Red Wings Rally for Shootout Win over Flames

The Detroit Red Wings never led Friday night but rallied from two goals down to beat the Calgary Flames in a shootout, 5-4.

The Flames led 4-2 in the final minute of the second period but Patrick Eaves scored a power play goal from the left faceoff circle with 18 seconds remaining to make it 4-3.

Brian Rafalski‘s second goal of the night tied the game. At 8:16 of the third period, Rafalski jumped up to hold in the puck at the right point and carried it into the Calgary zone, beating goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with a shot from the boards.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Wings the win.

The Flames had opened the game’s scoring at 8:43 of the first, when Curtis Glencross snuck a shot under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s pad from right in front.

Darren Helm replied for the Red Wings, slipping a shot from an acute angle between Kiprusoff’s pads with 4:02 left in the period.

Jarome Iginla would restore the Calgary lead with only 10 seconds left in the first, beating Howard on a wraparound chance.

Rafalski’s first of the night came just 41 seconds into the second, when his shot on a rush deflected off a Calgary defenseman and past Kiprusoff.

Glencross outwaited Howard while cutting across the goal mouth to make it 3-2 28 seconds later. Anton Babchuk’s power play goal with 8:27 left in the second wrapped up the Calgary scoring.

Howard finished the night with 35 saves on 39 shots. Kiprusoff stopped 23 of 27 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday night when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

At the midway point of the third period the Red Wings lost defenseman Brad Stuart to a broken jaw, suffered on a high hit from Calgary’s Tom Kostopoulos. The team says he is out indefinitely.

Lidstrom Lifts Red Wings Past Flames in OT

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored 1:38 into overtime Sunday night, lifting the Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames.

Lidstrom took a feed from Darren Helm in the left faceoff circle, cut across the top of the crease to outwait Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, and slid a backhander into the back of the net.

The Red Wings had forced overtime with just 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation while skating six-on-four.

Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck into the Flames’ zone, splitting the Calgary forwards. Defenseman Cory Sarich was caught without a stick and couldn’t block Datsyuk’s pass to Henrik Zetterberg at the left side of the slot, where he snapped a shot into the top of the net.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring just 1:56 into the game, when Johan Franzen snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle past Kiprusoff on a Detroit power play.

Niklas Hagman responsed for the Flames at 5:21 of the first, beating Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard one-on-one after Jarome Iginla gained the Red Wings’ zone on an odd-man rush.

Iginla put Calgary out front with the next two goals. Just 54 seconds into the second he beat Howard from the bottom of the right faceoff circle after a turnover behind the net. He scored again 3:15 later, flipping the puck into an open net from a sharp angle on a Flames power play.

Datsyuk tipped a Brian Rafalski shot in at 2:28 of the third period for Detroit’s second power play goal, pulling the Red Wings back within one.

Alex Tanguay carried the puck across the goal mouth and beat Howard at 7:14 of the period to restore Calgary’s two-goal lead at 4-2.

Zetterberg’s first of the night drew the Wings to back within one with 8:56 left in the third as he backhanded a shot from the slot past Kiprusoff.

Kiprusoff stopped 33 of the 38 shots he faced on the night. Howard made 23 saves on 27 shots.

The Flames scored once on three power play tries. Detroit had three goals with the extra attacker on seven chances.

The win gives the Red Wings 11 out of a possible 12 points in the standings during their season-long six-game homestand. They’ll next be in action on Wednesday night when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game during the first period after a shot hit his ankle. He returned for the second… Forward Danny Cleary did not return after leaving the game in the second period with what the team called an upper body injury.

Red Wings – Flames Postgame Notes

So I realize I’m being quite the pessimist as of late but I’d rather look at the negative after a win than the positive after a loss. I love that the Red Wings are winning games but I look at a game like tonight and think, again, that it was a win they didn’t deserve.

That said, this is a different kind of undeserved win than the ones I complained about against St. Louis and Anaheim. Well, closer to Anaheim than St. Louis at least.

