Red Wings Hold off Sharks for 23rd Consecutive Home Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon, picking up a 3-2 victory for their twenty-third consecutive win at Joe Louis Arena.

The win extends the team’s own NHL record for single-season wins in a row at home and sets a new record for consecutive home wins across multiple seasons, breaking the mark of twenty-two set by the 1929-30 and 1930-31 Boston Bruins.

The Red Wings twice had a two-goal lead cut in half, but the Sharks were never able to pull even, with Darren Helm‘s third-period goal standing up as the game-winner.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring at 6:30 of the first period. Zetterberg circled through the left faceoff circle and backhanded a shot from the high slot that went through defenseman Colin White and past goalie Antti Niemi, who was screened in front by Jiri Hudler.

On Hockey Day in America, two U.S.-born players teamed up to create Detroit’s second goal just 40 seconds past the game’s halfway point. Justin Abdelkader carried the puck from the Detroit end and into the San Jose zone and then fed it off to Drew Miller. Miller sent it back to Abdelkader in front for a chance stopped by Niemi but Miller pounced on the rebound and put it into the back of the net.

Logan Couture would be credited with the power play goal that got San Jose on the board with 5:27 left in the second period. Couture batted a fluttering puck out of mid-air and onto the top of the goal. The puck bounced forward and came back down, deflecting off Abdelkader’s stick and into the net to make it 2-1.

Helm gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead at 7:01 of the third period. Miller stole the puck from Torrey Mitchell and gained the San Jose zone, then fed it off to Helm for a shot from the slot past Niemi for his first goal in sixteen games.

With 4:44 left in regulation, Detroit defender Ian White turned the puck over in his own end and Brent Burns put a shot on goalie Joey MacDonald. MacDonald made the initial save but Patrick Marleau was there to scoop up the rebound and put it into the net.

In a frantic final minute, Detroit couldn’t score into the empty net and the Sharks couldn’t beat MacDonald to tie things up.

MacDonald finished the contest with 31 saves on 33 shots for his sixth consecutive win. Niemi stopped 25 of 28 chances.

Detroit had three power play tries, on which they were held off the board. Couture’s goal came on one of San Jose’s four power play attempts.

Their six-game homestand wrapped up, the Red Wings will next be in action in Chicago on Tuesday.


Mike Commodore was the lone healthy scratch for the Red Wings… MacDonald got the start in place of Jimmy Howard, who was originally expected to return from injury in this game. Howard will get the nod in goal on Tuesday.

Red Wings Break NHL Record with 21st Consecutive Home Win

The Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record Tuesday night, winning their twenty-first home game in a row with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Detroit had tied the old record of twenty wins on Sunday night. That mark was set first by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and tied by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers.

Down 2-0 entering the third period, the Stars controlled play early in an effort to avert history. It wasn’t until Jiri Hudler scored with 4:49 left that the victory was secured.

Hudler’s goal came on a play that saw him sneak into the Dallas zone down the right side of the ice while the Stars’ defense was focused on Valtteri Filppula on the left wing. Filppula flipped a pass over the Hudler, who settled the puck and snapped a shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Adam Burish would break the shutout with 33 seconds remaining, deflecting a pass from Michael Ryder past Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald with his skate. It wouldn’t be enough, however.

Detroit had opened the scoring at 7:57 of the first period on a power play. Zetterberg threw the puck to the front of the net from the bottom of the left faceoff circle and hit bounced right back to him. With Lehtonen having shifted to the middle of the crease, Zetterberg put it into the empty side of the net.

Just 1:18 later, Brad Stuart threaded a shot from the right wing boards through traffic and past Lehtonen to make it 2-0.

The Red Wings would finish the period having put twenty shots on net to Dallas’ ten. The scoreless second period was much more even but still saw Detroit outshoot the Stars, 11-6. Even in a third period that saw Dallas carry much of the play, they managed only five shots to Detroit’s six.

In all, Lehtonen made 34 saves on Detroit’s 37 chances. MacDonald stopped twenty of the 21 shots he faced.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play tally on the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker while the Stars had two.

The Red Wings will get the chance to extend their streak on Friday when they host the Nashville Predators.


The Red Wings were without goalie Jimmy Howard and forward Danny Cleary, both of whom expect to return from injury on Sunday against the San Jose Sharks… Mike Commodore was the healthy scratch on defense.

Wings Win Holmstrom’s 1000th in Shootout over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings earned a shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, making forward Tomas Holmstrom‘s 1000th career game a victory.

Holmstrom didn’t factor in the game’s scoring but was involved in a goaltender interference play, though not in a way that some would expect given his penchant for hanging out around the crease. During the second period, Anaheim’s George Parros drove to the Detroit net and knocked Holmstrom into goalie Joey MacDonald, earning Parros a two minute penalty.

