Red Wings Overwhelmed in 4-1 Game One Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t hold off a sustained attack by the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night, dropping a 4-1 decision in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams.

After a first period that saw Detroit outshoot Chicago 7-6, the Blackhawks had a 36-14 shot advantage for the remainder of the game.

Former Red Wing Marian Hossa opened the game’s scoring at 9:03 of the first on a Chicago power play. When the Red Wings were unable to clear their own zone, Jonathan Toews sent a pass from the right faceoff circle to Hossa in the slot for a quick shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 1-0.

Detroit responded just 1:54 later. Streaking down the left wing, Damien Brunner attempted a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that was blocked. He continued after the puck, though, and batted his own rebound past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to tie things up.

Howard held off the Blackhawks’ push in the second period but Johnny Oduya put Chicago back out front at 8:02 of the second. Oduya snuck in from the point to take a feed from Patrick Sharp in the slot and snap a shot past Howard.

With 8:38 remaining in the period, Marcus Kruger put the Blackhawks up by a pair. Off a dump-in the puck ended up on the back of the Detroit net. Howard attempted to hold it there for a faceoff but it was knocked free and came out to Kruger in front for a backhander into a mostly-vacated net.

Sharp added an empty-net goal in the game’s final minute.

Hossa’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced. Crawford made 20 saves on 21 shots against.

Game Two will be Saturday afternoon in Chicago.


The Red Wings are now 0-7 all-time in series opening games played in Chicago.

Red Wings Fall to Blackhawks in Second Consecutive Shootout

For the second consecutive night the Detroit Red Wings fell in the shootout, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks 25 hours after an identically-scored loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Brandon Saad scored in the fifth round of the tiebreaker to win it for Chicago. Johan Franzen had the opportunity to keep Detroit alive but couldn’t beat Corey Crawford on his chance.

Henrik Zetterberg had previously scored in the second round while Marian Hossa beat Jimmy Howard in the third. Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist failed to score for Detroit. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Michal Rozsival were stopped for Chicago.

After a scoreless first period, Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring at 6:11 of the second. Duncan Keith’s chance from in close in the left faceoff circle went behind the net to Stalberg, who was left untouched to wraparound the far side and tuck it in behind Howard.

Franzen got the Red Wings on the board with 4:20 left in the period, tipping Carlo Colaiacovo‘s shot from above the top of the left circle past Crawford for a power play goal.

Just 1:59 later, Cory Emmerton made a strong individual effort in front of the net to put Detroit out in front. After his attempted cross-crease pass was blocked, Emmerton gathered in the loose puck and dragged it to the top of the crease, lifting a shot over Crawford.

With just 2:57 remaining in regulation, Toews tied things back up. After a scramble in front that left Howard out of position, Johnny Oduya‘s shot was blocked at the edge of the crease by Kyle Quincey. Quincey lost track of the puck and left it teed up for Toews to grab and fling into the open side of the net.

Howard finished the night with 26 saves on 28 shots. Crawford made 27 saves on 29 shots.

Franzen’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had five chances with the extra attacker to Chicago’s three.


Colaiacovo was back in the lineup in place of Brendan Smith. Up front, Patrick Eaves was out in favor of Jordin Tootoo.

Red Wings Routed by Blackhawks in Easter Matchup

Cory Emmerton scored the only goal for the Red Wings on Sunday as Detroit dropped a 7-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in an Easter matinee matchup.

Emmerton ended Chicago netminder Corey Crawford‘s shutout with 33 seconds remaining in regulation, gathering in the rebound of a Brian Lashoff shot and snapping a shot from the right faceoff circle past Crawford.

While the game ended on a positive note, it started poorly for Detroit and continued that way for the first 57 minutes of play.

Jeremy Morin opened the game’s scoring just 2:33 into the first. A Chicago shot wide of the net came off the back boards and off a skate, deflecting in front of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard attempted to freeze the puck but couldn’t hold it, with Morin collecting it and throwing a shot past him.

Brandon Saad made it 2-0 at 3:21 of the period, faking out Howard after having been left all alone in the right circle to take a pass from Michael Frolik.

