Postgame: Stars @ Red Wings – 11/8

I didn’t think that the Red Wings played well enough today to win. Apparently my eye test fails, though, as I’ve been told Detroit actually topped the Dallas Stars in score-adjusted 5v5 Corsi.

In the end, that’s really all I have to say about the game because so much was overshadowed by events of the third period.

With about 13 minutes left in the third period, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard took an unintentional knee to the head from Dallas forward Jason Spezza. Howard struggled to stand as play continued. When the puck was finally frozen, he seemed to argue with the referee about why play wasn’t stopped. He was then checked out by the Red Wings’ training staff and exited the game.

This in a league that says it’s worried about head trauma.

Five minutes later, Jonathan Ericsson was hit in the head by Ales Hemsky. There would have been no penalty on the play had Ericsson not retaliated. Ericsson was given two minutes for roughing. Hemsky received no penalty.

This in a league that says it’s worried about head trauma.

In the game’s final minutes, Howard returned to the Red Wings’ bench. The team later revealed that he was fine and that he wasn’t checked for a concussion.

This in a league that says it’s worried about head trauma. This in a league where there are supposedly spotters in the arena looking for players who may have suffered head trauma. This on a team where Johan Franzen has played in a grand total of two games in the last ten months because he thought he was back from a concussion and then started experiencing symptoms again.

What is clear from the third period today is that the league is not concerned about head trauma. The Red Wings are not concerned about head trauma. And the players are not going to stop trying to play through head trauma.

Datsyuk, Howard Selected by Team Chara for All-Star Game

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Jimmy Howard were selected by All-Star team captain Zdeno Chara at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday.

Datsyuk was the first overall selection of the draft. Howard was the last goalie selected, going in the tenth round (the round by which all goalies were required to be selected).

Team captains were Boston’s Chara, with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul as an assistant, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, assisted by Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The full draft list is as follows:

Round 1
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

Round 2
Team Chara: Tim Thomas, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Round 3
Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Round 4
Team Chara: Marian Hossa, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Round 5
Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Round 6
Team Chara: Corey Perry, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Round 7
Team Chara:Carey Price, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, St. Louis

Round 8
Team Chara: Phil Kessel, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, Nashville

Round 9
Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Round 10
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, NY Rangers

Round 11
Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, Phoenix

Round 12
Team Chara: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Round 13
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Round 14
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, Pittsburgh

Round 15
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, Vancouver

Round 16
Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, NY Islanders

Round 17
Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia

Round 18
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, Buffalo

Round 19
Team Chara: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, San Jose

Emmerton’s Two Points Help Red Wings Past Senators in Opener

Rookie Cory Emmerton made his case for staying in the Detroit lineup Friday night, notching a goal and an assist as the Red Wings rolled to a 5-3 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

Drew Miller also scored two points with a pair of assists as the fourth liners led Detroit in scoring.

Todd Bertuzzi opened the game’s scoring with 3:59 remaining in the first period. On a botched Ottawa line change, Bertuzzi got in behind the defense at the Senators blue line. Jakub Kindl drew attackers to him inside the Detroit zone and then sent the puck to Darren Helm. Helm fired a perfectly-placed outlet pass to Bertuzzi, who broken in all alone on goalie Craig Anderson, snapping a shot over his glove.

Bertuzzi helped make it 2-0 just 1:39 into the second when he forced a turnover by putting pressure on Chris Phillips behind the Senators’ goal. Phillips’ attempted pass was picked off by Lidstrom near the top of the left faceoff circle and he drove to the net, flipping a shot through Anderson.

Emmerton’s goal was the Red Wings; third of the night. Miller sent the puck from behind the net out to Emmerton just above the top of the crease, where he knocked it home at 9:40 of the middle period.

Jiri Hudler made it 4-0 just 58 seconds later. Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck at the Ottawa blue line and moved it on to Hudler, who broke in on Anderson and put a shot over his glove.

Ian White scored his first goal as a Red Wing to round out Detroit’s scoring. At 3:12 of the third period, White’s slapper from the point found its way through traffic and past Anderson to make it 5-0.

The Senators got on the board 2:37 later, when a Jason Spezza shot bounced off the skate of Milan Michalek and flipped over Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, dropping into the net.

On a power play at 8:22 of the third, Michalek and Spezza caught the Detroit defense flat-footed to make it 5-2. Racing into the zone, the pair forced a two-on-one and Spezza got the puck across to Michalek, who was all alone in front of the goal and backhanded a shot past Howard.

Filip Kuba added another power play goal with 1:31 remaining, firing a shot from the point that snuck through traffic to beat Howard.

The Senators finished the night two-for-three on the power play while the Red Wings were scoreless on five chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 29 stops on 32 shots. Anderson stopped 34 of 39 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will make their first road appearance of the season Saturday night in Denver when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.


Patrick Eaves and Fabian Brunnstrom were healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Defenseman Mike Commodore did not play with a bruised knee.

