Red Wings Open Home-and-Home with Win over Predators

In the first game of a home-and-home series, the Detroit Red Wings held off third-period pressure by the Nashville Predators to pick up a 5-2 win.

The win lifts the Red Wings to within one point of the Predators in the Central Division standings with one game in hand.

Nashville had four power play opportunities in the third period and converted on one of them.

Martin Erat scored for the Predators on a two-man advantage at 5:07 of the period. A Shea Weber blast from the blue line was stopped by Detroit goalie Chris Osgood but Erat got the rebound at the side of the net and put it in, pulling the Predators to within a goal.

Nashville wasn’t able to even things up and Detroit scored twice at the end of the period to seal the game.

Attempting to throw a pass across the top of the crease with 2:02 remaining, Kyle Calder scored when the puck deflected off the skate of Marek Zidlicky and over Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun‘s shoulder.

Valtteri Filppula put the game away 41 seconds later after stealing the puck at the Detroit blue line with Vokoun on the way to the bench. Filppula raced in on the goal as Vokoun got back but the netminder never got settled and Filppula whipped a shot past him to make the final score 5-2.

The Red Wings opened the game’s scoring just 1:39 into the game when Robert Lang banged the puck through a crowd in front of the Nashville net and past Vokoun.

Rookie Alexander Radulov tied the game at 7:02, ripping a shot from the high slot past Osgood with Nashville on a power play.

Early in the second period, Kirk Maltby put Detroit back out in front. Filppula moved the puck into the Nashville zone and got it deep to Kris Draper, who moved behind the net and sent it out front to Maltby. Maltby lifted a shot over Vokoun at 4:30 to make it a 2-1 game.

Jiri Hudler extended the Detroit lead at 1:24 of the third, scoring on a one-timer off Vokoun’s glove from a pass by Calder.

Both of Nashville’s goals came on the power play, which they had eight chances with, including the two-on-one that led to Erat’s tally. Detroit was held scoreless on three chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood made 29 saves on 31 shots against, including key stops with the Predators threatening to pull even in the third. Vokoun stopped 25 of the 30 Detroit chances he faced.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Detroit.

The Predators lost Erat in the third period after a collision with teammate Jason Arnott.

Avalanche Down Red Wings in Overtime

The Colorado Avalanche earned a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, scoring with 2:19 remaining in the extra period to pick up the victory.

Brad Richardson scored the game-winner, banging home is own rebound under the arms of the sprawling Chris Osgood, who made the first save after Richardson took a pass from Wojtek Wolski on a two-on-one.

The Avalanche also scored the game’s first two goals, after Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom missed on a penalty shot attempt at the end of the first period.

Milan Hejduk got Colorado on the board with 9:05 remaining in the second. Paul Stastny raced down the left wing and sent the puck into the front of the goal for Hedjuk, who poked it past Osgood.

Just 3:09 later, Tyler Arnason put the Avalanche up by a pair. The puck was knocked free from a scrum along the left wing boards by Wolski and Arnason got to it before any Red Wing could, wristing a high shot over Osgood’s glove.

With 57 seconds remaining in the period, Valtteri Filppula cut the Colorado lead to a goal, wristing a shot from the edge of the left circle past Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj after Pavel Datsyuk threaded a pass to him from the right wing boards.

Only 1:14 into the third, Kris Draper tied things up. Draper spun and threw the puck on net from the left circle and it bounced off Budaj’s stick, the post, Budaj’s back, and into the net.

Colorado regained the lead at 8:41 of the period when Brett McLean got the puck from Hejduk in front of the net and beat Osgood, with Kyle Calder stuck back covering on defense and unable to get position on him.

The Red Wings forced overtime by scoring with 1:27 remaining. A blast by Schneider from the top of the left circle went wide to the far side but deflected off Calder. The puck bounced off Budaj’s back and bumped up against the near post but Draper jumped in and poked it across the goal line just as Budaj found it.

Detroit finished the game with 34 shots, Budaj having stopped 31 of them. Osgood made 23 saves on 27 Colorado shots.

