Third-Period Lead Not Enough as Red Wings Fall to Stars in OT

Pavel Datsyuk gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 lead with 8:26 remaining in regulation on Thursday night but it wasn’t enough, with the Dallas Stars scoring in the final minutes of the third and again late in the overtime period for a 4-3 win.

Datsyuk got the puck all alone at the top of the right faceoff circle and faked around Dallas’ Shawn Horcoff to get into the slot, then snapped a shot past both defender Jordie Benn and goalie Kari Lehtonen to put the Red Wings in front.

A Justin Abdelkader penalty for goalie interference would set up the Stars’ tying goal.

Skating six-on-four with 1:10 remaining, Cody Eakin got the puck at the left faceoff dot and whipped a shot through traffic and off of Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s blocker, into the top of the net for a 3-3 tie.

The Stars would sustain pressure in the Detroit zone leading to the game-winning goal. Valeri Nichushkin dropped the puck to Rich Peverley down low on the left wing and Peverley looped back up that side of the ice, cutting across the top of the faceoff circle to the slot before snapping a screened shot past Howard to give the Stars the win with just 19 seconds remaining.

Detroit had opened the game’s scoring at 7:44 of the second period when Henrik Zetteberg fed Todd Bertuzzi for a one-time from the left side of the high slot that deflected twice before getting past Lehtonen.

With 5:10 left in the middle frame, Adam Almquist‘s first NHL goal made it a 2-0 lead for Detroit. From down low, Zetterberg sent it out to Almquist pinching to the right side of the slot for a snap past Lehtonen.

Horcoff got the Stars on the board with 21 seconds left in the second. The Red Wings lost a puck battle along the right wing boards and Ray Whitney worked it to Horcoff all alone in front of Howard for a quick move to his forehand and a wrister into the back of the net.

Jamie Benn‘s individual effort at 4:08 of the third tied things up before the Datsyuk goal. Benn knocked the puck off Darren Helm‘s stick at the Dallas blue line then circled through his own zone before breaking down the ice, through four Red Wings, and sliding a shot under Howard while falling at the edge of the crease.

Howard would finish the night with 24 saves on 28 shots against. Lehtonen stopped 26 of 29 shots faced.

The Stars scored on one of two power play attempts. Detroit did not get any opportunities with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are back at it on Saturday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Almquist was playing in just his second NHL game… Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith, and Jonathan Ericsson all missed the game with injuries while Patrick Eaves and Jordin Tootoo were healthy scratches… Tootoo cleared waivers earlier in the day… With Gustavsson returning from injury, Jared Coreau was returned to Toledo of the ECHL.

Nyquist Demoted as Red Wings Set 23-Man Roster

The Detroit Red Wings set their initial 23-man roster on Monday, sending forward Gustav Nyquist to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins as part of the effort.

In addition to demoting Nyquist, the team placed forwards Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves on long-term injured reserve. Forward Jordin Tootoo and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson went on short-term injured reserve.

Though he cleared waivers earlier in the day and Detroit general manager Ken Holland had said he would be assigned to Grand Rapids, center Cory Emmerton remained with the Red Wings. He can be demoted any time in the next month or before he plays ten games without needing to clear waivers again.

To take advantage of the salary cap benefits of Helm and Eaves going on LTIR, defenseman Xavier Ouellet was callled up from the Griffins. Goalie Jared Coreau was called up to replace Gustavsson.

Some of these moves are expected to be “paper moves” with additional roster manipulation coming before the Red Wings’ opener on Wednesday night. Specifically, Coreau may switch spots with Petr Mrazek and Ouellet may swap out for someone else.

Griffins Jersey Number Updates

I’ve already looked at the Red Wings’ jersey number changes this season but now that the Griffins have released their camp roster, I can do the same for them.

None of last-season’s full-time Griffins are changing their numbers for the coming year but all of the players who joined the team late in the season have been assigned different numbers than those they wore during Grand Rapids’ Calder Cup run.

Defenseman Ryan Sproul gives up the #2 he had been wearing (having inherited it from Cody Lampl and Carlo Colaiacovo) to Joe Hartman, switching to the #7 vacated by Brendan Smith‘s ascension to the Detroit roster full-time. Fellow blueliner Xavier Ouellet switches from #37 to #16 while Richard Nedomlel goes from #41 to #45, a rare case of a Griffin wearing a high number.

With Ouellet taking #16, Marek Tvrdon drops to the #13 previously assigned to Gustav Nyquist, who seems poised to make the jump to the Red Wings.