Before the game, the Red Wings honored Brad McCrimmon, former defenseman and assistant coach, who was killed along with the rest of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv KHL team in a plane crash on September 7.

Red Wings Fall Short Against Senators

In a matchup that could be a preview of this spring’s Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ third-period comeback wasn’t enough as the Western Conference’s leaders fell to the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to tie the game but a late Ottawa power play goal gave the Senators the win.

Ottawa got on the board just 1:09 into the game on a power play when Daniel Alfredsson scored on a blast from the blue line.

Mike Fisher put the Senators up by a pair at 3:26 of the second. A Chris Chelios turnover put the puck on the stick of Luke Richardson, who sprung Fisher into the Detroit zone on a 3-on-2. Fisher raced in on goal and put a shot on Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek, then poked the rebound past him.

Detroit began the comeback with a power play goal by Brian Rafalski at 7:46 of the third. Pavel Datsyuk got the puck after coming across the ice to help a two-on-two battle for the puck on the right wing boards. He tapped it along to Rafalski, who jumped in from the blue line for a blast over the glove of Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery.

With 7:54 left in the period, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out high into the left circle and Hudler stepped up to rifle a shot to the top corner of the net.

Alfredsson’s second of the night negated the Detroit comeback. With 2:56 left in the game, Alfredsson’s acute-angle shot from the bottom of the right circle slipped through a Jason Spezza screen and past Hasek for a power play goal.

Hasek finished the night with 29 saves on 32 shots against. Emery made 27 saves on 29 Detroit shots.


Ottawa’s Dany Heatley left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short Against Senators

After allowing the Ottawa Senators to score three goals in the second period Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings scored twice but were unable to get the third goal to even the score, picking up a 3-2 loss.

Forty-three saves by Ottawa netminder Ray Emery kept the Red Wings even getting a point out of a game which they controlled most of.

Detroit outshot the Senators 18-3 in the first period but couldn’t get on the board.

Jason Spezza scored the game’s first goal just 1:44 into the second, picking off a Robert Lang pass at the Ottawa blue line and breaking in all alone on Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek before roofing a shot over his pad.

Chris Neil added the Senators’ second goal at 5:19 of the middle frame, knocking the puck out of the air with what Hasek argued was a high stick and bouncing it under the Detroit goalie just as an Ottawa power play came to an end.

Spezza’s second of the night came 5:01 after his first as he split the Detroit defense in the slot and put a shot past Hasek for a power play goal.

The momentum swung back in Detroit’s favor 25 seconds later, when Lang threaded a shot from the left faceoff circle between Emery and the far post.

With 2:26 remaining in the second, Pavel Datsyuk snapped a shot from almost the same spot past Emery on the near side, a power play goal.

The Red Wings couldn’t pull even in the third, even with Hasek out of the net and an extra attacker on the ice for the final minute of the game.

Hasek finished the night with 19 saves against his former team.

Detroit went 1-for-3 on the power play while Ottawa was 1-for-4.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks and recently-signed forward Peter Bondra.

Detroit Power Play On A Roll

It’s been a hockey fact for the past several years: if you give the Red Wings a power play chance, you are very likely going to go down by a goal. The Ottawa Senators tested this theory on Saturday night, and it proved true once again. Detroit had a 37.5% power play success rate, leading to a 3-2 overtime win over the Senators.

Both teams had a strong first period. Ottawa had the edge in shots on goal, with nine to Detroit’s five, but few of those nine were high quality scoring chances, and Dominik Hasek was able to control most of them without any problems. Hasek had a lot of help from Derian Hatcher and Jiri Fischer. The two big defensemen did a very good job of pushing away any Ottawa players who got too close to the goal crease.

The Senators took a bench minor penalty for having too many men on the ice late in the first period, and the Red Wings were able to set up the first goal of the game. Nicklas Lidstrom passed the puck from the left side to Mathieu Schneider at the point. Schneider’s shot bounced off goaltender Patrick Lalime. Tomas Holmstrom, tenaciously standing his ground in front of the net, was able to get the rebound and stuff it past Lalime.

The Red Wings played more offensively in the second period, slipping through the Senator’s trapping style of play and generating more shots on net. The power play got another chance to shine when Marian Hossa was sent to the penalty box for holding the stick 4:51 into the period. Brendan Shanahan took a hard shot from the right faceoff circle. Holmstrom was screening Lalime once again, and the puck bounced off Holmstrom and fell into the goal crease. Steve Yzerman sped towards the net and slammed the puck in for the goal.

The Senators answered just over a minute later. Schneider attempted to clear the puck away from behind Hasek’s net. Instead of sending it up one of the sides of the ice, he sent it up the middle. Jason Spezza was right there in the slot to intercept the pass, and he lifted it over Hasek and into the net.

