Zetterberg’s Milestones Help Red Wings Past Senators

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair of milestones on Saturday night, helping the Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.

With 7:05 left in the opening period, Tomas Tatar snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. Zetterberg earned the secondary assist on the power play goal, his 500th career NHL assist.

Another power play goal made it 2-0 at 5:29 of the second. Gustav Nyquist tipped a Zetterberg shot/pass in the slot through traffic and past Anderson, Zetterberg’s 800th career point.

Kyle Turris cut Detroit’s lead to a single goal with 6:24 left in the middle frame, putting the rebound of an Erik Karlsson shot from the point past Red Wings’ netminder Petr Mrazek.

With 1:55 left in the period, Jonathan Ericsson‘s blue line blast of a faceoff win by Darren Helm made it 3-1.

Dylan Larkin scored just 39 seconds into the third period to make it 4-1. When Anderson came out to his right to challenge Larkin cutting to the net, Larkin raced around the back of the goal and tucked it in the open side.

Danny DeKeyser rounded out Detroit’s scoring at 5:35 of the third, taking a Nyquist drop-pass on a rush and snapping a shot from the left circle past Anderson.

With 4:09 left in regulation, Mark Stone gloved down an attempted clear in the Detroit slot and beat Mrazek to make it 5-2.

Bobby Ryan made it 5-3 with 1:09 left, skating in untouched as the Red Wings scrambled after a turnover to take a pass in the slot from Shane Prince and snap a shot past Mrazek.

Mrazek finished the night with 33 saves on 36 shots. Anderson stopped 23 of 28 Detroit chances.

Each team had three power plays on the night. Ottawa did not score with the man-advantage but the Red Wings scored twice with the extra attacker.

After splitting the home-and-home series with the Senators, the Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nyquist’s Overtime Winner Lifts Red Wings Past Senators

Gustav’s Nyquist’s impressive individual effort in overtime carried the Detroit Red Wings past the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

After an Ottawa turnover, Nyquist controlled the puck on his own for 28 seconds. From the left wing he circled along the blue line, down the right side, behind the goal, then looped again before cutting back from the right side to the left. Finally, with 48 seconds left in the overtime period, Nyquist snapped a shot through traffic and past Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson, ending the game at 3-2.

Mike Hoffman had opened the game’s scoring with 6:19 left in the first period, popping the rebound of a Mark Borowiecki shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Justin Abdelkader evened things up with 14 seconds left in the period. Henrik Zetterberg‘s shot from the left side went wide of the net but the puck bounced off the back boards and came out the other side to Abdelkader, who put the puck off Anderson and in for a 1-1 tie.

With 6:44 left in the second, Clarke MacArthur made it 2-1 for Ottawa. Kyle Turris sent a centering pass from the left wing that Danny DeKeyser got to but the puck went off him and right to MacArthur for a shot past Howard from the slot.

Zetterberg knotted things up just three seconds into a power play at 3:58 of the third. Pavel Datsyuk won the faceoff back to Niklas Kronwall, who moved it on to Zetterberg for a blast from the top of the opposite circle past Anderson.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play tally of the night, with the Red Wings getting three chances on the man-advantage and the Senators getting five.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots. Anderson made 24 stops on 27 shots faced.

The Red Wings conclude their short road trip on Monday, visiting the Boston Bruins.

Tom McCollum was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins before the game, making room for Jimmy Howard’s return from injured reserve… Both Stephen Weiss and Niklas Kronwall, who left Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres due to injury, were able to play… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were the healthy scratches.

Weiss Returns to Score Two as Red Wings Top Senators

Detroit forward Stephen Weiss made his return from injury Monday night, scoring twice to help the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

Weiss made just his second appearance of the season for Detroit after having spent much of last year injured. Over the weekend he scored two goals in two games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in a conditioning stint.

With 6:24 left in the second period, Weiss scored his first of the game. After a shot from the point by Kyle Quincey, Weiss drove to the net to bang the rebound past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson.

Weiss added the eventual game-winner with 2:08 left in the period. The rebound of a Darren Helm shot was loose in front of Anderson and Weiss knocked it past the netminder to make it 4-1.

