Red Wings’ Down Lightning for Sixth Consecutive Win

The Detroit Red Wings won their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night, a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting.

The game was the first in Detroit for the Steve Yzerman-led Lighting since Yzerman left the Red Wings organization to take over in Tampa Bay.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring at 4:58 of the first period. The Lightning failed to clear their zone off a faceoff win and the puck bounced from player to player, ending up near Todd Bertuzzi at the side of the crease. Bertuzzi poked it out to Datsyuk in the slot for a quick shot past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Jonathan Ericsson‘s first goal of the season made it 2-0 Detroit with 8:56 left in the period. Ericsson jumped into the play and took a pass from Valtteri Filppula, flinging a shot from the high slot past Roloson.

The Lighting would rally in the second period.

At 9:35 of the period, Martin St. Louis beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the slot with Tampa Bay on a power play.

With just 14 seconds left in the middle frame, Steven Stamkos was left unguarded at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and took a pass from Matt Gilroy, beating Howard to tie things up.

Tomas Holmstrom scored a power play goal from the side of the net to put Detroit back out in front at 4:22 of the third period and Darren Helm scored while cutting through the middle with 6:46 left in regulation to give the Red Wings the win.

Howard made 21 saves on 23 shots, including a stop on a shorthanded breakaway by Gilroy in the third period. Roloson stopped 31 of 35 Detroit shots.

Each team scored one power play goal. The Red Wings had five chances with the extra attacker while the Lightning had four.

The Wings are back in action on Friday when the visit the Buffalo Sabres, the first game of a three-game road trip.

After the game, Detroit forward Patrick Eaves was placed on short-term injured reserve and Chris Conner was called up to fill his roster spot.

Postgame: Lightning @ Red Wings – 11/30

Well that was a crazy one. It reminded me a lot of last year’s matchup between the Red Wings and Lighting, in which Detroit took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, Tampa Bay tied things up, and then Detroit went on to win.

Both goalies had strong nights. Tampa would never have been able to come back without Dwayne Roloson‘s stops at the end of the first (a fact that the Versus crew wouldn’t let up on) and Jimmy Howard came up with a big stop on Matt Gilroy in the third.

I don’t know what to make of Jonathan Ericsson‘s game. He’s been jumping into offensive chances for awhile now and getting some good shots off so it’s not a huge surprise to see him finally get a goal but it’s hard to be excited about it when he still makes some boneheaded plays.

Darren Helm is also one who rarely scores and it was fantastic to see him finally net one. The combination of him actually finishing and Ericsson scoring might be a sign of the apocalypse.

As I mentioned, I missed most of the third live while recording TP:60 with the guys from The Production Line, as well as Matt Saler from On the Wings. That’ll be posted soon, I’m sure, so keep an eye out. It was a lot of fun to do.

Datsyuk, Cleary Lead Red Wings in Rout of Lightning

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Danny Cleary factored into two more goals, helping to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.

Much was made of the matchup, as it was the first between the two teams since Steve Yzerman left the Red Wings organization to become general manager of the Lightning.

Cleary opened the game’s scoring on a Detroit power play 6:40 into the game. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line that Cleary tipped at the top of the crease, past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Datsyuk made it 2-0 with 5:03 left in the period, pouncing on a rebound and swatting it past a sprawling Roloson on the backhand.

The Lighting would briefly rally in the second period, scoring twice in 2:47 to tie the game.

With 8:09 left in the period, Victor Hedman wristed a shot from just inside the blue line that deflected past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to get Tampa Bay on the board.

With 5:22 left, Steve Downie snapped a loose puck past Howard to make it 2-2.

The Red Wings regained control 1:56 later, when a Niklas Kronwall shot deflected off of Cleary’s skate and into the net for a power play goal.

Justin Abdelkader put a rebound chance past Roloson from the edge of the crease with 2:00 remaining to restore the two-goal lead.

Datsyuk’s second of the night came with 8:21 left in the third period. He was left uncovered to race into the Tampa zone and take a feed from Jiri Hudler before snapping a shot past Roloson.

