Postgame Notes: Red Wings @ Panthers – 10/15

Alright, I watched the first period through a bad stream and listened to the second on the radio so I’m just going to ignore those.  Third period?

At no point in those 20 minutes did I feel like the Red Wings – down only a goal, somehow still alive in a game I’m told they had no right to be alive in – had any urgency.  Maybe they would have had they been able to connect on a single pass, I don’t know, but they just looked absolutely lost out there.

There’s not even an individual play to call out or anything like that because they didn’t look bad as much as they looked incompetent.  There was one chance by Darren Helm and quite literally nothing else of note in the offensive zone.

On defense there was the absolute disaster that was Florida’s third goal.  Okay, Jaromir Jagr outplays Danny DeKeyser, I can live with that.  Mike Green with an unforced error is brutal.  On top of that, the Panthers got two guys in front of Mrazek completely alone.  Where did they come from that no one was on at least one of them?

But, hey, the Wings’ defense was pretty bad last year and they did nothing to fix it so we shouldn’t be surprised by these things.

One thing worth noting on that play – and I said it via Twitter – Petr Mrazek had a hell of a stop on the initial chance.  Dude got absolutely hung out to dry.

The coaching staff was quick to make changes after the Game One loss, we’ll see what comes of this one.

Red Wings Rally For Shootout Win over Devils

The Detroit Red Wings rebounded from down 4-1 for a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Mike Cammalleri scored from the bottom of the left faceoff circle just 28 seconds into the second period to give the Devils their three-goal lead. It was his second goal of the night and New Jersey’s second on the power play.

Only 1:27 later the Red Wings pulled back to within a pair, as Xavier Ouellet scored his first NHL goal. Ouellet pinched up into the slot to take a pass from Darren Helm in the right circle and bang the puck past Devils’ netminder Cory Schneider.

With 7:08 left in the period, Justin Abdelkader scored from nearly the same spot, beating Schneider off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg at the side of the net.

Drew Miller tied things up at 10:07 of the third period, putting the rebound of a Niklas Kronwall shot past a sprawling Schneider.

Gustav Nyquist would score the only goal of the shootout in the third round, beating Schneider glove side. Schneider stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar while Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek stopped Jacob Josefson, Cammalleri, and Michael Ryder.

Jaromir Jagr had opened the scoring at 2:18 of the first period, putting the puck into the open net as Mrazek recovered from blocking an Andy Greene shot with his mask.

Riley Sheahan tied things up 1:32 later, deflecting a Kronwall shot from up high past Schneider from in the slot.

Cammalleri’s first of the night put the Devils back in front. With 6:08 left in the first, Cammalleri’s shot from the top of the right faceoff circle sailed through a screen by Adam Henrique and past Mrazek to make it 2-1 on the power play.

Peter Harrold snapped a shot from the right wing past Mrazek 1:26 later to make it 3-1.

Mrazek finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots while Schneider stopped 28 of 32 chances.

Both teams scored twice on four power play opportunities.

Red Wings Sign Eaves, Miller

With the clock counting down to the start of NHL free agency, the Detroit Red Wings shored up their forward unit, keeping Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller in the fold.

Eaves signed a three-year extension worth a reported $1.2 million per season.

Miller’s deal was for two years with a total of $1.65 million.

The pair’s return gives the team fourteen forwards for the 2011-12 season. As such, veteran Kris Draper cannot be expected to return to the team.

The Red Wings also announced that they would not seek to sign Jaromir Jagr as a free agent. The Pittsburgh Penguins made the same announcement.

Wings vs. Rangers Pregame

Another game that won’t be on TV, not even on Center Ice Online. I get the feeling that the Joe isn’t equipped for that. Would it surprise anyone?

At least Detroiters have radio, Rangers fans don’t even have that locally. With 1270 covering the Tigers, the Wings game will be on “Free FM 97.1” (whatever that name’s supposed to mean). Streaming audio should be available at http://cbsplayer.str…CALLSIGN=WKRKFM

The Rangers’ official site says that Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, former Red Wing Sean Avery, Scott Gomez, and Henrik Lundqvist are all expected to play tonight. The great people over at Rangerland have the expected NY lineup.

Bruce MacLeod, the Highlander, has the Red Wings’ lineup.

Lidstrom, Datsyuk Claim NHL Hardware

Two Detroit Red Wings claimed trophies at the 2006 NHL Awards Show on Thursday night. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom walked away with the James Norris Memorial Trophy while forward Pavel Datsyuk was given the Lady Byng Trophy.

Lidstrom earned the Norris Trophy – awarded to the league’s best defenseman – for the fourth time in five years. He has been nominated for the award seven of the last eight years. Leading the league’s defensemen in scoring, Lidstrom beat out Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer, the 2004 winner, and Dallas’ Sergei Zubov.

