Red Wings Fall to Ducks on Late Controversial Goal

The Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks seemed to be headed to overtime on Saturday night but a late goal by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf propelled the Ducks to a 3-2 win.

Getzlaf appeared to tie up Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall along the right wing boards in the Red Wings’ zone before picking up the puck and cutting in on goal all alone to beat goalie Jimmy Howard with 24 seconds remaining. No penalty was called on the play, leaving the Detroit bench livid.

The Wings were unable to even things back up in the closing seconds as the Ducks held on to win.

Getzlaf had opened the game’s scoring at 1:13 of the second period. Howard bobbled the puck behind his net and Patrick Maroon picked off his attempted pass. As Howard raced back into the crease, Maroon fed Corey Perry in front. The puck hopped over Perry’s stick but came right to Getzlaf to snap into the back of the net.

Luke Glendening got the Red Wings on the board with 4:27 left in the period, whipping a backhander from low in the right faceoff circle past Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen.

Gustav Nyquist put Detroit up at 1:57 of the final frame, ripping a shot from the left wing past Andersen off a long feed from Henrik Zetterberg during an Anaheim line change.

Just 1:21 later, Matt Beleskey tied things back up. Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith lost the puck to Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler behind the Red Wings’ goal and Kesler sent a pass out into the slot for Beleskey to blast back past Howard to make it 2-2.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots against. Andersen stopped 27 of 29 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Red Wings getting two chances with the extra attacker and the Ducks three.

The Red Wings are now off until Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins for the second time in three games.


Detroit remained without Pavel Datsyuk, out with an injured shoulder… The Red Wings’ healthy scratches were Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss, and Brian Lashoff.

Red Wings Stay Alive with Overtime Win

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg scored twice Friday night, including the overtime winner as the Red Wings took a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to force a Game Seven in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

All of Detroit’s wins have come in the extra frame, as the teams met for a fourth overtime engagement. It was the first time in their history that the Red Wings went to overtime in four games in a single series.

Like in Game Two, the Red Wings blew a late third-period lead before being bailed out early in extra time.

Just 1:04 into the overtime, Zetterberg helped Pavel Datsyuk win an offensive-zone draw back to Niklas Kronwall at the point. Kronwall sent it back to Zetterberg along the left wing boards for a blast that found its way through traffic and past Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller to give Detroit the win.

Datsyuk had opened the game’s scoring with 1:12 left in the first period. After Datsyuk controlled the puck for most of a shift in the Anaheim end. Zetterberg fed him with a pass at the right faceoff dot and Datsyuk carried it into the slot, reaching to backhand a shot past Hiller to make it 1-0.

Anaheim tied things back up with 8:29 remaining in the middle period. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Kyle Palmieri fired a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard but off the post. The puck came out and bounced off defenseman Brendan Smith, right back into the net behind Howard.

Zetterberg’s first of the night put the Red Wings back up at 6:19 of the third period. With Detroit on a power play, Zetterberg rifled a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Hiller for his first goal of the series.

With 8:30 remaining the Red Wings made it 3-1 and seemed to be set to cruise to a Game Seven. Justin Abdelkader – playing in his first game back from a two-game suspension – threw the puck on net from the left wing boards and it deflected off Daniel Cleary and past Hiller to give Detroit a two-goal lead.

The Ducks cut that lead to one goal with 3:28 remaining when Valtteri Filppula sent a drop-pass behind his own net to a teammate who wasn’t there. Emerson Etem grabbed up the loose puck and shoveled it in around Howard’s pad before Howard knew what had happened.

Just 55 seconds later, Corey Perry dumped Kyle Quincey behind the Detroit net to get the puck out to Francois Beauchemin on the right wing. Beauchemin sent it back to the front of the net, where Perry tipped it in on Howard. After the initial stop, Bobby Ryan jumped in to knock home the loose puck and tie things up, 3-3.

Howard finished the night with 34 saves on 37 shots against. Hiller made 25 saves on 29 shots.

Zetterberg’s first goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker and the Ducks had none.

The teams will meet again on Sunday in Anaheim for the deciding Game Seven of the series.


