Five Third Period Goals Spark Red Wings’ Victory

The Red Wings continued their dominance of the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena with a 6-3 victory in the only meeting between the two teams this season. The Wings were led by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk who each had two goals.

The teams skated to a scoreless first period with Wings shutting down four power play opportunities for the Flyers. The Wings also held the Flyers top line of Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne, and Mike Knuble without a shot in the period.

At 13:20 of the second period Datsyuk put the Wings on the board first. While on the power play Zetterberg made a cross crease pass to Datsyuk who was positioned just off the right post.

The Flyers tied the game at 16:45 of the second with a power play goal of their own. Gagne was left alone between the circles and put a wrist shot past Manny Legace after a pass from Forsberg in the left circle.

The Wings scored two goals in the first 46 seconds of the third period. The first came only 14 seconds in when Chris Chelios found himself alone in the right circle after Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby forced a turnover while killing off Robert Lang‘s hooking penalty from late in the second. Then Pavel Datsyuk played a give-and-go with Brendan Shanahan skating on his right and took the pass in the slot to beat Flyers’ goalie Antero Niittymaki.

The Flyers pulled within one at 4:06 with a goal from Dennis Seidenberg, taking a shot from above the left circle, which was tipped by Andreas Lilja.

Zetterberg put the Wings up by two again at 8:37. Zetterberg had misfired on a shot just left of the goal from a feed by Pavel Datsyuk in the right circle. Zetterberg then gathered the puck along the boards and banked it off the back of Niittymaki’s legs.

The Flyers again pulled within one goal of the Wings, this time by a goal from Gagne at a tight angle at 10:33. Forsberg had controlled the puck behind the net and passed to Gagne just below the left circle.

Zetterberg scored his second goal from the left slot at 11:09 of the third period off a pass from Datsyuk which was close to a mirror image of Datsyuk’s first goal in the second period from Zetterberg. Then Robert Lang added the Wings sixth goal at 14:10 off a pass from Steve Yzerman on a 2-on-1.

Each team scored on one of their power play opportunities. The Flyers had six and the Wings had four. Antero Niittymaki faced 41 Red Wings’ shots, making 35 saves, while Manny Legace made 17 saves on 20 shots by the Flyers.

The Wings next face the New York Rangers at the Joe on Saturday afternoon.

The Flyers have not won at Joe Louis Arena since November 4, 1988 … Steve Yzerman recorded his 1051st assist, passing Gordie Howe for 7th place on the NHL all-time list. Yzerman is now only 29 assits behind Adam Oates who is 6th on that list.

Wings Suffer Overtime Loss to Panthers

The Red Wings continued their road trip with another defeat, losing to the Florida Panthers in overtime, 3-2. The loss also marked the first time that goalie Chris Osgood has lost a game played in the state of Florida.

The game winner came from an Olli Jokinen power play goal, which was the result of a Mathieu Schneider tripping penalty. Jokinen was set up on the blue line between the circles with a clear lane to shoot. He sent a wrist shot to the left of Osgood for the game winner at 1:26 of the overtime period.

The Panthers opened the scoring late in the second period after a scoreless first. Sean Hill sent a pass cross ice to Gary Roberts at the top of the left circle. Roberts’ goal came at 15:27.

The Red Wings tied the score at 6:45 of the third period from a goal created off a strange bounce off the back boards. The puck was shot into the Panthers’ zone by Valtteri Filppula to the right of goalie Roberto Luongo. It came back quickly to the left slot where Daniel Cleary one-timed it past Luongo.

Less than four minutes later the Panthers regained the lead when Rostislav Olesz grabbed the puck in their own zone and skated it through the neutral zone uncontested, then into the Wings’ zone where he sent a wrist shot from the left circle past Osgood on the short side.

At 18:58 of the third period the Wings tied the game again, this time at 2-2. The power play goal came when Henrik Zetterberg took a pass while set up to the left of Luongo on the end line. He skated the puck in front of the crease and put the shot over Luongo’s right shoulder.

Luongo faced 36 shots by the Red Wings, stopping 34 of them, while Osgood stopped 27 of the Panthers’ 30 shots. Both teams scored a power play goal. The Panthers had four opportunities with the man advantage, while the Red Wings had six chances.

