Zetterberg Leads Wings to Comeback over Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings needed a third-period comeback to best the NHL-worst Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, rallying from down 2-1 in the final period to pick up a 5-2 win.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and put the Red Wings back on top of the Central Division, two points ahead of the idle St. Louis Blues.

The game was tied at a goal apiece heading into the third but Derek MacKenzie put the Blue Jackets up by a goal, scoring on a shorthanded break with a shot that Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald got most of but not enough, as the puck slipped under his arm and into the net at 2:13.

Niklas Kronwall countered on the same power play. After getting the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle, Kronwall drove down to the left side of the slot and backhanded a shot through Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford to tie things up at 3:43.

At 8:26, Henrik Zetterberg put the Red Wings in front, flinging a shot from an acute angle in the left corner through a gap to Sanford’s short side.

Just 49 seconds later, Jan Mursak scored his first goal of the season on a spinning rebound chance from the top of the crease, beating a sprawling Sanford to make it 4-2.

Valtteri Filppula rounded out the scoring with 6:08 left, corralling a bouncing puck in front of Sanford and snapping a shot past him.

Johan Franzen had opened the game’s scoring at 4:08 of the first period, grabbing the rebound of a Jakub Kindl shot and putting it past Sandford from right in front just as a Columbus penalty expired.

Columbus would respond 2:47 later, when Rick Nash drove to the net from along the goal line and was pushed into MacDonald by Kronwall, while Brad Stuart‘s attempt to clear the puck from the crease slipped through MacDonald.

MacDonald finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots for his seventh consecutive win. Sanford made 20 saves on 25 shots.

Each team scored a power play goal, with the Red Wings having six chances with the extra attacker and the Blue Jackets having five.

The Red Wings are next in action on Friday when they host the Minnesota Wild.


Detroit was without defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (foot), Kyle Quincey (groin) and Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) for the game. Jakub Kindl was inserted back into the lineup while both Brendan Smith and Doug Janik were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to play… The Red Wings were also without Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Patrick Eaves (concussion).

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets on Filppula’s Shootout Goal

Valtteri Fillpula scored in the fourth round of the shootout Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula’s goal was the only one of the tiebreaker. Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi couldn’t beat Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford while Rick Nash, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and Ryan Johansen failed to score on Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

To beat Sanford, Filppula faked to his backhand, then pulled it back to his forehand and lifted a shot into the top of the net.

It was Detroit’s third consecutive 3-2 shootout win and their six consecutive win overall. The Red Wings also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to sixteen games.

Columbus’ Ryan Russell opened the game’s scoring at 8:51 of the first period, jumping towards the net to knock the rebound of a Dorsett shot past Howard.

With 8:26 left in the period, Niklas Kronwall tied things back up. Kronwall joined the rush and carried the puck into the Columbus zone, fighting off a check to get into the high slot before wristing a shot past Sanford.

The teams traded power play goals in the second period.

Nikita Nikitin beat Howard from the point off a faceoff win at 8:43. His shot deflected off Datsyuk’s skate to confuse the Detroit goalie.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 2-2 with 8:57 left in the frame. His shot from the blue line went wide of the net with Tomas Holmstrom screening in front, but the puck bounced off the back boards, then went off Sanford and into the net.

With 9:51 remaining in regulation, Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was ejected from the game and given a five-minute major for boarding after he pushed Nikitin into the boards. Nikitin lost his balance and crashed feet-first. He needed to be helped off the ice and did not return.

Each team had one power play goal on the night. The Red Wings had four chances with the power play to Columbus’ three, though the Blue Jackets had more time with the extra skater due to Zetterberg’s major penalty.

Howard stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in earning the win. Sanford made 29 saves on 31 shots.

The Red Wings next game is Monday when they host the St. Louis Blues.


Jan Mursak and Jakub Kindl were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Former Red Wing Brett Lebda was Columbus’ only healthy scratch.

Red Wings – Canucks Pregame Notes

The Red Wings will keep the same lineup they beat the Anaheim Ducks with on Monday as the Vancouver Canucks visit the Joe tonight.

