Alumni Showdown Roster Review

I’ve been (finally) going through my photos from the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Years Eve and my lack of familiarity with some of the Toronto players has been causing some problems. I look at my photos and say “Who is that guy and why don’t I see a #28 listed on the roster?”

Well, it’s because the announced rosters weren’t the final rosters. A couple players were listed for one game and played in the other or were listed with different numbers or were listed and didn’t actually play. I went back through the player introductions to put together a complete list and I figured I’d share it out for posterity.

Game One

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
33 Doug Favell G
1 Mark Laforest G
1 Peter Ing G
4 Mike Pelyk D
4 Cory Cross D
33 Matt Martin D
3 Brad Marsh (A) D
4 Greg Hotham D
24 Dan Daoust F
21 Mark Osborne F
19 Bill Derlago F
9 Stew Gavin F
15 Pat Boutette F
12 Rob Pearson F
15 Claude Loiselle F
10 Brad May (A) F
14 Dave Reid F
19 Tom Fergus (A) F
26 Mike Krushelnyski F
7 Dave McLlwain F
8 Todd Warriner F
20 Mike Johnson F
16 Nikolai Borschevsky F
32 Lou Franceschetti F

On the Toronto side, Doug Favell wasn’t listed on the roster but did play. Jamie Macoun and Shayne Corson were listed but didn’t play. Mike Johnson wore #20 after being listed without a number.

For Detroit, Ken Holland was on the roster but did not play.

Game Two

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
29 Mike Palmateer G
31 Curtis Joseph G
29 Felix Potvin G
24 Bryan McCabe (A) D
34 Jamie Macoun D
4 Dave Ellett D
15 Bob McGill D
33 Al Iafrate D
34 Bryan Berard D
27 Darryl Sittler (C) F
22 Rick Vaive (C) F
17 Wendel Clark (C) F
93 Doug Gilmour (C) F
14 Dave Andreychuk (A) F
16 Darcy Tucker (A) F
18 Kevin Maguire F
4 Gary Leeman (A) F
9 Russ Courtnall F
7 Gary Roberts (A) F
7 Lanny McDonald (A) F
22 Tiger Williams F
16 Mike Walton F
28 Tie Domi (A) F
11 Mike Gartner F
25 Joe Nieuwendyk (A) F
32 Steve Thomas (A) F
11 Steve Sullivan F

For Detroit, the only oddity was that Joe Kocur was introduced in and played the first period wearing Bob Probert‘s #24 jersey.

For the Leafs, several things were different. Macoun played after having been on the Game One roster. Curtis Joseph wore his usual #31 and Felix Potvin wore #29, having been listed with #35 and #36, respectively. Bryan McCabe wore #24 instead of #29. Up front, Gary Leeman wore #4 instead of #11, Tie Domi wore #28 instead of #20, and Mike Gartner wore #11 instead of #22.

As I said, compiling this list is nothing groundbreaking, I just wanted it to be documented somewhere so I figured I’d write it up.

Alumni Showdown Rosters

Possibly lost in the shuffle yesterday between the Griffins/Marlies tilt at Comerica Park, the Red Wings’ visit to Nashville, and other build-up to tomorrow’s Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Bill Roose had the rosters for Detroit’s two alumni teams for today’s Alumni Showdown.

Kocur was listed as wearing his usual #26 but announced that he would don #24 in honor of Bob Probert.

Wings Bring Back Lebda

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with defenseman Brett Lebda.

As per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not announced.

Lebda split the 2005-06 season between the Red Wings and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He earned 12 points in 46 games with Detroit and earned a spot on the team’s playoff lineup over veteran defensemen Cory Cross and Jason Woolley.

“Brett was impressive in the time he spent with us last season,” said Detroit general manager Ken Holland. “He possesses the skills I think will help contribute to the success of this organization in the long-term.”

Shorthanded Wings Set NHL Record with Eleventh Consecutive Road Win

The Detroit Red Wings, skating with an 18-man roster rather than the usual twenty players due to injuries, set a new NHL record with their eleventh road victory of the season Thursday night, a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The win also extended Detroit’s record for road wins in a season to thirty.

The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, Mathieu Schneider, Robert Lang, Steve Yzerman and Jason Williams. After calling up Donald MacLean earlier this week to fill in for Lang, Detroit had reached the league’s salary cap and could not call up reinforcements to replace the other injured players.

The smaller lineup didn’t stop the Wings from jumping to an early lead on goals by Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg.

Shanahan scored his first of the night at 3:12 of the opening period. MacLean had the puck at the bottom of the left circle and sent it out front to Mark Mowers. Mowers didn’t have a shot, so he kicked it back to Shanahan who one-timed it home.

