Postgame: Stars @ Red Wings – 11/8

I didn’t think that the Red Wings played well enough today to win. Apparently my eye test fails, though, as I’ve been told Detroit actually topped the Dallas Stars in score-adjusted 5v5 Corsi.

In the end, that’s really all I have to say about the game because so much was overshadowed by events of the third period.

With about 13 minutes left in the third period, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard took an unintentional knee to the head from Dallas forward Jason Spezza. Howard struggled to stand as play continued. When the puck was finally frozen, he seemed to argue with the referee about why play wasn’t stopped. He was then checked out by the Red Wings’ training staff and exited the game.

This in a league that says it’s worried about head trauma.

Five minutes later, Jonathan Ericsson was hit in the head by Ales Hemsky. There would have been no penalty on the play had Ericsson not retaliated. Ericsson was given two minutes for roughing. Hemsky received no penalty.

This in a league that says it’s worried about head trauma.

In the game’s final minutes, Howard returned to the Red Wings’ bench. The team later revealed that he was fine and that he wasn’t checked for a concussion.

This in a league that says it’s worried about head trauma. This in a league where there are supposedly spotters in the arena looking for players who may have suffered head trauma. This on a team where Johan Franzen has played in a grand total of two games in the last ten months because he thought he was back from a concussion and then started experiencing symptoms again.

What is clear from the third period today is that the league is not concerned about head trauma. The Red Wings are not concerned about head trauma. And the players are not going to stop trying to play through head trauma.

Red Wings Fall to Oilers to End Streak

The Detroit Red Wings’ winning streak ended at seven games Thursday night with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Oilers the win, beating Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek stick-side.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler failed to score for the Red Wings. Hasek stopped Sam Gagne on Edmonton’s first shot.

Detroit trailed late in the game but Henrik Zetterberg forced overtime, scoring with 2:40 left in regulation to tie the game. Zetterberg took a pass from Dan Cleary and went behind the Edmonton goal, coming out on the other side into the right circle to turn and put a shot over goaltender Dwayne Roloson‘s shoulder.

The Red Wings had gotten on the board first just 2:46 into the game, with Mark Hartigan‘s first goal as a Red Wing. Similar to Zetterberg’s tying goal, Hartigan beat Roloson on a wraparound chance.

Hemsky tied things up with 7:32 left in the period, scoring on the rebound of a Sheldon Souray shot from the blue line with the Oilers on the power play.

With 1:54 left in the first, Joni Pitkanen jumped across the Detroit blue line, taking a pass while splitting the defenders to rifle a shot past Hasek and put Edmonton in the lead.

Zetterberg evened things up with his first goal of the night, scored on the power play with 6:36 left in the second period. Brian Rafalski sent a hard pass from the top of the right circe to Zetterberg in the slot for a deflection past Roloson.

Fernando Pisani gave the Oilers the lead back 2:09 later, fighting off Brett Lebda to score from the front of the net off a pass from Gagner.

Hasek, who was seemingly injured after Shawn Horcoff slid into him, played the full game and stopped 22 of 25 shots against. Roloson made 39 saves on 42 shots.

Both teams went one-for-four on the power play.

Game Over: Wings eliminated with loss to Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings carried a two-goal lead into the third period Monday night but couldn’t hold off a comeback by Edmonton, falling to the Oilers, 4-3. The loss eliminates the Red Wings from the playoffs.

It marks the third time in five years that Detroit exits the postseason in the opening round and the fourth time in five years that the Red Wings didn’t advance to the Conference Finals.

The Red Wings seemed in control early, dominating the game and opening the scoring with 5:24 remaining in the first period with a highlight-reel goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

After a weak pass by a falling Mikael Samuelsson failed to get the puck to Zetterberg, he stepped up on defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to poke the puck away from him. Zetterberg then picked it back up and skated around goalie Dwayne Roloson, shooting into a mostly-open net.

The Red Wings extended their lead with 5:58 remaining in the second period when Robert Lang scored on a power play.

In a set play that had worked all season but had yet to yield results in the playoffs, Lang sent the puck from the left wing boards down to Steve Yzerman at the bottom of the left circle before cutting to the slot. Yzerman sent the puck back to him for a one-timer that snuck through and put Detroit up by two.

The Oilers pulled to within one at 2:56 of the third period when Fernando Pisani banged in the rebound of a Jarret Stoll shot on an Edmonton power play. Just 3:44 later, Pisani added another to even the game, faking out Detroit netminder Manny Legace and putting the puck between his legs on an Edmonton rush.

Johan Franzen, who was caught out of position on Pisani’s second goal, put the Red Wings back out in front with 9:53 remaining, scoring on the rebound of a Kirk Maltby shot that bounced off the post.

Ales Hemsky‘s disputed power play goal with 3:53 evened the score again. A shot on net was deflected down to Hemsky with what appeared to be a high stick. Then, after banging away at the puck a couple of times, Hemsky looked to have kicked it into the net. After replay, the goal was allowed to stand.

Hemsky scored again with 1:06 remaining, giving the Oilers the only lead they needed on a tip in from the side of the crease.

Two of Edmonton’s six power plays yielded goals while Detroit scored only once on their four tries on the night.

Legace made 26 saves on 30 shots against but Roloson stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced.

The winner of the Calgary – Anaheim series will determine Edmonton’s next opponent. Should Calgary win, the Oilers will be hosted by the Flames. Should Anaheim win, the Mighty Ducks will host the Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks will host the Oilers.


Detroit captain Steve Yzerman returned to the lineup for what is expected to have been the final game of his career. Goaltender Chris Osgood was scratched for the third game in a row.

Czechs Select Lang for Olympics

Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will make his fourth career Olympic appearance in February, as he was announced as a member of the Czech Republic’s men’s ice hockey team for the games in Turino, Italy.

The Czech roster also includes former Red Wing goaltender Dominik Hasek, now a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Defenseman Jiri Fischer, who was expected to be named to the team before suffering convulsions on November 21, was not on the final roster.

The four players from the New York Rangers are the most sent by one NHL team to the Czech squad.

The complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Domink Hasek
Milan Hnilicka
Tomas Vokoun

Defensemen (7)
Frantisek Kaberle
Tomas Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina
Marek Malik
Jaroslav Spacek
Marek Zidlicky

Forwards (13)
Jan Bulis
Petr Cajanek
Martin Erat
Milan Hejduk
Ales Hemsky
Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Rostislav Olesz
Vaclav Prospal
Petr Prucha
Martin Rucinsky
Martin Straka
David Vyborny

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.

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.

Oilers Not So Slick: Wings Take 2-1 Win

The Red Wings caused the Edmonton Oilers’ playoff hopes to dwindle even further on Monday night. The Oilers are seven points out of a playoff spot, stuck in 11th place in the Western Conference and fighting for every point they can get, but Manny Legace‘s goaltending and Kris Draper‘s 5th shorthanded goal of the season denied them the opportunity.

The Red Wings pressured the Oilers early in the game. Brendan Shanahan had two very good scoring chances against Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo. His first one rang off the inside of the goalpost but didn’t cross the line, and his second hit the goaltender square in the chest.

The Oilers began to reverse the pressure after awhile, and the Red Wings caught their lucky break of the game. Legace made a glove save against Ales Hemsky while sprawled on the ice. Video replay showed that Legace’s glove was across the goal line, but the puck was not visible at all in the shot. Without conclusive sight of the puck crossing the line, the video officials had to confirm the on-ice ruling of no goal.

Draper opened the scoring with 6:23 left in the first period, in spite of the fact that the Oilers were on the power play. Detroit had cleared the puck deep into the Edmonton zone, and Kirk Maltby stripped the puck away from Eric Brewer behind Salo’s net. Maltby centered the pass to Draper coming up through the high slot, and Draper one-timed a shot which beat Salo high.

The Oilers had 17 shots to the Wings’ 8 after the first period, but Detroit completely dominated the second. They held the puck in the Oilers’ zone for the most part, and they did not allow their opponents a single shot on goal through the entire twenty minutes of play.

Even with all that time on attack, Salo only allowed one goal. Mathieu Schneider picked up a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, deked around a defenseman, delayed his shot until Salo committed to a low save, then put the puck high under the crossbar.

The Oilers’ offense came back for the end of the game. Legace had to be quick several times, especially early in the period when Georges Laraque had a near-breakaway.

Edmonton got on the scoreboard during a power play with Chris Chelios in the box for cross-checking. Jarret Stoll came down the left wing side with no one covering him, and he was able to get to the rebound from Laraque’s shot to slide the puck underneath Legace.

