Red Wings Close Out Preseason with Win over Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their preseason schedule on Saturday night, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1.

It was the second win in as many nights for Detroit over Toronto, as the Red Wings earned a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs at home on Friday night. The Wings finished the exhibition season with a 6-0-2 record, going unbeaten in regulation.

Andreas Athanasiou opened the game’s scoring for the Red Wings with 6:10 left in the second period, splitting the Toronto defense as he raced a cross the blue line before snapping a shot past Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier.

With 54 seconds left in the period, Athanasiou fed Anthony Mantha for a shot from the left faceoff circle over Bernier and into the top of the net, a power play goal.

The Leafs pulled to within one just 22 seconds into the third period. A Brad Boyes shot bounced off the post behind Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, then came back out to Boyes, bounced off Mrazek’s pad, and went into the net.

Toronto would be unable to pull even.

Neither team scored in the mandatory three-on-three overtime session scheduled for after the conclusion of the game.

The Red Wings finished the night with one goal on three power play tries. Toronto did not score on two chances with the extra attacker.

Mrazek made 28 saves on 29 shots for Detroit while Bernier stopped 13 of 15 chances he faced for the Maple Leafs.

The two teams will meet again on Friday in Detroit for the Red Wings’ regular season opener.


With many of the Red Wings’ veterans out of the lineup, Detroit’s alternate captains were Kyle Quincey, Daniel Cleary, and Luke Glendening.

Red Wings Survive Late Florida Push for Sixth-Straight Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late comeback attempt by the Panthers on Tuesday night, claiming their sixth consecutive victory in a 5-4 decision over Florida.

Brad Boyes scored with 9:06 remaining in regulation to pull the Panthers to within a goal. After the Red Wings failed to clear their zone, Alexsander Barkov drove back towards the net before passing off to Boyes all alone in the slot for a shot past Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings would survive a Panthers’ power play in the final minutes, during which they pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker.

Drew Miller opened the game’s scoring at 8:06 of the first period, beating Florida’s Roberto Luongo between the pads on a shorthanded break.

Barkov would tie things up just 1:02 later while skating five-on-three. Barkov was wide open at the back door to take a crossing feed from Nick Bjugstad and beat Mrazek to make it 1-1.

Before the second penalty was out, the Panthers would score again. Brandon Pirri‘s shot from the left faceoff circle just slipped past Mrazek and across the goal line, with defenseman Danny DeKeyser clearing it away a fraction of a second too late, giving Florida a 2-1 lead with 9:44 left in the period.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 32 seconds into the middle frame, taking a feed from behind the net all alone in the slot and putting it back past Luongo.

Luke Glendening put the Red Wings back in front at 7:07 of the period, lifting the rebound of a Stephen Weiss chance past Luongo during a scramble around the net.

Weiss would add a goal of his own against his former team just 1:19 later, tapping the puck past Luongo of a centering feed from Riley Sheahan.

Glendening scored again with 8:41 left when Weiss’ attempted shot on a rush was blocked right to Glendening to snap a chance past Luongo from in close for a 5-2 lead. Luongo would be replaced in goal by Al Montoya shortly afterwards.

Bjugstad made it 5-3 with 4:30 left in the second on Florida’s third power play goal, lifting the rebound of an Aaron Ekblad shot over Mrazek’s shoulder.

Mrazek finished the night with 37 saves on 41 shots against. Luongo stopped 12 of 17 shots before Montoya came in and was perfect on ten shots faced.

Florida went three-for-five on the power play while Detroit failed to score on their lone chance with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings continue their post-All-Star break road trip in Tampa Bay on Thursday.


With their win and Tampa Bay’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Red Wings move into the top spot in the Atlantic Division… Daniel Cleary appeared in just his twelfth game of the season, replacing Teemu Pulkkinen in the lineup. Pulkkinen had been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins so he could appear in the AHL All-Star Game… Tomas Jurco (back) and Jakub Kindl (wrist) remained out due to injury while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch.

TGTW: Wings Remain Atop Central Eleven Weeks In

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

The Detroit Red Wings remain atop the Central Division after the eleventh week of play in the 2012-13 NHL season, but the Nashville Predators have moved into a tie with them, having played one more game. The Predators went 3-0 in a week that saw the Red Wings go 2-1, making up two points lost last week.

