Late Goal Lifts Red Wings Past Blues in Overtime

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime on Thursday, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Datsyuk’s shot from the right faceoff circle deflected off defenseman Barrett Jackman, then snuck under the blocker of goalie Brian Elliott with just 2.2 seconds left in the overtime period. The goal salvaged the win for Detroit after the Red Wings blew a 2-0 lead in the third period.

Joakim Andersson opened the game’s scoring with 1:56 left in the second period. Drew Miller threw the puck to the front of the net from the corner and Andersson swatted a backhander that slipped past Elliott’s pad.

Just one minute later, Tomas Tatar collected the rebound of a Jonathan Ericsson chance on the doorstep and lifted a backhander past Elliott.

David Backes got the Blues on the board at 3:58 of the third period, tipping a Jay Bouwmeester shot from the top of the right circle past Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek on a power play.

The Red Wings thought they had a late 3-1 lead when Gustav Nyquist beat Elliot on a power play but the goal was called back due to incidental contact between Elliott and Justin Abdelkader.

The Blues would force overtime with 48 seconds remaining in regulation when Alexander Steen tipped an Alex Pietrangelo shot past Mrazek while St. Louis skated six-on-five.

Mrazek finished the night with 25 saves on 27 shots. Elliott stopped 21 of 24 Detroit chances.

Detroit was scoreless on four power play tries while the Blues scored once on three attempts with the man-advantage.

With the win, the Red Wings close out their six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. They’ll return home on Saturday to host the Nashville Predators.

Datsyuk Announced as Selke Finalist

The National Hockey League announced on Monday that the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk is one of three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

David Backes of the St. Louis Blues and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins are the other finalists.

The Selke Trophy is awarded annually to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Datsyuk has previously won the award in three consecutive years, from 2008 to 2010. He was unseated last season by Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.

No other current Red Wings have won the Selke Trophy. Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (1994, 1996), Steve Yzerman (2000) and Kris Draper (2004) had won it before Datsyuk.

The winner will be announced on June 20 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Red Wings’ Streak Reaches Seventeen with Home Win over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings extended their franchise-record home winning streak to seventeen games on Monday night, handing the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues a 3-1 loss.

With the win, the Red Wings move three points up on the Blues for first place in the division and the league, with the Blues holding a game in hand.

St. Louis had opened the game’s scoring at 9:12 of the first period, when they caught Detroit on a bad line change and B.J. Crombeen gained the offensive zone on a three-on-one. Crombeen’s pass to Scott Nichol got around defenseman Niklas Kronwall and goalie Jimmy Howard couldn’t get across to stop Nichol’s shot.

The tide turned late in the first period. After Red Wings’ defenseman Brad Stuart laid out the Blues’ Alex Pietrangelo, Stuart was jumped by Chris Stewart. Stewart earned the extra two minute minor for instigating the fight, putting Detroit on a power play that continued into the second period.

It was on that power play that the Red Wings tied things up. Just 51 seconds into the middle frame, Datsyuk carried the puck off the left wing boards and into the slot before lifting a backhander past St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Johan Franzen put Detroit out front at 8:52 of the period. With Franzen heading to the front of the net, Jonathan Ericsson‘s shot was blocked in the slot. Franzen got his stick on it and backhanded it around Halak’s pad to make it 2-1.

A second power play goal finished off the game’s scoring. With Carlo Colaiacavo off for roughing and just after the expiration of matching minors to Todd Bertuzzi and David Backes, Niklas Kronwall fired a shot from the top of the left circle that went through a screen by Tomas Holmstrom and past Halak.

The game closed on a chippy note, with Backes, Pietrangelo and Howard each taking roughing minors in the final two seconds. Backes and Pietrangelo also took ten-minute misconducts in the scrum around the Detroit net.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on 22 shots against. Halak made 25 saves on 28 shots.

The Red Wings scored on two of five power play chances, though one of those lasted for 1.5 seconds. The Blues did not score on their lone power play.

The Red Wings will start a four-game road trip in Montreal on Wednesday, their last game before the All-Star break.

