Howard Stops 37 but Red Wings Fall to Flames in Overtime

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced on Friday night but it wasn’t enough to keep the Red Wings from a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.

The Red Wings have now lost four consecutive games after starting the season with three straight wins.

Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the final minutes of the third period but with 1:12 left in regulation Joe Colborne tipped a Mark Giordano shot from the high slot past Howard for a 2-2 tie.

In overtime it was Giordano playing the hero for Calgary, taking a feed from Johnny Gaudreau in the right faceoff circle and drawing Howard to him, then stepping around him to shovel the puck into the open net with 1:48 left in the extra period – his second goal of the game.

The Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist had opened the game’s scoring at 7:38 of the first period. On a Detroit power play, Nyquist snapped a shot from the inside edge of the right circle past Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

Giordano’s first of the night tied things up with 8:58 left to go in the opening frame. From nearly the same spot as hit shot on the tying goal, Giordano snapped the puck through a screen and past Howard to make it 1-1.

Brendan Smith – back in the Detroit lineup after a blue line shakeup – scored his first of the season to restore the Wings’ lead just 1:38 later. On another power play, Smith threw a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Hiller to make it 2-1.

Hiller finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots.

Both Detroit goals came with the man-advantage. They had four power play tries on the night. Calgary went scoreless on the power play.

The Red Wings conclude their Western Canadian road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.


Detroit defenseman Mike Green left the game early due to injury. Kyle Quincey and Niklas Kronwall also missed time during the game nursing injuries.

Red Wings Hold Off Flames for 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the Calgary Flames for a 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

Twice in the final minutes the Flames thought they had tied it up. The first non-goal was scored after Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek‘s mask had been knocked off while the second was on an offsides play.

Mason Raymond opened the game’s scoring for Calgary just 2:27 into the first period. His shot from the left wing bounced off Mrazek’s mask and right back to him down low for a wraparound into the open side of the net.

The Red Wings evened things back up at 7:58 when Riley Sheahan carried the puck down the right wing and drove to the net, snapping a shot over Calgary netminder Karri Ramo’s glove.

It was the only goal Ramo would allow, as he left midway through the game after coming out of his crease to stop a breakaway chance and colliding with defenseman Raphael Diaz. Jonas Hiller replaced him in the Calgary net.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg gave his team the lead with 2:32 left in the middle frame. Gustav Nyquist‘s centering pass from the right wing bounced off Justin Abdelkader‘s stick to Zetterberg, who beat Hiller from right in front.

Abdelkader would make it 3-1 with a power play goal at 2:03 of the third period. The puck came to Abdelkader wide open to Hiller’s left, where he had enough time to put his initial shot off the far post, then collect his own rebound and put it into the net.

Mikael Backlund cut Detroit’s lead to 3-2 at 5:13. Backlund took a feed from Paul Byron on a shorthanded break and slid the puck under Mrazek’s attempted poke-check.

The Red Wings went one-for-two on the power play, scoring on their first and allowing Backlund’s goal on their second. The Flames were scoreless on four tries with the man-advantage.

Mrazek stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Ramo made 12 saves on 13 Detroit chances before giving way to Hiller, who stopped seven of nine.

With the Red Wings’ Western Canadian road trip complete, they’ll stop in Detroit before moving on to Washington on Saturday.


Detroit was without forwards Johan Franzen (upper body) and Tomas Jurco (back). They were replaced in the lineup by Daniel Cleary and Joakim AnderssonBrian Lashoff was a healthy scratch.

Red Wings Advance with Game Seven Win over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late charge by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday for a 3-2 win in Game Seven of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup. With the win, the Wings advance to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Detroit took a two-goal lead into the game’s final period and, unlike earlier games in the series where they gave up two- and three-goal leads, made it stand up.

With 3:17 remaining in regulation and the Ducks on a power play, Francois Beauchemin threw the puck towards the net from the right-wing corner. It deflected off defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and rolled past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to cut the Red Wings’ lead to just a goal.

Detroit would hold on, however.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring just 1:49 into the first. Valtteri Filppula put a shot on Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller from the top of the left faceoff circle. Hiller made the stop through a screen but the puck came out to Zetterberg in the slot to throw back past Hiller to make it 1-0.

With 6:12 remaining in the opening period, Emerson Etem tied things back up. Etem took an outlet pass from Beauchemin and gained the Detroit zone down the right wing, then cut over into the slot and snapped a shot past Howard, making it 1-1.

With the Ducks buzzing and on a power play, Detroit’s Justin changed the game’s momentum with 3:23 left in the period, breaking up a pass at the Red Wings’ blue line and driving in all along on Hiller, getting him to move and sliding a shot between his pads to restore his team’s lead.

