Datsyuk Scores Twice but Red Wings Fall to Jets in Shootout

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored two power play goals but it wasn’t enough for the Red Wings, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout.

With the loss, the Red Wings’ home losing streak reached six games. It’s their longest such streak since the 1996-97 season. They haven’t won an overtime game at Joe Louis Arena in ten tries.

Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd both scored in the tiebreaker for Winnipeg. Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit but both Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi were stopped.

Winnipeg opened the game’s scoring at 7:10 of the first period when Bryan Little was left wide open on the left wing on a three-on-two rush, taking a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler and snapping a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Datsyuk would even things back up with 5:16 remaining in the period. On the man-advantage, Henrik Zetterberg got the puck in the right faceoff circle and sent it across to Datsyuk low in the left circle for a quick wrister over Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. tying things up at 1-1.

After a scoreless second period, Winnipeg regained the lead on a broken play at the 10:47 mark of the third. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey lost his stick on the initial rush into the Detroit zone and by the time he got it back, Zach Bogosian had gotten the puck all alone in the slot. Bogosian faked around the scrambling Quincey and flung a shot in behind Howard, who had come far out of the net to cut down the shooting angle.

Datsyuk would tie things again just 2:24 later. A single second after the expiration of a Detroit five-on-three, Datsyuk scooped up the rebound of a Johan Franzen chance at the side of the net and tucked it in around Pavelec’s outstretched pad to make it 2-2.

Pavelec finished the night with 41 saves on 43 Detroit chances, in addition to the stops on Datsyuk and Bertuzzi in the shootout. Howard made 19 saves on 21 shots without making a stop in the tiebreaker.

Winnipeg did not score on any of their three power plays while Detroit went two-for-four with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings look to snap their home losing streak on Friday when they host the Washington Capitals.


Franzen returned from injury to play in Tuesday’s game. Stephen Weiss (groin) replaced him on short-term injured reserve to make room on the roster… Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith remained out. Both are expected to return on Friday… Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches.

TGTW: Wings Drop Three Consecutive Games in Week Six

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

Three consecutive losses dropped the Detroit Red Wings out of a tie for first place in the National Hockey League in the season’s sixth week but the team remains in a tie with the Los Angeles Kings atop the Western Conference.

The Red Wings dropped their first overtime game of the season on Tuesday when they hosted the Dallas Stars.  Dallas’ Vern Fiddler opened the game’s scoring at 9:27 of the first but Johan Franzen responded for the Wings with 49 seconds left in the period to even things up.  Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-1 in Detroit’s favor at 1:51 of the second, a score that would hold until Michael Ryder made it a 2-2 tie with 7:38 left in regulation.  At 1:34 of the overtime period, Eric Nystrom gave Dallas the win.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard allowed the three goals on just 19 shots while Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen made 19 saves on 21 shots.  The lone bright spot for the Red Wings was the return of Todd Bertuzzi to the lineup after missing two games with concussion-like symptoms.

The Wings’ skid continued on Thursday with a 5-3 loss to the visiting New Jersey Devils, fueled by three quick goals in the middle of the third period.  Datsyuk got the Red Wings out to a quick start, scoring just a minute into the game and adding another at 9:38 of the first on a power play.  Ilya Kovalchuk got the Devils on the board at 3:21 of the second and Dainius tied things up with a power play goal at 6:14 of the third.  Jordin Tootoo‘s first as a Red Wing put Detroit back out in front at 8:05 but Tim Sestito re-tied it 23 seconds later.  Adam Larsson gave the Devils their first lead with 9:32 remaining and Zubrus extended after only three seconds, chasing Howard from the crease in favor of Jonas Gustavsson.

Gustavsson stopped the three shots he saw in the final 9:29 of play after Howard made 24 saves on 29 shots.  New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced.

A six-round shootout loss in Minnesota closed out the week for the Red Wings.  Cal Clutterbuck got the Wild out to an early lead at 1:04 of the first before Darren Helm responded with his first of the season at 6:46.  Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings out front at 6:58 of the second with a power play goal and Jakub Kindl extended the lead 53 seconds later.  With 8:35 left in the third, Jared Spurgeon cut Detroit’s lead to a goal.  Just eight seconds later, Kyle Brodziak tied things up.