Datsyuk’s 22 penalty minutes in 75 games played helped him edge out San Jose’s Patrick Marleau and Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards, who was awarded the trophy in 2004. He becomes the first Red Wing since Marcel Dionne in 1975 to win the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for “sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers split the MVP awards, with Thornton claiming the Hart Memorial Trophy and Jagr claiming the Lester B. Pearson Award.

Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie while Rod Brind’Amour of the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes was named the best defensive forward with the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

After a heated race, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals beat out Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year.

Buffalo head coach was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year.

Late-period Goals Not Enough to Lift Rangers over Red Wings

The New York Rangers scored a goal in the final 2:30 of each period Saturday afternoon but it wasn’t enough to stop the Detroit Red Wings from picking up a 4-3 victory.

The Rangers opened the game’s scoring with 1:15 remaining in the first period. From behind the net, Martin Rucinsky sent a pass out to Jaromir Jagr in the low slot. Jagr put a one-timer back on net and past Detroit goalie Manny Legace to put New York on the board.

The Red Wings responded at 7:45 of the second.

With Detroit on the power play just after a five-on-three opportunity expired, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot on net from the blue line. Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist knocked the puck into the left circle but Robert Lang was there to pick up the rebound and lift it over Lundqvist and into the net.

Just 52 seconds later, Detroit took the lead on Brendan Shanahan‘s first goal of the night. His shot from the right circle caught the top of Lundqvist’s stick and deflected into the net.

The Rangers retied the game with 15 seconds remaining in the middle frame, when a Michael Nylander shot beat Legace as Ville Nieminen pushed past Lidstrom and crashed the net. Legace argued for an interference call to no avail.

Shanahan’s second goal of the night put Detroit back in front at 5:48 of the final period.

Chris Chelios drew most of the New York defense to him in the high slot while Henrik Zetterberg had the puck in the corner to Lundqvist’s right. Zetterberg sent a pass out to Shanahan at the top of the crease but Lundqvist stopped the attempted one-timer. The rebound bounced free and Shanahan jumped up to lift the puck over the falling Rangers goalie.

Johan Franzen scored the final Detroit goal of the night with 5:21 left in the game, deflecting a pass from Kris Draper past Lundqvist.

New York’s Jed Ortmeyer pulled the Rangers back within one on a shot that deflected off Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda with 2:26 remaining but it wouldn’t be enough to get his team back in the game.

Lundqvist stopped a flurry of Detroit chances in the game’s final minutes but the Rangers were unable to tie it up.

A shot by Shanahan in the game’s closing seconds entered the empty Ranger net after time expired.

Legace finished the game with 21 saves on 24 shots while the rookie Lundqvist stopped 32 of 36 shots, including 15 of 17 in the second period alone.

Detroit held the Rangers scoreless on three power play chances and converted one of their five opportunities.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

New York was without defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who suffered a sprained knee during pre-game warmups.

Czechs Select Lang for Olympics

Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will make his fourth career Olympic appearance in February, as he was announced as a member of the Czech Republic’s men’s ice hockey team for the games in Turino, Italy.

The Czech roster also includes former Red Wing goaltender Dominik Hasek, now a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Defenseman Jiri Fischer, who was expected to be named to the team before suffering convulsions on November 21, was not on the final roster.

The four players from the New York Rangers are the most sent by one NHL team to the Czech squad.

The complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Domink Hasek
Milan Hnilicka
Tomas Vokoun

Defensemen (7)
Frantisek Kaberle
Tomas Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina
Marek Malik
Jaroslav Spacek
Marek Zidlicky

Forwards (13)
Jan Bulis
Petr Cajanek
Martin Erat
Milan Hejduk
Ales Hemsky
Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Rostislav Olesz
Vaclav Prospal
Petr Prucha
Martin Rucinsky
Martin Straka
David Vyborny

Wings get Lang from Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings made a move to deal with their lack of depth at the center position, trading prospect Tomas Fleischmann and two draft picks to the Washington Capitals for Robert Lang.

Lang is the fourth big-name Captial to be traded this season as Washington attempts to cut salary. Steve Konowalchuk was sent to the Colorado Avalanche, Jaromir Jagr was traded to the New York Rangers, and Peter Bondra was dealt to the Ottawa Senators.

Fleischmann is one of the Western Hockey League’s top scorers. Detroit’s second-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, he’s scored 28 goals and 69 points in 53 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors this season.

The draft picks sent to Washington were Detroit’s first-round pick in 2004 and fourth-round pick in 2006.

The Red Wings will be Lang’s fifth NHL team. He spent time with the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings before spending almost four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the last two seasons with Washington. In eleven NHL seasons, Lang has scored 173 goals and added 289 assists in 640 games.

Lang is tied for the lead in the NHL’s scoring race with Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has 74 points this season.

