Red Wings Call Up Pearce, Janik, Conner

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday that they’ve called up a trio of players from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Goaltender Jordan Pearce, defenseman Doug Janik and forward Chris Conner are all expected to dress when the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Pearce will back up Joey MacDonald, as Jimmy Howard will miss the game with an unspecified lower-body injury suffered during Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Howard left that game after the first period, with the score tied 1-1.

Janik will swap in for Jakub Kindl, who also left Sunday’s game early.

Conner will replace Todd Bertuzzi, who’s been playing through a groin injury.

Datsyuk Scores in OT to Lift Red Wings Over Blackhawks

Pavel Datsyuk scored with 1:52 left in overtime on Sunday night, capping a three-goal rally that lifted the Detroit Red Wings past the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2.

Datsyuk whiffed on his first chance from the side of the net with Chicago netminder Corey Crawford sprawled out, then took his time on the second shot and lifted a shot from the acute angle into the net, deflecting off of defenseman Nick Leddy on the way in.

The Blackhawks had scored twice in the first 4:19 of the game to take the early lead but the Red Wings scored three consecutive goals to pull out the win.

Dave Bolland opened the game’s scoring at 3:35 of the first period. With the Blackhawks on a power play, former Red Wing Marian Hossa‘s shot was blocked in the right faceoff circle and Bolland picked up the puck in the slot, flinging it towards Detroit goalie Ty Conklin. Conklin got a piece of it but it slid under his pad and barely crossed the goal line.

Patrick Sharp made it 2-0 just 44 seconds later when he picked up the puck at the top of the left circle, skated all alone into the top of the slot, and blew a shot past Conklin.

Valtteri Filppula got the Red Wings on the board with a power play goal with 6:31 remaining in the opening period, just after the expiration of a five-on-three. Henrik Zetterberg sent a pass from the right faceoff dot through the legs of defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Filppula on the far side of the crease for a quick wrister into the open side of the net.

At 7:53 of the third, the Blackhawks had a chance to go back up by two goals but Conklin stopped Jimmy Hayes on a penalty shot after Tomas Holmstrom covered the puck with his hand in the crease.

The Red Wings made that count with 4:45 left in regulation. On a flurry in front of the Chicago crease, Danny Cleary knocked home the rebound of a Zetterberg shot as Crawford was unable to cover the puck.

Crawford finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots. Conklin stopped 29 of the 31 chances he faced.

Chicago scored on one of their five power play chances and missed on their penalty shot while Detroit scored on one of their two chances with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will wrap up their four-game road trip on Tuesday when they visit the New York Islanders.


Detroit forwards Tomas Holmstrom and Darren Helm returned from groin injuries. Gustav Nyquist was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins and Chris Conner was a healthy scratch to make room for them in the lineup… Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense for the Wings.

Miller, Emmerton Each Score Twice as Red Wings Rout Kings

The Detroit Red Wings got two-goal efforts from both Drew Miller and Cory Emmerton Saturday night, en route to a 8-2 rout of the Los Angeles Kings.

For Emmerton, his was his first career multiple-point game and his first goals since the season opener. For Miller, it continued a scoring trend that’s seen him more than double his season output in the last week.

Miller opened the game’s scoring only 1:45 into the game. Darren Helm put a shot on net from the right faceoff circle and LA goalie Jonathan Quick kicked the puck into the slot. Miller, driving to the net, picked it up and knocked it back past Quick.

Just 15 seconds later, Emmerton deflected a Jonathan Ericsson shot from just inside the blue line past Quick to make it a two-goal lead.

A Niklas Kronwall blast from the top of the right circle bounced off the post and into the net at 8:32, giving the Red Wings a 3-0 lead and ending Quick’s night, as he was replaced in the Kings’ crease by Jonathan Bernier.

Davis Drewiske got Los Angeles on the board with 2:45 left in the first. After the Red Wings twice failed to clear their zone, Justin Williams sent a pass to Drewiske, who was wide open in the left circle to snap a shot past Jimmy Howard.