Franzen and Brodziak scored to open the shootout.  Datsyuk was stopped and Devin Setoguchi scored in the second round but Henrik Zetteberg scored and Howard stopped Pierre-Marc Bouchard to keep the Wings alive.  Mikael Samuelsson, Matt Cullen, Bertuzzi, Steven Kampfer and Drew Miller would all fail to score before Ryan Suter beat Howard to give the Wild the win.

Howard finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots.  Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves on 32 chances.

After six weeks of play, Filppula remains the team’s leading scorer with 26 points, five more than Datsyuk and good for second in the NHL, one behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.  Datsyuk sits fourth in the league in scoring.  Howard’s 2.09 GAA puts him at fifth in the league.

The next week will see the Wings host the Penguins and Blues before visiting the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Red Wings’ Skid Reaches Five with OT Loss to Wild

The Detroit Red Wings lost their fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, a 2-1 overtime decision to the Minnesota Wild.

Forward Devin Setoguchi won the game for the Wild with a power play goal 1:33 into the extra frame. Mikko Koivu fought off Niklas Kronwall for the puck along the right wing boards, then cut into the slot for a shot on Jimmy Howard. Howard turned it aside but Setoguchi was there to put home the rebound.

Koivu had gotten the Wild on the board with just one minute remaining in regulation when he tipped a Justin Falk shot past Howard with the Minnesota net empty.

Detroit’s lone goal came in the first period. Just as a power play expired, Nicklas Lidstrom deflected a Henrik Zetterberg shot past Josh Harding to make it 1-0.

Setoguchi’s goal was the lone power play goal in a game that saw Minnesota have the man-advantage eight times to Detroit’s three.

Harding stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced on the night. Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots, including several on a Wild five-on-three in the third period.

Detroit looks to snap their slump once again on Thursday when they host the Calgary Flames.


The game was the first of a six-game homestand for Detroit… Rookie Gustav Nyquist made his NHL debut, playing on the second line in place of Jiri Hudler… Hudler and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches on offense while Mike Commodore was scratched on defense.

History Averted as Sharks Hold Off Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings failed to become the fourth-ever NHL team to rally to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games, dropping Game Seven of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the San Jose Sharks, 3-2.

The Sharks now advance to face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.

San Jose got out to a strong start, scoring twice in the first period to take an early lead.

Devin Setoguchi got the Sharks on the board with a power play goal with 7:40 remaining in the period. Joe Thornton got the puck in the right corner and sent a pass to a wide open Setoguchi jumping in from the left point for a slapper past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

With 59 seconds left in the period, Logan Couture capitalized on a rare Henrik Zetterberg turnover at the side of the Detroit net to snap a shot past Howard, making it 2-0 at the end of the first.

The Red Wings woke up in the second period, taking control of the game and getting on the board.

Valtteri Filppula carried the puck down the right wing on a rush with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk went to the net while Filppula sent the puck across to Zetterberg, who cut into the slot and flung a backhander past Antti Niemi to make it 2-1 with 6:50 left in the middle frame.

Patrick Marleau restored San Jose’s two-goal lead in the third period. Dan Boyle worked the puck into the slot for a Setoguchi chance that Howard turned aside but as Setoguchi drove to the net, Marleau knocked in the rebound with 7:47 remaining.

Datsyuk made a game of it once more 1:46 later, skating down the right wing and backhanding a shot into the top corner of the net.

The Red Wings would be unable to tie things up with their season on the line, however, as the Sharks held on for the win.

Detroit did not score on four power play tries. San Jose went one-for-three with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced in the Wings’ net while Niemi made 38 stops on 40 shots.


Johan Franzen did not play for Detroit. He was replaced in the lineup by Kris DraperTodd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary both left the game early and did not return due to injury.

Postgame Thoughts: Red Wings @ Sharks – Game Seven

Between Game Three and Game Four I said I didn’t think that the Red Wings would be able to come back to win their series with the Sharks. Unfortunately, I was right, but I couldn’t have predicted how close they would end up coming.

The Wings fought for their playoff lives for four games and came up a goal (two goals, technically) short. They won’t win the Stanley Cup this year but doing something that only seven teams had done before them – forcing a Game Seven after dropping the first three games of the series – is something to be proud of.