Valtteri Filppula scored the eventual game-winner with 6:15 remaining in the second period, golfing a backhander past Hiller from the left faceoff circle off a scrambled play.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots. Hiller made 29 stops on 32 chances.

Detroit did not score on either of their two power play tries, while the Ducks tallied once on four chances with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings’ Western Conference Semifinal series with the Blackhawks is expected to begin on Wednesday.

Red Wings Stay Alive with Overtime Win

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg scored twice Friday night, including the overtime winner as the Red Wings took a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to force a Game Seven in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

All of Detroit’s wins have come in the extra frame, as the teams met for a fourth overtime engagement. It was the first time in their history that the Red Wings went to overtime in four games in a single series.

Like in Game Two, the Red Wings blew a late third-period lead before being bailed out early in extra time.

Just 1:04 into the overtime, Zetterberg helped Pavel Datsyuk win an offensive-zone draw back to Niklas Kronwall at the point. Kronwall sent it back to Zetterberg along the left wing boards for a blast that found its way through traffic and past Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller to give Detroit the win.

Datsyuk had opened the game’s scoring with 1:12 left in the first period. After Datsyuk controlled the puck for most of a shift in the Anaheim end. Zetterberg fed him with a pass at the right faceoff dot and Datsyuk carried it into the slot, reaching to backhand a shot past Hiller to make it 1-0.

Anaheim tied things back up with 8:29 remaining in the middle period. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Kyle Palmieri fired a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard but off the post. The puck came out and bounced off defenseman Brendan Smith, right back into the net behind Howard.

Zetterberg’s first of the night put the Red Wings back up at 6:19 of the third period. With Detroit on a power play, Zetterberg rifled a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Hiller for his first goal of the series.

With 8:30 remaining the Red Wings made it 3-1 and seemed to be set to cruise to a Game Seven. Justin Abdelkader – playing in his first game back from a two-game suspension – threw the puck on net from the left wing boards and it deflected off Daniel Cleary and past Hiller to give Detroit a two-goal lead.

The Ducks cut that lead to one goal with 3:28 remaining when Valtteri Filppula sent a drop-pass behind his own net to a teammate who wasn’t there. Emerson Etem grabbed up the loose puck and shoveled it in around Howard’s pad before Howard knew what had happened.

Just 55 seconds later, Corey Perry dumped Kyle Quincey behind the Detroit net to get the puck out to Francois Beauchemin on the right wing. Beauchemin sent it back to the front of the net, where Perry tipped it in on Howard. After the initial stop, Bobby Ryan jumped in to knock home the loose puck and tie things up, 3-3.

Howard finished the night with 34 saves on 37 shots against. Hiller made 25 saves on 29 shots.

Zetterberg’s first goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker and the Ducks had none.

The teams will meet again on Sunday in Anaheim for the deciding Game Seven of the series.


With Abdelkader’s return from suspension, Patrick Eaves was a healthy scratch and Mikael Samuelsson was moved down to Eaves’ spot in the lineup… Carlo Colaiacovo made his playoff debut in place of Brian Lashoff, who was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins to help them in their AHL playoff run.

Red Wings Drop Game Five to Ducks in OT

The Detroit Red Wings were unable to pull out a third overtime win of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup with the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 decision.

The Red Wings had previously won Game Two and Game Four on goals scored in the first overtime period, accounting for all of their wins in the series.

Nick Bonino ended the game by knocking the puck past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on a cross-crease pass from Ben Lovejoy just 1:54 into extra time.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring at 5:28 of the first period on a power play. Johan Franzen went to the side of the net and threw the puck out front, where it deflected off of defenseman Sheldon Souray and dropped down at the edge of the crease. Franzen jumped in and swatted it past goalie Jonas Hiller for a 1-0 lead.

Kyle Palmieri tied things back up with 2:19 remaining in the opening period, snapping a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Howard on Anaheim’s 17th shot of the frame.

Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson restored the Red Wings’ lead at 10:08 of the second. Henrik Zetterberg‘s two-on-two chance was knocked aside by Hiller but the long rebound came right to Samuelsson, who wristed a shot right back on net to make it 2-1.

With 32 seconds remaining in the second, Ryan Getzlaf re-tied things, gaining the Detroit zone on a power play and firing a shot from high in the slot past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 34 shots. Hiller made 29 saves on 31 chances.

Each team scored once on three power play tries.

The teams will meet again for Game Six in Detroit on Friday, with the Ducks now having a 3-2 series lead and looking to close things out.

