Red Wings Fall to Ducks on Overtime Penalty Shot

Bobby Ryan scored on a penalty shot 2:50 into overtime Wednesday night, lifting the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Ryan cleanly beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on his glove side. Howard then broke his stick over the goal post, venting his frustration at the call that led to the penalty shot.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the Red Wings’ lone goal at 5:10 of the second period, banking a shot from the left corner off of Ducks’ netminder Dan Ellis and into the net with Detroit on a power play.

Jason Blake tied the game up 1:54 into the third period, blasting a shot from the high slot past a screened Howard.

The Red Wings ended the night 1-for-9 on the power play, including 1:33 of 5-on-3 and 1:47 of 4-on-3 in overtime. The Ducks were scoreless on four power play tries but capitalized on the penalty shot.

Howard stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced. Ellis made 28 saves on 29 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action Thursday night in San Jose.

Brian Rafalski missed his third consecutive game with back spasms. Jakub Kindl reminded in the lineup in his place… Johan Franzen returned to the team after missing one game for the birth of his son. Kris Draper was a healthy scratch to make room in the lineup.

Red Wings Bounce Back for OT Win over Islanders

The Detroit Red Wings scored four-straight goals Tuesday night after allowing three in a row to open the game, coming from behind to defeat the New York Islanders in overtime.

Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit the win with 2:03 remaining in the extra period, one-timing a pass from Nicklas Lidstrom past goalie Rick DiPietro. Lidstrom had gloved the puck out of the air and onto his stick while rushing into the zone to make the pass to Zetterberg.

Detroit’s comeback started with a power play goal by Niklas Kronwall at 3:24 of the third, scored on a wrister from the top of the right circle.

Dan Cleary pulled the Red Wings to within one just 1:33 later, poking the puck into the open side of the net on a hard shot/pass from Lidstrom along the left wing boards.

With 9:48 remaining in regulation, Tomas Holmstrom tied things up, tipping a blast from the top of the left circle by Lidstrom wide of DiPietro with the Red Wings on a power play.

The Red Wings had waited until the third period to get on the board but the Islanders started early, with Mike Sillinger putting his own rebound past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek just 22 seconds into the game.

Shawn Bates would extend the lead with a shorthanded goal at 7:44 of the second, scored on a two-on-one when Kronwall was caught out of position trying to keep the puck in the New York zone.

Jason Blake notched the Islanders’ final goal of the night 3:53 later with a blast from the high slot that trickled through Hasek’s pads and across the goal line.

The Red Wings benefitted from seven power plays on the night, scoring on two of them. The Islanders were held without a goal on two power play attempts.

Hasek stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced while DiPietro made 31 saves on 35 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday night when they host the St. Louis Blues before returning to New York to visit the Rangers on Monday.

Two Red Wings Named U.S. Olympians

Detroit Red Wings defensemen Chris Chelios and Mathieu Schneider were two of the 23 players named to the United States’ mens ice hockey rosrer for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The roster for the team was announced on Monday.

Chelios, along with Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, will be making his fourth trip to the Olympics. He was previously named to Team USA in 1984, 1998 and 2002, as well as for the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004.

“There’s no doubt the intangibles Chris Chelios brings to any team have to be discussed,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “We brought him back for his ability to play, but also because of his leadership and competitiveness. When he’s on your team, he believes your team is going to win, and he has an impact on the players around him.”

“I feel very lucky at my age and am looking forward to the challenge,” said Chelios, who will turn 44 in January.

Schneider, seemingly a lock for the team after his strong play in the 2003-04 season and early this year, will be making his second Olympic appearance for the United States. He was named to Team USA for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not make the team in 2002. He also played for Team USA at the World Cup in 1996 and 2004.

“With his ability to skate and handle the puck… the way he played two years ago and this year, it became pretty obvious that he had to be on the team,” Holland said.

“We think our depth on defense is as good as it’s ever been,” Team USA general manager Don Waddell said.

Almost half of the team has ties to Michigan, either having come from the state, played for the Red Wings, or played for one of the area’s college teams.

The full roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Rick DiPietro
Robert Esche
John Grahame

Defensemen (7)
Chris Chelios
Derian Hatcher
Jordan Leopold
John-Michael Liles
Aaron Miller
Brian Rafalski
Mathieu Schneider

Forwards (13)
Jason Blake
Erik Cole
Craig Conroy
Chris Drury
Brian Gionta
Scott Gomez
Bill Guerin
Mike Knuble
Mike Modano
Mark Parrish
Brian Rolston
Keith Tkachuk
Doug Weight

Red Wings Fall to Islanders on Late Goal

Former Michigan State star Mike York scored for the New York Islanders with just 3:57 remaining in regulation on Sunday, lifting them to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in a homecoming of sorts.

“I grew up watching Detroit and watching some of the players on their team. I had a lot of family members and friends in the stands,” York said. “It’s just great to score a goal and great to win.”

York knocked in the rebound of a deflected shot by Jason Blake.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring at 4:21 of the first period. Mathieu Schneider picked off an Islander pass and barely held it in at the blue line before taking a few strides forward and ripping it past New York goalie Rick DiPietro.

The Islanders tied it with 1:45 remaining in the opening frame when Alexei Yashin bounced a shot from behind the goal line in the corner off the pads of Detroit netminder Jim Howard and into the net.

For the first game in his career, Howard did not face a penalty shot. He did, however, have to stop Blake on a two-on-none late in the third period.

Both teams finished the game with no goals on four power play chances.

Howard made 26 saves on 28 shots while DiPietro stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday when they host the New Jersey Devils in the second of seven-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents.

Team USA Finally Earns a Win, Defeats Slovakia 3-1

Team USA earned their only win of the round-robin portion of the World Cup of Hockey on Friday, defeating Slovakia by a score of 3-1 in their final match before the quarterfinals.

