Red Wings Open Road Trip with Loss to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off their six-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic with 3:30 remaining and Detroit skating six-on-five.

All of the game’s goals came at uneven manpower strengths.

Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring at 1:48 of the second period, rifling a shot from near where Tatar would later score past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a Vancouver power play.

Radim Vrbata scored off the rebound of is own shot from the inside edge of the left circle with 9:11 left in the third to make it 2-0, another power play goal.

After the Red Wings pulled to within one, Henrik Sedin added two empty-net goals to round out the game’s scoring.

Howard stopped twenty of the 22 shots he faced for Detroit while Ryan Miller made 29 saves on thirty shots for Vancouver.

The Canucks scored twice on four power play chances while the Wings were zero-for-three.

Detroit’s trip continues in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Andersson, Brunner Score Twice in Red Wings’ Rout of Canucks

Two Red Wings rookies led Detroit to an 8-3 rout of the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, as Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner each scored twice to supply half the team’s goals.

In all, seven Red Wings had multiple points as Wings won their second game in as many nights. The twelve goals the team scored over the weekend matched their total over their previous five-game losing streak.

It was the Canucks who scored early and even carried a lead into the first intermission before the Red Wings scored five unanswered goals to end the game.

Daniel Sedin opened the scoring at 5:45 of the first period on a patient passing play with brother Henrik. The two traded off the puck several times in the Wings’ zone, looking for an opening. Henrik took it behind the net and Daniel jumped into the slot alone to take a pass and snap a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Jordin Tootoo evened things up with 8:52 remaining in the period. Coming down the right wing, his initial centering attempt was blocked by Jason Garrison but he picked the puck back up and threw it to the front of the net again, with it bouncing off Keith Ballard before hitting the inside of the post and going in behind Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. It was Tootoo’s second goal as a Red Wing, with both deflecting in off a defender.

Niklas Kronwall gave Detroit their first lead just 1:29 later. Pavel Datsyuk prevented a Vancouver clearing attempt at the left point and drove to the net, drawing a delayed penalty. He and Daniel Cleary kept control of the puck into the right corner before sending a pass out to Kronwall at the blue line for a slap shot that deflected past Luongo.

The Canucks would stage a rally with a pair of quick goals of their own late in the period.

Daniel Sedin tied the game with 3:42 remaining in the period. Henrik Sedin sent a long pass from his own side of center into the Red Wings’ zone and off the endboards to Daniel streaking in off the left wing. Having gotten around Jonathan Ericsson, Daniel backhanded a shot past Howard from in close to make it 2-2.

Just 2:08 later, Chris Higgins picked the puck off Justin Abdelkader‘s stick in the right faceoff circle and raced behind the net for a wraparound chance that went in on the far side of Howard.

Cleary began the Red Wings’ charge with a power play goal at 2:57 of the second period to tie things back up. Brunner picked up the rebound of his own chance from the right circle and shoveled it across to Cleary, wide open to jam the puck home at the far side of the net.

The Red Wings thought they had a lead with 5:40 left in the second when Patrick Eaves knocked a loose puck past Luongo on a delayed penalty but the play was blown dead before the puck went in. On the ensuing power play, however, Henrik Zetterberg netted a goal that did count, tipping a pass in the slot from Datsyuk on the right wing through traffic and past Luongo.

After an apparent Datsyuk goal was correctly waived off for being played with a high stick, Brunner extended the Red Wings’ lead with another power play goal with 42 seconds left in the period. Kronwall’s shot from the top of the right circle was kicked out into the slot where Brunner picked it up and cut towards the bottom of the right circle, where he lifted a shot over a sprawling Luongo.

Brunner made it 6-3 at 9:36 of the third period, throwing a knuckling shot from the top of the right circle on net and past Luongo.

Andersson scored his first of the night with 3:21 remaining in regulation, rifling a shot from the top of the left circle that was tipped by the outstretched stick of Ballard to get past Luongo.

He added another to close out the scoring 52 seconds later, taking a feed from Brunner at the left side of the slot and slapping a chance past Luongo.

Luongo entered the game with the best goals-against average in the league. He stopped 20 of the 28 shots he faced on the night and dropped to tenth in the league in GAA.

