Howard Blanks Oilers as Red Wings Win, 3-0

The Detroit Red Wings cruised to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, with goalie Jimmy Howard only needing to make 22 saves to pick up his second shutout of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Jakub Kindl got the Red Wings on the board at 3:16 of the second. Kindl battled to keep control of the puck as he cut from the right faceoff circle to the slot, then knocked a shot through Edmonton netminder Devan Dubnyk that just rolled across the goal line.

Cory Emmerton added another goal from the Red Wings’ depth players with 7:41 left in the period. After a shift of strong pressure in the Edmonton end by Detroit, Emmerton jumped onto the ice on a change and slipped into the slot, getting a pass from Drew Miller to snap a strong shot past Dubnyk.

Justin Abdelkader finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:10 remaining.

Dubnyk finished the night with 25 saves on 27 shots.

There was only one power play on the night, with the Red Wings failing to score with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will next be in action on Saturday in Columbus, the first game of a weekend home-and-home series with the Blue Jackets.

For the fourth consecutive game, Ian White and Kent Huskins were the healthy scratches on defense for Detroit.

Red Wings Hold Off Avalanche in 2-1 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a furious finish by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, picking up a 2-1 win despite a late Colorado goal.

Paul Stastny scored for the Avalanche with 1:30 remaining and the Colorado net empty to pull his team to within a goal. After Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped Stastny’s initial shot from the slot with a toe save, Stastny picked up his own rebound and put a shot off Howard and in to make it 2-1.

Johan Franzen had opened the game’s scoring 7:00 into the second period. After blocking a shot in his own end, Franzen took a long feed from Damien Brunner to break in all alone on Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, then snapped a shot over his glove and into the top corner.

Niklas Kronwall made it 2-0 on a fluky goal with 2:28 left in the period. Kronwall threw the puck wide of the Colorado net from the blue line, looking for a tip in front. The puck made it through cleanly, though, and bounced off the end boards, coming back out to the side of the net before Giguere kicked it into his own goal.

Giguere finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots against. Howard stopped 36 of 37 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker (including a five-on-three) while Colorado had one.

Red Wings Offensive Woes Continue in Shootout Loss to Chicago

For the third consecutive game, the Detroit Red Wings managed only one goal through regulation, dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first two periods, Tomas Tatar scored the team’s only goal at 2:43 of the third. Patrick Eaves took the puck behind the Chicago net with Joakim Andersson coming in from the opposite side. Andersson popped a pass out front to Tatar who snapped a shot home past Blackhawks’ netminder Corey Crawford.

A late power play gave the Blackhawks the opportunity to respond. Kyle Quincey knocked down a shot by Patrick Sharp in the slot but he failed to clear the puck, with Viktor Stalberg jumping in to poke it free to Patrick Kane. Kane’s wrister from the right faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard to tie things up and force overtime.

Kane would go on to score the only goal of the shootout, slowly skating in on Howard before snapping a shot past him.

Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg failed to score for Detroit in the shootout. Jonathan Toews also did not score.

Howard and Crawford each finished the afternoon with 32 saves on 33 shots

The Red Wings were scoreless on two power play opportunities. Kane’s goal came on one of four Chicago attempts with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings have not scored more than a goal in a game since beating the Vancouver Canucks 8-3 last Sunday.

Brunner Lifts Red Wings over Sharks in Shootout

Damien Brunner scored his second shootout goal in as many career tries on Thursday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks.

Brunner slowly skated in on San Jose netminder Antti Niemi before snapping a shot past him for the only goal of the shootout.

Niemi had previously stopped Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson, making his first start with the Wings, stopped Michal Handzus, Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe in the skills competition.

After a scoreless first two periods, the Sharks got on the board at 4:49 of the third. Joe Thornton stripped a bouncing puck from Justin Abdelkader just inside the Detroit blue line, then fed Logan Couture for a one-timer from the right faceoff circle off of Gustavsson and in.

The Red Wings responded 1:32 later, when a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line deflected off San Jose forward T.J. Galiardi, then Patrick Eaves, then a post before hitting the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Niemi finished the night with 33 saves on 34 shots. Gustavsson earned his first win as a Red Wing with a twenty-five save performance.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two tries while San Jose had one.

The Red Wings now head back home to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

Ian White and Kent Huskins were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Valtteri Filppula remained out with an injury.

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