The Red Wings opened their week with a 3-2 win over the league-leading Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Todd Bertuzzi scored at 3:57 of the first to get Detroit out to an early lead and Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 just 32 seconds later. Darren Helm extended the lead to three goals at 1:03 of the second. Simon Gagne got the Kings on the board with 8:55 left in the middle frame and Anze Kopitar pulled LA to within one with 7:08 left in regulation but Jimmy Howard held on for the win, stopping 26 of 28 shots on the night and ten of 11 in the third.

The New York Islanders continued their run of wins over the Red Wings on Thursday, as Detroit dropped a 6-3 decision. Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal of the first period at 4:17 but the Islanders would score the next five goals. Frans Nielsen tied the game up at 2:15 of the second and Brad Boyes put the Islanders in front with 7:14 left in the period. Kyle Okposo’s power play goal 1:49 later made it 3-1. Josh Bailey made it 4-1 at 8:04 of the third period and Nielsen’s second of the night with 7:00 remaining chased Howard from the Detroit net. Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson scored 1:04 apart to make it 5-3 but Matt Moulson closed out the scoring with 2:38 remaining. Howard made 19 saves on 24 shots in his abbreviated night, with Jonas Gustavsson stopping two of three shots he faced.

The Red Wings appeared to be heading to another loss on Saturday but rallied for a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Drew Miller opened the scoring with a power play goal with 50 seconds left in the first period. Derick Brassard scored at 8:52 and 9:01 of the second to put the Jackets in front and Cam Atkinson made it 3-1 with 6:48 remaining in the middle period. It looked like the Wings would be down a pair heading into the second intermission, but Jonathan Ericsson scored with 49 seconds remaining and again with 31 seconds left to tie things back up. Todd Bertuzzi’s power play goal at 3:15 of the third would be the difference-maker as the Wings went on to win. Howard made 23 saves on 26 shots in the effort.

After eleven weeks of play, Valtteri Filppula leads the Wings in scoring with 40 points, six back of the league-leading Kopitar. Howard’s 19 wins leave him tied for second in the NHL and his five shutouts are tied for first in the league.

The Red Wings hold the Central Division’s top spot by virtue of a game in hand on Nashville, who also has 40 points. The St. Louis Blues sit two points back with a game in hand on Detroit.

The coming week will see the Red Wings play three games on the road after the Christmas break. On Wednesday they’ll visit the Carolina Hurricanes before moving on to see the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Red Wings Blow Lead, Score in OT to Beat Blues, 4-3

The Detroit Red Wings gave up a three-goal lead Thursday night but got an overtime goal from Darren Helm to pick up a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Helm’s goal came after the Blues forced overtime, rallying from down 3-0 midway through the game to tie things up with 5:46 remaining in regulation.

After Helm chipped the puck out of the Detroit zone, Jiri Hudler carried it down the right wing and into the St. Louis end. Hudler centered the puck to Helm, who swatted it past goalie Jaroslav Halak to give the Red Wings the win at 1:51 of the overtime period.

Patrick Eaves had opened the game’s scoring with 7:35 left in the first. Eaves forced a turnover in the right wing corner and then went to the front of the net, taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and banging home the puck.

At 7:34 of the second, Todd Bertuzzi made it 2-0 when Halak tracked Valtteri Filppula‘s wraparound attempt, not noticing that the puck was left for Bertuzzi at the side of the goal. Bertuzzi roofed a shot with Halak looking the other way.

Jakub Kindl‘s first NHL goal made it 3-0 2:16 later. Kindl joined Filppula and Hudler as the late man on a rush, getting the puck from Filppula and trying to work it to Hudler at the side of the net. The attempted pass deflected off of defenseman Roman Polak and past Halak.

TJ Oshie got the Blues on the board with 8:16 left in the middle period. Oshie put a shot from the left faceoff circle over Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s shoulder.

Patrick Berglund was left uncovered in the slot at 6:35 of the third period, open to take a pass from Vladimir Sobotka and snap a shot past Howard, pulling St. Louis to within a goal.

David Backes tied the game with 5:46 remaining, banging home the rebound of a Brad Boyes chance.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. The Blues had two attempts with the extra attacker to Detroit’s one.

Howard made 26 saves on 29 shots in his first game back after missing two with a bruised knee. Halak stopped 25 of 29 shots.

The Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon and then are off until Wednesday when they host the New Jersey Devils.


Detroit announced the signing of free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov immediately after the game. Nabokov will have to clear waivers before joining the team but is not expected to do so.