Howard, who was slated to have the night off until backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson‘s groin injury resurfaced, finished the night with 18 saves on 21 shots against.

Detroit scored three power play goals on five chances with the extra attacker, plus an additional goal on a delayed call. Vancouver was scoreless on their two power play tries.

The Red Wings now head out for their first trip West of the season, facing the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Canucks End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

Newest Red Wing Kyle Quincey scored in his first game back with Detroit and the Wings’ third line contributed to three goals but it didn’t stop the Vancouver Canucks from ending their NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games, defeating the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout.

Alexandre Burrows scored the only goal of the tiebreaker on Vancouver’s third shot, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard high.

Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo stopped Jiri Hudler, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi while Howard made saves on David Booth and Alexander Edler.

The Red Wings appeared to be headed to their 24th consecutive home win until the Canucks tied things up with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

Off an icing call, Vancouver won the draw in the Detroit zone and kept control of the puck, getting a couple chances before Daniel Sedin blasted a shot from the high slot through a screen and past Howard.

Darren Helm had opened the game’s scoring with 8:44 left in the first period. On a two on one with Justin Abdelkader, Helm looked like he was going to pass all the way down the ice before finally flipping a weak shot past Luongo to give the Red Wings their first lead.

Daniel Sedin made it 1-1 with 6:26 left in the second period. Edler’s shot from above the right faceoff circle was slowed down by Henrik Sedin before Daniel picked it up at the edge of the crease and shoveled it in around Howard.

Quincey restored the Detroit lead at 6:08 of the third, swatting a shot from the slot past Luongo off a feed from Abdelkader.

With 6:34 remaining, Cody Hodgson‘s attempted pass from the left circle went off Detroit defender Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to tie things back up.

Just twenty seconds later, Abdelkader made it 3-2. Helm drove to the net and put a shot off the post, with the puck sliding up to Luongo’s pad. Abdelkader jumped in and knocked the loose puck into the net.

Luongo finished the night with 33 saves on 36 Detroit chances while Howard stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Wings having five tries with the extra attacker to Vancouver’s four.

The Red Wings are next in action on Saturday night when they host Quincey’s former team, the Colorado Avalanche.


With the Red Wings now carrying eight defensemen on their roster, Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore were both healthy scratches… Pavel Datsyuk missed his second game since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday… Quincey wore #27, after having worn #45 and #4 in his first stint with the Red Wings.

Datsyuk, Howard Selected by Team Chara for All-Star Game

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Jimmy Howard were selected by All-Star team captain Zdeno Chara at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday.

Datsyuk was the first overall selection of the draft. Howard was the last goalie selected, going in the tenth round (the round by which all goalies were required to be selected).

Team captains were Boston’s Chara, with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul as an assistant, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, assisted by Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The full draft list is as follows:

Round 1
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

Round 2
Team Chara: Tim Thomas, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Round 3
Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Round 4
Team Chara: Marian Hossa, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Round 5
Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Round 6
Team Chara: Corey Perry, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Round 7
Team Chara:Carey Price, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, St. Louis

Round 8
Team Chara: Phil Kessel, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, Nashville

Round 9
Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Round 10
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, NY Rangers

Round 11
Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, Phoenix

Round 12
Team Chara: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Round 13
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Round 14
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, Pittsburgh

Round 15
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, Vancouver

Round 16
Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, NY Islanders

Round 17
Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia

Round 18
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, Buffalo

Round 19
Team Chara: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, San Jose

Howard, Datsyuk Named to NHL All-Star Teams

The National Hockey League announced the list of 36 players selected to the 2012 All-Star teams on Thursday, joining six player voted in by the fans.

The Red Wings will be represented by goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Pavel Datsyuk.

It will be Howard’s first All-Star appearance. In his third full NHL season, he has a league-leading 24 wins, with a .924 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.

Datsyuk will make his second trip to the All-Star Game, having previously appeared in the 2004 contest. He was also selected to the 2009 roster but skipped the game with an injury. He currently leads the Red Wings in points with 43.

A notable omission from the roster is Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who reportedly requested the weekend off.

The All-Star Game will be played on January 29, hosted by the Ottawa Senators.

