Datsyuk Scores Twice but Red Wings Fall to Jets in Shootout

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored two power play goals but it wasn’t enough for the Red Wings, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout.

With the loss, the Red Wings’ home losing streak reached six games. It’s their longest such streak since the 1996-97 season. They haven’t won an overtime game at Joe Louis Arena in ten tries.

Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd both scored in the tiebreaker for Winnipeg. Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit but both Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi were stopped.

Winnipeg opened the game’s scoring at 7:10 of the first period when Bryan Little was left wide open on the left wing on a three-on-two rush, taking a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler and snapping a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Datsyuk would even things back up with 5:16 remaining in the period. On the man-advantage, Henrik Zetterberg got the puck in the right faceoff circle and sent it across to Datsyuk low in the left circle for a quick wrister over Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. tying things up at 1-1.

After a scoreless second period, Winnipeg regained the lead on a broken play at the 10:47 mark of the third. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey lost his stick on the initial rush into the Detroit zone and by the time he got it back, Zach Bogosian had gotten the puck all alone in the slot. Bogosian faked around the scrambling Quincey and flung a shot in behind Howard, who had come far out of the net to cut down the shooting angle.

Datsyuk would tie things again just 2:24 later. A single second after the expiration of a Detroit five-on-three, Datsyuk scooped up the rebound of a Johan Franzen chance at the side of the net and tucked it in around Pavelec’s outstretched pad to make it 2-2.

Pavelec finished the night with 41 saves on 43 Detroit chances, in addition to the stops on Datsyuk and Bertuzzi in the shootout. Howard made 19 saves on 21 shots without making a stop in the tiebreaker.

Winnipeg did not score on any of their three power plays while Detroit went two-for-four with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings look to snap their home losing streak on Friday when they host the Washington Capitals.


Franzen returned from injury to play in Tuesday’s game. Stephen Weiss (groin) replaced him on short-term injured reserve to make room on the roster… Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith remained out. Both are expected to return on Friday… Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches.

Five-Goal Second Period Carries Red Wings over Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings rode five second-period goals to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday afternoon, bouncing back from a 2-0 deficit and holding off a third-period comeback by Chicago.

The Red Wings got goals from Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jason Williams and Valtteri Filppula in a 6:15 span and one more from Pavel Datsyuk in the final seconds of the middle frame.

Rafalski put Detroit on the board at 4:12 of the second, blasting a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Chicago netminder Cristobal Huet while the Wings skated with a four-on-three advantage.

Just 28 seconds later Lidstrom tied the game, rifling a shot right down the slot and past Huet, through a screen by Todd Bertuzzi.

Williams put the Red Wings out in front at 9:45 of the period. Henrik Zetterberg threw the puck to the front of the net from the bottom of the left circle and Williams – covered by two Blackhawks and falling to the ice – tipped it into the open side of the net.

Filppula extended the lead 42 seconds later beating Huet after getting the puck from Bertuzzi on a two-on-one.

Antti Niemi replaced Huet in the Chicago crease after Filppula’s goal and was beaten on a breakaway by Datsyuk with two seconds remaining in the period. Datsyuk stole the puck from Patrick Kane in the Detroit end of the ice with nine seconds left, broke in on Niemi, and beat him with a backhand shot.

The Blackhawks had opened the game’s scoring 4:24 into the opening period. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard directed the rebound of a Brent Seabrook shot straight to Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, who fired a shot that deflected off of Rafalski’s leg and past Howard.

Andrew Ladd made it a 2-0 game with 8:23 left in the first, snapping a shot from the right faceoff dot past Howard off a giveaway by Filppula.

The Blackhawks thought they had made it 3-0 early in the second period but a power play goal was called back for goaltender interference, one of the game’s several contested plays around the creases.

Ladd resumed Chicago’s scoring 1:59 into the third period on a similar shot after the Red Wings failed to clear their own end.

To complete the hat trick and pull Chicago to within a goal, Ladd tipped a Keith shot from the blue line past Howard off of a faceoff win in the Detroit end with 7:54 remaining in the third.

Howard finished the afternoon with 28 saves on 32 shots to earn the win. Huet made 13 stops on 17 Detroit chances before getting pulled while Niemi stopped seven of eight shots but let in the eventual game-winner, giving him the loss.

Rafalski’s goal was the game’s only power play goal, scored on Detroit’s lone chance with the extra attacker. Chicago was scoreless on two power plays.

The Red Wings look to extend their winning streak to three games on Tuesday when they host the Calgary Flames.


Bertuzzi left the game in the second period with what the Red Wings called a lower body injury… Combined with Calgary’s win and Nashville’s loss, the Red Wings remain one point up on the Flames in the standings but climb to within a point of the Predators.

Game Two: Red Wings – Blackhawks Pregame Notes

Both the Red Wings and the Blackhawks are expected to be with their full Game One rosters for Game Two tonight in Detroit.

Marian Hossa was banged up in Game One but said he just “needed a breather” after a hit from Chicago’s Andrew Ladd. Jiri Hudler also took a big hit and Brad Stuart blocked a shot but all Wings were accounted for in Monday’s practice.

Duncan Keith did not practice for the ‘Hawks on Monday but is expected to play tonight.

One unknown is the status of Ville Leino. He practiced with the main squad (rather than with the rest of the Black Aces) yesterday but was not on a regular line. That could be Mike Babcock‘s way of getting him ready in case of injury or it could be that he wants to be able to make a lineup change to bring in more scoring, replacing a grittier player such as Justin Abdelkader.

Red Wings Fall to Blackhawks on Late Penalty Shot

Chicago’s Dustin Byfugliuen scored a penalty shot goal with 28 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday, carrying the Blackhawks to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Byfugliuen’s goal broke a 2-2 tie. Andrew Ladd added an empty-net goal to get the ‘Hawks their first victory over Detroit this season.

Chicago had opened the game’s scoring on their first shot, with Niklas Hjalmarsson blasting the puck past Ty Conklin‘s glove just 16 seconds into the game.

The Red Wings evened things up with 9:01 left in the first as Valtteri Filppula scored a power play goal off a no-look feed from Jiri Hudler.

Henrik Zetterberg scored with 1:02 remaining in the second to put Detroit out in front but Chicago tied the game at 8:53 of the third on a blast by Ben Eager.

Conkin finished the game with 22 saves on 25 shots against. Chicago’s Cristobal Huet made 21 saves on 23 Detroit shots.

The two teams meet again Sunday in Chicago to close out the season.


The Red Wings wore their Winter Classic jerseys, giving their home fans the chance to see them live… Detroit was without Marian Hossa and Kris Draper who are both listed as day-to-day. Derek Meech and Chris Chelios filled in as forwards on the fourth line to take the open roster spots.