Tatar Leads Red Wings to Preseason Win over Blackhawks

Tomas Tatar scored three goals for the Red Wings, leading Detroit to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in their exhibition home opener. The win came one night after Detroit fell to the Blackhawks in overtime in Chicago

Tatar opened the game’s scoring with 8:30 left in the first period, working a quick give-and-go with former Blackhawk Brad Richards before snapping a shot from the slot past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

With 5:31 left in the second, Andrew Shaw tied things up, snapping a shot from the left faceoff dot through a screen by Bryan Bickell on a Chicago power play and beating Detroit netminder Jared Coreau, who replaced starter Petr Mrazek midway through the game.

Just 1:36 later, Justin Abdelkader took a long feed from Niklas Kronwall to break in all alone and beat Michael Leighton for a power play goal, restoring the Detroit lead.

Tatar’s second made it 3-1 at 4:24 of the third period, as he banged home a loose puck in the crease after Richards threw it on net.

With 1:34 remaining, Tatar completed the hat trick with an empty net goal.

Each team finished the night with a power play goal. Chicago had six tries with the extra attacker while Detroit had four.

Mrazek stopped all 16 shots he faced in net for the Red Wings in 29:23 of play. Coreau made 14 stops on 15 shots over the remainder of the game. Crawford stopped seven of eight shots in 30:35 while Leighton went 14-for-16 to close things out.

The Red Wings will play their third game in as many nights tomorrow when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Red Wings Roll Past Blackhawks

With four days to practice, the Detroit Red Wings put forth a dominating effort Friday night, rolling past the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1.

The Red Wings outshot Chicago 37-26 in the effort, including a 20-shot second period in which they scored twice.

Luke Glendening opened the game’s scoring just 6:08 in, backhanding the rebound of a Drew Miller chance past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Miller had picked off a pass by the Blackhawks to get all alone in the slot for his initial opportunity.

Patrick Kane‘s power play goal with 8:44 left in the period tied it back up, as Kane was open on the right side of the net to take a crossing pass from Jonathan Toews and roof a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored 1:10 apart in the second to put the Red Wings back out front.

At 4:49 of the period, Zetterberg picked off a pass by Kane in the Chicago end and poked the puck through to Franzen at the front of the net. Franzen kicked it from his skate to his stick and backhanded it over Crawford to make it 2-1.

Tatar put the rebound of a Joakim Andersson shot past Crawford on a three-on-two to make it 3-1 at 5:59.

Brendan Smith capped off a fast-moving third period with an empty net goal to finish off the game’s scoring.

Kane’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker while Chicago had four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.


Pavel Datsyuk returned from a groin injury to re-join the Detroit lineup… Tomas Jurco was back in the lineup after several games as a healthy scratch… Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil were healthy scratches up front while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch on defense… Backup goalie Tom McCollum was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game and Petr Mrazek was called up.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short in Preseason Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings got two goals in the final 7:02 of play on Sunday but it wasn’t enough as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tomas Tatar opened the game’s scoring for Detroit before the Blackhawks rattled off four consecutive goals.

At 7:29 of the first period, Gustav Nyquist won a battle for the puck behind the Chicago net, then sent it out front to Tatar for a quick wrister past goalie Corey Crawford.

Just 1:49 later, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard couldn’t corral an awkward rebound and defenseman Brendan Smith opted to skate with the puck rather than shoot it clear. Chicago’s Byron Froese poked it away from Smith and swatted a shot past Howard to tie things up.

The Blackhawks took the lead with 2:54 remaining in the first. Defenseman Alexey Marchenko mishandled the puck along the left wing boards in the Detroit zone and gave it away to Joakim Nordstrom, who broke in on goal and around Smith, firing a shot that ramped up Smith’s stick and past Howard to make it 2-1.

After a scoreless second period, Garret Ross capitalized on a miscue behind the Detroit net to make it 3-1 at 2:29 of the third. Howard went behind the net to play the puck and Smith came through as well, attempting to send a pass to Henrik Zetterberg in the corner but missing and putting it right on Ross’ stick. Ross flung it on net from the right wing boards and Howard got back into the crease just in time to get a piece of it with his skate and knock it into the net.

Froese’s second of the night would make it 4-1 just 56 seconds later, as he was left open in front of the net to take a feed from Brent Seabrook in the corner and knock the puck past Howard.

Though Howard was scheduled to play all 60 minutes of the tilt, Jared Coreau replaced him in the Detroit net after Chicago’s fourth goal.

Tatar deflected a Nyquist shot from the left faceoff circle past Crawford on a power play with 7:02 remaining to pull Detroit to within two goals.

With 41 seconds left and Coreau on the bench for an extra attacker, Jonathan Ericsson sent a seeing-eye shot from the right point through traffic to make it 4-3.

Crawford would make a toe stop on the goal line in the closing seconds to prevent the Red Wing from tying things on a goalmouth scramble.

Crawford finished the night with 30 saves on 33 shots against. Howard made 16 saves on 20 shots while Coreau stopped all four chances he faced.