The full list of selected players is as follows:

Forwards
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goaltenders
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

Red Wings Fall to Canucks on Sedin’s Two Goals

Daniel Sedin scored twice Wednesday night, providing all of the offense needed to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Sedin opened the game’s scoring at 6:31 of the second period when his attempted cross-crease pass bounced off the skate of countryman Nicklas Lidstrom and past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

He notched another ay 9:29 of the third with Vancouver on the power play. Howard lost his stick in a scramble around his crease but still made a toe stop on Sedin’s initial shot from the right faceoff circle. Henrik Sedin picked up the loose puck and sent it back to his brother, who lifted it over the sprawled Howard.

Jiri Hudler banged home the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom power play chance 2:09 later to pull the Red Wings to back within a goal but Detroit was unable to even things up.

Both teams finished the night one-for-three on the power play.

Howard stopped 31 of 33 shots faced while Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo made 39 saves on 40 shots.

The Red Wings next host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third game of their five-game homestand. They are 0-1-1 in the first two games of the stretch.


Detroit was without Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi… Jiri Hudler returned to the lineup… Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense.

Red Wings Rally for OT Win over Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings bounced back from a 4-3 deficit late in the third period Wednesday night, scoring with 3:54 remaining to force overtime and adding another in the extra period for a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Nicklas Lidstrom evened the game up on a Detroit power play, putting home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg shot into an open net from the left faceoff circle.

Zetterberg then gave the Red Wings the win, snapping a shot past Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo from the left faceoff dot with 2:01 left in the overtime period.

Danny Cleary had opened the game’s scoring at 8:12 of the first. Brian Rafalski sent a long pass from the Detroit zone to Todd Bertuzzi at the Vancouver blue line. Bertuzzi gained the zone and moved the puck across to Cleary, who fired it past Luongo from high in the right circle.

A power play goal by Henrik Sedin tied the game back up just 1:11 into the second. Ryan Kesler got the puck from Daniel Sedin in front of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard and passed it off to Henrik at the edge of the crease for a tap into the open net.

Valtteri Filppula restored the Red Wings’ lead at 6:29 of the period, swatting the rebound of a Cleary chance past Luongo.

Daniel Sedin tied the game back up with 8:39 left in the second, scoring a power play goal that was nearly a carbon-copy of his brother’s.

Former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson gave the Canucks their first lead with 21 seconds left in the second. Brad Stuart couldn’t hold the puck in the Vancouver end and the Canucks broke out on a three-on-two. After gaining the Detroit zone, Henrik Sedin dropped it to Samuelsson for a snap shot from the top of the left circle that deflected off of Stuart’s stick and past Howard.

Zetterberg’s first of the night evened things back up. At 1:54 of the first he snuck a low-angle shot between the post and Luongo’s pad to make it 3-3.

Jeff Tambellini beat Howard with 7:50 remaining to put the Canucks back out in front before Detroit’s comeback.

The Canucks finished the night two-for-three on the power play. The Red Wings went one-for-four.

Howard stopped 35 of 39 shots on the night while Luongo made 40 saves on 45 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action Thursday night when the visit the St. Louis Blues.


The Red Wings lost forward Pavel Datsyuk to a wrist injury late in the first period. He did not return… Ruslan Salei‘s assist on Zetterberg’s first goal was his 200th career point.

Losing Sight of the Real Issue

Aside from not being funny, one of the reasons I’m not a good blogger is that I don’t like to make a post that’s just in reply to a post from another blogger on another site.

I’m still an old-school forum fan, I like threaded discussion, so I just reply at the blog itself. I figure that if you all want to read what other people have to say you’re already reading them. I don’t want to clutter up A2Y with my babbling, though, so this time I’m breaking my thoughts off there and bringing them back home.

Bill at Abel to Yzerman took offense to Greg Wyshynski’s comment that the worst thing about last night’s no goal was that it would fuel anti-Detroit conspiracy theories. Wyshynski linked to A2Y as an example.

And thus, twelve hours after the call that inspired it all, discussion was reduced to whether or not Wyshynski insulted Wings fans, whether or not he’s biased, etc.

Here’s the deal: I don’t care if he’s biased. I don’t care what he says about Wings fans. What I care about is as many people as possible talking about what an awful call that was.