Darren Helm wrapped up the game’s scoring with 1:51 left in the game, turning a turnover at the Lightning blue line into a breakaway goal.

Detroit’s power play goals gave them two on three tries with the extra attacker. Tampa Bay went scoreless on five chances with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced on the night. Roloson made 25 saves on 31 shots.

The Red Wings continue their Florida road trip on Friday night as they visit the Panthers.

Brad Stuart returned to the Detroit lineup after missing 15 games with a broken jaw… Ruslan Salei was given the night off to spend more time with his California-based family. He will return to the lineup against the Panthers.

Tatar Scores in Debut but Red Wings Fall to Islanders in OT

Just hours after being called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins, Tomas Tatar scored his first NHL goal in his first career game to lift the Detroit Red Wings into a tie with the New York Islanders. The Islanders would spoil the moment, however, going on to defeat the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.

Tatar’s deflection in the slot off a Darren Helm shot got past Dwayne Roloson to tie the game at three with 9:42 remaining in regulation.

The Islanders had taken the lead on three consecutive goals off of faceoff wins in the Detroit zone.

With 6:38 remaining in the first, John Tavares won a draw back to Andrew MacDonald for a shot from the blue line that was tipped by Matt Moulson. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made the initial stop but defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom inadvertently knocked the puck past him.

Tavares made it 2-1 with just 3 seconds remaining in the opening period. Zenon Konopka won a draw back to Bruno Gervais at the point. Gervais’ shot was knocked down on the way to the net but Tavares was there to backhand the loose puck past Howard.

Konopka won the faceoff that led to a Jesse Joensuu goal with 4:47 left in the second period, as well.

Konopka drew the puck back and Matt Martin made a diving play to push it across to Milan Jurcina at the right point. Jurcina’s shot was deflected by Joensuu to make it 3-1.

Valtteri Filppula made it 3-2 with 9 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Lidstrom’s shot from the blue line was stopped by Roloson and Darren Helm’s rebound chance hit the post and deflected into the air. Filppula gloved down the puck fired it into the open net with Roloson sprawled out on the ice.

Johan Franzen had opened the game’s scoring with 8:08 left in the first when his shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle slipped past Roloson.

The Red Wings finished the night without a power play goal on five tries with the extra attacker. The Islanders had only two tries and scored on both.

Howard made 19 saves on 23 shots. Roloson stopped 31 of 34 Detroit chances.

Tatar was in the lineup to replace Patrick Eaves, who was out with an upper-body injury.

Third Period Flurry Leads Red Wings over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in the final nine minutes of the third period Tuesday night, lifting them to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Jonathan Ericsson got the Red Wings on the board with 8:45 left in regulation, tying the game at one on a quick shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that deflected off Steve Staios and past goalie Dwayne Roloson. It was his first goal of the season and the second of his career, both coming in Edmonton.

Marian Hossa put Detroit in front with 1:58 left, taking a pretty feed from Johan Franzen to snap a shot from the slot in behind Roloson.

Just 32 seconds later, Valtteri Filppula backhanded the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom chance into the Edmonton net, putting Detroit up by a pair.

The Oilers cut the lead down to one goal with a minute left in the game as Ales Kotalik threaded a slap shot through traffic to beat Detroit netminder Ty Conklin.

With Roloson on the bench for the extra attacker, neither team was able to score.

Edmonton had taken a lead late in the first period with a power play goal. Denis Grebeskov one-timed a chance from the high slot past Conklin’s glove to open the game’s scoring with 1:11 left in the opening period.

The Red Wings finished the night without a power play goal on four tries. The Oilers scored once on their four chances.

Conklin finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots. Roloson stopped 41 of 44 Detroit attempts.

The win puts the Red Wings into first place in the NHL, one point in front of the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have two games in hand… Tomas Holmstrom returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing three games with a knee injury… Conklin made his first start in five games… Chris Chelios moved into a tie for fourth place in all-time games played.