With Abdelkader’s return from suspension, Patrick Eaves was a healthy scratch and Mikael Samuelsson was moved down to Eaves’ spot in the lineup… Carlo Colaiacovo made his playoff debut in place of Brian Lashoff, who was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins to help them in their AHL playoff run.

Red Wings Down Ducks in OT After Third-Period Collapse

Gustav Nyquist lifted the Detroit Red Wings over the Anaheim Ducks early in overtime on Thursday night, giving Detroit a much-needed Game Two win after they allowed three third-period goals to erase a 4-1 lead.

The Ducks scored a trio of goals in under ten minutes to force overtime but Detroit’s fourth goal in the first two minutes of a period – and third on a carry-over penalty – was enough to secure the win.

At 1:21 of the overtime, Valtteri Filppula faked around Anaheim’s Corey Perry in the left faceoff circle and found a lane to shovel a pass across to Nyquist on the opposite side for a quick wrister past neminder Jonas Hiller. The goal came with under two seconds remaining in a Detroit power play.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the scoring only 48 seconds into the game, flipping a shot from the high slot that was tipped by the stick of defenseman Francois Beauchemin to confuse Hiller.

Damien Brunner made it 2-0 at 4:20 of the first. Off a turnover in the Ducks’ zone, Kyle Quincey poked the puck to Brunner all alone in the slot to snap past Hiller.

Johan Franzen‘s first of the night put the Red Wings up by three at 1:04 of the second period. Camped out on the edge of the crease, Franzen banged home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance for Detroit’s first power play goal of the night.

Saku Koivu got the Ducks on the board with a power play goal of their own with 9:07 remaining in the middle period. Off the rebound of a Teemu Selanne shot, Koivu kicked the puck towards the goal and got his stick on it before it crossed the line to tap it in.

Franzen’s second of the night made it 4-1 just 20 seconds into the third period as he drove to the side of the net and reached around Hiller to stuff it in the far side.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf started his team’s comeback at 7:50 of the third, backhanding a shot from the edge of the right faceoff circle through Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 4-2.

Kyle Palmieri snapped a shot from the left circle past Howard just after the expiration of an Anaheim power play with 7:29 remaining to pull the Ducks within a goal.

The comeback was complete with Bobby Ryan‘s goal with 2:22 remaining. Cam Fowler had the puck in the left wing corner and sent it out front to Ryan for a tip past Howard, evening things up at 4-4.

The Red Wings finished the night with three power play goals on six chances with the extra attacker while the Ducks scored once on five tries.

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

With the Red Wings having earned a split of the opening games in Anaheim, the series now shifts to Detroit for Game Three on Saturday night.


Todd Bertuzzi made his first appearance in the Detroit lineup since February xxx, returning from a back injury to replace Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line… After the game, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock announced that rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser would miss the remainder of the playoffs with a broken thumb.

Howard Stops 33 as Red Wings Sweep Ducks

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced on Sunday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Ducks to sweep the pair of weekend games between the teams in Anaheim.

Howard had also made 33 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday night, giving him a .971 save percentage in the two wins.

Daniel Cleary got the Red Wings on the board at 4:14 of the first period, deflecting a shot from the right wing boards by Jakub Kindl past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller for a power play goal.

Drew Miller made it 2-0 at 8:46 of the period when he swatted the rebound of an Ian White shot from the point under Hiller just before Teemu Selanne could get to the puck.

After seven consecutive goals by the Red Wings across the two games, the Ducks finally got on the board with 46 seconds left in the second period.

On an Anaheim power play, Ryan Getzlaf got the puck at the blue line and lugged it through the high slot, getting around a diving Miller and taking it to the left faceoff circle to snap past Howard.

Howard would cement the win in the closing seconds with a stop on Cam Fowler all alone in the slot while the Ducks were shorthanded.

Hiller finished the night with 19 saves on 21 shots.

Each team had a power play goal, with the Red Wings getting six tries with the extra attacker and the Ducks getting three.

Detroit continues their West Coast road trip Monday in Glendale against the Phoenix Coyotes.


Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch for Detroit for the first time in his career. Carlo Colaiacovo, returning from injury, was also a healthy scratch… Defenseman Brian Lashoff missed the end of the first period after taking a puck to the face but returned for the start of the second period… Anaheim forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne were all ejected with 34 seconds remaining in regulation for arguing about a tripping call to Getzlaf.