Just 2:43 into the third period, Erik Karlsson made it a two-goal game, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the high slot.

The Red Wings would hold off a Senators surge for most of the period until 34.3 seconds remained, when Chris Neil tipped a Mike Hoffman shot past Howard to pull Ottawa to within a goal.

Howard would shut the door in the closing moments, including one last save in the final second of the game to preserve the lead.

Kyle Turris had opened the game’s scoring at 5:19 of the first period, firing a one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle past Howard for an Ottawa power play goal.

Gustav Nyquist responded with a power play goal for Detroit with 3:15 remaining in the period, jumping up to put the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance past Andersson from the slot.

Another power play goal gave the Red Wings the lead as Tomas Tatar‘s blast from the left wing was kicked right out to Riley Sheahan in the opposite faceoff circle for a shot into the open side of the net 2:23 into the second.

Detroit scored on two of their six power play attempts while the Senators scored once on four tries with the man-advantage.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots against. Anderson stopped 39 of 43 chances.

The Red Wings were without forward Pavel Datsyuk (groin)… Brian Lashoff was the healthy scratch on defense as Jakub Kindl swapped back into the lineup while Daniel Cleary was the odd-man-out at forward.

Emmerton’s Two Points Help Red Wings Past Senators in Opener

Rookie Cory Emmerton made his case for staying in the Detroit lineup Friday night, notching a goal and an assist as the Red Wings rolled to a 5-3 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

Drew Miller also scored two points with a pair of assists as the fourth liners led Detroit in scoring.

Todd Bertuzzi opened the game’s scoring with 3:59 remaining in the first period. On a botched Ottawa line change, Bertuzzi got in behind the defense at the Senators blue line. Jakub Kindl drew attackers to him inside the Detroit zone and then sent the puck to Darren Helm. Helm fired a perfectly-placed outlet pass to Bertuzzi, who broken in all alone on goalie Craig Anderson, snapping a shot over his glove.

Bertuzzi helped make it 2-0 just 1:39 into the second when he forced a turnover by putting pressure on Chris Phillips behind the Senators’ goal. Phillips’ attempted pass was picked off by Lidstrom near the top of the left faceoff circle and he drove to the net, flipping a shot through Anderson.

Emmerton’s goal was the Red Wings; third of the night. Miller sent the puck from behind the net out to Emmerton just above the top of the crease, where he knocked it home at 9:40 of the middle period.

Jiri Hudler made it 4-0 just 58 seconds later. Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck at the Ottawa blue line and moved it on to Hudler, who broke in on Anderson and put a shot over his glove.

Ian White scored his first goal as a Red Wing to round out Detroit’s scoring. At 3:12 of the third period, White’s slapper from the point found its way through traffic and past Anderson to make it 5-0.

The Senators got on the board 2:37 later, when a Jason Spezza shot bounced off the skate of Milan Michalek and flipped over Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, dropping into the net.

On a power play at 8:22 of the third, Michalek and Spezza caught the Detroit defense flat-footed to make it 5-2. Racing into the zone, the pair forced a two-on-one and Spezza got the puck across to Michalek, who was all alone in front of the goal and backhanded a shot past Howard.

Filip Kuba added another power play goal with 1:31 remaining, firing a shot from the point that snuck through traffic to beat Howard.

The Senators finished the night two-for-three on the power play while the Red Wings were scoreless on five chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 29 stops on 32 shots. Anderson stopped 34 of 39 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will make their first road appearance of the season Saturday night in Denver when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Patrick Eaves and Fabian Brunnstrom were healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Defenseman Mike Commodore did not play with a bruised knee.

Before the game, the Red Wings honored Brad McCrimmon, former defenseman and assistant coach, who was killed along with the rest of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv KHL team in a plane crash on September 7.

Power Play Goal Lifts Red Wings over Avalanche

Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power play goal with 9:03 remaining in regulation Monday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the host Colorado Avalanche.

Pavel Datsyuk set up the game winner. He carried the puck off the right wing boards and gave it to Tomas Holmstrom down low before getting it back to cut across the slot. Drawing the defense and goalie Craig Anderson to him, Datsyuk dropped the puck to Lidstrom for a blast into the open side of the net.

