Red Wings Streak Stays Alive with Shootout Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings winning ways continued Thursday night as they picked up a shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks, giving them three wins in a row and points in five consecutive games.

Henrik Zetterberg scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the Red Wings to the win. Goaltender Chris Osgood made 33 saves on 34 San Jose shots before stopping both Sharks shootout chances.

After a scoreless first period the Sharks got on the board with 5:19 left in the second. Joe Callahan carried the puck into the Detroit zone on a three-on-two.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson fell down, leaving Brett Lebda split between Callahan and Logan Couture. Callahan moved the puck to Couture who fired a shot from the right faceoff circle between Osgood’s pads.

Zetterberg evened things up at 5:38 of the third period, poking home the rebound of a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom. San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov attempted to cover the puck but Zetterberg streaked in off a line change to get to the crease and knock it from under Nabokov’s pad and into the net.

A frantic final minutes couldn’t break the tie before the shootout was required.

Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg both beat Nabokov with fancy fake-outs. Nabokov stopped Jason Williams on Detroit’s second shot while Osgood stopped both Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe.

Nabokov made 35 saves on 36 Detroit chances before the tiebreaker.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. San Jose had three tries with the extra attacker while Detroit had two.

The Red Wings return to action on Saturday when they begin a short road trip in Toronto. The game is the annual Hall of Fame Game, at which longtime Detroit captain Steve Yzerman will be honored along with Brian Leetch and former Red Wings Brett Hull and Luc Robitallie.

Late Goals Lift Coyotes over Red Wings

The Phoenix Coyotes scored with 2:40 left in regulation and again in overtime to rally from down by a goal and defeat the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.

Petr Prucha scored to tie the game when the Red Wings led 2-1 and Adrian Aucoin got the game-winner.

Prucha’s goal came on a goal-mouth scramble that saw Detroit netminder Chris Osgood pushed into the net on the play.

Wings head coach Mike Babcock thought Osgood was interferred with on the play, yelling at the officials, “Do your f—ing job!”

Aucoin scored on a seemingly-soft shot from the right wing that deflected off of Osgood’s pad, then off his stick on the way into the net.

Detroit had taken the lead in the game at 7:45 of the second period on a goal by Brett Lebda. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk broke into the Phoenix zone and drew the defenders to them on the right wing, leaving Lebda wide open when he jumped into the play and fired a shot past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

The two teams traded power play goals in the first period, with Matthew Lombardi scoring for Phoenix with 3:30 left and Tomas Holmstrom tipping a puck past Bryzgalov with 20 seconds remaining.

Pavel Datsyuk earned assists on both goals in his first game back in the Detroit lineup after missing two with a shoulder injury.

The Red Wings went one-for-four on the power play while the Coyotes were one-for-three.

Osgood made 30 saves on 33 shots against. Bryzgalov stopped 25 of 27 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings continue their season-high five-game road trip on Saturday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Blackhawks – Red Wings Pregame Notes

Though they’ve already got a “home” game under their belts, the Red Wings have their home opener tonight hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. Like the Wings, the ‘Hawks opened their season in Europe, going 1-0-1 against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland.

Tonight’s matchup will be the Detroit debut for Brad May, who signed a one-year deal with the team earlier in the day. His visa paperwork came through meaning Patrick Eaves will have to wait for his first game as a Red Wing.

May will take the place of Justin Abdelkader, who was sent down to Grand Rapids to make room in the lineup when the enforcer was signed.

The Red Wings will be going with one other lineup change, adding Derek Meech to the blueline in place of Brett Lebda.

Chris Osgood will start in goal.

Former Red Wing Tomas Kopecky gave Detroit some bulletin board material, telling the Chicago Sun-Times, “It’ll be fun, and more fun when we beat them.” Kopecky will be playing his first career game against Detroit.

The Blackhawks will be without Marian Hossa, who also left the Wings for Chicago over the summer. He is recovering from shoulder surgery and will be out for two more months.

Game time is 7:30 with television coverage by Fox Sports Detroit.

Abdelkader Gets His Chance to Impress

The Red Wings appear to be giving Justin Abdelkader every chance to impress them this preseason. The lineup for tonight’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres reveals he will be making his third appearance in as many games for Detroit.

Abdelkader has two goals and three points through the first two preseason games. He started Friday night’s game against the New York Rangers on the top line centering Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary before switching placed with Valtteri Filppula to center Jason Williams and Ville Leino.

Tonight he’ll be back between Kris Draper and Patrick Eaves, as he was on Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Tonight’s expected lines are as follows:

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukTomas Holmstrom
Kris Draper-Justin Abdelkader-Patrick Eaves
Tomas TatarKris NewburyFrancis Pare
John VigilanteFrancis LemieuxJeremy Williams

Nicklas LidstromJakub Kindl
Logan PyettBrian Rafalski
Jonathan EricssonBrett Lebda

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal and is expected to play the entire game. Thomas McCollum will be the backup.

Tonight’s game is the first of the preseason to be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.

I’ll be at the game but I’ll check into the gameday thread when I can.

Zetterberg Out Against Rangers

The New York Rangers visit Joe Louis Arena tonight as the Red Wings host their second exhibition matchup of the season.

Detroit will be playing using their “White Team” lineup, with Chris Osgood and Thomas McCollum splitting time in goal.

Henrik Zetterberg, who was expected to lead the White Team, will miss the game while resting a groin injury that flared up before training camp. He will be kept out of the next two games.

