Red Wings Rally for Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings fell down 2-0 early in the first period Tuesday night but scored four unanswered goals to earn a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Two goals in a 4:04 span late in the first pulled Detroit back into a tie with the Sharks after Joe Thornton scored twice 3:34 apart earlier in the period to put San Jose up by two. A pair of goals 4:18 apart in the third wrapped up the game’s scoring to give the Red Wings the win.

Dan Cleary beat San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov from in front of the net off a feed from the side of the goal by Valtteri Filppula to get the Red Wings on the board with 5:08 left in the first.

With 1:02 left in the period, Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance after Nabokov made an amazing save on Tomas Holmstrom with Detroit on a five-on-three.

Derek Meech put the Red Wings in front at 4:40 of the third period, banking a bad-angle chance off of Nabokov’s pad and into the net on an attempted centering pass.

Patrick Eaves added an insurance marker at 8:58, putting in a rebound chance from the side of the net.

Thornton had opened the scoring at 6:11 of the first period, knocking home a rebound that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard couldn’t handle.

At 9:45 Thornton extended the lead, corralling another loose puck and putting it in past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 34 shots while Nabokov made 33 stops on 37 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings scored on two of their six power play chances. San Jose was scoreless on three tries with the extra attacker.

Niklas Kronwall left the game after the second period with an ankle injury. He is not expected to play in Anaheim on Wednesday.

Red Wings End West Coast Swing with Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings finished off a four-game West Coast road trip with 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.

With the win, the Red Wings earned six of a possible eight points on the trip, all against teams ahead of them in the standings. The lone loss came to the Anaheim Ducks.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard allowed a single goal for the second consecutive game, stopping 26 of 27 San Jose shots.

The Sharks scored their lone goal with 8:58 left in the first period. Joe Thornton won a draw in the right faceoff circle back to Dan Boyle, who threw it at Howard. Howard stopped the initial shot and made a diving save on the first rebound but Patrick Marleau was there to flip the third chance past him.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game 6:37 into the second period, stealing the puck from Ryane Clowe and snapping a wrister over the shoulder of San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov.

Patrick Eaves put Detroit in front with 5:07 left in the second, deflecting a Doug Janik shot from the blue line past Nabokov. The Sharks complained that the puck was hit with a high stick but the goal stood after video review.

Dan Cleary put the Red Wings up by a pair just 69 seconds later, beating Nabokov with a wrister from the left faceoff circle on a rush with Valtteri Filppula.

Darren Helm wrapped up the game’s scoring at 4:34 of the third period, driving to the net to slide the puck around a sprawling Nabokov.

Nabokov finished the night with 17 saves on 21 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit had one chance with the extra attacker while San Jose had two.

With the West Coast portion of their five-game road trip wrapped up, the Red Wings head to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Red Wings Streak Stays Alive with Shootout Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings winning ways continued Thursday night as they picked up a shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks, giving them three wins in a row and points in five consecutive games.

Henrik Zetterberg scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the Red Wings to the win. Goaltender Chris Osgood made 33 saves on 34 San Jose shots before stopping both Sharks shootout chances.

After a scoreless first period the Sharks got on the board with 5:19 left in the second. Joe Callahan carried the puck into the Detroit zone on a three-on-two.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson fell down, leaving Brett Lebda split between Callahan and Logan Couture. Callahan moved the puck to Couture who fired a shot from the right faceoff circle between Osgood’s pads.

Zetterberg evened things up at 5:38 of the third period, poking home the rebound of a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom. San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov attempted to cover the puck but Zetterberg streaked in off a line change to get to the crease and knock it from under Nabokov’s pad and into the net.

A frantic final minutes couldn’t break the tie before the shootout was required.

Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg both beat Nabokov with fancy fake-outs. Nabokov stopped Jason Williams on Detroit’s second shot while Osgood stopped both Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe.

Nabokov made 35 saves on 36 Detroit chances before the tiebreaker.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. San Jose had three tries with the extra attacker while Detroit had two.

The Red Wings return to action on Saturday when they begin a short road trip in Toronto. The game is the annual Hall of Fame Game, at which longtime Detroit captain Steve Yzerman will be honored along with Brian Leetch and former Red Wings Brett Hull and Luc Robitallie.

Red Wings Sink Sharks, 4-1

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and the Red Wings also got goals from Marian Hossa and Ville Leino as Detroit defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 4-1 Wednesday night.

Ty Conklin made 34 saves on 35 shots to earn the win.

Hossa opened the game’s scoring on a Detroit power play at 6:51 of the first period. He broke free of a San Jose defender and skated free into the right faceoff circle before snapping a shot that snuck through Evgeni Nabokov‘s pads and into the net.