At 4:12, Jakub Kindl mishandled the puck at the side of the net and backhanded it in behind Howard for a goal credited to Dave Bolland.

The start of the second period wasn’t much better than the start of the first for Detroit, with Chicago scoring a pair of goals eight seconds apart in the first four minutes.

Off a giveaway by Jordin Tootoo at the Chicago blueline, Saad carried the puck down the left wing and into the corner before feeding Jonathan Toews in the slot for a snap past Howard, making it 4-0 and chasing the Detroit netminder in favor of Jonas Gustavsson.

Gustavsson didn’t fare any better, as Saad collected a deflected feed from Niklas Hjalmarsson in the right circle and beat him five hole to make it 5-0.

Bolland added a second goal at 7:55 of the third period, snapping a shot from the right circle past Gustavsson. Nick Leddy did nearly the same thing to make it 7-0 with 3:39 remaining.

Howard ended up with ten saves on 14 shots in 23:52, taking the loss. Gustavsson made nine saves on 12 shots in the remaining 36:08. Crawford stopped 33 of 34 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had the only two attempts of the game with the extra skater.


The Red Wings lost forward Mikael Samuelsson to an unspecified upper-body injury after the second period. Samuelsson was playing just his third game of the season, having missed all but the first two to various injuries… Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a groin injury. He is expected to also miss Monday’s matchup with the Colorado Avalanche… Gustav Nyquist was the healthy scratch up front for Detroit… Danny DeKeyser was technically not a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, as his contract was not yet official as of game time… After the game the Red Wings sent Lashoff back to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room on the roster for DeKeyser and Carlo Colaiacovo, who is returning from a conditioning stint with the Griffins. Lashoff is expected back with the Red Wings after the NHL’s trade deadline passes on Wednesday.

Red Wings Offensive Woes Continue in Shootout Loss to Chicago

For the third consecutive game, the Detroit Red Wings managed only one goal through regulation, dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first two periods, Tomas Tatar scored the team’s only goal at 2:43 of the third. Patrick Eaves took the puck behind the Chicago net with Joakim Andersson coming in from the opposite side. Andersson popped a pass out front to Tatar who snapped a shot home past Blackhawks’ netminder Corey Crawford.

A late power play gave the Blackhawks the opportunity to respond. Kyle Quincey knocked down a shot by Patrick Sharp in the slot but he failed to clear the puck, with Viktor Stalberg jumping in to poke it free to Patrick Kane. Kane’s wrister from the right faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard to tie things up and force overtime.

Kane would go on to score the only goal of the shootout, slowly skating in on Howard before snapping a shot past him.

Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg failed to score for Detroit in the shootout. Jonathan Toews also did not score.

Howard and Crawford each finished the afternoon with 32 saves on 33 shots

The Red Wings were scoreless on two power play opportunities. Kane’s goal came on one of four Chicago attempts with the extra attacker.


The Red Wings have not scored more than a goal in a game since beating the Vancouver Canucks 8-3 last Sunday.

TGTW: Wings Rebound in Week Two

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

After dropping a 5-4 decision to the Nashville Predators to open the 2012-13 season, the Detroit Red Wings rebounded with three consecutive wins in the second week of the schedule.

On Tuesday, it looked like Buffalo Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller was going to shut the Red Wings down until Todd Bertuzzi broke the scoreless tie with 90 seconds left in regulation.  Miller made 27 saves on 28 shots in taking the loss, while Detroit’s Jimmy Howard needed to stop just 14.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl was ejected at 3:02 of the third period after charging former Red Wing Ville Leino.  Leino would end up missing one game with a concussion, while Kindl was not suspended.

The Red Wings continued their road trip in St. Louis on Thursday, with a 6-1 rout of the Blues.

St. Louis got on the board first when Andy McDonald scored just 6:29 in but Valtteri Filppula‘s second of the season tied things up ay 10:22 and Henrik Zetterberg put the Wings in front 1:40 later.