The Red Wings would not have won tonight’s game without the Flames repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot.

Matt Stajan’s ridiculous holding penalty with 4:31 remaining didn’t hurt Calgary but it was pushing their luck. Jarome Iginla squaring off with Justin Abdelkader (before the linesmen intervened) was just stupid on the Calgary captain’s fault.

There was nothing for the Flames to gain by Iginla fighting Abdelkader. The penalty would have been matching whether the fight had happened or not and taking Iginla off the ice at the expense of Abdelkader is a move the Wings would make in an instant. Maybe Iginla wouldn’t have touched the ice on the PK but he should have been on the bench with his team.

Cory Sarich’s broken stick in the final seconds? The Wings couldn’t have asked for a luckier break (pun not intended). While Pavel Datsyuk‘s pass and Henrik Zetterberg‘s shot to tie the game were fantastic, none of that happens without that insane piece of luck.

Until the overtime the Red Wings could get nothing going. Their forecheck was weak, they couldn’t keep control of the puck, and in their own end Jimmy Howard had another off night.

And then Nicklas Lidstrom made a great move in OT and Detroit got two points out of a game they were four seconds away from getting none.

Three Red Wings to Start All-Star Game

Three Detroit Red Wings will be on the ice at the start of the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nicklas Lidstrom were voted as starters to the Western Conference squad, to be coached by Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.

Lidstrom led all Western Conference players in votes with 477,787. Zetterberg and Datsyuk led all forwards with 326,244 and 303,309, respectively.

It marks the tenth All-Star appearance for Lidstrom, who has played in every All-Star Game since 1998. Zetterberg and Datsyuk were selected for the second time, though Zetterberg opted out of his prior opportunity with a back injury.

Calgary’s Jarome Iginla will be the other forward starter with teammate Dion Phaneuf joining Lidstrom on the blue line. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo will get the start in net.

The Eastern Conference forward starters are Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier, and Daniel Alfresson. Zdeno Chara and Andrei Markov start on defense with Martin Brodeur in goal.

Datsyuk Leads Red Wings over Flames

Pavel Datsyuk scored two highlight-reel goals Tuesday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

Datsyuk finished the game with three points, adding an assist on a Tomas Holmstrom goal to his two goals. Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom contributed to a pair of goals.

Robyn Regehr put Calgary on the board first putting a quick wrister through a screen and past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood with 8:59 remaining in the first.

Datsyuk responded for the Red Wings with 4:11 remaining in the period. Datsyuk took a Holmstrom pass while cutting across the Calgary blue line, then stepped around defenseman Cory Sarich and ripped a shot into the top of the net.

The Wings took the lead just 23 seconds later when Kris Draper scored a rebound goal. The goal came just minutes before Draper would leave the game with a leg injury, suffered after fighting for the puck along the boards with Owen Nolan.

At 4:36 of the second and with Detroit on a five-on-three, Holmstrom scored to put the Red Wings up by a pair. Datsyuk got the puck in the left faceoff circle and Holmstrom moved out from his usual spot at the top of the crease into the slow. Datsyuk got him the puck and Holmstrom threw it through Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Rookie Curtis McElhinney replaced Kiprusoff in the Calgary net after the Holmstrom goal. Moments earlier, Kiprusoff blocked a shot with the side of his mask and complained of jaw soreness.

Dion Phaneuf pulled the Flames to back within a goal on a five-on-three with 5:57 remaining in the second, blasting a shot from the high slot past Osgood.

The teams traded goals early in the third period, with Datsyuk adding his second and Alex Tanguay closing the gap for the Flames.

Only 37 seconds into the period, Datsyuk carried the puck from the Detroit blue line and into the Calgary zone. He skated through a group of three Flames and picked the puck back up on the other side before roofing a backhander over McElhinney.

Tanguay’s goal came at 3:02 on a two-on-one with Jarome Iginla. Andreas Lilja was caught up-ice, leaving Lidstrom back to cover Iginla and Tanguay. Both Lidstrom and Osgood moved to face Iginla coming down the right wing and he passed off to Tanguay to score into the open side of the net.