Ottawa was able to tie the game midway through the third period when they got a five-on-three power play chance. Fischer had been sent to the box for tripping. That penalty was down to 23 seconds remaining when Ray Whitney was sent out for tripping Daniel Alfredsson. The Wings attempted to argue that Alfredsson had simply fallen over Hasek’s skate in the crease, but the referee was unmoved and the Senators took advantage of their golden opportunity. Radek Bonk took a pass from Hossa and placed it past Hasek.

Both teams tried to win the game before the end of the third period, but defense prevailed and the game went into overtime. Zdeno Chara took a foolish penalty 55 seconds into the extra period. He knocked down Kris Draper far behind the play, and the referee was right behind them. The Senators did a good job clearing the puck out of their zone for most of the two-minute minor, until only three seconds remained. The Red Wings had finally managed to get set up in Ottawa’s zone. Henrik Zetterberg sent the puck across to Brett Hull, who dropped it back to Lidstrom. Lidstrom moved to his right down the blue line and let fire a laser of a shot which went right past Lalime and into the net.

The shot totals favored Ottawa, 23-18. The Red Wings’ next opponent will be the hard-hitting Vancouver Canucks, Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.


Yzerman has already tied his goal total of last season. He had two goals in the 16 regular-season games he played after his recovery from knee surgery. Okay, it doesn’t mean much to say so after only two games, but the Captain is the team’s current goal-scoring leader. It’s all about leading by example.

Number One in the Western Conference

A hat trick by Brett Hull, 41 astonishing saves by Curtis Joseph, and a very high shot percentage by Detroit gave the Red Wings a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. With those two points, the Red Wings have 96 points for the season””keeping a seven point division lead over the St. Louis Blues, and gaining a one point margin over the Dallas Stars for top spot in the Western Conference.

The Senators came out flying, and they were the ones to open the scoring. Karel Rachunek was able to carry the puck in a circle around the Detroit net and leave it in front for Marion Hossa to come in from nowhere and slide it around Joseph.

Joseph held the Senators off for the rest of the period, and the Red Wings tied up the game when they got a power play chance. Peter Schaefer was sent out for high-sticking Chris Chelios, and Rachunek followed for holding just over a minute later. With 52 seconds of 5-on-3 play to work with, the Red Wings were ready to go. Nicklas Lidstrom slid the puck from the right point to Hull at the left. Hull fooled everyone by passing back instead of shooting, and Lidstrom’s one-time shot sailed into the net over the left shoulder of goaltender Patrick Lalime.

Ottawa kept right on pushing, and Joseph continued to hold them off, making save after save until his defense would carry the puck away. “He was tremendous tonight,” said Ottawa’s Jason Spezza. “That’s the best goaltending we’ve seen. It was getting frustrating.”

Hull capitalized on an Ottawa turnover early in the second period to give Detroit the lead. He stole the puck from Chris Philips just outside the Senators’ zone and carried it in on the right side, then snapped the shot right past Lalime.

The Senators tied the game back up with a power play goal midway through the period. Hossa tripped Mathieu Schneider in front of the net, which went unnoticed by the referees, but gave Bryan Smolinski a clear shot on Joseph. Joseph made that save, but the rebound came free to Mike Fisher, who put the puck into the net.

Hull’s second goal of the night regained the lead for Detroit barely a minute later. Henrik Zetterberg pulled the puck out of a tangle of players along the left boards inside the Senators’ zone, then set up the pass for Hull at the left circle. With another characteristic snapping shot, Hull put the puck past Lalime.

The Red Wings got another power play chance when Shane Hnidy was sent to the box for hooking, and Zetterberg increased the lead to 4-2. Pavel Datsyuk danced the puck around an Ottawa player near the left boards and sent it to Brendan Shanahan behind the net. Shanahan made the centering pass, and Zetterberg was waiting to one-time the shot up and over Lalime.

Detroit closed out the second period having to kill off a four minute high-sticking double minor penalty to Darren McCarty. They did so successfully, and again, it was Joseph who made the difference.

Shanahan’s goal early in the third period was the one that sent Lalime out of the game. Rookie Ray Emery came in to take his place. The Red Wings had a little bit better defensive control in the third period””Joseph was still called upon to make big saves, but not on so many quality shots.

Finally, with just 44 seconds left in the game, Datsyuk and Hull capitalized on another Ottawa turnover. Datsyuk stole the puck at center ice, carried it into the Senators’ zone, and sent it across to Hull. Hull whipped a one-time slapshot right past the very surprised Emery, and fans started tossing their hats onto the ice for Hull’s third goal of the night.

The final count of shots on net was 43 to 20 in the Senators’ favor, much to the bemusement of Dave Lewis. “The goals we scored were tremendous goals,” he said. “You look at the shots at the end of the game and think, ‘What happened?’ But we won the game.”

The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday night at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Steve Yzerman rested this game after playing yesterday against Colorado…. Hull was honored by the NHL in a small ceremony before the game. A League official presented him with the milestone awards for his 700th goal and 600th assist, and team owners Mike and Marian Illitch presented him with a gold-plated hockey stick.