Emmerton’s second of the night restored Detroit’s three-goal lead with 1:25 left in the period. Justin Abdelkader sent a pass from the left corner to Emmerton alone in the slot for a quick shot past Bernier, making it 4-1.

The Kings pulled to within a pair again in the second period. With 8:57 left, Jarret Stoll knocked home the rebound of a Williams shot, getting LA back in the game.

Henrik Zetterberg ended any thoughts of a comeback just 1:03 later, powering to the net with Alec Martinez and Dustin Brown on him, lifting a backhander over Bernier’s shoulder and into the top of the net.

Pavel Datsyuk made it 6-2 with 22 seconds left in the middle frame. Todd Bertuzzi made a diving play in the neutral zone to knock the puck to Johan Franzen at the blue line, who carried it into the Kings’ zone and sent it to Datsyuk in the slot. Datsyuk tipped it past Bernier as the goaltender got stuck moving from right to left.

Miller added his second of the night at 7:34 of the third period, snapping a loose puck in the slot past Bernier to make it 7-2.

Brad Stuart rounded out the scoring on a power play goal with 8:42 remaining, putting a booming shot from the top of the right circle through a screen by Tomas Holmstrom and past Bernier.

Stuart’s goal was the only power play marker of the night for either team. The Kings had four tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had three.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 Los Angeles shots. Quick stopped four of the seven shots he faced before being replaced by Bernier, who made 15 saves on twenty shots.

The Red Wings are next in action on Monday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers to kick off a Western Canadian road trip.


With forwards Jan Mursak, Patrick Eaves and Chris Conner all on injured reserve, defenseman Mike Commodore was Detroit’s only healthy scratch.

Conner Out with Hand Injury, Tatar Called Up

The Red Wings announced on Thursday that forward Chris Conner is expected to miss two weeks with a fractured bone in his hand. He will be placed on short-term injured reserve, giving the Wings three players on IR at this time (Jan Mursak, Patrick Eaves).

Cory Emmerton will take Conner’s spot in the lineup but due to an injury to another undisclosed player, Tomas Tatar has been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

If the unnamed player is able to play in Nashville tonight, Tatar will be sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Otherwise, both Emmerton and Tatar will be in the lineup.

Datsyuk Leads Red Wings over Malkin’s Penguins

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit’s first goal and made a slick stick play to set up another as the Red Wings earned a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fellow Russian Evgeni Malkin scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal as the countrymen appeared locked in a duel early in the game.

Malkin got the Penguins on the board with just five seconds remaining in the first period. Racing down the right wing on a two-on-one with Chris Kunitz, Malkin snapped a quick shot to the wide side of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, off the post and into the net.

Datsyuk pulled the Red Wings back even with 3:59 left in the second period. After Todd Bertuzzi took the puck away from Matt Niskanen in the left corner he got it to Datsyuk at the top of the left circle. Datsyuk slid across into the high slot and flung a backhander back across Penguins’ netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, beating him stick-side.

Johan Franzen‘s power play goal at 5:15 of the third period put Detroit out in front. Datsyuk knifed an attempt to clear the Pittsburgh zone by Matt Cooke out of the air and worked the puck down to Franzen in the left faceoff circle. Franzen wristed a high shot past Fleury to make it 2-1.

Danny Cleary added an insurance goal with 4:24 remaining. On a rush with former Penguin Chris Conner, Cleary drove to the net and tipped a pass through Fleury, giving Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Cleary’s empty-net goal with six second remaining rounded out the scoring.

Franzen’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. The Red Wings had two tries with the extra attacker while the Penguins had four.

Howard finished the game with 25 saves on 26 shots while Fleury stopped 21 of 24 chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators.


Healthy scratches for Detroit were Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore… The Penguins were without Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek.

Red Wings Rout Jets in First-Ever Meeting

The Detroit Red Wings routed the Winnipeg Jets, 7-1, Saturday night in the first meeting between the teams since the former Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg.