Stuart’s Save Can’t Stop Blues From Defeating Red Wings

Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart sprawled out in the crease behind goalie Jimmy Howard and swatted a puck off the goal line late in the first period but the superb defensive effort wasn’t enough to keep the St. Louis Blues from a 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

Stuart saved a sure goal, being careful not to close his hand on the puck as he knocked it away to keep the game scoreless.

Johan Franzen opened the game’s scoring at 7:42 of the second period. Franzen carried the puck from the bottom of the right faceoff circle to the crease, driving at goalie Brian Elliot and lifting a shot from in close off his shoulder and into the net for a power play goal.

Alexander Steen would even things up on a St. Louis power play goal just 1:38 later. Jason Arnott won a draw in the right circle back to Steen, who blasted a shot from the high slot past Howard.

David Backes scored another power play goal just 45 seconds into the third period. Backes was left at the top of the crease by Jonathan Ericsson, who failed to cut off a pass from T.J. Oshie. All alone, Backes knocked the puck into the open side of the net.

Patrick Berglund rifled a shot past Howard at 2:38 of the period to make it 3-1 in favor of the Blues. Berglund was coming into the Detroit zone two-on-two but both defenders covered David Perron, leaving Berglund open to take a shot.

Jiri Hudler tipped a Danny Cleary shot past Elliot with 1:20 left in regulation – also a power play goal – but the Red Wings were unable to even things up.

Each team scored twice on the power play. Detroit had seven tries with the extra attacker, including an eight second power play in the second period and 1.5 seconds to close out the game. St. Louis had eight tries, also with an eight second power play.

Howard stopped 23 of 26 shots faced. Elliot made 27 saves on 29 shots.

After going 1-2-0 on their three-game road trip, the Red Wings return home to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.


Detroit was without forward Valtteri Filppula, who suffered a deep cut in his leg Sunday in Colorado. Cory Emmerton returned to the lineup in his place… Mike Commodore was the healthy scratch on defense.

Datsyuk Leads Red Wings to Second Consecutive Win

Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

On Friday night, Datsyuk scored in overtime to give Detroit a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Datsyuk scored with 6:47 remaining in the third period Saturday, breaking a 3-3 tie. Ian Cole turned the puck over to Datsyuk along the boards right wing boards, then Datsyuk jumped between Cole and T.J. Oshie. Moving to the slot, Datsyuk stickhandled around Roman Polak and snapped a shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Justin Abdelkader scored 1:20 later, taking a feed from Niklas Kronwall to break in alone and wrist a shot past Halak, locking up the win.

The Blues had opened the game’s scoring at 9:17 of the first when Adam Cracknell took a feed from Ryan Reeves and whipped a shot past Jimmy Howard from the left faceoff circle.

Ruslan Salei took advantage of a St. Louis turnover to get Detroit on the board 2:34 later, picking up a loose puck at the top of the right circle and snapping it past Halak.

Just 16 seconds later, Darren Helm knocked the rebound of an Abdelkader chance past Halak to put the Red Wings in the lead.

Niklas Kronwall’s power play blast from just inside the blue line made it 3-1 in favor of the Wings with 1:25 remaining in the second.

David Backes started St. Louis’ rally at 3:48 of the third, snapping the rebound of his own shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard.

Matt D’Agostini tied it up 2:31 later, deflecting a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the point past Howard.

Kronwall’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker while the Blues had four.

Howard made 26 saves on 29 shots. Halak stopped 22 of 27 chances.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday when they host the Washington Capitals.

Red Wings Blow Lead, Score in OT to Beat Blues, 4-3

The Detroit Red Wings gave up a three-goal lead Thursday night but got an overtime goal from Darren Helm to pick up a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Helm’s goal came after the Blues forced overtime, rallying from down 3-0 midway through the game to tie things up with 5:46 remaining in regulation.

After Helm chipped the puck out of the Detroit zone, Jiri Hudler carried it down the right wing and into the St. Louis end. Hudler centered the puck to Helm, who swatted it past goalie Jaroslav Halak to give the Red Wings the win at 1:51 of the overtime period.

Patrick Eaves had opened the game’s scoring with 7:35 left in the first. Eaves forced a turnover in the right wing corner and then went to the front of the net, taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and banging home the puck.