The Red Wings next face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday night.

This was the first win for the Florida Panthers over the Red Wings since December 1, 1996. They went 0-5-7 against the Wings during that stretch … The Red Wings remain to be the only team in the NHL that has not participated in a shoot-out … Valtteri Filppula made his NHL debut with the Wings, also becoming the first native of Finland to play for the team.

Losing Streak at Four as Blues Beat Wings

The St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory was their first over the Red Wings since October of 2003, a string of eight games. The Wings winless streak has now hit four, after losing all three of their games on the previous road trip.

The teams played a scoreless first period to start the game. Early in the second period the Blues got a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:06, but Manny Legace made a few nice saves to keep the game scoreless. Then at 7:32 after both penalties expired, Jamal Mayers put the Blues on the board first scoring on a rebound off of Legace’s glove. Mayers was standing right next to the left post while Legace came out to play the original shot from the left point by Eric Weinrich.

The Wings then tied the scored at 15:43 of the second. Mikael Samuelsson broke across the Blues’ blue line with Jiri Fischer on his left. Samuelsson passed across to Fischer who then sent it back to Samuelsson as he reached an empty crease and net after Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford came out to cut off the angle. It was the first goal the Blues had given up in over 106 minutes of play.

In the third period the Blues scored twice only one minute and 43 seconds apart to go up 3-1. The first goal was scored at the 7:00 mark by Mike Sillinger who one-timed a pass from Petr Cajanek who was behind the goal. Sillinger had moved into the slot and put the puck between Legace’s pads. The second goal was scored by Warren, Michigan native Doug Weight on a wrist shot from the left circle on the power play.

The Blues then shut down the Wings 5-on-3 opportunity that lasted for 1:32, mostly due to some nice saves from Sanford and one shot that hit a post.

As time was running out in regulation, Wings’ coach Mike Babcock pulled Legace for an extra attacker. With the man advantage at 19:08 Brendan Shanahan scored from the right circle off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg who brought the play into the Blues’ zone.

Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford was impressive, stopping 32 of the Wings’ 34 shots. Legace stopped 27 of the Blues’ 30 shots. The Blues power play had been struggling, but they managed one goal during their seven opportunities. The Wings were scoreless on their six power plays chances.

The Wings will face the Nashville Predators next on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Wings Skid Hits Three With OT Loss to Oilers

The Wings completed their road trip winless as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers in overtime, 6-5. With help from four third period goals, the Oilers came back from being down two goals at the beginning of the third period to create a two goal lead for themselves. The Wings answered with two third period goals of their own to send the game to overtime.

Jarret Stoll scored the game winner only 33 seconds into overtime. The Oilers were on the power play due to a Kirk Maltby goaltender interference penalty called at 19:47 of the third period. Stoll took a pass at the top of the left circle, moved right along the blue line and sent a wrist shot just over Osgood’s glove.

The Oilers opened the scoring at 14:28 of the first with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Chris Pronger was high between the circles and fed Ales Hemsky the puck below the circle on the left. Hemsky put the puck on net while Chris Osgood dove to get in front of it. The puck ricocheted off the paddle of Osgood’s stick then up to his cage, from there it bounced into the net for the goal. There was a short delay to fix Osgood’s throat protector after which had come off due to the contact with the puck.

The Wings tied the game up two minutes later as Mikael Samuelsson stepped in front of a Chris Pronger pass just inside the Oilers’ blue line. Samuelsson then skated to the top of the right circle and put it past Jussi Markkanen.

In the second period, the Wings scored twice early, giving them a 3-1 lead. The first goal came on the power play at 3:37 from Pavel Datsyuk who took a pass at the center ice circle and motored into the Oilers’ zone heading to the left circle. There he sent a shot to the top far corner over Markkanen’s glove. Then at 4:50 Johan Franzen took a pass from Robert Lang just inside the blue line and sent a slap shot from the top right circle that hit the inside of the far post on Markkanen’s stick side.

Down two goals starting the third period, the Oilers turned things around scoring four goals in seven minutes. The first of the four goals came at 5:30 from Marc-Andre Bergeron who got the puck at the left circle from a bad clearing attempt by Chris Chelios. Bergeron went far side over Osgood’s glove, banging it off the post for the goal.

