Zetterberg Scores Three as Red Wings Rally Past Sabres

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg scored a third-period hat trick on Sunday night, capping the Red Wings’ come-from-behind win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Zetterberg’s first came just 1:59 into the final frame and the game already tied 3-3. Pavel Datsyuk‘s shot from the high slot made it through traffic to Buffalo netminder Jhonas Enroth, who made a pad stop. Zetterberg was on the doorstep, however, and he grabbed the rebound and backhanded a shot into the back of the net to give the Red Wings their first lead.

At 5:05 of the period, Zetterberg took a feed from Gustav Nyquist and snapped a shot past Enroth from the front of the net for a power play goal and a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Ennis scored his second of the night 3:26 later to pull the Sabres back to within a goal. Off a faceoff win in the left circle, Ennis gathered up the puck and spun to throw a shot on net, with the puck just trickling between the pads of Detroit goalie Tom McCollum.

Zetterberg rounded out the game’s scoring with 8:01 left, snapping a shot from the left circle on Enroth that found it’s way through and in.

Three first period goals by Buffalo had given the Sabres an early lead and chased Detroit starter Petr Mrazek from the crease.

At 1:46 of the period, Drew Stafford fired a shot from the inside edge of the right circle to beat Mrazek. A turnover in the opposite corner behind the Detroit net got the puck to Cody Hodgson, who sent a centering pass to Stafford for the shot.

Ennis’ first goal of the game made it 2-0 with 9:39 left. Ennis threw a shot from low on the right wing towards the goal and it deflected off of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, beating Mrazek as Matt Moulson crashed the net.

Chris Stewart’s power play goal 3:18 later gave Buffalo the three-goal lead. Stewart deflected Ennis’ shot from the top of the left circle while positioned in front of the net.

McCollum would take over for Mrazek at that point.

Nyquist would score on the power play just 1:00 into the second to start Detroit’s comeback. Zetterberg’s high shot from the top of the left circle deflected off Tyson Strachan‘s head and came to Nyquist in the slot. Enroth stopped Nyquist’s first chance but he batted the rebound out of mid-air and into the net to make it 3-1.

Drew Miller‘s spinning shot from the inside edge of the left circle made it 3-2 3:07 later.

Tomas Tatar would complete the comeback eight seconds past the game’s midway point. After losing the puck in the slot, Tatar snatched it back and whipped a quick shot past Enroth for a 3-3 tie.

The Sabres finished the night one-for-three on the power play while the Red Wings went two-for-four.

McCollum stopped seven of the eight shots he faced to earn his first-ever National Hockey League win. Mrazek made four saves on seven shots before getting pulled, while Enroth stopped 20 of 26 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings are next in action on Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Wild in their last game before the All-Star break.

Red Wings Rally to End Slump with 6-3 Win over Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings ended their losing streak at six games, rallying from down late in the second period for a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

The Sabres had a 3-1 lead until Danny DeKeyser scored the first of five consecutive goals for the Red Wings. DeKeyser whipped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Buffalo netminder Michal Neuvirth with 2:06 left in the second period.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things up at 4:19 of the third. After protecting the puck along the left wing boards, Zetterberg gave it to Pavel Datsyuk and moved into the high slot. Datsyuk sent a pass back and Zetterberg blasted a shot through a screen by Justin Abdelkader.

With 8:20 remaining and the Red Wings on a power play, Tomas Tatar made it 4-3. Danny DeKeyser worked it to Gustav Nyquist, who drove to the net but then dropped it back to DeKeyser for a pass over to Tatar in the left circle. Tatar beat Neuvirth with a snapped shot from the faceoff dot.

Johan Franzen put Detroit up by a pair 2:26 later. Franzen’s initial shot from the top of the left circle was knocked down, with the rebound slipping past Datsyuk in the slot and back out to Franzen, who continued into the right circle for a snapper past Neuvirth for another power play goal.

Tatar rounded out the scoring on his second power play tally with 2:12 left. From low in the right circle, Nyquist sent a pass up to Brendan Smith near the blue line for a slap-pass down to Tatar, who lifted it past Neuvirth.

Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers had opened the scoring at 2:36 of the first period. Drew Stafford threw the puck out front from the corner and it bounced off Deslauriers’ chest and past Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek for the early lead.

With 9:10 left in the opening period, Stephen Weiss deflected a Jakub Kindl shot from the blue line past Neuvirth for the Red Wings’ first power play goal of the night to tie things up.

Chris Stewart put the Sabres back in front 2:45 later, racing past Kindl to get open for a pass from Cody Hodgson on a rush and tapping it past Mrazek.

Andre Benoit made it 3-1 at 9:00 of the middle frame, beating Mrazek on a shorthanded two-on-none with Brian Flynn.

Mrazek finished the night with 13 saves on 16 shots against. Neuvirth stopped 33 of 39 shots.

Detroit went four-for-six on the power play but allowed one shorthanded goal. The Sabres did not score on their lone power play attempt.

The Red Wings are now off for Christmas. They’ll return on Saturday when they visit the Ottawa Senators.


Weiss returned to the Detroit lineup after missing four games due to injury. Goalie Jimmy Howard was placed on short-term IR to make room for Weiss in the lineup. With Weiss back, Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch… Weiss’ return was short-lived as he left the game in the third period with an apparent head injury… Niklas Kronwall left the game with an “upper-body injury” in the second period… Joakim Andersson and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches.

