Red Wings Rally for OT Win over Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period and again in overtime, erasing a 2-0 deficit and snapping their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winner with 1:10 remaining in the extra period. The Canucks were unable to chase down a loose puck entering the Detroit zone and goalie Petr Mrazek came out to get it. Mrazek sent a long pass to Nyquist at the far blue line, who broke in all alone to snap a shot past Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller.

The Canucks had opened the game’s scoring with 6:57 left in the opening period. Alexandred Burrows gained the Detroit zone down the left wing on a power play and fed Christopher Tanev for a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Mrazek for a 1-0 lead.

Another power play goal made it 2-0 at 8:02 of the second period. Quick passing got the puck from Bo Horvat in the left faceoff circle to Burrows behind the goal line and back out to Brandon Sutter in the slot for a quick shot that beat Mrazek.

Two quick third-period goals got the Red Wings even.

At 4:25, Teemu Pulkkinen collected a pass from Tomas Tatar in the neutral zone, then turned and drove to the net, fending off defender Ben Hutton and flipping a shot past Miller to make it 2-1.

Just 2:34 later, Tatar scored a goal of his own on the power play, snapping a shot from the right circe over Miller’s shoulder and tying things up.

Miller finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shot while Mrazek stopped 30 of 32 chances.

The Red Wings went one-for-six on the power play. Vancouver went two-for-four.

With their Western Canadian road trip complete, the Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurrcianes.


Detroit was without injured defensemen Mike Green and Kyle Quincey, who were replaced by Jakub Kindl and call-up Alexey Marchenko in the lineup.

Almquist Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Penguins in Exhibition Opener

Defenseman Adam Almquist scored two second-period goals as the Detroit Red Wings opened their 2013 exhibition schedule with a 4-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Almquist broke a 1-1 tie with a power play goal at 6:10 of the second period. After an attempt in the left faceoff circle by Brendan Smith, the puck came out to Almquist at the blue line for a slapper through traffic and past Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun.

The Swedish blueliner added another goal on the man-advantage with 8:10 remaining in the period, firing a shot from the high slot through a screen by Justin Abdelkader.

Pavel Datsyuk rounded out the game’s scoring with 2:01 left in the middle frame, faking around Paul Martin to put a shot from the right circle on Vokoun, then cutting through the slot to pick up his own rebound and backhand it past the Penguins netminder.

Tomas Tatar had gotten Detroit on the board with 7:04 remaining in the first period, stuffing the puck past Vokoun from in close.

Brandon Sutter scored Pittsburgh’s only goal of the game 1:05 into the second period, snapping a shot past Jimmy Howard on a two-on-one.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Penguins went scoreless on their five chances with the extra attacker.

Howard stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced across the first two periods. Petr Mrazek went 10-for-10 in the third. Vokoun stopped 11 of 15 in 40 minutes before Eric Hartzell took over and stopped all four shots he faced.

TGTW: Wings’ Skid Reaches Seven Games

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.

Two weeks after sitting in a tie for the top spot in the National Hockey League, the Detroit Red Wings have dropped seven consecutive games and are eight points back of the Carolina Hurricanes for the league lead. The Los Angeles Kings are six points up on the Red Wings in the Western Conference. Detroit remains tied with the Nashville Predators atop the Central Division, with the Columbus Blue Jackets one point back and the St. Louis Blues two points back, each with three games in hand.

The Wings’ abysmal seventh week of the season began with a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. Deryk Engelland, Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz each scored for the Penguins before the Red Wings got on the board with a third-period Johan Franzen goal. Jimmy Howard made 24 saves on 27 shots in taking the loss. Detroit lost forward Pavel Datsyuk to a knee injury in the first period after taking a charge from Brandon Sutter, who was ejected on the play.

With Datsyuk out on Wednesday, the Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues. Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie scored in the game’s first 5:43 before Kyle Quincey got the Red Wings on the board with 6:24 left in the second. Kevin Shattenkirk re-extended the Blues’ lead with 2:47 left in the period to round out the game’s scoring. Howard stopped 23 of 26 shots on the night.

Datsyuk returned to the lineup as the Red Wings visited the Florida Panthers on Friday night but his return couldn’t prevent a rout, with an explosive second period propelling the Panthers to an 8-2 win. Jack Skille and Valtteri Filppula traded first period goals to keep the game even after a period but former Detroit prospects Shawn Matthias and Tomas Fleischmann scored three goals in the first 6:16 of the second to put the Wings out of it. Marcel Goc scored just past the game’s halfway point to chase Howard from the net, then Jonas Gustavsson allowed goals by Peter Mueller and Matthias just 18 seconds apart to make it 7-1. Mikael Samuelsson got the Wings’ a second goal late in the second and Fleischmann wrapped up the hat trick late in the third to round out the scoring.

Howard stopped only six of 11 shots in 30:09 of play while Gustavsson stopped eight of 11 in 29:51.

Howard didn’t fare much better on Saturday in Tampa, where the Red Wings took a 4-2 lead into the third period only to lose, 6-4. Filppula gave the Wings’ the lead just 3:41 into the game but Vincent Lecavalier tied things up 34 seconds into the second. Darren Helm and Franzen put Detroit up by a pair with goals at 5:45 and 7:23. Ryan Malone pulled the Lightning back to within one with 2:56 left in the middle period but Drew Miller‘s first of the season made it 4-2 with 58 seconds left.

Malone’s second of the night cut the lead again at 4:13 of the third and J.T. Wyman tied things up on the power play at 9:00. Teddy Purcell chased Howard from the net just 59 seconds later with another power play goal and Lecavalier rounded out the scoring with a third power play tally with 4:48 remaining.

Howard faced 22 shots and made 17 saves in 49:59 while Gustavsson stopped three of four shots in 10:01. Captain Henrik Zetterberg was lost to a shoulder injury in the first period and did not return to play.

After the disastrous seventh week, Howard has fallen off the NHL leaderboard in all goaltending categories. Filppula remains one of the league leaders in scoring, with his 28 points putting him behind only Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (31). Despite missing time to injury, Datsyuk sits fourth with 25 points, with Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar (27) in third. The pair lead the league in assists with 18 each, tied with Carolina’s Eric Staal.

The next week will see the Red Wings return from their Florida trip to host a trio of Pacific Division teams in the Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks.