Flat Play Brings A Loss

Very often after a big win, the victorious team will come out playing flat, uninspired hockey for their next game. The was the case for the Red Wings after their Tuesday night 5-0 rout of the Flames, and the Vancouver Canucks were the beneficiaries, winning 4-1.

The Canucks got their scoring going early in the game. Trevor Letowski took a shot on net from the right boards, and Curtis Joseph left a large rebound. Matt Cooke came in from the left, scooped up the rebound, and put it into the net before Joseph could get over.

The Red Wings spent unfortunately placed two-minute chunks of the rest of the period killing off penalties. Darren McCarty took two calls right in a row, and Jesse Wallin was then sent to the box for hooking with 5:24 remaining. With just four seconds remaining in that penalty, Markus Naslund increased the Canucks’ lead to two by slapping in a pass by Brendan Morrison from behind the net.

Breakdowns in defensive communication led to the two Vancouver goals in the second period. Jarkko Ruutu was allowed to make a pass which sprang Trent Klatt on a partial breakaway, and Klatt’s hard shot went in over Joseph’s shoulder. A few minutes later, a mix-up between Kris Draper and Dmitri Bykov at the Vancouver blue line allowed Todd Bertuzzi to steal the puck and get out on a full breakaway. This shot also went high past Joseph, and coach Dave Lewis decided it was time to rescue his goalie. Manny Legace came in to take Joseph’s place.

The Canucks forced Legace to make a few very good saves early on, but then they sat back a little. The Red Wings found their offensive momentum too late in the game. Brett Hull scored a power play goal by one-timing in a good pass from Luc Robitaille, and Detroit used the energy from that goal to sustain some pressure in the Vancouver zone, but goaltender Dan Cloutier was not about to let them stage a comeback at that late point in the game.

The final shots on net were 29 to 23 in favor of Vancouver. Joseph made 14 saves on 18 shots before being pulled. Legace stopped all 11 of the shots he faced.

The Red Wings will close out their western road trip Saturday night with the first game of a home-and-home against the Edmonton Oilers, who have an 8-8-3-1 record for the season and a 3-4-2-0 record when playing at home.

Markus Naslund’s goal moved him to sole possessor of first place in NHL goals for the season, with 13…. Manny Legace has played enough minutes at this point to qualify as a league leader in stats. Going into this game, he had first place in both save percentage (.983) and goals against average (1.79).

Grinding Out Some Goals

The Grind Line combined for a total of three goals, Jason Woolley impressed in his debut, and the Red Wings continued their climb out of the post-championship doldrums with a 5-0 victory over the uninspired Calgary Flames.

The Flames were awarded a power play to start the game, with Mathieu Dandenault send out for holding only 31 seconds in. The Calgary power play had some jump to it, but the Detroit penalty killers and Curtis Joseph were more than equal to the task.

Detroit was patient in getting its offensive play going. They made some excellent passing plays during their power play opportunities, but it was a drive-to-the net play which got them on the board late in the first. Rob Niedermayer was in the penalty box for high-sticking, and the Flames had managed to clear the puck down the ice. The Red Wings cycled back to get it. Brett Hull made a pass to Igor Larionov up the center, and Larionov charged towards the net. He faked to the left, fooling goaltender Jamie McLennan entirely, and brought the puck back around to stuff it in on the right.

Darren McCarty increased the Red Wings’ lead early in the second. Kirk Maltby took the puck from the right boards towards the net. He deked around a Calgary defender to send the short pass to McCarty, and McCarty rifled a shot past McLennan from close range.

Only 41 seconds later, Sergei Fedorov added a goal to move into first place in NHL scoring. Dmitri Bykov made a good play at the right point, moving in to keep the Flames from clearing the puck to center. The puck came free to Fedorov, and he wristed a shot past McLennan.

Calgary called a timeout then, and tried to get themselves back on track. Steve Begin decided to try to add some energy to his team by picking a fight with McCarty. It was a close fight, but Begin fell down first. The Flames came on strong in the last ten minutes of the period, taking advantage of a temporarily relaxed Red Wings defense, but Joseph managed to stop all the shots that got through to him.

The third period belonged once again to the Red Wings. Calgary seemed to have given up, for the most part, and the Grind Line was prepared to use that to their advantage. Maltby scored his first even strength goal of the year by slapping in a one-time shot on a McCarty pass from across the Flames’ zone.