Barring a Stanley Cup Finals matchup, it will be the only meeting between the two teams this season. They’re slated to become conference rivals when the NHL realigns next year.

The Jets’ lone goal of the night came just 35 seconds in, when Bryan Little got behind the Detroit defense and skated in on goalie Jimmy Howard, sliding a backhander into the far side of the net.

Detroit would start their run of seven unanswered goals at 6:47 of the first period.

To open the scoring, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a long pass for Johan Franzen into the Winnipeg zone. Franzen went into the corner to pick up the puck and sent a pass back out front to Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi, uncovered while cutting to the edge of the crease, put a wrister past Winnipeg netminder Ondrej Pavelec.

With 5:04 remaining in the opening period, Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-1. Rushing into the Winnipeg zone, Valtteri Filppula dropped a pass to the top of the left faceoff circle. Zetterberg caught up to the puck and blasted a high shot past Pavelec for what would be the game-winner.

Jiri Hudler scored the first of his pair of goals at 4:03 of the second period. Franzen had the puck behind the net again and sent it into the left circle for a speeding Hudler to pounce on and snap back past Pavelec.

Just 40 seconds later, Chris Conner scored his first as a Red Wing when his attempted pass to Danny Cleary deflected off of Winnipeg defenseman Randy Jones’ skate and into the net, making it 4-1.

At 9:31 of the middle frame, Pavel Datsyuk sent a no-look backhand pass from the right corner to the Filppula in the left faceoff circle. Filppula continued on to the slot and ripped a high shot past Pavelec.

With 7:19 left in the period, Drew Miller picked up a rebound in the left circle and put another high shot into the net.

Hudler finished off the game’s scoring – and Pavelec’s night – just 1:12 into the third period. Hudler picked off a pass from the Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien and sent it to Zetterberg at the top of the crease. Rather than shooting, Zetterberg sent it back to Hudler, who was driving in to put a shot into the open side of the net.

Pavelec finished the night with 19 saves on the 26 shots he faced. Chris Mason stopped all of the three shots Detroit put at him in relief while Howard stopped 29 of 30 Winnipeg chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, though Filppula’s tally came with the teams skating four-on-four. The Jets had two power play tries to the Red Wings’ three.

The Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall missed time in the game after taking a puck to the face, requiring stitches. He returned for the third period… The Red Wings’ healthy scratches were Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore.

Red Wings Score Five in the First to Power Past Coyotes

The Detroit Red Wings scored five first period goals Thursday night, all the scoring they needed to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-2.

Todd Bertuzzi and Valtteri Filppula scored in the first 2:09 of the period to get the Red Wings out to the early lead. In the final 5:14 of the opening frame, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler added three more goals.

Bertuzzi opened the games scoring 1:16 into the game. He took a pass near the top of the right faceoff circle from Pavel Datsyuk and backhanded the puck into the slot, where he caught up with it and snapped a shot between the pads of Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith.

Just 53 seconds later, Filppula – returning to the lineup after missing a game with a deep cut on his leg – was left all alone in front of the Phoenix net to take a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and put a wrister past Smith.

Holmstrom restarted the scoring on a power play with 5:14 left in the first. Ian White drove into the slot and threw a shot on net with Holmstrom there to knock in the rebound.

Helm made it 4-0 43 seconds later. He gave the puck to Chris Conner in the right circle and went to the net. Conner carried it down low and got it back to Helm to bang past Smith. Smith would be pulled for Jason Labarbera after the goal.

Hudler wrapped up the period’s scoring with 43 seconds left. After failing to score off a turnover in the Phoenix end, Filppula took the puck to the left wing boards and sent a pass across to Zetterberg in the slot. Zetterberg moved it on to Hudler in the right circle and he threw it into the open side of the net.

Radim Vrbata got the Coyotes on the board with 4:15 left in the second period, rifling a shot from the top of the right circle past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Martin Hanzal added another Phoenix goal with 8:28 left in the third when a Shane Doan power play shot deflected off of his pants on its way past Howard.