Valtteri Filppula wrapped up the game’s scoring 3:10 later. A Phaneuf giveaway sprung Mikael Samuelsson down the right wing. Samuelsson gained the Calgary zone and passed up top to Jiri Hudler, who faked a shot and dropped the puck to the trailing Filppula to put past McElhinney.

With just over seven minutes left in the game, Phaneuf laid out Hudler with a high open-ice hit. Hudler remained on the ice for a few seconds but went off under his own power and later returned. Lilja fought Phaneuf in retaliation.

Osgood finished the night with 19 saves on 22 shots against. Kiprusoff stopped 12 of 15 shots while McElhinney stopped 18 of 20.

Each team scored once on the power play, both goals coming on five-on-threes. Detroit had seven power play chances and the Flames had five.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Joe Louis Arena.

Draper drove himself to the Detroit Medical Center for an MRI on his injured leg. The results are expected to be known on Wednesday.

Red Wings Beat Flames for Road Trip Sweep

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 Thursday night, completing the team’s first sweep of a road trip through western Canada since the Flames moved to Calgary from Atlanta for the 1980-81 season.

Goaltender Chris Osgood led the team to the three wins in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, allowing just four goals on the trip.

The final goal of that set was the first goal of Thursday’s matchup.

At 5:28 of the first period, Jarome Iginla beat Nicklas Lidstrom to the puck as it came off the right wing boards in the Detroit end. Iginla turned a rush with Alex Tanguay into a two-on-one and drew in Brian Rafalski and Osgood before passing over to Tanguay to put into the open net.

Jiri Hudler got the Red Wings on the board at the 9:11 mark with a power play goal and Henrik Zetterberg‘s first of two goals put Detroit out front just 1:33 later.

Hudler’s goal came off tic-tac-toe passing from Mikael Samuelsson and Brett Lebda. Samuelsson sent the puck along the blue line to Lebda at the left point, who moved it down to the right circle for a one-timer by Hudler past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Zetterberg scored on a bouncing puck one-timer from the left circle, set up when Pavel Datsyuk grabbed the rebound of a blast by Lidstrom and shoveled it on to Zetterberg.

Dan Cleary added to the Red Wings’ lead 5:24 into the second. The rebound of a Lidstrom shot was left sitting at the top of the crease and Cleary jumped in from the top of the left circle to grab it. Moving to the right, he waited for Kiprusoff to be out of position before flipping the puck into the net.

Zetterberg rounded out the game’s scoring with a power play goal with 6:42 remaining in the game, whipping the rebound of a Datsyuk shot past Kiprusoff with Tomas Holmstrom providing a screen.

Detroit’s two power play goals were scored on three chances with the extra attacker. Calgary was held without a goal on their seven power play tries, including 38 seconds of a five-on-three.

Osgood stopped 26 of the 27 Calgary shots en route to the win. Kiprusoff made 22 saves on 26 Detroit chances.

Zetterberg’s goals extended his point-scoring streak to fourteen games since the start of the season. That mark ties the Red Wings’ franchise record for point-scoring streak to start a season.

He’ll look to extend the streak next Wednesday when the Red Wings return home to host the Nashville Predators.

Johan Franzen left the game and did not return after taking a puck to the face… The Red Wings were still without Niklas Kronwall, who sat out with a sore groin.

Flames Extinguished: Red Wings Claim Series Win on 2OT Goal

The Detroit Red Wings eliminated the Calgary Flames from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday, scoring at 4:23 of the second overtime period to wrap up the two teams’ Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

Detroit snapped a trend with the win. Prior to game six, the home team had won every game of the series. Calgary was unable to hold off a relentless Red Wings’ attack and finally fell on home ice.

Either the Dallas Stars or the San Jose Sharks will be Detroit’s next opponent. If Dallas wins their game seven matchup with the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, they will advance to face the Wings. Should the Canucks win, they will play the Anaheim Ducks, leaving the Sharks to travel to Detroit.