After a scoreless second period, Filppula added another just 29 seconds into the third.  Jonathan Ericsson scored his second of the season at 3:56 and Mikael Samuelsson scored the first goal of his return to the Wings on the power play at 9:24, chasing Blues’ goalie Brian Elliot.  Jakub Kindl added a power play goal with 2:06 remaining to round out the scoring.

Howard finished another slow night with 14 saves on 15 shots.  Elliot stopped 20 of the 25 shots he faced while Jaroslav Halak made four saves on five shots.

Detroit closed out the week in Chicago with a 3-1 win.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring at 5:31 of the first period on a goal by Jonathan Toews but Danny Cleary answered right back for the Wings 2:05 later.

Filppula’s league-leading fourth goal of the season put Detroit out front at 2:19 of the second period and Niklas Kronwall scored his first of the year at 4:39.

Howard had a third consecutive quiet night, facing just 17 shots and stopping 16.  Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 30 saves on 33 shots in taking the loss.

After four games, the Red Wings sit one point back of the Predators in the Central Division with a game in hand.  The team’s leading scorer is Filppula, with four goals and three assists.  Jimmy Howard has made all four starts, going 3-1 with a shutout, a 1.79 GAA, and a .899 save percentage.  Jonas Gustavsson appeared late in the opener, facing no shots.

The Red Wings lead the league in shots allowed with just 17.25 per game.  Second are the Pittsburgh Penguins at 21.2 per game.

Red Wings to Face Predators in Round One After Shootout Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings will meet the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs following the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Had the Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks, they would have at least temporarily jumped into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. A loss would have left them in sixth place. Their single point locked them into fifth place, visiting fourth-placed Nashville to start the postseason.

Pavel Datsyuk scored with just 47 seconds in regulation to pull Detroit into a 2-2 tie with the Blackhawks and force overtime. With Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, Henrik Zetterberg worked the puck to Tomas Holmstrom at the side of the Chicago crease. With the defense collapsing in on him, Holmstrom sent a pass across the net-mouth to a wide open Datsyuk, who knocked it home.

After a scoreless overtime, Patrick Kane would score the only goal of the shootout, beating Howard between the pads after a series of fakes. Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi failed to score for the Red Wings while Patrick Sharp was stopped on Chicago’s second chance.

Viktor Stalberg had opened the game’s scoring with 9:46 left in the first period when he was left uncovered to pick up the rebound of a Sharp shot from the point and throw it back between Howard’s pads.

Chicago made it 2-0 with 2:40 left in the second on a goal by Andrew Shaw just after the expiration of a power play. With Bertuzzi coming out of the box, the Red Wings left Shaw alone in the slot to take a feed from Sharp and snap it past Howard.

Johan Franzen started Detroit’s rally at 8:11 of the third period, throwing a shot on goal from the right wing that somehow found its way between the pads of Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

Crawford finished the afternoon with 30 saves on 32 shots while Howard stopped 31 of 33 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the contest. The Red Wings had two power play attempts while the Blackhawks had six.

Detroit’s first-round playoff schedule is expected to be announced on Sunday.


Detroit forward Riley Sheahan made his NHL debut wearing No. 15. He swapped into the lineup in favor of Jan MursakDanny Cleary was the other forward scratch for the Red Wings, with Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm still hurt… Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense.

Red Wings Fall to Blackhawks in Howard’s Return

The Detroit Red Wings got All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard back in the lineup Tuesday night but couldn’t provide scoring support for him as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Howard stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced in his first game back from a broken index finger.

Detroit had opened the game’s scoring and led after the first period but the Blackhawks rallied with goals in the second and third.

Just 2:22 into the game, Valtteri Filppula threaded a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford with the Red Wings on a power play to make it 1-0.

Chicago’s Jimmy Hayes tied things up at 7:45 of the second. Howard stretched to stop a deflected Bryan Bickell shot but Hayes was all alone in front of the net to put home the rebound.

Marcus Kruger gave the Blackhawks the lead at 1:53 of the third, knocking a rebound chance past the sprawling Howard.

Though the Red Wings seemingly had little energy and had trouble gaining the Chicago zone, they managed to outshoot the Blackhawks, with Crawford stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced.