Leino’s eventual game-winner came with 3:52 left in the opening period as he reached to bat a fluttering puck out of mid-air and into an open net.

Zetterberg scored his first of the game on a highlight-reel play at 4:08 of the middle frame.

With Pavel Datsyuk in the penalty box, Zetterberg blocked a shot in his own end and raced out into the neutral zone where he picked the puck back up. Fighting off a defender, Zetterberg did a spin-o-rama between the faceoff circles and slid the puck around Nabokov.

The superstar Swede added Detroit’s final goal with 2:57 left in the game, stuffing the puck between Nabokov’s pad and the post from behind the net on a Red Wings five-on-three.

Christian Erhoff scored San Jose’s lone goal at 6:25 of the second, beating Conklin with a long shot on a Sharks powerplay.

Hossa left the game during the second period after taking a hit to the head. The Red Wings said he was kept out for precautionary reasons… Datsyuk’s assist on Zetterberg’s second goal was his 500th career point… The Sharks had an apparent goal negated by video review in the second period… Just before Zetterberg’s first goal, the puck bounced off the protective netting in the Detroit zone but no official noticed.

Red Wings – Sharks Postgame Thoughts

A few thoughts on Thursday night’s 6-0 Red Wings win over the San Jose Sharks…

The same excuses the Wings had when they lost in San Jose at the end of October apply for the Sharks this time around, so while there are plenty of good things the Wings did, some of it can be written off as the Sharks being tired. San Jose was at the end of a long road trip, having played extra time the night before.

This was Detroit’s first 60-minute effort since their 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on December 1. They were a little slow early but not outright asleep like they’ve appeared as of late. Ty Conklin made some key saves early and the Wings’ defense wasn’t as passive as it’s been.

The Red Wings made smarter passes in their own zone and it led to a better transition game. In general, Detroit as a team played better positionally. They were where they needed to be to pounce on loose pucks and to slow up San Jose’s offensive breaks.

Speaking of breaks, the first two goals were absolute gifts from Evgeni Nabokov. He flat-out missed Johan Franzen‘s shot for the first goal and should have had Pavel Datsyuk‘s attempt a few minutes later.

Credit the Wings for not resting on their laurels after those two goals. They kept pushing and the final four goals were the more Wing-like goals they haven’t been getting as many of this year, ones generated by driving the net (Valtteri Filppula‘s goal), nice passing (Pavel Datsyuk to Marian Hossa) and contributions from the defense (Brad Stuart).

I’m a little surprised that Todd McLellan kept Nabokov in for the whole game. I probably would have pulled him at 4-0. I don’t think that would have made a difference but it seems to show that the Sharks were resigned to losing at that point already so the goalie switch wouldn’t have made a difference.

These were two points the Red Wings needed and it’ll give the national media something to talk about but the next two times these teams meet will be better “measuring stick” games as both teams should be better-rested than the first two matchups this season.

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.

Osgood Joins All-Star Roster

Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood will join three teammates and his coach in Atlanta for this year’s NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today.

With the starting lineup already determined by fan voting, the rest of the Western Conference team’s roster was announced Thursday. Osgood was named to the team, joining starters Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom.

The quartet of Red Wings will be coached by a familiar face, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.

With Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo declining his starting spot in net for the Western Conference team, three reserve goalies were selected. Osgood will split time between the pipes with San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov and former Red Wing Manny Legace of the St. Louis Blues.

Ed Jovanovski (Phoenix), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Chris Pronger (Anaheim) and Sergei Zubov (Dallas) joined the team on defense.

The forward reserves are Jason Arnott (Nashville), Marian Gaborik (Minnesota), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Shawn Horcoff (Edmonton), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), Rick Nash (Columbus), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver), Paul Stastny (Colorado) and Joe Thornton (San Jose).

Red Wings Sink Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings scored early and never gave up the lead Friday night, en route to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Valtteri Filppula‘s first goal of the season put Detroit on the board just 1:23 into the game.

Filppula passed the puck off to Mikael Samuelsson in the Detroit zone and Samuelsson carried through neutral ice before breaking across the blue line and pushing it back over to Filppula. Filppula cut in on San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov and lifted a backhanded over his glove into the top of the net.

With 4:29 remaining in the period, Filppula would get on the scoresheet again, assisting on a tally by Andreas Lilja.

Filppula gained the San Jose zone and cut over to the right circle before spinning to drop the puck to Lilja, who rifled a shot from the high slot over Nabokov’s glove.

The Sharks would try to get back into the game in the second period, with Rob Davison providing energy in the form of a fight with Aaron Downey. San Jose just couldn’t get anything going and it would be the Red Wings who scored next.

