Datsyuk Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Avalanche in OT

Pavel Datsyuk opened and closed the scoring Friday night in Denver, scoring his second goal of the night with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanch.

Datsyuk backhanded a loose puck in the crease past Colorado netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere to secure the win for Detroit.

Datsyuk had opened the scoring at 8:27 of the first period. Johan Franzen drew the Colorado defense to him as he cut through the right faceoff circle and drove to the net before dishing off to Datsyuk alone in the slot for a shot past Giguere. It was a power play goal, the same way Detroit opened the scoring the previous night against Phoenix.

As against the Coyotes, the next goal tied the game when Mark Oliver backhanded a shot over Jimmy Howard on a partial breakway with 8:24 remaining to make it 1-1.

The tie was short-lived, as Gustav Nyquist put Detroit back out in front just 13 seconds later. Nyquist scooped up a bobbled puck in the left circle of the Colorado zone and took it to the net, stuffing it in around Giguere’s pad to make it 2-1.

P.A. Parenteau evened things back up at 6:29 of the third period. Jamie McGinn threw the puck on net from the left wing boards and Parenteau knocked it in behind Howard out of mid-air with the shaft of his stick.

Howard would finish the night with 33 saves on 35 shots while Giguere stopped 28 of 31 chances.

The opening goal was the game’s only power play tally. Detroit had four tries with the extra attacker to Colorado’s three.

The Red Wings will now fly back to Detroit for a 12:30 matchup with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.


Rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser made his NHL debut for Detroit and Kyle Quincey returned from injury. Ian White was also back in the lineup. Brendan Smith, Brian Lashoff and Carlo Colaiacovo were out to make room.

Red Wings Hold Off Avalanche for 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third-period comeback by the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, picking up a 3-2 win just a day after dropping an embarrassing 7-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Damien Brunner‘s second-period goal – his first in 16 games – turned out to be the game winner. Brunner scored at 9:54 of the period when Gustav Nyquist gathered up a loose puck and spun in the high slot to evade a defender, then fed Brunner in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer past Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov.

The goal would give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead and chase Varlamov from the crease in favor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The Avs cut the lead to 3-1 at 5:52 of the third period on a power play. After a goal-mouth scramble that left Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard sprawled out on the ice, Jamie McGinn gathered up the loose puck and skated it into the slot for a shot into the open top of the net.

With just 1:18 remaining, Matt Duchene cut Detroit’s lead to one when he gloved down a clearing attempt by Brendan Smith and cut across the top of the crease to backhand a shot past Howard to make it 3-2.

Howard preserved the lead with seven seconds remaining, making a glove save on P.A. Parenteau.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the game’s scoring with 4:03 left in the first period, bunting the rebound of a Johan Franzen chance out of mid-air and past Varlamov.

Daniel Cleary made it 2-0 on a Red Wings’ power play at 6:28 of the second. Franzen fed Cleary at the top of the crease with a pass from down low to swat past Varlamov.

With Cleary’s goal, the Red Wings went one-for-two on the power play on the night. Colorado was one-for-three with the man-advantage.

Howard finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots in earning the win. Varlamov stopped ten of 13 shots in 29:54 of play to take the loss with Gigure stopping all seven shots he faced for the remainder of the game.

After back-to-back home games, the Red Wings will next be in action with consecutive road games. They’ll visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night and have a rematch with the Avalanche on Friday.


Detroit was without captain Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and forward Mikael Samuelsson (upper-body)… Defenseman Danny DeKeyser was a healthy scratch for the Wings… Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returned from injury to make his first appearance at Joe Louis Arena this season in his first game since January 21 in Columbus.

Red Wings Hold Off Avalanche in 2-1 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a furious finish by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, picking up a 2-1 win despite a late Colorado goal.

Paul Stastny scored for the Avalanche with 1:30 remaining and the Colorado net empty to pull his team to within a goal. After Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped Stastny’s initial shot from the slot with a toe save, Stastny picked up his own rebound and put a shot off Howard and in to make it 2-1.

Johan Franzen had opened the game’s scoring 7:00 into the second period. After blocking a shot in his own end, Franzen took a long feed from Damien Brunner to break in all alone on Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, then snapped a shot over his glove and into the top corner.

Niklas Kronwall made it 2-0 on a fluky goal with 2:28 left in the period. Kronwall threw the puck wide of the Colorado net from the blue line, looking for a tip in front. The puck made it through cleanly, though, and bounced off the end boards, coming back out to the side of the net before Giguere kicked it into his own goal.

Giguere finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots against. Howard stopped 36 of 37 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker (including a five-on-three) while Colorado had one.

Franzen’s Hat Trick Leads Red Wings Past Avalanche

Johan Franzen scored three goals Tuesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The win was Detroit’s second in a row after a six-game losing streak.