After playing uninspired hockey against Canada and Russia, the United States had “earned” an 0-2 record. Coach Ron Wilson scratched five players, including future Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull, and the team came out with more energy from the start of the game.

Brian Smolinski, one of the five players added to the lineup, scored on a power play just 3:09 into the game. Smolinski knocked a rebound out of the air and put the puck past Slovak goaltender Jan Lasak.

“It was a weird bounce on a power play and I just outmuscled my guy,” said Smolinski.

Ladislav Nagy tied the game at 11:24 of the first, also with the man-advantage.

The eventual game-winner was scored by Jason Blake on a disputed play. Blake fell to the ice while skating towards the goal. A Chris Chelios pass hit him as he slid along and his body carried the puck into the net. The play was reviewed and the goal was allowed to stand.

American netminder Rick DiPietro, making his first start of the tournament to allow Robert Esche to rest, preserved the lead with timely saves.

Lasak kept the Slovaks in the game until Bill Guerin scored from his backhand on a breakaway with 3:43 remaining in the game.

“We had an emotional game in Canada and a bit of a hangover against Russia,” forward Keith Tkachuk said after the game. “This was a much better effort. We have to play our style – up together and back together, chipping it in and grinding it out.”

The United States finished the preliminary round with a 1-2 record. Slovakia is currently 0-2 while Canada is 2-0 and Russia is 1-0. In Friday’s European game, the Czech Republic defeated Germany by the score of 7-2.

Wings Make it Two in a Row

Manny Legace made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season, Steve Thomas had two goals and an assist, and Kris Draper scored his 10th goal of the season to help the Red Wings gain a 6-0 win over the New York Islanders.

Pavel Datsyuk set up Thomas’s first goal of the evening. Jiri Fischer dumped the puck into the Islander’s zone. Datsyuk picked it up as it bounced off the end boards and centered it to Thomas. Islanders goalie Garth Snow was completely focused on Datsyuk, and Thomas was able to flip the puck into a nearly empty net.

Thomas scored his second late in the period by taking advantage of a turnover by the Islanders. He intercepted a clearing pass by Oleg Kvasha and zinged a quick shot past Snow.

Brendan Shanahan scored a power play goal early in the second period with Janne Niinimaa in the box for high-sticking. Steve Yzerman got the puck out from the left boards to Kris Draper, and Draper made a careful pass across the goal crease to Shanahan, who flipped it into the net.

Datsyuk added a goal a few minutes later. Thomas took a shot which Snow stopped. Chris Chelios kicked at it in the goal crease, and Datsyuk scooped up the puck and put it high into the net.

The Islanders tried applying sporadic offensive pressure early in the third, getting their best two scoring chances of the game. Legace had to be sharp to stop Jason Blake‘s shot from right in front of the net and Marius Czerkawski’s attempt from the left side a few minutes later.

Draper’s goal came midway through the third, when he took a pass from Kirk Maltby, got into the New York zone all alone and slid the puck beneath Snow. Brett Hull finished off the game by scoring from Datsyuk with just 2:11 left to play.

New York outshot Detroit by a count of 30 to 27. The Red Wings’ next game will be tomorrow night when they face the Blues in St. Louis.

This was Thomas’s 1200th career game… Shanahan’s goal was the 541st of his career, tying him with Stan Mikita for 20th on the all-time goal scorers list… Tomas Holmstrom could be out for up to a month with a separated shoulder. Nathan Robinson came up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill the hole in the lineup.

Two Periods of Solid Goaltending, 2-2 Tie

The Red Wings started out shaky against the New York Islanders and their own former goalie Chris Osgood, but a goalie switch of their own and an enlivened offense led them to come back for a 2-2 tie on Long Island.

Curtis Joseph certainly did not get the start he wanted. He gave up two goals on eleven shots in the first period. The first was tapped in by Radek Martinek on a setup by Alexei Yashin, less than a minute into the game. The second came near the end of the period, as Jason Blake took a pass from Adrian Aucoin and slid it past Joseph.

The Red Wings’ offense didn’t get the start they wanted either. The Islanders outshot them 11-9 in the first period, and former Wings goalie Chris Osgood had all the shots figured out.

Dave Lewis decided to take a chance and replace Joseph with Manny Legace to start the second period. Legace looked as sharp as he did before his knee injury, just as if he’d missed no time at all, and the rest of the team began to respond. The defense tightened up, allowing only six shots on net in the second period, and the offense started making shots with better chances of going into the net.

Igor Larionov put the Wings on the board midway through the second. Brendan Shanahan made a centering pass from behind the goal line, and Larionov put it in high over Osgood’s shoulder.

The Detroit offense continued to press, but the Islanders regrouped and tried to come back. Legace continued to play well, making saves and controlling the rebounds.

Luc Robitaille broke his goal drought with the tying goal early in the third. Sergei Fedorov made a tight pass to Darren McCarty, who went to the net with the puck. He was muscled away by an Islanders defenseman, but Luc Robitaille came right behind and banged the puck in over Osgood’s arm.

The Islanders started overtime with 37 seconds of four-on-three play carried over from a tripping call against Chris Chelios late in the third, but their power play, which had looked anemic all game, was unable to capitalize. Both teams had good chances in the four-on-four, but both goalies held steady, and the game ended with a 2-2 tie.

The final count of shots on net was 36-32 in favor of Detroit. Legace stopped 21 shots in the second and third periods. Osgood made 34 saves in the game.

The Red Wings’ next game will be at home against the Dallas Stars.

The Islanders have now had 29 consecutive successful penalty kills… Sergei Fedorov’s assist on Luc Robitaille’s goal was his 900th career point.

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