Pulkkinen Scores in OT to Lift Red Wings over Blues

Detroit forward Teemu Pulkkinen scored with just 18.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the host St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Pulkkinen scored on a blast past St. Louis netminder Jake Allen from the top of the right faceoff circle with Detroit on a power play.

The Blues forced overtime on a goal with 2:10 left in regulation. Henrik Zetterberg failed to get the puck deep on a dump-in and the Red Wings were caught on a line change, with Vladimir Tarasenko breaking down the right wing. Tarasenko cut to the front of the net and snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Pavel Datsyuk‘s first goal of the season opened the scoring with 9:56 left in the first period. Brad Richards sent a pass from behind the goal to Datsyuk out front to put past Allen for the 1-0 lead.

Just over three minutes later, Kyle Brodziak snapped a shot from the right wing past Howard to tie things up. Jori Lehtera put the Blues in front 1:40 after that, tipping a Jay Bouwmeester shot past Howard for a 2-1 lead.

Luke Glendening fought off a check to even things up before the end of the period, banging a chance past Allen from the slot with 1:29 left.

At 8:42 of the second, Dylan Larkin restored Detroit’s lead when a Zetterberg shot deflected off his arm and in to make it 3-2.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 33 shots while Allen stopped 28 of 32 chances against.

Each team had two power play opportunities with Pulkkinen’s goal the only one scored with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are now off until Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins.

Red Wings Waive Ferraro

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Landon Ferraro on waivers on Saturday.

Ferraro, 24, is coming off a knee injury suffered two weeks ago against the Toronto Maple Leafs. With no room in the Detroit lineup, it’s expected that the Red Wings would assign him to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League should he clear waivers. This move spares Joakim Andersson, who was the other player likely to be waived to make room.

Teams have until noon on Sunday to place a claim on Ferraro.

In ten games with the Red Wings this season, Ferraro has no points. In 17 career games across three seasons he has one goal and no assists.

Selected in the second round (29th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ferraro has played 270 games for the Griffins, scoring 75 goals and 65 assists.

Mrazek Stops 35 as Red Wings Best Kings

Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced and helped lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Dylan Larkin scored the eventual game-winning goal at 6:08 of the second period, banging home the rebound of a Justin Abdelkader chance to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.

Jeff Carter‘s second goal of the night made it 3-2 with 9:17 left in the middle frame. Breaking into the Detroit zone, he snapped a shot from the top of the left circle past Mrazek.

The Red Wings would hold the Kings to just eight third-period shots and Mrazek would stop them all to preserve the lead and get the win.

Detroit opened the game’s scoring with 5:50 left in the first period on the power play. Henrik Zetterberg worked the puck down to Justin Abdelkader at the front of the Los Angeles net, who then moved it on to Tomas Tatar for a shot past goalie Jhonas Enroth.

Just 2:11 later, Carter scored on a shorthanded breakaway to tie things back up.

At 3:45 of the second, Mike Green jumped in from the point to bang a rebound chance in, making it 2-1.

Enroth finished the night with 26 saves on 29 shots.

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

Detroit got forward Brad Richards back from injury for the game. Andreas Athanasiou was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room on the roster for Richards.

Jurco Assigned to Griffins for Conditioning

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that forward Tomas Jurco has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Jurco, 22, has appeared in only four of the Red Wings’ 18 games this season, notching a lone assist. He has been a healthy scratch behind Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, and most recently Andreas Athanasiou.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (35th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jurco has appeared in 103 career games with the Red Wings, scoring 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points. In 106 career AHL games with the Griffins, he scored 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points.

Jurco’s conditioning assignment cannot extend for more than 14 days. The Griffins play six times in that span.

Red Wings Extend Defenseman Ouellet

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday the signing of prospect defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a one-year contract extension.

As per club policy, financial terms were not announced, but the deal reportedly carries a $715,000 salary cap hit. The deal will kick in for the 2016-17 season, during which Ouellet will have to make the Red Wings’ roster or be exposed on waivers.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet has played 25 NHL games over the last two seasons. He has two career goals and one assist.

The native of Bayonne, France, has six goals and thirty assists in 132 career American Hockey League games, all with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pregame: Sharks @ Red Wings – 11/13

Pavel Datsyuk returns to the Detroit lineup tonight as the Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks. Datsyuk has missed all 15 games this season recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He’ll slot in on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and – fresh off his seven year contract extension – Justin Abdelkader. The full forward lines are as follows:

Abdelkader – Zetterberg – Datsyuk
Tomas TatarDylan LarkinGustav Nyquist
Riley SheahanAndreas AthanasiouTeemu Pulkkinen
Drew MillerLuke GlendeningDarren Helm

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Red Wings against Martin Jones.

Stupid stat of the day: This is Detroit’s ninth Friday the 13th game all-time. The Red Wings are 4-3-1 in the previous eight.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

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