Nicklas Lidstrom got the Wings on the board at 8:54 of the first period. Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson cleared the puck off the end boards right out into the slot, where Lidstrom was all alone for a one-timer past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Franzen’s first of the night, originally credited to Valtteri Filppula, gave Detroit a two-goal lead just 2:36 into the second. Filppula carried the puck into the Colorado zone on a power play and held up along the right wing boards, giving Henrik Zetterberg time to get to the bottom of the right circle. Filppula sent the puck to Zetterberg, who moved it on to Jiri Hudler at the top of the left faceoff circle for a pass back to Filppula, who fired a shot past Varlamov that was tipped by Franzen in the slot on the way through.

Another deflection 4:17 later would give Franzen two goals on the night, when he tipped Niklas Kronwall‘s slap-pass from the left point past Varlamov from the slot.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere replaced Varlamov in the Avalanche net after allowing two power play goals on three shots with the man advantage.

Colorado got on the board with a power play tally of their own at 8:18 of the middle period, with rookie Gabriel Landeskog banging the puck out from under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and into the net.

Danny Cleary restored the Red Wings’ three-goal lead with 5:14 remaining in regulation, first tipping a drive by Pavel Datsyuk, then going to the net to knock home the rebound.

The Avs cut it to 4-2 with a Milan Hejduk power play goal with 3:05 remaining. Hejduk picked up a loose puck right in front of the Detroit net and backhanded it past Howard.

Franzen completed his hat trick to wrap up the game’s scoring, lofting a backhander from the neutral zone into the empty Colorado net with 32 seconds remaining.

Each team scored twice on the power play on the night. The Avalanche had three tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had five.

Howard made 24 stops on 26 Colorado shots. Varlamov stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced before Giguere came in and made 12 saves on 13 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.


Todd Beretuzzi (illness) and Patrick Eaves (back) were the scratched forwards for Detroit, while Mike Commodore was a healthy scratch on the blueline.

Bertuzzi the Hero Again as Red Wings Down Predators in OT

Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi scored an overtime game-winning goal for the second time in as many nights on Saturday, beating Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win.

On Friday night Bertuzzi scored on Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the Wings won by the same score. In both games it was his second goal of the night.

Just 24 seconds into the extra period, Pavel Datsyuk broke up Nashville’s entry into the Detroit zone and sent Bertuzzi on a break. Bertuzzi stayed ahead of two Predators defenders and faked out Rinne, sliding the puck into an open net.

Bertuzzi had opened the game’s scoring 1:21 into the second period with a backhand spin-o-rama move in the left faceoff circle.

Drew Miller put the Red Wings up by a pair, knocking the rebound of a Datsyuk chance out of mid-air with 8:23 left in the second.

Ryan Jones deflected a Steve Sullivan shot past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood on a Nashville power play with 5:16 left in the period, getting the Predators on the board and ending the Wings’ streak of successful penalty kills at 27.

David Legwand tied the game 4:45 into the third period, snapping a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle past Osgood on a broken play.

Each team had four tries with the power play. Detroit was held scoreless while Nashville had one goal.

Osgood made 33 saves on 35 shots to earn his first win in over five weeks. Rinne made 26 saves on 29 chances.

Bertuzzi Lifts Red Wings over Ducks in OT

Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game on a Red Wings power play 1:07 into overtime Friday night, giving Detroit a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Bertuzzi took a pass from Brad Stuart down low to the left of Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere, drove to the front of the net, and roofed a shot over Giguere’s shoulder.

The goal capped a Wings rally from down 2-0 entering the third period.

Saku Koivu had opened the game’s scoring at 8:05 of the second period, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play with a tap-in from the slot.

Rookie Dan Sexton put the Ducks up by a pair with just 56 seconds left in the period. Sexton threw a shot at Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the side of the net. The puck bounced off of Howard’s stick, caught on his pad, and then dropped into the net.

Tomas Holmstrom got the Red Wings on the board during their seventh power play of the night, beating Giguere from the slot off of a feed from Ville Leino 2:17 into the third period.

Bertuzzi’s first goal of the night tied the game just after the expiration of another Detroit power play. At 9:36 of the third he sent a puck from the corner to the crease, banking it off of Giguere and into the net.

Sexton’s goal and both of Bertuzzi’s markers came from nearly the same spot on the ice.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals on ten chances. The Ducks were held scoreless on four power play tries.

Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots while Giguere stopped 28 of 31 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings return to the ice Saturday night in Nashville.


Detroit defensemen Brian Rafalski and Brett Lebda each missed time during the game due to injury. Rafalski took a puck to the face in the first period while Lebda appeared to injure his shoulder in the play leading up to Koivu’s goal. Both blueliners returned later in the game.

Franzen, Hossa Each Score Twice as Red Wings Defeat Ducks

Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa each scored two goals Thursday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks and evening their Western Conference Semifinal series at two games apiece.

Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings.

Franzen’s goals both came in the first period.