Third Period Collapse Dooms Red Wings in 5-2 loss to Ducks

A pair of goals in the first two minutes of the third period put the Detroit Red Wings in a hole Friday night and they were unable to recover, dropping a 5-2 decision to the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Andrew Cogliano scored at 1:02 of the final period to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Cogliano picked off a Niklas Kronwall pass in the neutral zone and gave the puck to Saku Koivu on the right wing. Koivu passed it back through Kronwall to Cogliano in the slot for a tip past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard for what would be the game-winning goal.

Just 38 seconds later, Bobby Ryan banged home the rebound of his own chance on an odd-man rush to put the Ducks up by a pair.

Cogliano closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal in the closing minutes, capitalizing when the Red Wings were unable to get through the neutral zone with the extra attacker.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings opened the scoring at 3:01 of the second. Defenseman Jakub Kindl got the puck in the high slot and fed rookie Joakim Andersson in the right circle to lift a shot over Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth for his first career goal.

The Ducks countered 26 seconds later. Off a faceoff, Ryan Getzlaf gathered up the puck on the left wing boards and passed to Matt Beleskey all alone in the slot for a shot past Howard.

Rookie Tomas Tatar‘s second of the season put the Wings back in front at 6:32 of the period on a power play. Tatar picked up the rebound of a Damien Brunner chance from up high and skated it across the top of the crease, putting a shot into the open side of the net.

Again, the Ducks responded quickly, evening things up at 7:37. Wings defenseman Ian White held the puck behind the Detroit net as the team made a change but when he attempted to make an outlet pass, his stick snapped and the puck went straight to Beleskey. Beleskey sent it to Corey Perry, who got a couple chances from in close before knocking it past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 36 shots against. Fasth made 26 saves on 28 shots.

Detroit’s power play went one-for-four on the night with the penalty kill stopping all three Anaheim tries.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.


The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk for the game, the latest injury to hit the team. With Datsyuk out, Gustav Nyquist was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Wings Win Holmstrom’s 1000th in Shootout over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings earned a shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, making forward Tomas Holmstrom‘s 1000th career game a victory.

Holmstrom didn’t factor in the game’s scoring but was involved in a goaltender interference play, though not in a way that some would expect given his penchant for hanging out around the crease. During the second period, Anaheim’s George Parros drove to the Detroit net and knocked Holmstrom into goalie Joey MacDonald, earning Parros a two minute penalty.

Parros had opened the game’s scoring with 3:43 left in the first period, redirecting a pass from Rod Pelley past MacDonald with his skate from the side of the net.

Justin Abdelkader even things up with 1:18 left, deflecting a Jakub Kindl shot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.

Neither team would score for the remainder of regulation or overtime, even as each side had a short power play in the extra frame.

In the shootout, Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Selanne scored in the first round, then Jiri Hudler and Corey Perry missed in the second round.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the eventual winner, slowly skating right in on Hiller before making a quick move to lift the puck past him.

MacDonald stopped Bobby Ryan to preserve the win.

The Red Wings moved to within one of tying the NHL record for consecutive home victories, stretching their franchise-record streak to nineteen games.

Hiller made 23 saves on 24 shots while MacDonald stopped 29 of 30 chances.

Neither team scored on the power play, with the Red Wings having six chances with the extra attacker – including a short five-on-three in overtime – and the Ducks having seven.


The Red Wings remained without goaltender Jimmy Howard and added forward Danny Cleary to their list of injuries, as he had fluid drained from his knee and a cortizone shot on Thursday… Mike Commodore was a healthy scratch on defense.

Datsyuk, Howard Selected by Team Chara for All-Star Game

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Jimmy Howard were selected by All-Star team captain Zdeno Chara at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday.

Datsyuk was the first overall selection of the draft. Howard was the last goalie selected, going in the tenth round (the round by which all goalies were required to be selected).

