Red Wings Shelled in Season Opener, Drop 6-0 Decision to Blues

The Detroit Red Wings’s porous defense couldn’t stop the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night and their offense never got going, with the Blues taking a 6-0 win in the opening game of the 2013 season.

Special teams led the way for the Blues, with four of their goals coming with the man-advantage and a fifth coming while shorthanded.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, took only 14 shots on the night. None particularly challenging to Blues’ netminder Jaroslav Halak, save for one third-period goalmouth scramble.

Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring for the Blues at 6:36 of the first. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey couldn’t cut off a long pass from Ian Cole to Tarasenko at the Detroit blue line, leaving Tarasenko on a breakaway where he beat goalie Jimmy Howard high on the stick side.

Chris Stewart’s power play goal with 6:14 left in the period made it 2-0. After Stewart’s wraparound attempt, Howard lost track of the puck and sprawled out on his stomach facing the goal. By the time he realized he hadn’t covered it, Stewart had the puck in the slot and snapped a shot into the net.

Tarasenko’s second of the game put the Blues up by three just 29 seconds into the second period. Skating up the left wing, Tarasenko blew past Quincey to break in on Howard, beating him stick-side again.

T.J. Oshie scored a shorthanded goal with 4:51 left in the period to make it 4-0. Oshie slipped past the Detroit defense at the St. Louis blue line and Alex Pietrangelo hit him with a long pass to spring him in alone on Howard for a breakaway goal.

Stewart’s second of the night at 1:15 of the third was the end of the night for Howard. Stewart beat Howard on another power play breakaway opportunity to make it 5-0 and bring Jonas Gustavsson into the game in the Red Wings’ crease.

Patrik Berlund rounded out the scoring with 5:25 left in regulation, a power play deflection past Gustavsson.

The Blues finished the night with four power play goals on five attempts with the extra attacker. Detroit had four power play tries.

Howard stopped 23 of the 28 shots he faced in 41:15 of play. Gustavsson made seven saves on eight shots in 18:45.

The Red Wings are back at it on Monday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Detroit forward Jan Mursak left the game with a shoulder injury after the first period. He is expected to undergo testing on Sunday.

Howard Blanks Blues, Red Wings Wrap 2011 with 3-0 Win

Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings closed out the 2011 calendar year with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues Saturday night, the team’s eighth win in the last ten editions of their annual New Year’s Eve game.

Howard stopped all 31 shots he faced in shutting out the Blues. It was his third shutout of the Red Wings’ twelve-game home winning streak.

All of the game’s scoring came in the second period.

At 7:28 of the middle frame, Johan Franzen opened the game’s scoring. Franzen darted around Barret Jackman to cut through the right faceoff circle, then skated past Roman Polak at the top of the crease and wristed a shot past St. Louis netminder Brian Elliot.

Just 1:17 later, Justin Abdelkader made it 2-0. Drew Miller deflected an attempted pass by the Blues to Abdelkader at the left side of the slot for a snap shot past Elliot.

Earlier in the game, Abdelkader had taken a hit to the head from Ian Cole and missed time in the “quiet room,” where he was observed for concussion-like symptoms.

Jiri Hudler wrapped up the game’s scoring with 53 seconds left in the second. With two St. Louis defenders covering him, Hudler took a pass at the inside edge of the left circle and put a shot on Elliot, then followed up his own rebound to knock it into the goal.

Elliot finished the night with 28 saves on 31 Detroit shots.

The Wings were held scoreless on four power play chances. The Blues did not score on their three tries with the extra attacker.

Detroit is next in action on Tuesday when they begin a four game road trip in Dallas.


The Red Wings played without forwards Tomas Holmstrom and Darren Helm, both out with groin injuries and aiming for a return against Dallas… Defenseman Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch.

Datsyuk Leads Red Wings to Second Consecutive Win

Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

On Friday night, Datsyuk scored in overtime to give Detroit a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Datsyuk scored with 6:47 remaining in the third period Saturday, breaking a 3-3 tie. Ian Cole turned the puck over to Datsyuk along the boards right wing boards, then Datsyuk jumped between Cole and T.J. Oshie. Moving to the slot, Datsyuk stickhandled around Roman Polak and snapped a shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Justin Abdelkader scored 1:20 later, taking a feed from Niklas Kronwall to break in alone and wrist a shot past Halak, locking up the win.

The Blues had opened the game’s scoring at 9:17 of the first when Adam Cracknell took a feed from Ryan Reeves and whipped a shot past Jimmy Howard from the left faceoff circle.

Ruslan Salei took advantage of a St. Louis turnover to get Detroit on the board 2:34 later, picking up a loose puck at the top of the right circle and snapping it past Halak.

Just 16 seconds later, Darren Helm knocked the rebound of an Abdelkader chance past Halak to put the Red Wings in the lead.

Niklas Kronwall’s power play blast from just inside the blue line made it 3-1 in favor of the Wings with 1:25 remaining in the second.

David Backes started St. Louis’ rally at 3:48 of the third, snapping the rebound of his own shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard.

Matt D’Agostini tied it up 2:31 later, deflecting a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the point past Howard.

Kronwall’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker while the Blues had four.

Howard made 26 saves on 29 shots. Halak stopped 22 of 27 chances.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday when they host the Washington Capitals.