Kris Draper didn’t want his linemates to have all the fun, so he added a goal of his own with 3:54 left in the game. Brett Hull brought the puck across the blue line and passed it up to Maltby. Maltby headed towards the net, but dropped the pass back to Draper, and Draper put it high into the net.

Joseph stopped all 29 of the shots he faced, for his second shutout of the season. The first shutout was also against the Flames. McLennan made 30 saves on 35 shots.

The Red Wings will continue their western trip with a Friday night game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle, who caused more than a few problems for Detroit when they were with Colorado, don’t seem to be nearly so troublesome with the Flames. Yelle was a game-low “”4 with only one shot on net, and Drury had no shots at all…. Jason Woolley paired with Dmitri Bykov for his first game. The pairing seemed to work nicely: they each had a rating of +3…. Brendan Shanahan did not travel with the team, opting instead to remain home with his pregnant wife because their twins are due to be born any day.

Another Happy Overtime Outcome

The Red Wings closed out their five-game homestand on a high note, outplaying, outshooting, and finally outscoring the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in a 2-1 overtime victory.

Detroit outplayed the Ducks with great vigor in the first period, doubling the shots on net 10-5, in spite of two power plays for Anaheim and none for Detroit. Even so, the goaltenders were superb, with both Curtis Joseph and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turning away some high quality scoring chances to end the first in a 0-0 tie.

The Red Wings continued their dominance in the second period, but the Mighty Ducks were able to capitalize on a defensive miscue to take the lead. The Red Wings’ defensemen had joined the play and were in the Anaheim zone, with Pavel Datsyuk back to defend. When Stanislav Chistov made a pass to spring Andy McDonald on a breakaway, Datsyuk wasn’t quite sure of the defensive move to make, and McDonald got around him. Joseph blocked McDonald’s low shot, sprawling, but Petr Sykora followed the play to the net and flipped the rebound into the net over the goalie.

Detroit continued to work hard to score, refusing to let the goal shake them. Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, and Kris Draper caused trouble for the Ducks every time they stepped on the ice. Returning defenseman Dmitri Bykov made several wise defensive moves to block shots and steal the puck, keeping Anaheim from increasing their lead. Luc Robitaille, Igor Larionov, and Tomas Holmstrom were everywhere in the Duck’s end of the rink, wreaking havoc and creating scoring chances, but Giguere continued to frustrate them until the third period.

Robitaille’s hard work and Brett Hull‘s ability to find open ice created the goal. Robitaille intercepted a clearing pass and headed towards the net. Giguere gave him no angle to shoot at, so Robitaille carried the puck behind the net. Instead of attempting a wraparound goal, Robitaille fired a quick pass to Hull, who had managed to position himself in front of the net without being noticed. Giguere was still trying to watch Robitaille behind him, and he had no chance to stop Hull’s hard one-timer shot that tied the game. “I thought he was going to shoot,” Hull said. “And when he didn’t, I just went to an open spot.”

The third period and eventual overtime continued with superior goaltending and scoring chances for both teams. Joseph rose to the occasion…. or flopped down on the ice (kind of like that goalie the Wings had last year), or went into the butterfly position, or stood straight up with his glove hand ready…. whatever physical contortions were necessary to stop the shots by an increasingly desperate Anaheim team, Joseph was prepared for them.

Finally, with only twenty-one seconds remaining in overtime, Sergei Fedorov decided it was time to net his sixth game-winning goal of the season. Chris Chelios left a drop pass to Fedorov. Giguere was being screened by Brendan Shanahan, and Fedorov’s lightning-quick shot found its way past Giguere for the win.

Over the course of the game, Joseph made 25 saves on 26 shots, while Giguere stopped 43 of the 44 he faced. The Red Wings leave town after this game for a trip to Toronto, where they will face the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

Fedorov’s goal was his 11th of the season, tying him for first place in the NHL. The other player in the top spot is Marion Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild. The goal also made Fedorov the all-time leader in regular season overtime goals, with a total of 12 in his career.

Shutout by Chicago

In spite of strong goaltending by Manny Legace, and a number of quality scoring chances, the puck just didn’t bounce in the Red Wings’ favor tonight. The Blackhawks, on the other hand, were ready to win, and managed to shut out the Red Wings by a score of 2-0.

Detroit had ample opportunity to score in the first period. They had three consecutive power plays in the first period, but Chicago shut them down, keeping their passes from getting through, blocking shots, and not letting anyone get in front of the net to screen goaltender Jocelyn Thibault.

