he allowed was beyond weak. If this was a loss, that gets held against him more. With a win it doesn’t matter.

I’ll get my photos from the pre-game warmups posted as soon as I can.

Red Wings Rally Late for OT Win over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless for 59 minutes of regulation on Friday night but broke the shutout in the game’s final minute and went on for an overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Nicklas Lidstrom‘s shot from the point with 25 seconds remaining deflected past Devan Dubnyk to tie the game up and force overtime.

Pavel Datsyuk snapped a shot from the high slot past Dubnyk with 42 seconds left in the overtime period, giving the Red Wings the win.

Edmonton had opened the scoring in the first period, when Ryan Jones snapped a shot from the left wing boards under Jimmy Howard‘s pad 6:40 into the game.

The Red Wings thought they had tied things up in the final minute of the second period but a goal by Lidstrom was called back after it was ruled that Todd Bertuzzi knocked it in with his glove.

Detroit finished the night without a power play goal on six tries with the man advantage, including 1:25 of five-on-three. Edmonton was scoreless on four power play attempts.

Howard made 26 saves on 27 shots in earning the win. Dubnyk stopped 42 of 44 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

H2H2 Wrapup

Let’s get the important thing out of the way first: $14,272.

That’s the total amount raised for Children’s Hospital of Michigan by the H2H2 event. Red Wings fans (and hockey fans in general) are amazing.

I’m honored to have been able to be there. Many thanks go out to Jen MacRostie, Ellen Manuszak, Mike Serven, the guys from The Production Line, Cath Peters, and anyone else I’m forgetting who were so instrumental in organizing the event.

As for the event itself, the guys from Winging it in Motown (including Anne from Kansas) did a great job of helping me break out of my anti-social shell. I got the chance to talk to Chris Hollis a little. Also was able to spend some time with the always-sought-after George Malik and Monica McAlister.

At the game I had the good luck to sit next to Jeff Hancock of The Brendan Smithsonian Institution and with the TPL crew.

I’ve already mentioned my thoughts on the game itself. The celebration when Datsyuk scored to win it was pretty insane. Prior to that, of course the Red Wings would get a goal called back in a game where 150 actual tinfoil hats were in the arena.

Being older than my years, I called it quits after the game, with a minor adventure getting Monica back to her car.

Thanks again to everyone who made a fantastic night possible and apologies to anyone I didn’t mention. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

H2H2 and Oilers – Red Wings Pregame Notes

H2H2 is here so I’m kicking off today’s gameday thread before heading down to Hockeytown Cafe for the pre-game party.

As per John Keating via Twitter… Doug Janik, called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins after Brad Stuart missed practice yesterday, has already been sent back down as Stuart will be able to go tonight. Good news for a Detroit blueline that’s already missing Brian Rafalski (Khan says he’s aiming to return next Wednesday but would play now if it were the playoffs).

Jimmy Howard gets the start.

The Oilers are missing a bunch of their stars (Hall and Gagner are both out for the season) and sit last in the league, so they’ll be looking to play the spoiler tonight.

I’ll post updates as I can. More likely to post to Twitter (@detroithockey96) than here depending on network availability.

Red Wings Drop Third-straight at Home in 2-1 Loss to Kings

The Detroit Red Wings’ woes at Joe Louis Arena continued on Wednesday as they lost their third consecutive home game, a 2-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings.

With the loss, the Red Wings dropped to 17-11-4 at home this season while carrying a 22-9-4 road record.

The Kings used a two-goal second period to beat Detroit.

At 7:50 of the period, Anze Kopitar drove to the net and banged home the rebound of a Dustin Penner shot after goalie Jimmy Howard couldn’t corral the puck.

With 5:17 remaining, Dustin Brown tipped a Alec Martinez shot past Howard on a power play. The shot was also tipped by Alexei Ponikarovsky en route to the net.

The Red Wings were unhappy with the second goal as it came just moments after Michael Handzus cut Nicklas Lidstrom with an inadvertant high stick. No penalty was called on the play.

Detroit’s lone goal came 5:57 into the first period, when a Darren Helm slap shot from the right faceoff circle squeaked through goaltender Jonathan Quick‘s pads.

Quick finished the night with 28 saves on 29 shots. Howard stopped 24 of the 26 chances he faced.

Los Angeles went one-for-three on the power play while the Red Wings did not score on two power play tries.

Detroit is back in action on Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Red Wings – Coyotes Postgame Thoughts

I didn’t see most of this game so I’m not going to say too much about it. Knowing the outcome, I’m not going back and watching it. Instead, my thoughts based on the reaction I’m seeing from elsewhere…

I don’t care what Larry Murphy says, having Phoenix’s first goal allowed one game after Detroit lost a goal for less is a joke. I want that explained to to me by someone who hasn’t spent the last week explaining how great everyone the Red Wings have played against is.

That said, that goal did not cause Detroit’s third period collapse so don’t even try to blame the loss on it. There are people who already have. They’re wrong.