Tatar’s second was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had four chances on the power play to Chicago’s three.

Red Wings Blanked by Blackhawks in Exhibition

One night after a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Detroit’s second game of their eight-game preseason schedule.

The Red Wings played without Johan Franzen, who was kept out of the lineup with a hip flexor. They also lost the services of forwards Teemu Pulkkinen and MItch Callahan. Both were ejected for boarding, with Pulkkinen out just 2:16 in to the game and Callahan at 2:20 of the second period.

Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored just 1:09 apart late in the middle period to provide all the game’s scoring. Sharp snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson with 3:23 remaining and Smith deflected a chance by Jimmy Hayes with 2:14 left.

Gustavsson finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots in two periods of play. Jared Coreau stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period. Corey Crawford made 19 saves to earn the shutout for Chicago.

Red Wings Eliminated by Blackhawks in Overtime of Game Seven

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 1-0 heading into the third period on Wednesday but couldn’t stop the Chicago Blackhawks, dropping Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams in overtime.

Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at 3:35 of the extra period. After Dave Bolland crushed Gustav Nyquist into the boards in the neutral zone he worked the puck to Seabrook to gain the Detroit zone and step into the high slot. Seabrook snapped a shot that deflected off defenseman Niklas Kronwall and fluttered past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Chicago thought they had taken a lead with 1:49 remaining in regulation when Niklas Hjalmarsson snapped a similar shot past Howard but the play occurred as referee Stephen Walkom called coincidental roughing minors on Kyle Quincey and Brandon Saad, negating the apparent goal.

After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks got on the board at 1:08 of the second. As the Red Wings got caught on a line change, Hjalmarsson sprung Michal Hanzus, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on a three-on-one. Sharp sent it to Handzus who worked it on to Hossa and back to Sharp to put past the sprawling Howard for a 1-0 lead.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 26 seconds into the third. Gustav Nyquist faked a shot from the left faceoff circle on a quick rush and drew the Chicago defense to him before passing across to Zetterberg all alone for a wrister past Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford.

With the loss, the Red Wings failed to finish off the Blackhawks after taking a 3-1 series lead.

No power play goals were scored on the night. Chicago had four chances with the extra attacker to Detroit’s two.

Howard made 33 saves on 35 shots against. Crawford stopped 26 of 27 chances.


Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula left the game early in the first period after an apparent slew-foot by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw during a scrum in front of the Red Wings’ bench.

Red Wings’ Collapse Allows Blackhawks to Force Game Seven

For the seventh time in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs the Red Wings were outscored in the third period, with a final-frame collapse by Detroit on Monday giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win to force a deciding Game Seven.

Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the third in Monday’s Game Six with the opportunity to eliminate Chicago. Instead, the Blackhawks scored three times in the first ten minutes of the period.

Michal Handzus tied things up just 51 seconds into the period when he was left alone at the side of the net to take a pass from Niklas Hjalmarsson. He then made a quick move on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 2-2.

At 5:48 it was Bryan Bickell who was left all alone, untouched at the top of the crease as he banged in the rebound of a Jonathan Toews chance and put the Blackhawks out in front.

Carlo Colaiacovo‘s slash on Michael Frolik during a breakaway at 9:43 gave Frolik a penalty shot, on which he converted to put Chicago up 4-2.

Damien Brunner scored for the Red Wings in the final minute to pull them back to within a goal but Detroit would be unable to force overtime.

Marian Hossa had crashed the net at 3:53 of the first period to knock the puck past Howard for a power play goal to give Chicago the early lead.

With 1:09 left in the opening frame Patrick Eaves gathered up the rebound of a Drew Miller chance and shoveled it past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford, tying things back up.

Joakim Andersson‘s knuckling shot from the left wing midway through the second gave Detroit a 2-1 lead.

Howard finished the night with 24 saves on 28 shots while Crawford stopped 35 of 38 chances.

The Blackhawks scored on one of five power play tries and added another on Frolik’s penalty shot. Detroit was scoreless on three attempts with the man-advantage.

Game Seven will be on Wednesday.

Red Wings Fail to Eliminate Blackhawks in Game Five

The Detroit Red Wings had their first chance to eliminate Chicago from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday night and failed, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Blackhawks.

After winning three consecutive games, the Red Wings carried a 3-1 series lead into the game but could never get anything going as the ‘Hawks staved off elimination on home ice.

Two power play goals in the second period broke a 1-1 tie to put Chicago out in front.

With 6:52 remaining in the middle frame, Andrew Shaw deflected a blue-line shot by Duncan Keith past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the top of the crease to make it 2-1.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews made it 3-1 2:39 later with his first goal of the series, snapping a low-angle shot off of Howard and into the top of the net.

Shaw rounded out the game’s scoring at 6:58 of the third on a broken play. Viktor Stalberg’s shot from the slot went high and off the glass behind the net. Shaw was all alone behind the goal to pick up the puck and wrap it around in behind Howard.