Kris Draper had two good breakaway chances to score, but Thibault was sharp. At the other end of the rink, Legace held off several quality shots by the Blackhawks to end the period with no score for either team.

The Red Wings had to begin the second period on the penalty kill, with Chris Chelios serving the remainder of a holding penalty he had been assessed at the end of the first period. Just as Chelios was stepping back onto the ice, the Blackhawks scored their goal. Alexei Zhamnov flung the puck towards the net, and Steve Sullivan raced after it to redirect it past Legace for the goal.

The Red Wings tried to apply some offensive pressure to tie the game back up, but Thibault continued to be huge in the Chicago net. The Blackhawks’ defensemen blocked many shots as well, especially Jon Klemm, a former defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche, and Alexander Karpotsev, who blocked a hard shot by Brett Hull with his ankle and had to be helped off the ice and sent for x-rays.

The Red Wings continued to have their chances in the third period, but the scoring didn’t follow. Pavel Datsyuk made a notable play to steal the puck from three Blackhawks and center a pass for Sergei Fedorov, but Fedorov’s shot hit Thibault in the chest, and no rebound was let go.

The Blackhawks put the game away shortly afterwards, when Draper was sent to the penalty box for slashing. Again, the very second the power play was ending, Chicago was able to score. Legace stopped two wraparound scoring attempts by Sullivan and Steve Thomas, but Thomas took the puck back, then gave it to Andrei Nikolishin, who simply kept hitting it until it slipped under Legace’s pads and into the net.

The final shots on net were 23-18 in favor of Chicago. Both teams went 0 for 6 on the power play. The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday night at home against another Original Six rival, the Boston Bruins.

Sean Avery was a healthy scratch for this game. Dmitri Bykov is still recovering from a shoulder injury, and Brendan Shanahan stayed out for personal reasons…. Jocelyn Thibault shut out the Red Wings the last time they were unable to score in a home game, as well. That was another 2-0 Blackhawks victory, on December 17, 2001.

Wings Tie Stars While On the Mend

Twenty-four hours can improve a team’s defensive outlook greatly. It might be an exaggeration to say that the Red Wings looked like a completely different team against the Dallas Stars than they did the night before against Ottawa, but they certainly looked like a team ready to put a bad game behind them. The Stars, on the other hand, had an embarrassing loss of their own against the Columbus Blue Jackets to shake off, and the two determined teams skated to a 3-3 tie.

Dallas got the first goal of the game 5:49 into the first period. The puck bounced away from a tangle of players along the right boards. It went right out in front of the net, where Ulf Dahlen was able to flip it past Curtis Joseph and just under the crossbar.

Shortly afterwards, Brenden Morrow was given a penalty for interference against Kirk Maltby, and the Red Wings’ power play extended its scoring streak for another game. Pavel Datsyuk passed the puck from behind the net to Brett Hull. The rebound from Hull’s shot came back to him, and he sent it back to Datsyuk. Datsyuk then slipped a pass through to Nick Lidstrom at the left faceoff circle. Lidstrom took a split second to settle the puck before wristing the shot high past goalie Marty Turco.

Joseph and Turco both made some impressive saves throughout the first and second periods, but Turco blinked first. Jason Williams made a pass which sent Boyd Devereaux and Datsyuk up the ice on a two-on-two rush. Devereaux stumbled slightly as he carried the puck over the blue line, but he got back up and made a clean pass across to Datsyuk anyway, and Datsyuk tapped it right into the net to give the Red Wings the lead.

The Stars began to lay on the offensive pressure then, trying to get back into the game, but Joseph and the reinvigorated Detroit defense held them off until only 8 seconds remained in the second period. Scott Young took a wild shot on net from the right half-boards. Joseph made the save, but the rebound bounced straight out front to Mike Modano. Modano’s shot deflected slightly off the leg of Jiri Fischer and past Joseph to tie the game back up.

The Stars took the next lead of the game 7:30 into the third period while Henrik Zetterberg was serving a penalty for holding. Sergei Zubov took a shot from the right side. The rebound bounced off the skate of Darrell Sydor and over to Dahlen, who had skated around behind the net without attracting attention. He was able to stuff the puck past Joseph before anyone quite realized he had it.

A Detroit power play tied the game back up. Brendan Shanahan faked a shot from his usual power play spot on the left side, but instead he passed the puck to Williams waiting in front of the net. Williams was able to angle a shot into the tiny space between Turco and the goalpost.