Both teams had five power play chances on the night and each scored a goal.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 shots. Smith stopped seven of the eleven shots he faced in 15:29 of play while Labarbera made 20 saves on 21 shots to close out the night for the Coyotes.

The Red Wings will next be in action on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Jets.


Pavel Datsyuk was kept out of the third period as a precaution, as he reported feeling sore earlier in the day. He is expected to be available on Saturday… Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

Red Wings Ride Three-goal First Period to 4-1 Win over Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings scored three times in the first period and never looked back, cruising to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night.

Jakub Kindl, Johan Franzen, and Valtteri Filppula provided the offense in the game’s opening frame, continuing a trend that sees the Red Wings undefeated when either Franzen or Filppula scores.

Kindl opened the game’s scoring 8:50 in. After the Sabres failed to clear their zone, Kindl threw a shot from the left point on net, handcuffing Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth for his first goal of the season.

Franzen made it 2-0 with 6:22 left in the first. With Detroit on a power play, Franzen got the puck in the slot and put a wrister past Enroth.

Just 1:03 later, Henrik Zetterberg took the puck away from Jochen Hecht at the Buffalo blue line and fed a streaking Filppula, who jumped up into the slot and snapped a shot by Enroth to make it 3-0.

Hecht would eventually atone for his giveaway, getting the Sabres on the board with 6:13 left in regulation. Hecht raced down the ice with Jason Pominville on a two-on-one, taking a pass from Pominville to beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stick-side.

Hecht’s goal would not be the start of a Buffalo comeback, however. Pavel Datsyuk rounded out the game’s scoring with an empty-net goal from center ice.

Franzen’s goal was the lone power play goal of the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker while Buffalo had four.

Howard made 27 saves on 28 shots in earning the win. Enroth stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced.

The Red Wings continue their three-game road trip on Monday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.


Detroit forward Chris Conner made his first appearance of the season, skating on the third line with Darren Helm and Danny Cleary after having been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday night… Fabian Brunnstrom is not travelling with the team, as they’ve allowed him to spend time with his wife and newborn son before he will be sent back to the Griffins… Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore were healthy scratches… Justin Abdelkader left the game in the third period after taking a high hit but later said he would be fine.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Sabres – 12/2

The Wings’ win over the Sabres tonight wasn’t quite what it seemed. Based on the first period and the final score, you’d think Detroit dominated the game. In reality, Detroit controlled the first period and then – until the last five minutes or so – both teams pretty much just coasted.

Buffalo had fewer shots in the first period than either the second or third and the first was the only period in which the Red Wings outshot them. The Wings took as many shots in the first (18) as they did in the rest of the game combined.

What you end up with is a period that defined the scoreboard but not the game.

I’m not sure if Detroit got lazy after taking the 3-0 lead or Buffalo started playing better; probably a combination of the two. The latter you have to expect but the former is disappointing. The now-seven-game win streak the Wings are on has gotten them back to the top of the conference. It’s going to end someday but I’d hate to see that loss come because the Wings got sloppy.

Jimmy Howard is a fantastic goalie but the team can’t continue to ride him like they have at times during the streak.

One good bit of news to come out of the latter stages of the game is that Justin Abdelkader is fine after taking a high hit in the third period.

Also good: Chris Conner looked solid in his first game as a Red Wing. I have to think he’s officially ahead of Fabian Brunnstrom on the depth chart right now, but things are going to get interesting once Jan Mursak returns from injury.

Red Wings Reassign Brunnstrom to Grand Rapids

The Detroit Red Wings reassigned forward Fabian Brunnstrom to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.

Brunnstrom has been up and down between the two teams several times this season, playing in five games with the Red Wings and four with the Griffins.

Brunnstrom had been kept on the Detroit roster after the Red Wings called up Chris Conner on Wednesday to let him spend more time with his wife and newborn son.

With Brunnstrom having been sent back to Grand Rapids and both Jan Mursak (leg) and Patrick Eaves (jaw) on injured reserve, the Red Wings have 22 players (13 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies) on their active roster.