Red Wings Offense Arrives in 9-2 Win over Phoenix

The Detroit Red Wings scored a total of only three goals in their first two games of the season but added to that in dramatic fashion in the third, scoring nine times on the Phoenix Coyotes en route to their second-straight win.

The nine goals were the most scored by the Red Wings in over ten years, since a 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on February 13, 1996.

Mathieu Schneider led the way for Detroit, scoring three goals on the night, his first hat trick since November 26 of last season.

In all, eight Red Wings had multiple-point nights.

Detroit broke open the game in the second period. After entering that frame with a 2-1 lead, they scored five goals on former Red Wing goalie Curtis Joseph.

Mike Morrison replaced Joseph for the third but the Wings scored twice more before the Coyotes could respond with a lone goal to close out the scoring.

The Red Wings ended the night with forty shots on goal, the two Phoenix netminders having stopped 31 of them. Dominik Hasek made 19 saves on 21 shots against in the Detroit net.


The seven-goal margin of victory was Detroit’s largest since their surprising 7-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game Seven of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

Red Wings Fall to Coyotes in Return Home

In their first game at Joe Louis Arena since February 12, the Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-2.

The loss comes on the second half of a home-and-home series that saw the Detroit win the opening game in Phoenix. That night, it was Coyotes goalie Curtis Joseph that was plagued by inconsistant play; Tuesday, Red Wings netminder Manny Legace stumbled, making only 19 saves on 24 shots.

University of Michigan product Mike Comrie opened the game’s scoring at 6:50 of the first period, banging in the rebound of a Dave Scatchard redirection while crashing the net.

Just after a penalty to Detroit expired at 9:54 of the period, former Red Wing Boyd Devereaux was left all alone at the side of the crease to take a pass from Steven Reinprecht and lift a shot into the net, putting the Coyotes up by two.

Scatchard gave Phoenix a three-goal lead with 5:58 remaining in the opening period, scoring on an odd-man rush that saw him skate right up the middle untouched to take a pass and put a quick shot past Legace.

Detroit got on the board just 1:30 later, when Pavel Datsyuk banked a bad-angle shot off of Joseph and into the net while the Red Wings skated five-on-three.

The Red Wings pulled to within one at 2:53 of the second period when Kris Draper went behind the net and sent a pass out to Brendan Shanahan alone in front of the goal. Shanahan took two wacks at the puck and put it past Joseph.

At 9:05 of the final period, Comrie scored his second of the game with the Coyotes on the power play, tipping a shot from the blue line by Zbynek Michalek past Legace.

After Joseph appeared to get away with throwing his stick while making a save, the Red Wings were given a penalty shot when Mike Comrie shot a teammate’s dropped stick into the path of a pass to Nicklas Lidstrom with 5:03 remaining. Mark Mowers couldn’t convert on the chance and Detroit remained down by two.

Shane Doan put the game away with a power play goal with 4:09 remaining. Doan got the puck on the right side of the slot and lifted a shot over the sprawling Legace.

Joseph finished the game with 35 saves on 37 shots.

Detroit scored only once on six power play chances, while Phoenix scored two power play goals on seven tries.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Thurday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.


Nicklas Lidstrom picked up career assist number 600 on Datsyuk’s goal.

Red Wings Rout Coyotes, 7-3

The Detroit Red Wings faltered late in the first period but controlled the rest of their Saturday matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes, crusing to a 7-3 win in the first game of a home-and-home series.

All seven goals were scored on former Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph, who was replaced for the third period after making twenty saves on 27 shots. His replacement, Philippe Sauve, stopped all seven shots he faced while his former understudy, Manny Legace, finished the game with 32 saves on 35 shots.

With Mikael Samuelsson out with a sore wrist, Mark Mowers re-entered the Red Wings’ lineup and made an impact immediately, scoring the game’s first goal.

Just 59 seconds into the game, Mowers drove to the net and took a pass from Tomas Holmstrom, reaching out for a backhand deflection over Joseph and into the top of the net.

At 3:26 of the first, Detroit got a second goal on a delayed penalty. The Red Wings barely kept control of the puck before Nicklas Lidstrom poked it into the slot. Brendan Shanahan jumped up and pounded a shot past Joseph to put Detroit up by two.