The Red Wings dominated the overtime play. Sergei Fedorov had two breakaways, but he shot the puck wide of the net both times. Turco held his ground against the seven shots that did get to him. Meanwhile, Joseph made two huge stops at the other end of the rink, and the game ended with a 3-3 tie.

The game was also nearly equal in terms of total shots on net: the final count was 37 to 35 in favor of the Stars. The Red Wings’ next game will be on Tuesday evening when they host their ancient rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Igor Larionov was a healthy scratch for tonight’s game, allowing Sean Avery to rotate into the lineup. Tomas Holmstrom and Dmitri Bykov are still out with their respective injuries”¦.Head coach Dave Lewis used Scotty Bowman‘s example and rearranged the forward lines to shake up the team after Saturday’s game. What did he come up with?
Line 1: Brett Hull, Henrik Zetterberg, and Sergei Fedorov””A goat, a kid, and Sergei, who is neither goat nor kid, but certainly seemed to match well with the other two.
Line 2: Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper, and Kirk Maltby””Not sure if it was a demotion for Shanny, or a promotion for Draper and Maltby, but with Shanahan’s innate grittiness and Maltby’s and Draper’s tendency to score goals exactly when no one expects them to, it could work pretty well.
Line 3: Jason Williams, Pavel Datsyuk, and Boyd Devereaux””a high-energy line of three young guys who are excited to be playing. They will make some rookie mistakes sometimes, but this is a line that can make good things happen.
Line 4: Luc Robitaille, Sean Avery, and Darren McCarty“”Leftovers? Okay, they were the three left without anywhere else to go, but a line with the highest scoring left winger of all time and two of the best agitators in hockey is bound to accomplish something. Just let it remind you of Steve Yzerman playing with Joey Kocur and Bob Probert, back in the day.

Wings Hold Off Late Sharks Surge

Even after signing their holdout goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, the San Jose Sharks are still not quite up to form. They showed some progress from the 6-3 season opener on October 10, but the Red Wings again defeated the Sharks, this time with a score of 3-2, to give goaltender Curtis Joseph his 350th career victory.

The Red Wings improved their defensive play somewhat after Saturday’s breakdown against Nashville, and allowed the Sharks only seven shots on net in the first period. The Wings also gained an advantage by getting the first power play of the game, 7:53 into the first. With Scott Hannan in the penalty box for hooking, the Detroit power play had a chance to give the Wings an early lead. Luc Robitaille passed the puck neatly from the right boards up to Igor Larionov behind the net. Larionov saw then that three of the four Sharks on the ice were covering Brett Hull in the slot area, but that Sergei Fedorov was moving quietly into position near the left faceoff circle. Larionov threaded the pass through to Fedorov, and Fedorov placed a well-aimed one-timer just over the right shoulder of goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Owen Nolan tied the game up for the Sharks early in the second period. Niklas Sundstrom sent the puck out from the corner to Nolan in open ice, and Nolan let go a low shot which went past Curtis Joseph, off the right goalpost, and into the net.

Jason Williams regained the lead for Detroit with his first goal of the season. Pavel Datsyuk tied up two Sharks along the right boards, and still managed to pass the puck to Williams in the corner. Williams had space enough to skate out in front of the net and backhand a shot right between Nabokov’s legs.

Nolan again brought the game back to a tie, this time with a power play goal while Nick Lidstrom was in the box for high-sticking. Mike Ricci fired a hard shot from the left point, and the puck tipped off Nolan’s stick and into the net.

The Wings finally got the lead for good early in the third period. They gained a rare five-on-three advantage with Vincent Damphousse and Scott Hannan both in the box. Brendan Shanahan cycled the puck back to Lidstrom at the left point. Lidstrom sent the pass along the blue line to Fedorov, and Fedorov one-timed a laser speed shot which deflected off of Marcus Ragnarsson and into the net.

The Sharks pulled Nabokov from the net to have six skaters in the last minutes of play, but Joseph was ready for them. His reflexes were sharp enough and quick enough to deny Nolan his hat trick and deny the Sharks a trip to overtime.

Final shots on net were twenty-two to twenty in the Red Wings’ favor. The Wings went 2 for 7 on the power play, while the Sharks went 1 for 3. The Red Wings will have a few nights off; their next game is Saturday night in Ottawa against the Senators.