The Red Wings failed to score on their lone power play and the Avalanche were without a goal on their four chances with the extra attacker.

The point gained by forcing overtime pulls Detroit to within one of the Nashville Predators in the race for the Central Division. The Predators play Sunday night in Anaheim, which will give Detroit a game in hand on them.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday when they host those very same Nashville Predators, one of four remaining games between the two teams.

Lidstrom’s 200th Leads Red Wings past Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored his 200th career goal on Friday night, part of a 6-2 Detroit win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

Lidstrom’s goal, Detroit’s fifth of the night, was his first in the last 17 games.

With the Red Wings skating on a five-on-three and the game seemingly already in hand, Lidstrom’s blast from the high slot beat goalie Nikolai Khabibulin just 40 seconds into the third period, giving Detroit a 5-1 lead.

Chicago’s goals sandwiched the Lidstrom tally. Both were scored by former Red Wing Jason Williams, who was traded to the Blackhawks on Monday for Kyle Calder and was making his first appearance at Joe Louis Arena since the deal.

With 8:45 remaining in the second, Williams intercepted a Mathieu Schneider pass at the Chicago blue line while killing a penalty and broke in all alone on Detroit netminder Chris Osgood. Osgood covered the bottom of the net but Williams went high over his glove to get the Blackhawks on the board.

Just 2:06 after the Lidstrom goal, Williams scored a power play goal on a blast from the top of the right circle.

Before Williams got Chicago’s scoring started, the Red Wings scored four times on starting goaltender Patrick Lalime.

Robert Lang ended his scoring slump at 6:15 of the first period, scoring just after the end of a five-on-three with a shot from the left circle that bounced off defenseman Duncan Keith before hitting the inside of Lalime’s leg and sliding into the net.

With just under four seconds remaining in the period, a beautiful passing play set up Mathieu Schneider’s goal while the teams skated four aside. Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck into the zone along the right wing before pushing it over to Niklas Kronwall, who passed down to Lang at the bottom of the left circle. Lang moved it back out into the high slot for Schneider, who rocketed a shot into the top of the net over a fallen Lalime.

At 7:28 of the second period, rookie Valtteri Filppula – playing on the team’s top line in place of the injured Henrik Zetterberg – extended the Detroit lead. Datsyuk stole the puck in the left circle of the Chicago zone and crossed it to Filppula at the far side of the net to punch in off of Lalime.

Datsyuk would assist again just 1:45 later, sending a long outlet pass from the Detroit zone to Jiri Hudler at the Chicago blue line. Hudler beat Lalime one-on-one, ending the goalie’s night early.

After Williams and Lidstrom scored, Johan Franzen finished the game’s scoring with 9:10 remaining on a shot from the slot. Lang’s assist on the goal marked his fourth point of the night.

The Red Wings finished the night 2-for-9 on the power play, including two five-on-three chances and one shorthanded goal allowed. Chicago scored on one of their five power play attempts.

Osgood made 17 saves on 19 shots against. Lalime stopped 14 of the 18 shots he faced before being replaced by Khabibulin, who stopped 17 of 19.

The win pulls Detroit back even with the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division and the Western Conference. The Predators are in action on Saturday in Los Angeles while the Red Wings will next hit the ice on Sunday when they host the Colorado Avalanche.

Holmstrom Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Blackhawks

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and three other Red Wings had multi-point nights as Detroit picked up a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night.

New acquisition Kyle Calder was one of the two-point scorers for Detroit, picking up a goal and an assist in his first game for his new team. Linemate Johan Franzen also had a goal and an assist, while Pavel Datsyuk added two helpers.

Calder’s goal at 1:46 of the first period came on his first shift as a Red Wing. With Calder cutting to the Chicago net, Franzen threw the puck out front from behind the goal and Calder grabbed it to throw past netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Holmstrom’s first goal, scored with 7:09 remaining in the second period, would be the eventual game-winner. Datsyuk banged at the puck from the side of the crease and it came out the other side, where Holmstrom chipped it into the net.