Team captains were Boston’s Chara, with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul as an assistant, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, assisted by Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The full draft list is as follows:

Round 1
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

Round 2
Team Chara: Tim Thomas, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Round 3
Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Round 4
Team Chara: Marian Hossa, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Round 5
Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Round 6
Team Chara: Corey Perry, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Round 7
Team Chara:Carey Price, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, St. Louis

Round 8
Team Chara: Phil Kessel, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, Nashville

Round 9
Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Round 10
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, NY Rangers

Round 11
Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, Phoenix

Round 12
Team Chara: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Round 13
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Round 14
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, Pittsburgh

Round 15
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, Vancouver

Round 16
Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, NY Islanders

Round 17
Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia

Round 18
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, Buffalo

Round 19
Team Chara: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, San Jose

Howard, Datsyuk Named to NHL All-Star Teams

The National Hockey League announced the list of 36 players selected to the 2012 All-Star teams on Thursday, joining six player voted in by the fans.

The Red Wings will be represented by goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Pavel Datsyuk.

It will be Howard’s first All-Star appearance. In his third full NHL season, he has a league-leading 24 wins, with a .924 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.

Datsyuk will make his second trip to the All-Star Game, having previously appeared in the 2004 contest. He was also selected to the 2009 roster but skipped the game with an injury. He currently leads the Red Wings in points with 43.

A notable omission from the roster is Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who reportedly requested the weekend off.

The All-Star Game will be played on January 29, hosted by the Ottawa Senators.

The full list of selected players is as follows:

Forwards
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goaltenders
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

Howard Blanks Ducks, Lidstrom Scores Twice as Wings End Skid

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 shots he faced and captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals as the Red Wings ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Lidstrom and Johan Franzen led the Red Wings with three points on the night.

Niklas Kronwall opened the game’s scoring at 7:04 of the first period, just as a Detroit power play expired. His shot from the blue line found its way through traffic and past Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller to give the Wings an early lead.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 just 1:55 into the second period, kicking a pass from Franzen from his skate to his stick in the slot and snapping a shot past Hiller.

It was 3-0 just 50 seconds later when Lidstrom scored his first, a blast from the top of the left faceoff circle through a screen set by Fabian Brunnstrom.

Lidstrom added his second at 1:39 of the third period. With the Red Wings on a power play, Lidstrom first a shot from the blue line through a Tomas Holmstrom screen to beat Hiller.

Franzen finished off the game’s scoring with 9:23 left in the third. Ian White drove to the net after picking off an attempted outlet pass and Franzen followed him, putting him in position to backhand a loose puck past Hiller.

Hiller was pulled after the Franzen goal. He finished the night with 40 saves on 45 shots. Dan Ellis stopped all five shots he faced in relief.

The Red Wings scored on one of their four power play chances. The Ducks had five tries with the extra attacker but could not score.

Detroit will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in the fourth game of a six game homestand.


The Red Wings were without Patrick Eaves (back) and Todd Bertuzzi (illness) for the game. Brunnstrom was called up earlier in the day to take Bertuzzi’s place in the lineup… Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense, with Mike Commodore staying in the lineup… The Ducks thought they had gotten on the board in the second period but the goal was waived off due to incidental contact between Corey Perry and Jimmy Howard.

Red Wings – Ducks Postgame Notes

I expect my initial reaction to the Red Wings’ win tonight to go over rather poorly: Detroit didn’t deserve the win, Anaheim did.

The Red Wings were too sloppy tonight. You can win sloppy games, they proved that tonight, but if this had been a loss you could look at their play and say, “Of course it was.”

Turnovers, blown defensive coverage, missed opportunities in general. It should have been a loss.

Meanwhile, the Ducks have a couple things to complain about.

While I think Corey Perry could have avoided Johan Franzen, the first period penalty on Perry that led to Detroit’s first goal was weak. It might have been technically right but it I’d be upset if it were called on a Wing.

Detroit’s third goal was a bit questionable, too. Paul Mara appeared to touch the puck in attempting to clear it from the goal line. On a delayed penalty, the play could have been blown dead. That said, Mara did not have control of the puck so maybe that’s why the whistle didn’t blow.

I think there’s a lot less controversy to Anaheim’s goals than there was to Detroit’s.

Speaking of controversy… I still say Nicklas Kronwall will get a one-game suspension for his hit on Teemu Selanne. I don’t think there was an intent to injure but Kronwall’s hits look bad. He has a bit of a history and Selanne is a future Hall of Famer. That Selanne came back to play (and score) in the game helps Kronwall but that hit was another case where I’d be mad if it happened the other way around.