Four Goal Third Carries Red Wings Past Blues

The Detroit Red Wings scored four goals in a 3:14 span in the third period Wednesday night, lifting them to a 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The game was tied 3-3 with 7:34 remaining when Danny Cleary scored his second goal of the night, snapping a shot from the right side of the slot past St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak off a pass from behind the net by Mike Modano.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 5-3 just 46 seconds later. Zetterberg carried the puck into the St. Louis zone and cut to the left wing boards before circling back through the left faceoff circle and wristing a shot past Halak on the near side.

Brad Stuart‘s power play blast gave Detroit a three-goal lead with 5:30 left in the period. Tomas Holmstrom rounded out the scoring with a power play deflection of a Brian Rafalski shot 1:10 later.

Drew Miller was credited with the game’s first goal when Halak stopped his shot, then swatted the puck out of the air and into his own net in an attempt to clear the rebound.

Brad Boyes tied things up 1:32 later, sliding a backhander under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s pad.

Brad Winchester’s power play goal made it 2-1 for St. Louis at 8:16 of the second period. Winchester jammed the puck home from in front of the net off a feed from Andy McDonald.

Justin Abdelkader redirected a Rafalski pass between Halak’s pads with 6:18 left in the period to tie the game back up.

Cleary’s first of the night put Detroit back up with 3:30 remaining in the second but McDonald replied 37 seconds later to make it 3-3.

St. Louis outshot the Red Wings 36-31 but Howard made 33 saves to Halak’s 24, including a toe save with less than a second remaining in the first period and the game tied.

The Red Wings were two-for-five on the power play. The Blues went one-for-three.

The seven goals scored is Detroit’s highest offensive output of the season.

Red Wings Rally to Snap Skid, Edge Blues in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits Saturday night to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues, ending their losing streak at three games and breaking a shutout streak that had almost reached three games.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the game-winner for the Wings, beating St. Louis goalie Chris Mason in the fourth round of the shootout and coming up big at a time when his lack of offense (three goals and nine points on the season) is a concern.

Henrik Zetterberg had tied the game with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation. With Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, Zetterberg threw the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal line and banked it off of defenseman Barret Jackman after a flurry in front. It bounced off Jackman and into the net before Mason even saw it.

David Backes opened the scoring for the Blues with 6:36 left in the first period, tipping a shot by David Perron past Howard.

Roman Polak put St. Louis up by a pair with a seeing-eye shot from the blue line through a screen 3:38 later.

Tomas Holmstrom tipped in a pass from Zetterberg on a Detroit power play to get the Red Wings on the board at 2:35 of the second period.

Nearly a period later, Kris Draper finished on a net-front scramble, tying the game at 2:27 of the third.

Brad Boyes banged home a rebound to put the Blues back in front at 8:32 of the third before Zetterberg tied it.

Detroit scored on their only power play of the game while the Blues were held off the board on two chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 32 saves on 35 shots against. Mason stopped 33 of 36 chances.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Blues

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit Friday night but it wasn’t enough to earn the win, falling in overtime to the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.

Johan Franzen scored twice in the third period to pull the Red Wings even with the Blues and force the extra period.

His first goal came on a Detroit power play with 6:33 remaining in regulation, when he banged the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance out of mid-air and past goalie Manny Legace from the edge of the crease.

Franzen scored again 1:52 later, tapping home a pass from Zetterberg after being left all alone at the far side of the net.

Brad Boyes won the game for the Blues in overtime, putting a shot from the left circle off of Chris Osgood‘s pad and into the net.

Boyes had started the game’s scoring with 7:40 left in the first period, smacking the puck past Osgood from the slot on a pass from behind the net by Paul Kariya.

The Blues took a two-goal lead at 4:29 of the second, when Erik Johnson‘s power-play blast from the blue line deflected off Franzen’s skate before hitting Osgood’s shoulder and bouncing into the net.

Brian Rafalski pulled Detroit to back within one 38 seconds later with a power play goal of his own.

Andy McDonald made it 3-1 at 9:28 of the third, taking the puck from Jiri Hudler at the Detroit blue line before moving in and snapping a shot on net, bouncing it off of Nicklas Lidstrom and in.


The game was marked by Darren McCarty‘s return to the Detroit lineup. He started the game alongside Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper as the Grind Line was briefly reunited.

Rafalski Returns to Help Red Wings Down Blues

Defenseman Brian Rafalski returned to the Detroit lineup Wednesday night, helping the Red Wings earn a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues by scoring a goal.