The Red Wings have scored at least one power play goal in each game so far this year… Henrik Zetterberg is still out with an injured groin, Dmitri Bykov is out with an injured shoulder, and Tomas Holmstrom sat this game out with a bruised sternum. Jason Williams, Jesse Wallin, and Sean Avery made their way into the lineup to cover for their injured teammates… Steve Yzerman took to the ice for a light skate at this morning’s practice. It was a very slow, easy skate, but his recovery seems to be progressing on schedule, and he should be back in the lineup by January or February.

Wings Come to Draw With Kings

The Detroit Red Wings skated to a draw with the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. The Wings and Kings both scored one goal in each of the three regulation periods and were held scoreless in overtime.

Los Angeles opened the scoring at the 8:33 mark of the first period. Lubomir Visnovsky fired a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off a skate and past Red Wings netminder Curtis Joseph to put the Kings up 1-0.

Detroit answered back 3:34 later with a power play goal of their own. Tomas Holmstrom beat Kings goalie Felix Potvin, jamming home a rebound on the third attempt.

Los Angeles regained the lead early in the second with another power play goal. Mathieu Schneider took a pass in the high slot and faked out Joseph, beating him to put the Kings up 2-1.

Detroit countered with 7:28 remaining in the second. Pavel Datsyuk scored his first of the season, skating through the slot and beating Potvin on the backhand.

The Red Wings took their first and only lead of the game at 6:26 of the third period. Sergei Fedorov put a slap shot from the high slot past Potvin to put Detroit up 3-2.

Jason Allison finished the game’s scoring near the midway point of the third, deflecting a shot off of Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom‘s stick and past Joseph to put the game at a 3-3 tie.

The teams traded odd-man rushes in overtime before the Kings failed to convert on a power play.

Joseph stopped twenty-eight of thirty-one shots faced for Detroit. Potvin made twenty-five saves on twenty-eight shots for Los Angeles.

Rookie defenseman Dmitri Bykov was a healthy scratch for the first time this season… The Wings are back in action Friday when Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins come to the Joe

Wings’ Special Teams Down Flames

In order to be successful, a hockey team has to be able to take advantage of their power plays and kill off their penalties efficiently. Of course, if they spend over twenty minutes in a game killing penalties, they should probably also learn to score while shorthanded. Chris Chelios and Kirk Maltby demonstrated that skill for the Wings with a shorthanded goal apiece, putting Detroit over the Calgary Flames, 4-0.

The first period had no flow to it whatsoever. Ten minor penalties were assessed by the officials in the first twenty minutes. Neither team was able to score on the power play. Curtis Joseph calmly sent all the Flames’ shots aside, while at the other end of the ice, Jamie McLennan did the same against the Wings. The Wings had scoring chances, even though they bore the brunt of the penalty time, but the first period ended scoreless.

The second period looked as if it would follow the same penalty-filled pattern as the first when Kirk Maltby was sent out for interference. The Red Wings went into penalty-killing mode, dumping the puck down the ice and making the Flames chase after it. Calgary brought the play back down to Detroit’s end, but the Wings got a break. Chris Drury fell while trying to keep the puck in the zone, and Sergei Fedorov stole it away and took off, Brendan Shanahan keeping up on his right and Chris Chelios trailing. Fedorov dropped the pass back to Chelios at Calgary’s blue line. Chelios didn’t have a clear shot, so he sent it back. Fedorov sent a hard pass which Shanahan couldn’t handle, but Chelios had cut to the right and continued to the net, so he was in just the right place to take the puck and flip it high past McLennan for the 175th goal of his career.

Just before Maltby’s penalty was due to end, Jiri Fischer was sent to the box for high-sticking. Maltby waited his four seconds and jumped into the play, helping to keep the puck in the Flames’ end of the rink. When Calgary tried to bring it back, Nick Lidstrom intercepted a pass by Craig Conroy and sent it ahead to Maltby, already speeding up ice. Maltby took position on the left side, used the only defenseman who stayed back as a screen, and put a beautifully placed shot high into McLennan’s net.

The Flames had a chance to get back in the game shortly thereafter. Kris Draper was given a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for hitting from behind. Even so, the Red Wings penalty-killers did so well for the full five minutes that the Flames got only one shot on goal, which Joseph stopped easily. Igor Larionov took Draper’s place centering the Grind Line for the rest of the game.