Only one minute and 29 seconds later Ryan Smyth scored on a wrap around on the right post after picking up the puck from Hemsky who had it pinned along the boards behind the net.

The Oilers took the lead at 8:12 on a shorthanded goal from Ethan Moreau. Shawn Horcoff broke in and sent the Wings’ backcheckers with him to the right, then passed behind his back to Moreau who was alone and breaking for the slot. Moreau then had Osgood going left and had an empty net to shoot at.

Ryan Smyth then added his second goal of the night to give the Oilers a 5-3 lead at 12:25 of the period while on the power play. Smyth picked the puck up in the right corner, turned and sent his shot top shelf from the right circle.

The Wings cut the lead to one with a power play goal from Brendan Shanahan at 16:40. Nicklas Lidstrom brought the puck deep into the Oilers’ zone at the bottom of the left circle and sent a pass to the crease where Shanahan tapped it past Markkanen. The Wings tied the game at 5-5 only a minute and two seconds later when a bouncing puck in front of Markkanen was eventually put in by Steve Yzerman after Kris Draper‘s and Maltby’s attempts.

Both the Oilers and the Wings had 28 shots a piece, with the Oilers taking the only shot recorded in overtime. The Wings took half of their shots in the third period alone. The Wings managed two power play goals during their six chances, while the Oilers converted three of their eight power play opportunities.

The Wings will head home to play the St. Louis Blues next on Saturday night.

Wings Bow to Flames for Second Straight Loss

The Red Wings lost their second straight on the road, guaranteeing them a below .500 record on this their first of two western road trips in November. On the other hand, the 3-2 victory for the Calgary Flames was their 8th straight win, and 8th straight home-ice win.

The Wings opened the scoring on their first shot of the game, at 1:20 when Brendan Shanahan stole the puck from Andrew Ference at the Flames blue line. Shanahan then tapped the puck to Robert Lang who skated in all alone, putting it between Mikka Kiprusoff’s pads giving the Wings the early 1-0 lead.

The Flames returned the favor at the 11:01 mark of the first when Daymond Langkow stole a Jason Williams‘ pass just inside the Flames zone, then made a quick pass up to Tony Amonte who was breaking in at the Wings blue line. Amonte was in alone and put his shot between Manny Legace‘s pads to tie the score at 1-1.

At 16:41 of the second period the Flames grabbed the lead on a goal by Chuck Kobasew on the power play. Legace couldn’t grab the puck in front of the crease as Kobasew took three stabs at his own rebounds before scoring.

Darren McCarty then added an insurance goal for the Flames early in the third period. The goal, coming at 2:03, was a wrap around by McCarty on Legace’s glove side after he stopped the puck behind the net from a shoot-in by Langkow.

The Wings managed only 22 shots on Kiprusoff, who stopped 21 of them, while Legace stopped 25 of the Flames’ 28 shots. The Wings were 0-for-3 on the power play. The Flames converted one of their four power play opportunities.

The Wings will now travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers tomorrow night.

Lang Scores Overtime Winner to Beat Kings

Manny Legace‘s return from a knee injury turned out to be an exciting game, with the Wings letting a two goal lead slip away late in the third period. But thanks to Robert Lang‘s overtime winner, Legace’s stellar performance was not lost.

Lang’s goal came 1:39 into the extra session after Andreas Lilja found Nicklas Lidstrom‘s shot from the point along the boards behind the net. Lilja brought it back around and passed it into the slot where Lang put it past Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Jason Labarbera.

The Kings started the scoring 3:31 into the game while on the power play for a Mathieu Schneider hooking call. Michael Cammalleri took a shot from the left circle while Legace was screened.

Legace then came up big only moments later on a Sean Avery shot. Taking advantage of not going down 2-0, the Wings tied the game with a goal from Steve Yzerman at 8:18. The goal was set up by Daniel Cleary passing the puck around the left boards to the circle where Schneider fed Yzerman who had come in just left of the crease.

Legace and Labarbera traded great saves halfway through the second period to keep the game tied until Johan Franzen scored short handed at 12:34. Franzen was breaking for the slot and took a pass from Cleary.