The lines announced before Zetterberg was removed from the lineup were as follows:

Todd Bertuzzi-Henrik Zetterberg-Dan Cleary
Ville LeinoValtteri FilppulaJason Williams
Johan Ryno-Justin AbdelkaderKirk Maltby
Mattias RitolaCory EmmertonJan Mursak

Niklas KronwallDoug Janik
Brett LebdaBrad Stuart
Derek MeechJakub Kindl

Chris Osgood
Thomas McCollum

The game will be televised in New York on MSG. It will not be on TV or radio in Detroit.

Helm Scores in OT to Put Red Wings in Finals

Red Wings’ rookie forward Darren Helm scored 3:58 into overtime Wednesday night, lifting Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and putting the Wings into the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive year.

Detroit’s 4-1 series win over Chicago means the Red Wings move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who they defeated in a six-game series in last season’s Finals.

The game-winning goal came on a scramble in front of Chicago netminder Christobal Huet. Brett Lebda put a shot on net that Huet stopped but Tomas Holmstrom knocked the puck loose from the edge of the crease. Helm was free to bang the puck into the open net for his fourth career playoff goal.

Huet had been stellar all night, finishing the game with 44 saves on 46 Detroit chances, including a sprawling kick save on Johan Franzen in the closing seconds of regulation.

The Red Wings broke a scoreless tie 6:08 into the third period, with Dan Cleary deflecting a shot from Lebda past Huet.

Chicago tied things back up with 7:07 left in regulation on Patrick Kane‘s first goal of the series. Kane raced into the Detroit end down the right wing boards and lifted a backhander over the shoulder of Wings’ netminder Chris Osgood.

Osgood ended up with 30 saves on the night, including several on Colin Fraser, who made his first appearance of the series in place of the injured Martin Havlat.

In addition to missing Havlat, the Blackhawks were without starting goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

The Red Wings came into the game with a long list of injured players. Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Tomas Kopecky and Andreas Lilja were joined by Jonathan Ericsson, who had an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning.

Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Ericsson are expected to be in the lineup for Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Rafalski Out for Game One

The Detroit Red Wings will be without defenseman Brian Rafalski as they open their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.

Jonathan Ericsson moved up to the first defensive pairing with Nicklas Lidstrom, with Chris Chelios coming into the lineup to take Ericsson’s spot on the third pair with Brett Lebda. The second pair remains Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart.

The Red Wings will also be without Kris Draper, who missed the entire first round and has been ruled out of the first two games against Anaheim with an upper-body injury.

Dan Cleary did not take the morning skate but will play tonight. Andreas Lilja skated but has no timetable for a return.

Four-goal Second Period Leads Red Wings over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings scored four times in the second period Saturday afternoon, carrying them to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Three of the goals came in a 46 second span.

Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board 4:40 into the second period. Datsyuk took a long outlet pass from Brad Stuart to break into the St. Louis zone on the right wing before cutting to the slot and putting a shot past Blues goalie Chris Mason.

Just ten seconds later, Tomas Kopecky beat Mason, putting the Wings up by a goal. Valtteri Filppula held in a clearing attempt at the blue line and sent the puck to Jiri Hudler in the left circle, who moved it to Kopecky for a wrister past Mason from the right side of the slot.

Brett Lebda finished off Detroit’s surge at 5:26 of the period, snapping a shot past Mason on a rush.

T.J. Oshie had opened the scoring for St. Louis with 5:16 left in the first period, putting a shot from the left side of the slot past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood on a pass from Andy MacDonald behind the net.

A Jeff Woywitka slap shot snuck past Osgood at 9:08 of the second, pulling the Blues to back within a goal.

Datsyuk’s second of the night, a wrister from the left side boards that snuck past two defenders and Mason, came with just 36 seconds left in the second.

Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal with 1:57 left in the game.

Osgood finished the afternoon with 30 saves on 32 shots against. Mason stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced while rookie Ben Bishop, who replaced Mason to start the third period, made three saves without allowing a goal.


The win was Osgood’s 300th as a Red Wing… Marian Hossa returned to the Detroit lineup after missing four with a neck injury.

Red Wings – Flames Pregame Notes

Just a reminder, the Red Wings’ game tonight against the Calgary Flames has a 7:00 PM start, not the 7:30 PM we’re all used to.

Detroit will be going with a similar lineup to what they used against Phoenix on Tuesday. Brett Lebda is back in on the blue line, replacing Chris Chelios.

Ty Conklin gets his second start in a row and coach Mike Babcock changes up his goalie rotation. Conklin’s home winning streak will be tested tonight while Chris Osgood‘s superior record against the St. Louis Blues will be taken advantage of on Saturday.

Marian Hossa remains out, aiming for a Saturday return.

Red Wings – Blues Pregame Notes

The Red Wings look to bounce back from their awful loss to Nashville last Saturday. I never saw it so I’m going from others’ accounts and the final score in calling it awful, as far as I’m concerned it never happened.

Chris Osgood gets the start for Detroit. Former Wing Manny Legace isn’t even with the Blues anymore, he’ll be hanging out with AHL Peoria. I guess that means Chris Mason gets the start for St. Louis.

Aaron Downey makes his secon appearance of the season with Detroit, alongside fellow call-up Jonathan Ericsson. Ericsson takes Andreas Lilja‘s spot on defense while Lilja stays in Detroit nursing injuries suffered in Nashville.

Brett Lebda also returns to the Detroit lineup, taking Derek Meech‘s spot on the blueline.

Unlike the Coyotes, Islanders, Maple Leafs, and seemingly a slew of other teams, neither the Wings nor the Blues are expected to sit any players in anticipation of trades tonight.