Tomas Holmstrom says he could play tonight but is being kept out of the lineup as a precaution.

The Canucks, having lost their past three games, will start Curtis Sanford in net.

Hall-of-Famer Igor Larionov will be honored before the game. The Canucks were Larionov’s first NHL team and the Red Wings were the team he won three Stanley Cups with.

Canucks Rebound for OT Win over Red Wings

Daniel Sedin scored with 2:25 remaining in regulation and Sami Salo added a power play goal at 2:33 of overtime, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Curtis Sanford, starting in the Vancouver crease in place of the injured Roberto Luongo, stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

Salo fired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood to give the Canucks the win while Johan Franzen was in the penalty box for interference.

Sedin’s goal came just 1:10 after the Red Wings had taken a 2-1 lead. He deflected a shot by Salo out of mid-air and off the ice, bouncing it past Osgood.

Pavel Datsyuk had scored a power play goal with 3:35 remaining, snapping a shot from the right circle past Sanford on a Red Wings power play.

Mikael Samuelsson scored the game’s opening goal 9:22 into the first period. Andreas Lilja fed Samuelsson to spring him into the Vancouver zone where he lifted a backhander over Sanford’s shoulder.

Taylor Pyatt scored Vancouver’s first goal at 2:27 of the second period, stripping the puck from Jiri Hudler in the Red Wings’ zone and beating Osgood from the slot.

Osgood made 21 saves on 24 shots.

Both teams went one-for-three on the power play.

The loss ends the Red Wings’ Western Canada road trip, on which they earned five of a possible six points. They now return to Joe Louis Arena to face the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Pregame Notes: Red Wings @ Canucks

Just got done shoveling the driveway for the first time this winter. Ugh. On a happier note, the gameday thread for tonight’s game is now open.

The big news in Vancouver is that the Canucks will be without goalie/captain Roberto Luongo, who’s “week-to-week” with an abductor strain. Curtis Sanford replaces him between the pipes.

The Red Wings will continue to be missing Tomas Holmstrom and could be without Valtteri Filppula. Filppula skipped the morning skate with flu-like symptoms and with Dan Cleary still out and Derek Meech already moved up from defense to forward to replace Holmstrom, the Wings will have to go with 11 forwards if Filppula can’t go.

Former Wing Legace Signs with St. Louis

Former Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace agreed to terms with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Legace, a career backup until winning the starting role in Detroit for the 2005-06 campaign, will join a St. Louis crease already manned by Curtis Sanford and Jason Bacashihua.

“The Blues are thrilled to bring a veteran goaltender with a career winning record to our team,” said club president John Davidson. “With the addition of Manny, we feel solid with the depth we have in goal.”

The Red Wings cut ties with Legace after the team’s first-round upset at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers, which saw Legace’s play and his mental toughness called into question.

Red Wings Bounce Back to Beat Blues

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 2-0 deficit Wednesday night to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 3-2, despite going scoreless on the power play for the first time in sixteen games.

The Blues took an early lead when Lee Stempniak backhanded the rebound of a Dean McAmmond shot from the right circle past Wings’ goalie Manny Legace at 8:37 of the first period.

With 5:06 remaining in the opening frame, Keith Tkachuk put the Blues up by two. Vladimir Orszagh threw a shot on net from the slot and it was tipped in front by Petr Cajanek. The puck trickled past Legace and Tkachuk jumped in from the side of the net to knock it home.

Detroit’s comeback began at 5:05 of the second period with a tic-tac-toe play.

Niklas Kronwall, playing in his first game of the season after returning from a knee injury, sent the puck from the top of the right circle to Henrik Zetterberg at the bottom of the left circle. Zetterberg sent a crossing pass to Mikael Samuelsson on the far side of the slot and Samuelsson sent a one-timer into the open net, with St. Louis netminder Curtis Sanford unable to get over to make the stop.

Former Blue Brendan Shanahan tied the game 8:10 into the third period, rifling a shot from the top of the left circle just inside the far goalpost.

The Swedes connected again to give the Wings the win with 3:55 remaining in the final period.

