Red Wings Even Series with OT Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from two goals down to force overtime Wednesday night, then scored with 3:56 remaining in the extra period to earn a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks and even their Western Conference Semifinal series at two wins apiece.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game-winning goal for the Red Wings on their lone power play attempt of the extra frame.

San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan attempted to clear the puck from the side of the net up the middle of the ice and Schneider knocked it down, settling it for a blast on net that deflected off a defender and under the crossbar.

Detroit forced overtime when Robert Lang scored with 34 seconds remaining in regulation.

Rookie Valtteri Filppula carried into the San Jose zone along the left wing and pushed a pass off to Lang, who skated to the top of the left circle and blasted a shot through goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Tomas Holmstrom, playing in his first game of the series after suffering an eye injury in overtime of Detroit’s series-clinching win against Calgary, got the Red Wings on the board with just 5 seconds remaining in the second period.

With the Red Wings starting a power play in the San Jose zone, Henrik Zetterberg won a draw back to Schneider at the blue line, who moved it to Nicklas Lidstrom for a shot on net that was blocked into the air. Holmstrom batted the puck in behind Nabokov to cut San Jose’s lead to 2-1.

The Sharks got on the board with 2:08 remaining in the first period when Todd Bertuzzi lost the puck along the right wing boards in the Detroit end. Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton combined to get the puck to Jonathan Cheechoo on the far side of the ice for a one-timer past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

A fluky goal by Marcel Goc extended the Sharks’ lead at 8:07 of the second. Goc put a shot on net from the right wing boards that deflected off the head of Red Wings’ defender Andreas Lilja before floating over Hasek and into the net.

All of Detroit’s goals came with an extra attacker. Holmstrom and Schneider scored on two of the Red Wings’ five power play attempts and Lang’s marker came with Hasek on the bench for a sixth skater.

The Sharks were held without a power play goal on five tries.

Hasek made 25 saves on 27 shots against on the night. Nabokov stopped 46 of 49 shots against.

The series now shifts back to Detroit for game five on Saturday afternoon. Game six will be on Monday night from San Jose, while a possible game seven would be in Detroit next Wednesday.

Sharks Rebound to Take 2-1 Series Lead over Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks scored twice on the rebound Monday night, helping them rebound from a Saturday afternoon loss to the Detroit Red Wings to take a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 win.

Jonathan Cheechoo gave the Sharks the win with 6:41 remaining in regulation on a power play. Kyle McLaren‘s blast from the point was stopped by Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek but the rebound was picked up by Cheechoo, who skated around a flopping Hasek and avoided a poke-check to flip a shot into the net.

Ryane Clowe had gotten the Sharks on the board with 7:17 remaining in the second period, taking the rebound of a Matt Carle shot and just poking it past the outstretched glove of Hasek.

Detroit scored the game’s first goal with 8:47 remaining in the first when Nicklas Lidstrom blasted a shot from the top of the left circle past Evgeni Nabokov.

San Jose finished the night with 27 shots as Hasek made 25 saves. Nabokov stopped 29 of 30 Detroit shots.

The Sharks went one-for-five on the power play. The Red Wings scored on one of their four chances with the extra attacker.

The two teams meet again on Wednesday for game four of the series.

Late Goal Lifts Red Wings into Series Tie with Sharks

Pavel Datsyuk scored with 1:24 remaining in the third period Saturday afternoon, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks to tie their Western Conference Semifinal series at one game apiece.

Datsyuk’s goal was the first rebound goal of the series for Detroit. Mikael Samuelsson threw a shot on net from the left faceoff circle and Datsyuk was all alone to pick up the rebound at the top of the crease, with time to control the puck and lift a shot over a sprawling Evgeni Nabokov.

The Sharks had taken an early two-goal lead before the Red Wings fought back.

San Jose got on the board just 36 seconds into the game when a Kyle McLaren wrist shot from the blue line was deflected past Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek by Jonathan Cheechoo.

At 4:17 the Sharks went up by a pair. Hasek tried to play the puck behind the net but sent it right out to Milan Michalek. Hasek couldn’t stop Michalek’s pass over to Joe Thornton, who fired the puck into the vacated net.

The two goals were the fastest scored against Detroit in playoff history.