The Wings extended their lead again 9:10 later, when Henrik Zetterberg scored on a three-on-one rush.

Zetterberg tried to pass to Pavel Datsyuk on the play, but the Phoenix defenseman cut off the option and the puck bounced back to Zetterberg. Joseph was already cheating to the far side, so the Swede was left with the near corner of the net open to put a shot into.

The Coyotes surged back late in the period, scoring twice with the man-advantage after a cross-checking call put Chris Chelios in the box.

With Datsyuk already serving a penalty when Chelios was called, Phoenix had a long five-on-three to capitalize on and Shane Doan did just that, one-timing a blast past Legace with 1:22 remaining in the period.

Steven Reinprecht tipped a shot by Zbynek Michalek past Legace with 50 seconds remaining in the period to pull the Coyotes within one.

Steve Yzerman started Detroit’s scoring back up with 8:31 remaining in the second period, putting in his own rebound from the slot after Robert Lang got him the puck from behind the goal.

Phoenix responded just 1:20 later on a goal by Mike Recci but the Red Wings went on to score three-straight to end the period.

With 4:50 remaining in the second, Zetterberg scored his second of the night as the Wings skated with a four-on-three advantage. Lang got the puck at the bottom of the left circle and sent it to Zetterberg, who was all alone in the slot to settle it down and rifle a shot past Joseph.

Just 15 seconds later, with Joseph improperly set to face a shot and the teams skating four-aside, Lidstrom fired a sixty-footer that slipped past the Phoenix goalie.

Shanahan’s second of the night closed the game’s scoring with 1:03 remaining in the period, when he deflected a Matheiu Schneider blast from the high slot.

Neither team scored in a third period that saw Lidstrom given a penalty shot while the Coyotes were on a five-on-three.

The Red Wings finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play. The Coyotes scored on two of their ten power play chances.

The two teams will meet again in Detroit on Tuesday for the second half of the home-and-home series.


Yzerman’s goal was his 93rd career game-winning goal.

Frustrated Wings Drop Second Straight

The Detroit Red Wings took an early lead over Phoenix on Saturday but frustration with the speedy Coyotes and the officiating quickly showed and led to a 4-1 loss, their second in a row after their record-breaking start.

Tomas Homstrom put the Red Wings out front just 2:23 into the game. Pavel Datsyuk broke into the Phoenix zone and moved to split the two remaining defenders but the puck was knocked back to Holmstrom, who skated into the slot and put a shot past Coyotes netminder Curtis Joseph. It was Holmstrom’s 100th career goal.

The Red Wings carried the play throughout most of the period but Phoenix players managed to beat them to lose pucks and block shots, keeping the score at 1-0.

With 4:01 left in the period, Chris Chelios was called for cross-checking Oleg Saprykin after another Coyote elbowed him. Chelios yelled at referee Paul Devorski and was given an additional two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Chelios continuted to argue and was finally given a ten-minute and a game misconduct, leaving the Red Wings on a 5-on-3, without one of their penalty-killers, and short a defenseman for the rest of the night.

The Coyotes evened the game with the two-man advantage as Mike Leclerc banged the puck past Chris Osgood on a rebound with 2:58 remaining.

Phoenix got a jump on the Wings in the second, outshooting them 16-8 and scoring two more goals on the power play.

At 8:22, Zbynek Michalek fired a shot from the blue line that tipped off Detroit defender Andreas Lilja and past Osgood.

With 2:34 left in the period, Jiri Fischer was called for a hooking penalty that couldn’t be seen on replay and Mike Johnson put Phoenix up by two. Kirk Maltby failed to clear the zone and Phoenix recovered to send a flurry of shots on net. Osgood came to the top of the crease to make a stop on Keith Ballard and the puck bounced out to the right circle, where Johnson picked it up and sent it into the net before Osgood could recover.

The Red Wings regained momentum in the third after killing off a four-minute penalty – two for elbowing and two for arguing with referee Chris Lee – to Tomas Holmstrom.