As a penalty to Andreas Lilja came to a close, Kronwall sent the puck into the neutral zone. Lilja jumped out of the penalty box, as both teams made line changes, leaving him wide open to take a pass from Zetterberg. Lilja broke in alone on Sanford, faking a chance before taking a shot that was knocked aside but Zetterberg drove to the net and knocked in the rebound.

Kronwall and Zetterberg each finished the night with two points and Pavel Datyuk’s assist on the Shanahan goal broke a four-game point drought.

Legace finished the game with 29 saves on 31 shots, while Sanford stopped 35 of 38 chances against.

Detroit was held scoreless on their two power play chances but held St. Louis without a goal on eight power play tries, including a twenty-second five-on-three in the third period.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Red Wings Shutout Blues in Legace’s Return

Making his first start since November 25, goalie Manny Legace led the Detroit Red Wings to a win over the St. Louis Blues, earning a shutout as Detroit picked up a 3-0 victory.

Legace needed to make only 15 saves on the night to get his third shutout of the season and the ninth of his career.

Thursday’s game also marked the return of captain Steve Yzerman, playing his first game after missing nine with a groin injury.

The Red Wings opened the scoring at 9:42 of the first period. With St. Louis’ Dennis Wideman in the penalty box, Pavel Datsyuk fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off of former Red Wing Dallas Drake and into the net.

With 1:40 left in the period, Kris Draper scored a shorthanded goal to put Detroit up by two. Chris Chelios carried the puck in to the St. Louis zone down the left wing boards and Draper was left alone by Eric Brewer to cut through the slot. Chelios centered the puck and Draper was wide open to knock it into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg finished the game’s scoring just 1:45 into the third period. St. Louis goalie Curtis Sanford couldn’t hold onto the rebound of a Mikael Samuelsson shot and Zetterberg skated in for the rebound. He kicked the puck onto his stick to gain control and put it into the net.

Sanford stopped 28 of 31 shots against.

Detroit went one-for-three on the power play while St. Louis was held scoreless on four tries.

The Red Wings will be back in action Friday night when they visit the Nashville Predators.

Losing Streak at Four as Blues Beat Wings

The St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory was their first over the Red Wings since October of 2003, a string of eight games. The Wings winless streak has now hit four, after losing all three of their games on the previous road trip.

The teams played a scoreless first period to start the game. Early in the second period the Blues got a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:06, but Manny Legace made a few nice saves to keep the game scoreless. Then at 7:32 after both penalties expired, Jamal Mayers put the Blues on the board first scoring on a rebound off of Legace’s glove. Mayers was standing right next to the left post while Legace came out to play the original shot from the left point by Eric Weinrich.

The Wings then tied the scored at 15:43 of the second. Mikael Samuelsson broke across the Blues’ blue line with Jiri Fischer on his left. Samuelsson passed across to Fischer who then sent it back to Samuelsson as he reached an empty crease and net after Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford came out to cut off the angle. It was the first goal the Blues had given up in over 106 minutes of play.

In the third period the Blues scored twice only one minute and 43 seconds apart to go up 3-1. The first goal was scored at the 7:00 mark by Mike Sillinger who one-timed a pass from Petr Cajanek who was behind the goal. Sillinger had moved into the slot and put the puck between Legace’s pads. The second goal was scored by Warren, Michigan native Doug Weight on a wrist shot from the left circle on the power play.

The Blues then shut down the Wings 5-on-3 opportunity that lasted for 1:32, mostly due to some nice saves from Sanford and one shot that hit a post.

As time was running out in regulation, Wings’ coach Mike Babcock pulled Legace for an extra attacker. With the man advantage at 19:08 Brendan Shanahan scored from the right circle off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg who brought the play into the Blues’ zone.

Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford was impressive, stopping 32 of the Wings’ 34 shots. Legace stopped 27 of the Blues’ 30 shots. The Blues power play had been struggling, but they managed one goal during their seven opportunities. The Wings were scoreless on their six power plays chances.

