Red Wings Lose Howard in Loss to Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings lost the game and their starting goalie on Saturday night.

Jimmy Howard, just an hour removed from being named to play in the NHL’s All-Star Game, injured his groin on Washington’s first goal, just 1:53 into the game.

With the Capitals on a power play, Mike Green dumped the puck into the Detroit end. Howard came out to play it behind the net and left it there, while defenseman Danny DeKeyser seemed to think he was going to pass it out. With DeKeyser slowed up, Troy Brouwer raced in and grabbed it for a wraparound attempt. Howard couldn’t get back fast enough and was seemingly injured doing an awkward split in a failed attempt to stop Brouwer’s chance.

Petr Mrazek would replace Howard in net and make it almost twenty minutes before allowing his first goal against.

At 1:35 of the second period, the Caps gained the Red Wings’ zone on a three-on-three break. Andre Burakovsky dropped the puck off to late-man John Carlson for a blast from the high slot past Mrazek to make it 2-0.

Joel Ward made it 3-0 with 8:21 left in the middle frame. His initial chance from the right faceoff circle was blocked by DeKeyser but Ward stuck with it and swatted a shot from the slot past Mrazek for what would be Washington’s last goal of the game.

Detroit broke Braden Holtby‘s shutout with twelve seconds left in the period but would be unable to get more. Jonathan Ericsson‘s shot from the blue line deflected through traffic and past Holtby for the game’s final goal.

Holtby finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots. Howard made two saves on three shots before his injury, after which Mrazek stopped 12 of 14.

Each team had two power play chances on the night, with Washington scoring once and Detroit held scoreless.

The Red Wings will play the fifth game of their six-game road trip on Tuesday in Buffalo.


Teemu Pulkkinen made his season debut for the Red Wings, called up to replace the injured Johan FranzenTomas Jurco missed the game with a back injury… Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches… Howard will be re-evaluated in Detroit on Sunday.

Three-goal Third Lifts Red Wings Over Capitals

Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader scored two third-period goals and star Pavel Datsyuk added a third Wednesday night, as the Red Wings rallied for a 4-2 win over the host Washington Capitals.

With the Red Wings trailing 2-1, Abdelkader knocked the puck off Washington defender Andre Burakovsky’s stick in the slot, then snapped a shot past goalie Braden Holtby, tying things up at 4:04 of the final frame.

Abdelkader would make it 3-2 with 9:26 left in regulation. Datsyuk gained the Capitals’ zone alone and drew four defenders to him, then dropped the puck off to a rushing Abdelkader for a one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle past Holtby.

Datsyuk would thread a shot through traffic and by Holtby from the right wing in the game’s closing minute, a power play goal.

The Capitals thought they had pulled to within one in the final seconds but the goal was waived off for goalie interference.

Similarly, the Red Wings thought they had opened the game’s scoring early in the first period when they had a goal called back for goalie interference on Luke Glendening. Video review showed, however, that Holtby fell on his own.

The first goal of the game that counted came at 8:56 of the second. Marcus Johansson overskated the puck attempting to clear his own zone and Abdelkader pounced on it, working it on to Gustav Nyquist all alone in front of Holtby. Holtby made the initial save but Nyquist batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net.

With 6:41 remaining in the second the Capitals took advantage of a bad line change by the Red Wings. Holtby sent a long pass to Joel Ward who sprung Evgeny Kuznetsov in all alone to beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and make it 1-1.

Troy Brouwer put the Caps out in front with 58 seconds left in the period, putting a one-timer past Howard from the right faceoff circle off a cross-crease feed from John Carlson just as a power play expired.

Each team scored a goal with the extra attacker on the night. Detroit had four tries with the man-advantage while Washington had six.

Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots against. Holtby stopped 18 of the 22 chances he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.


Johan Franzen remained on injured reserve for the Red Wings… Detroit’s healthy scratches were Brian Lashoff, Daniel Cleary, and Stephen Weiss. Weiss is currently assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint and appeared to injure his groin in a 2-1 loss to the Rockford Ice Hogs.

Red Wings Rally for 4-3 Overtime Win in Nashville

The Detroit Red Wings scored four consecutive goals Saturday afternoon, turning a 3-0 deficit to the Nashville Predators into a 4-3 overtime win.

Danny Cleary deflected a Brian Rafalski shot from the point past Pekka Rinne at 2:58 of the overtime period, giving the Red Wings the win.

Jakub Kindl started Detroit’s rally at 3:28 of the second period when his shot from the left point found its way through traffic and past Rinne to get the Red Wings on the board.

Justin Abdelkader made it 3-2 just 1:21 later, deflecting a Brad Stuart shot over Rinne’s shoulder from in the slot.

Abdelkader scored again at 3:59 of the third period. Todd Bertuzzi threw the puck to the front of the net and Abdelkader broke free to poke it past Rinne, tying the game up.

The Red Wings thought they had opened the game’s scoring with 3:44 left in the first but Nicklas Lidstrom‘s power play goal was called back when Tomas Holmstrom elbowed Rinne in the mask as the puck went past them.

Ryan Suter put a shot from the high slot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with one minute left in the first period and the Predators on a five-on-three to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.

Just 1:42 into the second, Martin Erat added another power play goal to make it 2-0. Erat tipped a Shea Weber shot past Howard for the goal.

Sergei Kostitsyn blasted a shot past Howard to make it 3-0 just 55 seconds later. Mike Fisher‘s shot wide of the net deflected off the back boards to Kostitsyn, who put it in before Howard could get in position.