Henrik Zetterberg started Detroit’s comeback with 2:30 remaining in the first period, throwing a shot on net from the left wing. It defelected off McLaren and past Nabokov for the Red Wings’ first goal of the series.

A shorthanded goal early in the third period evened things up. After a turnover by Bill Guerin just inside the San Jose zone, Kirk Maltby got the puck to Dan Cleary, who stepped into the high slot and ripped a shot off Nabokov’s shoulder and into the net.

After Datsyuk’s goal the Detroit forecheck kept San Jose from pulling Nabokov for an extra attacker until the final twenty seconds of the game. San Jose never got a chance to even things up.

Nabokov stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced on the afternoon. Hasek made 18 saves on 20 shots against.

Neither team scored on the power play. San Jose had six chances to Detroit’s three.

The series shifts to San Jose on Monday night for game three.


Detroit was without Tomas Holmstrom and Brett Lebda for another game. No timeframe is set for either player’s return.

Sharks Blank Red Wings to Open Series

The San Jose Sharks took an early 1-0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night, picking up a 2-0 victory in game one of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup.

The Sharks rode two quick first period goals to the victory and the Red Wings were never able to make up the difference.

Matt Carle got San Jose on the board on the Sharks’ lone power play at 9:45 of the first period. Joe Thornton got the puck down low near the right faceoff circle and sent a pass across the ice to a streaking Carle, who put a one-timer from the left circle past Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek.

The Sharks extended their lead just 24 seconds later on a broken play. As the teams fought for the puck in the left circle, it squirted out into the skates of Mike Grier in the slot. Grier spun and whacked the puck on net, getting it past Hasek.

Detroit would dominate the play from then on out but couldn’t get on the board. After allowing ten San Jose shots in the first period, the Red Wings held the Sharks to only nine for the rest of the game. The Wings would end up with 34 shots but goalie Evgeni Nabokov stopped them all, as well as getting help from his team with 18 blocked shots.

The Red Wings look to even up the series on Saturday when they host the Sharks in game two.


Detroit was without forward Tomas Holmstrom (eye) and defenseman Brett Lebda (concussion/ankle). Neither player has set a return date.

Third-period Goals Lift Red Wings over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Wednesday night to come from behind and earn a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Detroit’s win snapped a three-game losing streak.

Robert Lang scored the game-winner for the Red Wings with 8:52 remaining in the game, deflecting a shot from the point by Mathieu Schneider over the shoulder of San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Schneider had tied the game on a Detroit power play just 38 seconds into the period, puting a shot from the point past Nabokov.

San Jose’s lone goal came off the stick of Steve Bernier with the Sharks on the power play and 2:50 remaining in the first period.

The fast-paced game saw only six penalties, with Detroit going 1-for-2 and San Jose going 1-for-4 on the power play.

Nabokov finished the game with 37 saves on 39 shots while Red Wings’ goalie Dominik Hasek stopped 22 of 23 shots against.

The Red Wings will head back out on the road on Friday when they visit the Dallas Stars.

Red Wings Blank Sharks to Move Into First

A 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday lifted the Detroit Red Wings into sole possession of the National Hockey League’s top spot. The Red Wings’ 102 points moved them ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who have 100, and the Carolina Hurricanes, who have 98 points.

The game marked the first time this season that San Jose was held off the scoreboard, leaving the Red Wings as the only team in the league to have scored in all of their games.

The shutout was Detroit goalie Manny Legace‘s sixth of the season. He stopped 28 shots on the night but was only truly tested for part of the third period.

San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves on 30 shots.

After a scoreless opening period, the Red Wings got on the board at 1:47 of the second. Mathieu Schneider fired a blast from the blue line along the ice and Tomas Holmstrom got a stick on it in front of the crease, lifting it off a defender and over Nabokov’s shoulder.

Jason Williams put Detroit up by a pair just 1:18 into the third period. Robert Lang caused a turnover on the right wing boards in the San Jose zone and centered to Williams, who was open near the crease to bang home a chance.

A power play goal by Steve Yzerman 1:41 later extended Detroit’s lead. After Nabokov stopped a long Nicklas Lidstrom shot, the rebound was lost in the low slot. Yzerman found it before anyone else, and with Nabokov still looking for the puck, he put it into an open side of the net.