After getting a 5-on-3 chance of their own, it looked like the Wings had pulled to within one on a goal by Brendan Shanahan. The goal was called back, however, after replay showed that Shanahan had kicked the puck in after a series of chances from right on the doorstep.

The Wings never challenged again and Phoenix added an empty-net goal – also on the power play – by Mike Comrie.

Detroit finished the game with no power play goals on seven chances while the Coyotes scoed on four of their nine opportunities.

Osgood made 25 saves on 28 shots against. Joseph stopped 36 of 37 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings are back in action Sunday night in St. Louis.

Wings Blank Coyotes, 2-0

On the night that former Detroit Red Wing Brett Hull announced his retirement from the Phoenix Coyotes, a goal like so many that Hull scored helped the Wings to a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes.

Former Hull linemate Pavel Datsyuk scored with 5:50 remaining in the game on a one-timer reminicent of the goals scored by the future Hall of Famer. Nicklas Lidstrom sent a cross-ice pass from near the point to the left circle, where Datsyuk fired the shot that beat former Red Wing Curtis Joseph and gave Detroit a two-goal lead.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring on a second period power play goal by Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg sent the puck from behind the net to Jason Williams, who sent it on to Jason Woolley, who fired it back down to the side of the net where Zetterberg got it. Zetterberg skated out in front of the net and beat Joseph to the far side from the top of the crease.

Detroit finished the game 1-for-6 on the powerplay while Phoenix was unable to score on their three chances.

Manny Legace made 23 saves in the shutout effort and Joseph stopped 18 of 20 shots for Phoenix.

The Red Wings will be back in action when they host the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Wings Defeat Kings as Yzerman, Woolley Return

Steve Yzerman and Jason Woolley each played their first game of the season Thursday night as the visiting Detroit Red Wings picked up a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Both players were held without a point on the night.

Johan Franzen‘s first career NHL goal ended up being the game-winner for the Red Wings. With 4:52 remaining in regulation and just 53 seconds after the Kings had tied the game, Franzen took a pass from Mikael Samuelsson that was tipped by Dan Cleary and wristed a shot past the left side of Los Angeles goalie Mathieu Garon, making the score 3-2.

The goal deflated the Kings, who had been buzzing after Jeremy Roenick tied the game at two with 5:45 remaining. Dustin Brown drove the net with the puck and was stopped by Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace. The puck bounced out to Roenick at the top of the crease and deflected off his skate and into the net.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring late in the first period. With 2:15 remaining, Jason Williams broken into the LA zone with Brendan Shanahan and Robert Lang. Williams fired a pass past Lang to Shanahan on the far side of the ice. Shanahan deflected the puck into the top of the net for his first even strength goal of the season.

The Kings tied the game 3:04 into the second, when Tim Gleason sent a long pass to Derek Armstrong at the Detroit blueline. Armstrong gained the zone and passed cross-ice to former Red Wing Sean Avery, who stepped into the slot alone and rifled a shot past Legace.

The Red Wings regained the lead momentarily in the third on a shorthanded goal by Kirk Maltby 5:29 in. Kris Draper chased Joe Corvo from behind the Kings’ net and forced him to make a bad outlet pass at his own blueline. Maltby jumped up from center ice and picked it off, skating in alone on Garon and beating him for his first of the season.

After the Red Wings killed off a late penalty, Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal to increase the Detroit lead. Avery started some pushing and shoving that ended with a Los Angeles power play, so the Kings pulled Garon again but Jiri Fischer closed the game’s scoring with a second empty net goal for Detroit.

Legace finished the game with 26 saves on 28 shots, while Garon stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced. Neither team scored on the power play, Detroit having three chances and Los Angeles having seven.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday night from Phoenix, where they will meet former Wings Brett Hull and Boyd Devereaux, longtime Detroit associate coach Barry Smith will be behind the bench, and former Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph could be between the pipes.

Week 2: October 9-15

Sure, the Red Wings can beat a St. Louis team which added a new goalie and lost two all-star defensemen, but what does that mean?