Howard stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced, including making a post-to-post save on Joel Ward midway through the third period to preserve the 3-3 tie. Rinne stopped 37 of 41 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings finished the afternoon scoreless on three power play opportunities while Nashville went two-for-eight, including one-for-three on five-on-threes.

Detroit is next in action on Sunday hosting the Minnesota Wild.


The Red Wings clinched their twentieth consecutive playoff berth with the win.

Red Wings Force OT but Fall to Predators

Ryan Suter scored just 16 seconds into overtime on Saturday, giving the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings after Pavel Datsyuk had scored late for Detroit to force the extra period.

Two Detroit defenders moved to pressure Joel Ward after he led the Predators into the Wings’ zone. Ward sent the puck to Suter in the right faceoff circle, where he snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard for the win.

Datsyuk had one-timed a pass from Tomas Holmstrom past Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne with 37 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, 3-3.

Detroit’s Brian Rafalski opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal with 1:45 left in the first period.

From the seat of his pants, Datsyuk passed the puck down to Holmstrom, who sent it from the side of the goal to Johan Franzen in the crease. Franzen moved it to Rafalski in the left circle and continued to the front of the net, with Rafalski snapping a shot past Rinne through Franzen’s screen.

The Predators responded early in the second with two goals to take the lead.

Shea Weber blasted a shot past Howard 1:36 into the period, taking advantage of the Red Wings’ failure to freeze the puck with two injured players on the ice.

Martin Erat evaded heavy defensive coverage to snap a shot past Howard 4:25 later.

Nicklas Lidstrom tied the game back up with 3:59 left in the second but J.P. Dumont put the Predators back in front with 43 seconds left in the period.

The Red Wings’ first goal was the lone power play tally of the game. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker while Nashville at two.

Rinne stopped 28 of 31 Detroit shots. Howard made 20 saves on 24 Nashville chances.

The Red Wings are now two points behind the Predators in the Western Conference standings but have two games in hand. One of those games will be Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.


Detroit was without Danny Cleary for the third consecutive game. Derek Meech filled in at forward in his absence.

Red Wings Hold Off Predators for 5-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings jumped out to a 4-0 lead Friday night and held on for a 5-2 win over the visiting Nashville Predators.

The Predators had pulled back to within two goals early in the third period but Henrik Zetterberg scored into the empty net in the game’s closing seconds to wrap things up.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring 7:44 into the first period. Datsyuk caught up with Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein behind the Predators’ net, poked the puck away from him as they wrapped around the side of the goal, then faked out goalie Dan Ellis at the top of the crease before backhanding a shot into the net over Ellis’ glove.

Tomas Holmstrom gave the Wings a 2-0 lead with 6:00 remaining in the period on a Detroit power play. Nicklas Lidstrom threw the puck on net from the right wing and it bounced off a Nashville defender to Holmstrom on the far side of a wide open net.

Darren Helm scored just 3:35 into the second period to extend Detroit’s lead. He gloved the puck down in the left faceoff circle and cut to the high slot before spinning around and snapping a shot off of Ellis’ shoulder and in.

Helm added a shorthanded goal at 9:10 of the middle period. He raced down the left wing to fire a shot that was stopped by Ellis. Helm continued driving to the goal and snatched up the rebound after Ryan Suter couldn’t control it, lifting a shot over the sprawling Ellis.

The Predators got on the board 1:44 later, when J.P. Dumont scored on a three-on-one.

Joel Ward made it 4-2 at 3:15 of the third period, blasting a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard after the Red Wings failed to clear their own zone.

Howard finished the night with 20 saves on 22 Nashville shots. Ellis stopped 27 of Detroit’s 31 chances.

Detroit finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play while Nashville was scoreless on four chances with the extra attacker.


The Red Wings played the game in their road white jerseys… The assist by Lidstrom on Holmstrom’s goal was the 800th of his career.

Red Wings Hold Off Predators for Fifth Win in a Row

The Detroit Red Wings fended off a late comeback attempt by the Nashville Predators Tuesday night en route to their fifth consecutive win after losing five-straight games.

Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa each scored to give the Red Wings an early 3-0 lead but the Predators battled back to 3-2 and 4-3 before Datsyuk added an empty-net goal to wrap up the game.

The Wings threw 27 shots at Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne in the first period, setting a new franchise record for the opening frame of a game. With a 51-shot total on the game, it was the fourth time in franchise history that the Red Wings have taken at least 50 shots on the Predators. No other team has done it once.

Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring 5:02 into the game, lifting the rebound of a Brian Rafalski shot over Rinne.

Datsyuk stretched the Wings’ lead to 2-0 with 9:43 left in the first, scoring on a snap-shot from the top of the left faceoff circle on a Detroit power play.

At 4:18 of the second, Hossa scored from the left circle on another Red Wings’ man-advantage.

Radek Bonk deflected a long Jason Arnott shot 1:12 later for a Nashville power play goal and Joel Ward scored on a rebound with 8:37 left in the middle frame to pull the Predators to within a goal.

Zetterberg added a second goal just 3:10 into the third, putting a backhander over Rinne’s shoulder after being sprung by a long pass by Rafalski.

Ward pulled the Predators back in it with 9:24 left, pushing past Rafalski and cutting across the crease to beat netminder Ty Conklin.

Datsyuk’s empty-net goal came with 12 seconds left in the game.

Conklin stopped 18 of 21 shots against. Rinne made 46 saves on 50 shots.