Red Wings Hold Off Flames for 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the Calgary Flames for a 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

Twice in the final minutes the Flames thought they had tied it up. The first non-goal was scored after Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek‘s mask had been knocked off while the second was on an offsides play.

Mason Raymond opened the game’s scoring for Calgary just 2:27 into the first period. His shot from the left wing bounced off Mrazek’s mask and right back to him down low for a wraparound into the open side of the net.

The Red Wings evened things back up at 7:58 when Riley Sheahan carried the puck down the right wing and drove to the net, snapping a shot over Calgary netminder Karri Ramo’s glove.

It was the only goal Ramo would allow, as he left midway through the game after coming out of his crease to stop a breakaway chance and colliding with defenseman Raphael Diaz. Jonas Hiller replaced him in the Calgary net.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg gave his team the lead with 2:32 left in the middle frame. Gustav Nyquist‘s centering pass from the right wing bounced off Justin Abdelkader‘s stick to Zetterberg, who beat Hiller from right in front.

Abdelkader would make it 3-1 with a power play goal at 2:03 of the third period. The puck came to Abdelkader wide open to Hiller’s left, where he had enough time to put his initial shot off the far post, then collect his own rebound and put it into the net.

Mikael Backlund cut Detroit’s lead to 3-2 at 5:13. Backlund took a feed from Paul Byron on a shorthanded break and slid the puck under Mrazek’s attempted poke-check.

The Red Wings went one-for-two on the power play, scoring on their first and allowing Backlund’s goal on their second. The Flames were scoreless on four tries with the man-advantage.

Mrazek stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Ramo made 12 saves on 13 Detroit chances before giving way to Hiller, who stopped seven of nine.

With the Red Wings’ Western Canadian road trip complete, they’ll stop in Detroit before moving on to Washington on Saturday.

Detroit was without forwards Johan Franzen (upper body) and Tomas Jurco (back). They were replaced in the lineup by Daniel Cleary and Joakim AnderssonBrian Lashoff was a healthy scratch.

Late Goals Lift Red Wings over Oilers

Two late power play goals helped the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Benoit Pouliot was in the penalty box for spearing Jonathan Ericsson when Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening scored in the game’s final minute to turn a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 win for Detroit.

With 34 seconds left in regulation, Datsyuk’s attempted pass from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to Justin Abdelkader at the top of the crease deflected off Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks and past goalie Viktor Fasth to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

Glendening would add an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining to round out the scoring.

The Oilers had gotten things started with a power play goal of their own with 4:31 remaining in the opening period. Jeff Petry threw a pass from the blue line down the left wing to Jordan Eberle, who cut to the goal at a hard angle and beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Kyle Quincey knotted things up at 10:44 of the second, picking up the rebound of his own blocked shot from the left faceoff dot and carrying it towards the slot before snapping the puck over Fasth’s glove.

Abdelkader made it 2-1 with 1:31 left in the period with a net-front deflection of a Niklas Kronwall shot on the power play.

It was 2-2 with 4:05 left in regulation when Eberle scored his second of the night for Edmonton, taking a pass from behind the net by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to beat Howard from the left circle.

The Red Wings’ three power play goals came on six attempts with the extra skater. The Oilers scored once on three power play tries.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots. Fasth stopped 37 of 40 Detroit attempts.

The Red Wings wrap up the Western Canadian portion of their six-game road trip on Wednesday in Calgary.

Detroit forward Tomas Jurco was held out of the third period with back spasms. He will not play in Calgary… Defenseman Jakub Kindl remained out of the lineup with a wrist injury… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

Red Wings Open Road Trip with Loss to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off their six-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic with 3:30 remaining and Detroit skating six-on-five.

All of the game’s goals came at uneven manpower strengths.

Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring at 1:48 of the second period, rifling a shot from near where Tatar would later score past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a Vancouver power play.

Radim Vrbata scored off the rebound of is own shot from the inside edge of the left circle with 9:11 left in the third to make it 2-0, another power play goal.

After the Red Wings pulled to within one, Henrik Sedin added two empty-net goals to round out the game’s scoring.

Howard stopped twenty of the 22 shots he faced for Detroit while Ryan Miller made 29 saves on thirty shots for Vancouver.

The Canucks scored twice on four power play chances while the Wings were zero-for-three.

Detroit’s trip continues in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Helm Scores Twice as Red Wings Close 2014 with Win over Devils

Detroit forward Darren Helm scored two goals on Wednesday night, leading the Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

It was Detroit’s 28th win since they began hosting games on New Year’s Eve in 1957.

After a scoreless first period, New Jersey rookie Joe Whitney opened the game’s scoring with 4:23 left in the second. Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith turned the puck over to Tim Sestito, who moved it to Whitney in the left faceoff circle for a snap past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Helm got the Red Wings on the board 2:19 later, tucking the puck past New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider on a falling wraparound attempt.

With 5:01 left in the third period, Henrik Zetterberg deflected a Niklas Kronwall shot past Schneider to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

Helm rounded out the scoring just 36 seconds later, speeding around Eric Gelinas for a partial breakaway and putting a backhander past Schneider while being hooked.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit getting four chances to New Jersey’s three.

Howard stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced. Schneider made 25 saves on 28 shots.

The Red Wings begin a six-game road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.

Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet replaced the injured Jakub Kindl in the lineup… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.