With 8:11 left in the frame, Franzen took a drop pass from Valtteri Filppula and snapped a shot from the high slot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller, tying the game.

Franzen gave the Wings the lead with 36 seconds left in the first, tipping a Niklas Kronwall shot from the point past Hiller.

Corey Perry scored the Ducks’ first two goals, matching Franzen to have the game tied with 8:57 left in the second period.

Perry’s first came just 42 seconds into the game, taking a stretch pass from Chris Pronger during a bad change by the Detroit defense and snapping a shot past netminder Chris Osgood.

Perry tied the game on a bit of a broken play, as Ryan Getzlaf gained the zone while fighting of both Jonathan Ericsson and Nicklas Lidstrom, dropping the puck to Perry for a long blast.

Marian Hossa broke the tie and scored the eventual game-winner in a 3:02 span late in the second.

Hossa put a wrister from the right faceoff circle past Hiller with 3:58 left in the period, then beat him with a power play slap shot with 56 seconds left.

Samuelsson found the top corner on Hiller on a rush at 2:46 of the third.

Scott Niedermayer scored a power play goal with 9:57 left in regulation, pulling the Ducks to back within a pair, but Zetterberg’s empty-net goal with 2:33 remaining finished off the scoring.

Each team finished the night with a power play goal. The Red Wings had five power play tries while the Ducks had three, though two of those for each team were short.

Osgood made 25 saves on 28 shots against. Hiller stopped 28 of 33 Detroit chances before being pulled after Samuelsson’s goal. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all six shots that came his way in relief.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday as the series shifts back to Detroit for Game Five.


The Red Wings were once again without Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper… The Ducks were without James Wisniewski, who was injured while taking a puck to the chest in Game Three.

Zetterberg Leads Red Wings to Win over Ducks

Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and added two assists Friday night, helping lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Ty Conklin made 24 saves to earn his 11th straight home win in net for Detroit.

Ryan Getzlaf scored on an Anaheim power play just 52 seconds into the game, then Zetterberg took over.

With 6:12 left in the first period, Zetterberg fought off Chris Pronger in the right corner and sent the puck to the slot for Dan Cleary to deflect past Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

With under a minute remaining in the period and the Red Wings on the power play, Zetterberg notched his second assist by sending the puck from behind the net out front to a streaking Pavel Datsyuk, who snapped it by Giguere.

Zetterberg scored his goal on another Detroit power play, beating Giguere on a slap-shot from the left circle with 8:11 left in the second period.

Johan Franzen scored his third goal in two games since returning from a hand injury at 1:23 of the third, stealing the puck as the Ducks attempted to break out of their own zone before turning and firing it past Giguere, who seemingly let up on the play.

Bobby Ryan pulled the Ducks back to within a pair with 6:05 left in the game after Conklin lost the puck in his skates but Kris Draper finished things off with a breakaway slap-shot in the game’s final seconds.


The game was the 1,000th of Pronger’s career… One game after going five-for-six on the power play, the Red Wings went two-for-five.

Red Wings – Ducks Pregame Notes

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Mike Babcock did his equivalent of tearing his team a new one in the press today. You’re not gonna get any argument from me.

It looks like the Wings will use the same lineup they lost in Boston with, save for Chris Osgood getting the start. Hopefully that’s not a pun.

Tomas Holmstrom and Chris Chelios practiced but will not return tonight, instead aiming for Thursday.

Anaheim’s starting goalie is unknown. Jonas Hiller has filled in remarkably for Jean-Sebastien Giguere but faced a heavy workload last night in Raleigh. Giguere has been on the ice only once in the last week, having had to left the team to deal with a family issue.

Red Wings Shut Down Ducks, Rally for Win

The Detroit Red Wings held the Anaheim Ducks to a season-low 16 shots Monday night, with goaltender Chris Osgood stopping all but one as the Wings earned a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Chris Kunitz scored Anaheim’s lone goal just 1:50 into the game as he and Teemu Selanne pressured Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart into coughing up the puck behind the Wings’ net.

Selanne moved out to Osgood’s left but pushed the puck off to Kunitz, who came out to the right side of the Detroit netminder and backhanded a shot into the back of the net.

The Red Wings battled back, firing 38 shots on Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the first two periods. With 5:34 left in the second, one of those found its way through as Nicklas Lidstrom sent a shot from the blue line that was tipped in front by Johan Franzen.

The goal was Franzen’s 100th career point and 60th career goal.

Giguere succumbed to dehydration in his first game in over a week and was forced to leave the game to start the third period, replaced by Jonas Hiller.

Hiller would stop eight of nine shots against but it was the first that slipped through, just 1:48 into the third.

Dan Cleary raced into the zone on a two-on-one with Marian Hossa, feeding the puck across for a shot by Hossa off the stick of defender Bret Hedican and between Hiller’s pads.

The Red Wings’ 47 total shots were a season-high for the team.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit had four tries with the extra attacker while Anaheim had two.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.