Parros had opened the game’s scoring with 3:43 left in the first period, redirecting a pass from Rod Pelley past MacDonald with his skate from the side of the net.

Justin Abdelkader even things up with 1:18 left, deflecting a Jakub Kindl shot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.

Neither team would score for the remainder of regulation or overtime, even as each side had a short power play in the extra frame.

In the shootout, Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Selanne scored in the first round, then Jiri Hudler and Corey Perry missed in the second round.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the eventual winner, slowly skating right in on Hiller before making a quick move to lift the puck past him.

MacDonald stopped Bobby Ryan to preserve the win.

The Red Wings moved to within one of tying the NHL record for consecutive home victories, stretching their franchise-record streak to nineteen games.

Hiller made 23 saves on 24 shots while MacDonald stopped 29 of 30 chances.

Neither team scored on the power play, with the Red Wings having six chances with the extra attacker – including a short five-on-three in overtime – and the Ducks having seven.


The Red Wings remained without goaltender Jimmy Howard and added forward Danny Cleary to their list of injuries, as he had fluid drained from his knee and a cortizone shot on Thursday… Mike Commodore was a healthy scratch on defense.

Late Goals Lift Red Wings Past Flames

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the final half of the third period on Tuesday night, carrying them to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller notched Detroit’s goals, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Hudler’s goal came with 8:31 left in regulation. Valtteri Filppula sent the puck from the side of the net out front, where Hudler jumped up all alone and backhanded a chance past scrambling Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Miller’s goal required similar quick passing, with Danny Cleary sending the puck from the bottom of the right faceoff circle through the crease to Miller at the far side, where he knocked it in with 4:02 left.

Detroit had taken an early lead in the game when Cory Emmerton scored on the rebound of a Justin Abdelkader chance at 5:57 of the first period.

Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri made it 1-1 at 1:59 of the second period. With the Flames on a power play, Alex Tanguay was left all alone in the high slot to take his time with a shot. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard made the save but by then the defense had moved to Tanguay, leaving Cammalleri alone in close to outwait Howard and lift a backhander past him.

It was the only power play goal of the night. Calgary had two chances with the extra attacker while Detroit had three.

Howard finished the night with 28 saves on 29 shots. Kiprusoff made 22 stops on 25 chances.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Thursday in Vancouver.


Tomas Holmstrom and Jakub Kindl were the scratches for Detroit… Before the game, Calgary honored former Flame and Red Wing Brad McCrimmon, who was one of the victims of the Lokomotiv plane crash last fall.

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets on Filppula’s Shootout Goal

Valtteri Fillpula scored in the fourth round of the shootout Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula’s goal was the only one of the tiebreaker. Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi couldn’t beat Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford while Rick Nash, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and Ryan Johansen failed to score on Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

To beat Sanford, Filppula faked to his backhand, then pulled it back to his forehand and lifted a shot into the top of the net.

It was Detroit’s third consecutive 3-2 shootout win and their six consecutive win overall. The Red Wings also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to sixteen games.

Columbus’ Ryan Russell opened the game’s scoring at 8:51 of the first period, jumping towards the net to knock the rebound of a Dorsett shot past Howard.

With 8:26 left in the period, Niklas Kronwall tied things back up. Kronwall joined the rush and carried the puck into the Columbus zone, fighting off a check to get into the high slot before wristing a shot past Sanford.

The teams traded power play goals in the second period.

Nikita Nikitin beat Howard from the point off a faceoff win at 8:43. His shot deflected off Datsyuk’s skate to confuse the Detroit goalie.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 2-2 with 8:57 left in the frame. His shot from the blue line went wide of the net with Tomas Holmstrom screening in front, but the puck bounced off the back boards, then went off Sanford and into the net.

With 9:51 remaining in regulation, Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was ejected from the game and given a five-minute major for boarding after he pushed Nikitin into the boards. Nikitin lost his balance and crashed feet-first. He needed to be helped off the ice and did not return.

Each team had one power play goal on the night. The Red Wings had four chances with the power play to Columbus’ three, though the Blue Jackets had more time with the extra skater due to Zetterberg’s major penalty.

Howard stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in earning the win. Sanford made 29 saves on 31 shots.

The Red Wings next game is Monday when they host the St. Louis Blues.


Jan Mursak and Jakub Kindl were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Former Red Wing Brett Lebda was Columbus’ only healthy scratch.

Bertuzzi Scores in Shootout to Carry Red Wings Past Coyotes

Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal of the shootout Thursday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The victory put the Red Wings back into first place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of both the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bertuzzi’s shootout goal came on the backhand on a spin-o-rama move at the edge of the crease.