I don’t think there’s a logically-minded hockey fan out there who doesn’t see that this was a bad call. We’re all united in that. The league doesn’t have to respect its fans and give us an answer, though, because it knows we’ll fall into name-calling and forget what the original issue was.

Why are blog posts being made about the reaction to the bad call? The focus should be the call itself.

It shouldn’t be about conspiracy theories or whether or not a similarly-bad call has ever gone the other way. As a whole, hockey fans should be upset every time this happens. A Coyotes fan watching Vancouver get robbed or a Flyers fan seeing a bad call against Florida, we shouldn’t brush these things off based on the team it happens to because the next time it could be our team.

Henrik Sedin had a goal waved off? Show me the video, I’ll complain about that one, too, if I think it’s justified. We live in the age of YouTube, there’s no reason not to let the video evidence speak for itself rather than our own biases towards or against individual teams.

Officiating like this hurts us all and we should all take offense to it.

Red Wings Rally for First Road Win

Down by two goals just 7:05 into Tuesday’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, the Detroit Red Wings rallied for a 5-4 win. It was their first win on the road this season.

Vancouver took an early lead, scoring twice on their first four shots before Detroit goalie Chris Osgood was replaced by backup Jimmy Howard.

Howard stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced for the rest of the game, outdueling Canucks superstar netminder Roberto Luongo en route to his second career win.

Luongo stopped 37 of the 42 chances he faced.

Henrik Sedin scored just 30 seconds into the game and Christian Erhoff added another goal 6:35 later to chase Osgood from the net.

Tomas Holmstrom completed a pretty passing play from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk to put Detroit on the board with 4:13 left in the first period, tapping home a chance from the edge of the crease.

After a scoreless second period, Niklas Kronwall tied the game 3:51 into the third period, sneaking a shot through a screen by Holmstrom and past Luongo.

The Canucks regained the lead 1:14 later with a power play goal by former Red Wing Mathieu Schneider but Pavel Datsyuk tied the game back up one minute after that.

Datsyuk’s second of the night – a power play goal – gave the Wings a 4-3 lead at 9:31 of the period.

With Vancouver on a five-on-three, Sedin knocked in the puck from the back side of the goal to pull the Canucks back into a tie with 7:53 remaining in the third.

The Red Wings rebounded with another power play goal of their own as Jason Williams beat Luongo off a feed from Valtteri Filppula with 5:03 left in regulation.

Howard made several stops to keep the Wings in it in the final minutes as they held on for the win.

Detroit finished the night two-for-three on the power play. Vancouver went two-for-four including the five-on-three goal.


Brad May fought Tanner Glass midway through the second period… The Canucks lost Ryan Johnson after he crashed heavily into the boards in the second period.

Red Wings End Slide in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings ended a three-game winless streak on Thursday, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a game decided by a shootout.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the only goal of the tiebreaker, slipping a backhander through the pads of Roberto Luongo on Detroit’s second shot.

“Simple, yet brilliant,” Luongo said of the goal. “He carried it on the forehand, slid it to the backhand, waited for me to open up and went five hole.”

Dan Cleary scored both of the Red Wings’ regulation goals, putting the team up by two before a Vancouver comeback.

With 1:44 left in the first period Cleary got the Red Wings on the board, tipping an Andreas Lilja shot from the point. The puck bounced down to the ice, up off Luongo’s glove, and into the net.

Just 1:51 into the second he added another. Valtteri Filppula won a battle for the puck along the right wing boards, moved into the high slot, and worked it down low to Cleary in front of the net for a tip past Luongo.

The Canucks tied the game up before the end of the period.

With 4:39 left, Sami Salo fired a blast from the point. Dominik Hasek came out of the Detroit net to make the stop but the rebound came right to Henrik Sedin to put into the open net.

Markus Naslund evened things up with 1:52 remaining, spinning around a defender in the right circle and throwing the puck to the front of the net, where it deflected off of Brian Rafalski‘s skate and past Hasek.

Hasek finished the night with 26 saves on 28 shots. Luongo stopped 47 of Detroit’s 49 chances.

Neither team scored on the power play. The Red Wings had three tries with the extra attacker while the Canucks had two.