At 7:34 of the second, Todd Bertuzzi made it 2-0 when Halak tracked Valtteri Filppula‘s wraparound attempt, not noticing that the puck was left for Bertuzzi at the side of the goal. Bertuzzi roofed a shot with Halak looking the other way.

Jakub Kindl‘s first NHL goal made it 3-0 2:16 later. Kindl joined Filppula and Hudler as the late man on a rush, getting the puck from Filppula and trying to work it to Hudler at the side of the net. The attempted pass deflected off of defenseman Roman Polak and past Halak.

TJ Oshie got the Blues on the board with 8:16 left in the middle period. Oshie put a shot from the left faceoff circle over Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s shoulder.

Patrick Berglund was left uncovered in the slot at 6:35 of the third period, open to take a pass from Vladimir Sobotka and snap a shot past Howard, pulling St. Louis to within a goal.

David Backes tied the game with 5:46 remaining, banging home the rebound of a Brad Boyes chance.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. The Blues had two attempts with the extra attacker to Detroit’s one.

Howard made 26 saves on 29 shots in his first game back after missing two with a bruised knee. Halak stopped 25 of 29 shots.

The Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon and then are off until Wednesday when they host the New Jersey Devils.


Detroit announced the signing of free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov immediately after the game. Nabokov will have to clear waivers before joining the team but is not expected to do so.

Red Wings’ Rally Falls Short in St. Louis

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 4-1 to pull within a goal Thursday night but couldn’t get the evener, falling to the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Patrick Eaves scored second-period goals but St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third to hold onto the lead for the Blues.

Lidstrom’s goal came on a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle with 8:27 left in the middle period and the Red Wings on a five-on-three.

Eaves scored with 3:09 left in the period, snapping a shot from the top of the right circle past Halak after Kris Draper and Darren Helm dug the puck out from behind the net.

The Blues opened the scoring with 6:39 left in the first. Erik Johnson one-timed a shot from the blue line through a crowd and past Chris Osgood on a St. Louis power play.

Johan Franzen responded just 30 seconds later, tying the game on a snapper from the left faceoff dot.

Only 36 seconds after that, Patrick Berglund scored the first of two goals to restore the St. Louis lead, beating Osgood from the high slot.

Berglund scored again with 1:13 left in the first, just three seconds after the expiration of a penalty to Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall. Berglund’s shot from the left wing boards went through a crowd and past Osgood to make it 3-1.

Matt D’Agostini made it 4-1 at 5:51 of the second. Jonathan Ericsson gave the puck away in the neutral zone and it was picked up by Eric Brewer. Brewer sent it up to David Backes, who sprung D’Agostini for a break in on Osgood. He faked out Osgood and slid the puck past him for the eventual game-winner.

Osgood finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots in his second failed bid at his 400th career win. Halak stopped 35 of 38 Detroit chances.

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

The Red Wings are now off for Christmas but return on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Red Wings Rally to Snap Skid, Edge Blues in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits Saturday night to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues, ending their losing streak at three games and breaking a shutout streak that had almost reached three games.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the game-winner for the Wings, beating St. Louis goalie Chris Mason in the fourth round of the shootout and coming up big at a time when his lack of offense (three goals and nine points on the season) is a concern.

Henrik Zetterberg had tied the game with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation. With Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, Zetterberg threw the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal line and banked it off of defenseman Barret Jackman after a flurry in front. It bounced off Jackman and into the net before Mason even saw it.

David Backes opened the scoring for the Blues with 6:36 left in the first period, tipping a shot by David Perron past Howard.

Roman Polak put St. Louis up by a pair with a seeing-eye shot from the blue line through a screen 3:38 later.

Tomas Holmstrom tipped in a pass from Zetterberg on a Detroit power play to get the Red Wings on the board at 2:35 of the second period.

Nearly a period later, Kris Draper finished on a net-front scramble, tying the game at 2:27 of the third.

Brad Boyes banged home a rebound to put the Blues back in front at 8:32 of the third before Zetterberg tied it.

Detroit scored on their only power play of the game while the Blues were held off the board on two chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 32 saves on 35 shots against. Mason stopped 33 of 36 chances.