The Wings will face the Nashville Predators next on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Fedorov Shines In Return

Sergei Fedorov had sat out for two games with a sore back, and that was quite enough for him. “He knows his body better than anybody else, and he said he was ready to go,” said coach Dave Lewis. Fedorov’s natural hat trick and another phenomenal display of goaltending by Curtis Joseph propelled the Red Wings to a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Fedorov opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the game. He was alone at center ice. The St. Louis defenseman who was supposed to be covering him had crept forward to help his teammates try to press the puck into the Red Wings’ zone. Nicklas Lidstrom got hold of the puck instead, and he made an onside pass which sent Fedorov flying up the ice alone. He faked a backhand shot, but then moved to his forehand and put the puck past young goalie Curtis Sanford. “He opened me up, he put it through the hole,” Sanford said wistfully. “A nice goal.”

The next goal came towards the end of the period on another breakaway. This time, it was Steve Yzerman who made the pass that got Fedorov away, and Fedorov took a slapshot which rocketed past Sanford.

Fedorov completed the hat trick on Detroit’s first power play of the game early in the second period. He won the faceoff just inside the Blues’ zone, popping the puck out to Tomas Holmstrom. Fedorov moved to the net, and Holmstrom gave the puck back. Fedorov’s first shot was blocked by Sanford, but he got his own rebound, made a sudden reversal in skating direction, and put the puck in behind the goalie. “Tonight was one of those nights,” Fedorov said. “From the get-go, I got rewarded every time I stepped on the ice.”

That was the end of the game for Sanford. St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville sent in back up netminder Fred Brathwaite to take Sanford’s place.

The St. Louis offense was by no means sitting idle while Fedorov was scoring seemingly at will. Joseph put together a dazzling series of five saves in a row midway through the second period. First he stoned Pavol Demitra. Then he blocked Corey Stillman’s rebound shot. Then another shot by Demitra. Then a hard slapshot by Al MacInnis. Finally, ANOTHER shot by Demitra, this one a wrister from the side of the net. Joseph was on his back after making the save on MacInnis, but somehow he spun around on the ice, got his legs up in the air like a breakdancer, and made the save with his leg pads.

Holmstrom got in on the goal-scoring action by tipping in a Lidstrom shot for a power play goal. Darren McCarty was not to be outdone. He brought the score to 5-0 early in the third period by grabbing up the rebound from another booming shot by Lidstrom and slapping it past Brathwaite.

Henrik Zetterberg added two goals to bring the total to seven, and both goals were set up by the skillful passing of Pavel Datsyuk. The first came as Datsyuk passed the puck from just inside the blue line to Zetterberg moving towards the net. Zetterberg took a wrist shot. Brathwaite was able to slow it down, but not stop it, and it fluttered into the net. The Two Kids needed their Old Goat to help get their second goal. Datsyuk stole the puck along the left boards and centered it between a St. Louis player’s legs to Brett Hull. Hull looked as if to shoot, but passed instead to Zetterberg, and Zetterberg put the puck into Brathwaite’s wide open net.

St. Louis did manage to spoil Joseph’s shutout with goals by Shjon Podein and Demitra late in the period, but the Blues were not at all happy. “It’s embarrassing,” explained Keith Tkachuk. “The biggest game of the season, and we don’t show up for it.” The win gives the Red Wings a four point lead over the Blues in the Central Division standings and lets them get a little bit tighter grip on the third seed in the Conference standings.

The shots on net totaled 31-29, with the slight edge going to the Blues. The Red Wings will head to the West Coast for their next three games. The first will come Sunday evening against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who are currently in 7th place in the Western Conference.


Chris Chelios also returned to the lineup after a two-game absence to rest a sore knee…. Zetterberg now holds the lead in rookie goals and points…. Hull’s assist was the 600th assist of his career…. This game was the 373rd win of Joseph’s career, moving him past Andy Moog into 10th place on the list of all-time wins by a goalie…. Yzerman, Lidstrom, and Chelios were all sent to the locker room during the third period. The team assured that media that it was just a precautionary measure to let the three get a little extra rest, since the game was well in-hand by that point.