Just 21 seconds later, Zetterberg put Detroit up by two when a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the left circle went wide of the goal. The puck bounced off the boards behind the net and came to Zetterberg at the far side of the crease for a tap-in.

Zetterberg’s second of the night gave the Red Wings a three-goal lead 3:52 later.

With the teams skating four-on-four, Zetterberg carried the puck through the Chicago zone but couldn’t get an angle on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Instead, he went behind the net for a wraparound attempt and reached to put a shot off Khabibulin’s skate and into the net from the other side of the goal.

The Blackhawks made a brief comeback with goals by Kyle Calder at 10:31 of the first and Radim Vrbata 46 seconds into the second.

Tomas Holmstrom and Lidstrom countered to give the Red Wings a three-goal lead again and Khabibulin was replaced by Craig Anderson for the third time this season against Detroit.

At 8:59 of the middle frame, Shanahan’s second of the night put the Wings up 6-2 when he skated through the right circle and banked a shot off Anderson’s shoulder and into the net.

In the third period, Patrick Sharp gave Chicago a shorthanded goal off of a giveaway in the Detroit zone but Shanahan finished the hat trick for the game’s last goal, banging in the rebound of a shot by Lidstrom at 7:38 with the Red Wings on the power play.

Detroit finished the night one-for-nine on the man-advantage while Chicago went one-for-six and scored twice on Detroit power plays.

Red Wings’ netminder Manny Legace made 28 saves on 31 shots while Khabibulin stopped 12 of the 17 attempts he faced and Anderson went 21-for-23.

The Red Wings’ short road trip will conclude on Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.


Steve Yzerman is not with the team on this road trip… Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider are expected to return to the lineup on Saturday… Jason Woolley left the game in the second period.

Stars Hand Red Wings First Shootout Loss

The Dallas Stars scored on three of their four shootout shots to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, on Saturday. The shootout was only Detroit’s second of the season and their first such loss.

The game appeared to be over after Detroit’s third shooter, Henrik Zetterberg, was unable to get a shot off and the Stars already leading by a goal. After review it was determined that Dallas goalie Marty Turco threw his stick on the play, an infraction resulting in an automatic goal.

Detroit netminder Manny Legace stopped Antii Mietinen to force extra shooters, but when Turco stopped Robert Lang and Mike Modano beat Legace with a quick, high shot, the game was over.

The Red Wings had previously gotten a goal by their second shooter, Jason Williams. Pavel Datsyuk was stopped on their first shot. Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen had scored on Dallas’ first two shots.

The only goals of the game during regulation came in the third period.

The Red Wings opened the scoring 2:53 into the period. With Detroit on a power play, Jason Woolley fired a shot from the high slot that Turco got his pad on. In front of the goal, Tomas Holmstrom picked up the rebound and backhanded it into the net. The goal was Detroit’s eighth-straight on the power play.

Dallas tied the game with 5:12 remaining. Jere Lehtinen one-timed a shot from the slot past Legace on a pass from Jokinen.

The Stars had a power play in the final minutes of regulation and early in overtime but could not convert. Similarly, the Wings could not score on an opportunity with the extra attacker in the overtime period.

Detroit had appeared to score early in the game when Henrik Zetterber knifed the puck out of the air and in behind Turco but it was knocked in with a high stick.

Legace finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots and one-for-four in the shootout. Turco stopped 27 of 28 shots against as well as two of Detroit’s four shootout attempts.

The Red Wings return to action on Monday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Red Wings Open 2006 with Loss to Minnesota

The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, in both teams’ first game of the 2006 calendar year on Tuesday.

The Red Wings opened the game slow, never really getting any momentum in the first period despite outshooting the Wild by four and getting one more power play opportunity. Minnesota, on the other hand, capitalized on good bounces to take a 2-0 lead.

The Wild started the game’s scoring at 5:55 of the opening period with a goal by Andrei Zyuzin. From the corner to the left of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, Brian Rolston sent a centering pass into the slot that deflected out to the defenseman Zyuzin. Zyuzin stepped into the high slot to meet the puck and one-timed it past Osgood.

Just 1:03 later, the Wild were up by two. Filip Kuba fired a shot from the point that deflected off Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider and past Osgood.

The Wings didn’t get on the board until 6:14 of the second period, while skating on the first half of a four-minute power play. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a slap shot from the blue line that Tomas Holmstrom deflected past Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson from the edge of the crease.

Detroit couldn’t crack Roloson or the Minnesota defense and Rolston put the Wild back up by two at 8:04 of the third period. Detroit’s Jason Woolley attempted to send a backhanded clearing attempt out of his own zone when Rolston stepped up to pick it off and rip a shot past Osgood, who was still repositioning himself after playing the puck behind the net.

