Zetterberg Lifts Red Wings over Maple Leafs in Overtime

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg scored with just ten seconds remaining in overtime on Saturday night, lifting Detroit to a 1-0 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson made thirty saves in shutting out his former club in his first appearance of the season.

After nearly 65 minutes of scoreless hockey, Niklas Kronwall carried the puck up the left wing boards and fed Zetterberg all along in the slot for a shot that went off Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier‘s stick, off the post, and into the back of the net.

Bernier finished the night with 31 saves on 32 shots against.

With the win, the Red Wings sweep their home-and-home series against the Maple Leafs. They’re next in action on Tuesday when they visit the Montreal Canadiens.


Detroit remained without center Pavel Datsyuk… Forward Johan Franzen missed the game with leg spasms, replaced in the lineup by Stephen WeissPetr Mrazek was called up to backup Gustavsson, with Jimmy Howard resting a groin injury… Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch.

Pregame: Maple Leafs @ Red Wings – 10/18

One night after the Red Wings’ 4-1 win in Toronto, the Maple Leafs visit the Red Wings for the second half of a home-and-home.

Jonas Gustavsson gets the start in goal for Detroit against his former team, his first start of the season. He’ll be backed up by Petr Mrazek, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins today as Jimmy Howard is on 48-hour goalie IR with a groin injury.

The Red Wings could have one other lineup change, as Johan Franzen will be a game-time decision. He left last night’s match with leg spasms and might not be able to go tonight. Based on practices earlier this week, Stephen Weiss would likely get the nod if Franzen can’t go.

The Maple Leafs will start Jonathan Bernier in goal.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 7-7-2 all-time against Toronto at home in the second game of a home-and-home on back-to-back nights.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Winter Classic Wrap-Up

Obviously with an event like the Winter Classic, there are two sides of the takeaways to think about.

As far as the game itself goes, I think there were a lot of positives for the Red Wings. They played a very solid game and were stopped by a goalie playing lights-out in Jonathan Bernier.

That said, they’ve got to find a way to win games when the opposition goalie plays so well. It’s the goalie’s job to shut you down, you’re not gonna get a lot of nights where you don’t have to find a way to beat him.

On the “event” side of things… That was pretty incredible. I’ve been comparing it to other outdoor games, which is a little unfair but is going to happen. The outcome takes it down a notch; there was something about going into Chicago and kicking the Blackhawks in the teeth.

It felt a lot like the Cold War to me. The snow and the temperature and the enormous scale were simply unprecedented. The game was hard-fought. As one of the people in the H2H3 crew (I can’t remember which, sorry) it was the magical moment that the league always tries to sell the Winter Classic as, even when you know they’re lying to you. It was visually beautiful even as we froze and even though we didn’t get the outcome we wanted.

The funny thing is this wouldn’t have happened if the NHL wasn’t trying so hard to claim the world attendance record and I think they fell short. There were too many empty seats. If the league wasn’t going for that record, the game would have been at Comerica Park and, while that proved to be an awesome venue throughout December, losing the scale provided by Michigan Stadium would have made this edition just another Winter Classic in a baseball stadium.

Finally, I’ve said this many times before but this game was the reason ties need to remain. Toronto was outplayed all game and stayed alive on goaltending alone. Detroit controlled play but couldn’t score enough goals. Why did one of those teams deserve to win more than the other? Sometimes that happens, we used to call those ties.

Quincey’s Fluke Goal Not Enough as Kings Rally Past Red Wings

Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey scored in his return from injury on Wednesday night but it wasn’t enough for Detroit, as the Los Angeles Kings rallied in the third period for a 2-1 win.

Quincey had missed two games with an ankle injury before returning – along with Brendan Smith – to the Detroit blue line. Johan Franzen also returned from injury but the team lost Valtteri Filppula.

Quincey’s goal, scored at 9:42 of the first period, came on an improbable play. With the puck being cleared around the left wing boards, Quincey pinched in and threw it at Kings netminder Jonathan Bernier. Bernier knocked it high into the air with his glove, then lost track of it as it came down, bounced off his own back, and into the net.

It stood for over forty minutes as the game’s only goal, through a second-period stretch that saw the Red Wings kill off a four-minute LA power play, of which a full two minutes was a two-man advantage.

The Kings finally got on the board during another five-on-three. With 9:34 remaining in regulation, Jeff Carter tipped an intentionally-wide shot by Mike Richards past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to tie the game, 1-1.

With 4:48 left the Kings took the lead. D.J. King dug the puck out from along the right wing boards and sent it to Anze Kopitar all alone in front of Howard, where he had time to slide the puck around him to make it 2-1.

Detroit would be unable to even things back up.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots. Bernier stopped 32 of the 33 chances he faced.

Carter’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker while Los Angeles had five, including 2:46 of five-on-three time.

The Red Wings will be back in action Thursday night in San Jose.


With Quincey and Smith returning from injury, Kent Huskins and Ian White were the healthy scratches on defense for Detroit.

Miller, Emmerton Each Score Twice as Red Wings Rout Kings

The Detroit Red Wings got two-goal efforts from both Drew Miller and Cory Emmerton Saturday night, en route to a 8-2 rout of the Los Angeles Kings.

For Emmerton, his was his first career multiple-point game and his first goals since the season opener. For Miller, it continued a scoring trend that’s seen him more than double his season output in the last week.

Miller opened the game’s scoring only 1:45 into the game. Darren Helm put a shot on net from the right faceoff circle and LA goalie Jonathan Quick kicked the puck into the slot. Miller, driving to the net, picked it up and knocked it back past Quick.

Just 15 seconds later, Emmerton deflected a Jonathan Ericsson shot from just inside the blue line past Quick to make it a two-goal lead.

