Zetterberg Leads Red Wings over Columbus

Henrik Zetterberg scored a third-period natural hat trick Wednesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings come from behind to earn a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chris Osgood stopped 22 of 23 Columbus shots, keeping the Red Wings in the game after a slow start.

After outshooting Detroit 8-3 in the first period, the Blue Jackets opened the game’s scoring on a power play at 7:05 of the second, with Manny Malhotra banging a loose puck past Osgood.

Zetterberg would begin his run at 6:43 of the third period on a rush from his own blue line. He came down the left wing and cut to the middle before crossing the Columbus blue line and splitting the defense, poking the puck between the pads of Fredrik Norrena.

With just 1:54 remaining and the Red Wings on a power play, Nicklas Lidstrom fired from the blue line. It was deflected to Pavel Datsyuk at the edge of the slot, who slowed it up and threw it to the left circle where Zetterberg put a shot into the open side of the net.

Zetterberg completed his hat trick just 35 seconds later, stealing the puck at center ice and racing in alone on Norrena. The Columbus netminder came out to challenge and Zetterberg skated around him, putting it into the empty net.

Norrena finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots.

Both teams scored one power play goal. Columbus had seven chances with the extra attacker and Detroit had five.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators.

Detroit defenseman Derek Meech played as a forward, replacing the injured Valtteri Filppula.

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings ended their three-game losing streak on Sunday night, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in a shootout.

Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler, and Johan Franzen scored in the tiebreaker for the Red Wings. Franzen’s goal was the game-winner, coming in the fifth round before Chris Osgood stopped David Vyborny on Columbus’ chance to extend the game.

Most of the game’s goals came on the power play.

Duvie Westcott got Columbus on the board with a power play goal with 9:31 remaining in the first period but the Red Wings even things up with a Nicklas Lidstrom goal 4:27 later while skating five-on-three.

Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Lidstrom shot past goalie Pascal Leclaire for a power play goal just 26 seconds later and Sergei Fedorov tied things up again on a two-man advantage at 40 seconds into the second period.

Brett Lebda scored the game’s first even-strength goal at 1:42 of the second, a rifled shot from the left circle.

Rick Nash pulled the Blue Jackets back into a tie after a gaffe by Chris Osgood with Columbus on the power play late in the second. Osgood played the puck behind the net and had to scramble to get back in front to make a stop. The rebound came to Nash and Osgood couldn’t get in position to make the stop with 5:34 remaining.

The teams traded even-strength goals in the third period. Nikolai Zherdev put the rebound of a shot by Nash past Osgood with 6:09 remaining and Datsyuk evened things up with 4:50 left, picking up the puck after his own blocked shot and roofing it over Leclaire.

Osgood stopped 36 of a season-high 40 shots against. Leclaire made 31 saves on 35 shots against.

The Red Wings were two-for-three on the power play while the Blue Jackets scored on three of their five chances with the extra attacker.

Leclaire left the game for 3:07 in the second period to be lectured by Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. Fredrik Norrena faced no shots in that time.

Red Wings Ride Third Period Scoring Past Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings survived two lackluster periods of hockey Tuesday night by scoring three times in the third period to pick up a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The victory came despite being outshot 35-23 on the night.

Neither team scored until Kyle Calder got Detroit on the board just 16 seconds into the final frame.

Calder laid a hit on Columbus defenseman Ron Hainsey at the bottom of the left faceoff circle in the Blue Jackets’ zone, knocking the puck loose. He picked it up and cut to the net, backhanding a shot past goaltender Fredrik Norrena.

Todd Bertuzzi would pad the lead with 2:24 remaining and the Blue Jackets pressuring, going to the front of the net and knocking the puck past Norrena on a second chance.

Kris Draper added an empty net goal with 47 seconds remaining and the Red Wings killing a penalty.

Dominik Hasek held on to preserve the shutout after losing one on Sunday when the Blue Jackets scored their only goal of the game with 59 seconds remaining.

Neither team scored a power play goal. They each had six tries with the extra skater.