Holmstrom added a second deflected goal to pull Detroit within one with 2:02 remaining but it wouldn’t be enough.

Alexandre Daigle added an empty net goal for Minnesota to finish the game’s scoring.

The Red Wings finished the game with a season-high 45 shots on net but Roloson stopped 43 of them. Osgood stopped 19 of 22 Minnesota shots.

Detroit, facing the vaunted Minnesota penalty killing unit, scored on one of their seven chances with the man-advantage. Minnesota was held scoreless in four tries with the extra skater.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they host the St. Louis Blues in the first of three games in four nights.

Late Goals Lead Red Wings over Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings scored three late goals Friday night to come from behind and earn a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.

The Red Wings were trailing, 2-0, entering the final minute of regulation before notching goals with 39 and 7 seconds left in play to tie the game. They scored again with just tenths of a second left on the clock in overtime to earn the win.

With goaltender Chris Osgood on the bench for an extra attacker, Kris Draper scored Detroit’s first goal. Jason Woolley sent a hard pass from the blue line that Draper redirected in the slot past Chicago netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Nicklas Lidstrom tied the game for Detroit, putting a slap shot from the high slot into the net.

The Red Wings won the game on a disputed power play goal. In the game’s final second, Pavel Datsyuk took a pass at the side of the net from Jason Woolley and bounced a shot off the inside of Khabibulin’s pads and into the net.

The red goal light never went off and the official behind the goal signaled that time had run out but the goal was reviewed. The video goal judge determined that the puck was in the net before the clock ran out and the Red Wings left with the victory.

Chicago had opened the scoring in the first on a goal by Tyler Arnason. With 40 seconds left in the period, Mark Bell drove the Detroit net and a sprawling Osgood poked the puck away. It came out to Arnason, who was open to lift it over Osgood to put the Blackhawks up by a goal.

Former Red Wing Martin Lapointe extended the Chicago lead with 5:51 remaining in the second. The Blackhawks converted a Detroit turnover into a 3-on-1 and Lapointe carried the puck into the Red Wings’ zone. He sent it to Matthew Barnaby before heading to the side of the goal. Barnaby sent it back and Lapointe was open to tip it in, putting the Blackhawks up, 2-0.

The game marked the first time this season that the Red Wings headed to overtime in consecutive games, also having played an extra period on Tuesday against Columbus.

The Red Wings were outshot 24-17 across the first two periods before taking 17 third period shots and holding the Blackhawks to five. Osgood finished the game with 29 saves on 31 shots while Khabibulin stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced.

Detroit scored on one of their six power play chances and held the Blackhawks without a goal on their three power play opportunities.

After the NHL’s Christmas break, the Red Wings return to action when they visit the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.


Mikael Samuelsson was out with a leg injury but Mathieu Schneider returned to the lineup after missing one game with a charley horse. Defenseman Jamie Rivers remained in the lineup as the Red Wings opted to use seven defensemen and only eleven forwards.

Red Wings Finish Southeast Trip with Win over Lightning

A three-goal third period helped the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night as Detroit closed out a three-game Southeast Division road trip.

Mikael Samuelsson scored just 2:12 into the final frame to give the Red Wings their first lead of the game at 4-3. After the end of a Tampa Bay power play, the Red Wings took control and kept pressure on in the offensive zone. The Lightning never got properly set up and when a rebound came to Samuelsson off the right wing boards, he one-timed it back past goalie John Grahame and into the net.

Pavel Datsyuk scored 35 seconds later, putting in a rebound with Grahame out of position.

Sean Burke took over the net for the Lightning after the Datsyuk goal, his second of the night, but he couldn’t stop good friend Brendan Shanahan at 9:31 of the period.

With Detroit on the power play, Henrik Zetterberg took the puck behind the Tampa Bay goal and sent a pass out front to Shanahan, who was wide open outside the crease. He banged it in to close out the game’s scoring.

The Lightning had scored first when Rob DiMaio knocked a rebound out of the air on a power play at 4:29 of the first.

Detroit responded 1:24 later when Datsyuk scored his first of the night, rushing into the Tampa Bay zone and stepping around a defender to wrist a shot from the right circle into the far side of the net.

Tampa Bay regained the lead with another power play goal at 3:18 of the second, as captain Dave Andreychuk tipped a shot from the point between the pads of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.

Johan Franzen tied the game again when he drove the net as Kris Draper fought his way to the side of the goal with the puck. Draper sent a centering pass to Franzen, who had a wide open net to score at 6:17.

Rookie Ryan Craig scored his first goal of the season to give the Lightning their final lead 2:27 later, tipping a shot from the point past Osgood.