The Wings looked awful in the second period. They only got six shots in the middle frame and it was a near-miracle that they managed to score twice. Valtteri Filppula‘s goal was a lucky (but earned) bounce and Darren Helm‘s was a great individual effort.

Sounds like that awfulness continued in the third, just without the lucky goal scoring. And at the other end they couldn’t stop anything.

Allowed goalie interference in the first period doesn’t cause a collapse in the third. Five PKs in the first 40 minutes don’t allow three goals in the last 20.

The Wings didn’t lose because of the refs, they lost because of themselves, just like every other loss as of late. They’ve got a three day break before three games in four nights. They’d better take advantage of it to get their act together.

Red Wings – Sharks Postgame Notes

The Red Wings just put forth too little effort tonight, once again. And once again, it showed on the scoreboard as they walk away with a loss.

How many times did Detroit have sustained pressure in the San Jose zone? How many times did the opposite happen? The Sharks outworked the Wings and it sucked to see.

I jump on Joey MacDonald a lot but even with the third goal, I’m not faulting him in this one. He played a great game and the only way it could have been better would have been if he’d have communicated with Ericsson on that play.

The refs will get blamed, too, for the goal that was called back. It was a horrible call, I’m not going to defend it. I’m just going to remind people that the Red Wings scored again later in that power play. Only one of those goals was going to count, ’cause if the first did the second wouldn’t have happened with the power play over. The stupid call to negate the first goal wasn’t what stopped the Red Wings from scoring in the second and third periods.

That’s all I’ve got tonight. I hate West Coast road trips on weeknights.

Red Wings Fall to Ducks on Overtime Penalty Shot

Bobby Ryan scored on a penalty shot 2:50 into overtime Wednesday night, lifting the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Ryan cleanly beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on his glove side. Howard then broke his stick over the goal post, venting his frustration at the call that led to the penalty shot.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the Red Wings’ lone goal at 5:10 of the second period, banking a shot from the left corner off of Ducks’ netminder Dan Ellis and into the net with Detroit on a power play.

Jason Blake tied the game up 1:54 into the third period, blasting a shot from the high slot past a screened Howard.

The Red Wings ended the night 1-for-9 on the power play, including 1:33 of 5-on-3 and 1:47 of 4-on-3 in overtime. The Ducks were scoreless on four power play tries but capitalized on the penalty shot.

Howard stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced. Ellis made 28 saves on 29 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action Thursday night in San Jose.

Brian Rafalski missed his third consecutive game with back spasms. Jakub Kindl reminded in the lineup in his place… Johan Franzen returned to the team after missing one game for the birth of his son. Kris Draper was a healthy scratch to make room in the lineup.

Red Wings Hold Off Kings for 7-4 Win

The Los Angeles Kings scored the final three goals Monday night but it wasn’t enough to recover from Detroit’s early scoring, with the Red Wings holding on for a 7-4 victory to kick off their West Coast road trip.

The Kings were already down 7-1 when they scored three goals in the final 7:34 of the game.

Dustin Brown made it 7-2 when he picked up a loose puck in front of Howard and whipped it past him.

Wayne Simmonds added another goal with 1:05 left to play, poking the puck past Howard from the top of the crease.

Brad Richardson finished off the game’s scoring with 21 seconds remaining, tipping a Matt Greene chance past Howard.

Michal Handzus had opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first, banging home a rebound chance from the side of the net on a Los Angeles power play.

Drew Miller replied for the Red Wings at 6:37 of the period, banking a shot off of LA goalie Jonathan Quick from an acute angle.

Detroit took the lead just 30 seconds later when Danny Cleary knifed a Jiri Hudler shot out of the air and past Quick from the slot.

A Nicklas Lidstrom blast from the blue line off a feed from Mike Modano made it 3-1 with 1:12 left in the first. It was Detroit’s first of two power play goals on the night.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the Wings’ second power play goal with 42 seconds left in the second period. Datsyuk held the puck in at the blue line and worked his way into the left faceoff circle to snap a shot over Quick’s glove.

Darren Helm made it 5-1 at 2:01 of the third period, clearing the puck past Drew Doughty at the point in the Detroit end and racing down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway before beating Quick five-hole.

Miller notched his second of the night at 5:53, knocking the rebound of a Kris Draper chance past Quick and ending the goaltender’s night.

Hudler wrapped up Detroit’s scoring with 9:38 to play, taking a cross-ice feed from Jakub Kindl and putting the puck into the open side of Jonathan Bernier‘s net as a power play expired.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals on four chances with the extra attacker. Los Angeles went one-for-four on the power play.

Howard made 35 saves on 39 shots in picking up the win. Quick took the loss with 18 saves on 24 shots, while Bernier stopped two of the three chances he faced.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Wednesday in Anaheim.

The Red Wings were without defenseman Brian Rafalski and forward Johan Franzen. Rafalski missed his second consecutive game with back spasms while Franzen was allowed to remain home in Detroit following the birth of his first child.

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