The win, combined with the Nashville Predators’ shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, means that one point earned by the Red Wings or failed to be earned by the Predators will clinch the Central Division for Detroit. Both teams have two games remaining.

The Red Wings will close out their season with a home-and-home series against the Blackhawks starting on Thursday in Chicago.

Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who sat out with a sore elbow. Nicklas Lidstrom returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game with a back sprain.

Red Wings Avoid Repeat of Blown Lead in Win over Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings rebounded from a Friday night game in which they blew a 3-0 lead late in the third period to hold on to the same lead on Sunday afternoon, earning a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

While the Red Wings allowed three late third period goals to the Dallas Stars on Friday before losing in the shootout, they kept the Blue Jackets off the board until the game’s final minute on Sunday, securing the victory.

Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek‘s shutout wasn’t snapped until 59 seconds remained in the final period, when Rick Nash scored on a wraparound attempt, banging in his own rebound.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings opened the game’s scoring just 1:57 into the second when a blast from above the right circle by Brett Lebda found its way into the top of the net on a Detroit power play.

Tomas Holmstrom put the Wings up by a pair 8:30 later, putting the rebound of a Lebda shot around goalie Fredrik Norrena while being knocked to the ice by defenseman Marc Methot.

Pavel Datsyuk wrapped up the period’s scoring with the Red Wings on the penalty kill, stealing the puck from defenseman Anders Eriksson in the neutral zone and breaking in along on Norrena before rifling a quick shot past him.

Holmstrom added his second of the afternoon just 49 seconds into the third when a Kris Draper shot deflected off his skate, then the skate of defenseman Rostislav Klesla before getting past Norrena.

With the win, the Red Wings pull into sole possession of first place in the Western Conference, as well as the overall lead of the National Hockey League.

Hasek made 31 saves on 32 shots overall while Norrena stopped 21 of the 25 attempts he faced.

Detroit scored on one of three power play attempts. Columbus was without a goal on six chances with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings and Blue Jackets will meet again on Tuesday night to close out the season series in Detroit. Detroit will then end the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Red Wings were without captain Nicklas Lidstrom who sat out the game with a back sprain. He is expected to rejoin the team on Tuesday. Kyle Quincey was called up from Grand Rapids to fill in on the blue line.

Shootout Loss Spoils Bertuzzi’s Detroit Debut

A shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets spoiled the debut of Todd Bertuzzi for the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.

Bertuzzi, playing his first game since November when he was with the Florida Panthers, finished the night plus-one with no points and a missed shootout attempt.

Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov clinched the win for Columbus, scoring in the sixth round of the shootout. Mikael Samuelsson had missed on Detroit attempt in the final round.

Neither team scored in the first forty minutes of play, which was controlled by Columbus as the Red Wings played a lazy game.

Pavel Datsyuk scored to get Detroit on the board at 8:30 of the third period. Jiri Hudler poked the puck to him in the neutral zone and Datsyuk carried into the Columbus end before wristing a shot past the glove of Blue Jackets’ goalie Fredrik Norrena.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen tied things back up with 2:42 remaining, firing a shot from the top of the left circle that bounced off the blade of Robert Lang‘s stick and past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.

Osgood finished the night with 29 saves on 30 shots against. Norrena made 35 saves on 36 shots, with half of those shots coming in the third period.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit five tries and Columbus had six, including a lengthy five-on-three.

The point for the shootout loss gives the Red Wings 100 on the year, the seventh season in a row that they’ve reached triple-digit points. They’ll look to add to that total on Saturday when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Dan Cleary also returned to the Detroit lineup. He was held without a point but scored in his fourth-round shootout attempt.

Sloppy Red Wings Fall to Blue Jackets

Bad passing and off-target shooting in the first two periods Friday night helped lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

By the time they found their game in the third period, the Red Wings were already down 2-0 and were unable to recover.

Johan Franzen cut Columbus’ lead to a goal at 4:53 of the third with the teams playing four aside. Niklas Kronwall fired a long shot on net that was stopped by Blue Jackets netminder Fredrik Norrena but Franzen was on the doorstep to swat in the rebound.