Jason Woolley evened the game with 1:21 left in the middle period. Jason Williams sent a smart cross-ice pass from the point to Woolley as he streaked into the zone and through the left circle. Woolley moved quickly to put a shot past Grahame to tie the game after two periods.

The Red Wings finished the game converting one of their five power play chances and allowing two Lightning goals on their eight chances with the man-advantage.

Osgood stopped 28 of 31 shots against in net for Detroit while Grahame made 19 saves on 24 shots and Burke turned aside four of the five shots he faced.

Detroit is off until Thursday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider left the game in the first period with a hamstring injury. He did not return… Jamie Rivers was inserted into the lineup in place of rookie Brett Lebda.

Flames Score Three-straight to Edge Wings

The Detroit Red Wings returned from their West Coast Thursday night, falling to the Calgary Flames in their first game back home.

After scoring the first two goals of the game, the Red Wings allowed three unanswered to give the Flames the win.

Detroit was unable to convert on an early five-on-three but scored twice on the power play in the first period.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring with 9:30 remaining in the period, working a give-and-go with Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg had the puck along the right-wing boards and sent it down to Datsyuk behind the goal line while cutting in towards the net. Datsyuk drew in the defender and passed back to Zetterberg to put it in and give the Wings the lead.

Tomas Holmstrom added to the lead 3:33 later, knocking a rebound out of the air and between Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff‘s pads.

From then on, it was all Calgary.

The Flames scored their first of the game at 9:36 of the second, getting a lucky bounce when Chuck Kobasew threw the puck out in front from behind the goal line. It deflected off of Daymond Langkow and trickled between Detroit rookie netminder Jim Howard‘s legs, just barely crossing the goal line.

The two combined again to tie the game with 5:38 remaining in the middle frame. With Calgary on the power play, Langkow intercepted a Mathieu Schneider clearing attempt along the left wing boards. He sent a centering pass to Kobasew, who put it past Howard.

Just 19 seconds into the third, Tony Amonte scored the game-winner. Amonte poked the puck away from Schneider at the Flames’ blue line as a Calgary penalty expired. Amonte rushed down the ice on a 2-on-0 with Rhett Warrener and faked out Howard, putting the puck past his outstretched pad.

Neither team was able to score again, although the Flames had their chances.

Detroit fought off a lengthy 5-on-3 that saw Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Steve Yzerman all in the penalty box.

With 1:11 remaining, Shean Donovan was tripped to the ice by Jason Woolley and was given a penalty shot, on which he didn’t even get a shot off. It was the second penalty shot faced in as many career games for Howard.

Howard stopped 33 of 36 shots against while Kiprusoff only needed to make 19 saves on 21 shots.

Detroit’s power play went two-for-five while their penalty kill allowed one goal on seven chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host their first Eastern Conference foe of the season, the New York Islanders.

Williams Leads Wings Over Blue Jackets

Jason Williams‘ first career hat trick and Manny Legace‘s second shut out of the season was more then enough for the Wings to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. The game was also marked by the return of Kris Draper after getting hit in the eye with a puck earlier this week.

Williams’ hat trick came in the first period, starting the scoring for the Wings. Five minutes in and off a face off in the left circle that Robert Lang won, Williams stepped in and flicked the puck past Marc Denis on the short side.

Williams’ second goal came on the power play when he took a pass from Tomas Holmstrom from behind the net. Williams’ one-timed it from the right slot giving the Wings a 3-0 lead.

He completed the hat trick from a Brendan Shanahan pass at the right half boards. The Blue Jackets had sent the puck around the boards to clear when Shanahan trapped it. Williams fought to control the pass and wristed it past Denis from between the circles.

Johan Franzen helped the Wings tally a 4-0 lead in the first period. His goal came only 17 seconds after Williams’ first goal. Michael Rupp sent a pass across the middle of the Blue Jackets’ own zone trying to clear and Franzen hopped on it, scoring unassisted.

In the third period the Wings opened up their lead with goals from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg scored just as a power play expired on a pass from Jason Woolley seven minutes into the period. This was just seconds after Datsyuk has scored a power play goal that was called back for goaltender interference. Datsyuk’s goal came at 14 minutes in off a rebound that Blue Jacket goalie Martin Prusek couldn’t handle from a shot by Zetterberg on a 3-on-2 break.

Legace only faced 17 shots for his shut out. Marc Denis made 13 saves on 17 shots in the first 15 minutes of the first period before being pulled. Martin Prusek, making his debut for Columbus, had 17 saves on 19 shots.

The Wings were 2 for 5 on the power play, though the first and fifth power plays equaled a total time of 5 seconds. The Blue Jackets had 7 power play opportunities.

The Wings will stay in Columbus and face the Blue Jackets again on Monday night.