Franzen and Calder hooked up again for Detroit’s third goal. Calder sent a long outlet pass off the right wing boards and Franzen raced Chicago’s James Wisniewski to the puck in the right circle of the Blackhawk zone. Franzen spun quickly and put a shot between the defender’s legs and past Khabibulin with 58 seconds remaining in the middle period.

Holmstrom added a power play goal to round out Detroit’s scoring at 9:18 of the third, putting home a rebound after a big stop by Khabibulin on Nicklas Lidstrom.

Jeff Hamilton broke Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek‘s shutout with 1:00 remaining in regulation, putting a quick wrister from the right circle off the crossbar and into the net.

Holmstrom’s second goal was Detroit’s only power play tally in five tries while Chicago was held scoreless on three attempts with the extra attacker, including a long 5-on-3 in the second period.

Hasek made 24 saves on 25 shots. Khabibulin stopped 24 of 28 shots against.

The two teams will meet again on Friday in Detroit for the second half of the home-and-home series.

Calder’s goal was the second time in as many seasons that a Detroit trade-deadline acquisition scored on his first shift and first shot with the Red Wings. Cory Cross did it last season, also against the Blackhawks… The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), who is expected to return to the lineup for Friday’s game. Chris Chelios was rested, with Andreas Lilja taking his spot on the blue line.

Williams Dealt, Calder Acquired in Three-Team Deal

The Detroit Red Wings made their first move of the 2007 NHL Trade deadline Monday night, dealing away Jason Williams and acquiring Kyle Calder in a three-team deal.

Longtime Red Wing Williams was sent to the Chicago Blackhawks, who Detroit will visit on Tuesday night.

In turn, the Blackhawks shipped defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and a third-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers, who then sent Calder to Detroit.

Calder is playing out a one-year deal he signed with Chicago last summer, before the Blackhawks traded him to Philadelphia for Michal Handzus. He has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 59 games.

“He’s had a tough season, but he’s a proven NHL player,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said on Monday night. “He works, works and works and he’ll make us a harder team to play against.”

Williams is in the first year of a two-year deal he signed with the Red Wings in July. He has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 58 games.

Shorthanded Wings Set NHL Record with Eleventh Consecutive Road Win

The Detroit Red Wings, skating with an 18-man roster rather than the usual twenty players due to injuries, set a new NHL record with their eleventh road victory of the season Thursday night, a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The win also extended Detroit’s record for road wins in a season to thirty.

The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, Mathieu Schneider, Robert Lang, Steve Yzerman and Jason Williams. After calling up Donald MacLean earlier this week to fill in for Lang, Detroit had reached the league’s salary cap and could not call up reinforcements to replace the other injured players.

The smaller lineup didn’t stop the Wings from jumping to an early lead on goals by Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg.

Shanahan scored his first of the night at 3:12 of the opening period. MacLean had the puck at the bottom of the left circle and sent it out front to Mark Mowers. Mowers didn’t have a shot, so he kicked it back to Shanahan who one-timed it home.

Just 21 seconds later, Zetterberg put Detroit up by two when a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the left circle went wide of the goal. The puck bounced off the boards behind the net and came to Zetterberg at the far side of the crease for a tap-in.

Zetterberg’s second of the night gave the Red Wings a three-goal lead 3:52 later.

With the teams skating four-on-four, Zetterberg carried the puck through the Chicago zone but couldn’t get an angle on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Instead, he went behind the net for a wraparound attempt and reached to put a shot off Khabibulin’s skate and into the net from the other side of the goal.

The Blackhawks made a brief comeback with goals by Kyle Calder at 10:31 of the first and Radim Vrbata 46 seconds into the second.

Tomas Holmstrom and Lidstrom countered to give the Red Wings a three-goal lead again and Khabibulin was replaced by Craig Anderson for the third time this season against Detroit.