Phoenix netminder Mike Smith stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler on Detroit’s first two stops. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata while Gilbert Brule lost the puck on his chance.

Bertuzzi had given the Red Wings their only lead of the game with 8:47 left in the second period. Johan Franzen sent the puck from behind the net to Bertuzzi at the bottom of the left circle, where he fired a rocket of a shot past Phoenix netminder Mike Smith to put Detroit up 2-1.

Brule tied things back up just 2:55 later when he carried the puck into the Detroit zone on a three-on-two and drove to the net, putting a shot between Howard’s pads.

Raffi Torres opened the game’s scoring only 2:23 into the game, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a wraparound chance.

Ian White‘s shot from top of the right circle made it 1-1 at 1:36 of the second period. It was the Red Wings’ 30th goal of the season from a defenseman.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots against. Smith made 33 stops on 35 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker to Phoenix’s two, the second of which was in overtime.

The Red Wings’ next game is Saturday evening when they host the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.


Mike Commodore and Jan Mursak were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

Hudler Scores Lone Goal of Shootout as Red Wings Down Stars, 3-2

Detroit forward Jiri Hudler scored the only goal of the shootout Tuesday night, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

The goal kept the Red Wings unbeaten in the tiebreaker this season and at least temporarily moved them into first place in the Western Conference.

Hudler faked twice on Dallas netminder Richard Bachman but couldn’t sell anything before resorting to the cutting to his left and pushing the puck out to the right, into the open side of the net. It was the same “Forsberg move” that Henrik Zetterberg successfully executed last week against Phoenix.

Pavel Datsyuk hit the post on Detroit’s first shot and Todd Bertuzzi fired into Bachman in the third round.

Wings’ goaltender Ty Conklin stopped Loui Eriksson, Michael Ryder and Trevor Daley in earning the win.

Detroit opened the game’s scoring at 6:41 of the first period. Jan Mursak beat Bachman to the puck behind the net and sent it to Justin Abdelkader, who only tipped the puck on his shot attempt from the side of the net. The puck slid out into the slot where Tomas Holmstrom fired a slapper back past Bachman for the early 1-0 lead.

Brenden Morrow tied things up with 9:01 left in the opening frame. With the Stars on a power play, Alex Goligoski fired a shot from above the slot. The puck deflected off of a jumping Morrow at the top of the crease and bounced past Conklin.

With 3:32 remaining, Eriksson made it 2-1 by backhanding the rebound of a Sheldon Souray chance past Conklin with a broken stick.

Hudler scored the last goal of regulation at 1:43 of the second, bouncing the puck off Goligoski’s skate and past Backman on a crossing attempt.

Bachman stopped 30 of the 32 Detroit shots he faced on the night. Conklin made 25 saves on 27 shots for his third win of the season.

Detroit went scoreless on four power play chances. The Stars scored on one of their two tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will continue their road trip on Thursday when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.


Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches for the Red Wings, with Mike Commodore and Mursak in the lineup in their respective places.

Red Wings Reach Milestones in Shootout Win over Coyotes

Two members of the Detroit Red Wings reached career milestones with the team’s 3-2 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who stopped Lauri Korpikoski on the final shot of the tiebreaker to preserve the win, picked up the 100th victory of his career. In 171 NHL games, he is now 100-47-16.

It was the 400th career win for Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. He started his career with 69 wins across two seasons for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and has picked up 331 more in six seasons with the Red Wings.

Additionally, Danny Cleary picked up his 200th career assist on Detroit’s third-period tying goal.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s shootout goal ended up being the difference in the game. In the fourth round Zetterberg used the “Forsberg Move” to beat Phoenix netminder Mike Smith, drawing Smith to his right before reaching back and poking the puck into the open side of the net with one hand on his stick.

Pavel Datsyuk also scored for the Red Wings, beating Smith glove side. Radim Vrbata faked out Jimmy Howard for Phoenix’s lone shootout tally. Smith made saves on both Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula while Howard stopped Gilbert Brule, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Korpikoski.

The Coyotes had opened the game’s scoring at 9:41 of the first period, when Vrbata carried the puck from his own blue line into the Detroit end and snapped a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Howard.

Filppula blasted a shot from the high slot past Smith with 51 seconds left in the opening frame to tie things back up.

After a scoreless second period, Taylor Pyatt put Phoenix back in front at 3:02 of the third. Kyle Chipchura drove down the right wing and cut to the net, with Howard making the initial stop. Pyatt was right there to chip the rebound over Howard, though, making it 2-1.