Detroit had a light first week this season with only two back-to-back games, the same way they started out the 2003-2004 season. That year, they quickly beat the Los Angeles Kings and the Ottawa Senators for a 2-0-0-0 start. They have won the season opener for six straight seasons, and have finished the regular season in the top five of the Western Conference for a long time. There isn’t much you can take from the first two games, but here are a few notes:

The new guys are contributing already. Mikael Samuelsson and Brett Lebda have more points than Kris Draper and Nicklas Lidstrom. Jason Williams isn’t new, but he’ll get more ice time this year and had three assists on Thursday.

There should not be a goalie controversy. Manny Legace has proven himself as a great goalie no matter how often he plays, and you can bet on Chris Osgood to win 30 games every year if healthy. Jim Howard might get in a game or two this month, but he looked good in preseason and is well liked so far by the other goalies.

Draper and Kirk Maltby will have to go above and beyond what they’ve normally done as defensive forwards. The Wings were shorthanded 11 times in Thursday’s game at St. Louis, and these two are the best penalty killers on the team.

With the signing of Jason Woolley, the Wings can make the decision to either rest the veterans Chris Chelios and Lidstrom a bit or take time away from youngsters Lebda and Jiri Fischer. These players are all going to have to adjust with the penalties being called, and a deep defensive core will help.

This Week’s Matchups:

October 9 vs. Calgary – Steve Yzerman may not play, but you can be sure Darren McCarty will. He won’t take it easy on his former team, but claims his heart is still wearing red. Many are picking Calgary to once again win the Western Conference, so this should be a good game. (Update: Detroit wins 6-3)

October 10 vs. Vancouver – Finally knocking Colorado off the top of the Northwest Division, Vancouver remains dangerous. Like Detroit, they’ve had good regular seasons and that doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy. They usually give the Wings a hard-fought game; the teams split four games last season.

October 13 at Los Angeles – The Kings may have lost the biggest offensive output of any team in the off-season, parting ways with Zigmund Palffy, Jozef Stumpel, Jason Allison and Martin Straka. To counter, they did sign Pavol Demitra and Jeremy Roenick. If the Kings want any chance of making the playoffs, goalies Mathieu Garon and Jason Labarbera have to immediately make an impact. Lababera won his first game, stopping 27 of 29 shots against Phoenix.

October 15 at Phoenix – Call it the sequel to the Wings’ Red vs. White game in training camp. Lots of familiar faces are in Phoenix now: Brett Hull, Curtis Joseph, Boyd Devereaux and assistant coach Barry Smith. Speaking of coaches, Wayne Gretzky is still in the spotlight – not for what he has done, but what he can do. There have been reports of the players being intimidated by the presense of The Great One, which may explain their 0-2 start. The Coyotes are re-tooling quickly, acquiring Geoff Sanderson from the Blue Jackets in a five-player deal.

Changes: A New NHL, but Wings Remain Similar

With all the opinions on how this NHL season will go, someone has to be right.

You know the words “a new NHL” actually mean something when people are talking about how far the Pittsburgh Penguins will advance in the playoffs, or how the Nashville Predators are the real threat to take the Central Division.

Things are bound to change, but every season brings a few surprises. While the same teams were looked at as Cup contenders each year, there were others that shocked the world once, but not again. No one gave Carolina a shot before 2002, and they don’t get much respect now, despite making the Cup Final that year. Each team is going to see some changes in this new NHL. So, what stays the same in Detroit and what changes?

The roster looks a lot like it has in the past. Detroit may be the measuring stick for any team in the future trying to keep a core together. At the center is Steve Yzerman, as he has been for two decades. Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Tomas Holmstrom and Brendan Shanahan remain from the 1997 championship team at forward, with six-time Norris nominated (and three-time winner) Nicklas Lidstrom on defense.

Chris Osgood remembers that 1997 team, and he’s back in Detroit after spending a few years in New York and St. Louis. Including Ozzie, Detroit has ten players that have been with the team since before 2000. Manny Legace saw Osgood leave and return, and the two will have a healthy fight to become the number one guy. Relative newcomers Robert Lang, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are the guys who will be looked at to score goals this season. Gone from the long-time roster are Darren McCarty and Mathieu Dandenault, along with a few salary eaters (Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph, Brett Hull).

Players that will have to produce when they get their chances include Jason Williams, Johan Franzen, Mark Mowers and Dan Cleary.