The goal put Detroit back in front after they had lost a two-goal lead in the second period.

T.J. Galiardi scored at 8:29 of the second, driving the net and banging the puck past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Chris Stewart tied the game 2:45 later, beating Howard from an acute angle on the left wing.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring with a pair of first period goals.

Holmstrom took a centering feed from Datsyuk and beat Anderson stick-side to put Detroit on the board at 6:06 of the period.

Johan Franzen added a power play goal with 7:20 left in the frame, faking Anderson into dropping down before roofing a shot from the right side of the net over him.

Franzen appeared to give Detroit a three-goal lead early in the second period but the goal was waived off by referee Kerry Fraser, who determined that Holmstrom had interfered with Anderson on the play.

Detroit’s two power play goals came on four chances with the extra attacker. Colorado was scoreless on two power plays.

Howard finished the night with 22 saves on 24 Colorado shots. Anderson made 27 saves on 30 chances.

Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja played in his first game in 366 days, returning from post-concussion symptoms… Red Wings defender Brian Rafalski was in the Detroit lineup despite having played the day before in the Olympic gold medal game.

On Franzen’s Negated Goal

I know it’s kind of bad form to complain about the refs after a win but I do it all the time so I’m just keeping with my established M.O.

After several replays I stand by my assertion that calling back Johan Franzen‘s goal was wrong.

Tomas Holmstrom made incidental contact with Craig Anderson in the Colorado crease on the initial Detroit scoring chance. Holmstrom moved to the side of the net as the puck came free to Franzen and was clear by the time Franzen scored.

If Kerry Fraser had called Holmstrom for goalie interference on the first chance I’d think it was a weak call but I’d understand it. Fraser saying that Holmstrom obstructed Anderson on Franzen’s opportunity is just not true.

Red Wings – Avalanche Pregame Notes

The Red Wings continue their road trip tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. Both teams will use lineups different from last Saturday’s game between the two teams at Joe Louis Arena, where the Avs picked up a 4-3 shootout win.

The Wings will start Jimmy Howard in net, giving him his first start since the second game of the season. Justin Abdelkader is out of the lineup in favor of Patrick Eaves while either Brad May or Kirk Maltby will join Darren Helm to round out the fourth line.

Colorado is without Darcy Tucker (concussion) and Cody McLeod (eye). Craig Anderson gets the start in goal.

Game time is 9:00.

Franzen Leads Red Wings over Panthers

Johan Franzen scored 4:40 into the third period Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was his 14th game winning goal in his last forty games played.

Franzen tipped a blueline shot from Niklas Kronwall past Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun with the Red Wings on a power play.

Detroit had taken a 2-0 lead early on goals by Marian Hossa.

With 2:53 remaining in the first period, Hossa threw a shot on goal from the corner, banking it off of goaltender Craig Anderson and into the net.

At 1:37 of the second, Hossa scored again on a slapper from the top of the faceoff circle, chasing Anderson.

The Panthers rallied before the end of the middle frame on goals by Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss.

Zednik scored at 6:02 of the period, backhanding the rebound of a Bryan McCabe shot past Ty Conklin.

Weiss snapped a wrister past Conklin with 8:09 left in the second, evening the game up.

Shorthanded Wings Set NHL Record with Eleventh Consecutive Road Win

The Detroit Red Wings, skating with an 18-man roster rather than the usual twenty players due to injuries, set a new NHL record with their eleventh road victory of the season Thursday night, a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The win also extended Detroit’s record for road wins in a season to thirty.

The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, Mathieu Schneider, Robert Lang, Steve Yzerman and Jason Williams. After calling up Donald MacLean earlier this week to fill in for Lang, Detroit had reached the league’s salary cap and could not call up reinforcements to replace the other injured players.

The smaller lineup didn’t stop the Wings from jumping to an early lead on goals by Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg.

Shanahan scored his first of the night at 3:12 of the opening period. MacLean had the puck at the bottom of the left circle and sent it out front to Mark Mowers. Mowers didn’t have a shot, so he kicked it back to Shanahan who one-timed it home.

Just 21 seconds later, Zetterberg put Detroit up by two when a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the left circle went wide of the goal. The puck bounced off the boards behind the net and came to Zetterberg at the far side of the crease for a tap-in.