Rookie OT Heorics Lift Red Wings Past Ducks Again

For the second time in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with Anaheim, one of Detroit’s rookies provided the heroics to lift the Red Wings past the Ducks and into a series tie after four games.

Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 remaining in the overtime period on Monday night to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Ducks.

Joakim Andersson fed Gustav Nyquist – who scored Detroit’s overtime winner in Game Two – with a long outlet pass to start the play. Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller hesitated to come out of his crease with Nyquist not in full control of the puck as he crossed the blue line and by the time Hiller poked it away from the Swedish forward, it just deflected off of defenseman Bryan Allen and sat at the edge of the crease. Brunner swept in and banged home the rebound to finish the game.

Matt Beleskey had opened the game’s scoring at 5:07 of the first. Defenseman Brendan Smith lost the puck at the side of the Detroit net and Andrew Cogliano worked it out front to Beleskey. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made a pair of stops from right on the doorstep but Beleskey put in his third chance to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead.

Smith would make up for his giveaway in the third period, as his blast from the blue line at 1:18 of the period deflected multiple times on its way past Hiller to tie the game, 1-1.

David Steckel put the Ducks back out in front with 9:20 remaining in regulation. Kyle Palmieri’s chance from the inside of the right faceoff circle was stopped but the puck flipped into the air and landed at the far side of the net. Steckel and Emerson Etem jumped on it, with Steckel poking it into the open side of the net.

An individual effort by Pavel Datsyuk 2:47 later tied things back up. Skating down the left wing, Datsyuk whipped a snap shot past Hiller and into the top of the net to make it 2-2.

No power play goals were scored on the night, with Anaheim getting three tries – including one in overtime – and Detroit getting one.

Howard stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced. Hiller made 46 saves on 49 Detroit chances.

Game Five will be in Anaheim on Wednesday.


With Justin Abdelkader suspended for two games for his hit on Toni Lydman in Game Three, Mikael Samuelsson played on the top line. Todd Bertuzzi took Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup.

Red Wings Collapse in Third Period Again, Drop Game Three 4-0

For the second consecutive game, the Red Wings allowed three third-period goals by the Ducks. On Saturday night, however, there was no overtime hero as Detroit dropped a 4-0 decision to Anaheim.

The Ducks broke a scoreless tie late in the second period on a power play brought on by a controversial Justin Abdelkader hit. With 4:49 remaining in the period, Abdelkader left his feet and hit the head of Anaheim defender Toni Lydman. Replays were inconclusive as to whether he left his feet during the hit or before and whether or not Lydman’s head was the initial point of contact. Further complicating matters, Abdelkader was given a five minute major and ejected for charging, when he had actually stopped skating leading into the hit.

Just 13 seconds into the five-minute power play. Nick Bonino swatted a loose puck at the top of the crease past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a goal-mouth scramble to make it 1-0.

Ryan Getzlaf made it 2-0 at 6:33 of the third, capitalizing on a Damien Brunner turnover in the Detroit zone to skate around a poke-check from Howard and put the puck into the empty net for a shorthanded goal.

Teemu Selanne fed Emerson Etem with a backhand pass from behind the net just 1:31 later, with Etem wristing a chance past Howard to put the Ducks up by three.

With 6:26 remaining, Matt Beleskey rounded out the scoring on an Anaheim power play. Beleskey was left uncovered in the low slot to tip a pass from Saku Koivu in behind Howard.

The Ducks finished the night with two power play goals on six tries while the Red Wings could not score in the same number of attempts with the man-advantage.

Howard made 25 saves on 29 shots. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Game Four will be on Monday in Detroit, with the Ducks leading the series 2-1.


Brian Lashoff made his first appearance of the playoffs for the Red Wings, swapping in for the injured Danny DeKeyser. Mikael Samuelsson also entered the Detroit lineup, replacing Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.

Red Wings Down Ducks in OT After Third-Period Collapse

Gustav Nyquist lifted the Detroit Red Wings over the Anaheim Ducks early in overtime on Thursday night, giving Detroit a much-needed Game Two win after they allowed three third-period goals to erase a 4-1 lead.

The Ducks scored a trio of goals in under ten minutes to force overtime but Detroit’s fourth goal in the first two minutes of a period – and third on a carry-over penalty – was enough to secure the win.

At 1:21 of the overtime, Valtteri Filppula faked around Anaheim’s Corey Perry in the left faceoff circle and found a lane to shovel a pass across to Nyquist on the opposite side for a quick wrister past neminder Jonas Hiller. The goal came with under two seconds remaining in a Detroit power play.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the scoring only 48 seconds into the game, flipping a shot from the high slot that was tipped by the stick of defenseman Francois Beauchemin to confuse Hiller.