A Niklas Kronwall blast from the top of the right circle bounced off the post and into the net at 8:32, giving the Red Wings a 3-0 lead and ending Quick’s night, as he was replaced in the Kings’ crease by Jonathan Bernier.

Davis Drewiske got Los Angeles on the board with 2:45 left in the first. After the Red Wings twice failed to clear their zone, Justin Williams sent a pass to Drewiske, who was wide open in the left circle to snap a shot past Jimmy Howard.

Emmerton’s second of the night restored Detroit’s three-goal lead with 1:25 left in the period. Justin Abdelkader sent a pass from the left corner to Emmerton alone in the slot for a quick shot past Bernier, making it 4-1.

The Kings pulled to within a pair again in the second period. With 8:57 left, Jarret Stoll knocked home the rebound of a Williams shot, getting LA back in the game.

Henrik Zetterberg ended any thoughts of a comeback just 1:03 later, powering to the net with Alec Martinez and Dustin Brown on him, lifting a backhander over Bernier’s shoulder and into the top of the net.

Pavel Datsyuk made it 6-2 with 22 seconds left in the middle frame. Todd Bertuzzi made a diving play in the neutral zone to knock the puck to Johan Franzen at the blue line, who carried it into the Kings’ zone and sent it to Datsyuk in the slot. Datsyuk tipped it past Bernier as the goaltender got stuck moving from right to left.

Miller added his second of the night at 7:34 of the third period, snapping a loose puck in the slot past Bernier to make it 7-2.

Brad Stuart rounded out the scoring on a power play goal with 8:42 remaining, putting a booming shot from the top of the right circle through a screen by Tomas Holmstrom and past Bernier.

Stuart’s goal was the only power play marker of the night for either team. The Kings had four tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had three.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 Los Angeles shots. Quick stopped four of the seven shots he faced before being replaced by Bernier, who made 15 saves on twenty shots.

The Red Wings are next in action on Monday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers to kick off a Western Canadian road trip.


With forwards Jan Mursak, Patrick Eaves and Chris Conner all on injured reserve, defenseman Mike Commodore was Detroit’s only healthy scratch.

Red Wings Hold Off Kings for 7-4 Win

The Los Angeles Kings scored the final three goals Monday night but it wasn’t enough to recover from Detroit’s early scoring, with the Red Wings holding on for a 7-4 victory to kick off their West Coast road trip.

The Kings were already down 7-1 when they scored three goals in the final 7:34 of the game.

Dustin Brown made it 7-2 when he picked up a loose puck in front of Howard and whipped it past him.

Wayne Simmonds added another goal with 1:05 left to play, poking the puck past Howard from the top of the crease.

Brad Richardson finished off the game’s scoring with 21 seconds remaining, tipping a Matt Greene chance past Howard.

Michal Handzus had opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first, banging home a rebound chance from the side of the net on a Los Angeles power play.

Drew Miller replied for the Red Wings at 6:37 of the period, banking a shot off of LA goalie Jonathan Quick from an acute angle.

Detroit took the lead just 30 seconds later when Danny Cleary knifed a Jiri Hudler shot out of the air and past Quick from the slot.

A Nicklas Lidstrom blast from the blue line off a feed from Mike Modano made it 3-1 with 1:12 left in the first. It was Detroit’s first of two power play goals on the night.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the Wings’ second power play goal with 42 seconds left in the second period. Datsyuk held the puck in at the blue line and worked his way into the left faceoff circle to snap a shot over Quick’s glove.

Darren Helm made it 5-1 at 2:01 of the third period, clearing the puck past Drew Doughty at the point in the Detroit end and racing down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway before beating Quick five-hole.

Miller notched his second of the night at 5:53, knocking the rebound of a Kris Draper chance past Quick and ending the goaltender’s night.

Hudler wrapped up Detroit’s scoring with 9:38 to play, taking a cross-ice feed from Jakub Kindl and putting the puck into the open side of Jonathan Bernier‘s net as a power play expired.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals on four chances with the extra attacker. Los Angeles went one-for-four on the power play.

Howard made 35 saves on 39 shots in picking up the win. Quick took the loss with 18 saves on 24 shots, while Bernier stopped two of the three chances he faced.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Wednesday in Anaheim.


The Red Wings were without defenseman Brian Rafalski and forward Johan Franzen. Rafalski missed his second consecutive game with back spasms while Franzen was allowed to remain home in Detroit following the birth of his first child.

Red Wings Open Road Trip with Win over Kings

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Sunday night, opening their first western road trip of the season with a win.

After a scoreless first period, Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board just forty seconds into the second frame just as a power play expired.

Henrik Zettrberg fired a shot on Kings rookie goalie Jonathan Bernier and Datsyuk got to the rebound, poking it under Bernier and just across the goal line.

Kris Draper added a shorthanded goal 2:26 later, breaking in on goal before faking around Bernier and putting the puck in behind him.

Mike Cammalleri pulled the Kings to within a goal 1:44 into the third period with Los Angeles on a five-on-three, rifling a one-timer from the right circle over Detroit goalie Chris Osgood‘s glove.

The Wings responded 3:55 later, with tic-tac-toe passing on a three-on-two getting the puck from Datsyuk to Zetterberg and across to Tomas Holmstrom to bang past Bernier.

Zetterberg made it 4-1 at 7:21 of the final period, wrapping around the net and coming out into the slot to lift a shot into the far corner of the net.

The Red Wings were without a goal on two power play attempts. Los Angles scored their only goal on one of their six chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood stopped 27 of 28 shots against. Bernier made 26 saves on 30 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.


Detroit was without Mikael Samuelsson, who suffered a minor groin injury in Friday’s loss to Chicago. Aaron Downey made his Red Wings debut in Samuelsson’s roster spot.