Teemu Pulkkinen switches from #26 to the #6 that was briefly assigned to Andreas Athanasiou, with #26 going to free-agent signing David McIntyre. Calle Jarnkrok drops from the #25 he shared with Mike Knuble last year (and was originally assigned to Damien Brunner) to the #12 vacated by Brent Raedeke‘s departure. Kevin Lynch picks up the #25 from Jarnkrok.

Newcomer Alden Hirschfeld takes Francis Pare‘s old #9. Similarly, Martin Frk picks up Tomas Tatar‘s #27, Dane Walters gets Brian Lashoff‘s #32, Travis Novak will wear Jan Mursak‘s #39 and Alexey Marchenko gets the #3 that was shared by Erik Spady, Mark Mitera and Brett Skinner.

Goalie Jared Coreau gets his usual #31, meaning that he joins Landon Ferraro (#29) and Petr Mrazek (#34) as the only Griffins assigned the same number in Grand Rapids as they are in Detroit.

Joakim Andersson‘s old #18, Chad Billins‘ #14 and Danny DeKeyser‘s #55 were not assigned for camp.

Red Wings Assign Eight to Griffins

One day after sending seventeen players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings assigned eight more to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Forwards Riley Sheahan, Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Louis-Marc Aubry and Luke Glendening were sent down as the Griffins begin their training camp in Grand Rapids. They’re joined by defensemen Nathan Paetsch and Alexey Marchenko and goalie Jared Coreau.

The Red Wings are now down to 30 players on their training camp roster. Expected Griffins still in Detroit are Teemu Pulkkinen, Willie Coetzee, Adam Almquist and Petr Mrazek. Pulkkinen is currently suspended and required to remain with the Red Wings but is practicing with the Griffins, Coetzee has been injured, and Mrazek is expected to fill in for injured Detroit backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

Detroit has three preseason games remaining. The Griffins play two preseason matches this weekend.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short in Preseason Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings got two goals in the final 7:02 of play on Sunday but it wasn’t enough as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tomas Tatar opened the game’s scoring for Detroit before the Blackhawks rattled off four consecutive goals.

At 7:29 of the first period, Gustav Nyquist won a battle for the puck behind the Chicago net, then sent it out front to Tatar for a quick wrister past goalie Corey Crawford.

Just 1:49 later, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard couldn’t corral an awkward rebound and defenseman Brendan Smith opted to skate with the puck rather than shoot it clear. Chicago’s Byron Froese poked it away from Smith and swatted a shot past Howard to tie things up.

The Blackhawks took the lead with 2:54 remaining in the first. Defenseman Alexey Marchenko mishandled the puck along the left wing boards in the Detroit zone and gave it away to Joakim Nordstrom, who broke in on goal and around Smith, firing a shot that ramped up Smith’s stick and past Howard to make it 2-1.

After a scoreless second period, Garret Ross capitalized on a miscue behind the Detroit net to make it 3-1 at 2:29 of the third. Howard went behind the net to play the puck and Smith came through as well, attempting to send a pass to Henrik Zetterberg in the corner but missing and putting it right on Ross’ stick. Ross flung it on net from the right wing boards and Howard got back into the crease just in time to get a piece of it with his skate and knock it into the net.

Froese’s second of the night would make it 4-1 just 56 seconds later, as he was left open in front of the net to take a feed from Brent Seabrook in the corner and knock the puck past Howard.

Though Howard was scheduled to play all 60 minutes of the tilt, Jared Coreau replaced him in the Detroit net after Chicago’s fourth goal.

Tatar deflected a Nyquist shot from the left faceoff circle past Crawford on a power play with 7:02 remaining to pull Detroit to within two goals.

With 41 seconds left and Coreau on the bench for an extra attacker, Jonathan Ericsson sent a seeing-eye shot from the right point through traffic to make it 4-3.

Crawford would make a toe stop on the goal line in the closing seconds to prevent the Red Wing from tying things on a goalmouth scramble.

Crawford finished the night with 30 saves on 33 shots against. Howard made 16 saves on 20 shots while Coreau stopped all four chances he faced.

Tatar’s second was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had four chances on the power play to Chicago’s three.

Red Wings Blanked by Blackhawks in Exhibition

One night after a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Detroit’s second game of their eight-game preseason schedule.

The Red Wings played without Johan Franzen, who was kept out of the lineup with a hip flexor. They also lost the services of forwards Teemu Pulkkinen and MItch Callahan. Both were ejected for boarding, with Pulkkinen out just 2:16 in to the game and Callahan at 2:20 of the second period.

Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored just 1:09 apart late in the middle period to provide all the game’s scoring. Sharp snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson with 3:23 remaining and Smith deflected a chance by Jimmy Hayes with 2:14 left.

Gustavsson finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots in two periods of play. Jared Coreau stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period. Corey Crawford made 19 saves to earn the shutout for Chicago.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Blackhawks – 9/17

Coming off a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh last night, the Red Wings move on to face the Blackhawks in Chicago tonight.

The red team gets the nod this time around, with the lineup looking as follows:

Todd BertuzziStephen WeissDaniel Alfredsson
Gustav NyquistRiley SheahanTomas Jurco
Teemu PulkkinenAndreas AthanasiouMitch Callahan
Drew MillerCory EmmertonPatrick Eaves

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson
Nathan PaetschBrian Lashoff
Xavier Oulette – Ryan Sproul

Jonas Gutstavsson will start in goal and Jared Coreau will play the third period.

Game time is 8:00 PM. It will not be televised in either market and won’t be on the radio in Detroit but WGN will carry it in Chicago and stream the feed.

Red Wings Claim Prospect Tournament Title

The Detroit Red Wings earned their first-ever championship at the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament on Monday night.

The host Red Wings defeated the prospects from the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, in a rematch of the 2011 championship.

Detroit’s 2013 draft picks led the way, with Anthony Mantha (first round, 20th overall) scoring twice and Zach Nastasiuk (second round, 48th overall) adding another. Tomas Jurco (second round, 35th overall in 2011) rounded out the scoring.

Mantha got things started with a power play goal with just 1:18 remaining in the first period and extended Detroit’s lead only 29 seconds into the second.

Frederick Roy pulled Buffalo back to within a goal at 3:22 of the third before Nastasiuk put the Red Wings back up by a pair at the period’s midway point.

With 7:13 remaining the Sabres pulled back within striking distance on a goal by Peter Trainor.

Jurco scored into the empty net in the game’s final minute to secure the win.

Undrafted free agent signing Jared Coreau got the win in goal for Detroit, stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced for his second victory of the tournament. Nathan Lieuwen took the loss for the Sabres with 36 saves on 39 shots.

Red Wings Ink Howard to Six-Year Extension

The Detroit Red Wings made it official on Tuesday, announcing the signing of a six-year contract extension for goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Howard had spoken about the deal late last week, stating that the two sides were “really, really, really close” to an agreement.

Though team policy prevents the release of financial details, the contract is reportedly worth $31.8 million, good for a $5.3 million salary cap hit. It makes Howard the Red Wings’ highest-paid goalie since the team had both Dominik Hasek and Curtis Joseph signed to $8-million deals during the 2003-04 season.

Howard has a 17-12-6 record this season, with a .920 save percentage and a 2.31 goals against average. In four seasons since becoming the starter for Detroit, he has a 126-61-25 record. His career save percentage is .917 and goals against average is 2.39.

With the signing, the Red Wings are projected to have approximately $12.5 million remaining in cap space for the 2013-14 season, with 18 current roster players (including goalie Jared Coreau) already signed. The team has nine pending free agents. Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson will be restricted free agents while Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary, Drew Miller and Ian White will be unrestricted.

Red Wings Sign Northern Michigan Goalie Coreau

In their only move on the day of the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday the signing of goaltender Jared Coreau to an entry-level contract.

Coreau, 21, is coming off his junior year with Northern Michigan University, a season in which he went 15-19-4 with a 2.70 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

He spent three years with the Wildcats, compiling a 32-31-8 record.

Coreau had attended rookie camps with the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers after his first two seasons with NMU. In addition to the Red Wings, the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks were said to have interest in the 6’5″ netminder following his team’s loss to Michigan in the opening round of the CCHA tournament.

With the addition of Coreau, the crease is crowded across the Red Wings organization. Jimmy Howard has the starter’s role with the Red Wings, backed up by Jonas Gustavsson. Rookie Petr Mrazek has taken over as starter for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins with Tom McCollum as his backup. Jordan Pearce is with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. Changes could come quickly this summer, however, as Howard, McCollum and Pearce are all scheduled to become free agents. Pearce, in particular, is expected to leave hockey to pursue a career in medicine.

In signing with Detroit, Coreau forgoes his final year of NCAA eligibility.

The long-rumored signing is Detroit’s second of an NCAA player in the last week, as the team agreed to terms with Western Michigan University defenseman Danny DeKeyser on Friday.