Playing in his first game back from a wrist injury, Mikael Samuelsson finished the game’s scoring with 6:18 remaining, taking a cross-ice pass from Henrik Zetterberg before skating through the left circle and wristing a shot that was deflected by Joe Thrornton and over Nabokov’s shoulder.

Detroit finished the night one-for-three on the power play while stopping all of San Jose’s five attempts.

The Red Wings continue their stretch of eight games in 14 nights when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Swedish Red Wings Won’t Make Trip to San Jose

The Detroit Red Wings will be without the five Swedish players who earned gold medals in the just-completed Torino Olympics when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Nicklas Lidstrom, Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg will instead travel to Stockholm to celebrate their accomplishment in the Swedish capital. They will rejoin the Red Wings before Wednesday’s visit to Anaheim.

Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk and San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov, Russian Olympians, are questionable for Tuesday after travel problems have delayed their return. The rest of Detroit’s Olympians are expected to play.

To help counter the shortage of players, the Red Wings called up Tomas Kopecky from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Late Shanahan Goals Lead Red Wings Past Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings got two goals by Brendan Shanahan in the final five minutes of Saturday night’s matchup with the San Jose Sharks to lead them to a 7-6 victory. The second of the goals was Shanahan 99th career game-winning goal.

In a game that saw 13 total goals scored the first period was relatively tame, with each team scoring only once.

The Red Wings opened the game’s scoring just 2:14 in on a goal by Jason Williams. Williams had the puck behind the net and sent it to Robert Lang at the bottom of the right circle before looping around behind him. Lang couldn’t get a good shooting angle so he dropped the puck back to Williams, who ripped it into the net past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

San Jose evened the game with a power play goal 9:58 later. Marcel Goc fired a shot on net that Detroit netminder Chris Osgood stopped, put the puck bounced out past the top of the crease. Scott Thornton got tied up before he could get to the rebound but Alyn McCauley snuck in and knocked the puck past Osgood.

Six minutes into the second, Marco Sturm gave the Sharks their first lead of the game. After Osgood made a stop on Goc, defenseman Andreas Lilja attempted to clear the puck through the slot. Sturm was there to pick off the pass and send it past Osgood.

Just 1:58 later, Mathieu Schneider pulled Detroit back into a tie with a fluke power play goal. He fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off the stick of Mark Smith before hitting Tom Preissing’s knee and going over Nabokov’s shoulder.

Schneider scored again 38 seconds later to put Detroit back in the lead. On a 4-on-2 rush, Lang carried the puck down the right side boards. Williams drove the net and drew a defender with him, leaving Schneider all alone to take a pass from Lang in the slot and one-time it past Nabokov.

The lead only held for 1:55, as Smith drove the net after Osgood made an initial stop on a McCauley shot, pushing the puck home before knocking the net off its moorings.

Mikael Samuelsson continued his hot streak, putting Detroit in the lead again 39 seconds later. On a rush with Schneider driving the net, Samuelsson ripped a shot from the right circle. Nabokov got enough of it to knock the puck into the air but it flipped over his head and into the net.

After a tame second half of the period, Detroit held a 4-3 lead going into the third.

Thornton tied the game 3:23 into the final period. On a delayed penalty to Detroit, Thornton got the rebound of a Nils Ekman shot and put it under Osgood.

Schneider completed his first career hat trick 3:14 later, scoring one a one-timer from the top of the right circle while the Wings had a 5-on-3 advantage.

Wayne Primeau, one of the players in the penalty box for Schneider’s third goal, scored while the Sharks were shorthanded to bring them into a tie. Just 1:18 after Detroit took the lead, the puck was chipped past the Wings defense and Primeau picked it up to skate in alone on Osgood. He rifled a shot over the goalie’s shoulder to knot the game at five goals apiece.

The Sharks took their second lead of the game with 7:11 remaining in the period on a 5-on-3 of their own. Preissing sent a pass from the goal line to Osgood’s right through the crease and to Goc on the far side, where he was free to put it in.

Shanahan’s first goal came 3:01 later, with the Red Wings on the power play. Williams carried the puck through the left circle and drew the defenders to him, before sending a pass over to Shanahan in the right circle, where he was all alone to put a one-timer past Nabokov.

With three minutes left in regulation, Shanahan scored again, deflecting the puck off the shaft of his stick while driving the net.

After all the special teams play, the Red Wings ended up going three-for-seven on the power play. San Jose scored on two of their eight chances.