Detroit did not go quietly tonight, either. Their slow start doomed them – as playing less than sixty minutes has done all season – but they fought right down to the end. Without Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary, at that. There are positives to take away from this and they shouldn’t be forgotten.

In the end, though, it was a loss and there are negatives that come with that.

As I’ve already said, losing on Patrick Marleau‘s goal makes it particularly bitter. Not because it’s Marleau but because it was scored with Devin Setoguchi in the crease, in contact with Jimmy Howard. I don’t know if I really think it warranted a goalie interference call but I flash back to a night in Nashville two months ago when Detroit had a goal called back for so much less and it just bothers me.

That said, the play never should have happened. Niklas Kronwall never should have gotten caught out of position. Jiri Hudler should have blocked the pass. Cascading failures that ended a season.

I’ve never been big on post-mortem write-ups but maybe I’ll put something together this year. At the very least, there will be more news and updates about the site coming up through the summer as DetroitHockey.Net’s 15th season continues until our birthday in September.

Red Wings Rally to Force Game Six Against Sharks

Tomas Holmstrom capped a Red Wings’ comeback with 6:08 remaining in the third period Sunday night, deflecting a Nicklas Lidstrom shot to give Detroit a 4-3 lead over the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks had led the game, 3-1, just a minute into the third period before the Red Wings scored three consecutive goals to rally for the win. Detroit has now won two games in a row while facing elimination.

Devin Setoguchi started the game’s scoring with 2:42 remaining in the first period, deflecting a Dan Boyle shot from the blue line past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard after a faceoff win by Joe Thornton in the Red Wings’ zone.

Joe Pavelski made it 2-0 with 4:28 left in the second tipping the puck past Howard from the top of the crease on a two-on-one with Ryane Clowe.

Just 53 seconds later, Niklas Kronwall responded for Detroit, snapping a shot from the right faceoff circle over Niemi off a feed from Pavel Datsyuk, getting the Red Wings on the board.

Logan Couture restored San Jose’s two-goal lead 54 seconds into the third period, skating in alone and backhanding a shot under Howard.

Detroit’s rally began with an unlikely source at 3:43 of the third. Just after the expiration of a power play, Jonathan Ericsson jumped into the slot and snapped a loose puck past Niemi to make it 3-2.

Danny Cleary jammed a puck home from the side of the net at 5:29 to tie things up.

Datsyuk started the play on the game-winner, spinning in the left circle to protect the puck before getting it out to Lidstrom up high. Lidstrom’s blast was tipped past Niemi by Holmstrom from right in front of the net, giving the Red Wings their first lead of the game.

Howard stopped 39 of the 42 shots he faced in keeping the Red Wings in it early and holding the lead late. Niemi made 18 saves on 22 shots for the Sharks.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had two tries with the extra attacker and San Jose had four.

Game Six will be at 8:00 PM on Tuesday from Joe Louis Arena.


Detroit’s healthy scratches were Mike Modano, Jiri Hudler and Jakub Kindl… Bothered by a sore ankle, Johan Franzen played only 9:19 and did not see the ice after the midway point of the game.

Game Three Postgame Notes

It may or may not be a popular opinion, Detroit hockey fans are notorious for their opinions on goalies after all, but I’m throwing Jimmy Howard under the bus for this loss.

San Jose’s first and third goals never should have happened and they fall on Howard. On the first goal he got lazy and lifted his pad, giving room for Devin Setoguchi to slide the puck in. On the third goal he was off his post and in a stance that left too many holes open, making it possible for Logan Couture to bank a shot in off of him.

Brian Rafalski deserves some goat credit as well. As the defenseman on a two-on-one, your only purpose is supposed to be to cut off the pass. Rafalski failed to do that and didn’t seem to make that much of an effort.

I can’t decide if it’s funny or not but the Red Wings accomplished pretty much every goal they said they needed to before today’s game and they still lost.

They silenced Joe Pavelski. They didn’t allow a single power play goal. They were better in the faceoff circle and they had more shots on net.

And they still lost.

Some people will continue to blame the refs but – while I didn’t like a couple calls – this was the best-officiated game of the series. That said (and I said it at the time), the penalty shot call in the first period was absolutely horrible.

Which reminds me of the two coaching complaints I have.