Red Wings Rally For 3-1 Win over Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings trailed after the first period on Sunday but scored the game’s final three goals, rallying for a 3-1 win over the league-worst Buffalo Sabres.

Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist in the third period to help his team to the win.

Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson opened the game’s scoring at 7:47 of the first period. Darren Helm turned the puck over to Drew Stafford as he attempted to exit the Detroit zone and Stafford sent it down to Hodgson, who was all alone to draw out Red Wings’ netminder Jonas Gustavsson and stuff a shot around him from the side of the net.

Helm would make amends just thirty seconds into the second period, taking a pass from behind the net by Daniel Alfredsson and spinning in the slot to throw a backhander past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, tying things up.

With 8:17 left in regulation and Detroit on a power play, Franzen threw a shot from the left faceoff circle on net. The puck deflected off defenseman Alexander Sulzer and past Miller to give the Red Wings the lead.

Franzen nearly iced the game in the closing minute but his shot towards the empty net from the left wing went off the post. He tracked down the puck, though, and worked it back out in front for Alfredsson to bury, finishing off the scoring.

Detroit finished the game one-for-three on the power play. The Sabres were scoreless on two tries with the man-advantage. Buffalo captain Steve Ott also missed on a second-period penalty shot.

Gustavsson, unbeaten in regulation this season, stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Miller made 31 saves on 33 shots.


The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, who remained in Detroit after suffering a possible concussion in Saturday’s game against Ottawa… Daniel Alfredsson returned from his groin injury to take Datsyuk’s spot in the lineup. Alfredsson also wore the alternate captain’s A normally assigned to Datsyuk… The Sabres debuted their controversial new alternate jerseys for the game.

Canucks End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

Newest Red Wing Kyle Quincey scored in his first game back with Detroit and the Wings’ third line contributed to three goals but it didn’t stop the Vancouver Canucks from ending their NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games, defeating the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout.

Alexandre Burrows scored the only goal of the tiebreaker on Vancouver’s third shot, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard high.

Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo stopped Jiri Hudler, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi while Howard made saves on David Booth and Alexander Edler.

The Red Wings appeared to be headed to their 24th consecutive home win until the Canucks tied things up with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

Off an icing call, Vancouver won the draw in the Detroit zone and kept control of the puck, getting a couple chances before Daniel Sedin blasted a shot from the high slot through a screen and past Howard.

Darren Helm had opened the game’s scoring with 8:44 left in the first period. On a two on one with Justin Abdelkader, Helm looked like he was going to pass all the way down the ice before finally flipping a weak shot past Luongo to give the Red Wings their first lead.

Daniel Sedin made it 1-1 with 6:26 left in the second period. Edler’s shot from above the right faceoff circle was slowed down by Henrik Sedin before Daniel picked it up at the edge of the crease and shoveled it in around Howard.

Quincey restored the Detroit lead at 6:08 of the third, swatting a shot from the slot past Luongo off a feed from Abdelkader.

With 6:34 remaining, Cody Hodgson‘s attempted pass from the left circle went off Detroit defender Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to tie things back up.

Just twenty seconds later, Abdelkader made it 3-2. Helm drove to the net and put a shot off the post, with the puck sliding up to Luongo’s pad. Abdelkader jumped in and knocked the loose puck into the net.

Luongo finished the night with 33 saves on 36 Detroit chances while Howard stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Wings having five tries with the extra attacker to Vancouver’s four.

The Red Wings are next in action on Saturday night when they host Quincey’s former team, the Colorado Avalanche.


With the Red Wings now carrying eight defensemen on their roster, Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore were both healthy scratches… Pavel Datsyuk missed his second game since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday… Quincey wore #27, after having worn #45 and #4 in his first stint with the Red Wings.

Red Wings’ Howard Blanks Canucks

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped all 25 shots he faced Thursday night, leading the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

The Red Wings have now kept their opponents scoreless in eight of the nine periods they’ve played. Howard allowed three goals in the third period on opening night against the Ottawa Senators, Ty Conklin blanked the Colorado Avalanche then next night, then Howard added his shutout of the Canucks.

Detroit’s offense came in a dominant second period that saw them outshoot Vancouver 24-8. There was not a single faceoff in the Red Wings’ zone that period, a sign of their control of the puck.

Justin Abdelkader opened the game’s scoring at 8:37 of the middle frame. Abdelkader took a cross-ice feed from Todd Bertuzzi on a rush as Pavel Datsyuk drove to the net, drawing the defense to him. Left open in the left faceoff circle, Abdelkader snapped a shot past Cory Schneider.

Valtteri Filppula made it 2-0 just 2:18 later, dishing the puck off to Johan Franzen and then getting it right back in the right circle to put a fluttering shot past Schneider’s glove.

Cody Hodgson appeared to get the Canucks on the board in the closing seconds of the middle frame. Hodgson fired a shot that Howard got only a piece of as it fluttered into the net. Replay showed that time had expired before the puck crossed the goal line, however.

Though the Red Wings picked up the win, they remained scoreless on the season on the power play. They had seven chances with the extra attacker while Vancouver had four.

Schneider finished the night with 35 saves on 37 shots.

Detroit will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.


Abdelkader briefly fought Maxim Lapierre in the first period… Abdelkader had previously scored on Schneider in the 2007 Frozen Four, when his goal in the final minute gave Michigan State the NCAA Championship over Schneider’s Boston College… The Red Wings have scored ten goals on the season, each by a different player.