Conklin Blanks Oilers in First Wings Home Start

Goaltender Ty Conklin made his first home start as a member of the Detroit Red Wings a memorable one, stopping all twenty shots he faced in leading the Wings to a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Conklin is now 5-1 with Detroit.

Niklas Kronwall‘s five-on-three goal 6:11 into the game would have been enough for the win but it didn’t have to be.

Kronwall scored on a quick wrister from the right faceoff circle after jumping in from the point to take a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Just 3:00 into the second period Mikael Samuelsson put Detroit up by a pair, tipping a Brett Lebda pass from the corner past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Jiri Hudler deflected a shot off of defenseman Sheldon Souray and into the net with 5:42 left in the second and Johan Franzen scored on a great individual effort midway through the third, outwaiting Roloson before lifting a shot from at the goal line off the goalie’s glove and into the net.

Conklin was rarely tested in what might have been Detroit’s best defensive effort of the season. His stops on back-to-back two-on-ones in the second period kept Edmonton from getting back in the game.

Roloson made 37 saves on 41 shots in net for the Oilers.

Chris Osgood will get his chance against Edmonton on Thursday when the Red Wings visit Rexall Place for a rematch against the Oilers.

The assist on Samuelsson’s goal was Lebda’s first point of the season… Darren McCarty fought Zach Stortini three minutes into the game.

Red Wings Fall to Oilers to End Streak

The Detroit Red Wings’ winning streak ended at seven games Thursday night with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Oilers the win, beating Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek stick-side.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler failed to score for the Red Wings. Hasek stopped Sam Gagne on Edmonton’s first shot.

Detroit trailed late in the game but Henrik Zetterberg forced overtime, scoring with 2:40 left in regulation to tie the game. Zetterberg took a pass from Dan Cleary and went behind the Edmonton goal, coming out on the other side into the right circle to turn and put a shot over goaltender Dwayne Roloson‘s shoulder.

The Red Wings had gotten on the board first just 2:46 into the game, with Mark Hartigan‘s first goal as a Red Wing. Similar to Zetterberg’s tying goal, Hartigan beat Roloson on a wraparound chance.

Hemsky tied things up with 7:32 left in the period, scoring on the rebound of a Sheldon Souray shot from the blue line with the Oilers on the power play.

With 1:54 left in the first, Joni Pitkanen jumped across the Detroit blue line, taking a pass while splitting the defenders to rifle a shot past Hasek and put Edmonton in the lead.

Zetterberg evened things up with his first goal of the night, scored on the power play with 6:36 left in the second period. Brian Rafalski sent a hard pass from the top of the right circe to Zetterberg in the slot for a deflection past Roloson.

Fernando Pisani gave the Oilers the lead back 2:09 later, fighting off Brett Lebda to score from the front of the net off a pass from Gagner.

Hasek, who was seemingly injured after Shawn Horcoff slid into him, played the full game and stopped 22 of 25 shots against. Roloson made 39 saves on 42 shots.

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

Filppula Lifts Red Wings Past Oilers

Valtteri Filppula scored with just 25 seconds remaining Tuesday night, lifting the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in the second game of Detroit’s three-game western Canada road trip.

Filppula took advantage of Edmonton defender Dick Tarnstrom getting caught flat-footed at the Oilers’ blue line. Taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, Filppula gained the Edmonton zone and raced around Tarnstrom on the right wing, then pulled the puck to the inside and wristed a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Dwayne Roloson to put the Red Wings out in front for the game’s final seconds.

The goal came after a stretch that saw the Oilers able to pin the Red Wings in their own zone but unable to get a serious scoring chance.

Detroit had the only leads of the game, neither lasting for long.

At 4:00 of the second period, Henrik Zetterberg scored his tenth goal of the season on a Detroit power play to put the Red Wings out in front. Zetterberg took a cross-ice pass from Nicklas Lidstrom in the right circle and one-timed a shot past Roloson.