Adam Foote put the Blue Jackets back up by a pair on a power play goal with 2:05 remaining in regulation.

Dan Fritsche had opened the game’s scoring with 3:20 remaining in the first period, banking in a shot from the left circle while Jason Chimera crashed the side of the net.

Alexander Svitov put Columbus up by two with a power play goal at 7:43 of the second, deflecting a shot from the top of the right circle by Foote past goalie Dominik Hasek.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Red Wings. They’ll look to rebound Saturday night when they visit the Colorado Avalanche, the team they beat to start the now-ended streak.

Cleary’s Hat Trick Carries Red Wings over Blue Jackets

Dan Cleary‘s first career hat trick helped lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night in a see-saw matchup between the Central Division foes.

The third meeting in the last eleven days between the two teams saw the Red Wings score the first three goals before Columbus countered with four of their own. Detroit then answered with four more to retake the lead as the game closed.

Cleary’s third of the game was the game-winner for Detroit, came with the Red Wings on the power play and 5:19 remaining in the game. Robert Lang, who assisted on all of Cleary’s goals, rifled a shot from the left circle that was deflectd by a Columbus defender before being knocked out of the air and past goalie Fredrik Norrena by Cleary.

Detroit had tied the game 3:17 earlier on a strong individual effort by Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk held the puck in the Columbus zone at the right point on an attempted clear by the Blue Jackets, then carried along the blue line and down through the left circle – weaving around defenders the whole way – before lifting a shot into the top of the net.

In the final two minutes of play, Datsuk added a second goal and Danny Markov scored into the empty net to close out the scoring.

Cleary had opened the game’s scoring 4:21 into the opening period, setting what was then a new career high with his 15th goal of the season. He would add to that total with 4:00 remaining in the first to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.

Henrik Zetterberg stretched Detroit’s lead to three goals at 8:45 of the second before the Blue Jackets took over.

Ron Hainsey scored a near-side goal from the left circle to get Columbus on the board with 7:28 left in the middle period and David Vyborny added another 1:28 later, stealing the puck from Nicklas Lidstrom before moving in alone on goalie Chris Osgood and outwaiting him.

A pair of early third-period power plays put the Blue Jackets out in front, with Dan Fritsche picking off a clearing attempt by Niklas Kronwall and firing it past Osgood at 3:15 and Adam Foote scoring on a blast from the blue line 2:02 later.

Osgood finished the night with stops 21 on 25 shots against, while Norrena made 29 saves on 35 shots.

Detroit had three chances on the power play, scoring only once. Columbus had four tries and picked up two goals.

The Red Wings’ next game is Sunday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Detroit’s annual New Year’s Eve game.

Red Wings Strike Back at Blue Jackets

Two nights after an awful first period led to a 4-3 loss in Columbus, the Detroit Red Wings played a strong sixty minutes and capitalized on all their chances, earning a 5-0 win over the Blue Jackets in the second game of a home-and-home series.

Dominik Hasek, who was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period on Monday, made 27 saves en route to the shutout.

Like the Blue Jackets did in Columbus, the Red Wings got on the board early, with Dan Cleary scoring the first of his two goals just 5:46 into the game.

With the teams skating four aside, Mathieu Schneider fired a shot from the right point as Cleary cut across the top of the crease, in position to deflect the puck past goaltender Fredrik Norrena.

Cleary’s second of the night came 4:32 later on a Detroit power play. A shot from the left circle by Robert Lang left both teams scrambling at the top of the crease until the Blue Jackets attempted a clear up the middle. Nicklas Lidstrom held the puck in and quickly turned to put it back on net, where it was tipped by Cleary to put Detrot up by two.

Kirk Maltby‘s first goal of the season came at 6:15 of the second period. Maltby blocked an outlet pass by defenseman Aaron Johnson and skated in all alone on Norrena, lifting a shot over his shoulder from in close.

