Red Wings Steal Game One from Lightning

Though badly outplayed and outshot, the Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, taking a 1-0 lead in their Atlantic Division Semifinal series.

Detroit rookie goalie Petr Mrazek made 44 saves on 46 shots to deliver the Red Wings the victory. Lightning netminder Ben Bishop made just 11 saves on 14 Detroit chances.

Luke Glendening scored the eventual game-winner at 5:50 of the third period. While shorthanded, Glendening chipped the puck past Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman and raced down the right wing to catch up with it. Former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula caught up with him but Glendening held up and spun to his backhand, flinging a shot between Bishop’s pads to make it 3-1.

Just 2:36 later, the Lightning would pull back to within one, as Nikita Nesterov snapped a shot from the high slot past Mrazek through traffic.

Tampa Bay would be unable to even things up despite controlling play for the remainder of the game.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring at 9:03 of the first period, tipping a Kyle Quincey chance from the blueline past Bishop.

With 5:29 remaining in the opening frame, Brian Boyle tied things up on a shorthanded breakaway after blocking an attempted pass by Marek Zidlicky.

Datsyuk would strike again just eight seconds into the second period, snapping a shot over Bishop’s shoulder from the slot off a feed from Darren Helm while on the power play.

Datsyuk’s second was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had three chances with the man-advantage to Tampa Bay’s seven.

The two teams will meet Saturday afternoon for Game Two of the series.


Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader (hand) was unable to play.

Datsyuk Returns to Lead Red Wings Past Rangers

Pavel Datsyuk returned from injury Monday night and immediately made his presence felt, scoring a goal and adding an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers, 3-2.

Datsyuk had missed 19 games after suffering a broken hand in Detroit’s 5-4 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks on December 22.

After a scoreless first period, Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring at 2:52 of the second period. He knocked the puck away from Brian Boyle in the left corner and then went to the net, where he took a pass from Jiri Hudler. Datsyuk stuffed a shot into the pads of New York goalie Martin Biron but reached back to knock his own rebound home.

The Rangers replied at 3:09 of the third period. Wojtek Wolski sent a cross-ice pass to Matt Gilroy in the right faceoff circle and Gilroy put it back across to the far side of the goal for Derek Stepan to knock past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Hudler restored the Red Wings’ lead 1:55 later. He sent a between the legs pass to Pavel Datsyuk along the right wing boards and then cut to the goal. Datsyuk sent the puck to Jonathan Ericsson on the rush and Ericsson fed it back across to Hudler to rifle a shot over Biron into the top of the net.

With 5:23 left in regulation, Drew Miller made it 3-1. Justin Abdelkader fired a shot from the left faceoff circle on Biron and Miller knocked home the rebound.

Brandon Dubinsky scored with 4:05 left to pull the Rangers back within a goal, snapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard on a two-on-one.

The Red Wings would hold on despite a late five-on-three for New York.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two tries with the extra attacker while the Rangers had five, including 44 seconds of five-on-three and a six-on-four with Biron on the bench to close out the game.

Howard stopped 45 of 47 shots in earning the win. Biron made 32 saves on 35 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings continue their stretch of five games in eight nights on Wednesday when they host the Nashville Predators.


Detroit lost forward Valtteri Filppula to a lower-body injury early in the third period. He did not return.

Cleary Scores Late to Lift Red Wings over Rangers

Dan Cleary scored with just 2:03 remaining in the third period on Sunday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Cleary sent a shot from along the goal line at New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. With the puck between his pads, Lundqvist spun, inadvertantly knocking it into his own net.

Kris Draper added an empty net goal with the Red Wings on a power play to close out the game.

Despite outshooting the Rangers, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard had to keep the Wings in the game at several points.

Howard stopped New York’s Ryan Callahan on a penalty shot in the second period while the Rangers still had a 1-0 lead. With the game tied in the third Howard made a series of important stops as Detroit killed off three consecutive penalties.

Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring with 4:04 remaining in the first period. Boyle tipped a pass from Christopher Higgins past Howard while Justin Abdelkader and Jonathan Ericsson miscommunicated on the backcheck.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game back up with 8:01 left in the second, putting home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance just four seconds after the end of a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play. The Rangers went scoreless on four tries.

Howard made 28 saves on 29 shots against while Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 Detroit chances.


Brian Rafalski returned to the Wings lineup after missing two games with a back injury, bumping Jakub Kindl back out of the lineup. Ville Leino was the healthy scratch up front with Brad May working back in.

Lerg, Abdelkader Lead Spartans to National Championship

Detroit Red Wings prospect Justin Abdelkader scored with just 18.9 seconds remaining and goaltender Jeff Lerg made several key saves as the Michigan State Spartans claimed the university’s third National Championship with a 3-1 win over the Boston College Eagles.

“Jeff Lerg has been our MVP all season and he showed why tonight,” Abdelkader said.

The victory for MSU ended a 13-game Boston College winning streak.

Abdelkader’s goal gave the Spartans their first lead of the game and snapped a personal eight-game scoring slump.

After Abdelkader rang a shot off the crossbar, MSU held the puck deep in the Eagles’ zone. Tim Kennedy got the puck behind the net and threw it out front to Abdelkader, who banged it past BC netminder Cory Schneider from the slot.

Chris Mueller added an empty-net goal with 1.2 seconds remaining, wrapping up the win for the underdog Spartans.

“What a gritty group of kids,” said MSU head coach Rick Comley.

Boston College had opened the scoring when a Brock Bradford shot from the right circle deflected off the leg od Brian Boyle before hitting Lerg’s glove and going into the top of the net at 6:50 of the second period.

The Spartans tied things up at 9:53 of the first period, when Abdelkader tied his man up on a faceoff in the neutral zone and Tim Kennedy jumped in to pick up the puck. He raced into the Eagles’ zone and wristed a shot from the left side of the slot past Schneider.

Abdelkader was voted the MVP of the finals after the game.