Pavel Datsyuk also scored twice and Johan Franzen has a goal. Erik Johnson was the lone scorer for the Blues.

Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring 5:28 into the first period. Tomas Kopecky fired a shot on net from the right faceoff circle, which former Red Wing goalie Manny Legace kicked aside. Datsyuk got to the puck, though, and threw a bad-angle shot back out front, deflecting off the stick of Brad Boyes and into the net.

Johnson would tie the game on a St. Louis power play with 1:33 left in the period, firing a shot from the blue line that was tipped by Detroit blueliner Andreas Lilja and bounced off of Dominik Hasek before finding its way in.

Franzen put the Wings back out in front midway through the second period, banging in a bouncing rebound as he fell to the ice from the front of the net at 9:48.

Rafalski gave Detroit a two goal lead at 6:11 of the third. He gained the St. Louis zone and slowed up to let trailing players catch up with the play, then snapped a shot on net that surprised Legace and went over his shoulder before he could react.

Datsyuk’s second of the night wrapped things up as he scored into the empty net after a takeaway in the neutral zone.

The Blues scored the game’s only power play goal on one of their three chances with the extra attacker. The Red Wings were scoreless in four tries.

Hasek made 18 saves on 19 shots in his third start in a row while Legace stoppped 28 of the 31 shots he faced.

Red Wings’ Streak Ended by Blues

The St. Louis Blues scored two power play goals in the third period Thursday night, coming from behind to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.

The Detroit loss ends their streak of games with at least a point at 11.

Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak scored the third period goals. Tkachuk deflected a Paul Kariya shot past Chris Osgood at 4:22 while Stempniak scored almost ten minutes later, through a heavy screen.

“I don’t like their second power-play goal when the guy is clearly two feet in the crease and backing into our goalie,” coach Mike Babcock said after the game. “That’s interference. We should know because Homer (Tomas Holmstrom) gets those calls when he isn’t even in the paint. That was the swing in the game.”

Brad Boyes had opened the scoring for the Blues at 7:11 of the first. The Red Wings countered in the second with two goals 30 seconds apart by Valtteri Filppula and Mikael Samuelsson.


The Red Wings lost forward Tomas Holmstrom to injury in the first period.

Trade Deadline Updates: Today’s News from Around the NHL

Bertuzzi Suspended Indefinitely: (updated 6:06 EST) Forward Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks has been suspended indefinitely without pay following a match penalty assessed for deliberately injuring Steve Moore during Vancouver’s 9-2 loss to Colorado Monday night. Bertuzzi punched Moore in the head from behind, and Moore collapsed to the ice as his blood pooled around him.

Moore, who had hit Vancouver captain Markus Naslund hard enough to cause a concussion back on February 16, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital. Moore will miss the rest of the season with a concussion and neck fracture.

A hearing will take place Wednesday at the NHL’s offices in Toronto to determine the length of Bertuzzi’s suspension. British Columbia Provincial Police are also investigating the incident.

Canucks Stack Up for Playoffs: (5:58 EST) The Vancouver Canucks put through a flurry of deals just before the deadline, hoping to provide the missing pieces of the playoff puzzle. Their biggest deal was to acquire left wing Martin Rucinsky from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Martin Grenier and the rights to unsigned draft pick RJ Umberger. They also acquired left wing Geoff Sanderson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for a third round draft pick in 2004, and gained left wing Sylvain Blouin from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Rene Vydareny. On defense, the Canucks picked up Marc Bergevin in exchange for a 2004 seventh round draft pick. (So many left wings…. could they be expecting to not have Todd Bertuzzi for the playoffs?)

Preds Fine-Tune Roster at Deadline: (5:49 EST) The Nashville Predators continued to adjust their roster in hopes of their first ever playoff run by acquiring defenseman Shane Hnidy from the Ottawa Senators for a third round pick in the 2004 draft and sending Stan Neckar to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2004 sixth round pick. Neckar knows the Lightning well- he played for them for parts of the previous three seasons.

Kings, Thrashers Swap Wingers: (4:23 EST) The Los Angeles Kings made a minor deal Tuesday at the NHL trade deadline, acquiring Jeff Cowan from the Atlanta Thrashers for Kip Brennan in a swap of left wings. Cowan, 27, has played 58 games this season, recording career highs with nine goals and 15 assists. “Jeff is a big, physical winger who forechecks well and is strong around the net,” Kings general manager Dave Taylor said. “We like his work ethic and feel he will be a real good fit for our team.”