The Red Wings rallied again with 9:57 left in regulation. Johan Franzen snuck to the far side of the crease all alone and Datsyuk hit him with a pass from the right wing boards for a tip past Smith.

Smith finished the night with 40 saves on 42 Detroit shots. Howard stopped 25 of the 27 chances he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, each having two tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings are back in action when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon.


Pavel Datsyuk and Jan Mursak each returned from injury for the game. Datsyuk had missed the previous game with a sore groin while Mursak had yet to play this season, recovering from a broken leg… Todd Bertuzzi was the scratched forward for the Red Wings… Mike Commodore was the scratch on defense.

Red Wings Rally, Still Fall to Maple Leafs 4-3

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 deficit Saturday night but allowed a late goal in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Joffrey Lupul lifted a backhander from in close over a sprawling Jimmy Howard for what ended up being the game-winner at 7:10 of the third period. Lupul had picked off Niklas Kronwall‘s weak clearing attempt off the left boards and jumped out to the front of the net all alone. Howard went down quickly and gave Lupul the top half of the net, which he hit.

Phil Kessel had opened the scoring at 4:30 of the first period. Kessel broke in alone on Howard and shook off a slight hook from Ian White to get a shot off. Howard made the save but Kessel was given a penalty shot.

On the penalty shot attempt, Kessel faked out Howard and roofed a shot over him.

Dion Phaneuf made it 2-0 at 8:19 of the period on a Toronto power play. Danny Cleary‘s clearing attempt from the side of the goal went right to Phaneuf just inside the blue line. He rifled a shot right back past Howard.

David Steckel finished an odd-man rush by tapping in a centering pass from Lupul with 8:24 to give the Maple Leafs their initial three-goal lead.

Todd Berutzzi started the Detroit comeback at 6:46 of the second period, deflecting a Pavel Datsyuk shot past Jonas Gustavsson. The goal stood after video review to see if it was hit by a high stick.

Kronwall drove to the net and banged the puck past Gustavsson to pull the Red Wings within a goal with 4:11 remaining in the period.

Jiri Hudler completed the comeback at 4:32 of the third, knocking the rebound of a Brad Stuart shot past Gustavsson from the side of the net.

Howard faced only 18 Toronto shots on the night, stopping 14. Gustavsson made 37 of 40 stops.

The Maple Leafs had only two shots in the second period, compared to 14 for Detroit as the Red Wings began their comeback.

Each team had one power play try. The Maple Leafs scored on theirs while the Red Wings did not. The Leafs also had their penalty shot goal.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Maple Leafs – 1/7

We’ve seen far too many games like tonight’s loss to the Maple Leafs from the Red Wings in the past. Give up a big lead early, dominate from there on out to make it close, end up coming up short.

Yeah, in this case they actually completed the rally, only to allow the GWG, but it was the early deficit that did them in.

And, aside from the Phil Kessel penalty shot goal (which I’ll get to shortly), the Wings earned that deficit.

The second Toronto goal was the direct result of a bad clearing attempt by Danny Cleary. He put that right on Dion Phaneuf‘s stick. Jimmy Howard didn’t look good facing the shot, either, like he didn’t expect it and moved to make the save too late.

David Steckel’s goal scored on an odd-man rush… I feel like Henrik Zetterberg should have been able to get back there. I won’t call it lazy but he sure didn’t seem quick coming back.

The Joffrey Lupul goal that ended up being the game-winner was awful all around. Lupul never should have gotten the puck as it was a terrible turnover, then Howard completely overplayed it. Howard went down way early, no one was there to clear Lupul away, he had all day to hit the top of the net.

And the penalty shot. For the second time in four games, Jimmy Howard had to face a penalty shot for an infraction so weak that the rest of the times it happened all game it wasn’t called. That’s the part that bothers me, that it got called once early against Detroit and then wasn’t called again. Convenient for Toronto, for sure.

The Wings did show some great effort in their comeback, at least.

Bertuzzi’s goal may have been a high stick, I don’t think there was conclusive video and the NHL’s War Room must have agreed. It was good to see him get to the net on the play.

Niklas Kronwall driving to the net looked like Johan Franzen. I don’t want the defensemen to have to do it, I’d rather see Franzen do it. That said, I liked the result.

I love plays like Jiri Hudler‘s goal, where Huds stuck with the puck and knocked in a rebound from in close.

So on one hand you have the Maple Leafs gifted a penalty shot that they scored on and then they go on to win by one. On another hand, the Red Wings had two horrible giveaways that were followed by weak goaltending. On a third hand, Detroit mounted a strong comeback and seemingly deserved something for their efforts.

In short, there are a lot of reasons for the Wings to be unhappy with tonight’s loss, plenty of blame to go around.

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