Zetterberg’s second of the night gave the Red Wings a three-goal lead 3:52 later.

With the teams skating four-on-four, Zetterberg carried the puck through the Chicago zone but couldn’t get an angle on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Instead, he went behind the net for a wraparound attempt and reached to put a shot off Khabibulin’s skate and into the net from the other side of the goal.

The Blackhawks made a brief comeback with goals by Kyle Calder at 10:31 of the first and Radim Vrbata 46 seconds into the second.

Tomas Holmstrom and Lidstrom countered to give the Red Wings a three-goal lead again and Khabibulin was replaced by Craig Anderson for the third time this season against Detroit.

At 8:59 of the middle frame, Shanahan’s second of the night put the Wings up 6-2 when he skated through the right circle and banked a shot off Anderson’s shoulder and into the net.

In the third period, Patrick Sharp gave Chicago a shorthanded goal off of a giveaway in the Detroit zone but Shanahan finished the hat trick for the game’s last goal, banging in the rebound of a shot by Lidstrom at 7:38 with the Red Wings on the power play.

Detroit finished the night one-for-nine on the man-advantage while Chicago went one-for-six and scored twice on Detroit power plays.

Red Wings’ netminder Manny Legace made 28 saves on 31 shots while Khabibulin stopped 12 of the 17 attempts he faced and Anderson went 21-for-23.

The Red Wings’ short road trip will conclude on Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Steve Yzerman is not with the team on this road trip… Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider are expected to return to the lineup on Saturday… Jason Woolley left the game in the second period.

Red Wings Sweep Blackhawks in Home-and-Home Series

The Detroit Red Wings finished a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, picking up a 5-3 win in the second of the games on back-to-back nights.

Mathieu Schneider, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each had a multi-point night and defenseman Cory Cross, playing his first game with the Red Wings, scored the game’s opening goal.

Cross’ goal came just 1:49 into the game on a turnover by Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin attempted to play the puck away from the oncoming Jason Williams but instead put it right onto his stick. Williams sent a pass through the crease to Robert Lang at the bottom of the left circle. Lang held on just long enough for Cross to jump up from the blue line into the slot before sending a pass that Cross one-timed past Khabibulin.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings up by a pair just 2:17 later, taking a Datsyuk pass from behind the net and banging a bad-angle shot past Khabibulin.

At 6:57, Datsyuk extended the Red Wings’ lead to three goals, taking an outlet pass in the neutral zone during a Chicago line change and skating in all alone on Khabibulin, cutting to his left to lift a shot into the net.

Craig Anderson replaced Khabibulin after the Datsyuk goal and the Blackhawks began their comeback.

With 5:00 remaining in the first, Mikael Holmqvist capitalized on a series of miscues by the Red Wings beginning with a bad pass by netminder Chris Osgood to Andreas Lilja. After that pass failed to connect and a diving Kris Draper missed a clearing attempt, Holmqvist was left alone in front to lift a rebound over the sprawling Osgood.

At 5:26 of the second period, Patrick Sharp scored a goal very similiar to the one he scored on Saturday night. Sharp came in off the right wing and cut to the net, holding the puck at the top of the crease before sliding a shot under Osgood.

The Red Wings bounced back in the third period and didn’t let Chicago tie it, with Zetterberg scoring just four seconds into a power play at 3:40 of the period.

After losing a faceoff in the Blackhawks’ zone, Zetterberg went to the net while Datsyuk won back the puck. Datsyuk fed Zetterberg from the corner and the Swede was wide open to lift it into the net.

Chicago pulled back to within one with 9:34 remaining, as Matt Cullen redirected a Brent Seabrook shot into the top of the net, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game’s final goal with 7:06 remaining, one-timing a pass from behind the net home.

Osgood earned his second win in as many starts after a turbulent January and February, stopping 17 of the twenty shots he faced. Khabibulin made only two saves on five shots before Anderson replaced him and made 21 saves on 23 shots.

Detroit scored one power play goal on four chances and held the Blackhawks without a power play goal in the same amount of tries.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Cross’ goal came on his first shot as a Red Wing.

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