Osgood stopped 27 of the 33 shots he faced, while Nabokov made 23 saves on 30 shots.

Detroit will complete their West Coast road trip Monday in Los Angeles.


Detroit captain Steve Yzerman did not play, he was reportedly “banged up” after Friday’s game in Anaheim. Mark Mowers took his place… Jim Howard was called up from Grand Rapids to back up Chris Osgood… Manny Legace is expected to miss at least two weeks after straining his MCL in his left leg… The Detroit Free Press reports that last Monday’s matchup with Nashville has been rescheduled for April 16, giving Detroit four games in as many nights. This was denyed by Detroit announcer Ken Daniels but NHL.com’s schedule confirms the Free Press report.

Wings Beat Sharks in OT, 3-2

Jiri Fischer‘s goal with 51 seconds left in overtime gave the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was the first extra session game for both teams in this young season. The win for the Wings was a bit bittersweet as Kris Draper left the game early in the second period after taking a puck to the face.

Manny Legace made his seventh straight start for the Red Wings and had to work a bit hard early on as the Sharks controlled the play early. With a combination of penalties and abbreviated situations, the Wings fought off 4 Shark power plays in the first 6 and a half minutes of the game.

The Sharks eventually struck first at 12:29. Nils Ekman picked up a loose puck at center ice and blew past Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider to create a break away. He then slid the puck under Legace’s glove to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

The Wings got the goal back just three minutes later on a Brendan Shanahan power play goal. With time running out in the man advantage Jason Woolley‘s shot from the right point was saved by Sharks’ goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but created a big rebound that Shanahan put in from the slot.

In the final minute of the first period and back on the power play, the Wings took the lead 2-1 as Mikael Samuelsson took a ricochet off the back boards from a shot by Jason Williams off a face off. Nabokov was out to cut off the angle at the top of the crease on the right side giving Samuelsson the left side of the net open to score.

The Wings took control of the play early in the third but the Sharks took advantage of their opportunities. A little over 11 minutes into the second period Marco Sturm deflected a high shot from Kyle McLaren past Legace on the power play to tie the game at 2.

Along with Draper, Tomas Holmstrom was also hit in the face with a puck. Both required stitches, but Draper was taken to the hospital on a precautionary basis.

The Wings out shot the Sharks 34-28. They also held the Sharks to one power play goal on nine chances, while they scored twice on six chances.

The Wings will face the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim next, this Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

Locked-out Wings Help Honor Larionov

When former Red Wing Igor Larionov retired from the NHL last spring, he knew he had one game left in him. For a year, Larionov had been planning one final game in Moscow, where is Russian fans could see him skate for the last time.

With the NHL locked out and games put on hold, many of Larionov’s former teammates were able to make the trip to Russia with him, to honor the player who last year was the oldest in the NHL.

Larionov assembled a team of Russian All-Stars to take on a team representing the rest of the world, comprised mostly of his former teammates. Retired Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman returned to the bench along side former associate coaches Dave Lewis and Barry Smith to lead the world team while Larionov’s former linemates from the Soviet Red Army team, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov, coached the Russian team.

New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur, Patrick Elias, Scott Gomez and Jay Pandolfo joined Red Wings Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Mathieu Dandenault, Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Brendan Shanahan, Ray Whitney and Henrik Zetterberg on the World team. Former Red Wings Steve Duchesne, Martin Lapointe, Chris Osgood and Luc Robitaille also played.

The Russian squad was made up of Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Gonchar, Valeri Kamensky, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Larionov, Danny Markov, Evgeni Nabokov, Andrei Nikolishin, Sergei Samsonov and Oleg Tverdovsky.

The World team, most of whom hadn’t played competitively since last season, got off to a slow start and Brodeur allowed early goals to Nikolishin and Samsonov. McCarty responded later in the period and the Russians had a 2-1 lead after one period.

Osgood replaced Brodeur between the pipes for the second period but couldn’t stop Larionov from scoring on a quick shot from the slot, as Larionov capped his career with a goal in his final game in front of his home crowd.

For the third period, Larionov and Yzerman switched teams, complete with Yzerman donning a Russian jersey with his name in Cyrillic on the back. Yzerman, possibly playing in his final game as well, scored twice for the Russians as they held off the World team for a 6-5 win.