The Oilers pulled Salo for an extra skater with just under a minute to go, but the Red Wings kept the puck away from them well enough that they weren’t able to force overtime.

Legace made 29 saves on 30 shots, while Salo left the game with 24 saves on 26 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Wednesday night when the Phoenix Coyotes come to the Joe.


Draper’s fifth shorthanded goal moves him into second place in shorthanded scoring this season. The leader is Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, who has seven”¦. Mathieu Dandenault played center for the first time in his NHL career, between Steve Thomas and Darren McCarty. Thomas was heard jokingly referring to their new line as the “Donut Line” (nothing in the middle)”¦. The second period was only the third time in franchise history that the Oilers have had no shots in a period.

Losing Streak Ends In Tie With Oilers

Four quick goals and a good performance by Manny Legace let the Red Wings hang on against a late rally to tie the Edmonton Oilers, 4-4.

The Red Wings had a good chance to open the scoring early in the game when Oilers goalie Tommy Salo was assessed a penalty shot for throwing his stick while making a save against Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan’s shot didn’t get quite high enough off the ice, and Salo was able to stack his leg pads to make the save.

The Oilers opened the scoring midway through the first. Radek Dvorak cycled the puck behind the net. Raffi Torres was waiting on the left side. Pavel Datsyuk attempted to shove Torres out of the way, but was not able to do so before Dvorak completed the cross-crease pass and Torres put the puck in behind Manny Legace.

Edmonton increased their lead with 2:22 left in the period. Torres shot the puck on net from just behind the goal line. Legace made the save, but the rebound went out to Marc-Andre Bergeron on the right wing side. Bergeron took a wrist shot which went into the net.

Detroit played a more focused game in the second period, and were rewarded by scoring four goals in the space of 5:17. First they successfully weathered two penalties assessed to Jiri Hudler. Legace made some impressive saves, and Nicklas Lidstrom was right at the net to block the one save Legace wouldn’t have been able to make. Then Darren McCarty got the goals going.

McCarty received a pass from Kirk Maltby just inside the Oiler’s blue line. He shot the puck, using big defenseman Eric Brewer as a screen, and the puck reached the net at just the right height to sail over Salo’s shoulder.

A mistake cost the Oilers their lead. Alexei Semenov turned the puck over in front of his own net. To make matters worse, he gave it up to the NHL’s leading active goal scorer. Brett Hull skated the puck a little way towards the right boards before firing. Salo was sliding over, but he was being screened by Tomas Holmstrom, and the puck slid in underneath Salo’s left leg.

The Oilers, understandably, wanted their lead back. Legace had to make a huge save against Marty Reasoner at point blank range to keep Detroit’s momentum going.
Kris Draper moved Detroit into the lead. He carried the puck across Edmonton’s blue line, then made a back pass to Maltby. Maltby shot the puck from the left side, and Draper tipped it into the net.

Datsyuk increased the lead with a power play goal. The Oilers almost cleared the puck out of their zone, but Hull held it in at the blue line and made a pass to Datsyuk in the high slot. Datsyuk put a perfectly placed wrist shot just underneath the crossbar.

Both teams committed defensive turnovers in the third period, but the Oilers were the ones able to capitalize and score. Ales Hemsky added a power play goal with Mathieu Schneider in the penalty box for slashing. Chris Chelios cleared the puck away from the front of the net, but it took a strange bounce right back to Hemsky, who stuffed it in from behind the goal line.

Ethan Moreau tied the game up with only 3:57 left in regulation. Fernando Pisani squeezed past Shanahan to create a two-on-one rush. Schneider wasn’t able to take the passing lane away, so Pisani got the puck across for Moreau to scoop into the net.

Legace was the hero of the overtime period. The Oilers came out on the attack, but Legace made all five saves he needed to make so that the game would end in a tie.
Edmonton outshot Detroit by a count of 33 to 31. The Red Wings will continue their road trip when they face the Canucks Monday night in Vancouver.


Curtis Joseph slightly injured his groin during morning practice, which is why Legace got the start. Joseph played backup, and Dominik Hasek is still day-to-day with his own groin injury…. The last Red Wing to score on a penalty shot was Igor Larionov in 1995.