Datsyuk Leads Wings Over Caps

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and added two assists, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Datsyuk now has an NHL-leading 37 points on the season, with his 17 goals third-best in the league.

The Capitals started the game’s scoring when Jaromir Jagr powered his way around Datsyuk in the left faceoff circle and cut to his backhand near the top of the crease to roof a shot over the shoulder of Detroit netminder Curtis Joseph with 6:23 remaining in the first period.

Just 18 seconds later, Datsyuk fed Kris Draper, who blasted a shot from the half-boards past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig to tie the game back up.

Datsyuk’s second assist came 20 seconds past the game’s midway point. As a Detroit power play ended, Brett Hull fed Datsyuk with a pass as he streaked in on goal. At the edge of the crease, Datsyuk drew Kolzig over and then dished the puck off to Brendan Shanahan at the side of the net, who put the puck into the open goal.

The first goal of the game for Datsyuk came on a Detroit power play with 6:28 remaining in the second. He sent a pass through the crease and a Washington defenseman knocked the puck into the net as he tried to clear it away from the goalmouth.

Just over a minute and a half later, Brett Hull was hauled down on a breakaway and was given a penalty shot. Hull stickhandled as he broke in on Kolzig, who came far out of the crease, and lost the puck, failing to convert on the attempt.

Jason Williams scored his second goal of the season 710 into the third period. Cutting through the slot, Williams took a pass from Boyd Devereaux on his backhand and held the puck long enough to settle it down and bank it off of Kolzig’s shoulder.

The last goal of the night was Datsyuk’s second. He picked up the puck at the Washington blue line and carried it into the high slot, wristing a shot past Kolzig to move into first place in the NHL points race.

Detroit went one-for-four on the power play while Washington was unsuccessful in all of their six attempts with the extra skater. Joseph stopped 18 of 19 shots against in net for the Red Wings. Kolzig stopped 21 of 26 Red Wing shots for Washington.

The Red Wings are next in action on Monday when they host the Florida Panthers.

Frustration, Inconsistency Show Up Again in Loss to Caps

The Washington Capitals came into tonight’s game with the worst record in the NHL, but you never would have known it by the game’s end. The Red Wings fell behind early and wound up losing to the Capitals, 4-1.

“The first period was the whole hockey game,” sighed Steve Yzerman. “They just played the basic trap and we kept turning the puck over.”

The Capitals’ first goal came just 6:57 into the game. Robert Lang took a shot on net, which Curtis Joseph stopped easily enough. Sergei Gonchar got the rebound over to Jaromir Jagr. Jagr was completely uncovered deep in the Red Wings’ zone, and he was able to skate right into the crease and beat Joseph from point-blank range.

Washington followed up with a goal from Peter Bondra. Dainius Zubrus carried the puck across the blue line on the right side. He spun deftly away from Mathieu Schneider, then backhanded a shot on net. Joseph made the save, but Bondra had been allowed to rush the net up the left side, and he was right on hand to tap the puck in.

The Red Wings made a decent attempt on the power play when Gonchar was snet out for hooking shortly after Bondra’s goal. Brendan Shanahan had two good shots against rookie goalie Rastislav Stana, who was making his very first NHL start, but Stana could see the shots with no one blocking his view and was able to handle them without much trouble.

The power play ended in misfortune when Jagr poked the puck away from Brett Hull just as Gonchar was stepping out of the box. Gonchar got the puck, and he, Jagr, and Land headed up ice on a three on one rush. Gonchar passed across to Lang, and Lang’s high shot went past Joseph and into the net.

That was the end of the night for Joseph. Even though the three goals were caused by defensive meltdowns and there wasn’t much he could have done to stop any of them, Manny Legace came in to replace him. It often happens that a goalie switch will shake a team up a little and let them regain control. It didn’t happen in this case.

The Red Wings did begin to increase the number of shots they were taking against Stana, but they did nothing to increase the quality of those shots. They shot from far out, without anyone in front of the crease, and Stana could see the puck the whole way. To compound matters, Washington was consistently able to beat Detroit to any rebounds left by Stana and clear them away to safety.

The Capitals increased their lead even more with a power play goal early in the second. Lang passed from the left boards to Zubrus in the high slot, and Zubrus wristed a one-timer over Legace’s right shoulder.

Detroit continued to send shots against Stana, but didn’t break onto the scoreboard until the third period was nearly half-gone. Mark Mowers took a shot on net from near the right boards. Kris Draper tipped the puck on its way through, then took a second whack at it so that it slid between Stana’s leg pads. The Red Wings began to press harder after that, finally starting to put some screening in front of the young goaltender, but it was too late to save this game.

Detroit outshot the Capitals 39 to 19. Nineteen of the Wings’ shots came in the third period alone. The Red Wings play next on Wednesday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

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