At 8:59 of the middle frame, Shanahan’s second of the night put the Wings up 6-2 when he skated through the right circle and banked a shot off Anderson’s shoulder and into the net.

In the third period, Patrick Sharp gave Chicago a shorthanded goal off of a giveaway in the Detroit zone but Shanahan finished the hat trick for the game’s last goal, banging in the rebound of a shot by Lidstrom at 7:38 with the Red Wings on the power play.

Detroit finished the night one-for-nine on the man-advantage while Chicago went one-for-six and scored twice on Detroit power plays.

Red Wings’ netminder Manny Legace made 28 saves on 31 shots while Khabibulin stopped 12 of the 17 attempts he faced and Anderson went 21-for-23.

The Red Wings’ short road trip will conclude on Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Steve Yzerman is not with the team on this road trip… Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider are expected to return to the lineup on Saturday… Jason Woolley left the game in the second period.

Red Wings Fall in Overtime to Blackhawks

After tying Friday’s game against Chicago in the final minute of regulation, the Detroit Red Wings were unable to hold off the Blackhawks in the extra period, falling, 3-2, to their Central Division rival.

Chicago won the game with a Patrick Sharp goal at 1:29 of the extra frame. Sharp carried into the Detroit zone and skated around a seemingly-tired Nicklas Lidstrom before cutting across the top of the crease and putting a shot under the stick of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.

The Red Wings had tied the game with 46 seconds remaining in regulation when Brendan Shanahan threw the puck at the crease from the right circle and Pavel Datsyuk was open to tip it into the far side of the net.

Detroit opened the scoring with 9:04 remaining in the first period when Steve Yzerman notched his 691st career goal, moving into sole possession of eighth place in NHL history.

Yzerman stole the puck in the Chicago zone and got it over to Jason Williams. The two criss-crossed through the slot and Williams got the puck back to Yzerman, who put a snap shot off Blackhawks’ netminder Nikolai Khabibulin and into the net.

Mark Cullen evened the game with 3:44 remaining in the second period with Detroit just having finished a successful penalty kill. Kyle Calder sent a pass from the right circle to Cullen on the far side of the crease for an easy tap-in goal.

Former Red Wing Martin Lapointe gave Chicago the lead with 5:29 remaining in regulation, taking a crossing pass on a three-on-one and one-timing it past Osgood.

Detroit finished the nights without a goal on three power play opportunities but also held the Blackhawks scoreless on four chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood made 31 saves on 34 shots while Khabibulin stopped 39 of 41 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will have Saturday off before visiting the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon for the third game of four in five days.

Osgood Returns as Wings Beat Blackhawks

Chris Osgood made his first start for the Red Wings since 2000, helping them beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2, for their eighth straight win. It was also a homecoming of another sort for the Wings’ Brett Lebda, who was playing his first NHL game in his hometown of Chicago.

With the game tied at 2-2 early in the third period, and the Wings on the power play, Robert Lang stepped in front of a bad clearing attempt by the Blackhawks’ Jason Morgan. Lang then snapped the game winning goal from the right slot past Nikolai Khabibulin at 4:39 of the period.

The Wings had jumped out to an early lead, just three and a half minutes in, when Kirk Maltby was left alone in the slot to take a feed from Steve Yzerman at the left half boards.

The Blackhawks tied the game at 1-1 in the opening minutes of the second period. Tyler Arnason took a deflected pass that had squirted out from behind Osgood who was turned around and facing the left corner, coming out to cut down the angle on the rush.

Less than three minutes later the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Kyle Calder, taking a pass from Matt Ellison behind the net.

The Blackhawks’ lasted less then four minutes as Mikael Samuelsson scored a power play goal off a rebound, tying the game at 2-2.

The Red Wings’ fourth goal was an empty-netter from Henrik Zetterberg with 28 seconds left in the game.

Osgood faced 25 shots, stopping 23, while Khabibulin stopped 32 of the Wings’ 36 shots. Both goalies had to come up with some great saves. The Wings’ two power play goals came on eight chances, while the Blackhawks couldn’t capitalize on their four power play chances.