Sixteen seconds into the third period Tomas Holmstrom scored when he pounced on a loose puck in front of the Kings’ net after Labarbera and Tim Gleason both mishandled the puck.

The Kings score four minutes later as Jeremy Roenick fired a shot from the left point to bring them within one goal again.

Tomas Holmstrom put the Wings up by two again with his second goal of the night from the slot after a nice give-and-go with Pavel Datsyuk on his left at 13:19.

Only 25 seconds later the Kings were within one goal again after Craig Conroy hopped on a rebound in the slot off a Pavol Demitra shot from the right circle. Then at 16:12 the Kings tied the game after Alexander Frolov tipped a Jiri Fischer pass just inside the Wings blue line. As Frolov was getting a handle on the puck, Legace came out to poke check, but Frolov moved around and slid the puck into the open net.

Both goalies faced a high number of shots, with Labarbera turning aside 34 of the Wings’ 39 shots, while Legace stopped 37 of the Kings’ 41 shots.

The Kings’ went one for six on the power play, while the Red Wings who were ranked first in the NHL going into the game, came up empty handed on their four chances with the man advantage.

The Wings next face the Minnesota Wild at home on Friday night.

Oilers Snap Wings Win Streak in Overtime

The Detroit Red Wings’ win streak has ended at 9 games. It came at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-3 win in overtime. However, even with the loss in overtime, the Wings have tied the NHL record for the most points in their first 14 games with 25.

The game winning goal came from Raffi Torres who skated into the Wings zone on a 2-on-1 break. He passed to Steve Staios on his right, who gave it back to him for a tap in past Chris Osgood‘s left pad.

The Oilers opened the scoring in the first period on a Shawn Horcoff goal at 4:34. Ryan Smyth was in with Horcoff on an odd man rush. Horcoff’s shots caromed off of Osgood’s skate and skittered over the line.

The Wings answered a little over 3 minutes later as Tomas Holmstrom intercepted a bad pass by Oilers’ Cory Cross in front of the net. Holmstrom skated to his right and sent his wrist shot over Jussi Markkanen’s glove.

The Oilers again opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal from Ryan Smyth, who was standing all alone by the right post and took a pass from Ales Hemsky at 5:37.

The Wings answered again a little over three minutes later with a power play goal of their own. It was Tomas Holmstrom’s second goal of the game, taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk at the right circle, and again went top shelf over Markkanen’s glove.

The Oilers continued the trend with the first goal early in the period, this time coming from Fernando Pisani who deflected a Chris Pronger wrist shot from the right point at 4:11 of the third period.

The Wings continued to play catch-up, scoring almost four minutes later with a power play goal from Jason Williams. He scored on a one-timer from the left circle after a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Chris Osgood came up big a few times to help the Wings send it to overtime. Twice in the tenth minute of the third period he stopped excellent scoring opportunities by the Oilers. For the game, Osgood stopped 21 of the Oilers’ 25 shots, while Markkanen stopped 35 of the Wings’ 38 shots.

The Oilers converted on one of their four power play chances, which included a 5-on-3 for just over 30 seconds. The Wings coverted on two of their 6 chances with the man advantage.

The Wings next face the Coyotes at home on Saturday night.

Osgood Returns as Wings Beat Blackhawks

Chris Osgood made his first start for the Red Wings since 2000, helping them beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2, for their eighth straight win. It was also a homecoming of another sort for the Wings’ Brett Lebda, who was playing his first NHL game in his hometown of Chicago.

With the game tied at 2-2 early in the third period, and the Wings on the power play, Robert Lang stepped in front of a bad clearing attempt by the Blackhawks’ Jason Morgan. Lang then snapped the game winning goal from the right slot past Nikolai Khabibulin at 4:39 of the period.

The Wings had jumped out to an early lead, just three and a half minutes in, when Kirk Maltby was left alone in the slot to take a feed from Steve Yzerman at the left half boards.

The Blackhawks tied the game at 1-1 in the opening minutes of the second period. Tyler Arnason took a deflected pass that had squirted out from behind Osgood who was turned around and facing the left corner, coming out to cut down the angle on the rush.

Less than three minutes later the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Kyle Calder, taking a pass from Matt Ellison behind the net.