Johan Franzen gave the Red Wings the win. Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom sent an outlet pass from the Red Wings’ blue line across the ice and off the boards for Franzen to pick up and carry into the Calgary zone. Franzen cut across the top of the right faceoff circle before blasting a shot from the slot over the shoulder of Flames’ netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

It was Franzen’s second goal of the playoffs, coming on Detroit’s 55th shot of the night.

Calgary got on the board first at 3:09 of the second period. Daymond Langkow threw a pass from behind the net out to Jarome Iginla, who reached to grab it with his stick at the top of the left circle and whip a shot past Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek.

Robert Lang tied things back up with 3:07 remaining in the middle frame. Chris Chelios sent an outlet pass to Todd Bertuzzi along the right wing boards. Bertuzzi poked it along to Lang, who jumped into the Calgary zone and wristed a shot from the right faceoff dot between Kiprusoff’s pads.

Even with four minutes of power play time for each team in the first overtime, no one could put the puck home. Thoughtout the game both goalies made several key stops.

Hasek finished the night with 20 saves on 21 shots against. Kiprusoff made and incredible 53 saves on Detroit’s 55 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had five attempts to do so while Calgary had four.

The Red Wings were without defenseman Brett Lebda for the game, out with a mild concussion and an ankle injury. Kyle Quincey was called up from Grand Rapids to take his place on the blueline… Tomas Holmstrom left the game in the first overtime period after taking a stick to the head from Craig Conroy, suffering a cut above the eye.

Special Teams Carry Red Wings to Win over Flames

The Detroit Red Wings scored three power play goals, a shorthanded goal and a goal on a penalty shot as their special teams led a 5-1 route of the Calgary Flames.

With the win, the Red Wings take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Game six is Sunday night in Calgary.

A rare shorthanded penalty shot opened the game’s scoring at 3:32 of the second period. Dan Cleary raced into the Calgary zone and was tripped up by Roman Hamrlik as he got a shot off, prompting the one-on-one opportunity. Cutting through the slot, Cleary faked to his left and cut right, lifting a backhander over goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s first playoff goal of the season put the Wings up by a pair at 8:50 of the middle frame. With Detroit on a power play, Zetterberg blasted a one-timer from the top of the right circle through the legs of both Tomas Holmstrom and Kiprusoff.

Just 2:04 later, Chris Chelios scored his first goal of the season with the Red Wings on the penalty kill. Kirk Maltby carried the puck into the Calgary zone and Chelios followed the play, taking a drop pass to punch a one-timer off of Kiprusoff’s arm and into the net.

Zetterberg would score again at 5:12 of the third, taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk in the slot and lifting a shot over Kiprusoff’s shoulder.

Andrei Zyuzin got the Flames on the board 5-1 later with a shorthanded goal. Zyuzin tipped a shot by Matthew Lombardi out of the air and past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

Pavel Datsyuk would close out the game’s scoring on a Detroit power play with 4:18 remaining. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line wide of the net and Datsyuk jumped up to pick up the puck behind Kiprusoff, putting it into the net.

The game ended with chippy play on behalf of the Flames, an attempt to set up game six.

Before the Datsyuk goal, Daymond Langkow delivered a sucker-punch to Brett Lebda after the Detroit defenseman hit him with a hip check. Lebda was called for clipping on the play.

Dion Phaneuf and Todd Bertuzzi had a short scuffle with 4:42 remaining in the game but the real fireworks started when Wayne Primeau went off for a slash with 3:17 remaining.

Calgary coach Jim Playfair, seemingly looking to protect his star goaltender, replaced Kiprusoff in net with backup Jamie McLennan. McLennan promptly slashed Johan Franzen in front of the net. When the play was stopped, as Franzen skated by McLennan the goaltender delivered a two-handed whack to Franzen’s chest. After only 18 seconds of play, during which he faced no shots, McLennan was ejected from the game with 22 penalty minutes.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla continued the rough play in the game’s final minute, butt-ending Mathieu Schneider before laying a cross-check on him.