Damien Brunner made it 2-0 at 4:20 of the first. Off a turnover in the Ducks’ zone, Kyle Quincey poked the puck to Brunner all alone in the slot to snap past Hiller.

Johan Franzen‘s first of the night put the Red Wings up by three at 1:04 of the second period. Camped out on the edge of the crease, Franzen banged home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance for Detroit’s first power play goal of the night.

Saku Koivu got the Ducks on the board with a power play goal of their own with 9:07 remaining in the middle period. Off the rebound of a Teemu Selanne shot, Koivu kicked the puck towards the goal and got his stick on it before it crossed the line to tap it in.

Franzen’s second of the night made it 4-1 just 20 seconds into the third period as he drove to the side of the net and reached around Hiller to stuff it in the far side.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf started his team’s comeback at 7:50 of the third, backhanding a shot from the edge of the right faceoff circle through Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 4-2.

Kyle Palmieri snapped a shot from the left circle past Howard just after the expiration of an Anaheim power play with 7:29 remaining to pull the Ducks within a goal.

The comeback was complete with Bobby Ryan‘s goal with 2:22 remaining. Cam Fowler had the puck in the left wing corner and sent it out front to Ryan for a tip past Howard, evening things up at 4-4.

The Red Wings finished the night with three power play goals on six chances with the extra attacker while the Ducks scored once on five tries.

Howard made 28 saves on 32 shots against in earning the win. Hiller stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced.

With the Red Wings having earned a split of the opening games in Anaheim, the series now shifts to Detroit for Game Three on Saturday night.


Todd Bertuzzi made his first appearance in the Detroit lineup since February xxx, returning from a back injury to replace Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line… After the game, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock announced that rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser would miss the remainder of the playoffs with a broken thumb.

Red Wings Fall to Ducks in Game One, 3-1

The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t hold off the Anaheim Ducks’ special teams on Tuesday night, with two power-play goals propelling the Ducks to a 3-1 win over Detroit in the opening game of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Detroit’s lone goal of the game was also a power play tally and Anaheim rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal, meaning all four goals in the game came with an extra attacker on the ice.

Nick Bonino opened the game’s scoring for the Ducks at 10:24 of the first period, deflecting a Cam Fowler shot from the point past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard just three seconds into Anaheim’s first power play of the game.

With 3:55 remaining in the period, Daniel Cleary tied things up when Jakub Kindl‘s shot from the top of the right faceoff circle bounced off him and trickled past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.

After a scoreless second period, Teemu Selanne snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot past Howard just 1:29 into the third to put the Ducks up 2-1.

The Red Wings were unable to recover and with 23 seconds remaining, Francois Beauchemin threw the puck from his own end into the empty net off a faceoff win to wrap up the game’s scoring.

Each team had four power play tries, with the Red Wings getting one goal to Anaheim’s two.

Howard made 24 saves on 26 shots against. Hiller stopped 21 of 22 Detroit shots.

The teams will meet again on Thursday for Game Two of the series.

Howard Stops 33 as Red Wings Sweep Ducks

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced on Sunday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Ducks to sweep the pair of weekend games between the teams in Anaheim.

Howard had also made 33 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday night, giving him a .971 save percentage in the two wins.

Daniel Cleary got the Red Wings on the board at 4:14 of the first period, deflecting a shot from the right wing boards by Jakub Kindl past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller for a power play goal.

Drew Miller made it 2-0 at 8:46 of the period when he swatted the rebound of an Ian White shot from the point under Hiller just before Teemu Selanne could get to the puck.

After seven consecutive goals by the Red Wings across the two games, the Ducks finally got on the board with 46 seconds left in the second period.

On an Anaheim power play, Ryan Getzlaf got the puck at the blue line and lugged it through the high slot, getting around a diving Miller and taking it to the left faceoff circle to snap past Howard.

Howard would cement the win in the closing seconds with a stop on Cam Fowler all alone in the slot while the Ducks were shorthanded.

Hiller finished the night with 19 saves on 21 shots.

Each team had a power play goal, with the Red Wings getting six tries with the extra attacker and the Ducks getting three.

Detroit continues their West Coast road trip Monday in Glendale against the Phoenix Coyotes.


Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch for Detroit for the first time in his career. Carlo Colaiacovo, returning from injury, was also a healthy scratch… Defenseman Brian Lashoff missed the end of the first period after taking a puck to the face but returned for the start of the second period… Anaheim forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne were all ejected with 34 seconds remaining in regulation for arguing about a tripping call to Getzlaf.