The Blackhawks’ lasted less then four minutes as Mikael Samuelsson scored a power play goal off a rebound, tying the game at 2-2.

The Red Wings’ fourth goal was an empty-netter from Henrik Zetterberg with 28 seconds left in the game.

Osgood faced 25 shots, stopping 23, while Khabibulin stopped 32 of the Wings’ 36 shots. Both goalies had to come up with some great saves. The Wings’ two power play goals came on eight chances, while the Blackhawks couldn’t capitalize on their four power play chances.

The Wings and Blackhawks head back to Detroit to play their third game in a row Tuesday night.

Williams Leads Wings Over Blue Jackets

Jason Williams‘ first career hat trick and Manny Legace‘s second shut out of the season was more then enough for the Wings to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. The game was also marked by the return of Kris Draper after getting hit in the eye with a puck earlier this week.

Williams’ hat trick came in the first period, starting the scoring for the Wings. Five minutes in and off a face off in the left circle that Robert Lang won, Williams stepped in and flicked the puck past Marc Denis on the short side.

Williams’ second goal came on the power play when he took a pass from Tomas Holmstrom from behind the net. Williams’ one-timed it from the right slot giving the Wings a 3-0 lead.

He completed the hat trick from a Brendan Shanahan pass at the right half boards. The Blue Jackets had sent the puck around the boards to clear when Shanahan trapped it. Williams fought to control the pass and wristed it past Denis from between the circles.

Johan Franzen helped the Wings tally a 4-0 lead in the first period. His goal came only 17 seconds after Williams’ first goal. Michael Rupp sent a pass across the middle of the Blue Jackets’ own zone trying to clear and Franzen hopped on it, scoring unassisted.

In the third period the Wings opened up their lead with goals from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg scored just as a power play expired on a pass from Jason Woolley seven minutes into the period. This was just seconds after Datsyuk has scored a power play goal that was called back for goaltender interference. Datsyuk’s goal came at 14 minutes in off a rebound that Blue Jacket goalie Martin Prusek couldn’t handle from a shot by Zetterberg on a 3-on-2 break.

Legace only faced 17 shots for his shut out. Marc Denis made 13 saves on 17 shots in the first 15 minutes of the first period before being pulled. Martin Prusek, making his debut for Columbus, had 17 saves on 19 shots.

The Wings were 2 for 5 on the power play, though the first and fifth power plays equaled a total time of 5 seconds. The Blue Jackets had 7 power play opportunities.

The Wings will stay in Columbus and face the Blue Jackets again on Monday night.

Wings Beat Sharks in OT, 3-2

Jiri Fischer‘s goal with 51 seconds left in overtime gave the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was the first extra session game for both teams in this young season. The win for the Wings was a bit bittersweet as Kris Draper left the game early in the second period after taking a puck to the face.

Manny Legace made his seventh straight start for the Red Wings and had to work a bit hard early on as the Sharks controlled the play early. With a combination of penalties and abbreviated situations, the Wings fought off 4 Shark power plays in the first 6 and a half minutes of the game.

The Sharks eventually struck first at 12:29. Nils Ekman picked up a loose puck at center ice and blew past Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider to create a break away. He then slid the puck under Legace’s glove to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

The Wings got the goal back just three minutes later on a Brendan Shanahan power play goal. With time running out in the man advantage Jason Woolley‘s shot from the right point was saved by Sharks’ goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but created a big rebound that Shanahan put in from the slot.

In the final minute of the first period and back on the power play, the Wings took the lead 2-1 as Mikael Samuelsson took a ricochet off the back boards from a shot by Jason Williams off a face off. Nabokov was out to cut off the angle at the top of the crease on the right side giving Samuelsson the left side of the net open to score.

The Wings took control of the play early in the third but the Sharks took advantage of their opportunities. A little over 11 minutes into the second period Marco Sturm deflected a high shot from Kyle McLaren past Legace on the power play to tie the game at 2.

Along with Draper, Tomas Holmstrom was also hit in the face with a puck. Both required stitches, but Draper was taken to the hospital on a precautionary basis.

The Wings out shot the Sharks 34-28. They also held the Sharks to one power play goal on nine chances, while they scored twice on six chances.

The Wings will face the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim next, this Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

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