The Wings and Blackhawks head back to Detroit to play their third game in a row Tuesday night.

Wings Win to Close Season Series with ‘Hawks

The Detroit Red Wings got three goals from defensemen as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, in the final game of the season between the two teams. Detroit went 4-1-0-1 against Chicago this season.

Defenseman Jason Woolley opened the scoring with 6:27 remaining in the first period. Woolley took a cross-ice pass from Brett Hull at the top of the right circle and one-timed a shot past Chicago netminder Steve Passmore’s glove, putting the Wings up by a goal.

Ray Whitney got the only Red Wings goal by a forward 5:02 later. With the Red Wings on a power play, Whitney skated through the left circle and took a Henrik Zetterberg pass from behind the net. Whitney then fired a shot through a small gap under Passmore’s glove and gave Detroit a two-goal lead.

Chicago cut the Red Wings’ lead in half with just three seconds remaining in the first period. Kyle Calder deflected a Deron Quint shot in front of Detroit goalie Manny Legace to give the ‘Hawks their first goal of the game.

Niklas Kronwall‘s first career goal put the Red Wings back up by two with 5:35 left in the second period. As Mathieu Dandenault held the puck along the left-side boards, Kronwall pinched into the slot and called for a pass. Dandenault got the puck to Kronwall, who fired a one-timer by Passmore.

Nicklas Lidstrom scored the Wings’ final goal of the game 7:30 into the final period. As Kris Draper held up Alexei Zhamnov on a faceoff, Steve Yzerman came in to knock the puck back to Lidstrom. Lidstrom drifted back to the blue line and fired a shot that deflected off Passmore’s glove and into the net.

Tyler Arnason closed the game’s scoring, beating Legace on a rebound from right in front of the net as Legace scrambled back into position after coming out of the net.

Legace stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in Detroit’s net. Passmore made 30 saves on 34 shots between the pipes for Chicago.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday night when the Phoenix Coyotes make their first visit of the season to Joe Louis Arena. The Wings will then embark on a five-game, ten-night road trip.

Rivalry Takes a Nap: Wings Lose 3-0 to Chicago

Maybe the Red Wings were overdue for a game like this “” the kind where nothing goes quite right. The frustrating kind where none of the passes are exactly where they should be, your power plays are cut short by penalties being called, none of the bounces land in spots where they might be useful, all of the shots hit the goalie or go just wide, and the skaters just can’t seem to get going. And as is typical of a bad-luck game, it just HAD to be against a team everyone hates to lose to, Detroit’s oldest rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. A 3-0 shutout, to be exact.

The Blackhawks were full of offensive fire in the first period, outshooting Detroit by a 13 to 5 margin. Manny Legace was strong in net, especially on a point blank glove save against Brett McLean with just under six minutes to go in the first.

Nathan Dempsey opened the scoring for Chicago with 4:24 left in the period. He took a pass from Kyle Calder and shot on net from a very tight angle. The puck deflected off the skate of Niklas Kronwall and slipped in between Legace and the short side goal post.

The first period flowed nicely, but the second was choppy and full of penalties. The penalty killers for both teams did such a good job that hardly any shots on net were registered in the full twenty minutes””five for Chicago and four for Detroit. Tuomo Ruutu finally increased Chicago’s lead with a power play goal with 1:36 left in the period.

Deron Quint put the game away for the Blackhawks with another power play goal late in the third. Steve Sullivan passed Quint the puck as he was coming up the slot, and Quint one-timed a high shot through a screen over Legace’s blocker. In the end, Chicago outshot Detroit by a count of 27 to 20. The Red Wings’ next game will be their traditional New Year’s Eve home game. The opponent for this year is the high-scoring Atlanta Thrashers.

Tomas Holmstrom returned to the lineup for this game, but Jason Woolley was out. He blocked a shot with his foot during Friday’s game against the Wild. He is expected back in the lineup on Wednesday…. Chris Chelios is also scheduled to return against the Thrashers.

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