Tomas Holmstrom scored a power play goal early in the third period, showing that all of Detroit’s special teams were in working order. Dmitri Bykov took a hard shot on net from the blue line. The puck went over the top of the net and bounced off the boards to come back out front. Holmstrom knocked it down and put it just under the crossbar.

Calgary seemed to go flat after that, hardly managing to generate any offense and allowing Detroit to control the game. A defensive lapse by the Flames allowed the fourth Detroit goal. Maltby scooped up the loose puck and headed down the ice with Darren McCarty on a two-on-one. The defenseman dropped to the ice to take away the passing lane, but he dropped too far out from the net. Maltby was able to send the puck across the crease for McCarty to tap it into the net.

McLennan stopped 29 of the thirty-three shots he faced, while Joseph stopped all twenty-four of the shots that made their way through to the net, for his first shutout as a Red Wing. Detroit’s next opponent will be the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at the Joe.

Joseph’s shutout was the 37th of his career”¦. The Red Wings have now scored 5 shorthanded goals. They have only given up 4 goals while shorthanded. If this keeps up, other teams won’t want to go on the power play against Detroit.

Wings Hand Wild First Loss of Season Before Record Crowd

19,344 people, the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game in the state of Minnesota, gathered at the Xcel Energy Center to watch the Minnesota Wild attempt to defend their season-long unbeaten streak against the Detroit Red Wings. The Wild fans went home disappointed, because the Red Wings had other ideas, eventually gaining a 5-3 victory.

Minnesota opened the scoring early in the first period. Wes Walz took advantage of a defensive mistake by rookie Dmitri Bykov and got the puck away on a two-on-two rush. Sergei Fedorov dropped to the ice to take away the passing lane, but Walz instead deked around Fedorov and put the puck into the net through Curtis Joseph‘s five-hole.

The Wild increased their lead about six minutes later. Antti Laaksonen and Bill Muckalt got away another two-on-two rush against Bykov and Nick Lidstrom, Laaksonen passed across to Muckalt, and Muckalt’s hard shot found its way past Joseph.

Things seemed to go from bad to worse for the Red Wings when Kirk Maltby took a penalty for roughing. The penalty killing unit did its work well, and sent the puck down to the Wild’s end of the ice. Nick Schultz went to retrieve it, but he was forced to make a pass without looking with Henrik Zetterberg there to pressure him. To Schultz’s dismay, the errant pass landed right on the stick of Brett Hull, and Hull’s powerful one-time shot went right through goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Wings surged back then, taking control of the game and cutting down the Wild’s chances to score. Bykov gained his first NHL assist by giving the puck to Kris Draper so that Draper could set up a one-time goal by Darren McCarty, and Lidstrom scored a power play goal to put Detroit into the lead. Fedorov passed along the blue line to Lidstrom at the left point, and Lidstrom’s shot deflected off the stick of Laaksonen and into the net.

Laaksonen tied the game back up early in the second period, on another two-on-two rush. Jiri Fischer tried to take the puck away from Laaksonen, but Laaksonen got the shot away first, and it went into the net high past Joseph’s catching glove.

McCarty put the Wings back in the lead to stay before too long. McCarty pushed to the front of the net. Draper threw the puck at the net from the right half-boards, and McCarty knocked it out of the air to bounce it off Roloson’s helmet and into the net.

Detroit settled the game down in the third period, holding the Wild to only four shots against Joseph. Boyd Devereaux had a good breakaway scoring chance, and the Grind Line continued its steady pressure in the Wild’s zone, but the Wings were careful not to take any unnecessary chances with only a one-goal lead. The Wild did not pull their goaltender for an extra attacker in the final minute, even though they had two faceoffs in Detroit’s zone, but Zetterberg scored into a nearly empty net anyway. Fedorov got the puck away from Minnesota’s attack and took off with it, Zetterberg keeping up on his left. Fedorov made the pass, and Zetterberg tried to pass it back, since Roloson came across to challenge Zetterberg’s shot, but the pass never got through to Fedorov. Instead, the puck hit the skate blade of Filip Kuba and slid into the net to guarantee the Red Wings’ victory with 25 seconds left in the game.

Shots on net were thirty-seven to twenty-two in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings scored on one of their three power plays, bringing their power play to 30% for the season. Detroit’s next game will be at home against the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Detroit’s three shorthanded goals leads the NHL….Jesse Wallin made his season debut, while Max Kuznetsov sat this game out. Wallin played a responsible game, paired with Mathieu Dandenault for most of his time on the ice, and ended with a rating of +1.