Bryan Bickell had opened the game’s scoring with 5:52 remaining in the first period. After a scramble in the right faceoff circle, Patrick Kane swatted the puck in on Howard. Alone on the opposite side, Bickell knocked in the rebound.

Daniel Cleary scored Detroit’s only goal of the game at 9:37 of the second period. On a slow three-on-two, Cleary sent the puck rink-wide to Henrik Zetterberg on the right wing. Zetterberg’s shot was knocked aside by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford but Cleary was there to put in the rebound to make it 1-1.

The ‘Hawks finished the night two-for-three on the power play while the Wings went scoreless on four tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 41 of the 45 shots he faced. Crawford made 25 saves on 26 shots.

Game Six will be in Detroit on Monday night.

Red Wings Blank Blackhawks to Take 3-1 Series Lead

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped all 28 shots he faced on Thursday night, leading the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The victory gave the Wings a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinal series between the two teams.

Jakub Kindl‘s power play goal at 10:03 of the second period was the difference-maker. Kindl fired a low shot from the top of the right circle through a screen and past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to get the Red Wings on the board. It was the first power play goal the Blackhawks had allowed in the 2013 postseason.

After Detroit stifled a Chicago power play late in regulation to preserve their lead, Daniel Cleary added an empty-net goal with 39 seconds remaining to wrap up the scoring.

Each team finished the night with three power play attempts.

The series shifts back to Chicago for Game Five on Saturday, with the Red Wings looking to eliminate the Blackhawks and advance to the Western Conference Finals.


The game marked the first time the Blackhawks were shutout all season and their first three-game losing streak of the campaign.

Red Wings Down Blackhawks in Game Three to Take 2-1 Series Lead

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive game on Monday night, taking a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal matchup on the strength of a 3-1 win.

Pavel Datsyuk scored at 6:46 of the third period to halt a Chicago comeback and seal the victory. After Johan Franzen gained the Chicago zone, he dished the puck off to Datsyuk for a heavy wrister from the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford to make it 3-1.

Patrick Kane had gotten Chicago on the board 2:11 earlier. After Franzen was seemingly boarded in the Blackhawks’ zone, Duncan Keith flipped a long pass out to Kane in the neutral zone, springing him in all alone to beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and cut the Red Wings’ lead to 2-1.

The Blackhawks thought they had tied things up just moments later but their apparent second goal was called back for goaltender interference as Andrew Shaw was perched in Howard’s crease.

After a scoreless first period, Gustav Nyquist opened the game’s scoring at 7:49 of the second. Damien Brunner chipped the puck into the Chicago end and Nyquist chased it down before skating around defenseman Brent Seabrook and outwaiting Crawford, lifting a shot over the sprawling pair.

Just 31 seconds later, Patrick Eaves batted his own rebound in behind Crawford, with Johnny Oduya diving to keep the puck out of the net. Drew Miller was there too, though, and poked the puck off Oduya’s stick and across the goal line to make it 2-0.

Howard finished the night with 39 saves on 40 shots. Crawford stopped 27 of 30 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker to Chicago’s four.

Game Four will be in Detroit on Thursday night.

Red Wings Even Series with Game Two Win

After a Game One that saw the Red Wings unable to generate any offense while dropping a 4-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit turned the tables in Game Two, evening their series while carrying play in a 4-1 victory of their own.

The series will shift to Joe Louis Arena for Game Three on Monday.

Brendan Smith – having taken the blame on several plays throughout the playoffs – ended up with the game-winning goal on Saturday afternoon. With 3:52 remaining in the second period, Smith jumped into the play as Henrik Zetterberg drove to the net, getting wide open in the left faceoff circle to take a pass and snap a shot past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

At 7:19 of the third Johan Franzen extended the Detroit lead. From inside his own zone, Jonathan Ericsson hit Franzen with a stretch pass at the Chicago blue line, springing him in all alone to whip a shot past Crawford to make it 3-1.

Valtteri Filppula finished off the scoring with 7:57 left to play. Zetterberg won a faceoff in his own zone and carried the puck down the left wing to cross the Blackhawks’ blue line before dropping it off to Filppula. Filppula cut to the slot and as he was tripped, slipped a shot past Crawford.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane had opened the game’s scoring with 5:55 remaining in the first period. Smith missed a check on Patrick Sharp on the left wing, leaving the Blackhawks on an odd-man rush. In front of his own goal, Kyle Quincey cut off a cross-ice pass from Sharp to Kane but the puck came right up top to Michal Handzus, who pushed it on to Kane alone in the left faceoff circle for a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Damien Brunner evened things up at 2:40 of the second period, deflecting a Jakub Kindl shot from the blue line past Crawford to make it 1-1.

Crawford finished the game with 26 saves on 30 shots against. Howard made 19 saves on 20 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the man-advantage to Chicago’s two.


Detroit’s Drew Miller made his 2013 playoff debut, returning from a broken hand suffered late in the regular season to replace Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.