Sharks, Bruins, Sabres Complete 3-Team Deal: (updated 4:19 EST) The San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres have completed a three-way swap of two centers and a defenseman. Defenseman Jeff Jillson, originally a Shark, was traded from Boston to Buffalo. Buffalo sent center Curtis Brown to the Sharks, who sent defenseman Brad Boyes to the Bruins.

The deal was followed by another three-way trade with the same teams. Buffalo sent defenseman Andy Delmore to San Jose for a ninth-round pick in 2005, and the Sharks sent Delmore to Boston for future considerations.

Sabres Obtain Grier: (4:16 EST) The Washington Capitals continued to trim the payroll before the deadline by giving up veteran right wing Mike Grier to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for 19-year-old Czech prospect Jakub Klepis. “Mike Grier is one of the finest individuals we have ever had in Washington. It was difficult to trade Mike, but as we look to the future, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to acquire Klepis,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said. Klepis has 4 goals and 9 assists in 44 games this season with team HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic.

Isles Pick Up Karpovtsev: (3:30 EST) The New York Islanders acquired defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2005. Karpovtsev is expected to add depth at the blue line and help fill the hole left when defenseman Radek Martinek sustained a broken left ankle which will keep him out for the rest of the regular season.

Jackets, Pens Make Deal: (3:27 EST) The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Brian Holzinger from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Lasse Pirjeta in a trade deadline deal between teams that will miss the playoffs. Each player, however, should help his new team to improve for next season.

Rangers Restock Depleted Team: (3:06 EST) The New York Rangers have been trading away most of their higher-level players for prospects and draft picks in a desperate effort to dump salary. They filled two holes in the lineup by picking up forward Sandy McCarthy (formerly of the Boston Bruins) and center Mike Green (formerly of the Florida Panthers) from waivers Tuesday afternoon.

Blues Acquire Savage: (3:01 EST) The St. Louis Blues picked up left wing Brian Savage from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for future considerations. In a separate deal, the Coyotes gained defenseman Tom Koivisto from the Blues in return for other future considerations.

Stars Sign Sekeras: (2:24 EST) The Dallas Stars signed free agent defenseman Lubomir Sekeras of the Swedish Elite League through the end of this season. Sekeras, formerly of the Minnesota Wild, will join his new team as soon as his immigration paperwork is completed. “This signing gives us eight capable defensemen as we head into the playoffs,” said Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong.

Sekeras will join trade acquisitions Chris Therien and Valeri Bure as the newest members of the Stars.

Francis Waives No-Trade Clause: (1:25 EST) Veteran center Ron Francis waived his no-trade clause and was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In return, the Carolina Hurricanes recieved a fourth-round draft pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Francis, the now-former Hurricanes’ captain, had refused to accept a trade until today. The Vancouver Canucks were also interested in acquiring him, but Francis did not want to play in the travel-intensive Western Conference. He will provide veteran leadership to the Maple Leafs in their playoff run.

The Leafs also acquired left wing Chad Kilger off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

Rangers Continue to Sell: (1:00 EST) The New York Rangers continued their fire sale, sending defenseman Greg DeVries to the Ottawa Senators for Karel Rachunek and Alexandre Giroux. DeVries was signed by the Rangers before the start of this season and was one of their more consistant defensemen. Rachunek was one of the Senators’ top defensemen and will be one of the pillars of the rebuilt Rangers’ defensive corps. Giroux, a center, has not played in the NHL this season.

Avs on the Move: (12:00 EST) The Colorado Avalanche made two deals in the hours leading up to Tuesday’s 3:00 EST trade deadline. Most notably, Colorado acquired goaltender Tommy Salo from the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday in exchange for the rights to defenseman Tom Gilbert. The Avalanche also acquired Edmonton’s sixth round pick in the 2005 draft as part of the deal. The 33-year-old Salo has never won a playoff series, but has lost four times to the Dallas Stars in the first round.

Colorado also sent defensemen Derek Morris and Keith Ballard to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for center Chris Gratton, defenseman Ossi Vaananen, and the Coyotes’ second round pick in the 2005 draft.

Leafs Sign Johansson: (12:00 EST) Defenseman Calle Johansson came out of retirement to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the remainder of this season. Johansson retired from the Washington Capitals in August of 2003. He holds the Capitals’ all-time records for points (983), assists (474), and power play goals (51) by a defenseman. Financial terms of the deal with Toronto were not disclosed.

DetroitHockey.Net writer Clark Rasmussen contributed