Only 1:49 later, Steve Staios put the Oilers on the board with a blast from the blue line off a faceoff in the Detroit end. The screened Red Wings’ goalie had no chance on the shot to the far corner of the net.

It was the only goal Osgood would allow on 16 Edmonton shots. Roloson stopped 32 of Detroit’s 34 shots.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Each team had three power play tries.

The Red Wings close their road trip on Thursday night when they visit the Calgary Flames.

Detroit was without defenseman Niklas Kronwall for the second-straight game… Zetterberg’s goal gives him a 13-game point-scoring streak to start the season, one shy of tying the Red Wings’ franchise record… Dallas Drake and Johan Franzen returned to the lineup.

Wings Hold off Oilers for Second Win

After blowing a two-goal lead on Saturday night, the Detroit Red Wings held off a late charge from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday to earn a 4-2 win.

Mikael Samuelsson opened up the game’s scoring just 6:51 into the first period, just as a Detroit power play expired. From behind the net, Samuelsson reached around and banked a shot off of Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson‘s skate and into the net.

Chris Chelios, who was without a goal throughout the 2006-07 regular season, scored with 5:50 remaining in the first to put the Red Wings up by two. Chelios picked up the puck from Samuelsson while jumping up towards the net, whacking away at it twice before Roloson went down and he could put the third shot over the sprawling goalie.

Only 19 seconds later, Shawn Horcoff got the Oilers on the board with a blast from the slot on a defensive breakdown by the Red Wings.

Tomas Holmstrom scored 27 seconds into the second and 14 seconds into a power play to put Detroit back up by two. A hard pass from the blue line by Lidstrom was tipped on to Holmstrom from Henrik Zetterberg in the slot. Holmstrom pounded away from the top of the crease, shoveling the puck into the net.

Rookie Andrew Cogliano scored his first career goal with 10 seconds remaining in the middle frame but it wouldn’t be enough for the Oilers. Kris Draper added an empty net goal for Detroit to hold on for the win.

Detroit’s power play went one-for-five and the Oilers were without a goal on four attempts.

Hasek made 18 saves on 20 shots while Roloson stopped 31 of 34 in the Edmonton net.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they host the Calgary Flames in the second game of a three-game homestand.

With an assist on Samuelsson’s goal, Nicklas Lidstrom passed Peter Forsberg for second place all-time among Swedish-born players in NHL scoring… Chelios skated in his 1550th career game, breaking a tie with Alex Delvecchio for eighth place in career games played.

Oilers End Red Wings’ Home Winning Streak in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings’ home winning streak ended at thirteen games Friday night as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in a shootout.

The Oilers twice came back to tie the game before Ryan Smyth scored the only goal of the shootout to give them the victory.

Marty Reasoner tied the game at 8:24 of the third period. Marc-Andre Pouliot was open with the puck at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle and Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek came out to try to take the puck away. Pouliot moved around him and put the puck through the crease, where Reasoner poked it home.

The Red Wings had taken an early lead on power play goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.

Zetterberg’s goal came on a five-on-three at 4:33 of the first period. Tic-tac-toe passing from Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider got the puck to Zetterberg in the right circle, where he one-timed a shot home.

Holmstrom scored 3:01 later, deflecting a wrister by Lidstrom from the top of the left circle.

Smyth pulled Edmonton to within one on the Oilers’ lone power play goal with 5:00 remaining in the period, getting the puck in front of the net and banging away at it until it went past Hasek.

Raffi Torres tied the game with 7:45 remaining in the second period when a Jan Hejda shot was deflected by Patrick Thoresen through the slot. It came right to Torres, who had a wide open net to score into.

Detroit regained the lead 3:44 later when Jiri Hudler got the puck from behind the net to Valtteri Filppula in front to bang it past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Roloson stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced while Hasek made 23 saves on 26 shots.

Detroit went 2-for-6 on the power play. Edmonton scored once on four chances.

The point from the shootout loss lifts the Red Wings one point ahead of the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference standings. The two teams will meet in Nashville on Saturday night for the first of five remaining matchups this season.

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