One plus for Detroit to take away is having scored with the extra attacker, with Filppula’s goal coming on one of their three power play chances. Chicago was scoreless on three power play attempts.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday when they return home to take on the Vancouver Canucks.


The Red Wings were without forward Pavel Datsyuk, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the day. He is expected to miss at least two weeks… In addition to Howard, forward Danny Cleary returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury… Defenseman Kyle Quincey, acquired only hours before the game, did not join the team in Chicago. He is expected to play on Thursday.

Bertuzzi Lifts Red Wings Past Blackhawks in OT

Todd Bertuzzi scored with 39 seconds remaining in overtime on Saturday afternoon, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

It was Detroit’s 14th consecutive home win, tying a franchise record.

Bertuzzi banged the rebound of a Valtteri Filppula chance past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford from the slot to give the Red Wings the win. It was his second goal of the afternoon.

Tomas Holmstrom had opened the game’s scoring with 7:04 remaining in the first period, tipping an Ian White shot from the high slot past Crawford on a power play.

Bertuzzi’s first of the game extended Detroit’s lead with 3:50 left in the period, as he beat Crawford with a backhand shot on a breakaway.

The Red Wings outshot the Blackhawks 21-4 in the opening frame but only carried the 2-0 lead into intermission.

Chicago would halve that lead with 5:06 left in the second. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard went behind the net to play the puck but it took a funny bounce and deflected off the heel of his stick to the side of the net, where Andrew Shaw jumped on it and put it into the open net.

The Blackhawks dominated the third period in an effort to get even They took the first eleven shots of the period and outshot Detroit 16-5 but needed until the game’s final minute to tie things up.

With 52 seconds left, former Red Wing Marian Hossa fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off of Wings’ defenseman Niklas Lidstrom and Chicago forward Jonathan Toews to get past Howard, knotting the game at two.

The Red Wings seeminly flipped a switch in the overtime, outshooting Chicago 9-0 before Bertuzzi’s game-winner.

Howard finished the afternoon with 25 saves on 27 shots against. Crawford made 40 stops on 43 shots.

Holmstrom’s power play goal was the only goal scored with the man-advantage on Detroit’s only chance with the extra attacker. The Blackhawks were scoreless on three power plays.

The Red Wings look to extend their home winning streak on Monday when they host the Buffalo Sabres.


Bertuzzi was a late addition to the Red Wings’ lineup, having recovered from the injury that kept him out of Detroit’s win over Phoenix on Thursday. Jam Mursak was a healthy scratch to make room for him. Injured defenseman Mike Commodore was the other Detroit scratch… The game was the 700th of head coach Mike Babcock‘s career.

Postgame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings – 1/14

I had joked before the game that Todd Bertuzzi was in the lineup for the Red Wings today because his skills would be needed for the inevitable shootout against Chicago. I was close, as it was Bertuzzi scoring with 39 seconds left in overtime to keep the Wings from a shootout with a 3-2 win.

Bertuzzi’s winner (and his breakaway goal in the first) were fantastic and it’s great to come away with two points, but I’m going to be a downer about this game.

The Red Wings absolutely dominated the first period. They had ten shots before the Blackhawks had one. If not for Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, Detroit could have had this game wrapped up in the first twenty minutes.

But they didn’t. They carried only a two goal lead into the second period and then proceeded to play as if Chicago was out of it.

An odd bounce got the Blackhawks back into the game and then it was their turn to dominate in the third period, firing the first eleven shots of the frame. It took them the entire period but eventually they tied things back up.

Thankfully, the Red Wings dominated the OT and pulled out the win. That said, they had nine shots in OT, compared to only eight in the second and five in the third. That’s a sign of how bad they were in those two periods, that they got more shots in a five-minute overtime than either of two entire twenty minute periods.

So, positives: Jimmy Howard was a rock, once again. Domination of the first period and overtime.

Negatives: Absolutely fell asleep in the second and most of the third. Let the Blackhawks back in it enough that they got a point in the standings to stay ahead of the Wings.

I’ll take the win but they’ve got work to do.

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.