One is that Todd Bertuzzi should have taken that penalty shot. He was one of Detroit’s more reliable shooters in the tiebreaker during the regular season while Henrik Zetterberg was inconsistent at best.

The other is wondering how the hell the fourth line ended up on the ice against Thornton, Heatley and Marleau for the last shift of the game. I’m blaming Rafalski for that one but you’ve gotta wonder if it would have happened in the first place if another line had been out there.

I’m not sure what to think going forward. I think the Red Wings have the talent to win the next four but, like too many times in the Phoenix series, I’m not seeing the desire at all. They quit in the third period with a two goal lead tonight. That’s unacceptable and if they’re playing like that they deserve to lose.

Quick Goals Doom Red Wings in Game One Loss

The San Jose Sharks scored three goals in a 1:19 span in the first period Thursday night, putting the Detroit Red Wings in a hole that they couldn’t dig out of.

Joe Pavelski opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 9:05 of the first. Pavelski was left alone in the slot to take a pass from Dan Boyle and whip a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Dany Heatley scored his first of the playoffs 56 seconds later. After the Sharks controlled a faceoff in the Detroit end, Joe Thornton took the puck behind the net and sent a pass out to Heatley at the top of the crease. Heatley banged it past Howard to give San Jose a 2-0 lead.

Just 23 seconds later, Devin Setoguchi made it 3-0 on another goal from the slot, snapping a shot into the net with Howard caught slow coming across.

The Red Wings got on the board 1:16 later, when Danny Cleary scored his first goal of the postseason. Cleary was all alone in front of San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov and redirected a Jonathan Ericsson pass into the net.

Johan Franzen pulled Detroit to within a goal at 4:45 of the second period, snapping a shot from the slot into the top of the net.

Pavelski restored San Jose’s two goal lead 50 seconds into the third, swinging a shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle between Howard’s pads while the Sharks skated on a five-on-three.

Brian Rafalski responded 2:07 later, pinching in to snap a shot from the right faceoff circle past Nabokov.

The Red Wings failed to even the game up despite pulling Howard for the extra attacker in the game’s final minutes, with the Sharks holding on for the 4-3 win.

San Jose scored on two of their six power play chances, including 57 seconds of five-on-three time. The Red Wings were scoreless on five power play tries.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 27 shots. Nabokov stopped 20 of 23 Detroit chances.

The two teams will meet in Game Two on Sunday night.


The Sharks were without forward Patrick Marleau, who missed the game with flu-like symptoms.

Special Teams Front-and-Center as Red Wings Beat Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks leaned heavily on their special teams for scoring Saturday night, with only three of their combined nine goals coming at even-strength. All three of San Jose’s goals came on the power play but it wasn’t enough to stop Detroit from picking up the 6-3 win.

The Red Wings scored three times while skating five-on-five, once while shorthanded, once on a four-on-three and one more time with a two-man advantage.

Detroit opened the scoring 6:53 into the game on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

Nicklas Lidstrom worked the puck down low to Pavel Datsyuk who send a blind backhand cross-ice pass to Zetterberg in front of the net for a tap-in.

It was the only goal of the first period. The second period would be much more eventful, with six goals and eight penalties.

Kris Draper‘s shorthanded goal put the Red Wings up by a pair just 54 seconds into the period but Devin Setoguchi got the Sharks back within one on the same power play 32 seconds later.

Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game on another power play at 7:42, moving to go behind the net with the puck but then coming back out front and stuffing it in after goalie Dominik Hasek had moved off the post.

Niklas Kronwall put the Red Wings back out in front halfway through the period. With both teams scrambling and netminder Evgeni Nabokov out of position, Kronwall raced down low to grab the loose puck and throw it back out front. It deflected off of Sandis Ozolinsh and into the net.

Lidstrom added another on a blast from the point with 6:45 left and the Red Wings skating four-on-three. Just 2:12 later, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Brian Rafalski shot past Nabokov on a five-on-three.

Steve Bernier pulled the Sharks back to within two goals 47 seconds into the third period, putting the puck into an open net with Hasek out of position on a San Jose power play.

Dan Cleary finished off the game’s scoring, getting the puck from Zetterberg on a two-on-one and putting it past Nabokov.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Sharks went three-for-six.

Hasek made 15 saves on 18 shots and Nabokov stopped 22 of 28 chances.