If the officials call the game by the book, the defense needs to be ready. While Lidstrom is nearly perfect at his position, Jiri Fischer is still learning and may rack up the penalty minutes. This means the Red Wings are relying on a few older veterans to hold down the fort.

The play of Mathieu Schneider, Chris Chelios and possibly Jamie Rivers and Andreas Lilja will be the true test of this Wings squad. Niklas Kronwall again will miss most of the season, meaning the Wings may even look at some inexperienced defenders, as tight cap space may limit them from testing the free agent market or making a big trade.

A new trio now leads the Wings behind the bench: Coach Mike Babcock and his assistants Paul MacLean and Todd McLellan are all fairly familiar faces. Babcock coached the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim that knocked out the Wings in 2003, and MacLean played for the Red Wings. Interestingly enough, McLellan coached the Houston Aeros past the Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2003 Calder Cup playoffs. These three should lay down the law, making sure the Wings never get too comfortable trying to play their old style.

This Week’s Matchups

October 5 vs St. Louis – Chris Osgood won’t get a chance to open the season against his former team, so it looks like Manny Legace will get the start. The Blues now have Patrick Lalime in front of the net, but not Al MacInnis or Chris Pronger. If the Wings can come out hard and fast, they might be able to exploit the Blues’ young defense which is now led by Eric Brewer.

October 6 at St. Louis – The Blues and Wings get two of their eight meetings over with in a hurry. The Blues home opener may see Reinhard Divis and Jim Howard in the nets. St. Louis is the younger team, and they’ll be excited to open the Savvis Center. A split series with both teams winning their home opener is not out of the question.

Games this week: 2
vs. Western Conference: 2
vs. Central Division: 2
Home: 1
Road: 1

Hasek to Sign with Ottawa, Devereaux Heads to Phoenix

The Detroit Red Wings lost two players to free agency on Monday as the Ottawa Senators announced that they would sign and name Dominik Hasek as their starting goaltender on Tuesday and the Phoenix Coyotes came to terms with forward Boyd Devereaux.

The terms of Hasek’s deal with the Senators are unknown. He was set to make $6 million last season before he voluntarily stopped collecting his salary in February after a season-ending groin injury.

Devereaux’s deal with the Coyotes is reportedly a one-year deal with a base salary of $650,000. The contract includes an option for a second year and performance-based bonuses that could raise Devereaux’s salary to $1.6 million over two years.

The Red Wings did not attempt to resign Hasek and had given him permission to speak with other teams at the end of the season. Hasek helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2002 before retiring that summer. The Red Wings signed Curtis Joseph to replace him but Hasek returned to the team in the summer of 2003, creating a logjam in the crease. Joseph will be the starter in Detroit next season.

Detroit did not tender Devereaux a qualifying offer by the July 1 deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Red Wings could have kept him off the market if they had offered him a deal based on the $1.6 million he made last season. They had hoped to bring him back at a reduced price but Devereaux was hoping to find a team where he could get more quality playing time.

Remaining free agent Red Wings include Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan and Mathieu Schneider. Brett Hull and Steve Thomas have been told they will not be brought back next year. Restricted free agents include Matheiu Dandenault, Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Fischer and Jason Williams. Kris Draper already signed a 4-year deal with the Red Wings.

Hatcher Suspended for Three Games

The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday the suspension of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Derian Hatcher for the first three games of a 2004-05 regular season following an incident in Game Six of Detroit’s second round series with the Calgary Flames on May 3.

In the first period of the game, which the Flames won to eliminate the Red Wings from the playoffs, Hatcher elbowed Calgary forward Matthew Lombardi in the head. Lombardi stayed in the game but missed Games One and Two of the Flames’ Western Conference Finals series with the San Jose Sharks. No penalty was called on the play.

It is the second suspension to arise from the Detroit-Calgary series. Calgary’s Ville Nieminen was suspended for one game after skating out of his way to elbow Detroit goaltender Curtis Joseph in the closing seconds of Game Four.

Hatcher missed most of the 2003-04 season, his first with the Red Wings, with a torn ACL suffered in only the third game of the season.