Columbus appeared to score later in the period but the goal was called back. Alexander Svitov appeared to score on his own rebound but on review it was determined that the puck crossed the goal line on the first attempt, a kick off a feed from Rick Nash. The disallowal of the first goal voided the second.

Just 1:02 past the game’s midway point, Lidstrom added a fourth Detroit goal off a blast from the blue line with the Red Wings on a power play.

Jason Williams closed the game’s scoring at 4:38 of the third, taking a long pass and skating in all alone on Norrena before putting the puck between his legs on a backhand shot.

Norrena was replaced by backup Ty Conklin to finish the game. Conklin stopped all three shots he faced after Norrena made 17 saves on 22 shots.

Detroit scored on two of their six power play chances, while stopping all six of Columbus’ tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Friday when they host the Minnesota Wild in the first game of a rare home-and-home-and-home that will see the two teams face off on Friday in Detroit, in Minnesota on Saturday, and back in Detroit on next Wednesday.

Rookie Matt Ellis played his second game for the Red Wings in place of the injured Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson is expected to return after Christmas.

Early Lead Holds in Blue Jackets’ Win Over Red Wings

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period and added one more late in the third, holding off a comeback by the Detroit Red Wings to pick up a 4-3 win.

Columbus opened the scoring at 8:30 with a shorthanded goal by Jason Chimera. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek misplayed the puck behind the net and Chimera jumped on it, looping back out in front of the goal to lift a shot over Hasek’s shoulder and into the top of the net.

Just 1:24, the Blue Jackets’ lead went to two when Rick Nash got the puck all alone in front of Hasek and put it around the sprawling goaltender.

With 1:22 remaining in the period, former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov notched his first of two goals on the night on a wrister from the right circle between Hasek’s legs, a power play goal.

Goaltender Chris Osgood, returning from a hand injury that forced him to miss six weeks, took over in the Detroit net for the second period as the Red Wings mounted a comeback.

With 6:03 remaining in the middle frame, Robert Lang got the puck from behind the net on a pass by Dan Cleary and put a shot into Columbus netminder Fredrik Norrena. Lang picked up his own rebound and reached across the top of the crease, putting it around Norrena to get the Red Wings on the board.

The game’s final minutes became a shootout when Jiri Hudler wristed a shot past Norrena with 7:18 remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings pressured to get the tying goal but Fedorov notched his second of the night with 1:52 remaining on a 3-on-1. Only 20 seconds later, Lang scored again to pull Detroit back within one.

With Osgood on the bench for the extra attacker, the Red Wings were unable to pull even and Columbus held on for the win.

Osgood finished the night with 13 saves on 14 shots, allowing only the eventual game-winner to Fedorov. Hasek made nine saves on 12 shots in his period of play, while Norrena stopped 33 of 36 shots against.

The Blue Jackets scored the game’s only power play goal on one of their six tries with the man-advantage. Detroit had four power play attempts.

The two teams will meet again in Detroit on Wednesday in the second game of their home-and-home series.

Cleary Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Blue Jackets

Checking-line forward Dan Cleary scored two goals Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cleary’s first goal came with 2:17 remaining in the first period, tipping a Chris Chelios shot from the point past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.

His second, a shorthanded goal, came with 5:56 left in the second period. Cleary streaked past the Blue Jackets’ defense down the left side of the ice and cut across the front of the net before lifting a backhand shot over Leclaire’s outstretched pad.

Between those goals, Ron Hainsey scored for Columbus to tie the game but Henrik Zetterberg quickly replied, putting Detroit back out in front.

Mikael Samuelsson added a goal on a delayed penalty just 1:29 after Cleary’s second.

Fredrik Norrena stopped all ten shots he faced after replacing Leclaire to start the third period. Leclair made 24 saves on 27 shots in the opening 40 minutes, while Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek made 16 saves on 17 shots.

Columbus’ lone goal came on the power play, putting them at 1-for-9 on the night. Detroit was scoreless in seven tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after having been sent to Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Brad Norton, returning from a shoulder injury, was assigned to the Griffins to make room in the lineup.

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