Only 39 seconds into the third period, a Nicklas Lidstrom blast was knocked down at the top of the crease, deflecting straight to Tomas Holmstrom. Holmstrom banged the puck at the open net, deflecting it off of Henrik Zetterberg and in.

Zetterberg would notch another one at 8:12 of the period. Pavel Datsyuk drew three San Jose defenders and Nabokov to him cutting through the left circle. As the skaters converged, the puck squirted out to Zetterberg for another wide-open net.

Backup Dmitri Patzold replaced Nabokov in net but he would allow a goal on just the second shot he faced, with Kirk Maltby lifting the rebound of a shot by Kris Draper into the net just 22 seconds after Zetterberg’s goal.

An apparent sixth Detroit goal was called back after a goaltender interference call on Tomas Holmstrom. The Sharks scored their lone goal of the game on the ensuing power play.

San Jose’s power play goal came on one of their two chances with the extra attacker. The Red Wings were without a goal on their six power plays.

Chris Osgood stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced in net for the Red Wings. Nabokov made 26 saves on 30 shots against while Patzold went eight-for-nine.

The Red Wings begin a three-game Western Canada road trip on Sunday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

The lost Detroit goal was the fourth goal of the season called back due to a Holmstrom goaltender interference call… Henrik Zetterberg has a point in every game this season… After the game, Russian forward Igor Grigorenko refused his reassignment to Grand Rapids and left the team.

Hasek Blanks Sharks, Red Wings Advance

Goaltender Dominik Hasek was perfect on Monday night, stopping all 28 shots he faced as his Detroit Red Wings picked up a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks, ending their Western Conference Final series.

With the win, the Red Wings advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they will face the Anaheim Ducks.

Hasek had help in earning his 13th career playoff shutout, including a first period stop on Mike Grier by defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

Hasek came out of the net to play the puck and lost it to Grier, who took it behind the net for a wraparound attempt. Lidstrom dove across the crease to cover for Hasek, knocking the puck away from the goal line.

Mikael Samuelsson scored both Detroit goals, starting with 4:34 remaining in the first period.

Samuelsson caught up with a long outlet pass from Johan Franzen in the Sharks zone, then cut across the top of the crease and outwaited San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov, sliding the puck behind the netminder after he had sprawled out on the ice.

With 8 seconds remaining in the opening period, Samuelsson added his second, putting a wrist shot over Nabokov’s glove while on a two-on-one with Robert Lang.

Nabokov finished the night with 20 saves on 22 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play with four opportunities.

The Red Wings will open their Western Conference Final series with Anaheim on Friday night in Detroit.

Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Schnieder, who suffered a broken wrist in game five of the series. Brett Lebda returned from injury to take Schneider’s spot in the lineup.

Red Wings One Win Away From Conference Finals

The Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Saturday afternoon, giving them a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series and putting them one win away from the Conference Finals.

If the Red Wings win game six in San Jose on Monday or game seven in Detroit on Wednesday, they will advance to face the Anaheim Ducks. San Jose would need to win both games to eliminate Detroit.

As they did in their previous two wins, the Red Wings had to come from behind to get the win.

After a Marcel Goc goal at 4:53 of the first period, Henrik Zetterberg tied things up just 3:10 into the second.

Nicklas Lidstrom got the puck on net and Tomas Holmstrom brought it across the top of the crease, trying to get a shot off. It came to Zetterberg at the side of the net and he lifted a shot over San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and into the top of the net.

Pavel Datsyuk put Detroit out in front with 3:47 remaining in the period on a miscue by Nabokov.

The puck was cleared into the San Jose zone and Nabokov came out of his crease to play it. He tried to clear it away but Datsyuk was racing in to challenge him and Nabokov’s pass ended up in Datsyuk’s skates. Datsyuk got control of the puck and skated it into the open San Jose net for the eventual game-winner.

Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom added insurance goals on two third period power plays.

Samuelsson scored on a one-timer from the right faceoff circle at 3:46 of the period and Holmstrom scored from the front of the net at 6:14.

The two goals accounted for all of Detroit’s power play scoring. San Jose did not score with the man-advantage. Each team had six tries with the extra skater.

Nabokov finished the game with 29 saves on 33 Detroit shots. Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek made 23 stops on 24 San Jose attempts.

The Red Wings suffered a blow in the first period when defenseman Mathieu Schneider broke his wrist on a hit from San Jose captain Patrick Marleau. Schneider is expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs. Brett Lebda will return from his ankle injury to replace Schneider in the lineup… The Sharks were without Bill Guerin, who is expected to return for game six after taking a puck to the face in game four.