The game ended with Marcus Nilson cross-checking Kris Draper, seemingly in an attempt to draw him into a fight.

Each team finished the game with eight power plays but Calgary had 47 penalty minutes to the Red Wings’ 25. Detroit scored three times and the Flames were held off the board.

Hasek stopped 23 of 24 shots against. Kiprusoff made 33 saves on 38 shots.

Kyle Calder was out of the Detroit lineup in favor of Jiri Hudler, who had played in game one and game two but was the odd-man out when Todd Bertuzzi returned for game three… The Red Wings had a goal called back at with 7:01 remaining in the first period, when Kirk Maltby was called for goaltender interference after being checked into Kiprusoff… Cleary’s goal was his first on a penalty shot… Chelios’ goal makes him the oldest player to score a shorthanded goal in the playoffs in NHL history.

Flames Get Back in Series with 3-2 Win over Red Wings

The Calgary Flames rode their power play to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, preventing Detroit from taking a commanding lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series that is now set at 2-1 in favor of the Red Wings.

The Flames had six attempts with the extra attacker and scored on two of them, including their first two goals.

For the first time in the series, Calgary opened the scoring. At 9:20 of the second period, Alex Tanguay sent a pass from the bottom of the left circle to Matthew Lombardi crashing the net for a deflection past goaltender Dominik Hasek just before knocking the net off it’s moorings. It was the first of the Flames’ power play goals.

The Red Wings responded 2:10 later. Dan Cleary threw the puck on net from the bottom of the right circle and it bounced back out to the top of the crease, where Kris Draper was waiting to whack in the rebound, under a sprawling Miikka Kiprusoff.

Draper would tally another goal just 39 seconds into the third period to give the Red Wings a lead. Dan Cleary rocked Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf with a hit in the left corner. Cleary recovered to pick up the puck and throw it at the net and Draper put the rebound in.

The hit left Phaneuf woozy but he returned to the game.

Mark Giordano wristed a shot from the top of the right circle past Hasek on a Flames’ power play at 4:43 of the period to tie things back up.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who had been held to only two shots in the two games in Detroit, put the Flames back in front. A pass from Wayne Primeau bounced over the stick of defender Nicklas Lidstrom and got to Iginla, who blasted a shot from the top of the right circle past Hasek at 9:21.

With Hasek on the bench for the extra attacker in the final minute, the Red Wings were unable to even things up.

Hasek finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shots. Kiprusoff stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

Detroit did not score on any of their four power play chances.

The Calgary win means that the series will return to Detroit for a game five on Saturday afternoon. Game four will be in Calgary on Thursday night.

Todd Bertuzzi returned to the Detroit lineup after missing the first two games. Jiri Hudler was left out of the lineup to make room for Bertuzzi.

Power Plays Lead Flames over Red Wings

The Calgary Flames rode two power play goals to a win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, denying Detroit a chance to pass the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the National Hockey League.

Daymond Langkow scored on Calgary’s first power play of the game to get the Flames out in front early. Just 1:47 into the first period he jumped on the rebound of a Dion Phaneuf shot all alone at the top of the crease, flipping it past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

Kristian Huselius added another power play goal with 2:26 remaining in the second period. A long shot by Phaneuf bounced off the back boards as Hasek went down to try to draw an interference call on Calgary’s Jarome Iginla. The puck came over to Alex Tanguay in the left circle, who sent it across for Huselius to lift over the sprawling Hasek.

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit’s lone goal between the Calgary tallies, carrying the puck from the Red Wings’ blue line into the Flames’ zone and faking around Craig Conroy before wristing a quick shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary’s two goals came on five power play chances. Detroit was held off the board on their lone chance with the Flames in the penalty box.

Hasek finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots against. Kiprusoff stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in what could be Todd Bertuzzi‘s first game in the Detroit lineup.

Johan Franzen returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing four games with an upper body injury. Darryl Bootland was a healthy scratch before being returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game… Chris Chelios was given the night off.

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