Late Goal Lifts Red Wings Past Blues in Overtime

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime on Thursday, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Datsyuk’s shot from the right faceoff circle deflected off defenseman Barrett Jackman, then snuck under the blocker of goalie Brian Elliott with just 2.2 seconds left in the overtime period. The goal salvaged the win for Detroit after the Red Wings blew a 2-0 lead in the third period.

Joakim Andersson opened the game’s scoring with 1:56 left in the second period. Drew Miller threw the puck to the front of the net from the corner and Andersson swatted a backhander that slipped past Elliott’s pad.

Just one minute later, Tomas Tatar collected the rebound of a Jonathan Ericsson chance on the doorstep and lifted a backhander past Elliott.

David Backes got the Blues on the board at 3:58 of the third period, tipping a Jay Bouwmeester shot from the top of the right circle past Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek on a power play.

The Red Wings thought they had a late 3-1 lead when Gustav Nyquist beat Elliot on a power play but the goal was called back due to incidental contact between Elliott and Justin Abdelkader.

The Blues would force overtime with 48 seconds remaining in regulation when Alexander Steen tipped an Alex Pietrangelo shot past Mrazek while St. Louis skated six-on-five.

Mrazek finished the night with 25 saves on 27 shots. Elliott stopped 21 of 24 Detroit chances.

Detroit was scoreless on four power play tries while the Blues scored once on three attempts with the man-advantage.

With the win, the Red Wings close out their six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. They’ll return home on Saturday to host the Nashville Predators.

Red Wings Rally for Win over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals Tuesday night, rallying from down 2-0 for a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Nicklas Lidstrom started Detroit’s comeback with a second-period power play goal. With 1:03 left in the period, Lidstrom’s shot from the left point found its way through traffic and past St. Louis goalie Brian Elliot to get the Red Wings on the board.

Pavel Datsyuk tied things up with 8:41 left in the third period, tipping an Ian White shot past Elliot while driving to the net.

Just 56 seconds later, Niklas Kronwall beat Elliot with a shot through traffic from the blue line for Detroit’s first lead.

The Blues had opened the game’s scoring at 6:51 of the first, when Matt D’Agostini tipped a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the blue line past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard while St. Louis was on a power play.

A second power play goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead with 6:52 remaining in the second period. Jason Arnott‘s shot from the left point just slipped through Howard’s pads, but no one could see the puck free behind him. When play wasn’t blown dead, Alexander Steen jumped in and dug the puck out, knocking it into the net.

Each team had four power plays on the night. St. Louis scored twice with the extra skater while Detroit scored once.

Both of the goalies made 29 saves, with Elliot facing 32 shots and Howard facing 31.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in the Detroit’s annual New Years’ Eve game. The Wings will next be in action the night before when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.


Detroit was without forward Tomas Holmstrom, expected to miss a week with a groin injury. Joakim Andersson was called up from Grand Rapids to make his NHL debut in Holmstrom’s place.

Stuart’s Save Can’t Stop Blues From Defeating Red Wings

Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart sprawled out in the crease behind goalie Jimmy Howard and swatted a puck off the goal line late in the first period but the superb defensive effort wasn’t enough to keep the St. Louis Blues from a 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

Stuart saved a sure goal, being careful not to close his hand on the puck as he knocked it away to keep the game scoreless.

Johan Franzen opened the game’s scoring at 7:42 of the second period. Franzen carried the puck from the bottom of the right faceoff circle to the crease, driving at goalie Brian Elliot and lifting a shot from in close off his shoulder and into the net for a power play goal.

Alexander Steen would even things up on a St. Louis power play goal just 1:38 later. Jason Arnott won a draw in the right circle back to Steen, who blasted a shot from the high slot past Howard.

David Backes scored another power play goal just 45 seconds into the third period. Backes was left at the top of the crease by Jonathan Ericsson, who failed to cut off a pass from T.J. Oshie. All alone, Backes knocked the puck into the open side of the net.

Patrick Berglund rifled a shot past Howard at 2:38 of the period to make it 3-1 in favor of the Blues. Berglund was coming into the Detroit zone two-on-two but both defenders covered David Perron, leaving Berglund open to take a shot.

Jiri Hudler tipped a Danny Cleary shot past Elliot with 1:20 left in regulation – also a power play goal – but the Red Wings were unable to even things up.

Each team scored twice on the power play. Detroit had seven tries with the extra attacker, including an eight second power play in the second period and 1.5 seconds to close out the game. St. Louis had eight tries, also with an eight second power play.

Howard stopped 23 of 26 shots faced. Elliot made 27 saves on 29 shots.

After going 1-2-0 on their three-game road trip, the Red Wings return home to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.


Detroit was without forward Valtteri Filppula, who suffered a deep cut in his leg Sunday in Colorado. Cory Emmerton returned to the lineup in his place… Mike Commodore was the healthy scratch on defense.

Kronwall Escapes Injury as Red Wings Fall to Blues

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night, but avoided further loss when defenseman Niklas Kronwall was able to finish the game after taking a hit from behind by Chris Stewart.

Kronwall left the game in the first period after Stewart sent him dangerously into the boards with 8:46 remaining. He would return to start the second period, however.

Stewart was ejected for the hit and given a five-minute penalty for checking from behind.

The Red Wings, leading at the time of the hit, seemingly lost focus during the long power play. They failed to score on it and managed only four shots in seven total minutes of time with the extra attacker in the opening period.

The Blues scored on their first power play shot of the game with 2:41 remaining in the period, as Matt D’Agostini snapped a shot from the slot over a sprawling Jimmy Howard.

Alexander Steen gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead just past the midway point of the second period. Johan Franzen‘s no-look backhand clearing attempt landed on Steen’s stick at the blue line and he carried the puck up to the top of the left faceoff circle to fling the puck past Howard.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the game’s scoring at 6:07 of the first, throwing the puck to the front of the net from the side of the goal. It bounced around and slipped through the pads of Blues’ netminder Brian Elliot to give the Red Wings the early lead.

Elliot finished the night with 21 saves on 22 Detroit shots. Howard stopped 35 of 37 shots against.

The Blues went one-for-four on the power play, including a late five-on-three to end the game. The Wings were scoreless on six power play tries, among them the five-minute major to Stewart.

The Red Wings will continue their road trip on Thursday in San Jose.


Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith served the final game of his five-game suspension. He is expected to remain with the Red Wings for the remainder of their road trip rather than return to the Grand Rapids Griffins… Forward Todd Bertuzzi remained out of the lineup with a sinus infection… Fabian Brunnstrom was the team’s healthy scratch.