Red Wings Close ’07 with Loss to Blues

The Detroit Red Wings closed out the 2007 calendar year with a shutout loss to the St. Louis Blues, their first blanking of the season and their first loss in their annual New Years Eve game since 1998.

Former Red Wing goalie Manny Legace earned the shutout, stopping 31 shots. Legace had been pulled from the crease the last time the two teams met, surrendering four goals.

Rookie defenseman Erik Johnson scored at 5:47 of the third period to get the Blues out in front. His shot from the blue line got past a screened Dominik Hasek and found its way into the net.

Lee Stempniak added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left in the game to wrap up the scoring.

Dominik Hasek – now winless against St. Louis this season – made 21 saves on 22 shots in the loss.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the extra attacker to the Blues’ five.

The Red Wings will open 2008 on Wednesday when they host the Dallas Stars in the first game of a home-and-home series. Henrik Zetterberg is expected to return to the lineup in one of those two games.

Red Wings Blank Blues as Trip Continues

The Detroit Red Wings returned to the road Wednesday night, resuming a five-game road trip that was broken up by the Christmas break and picking up a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Goalie Chris Osgood made 20 saves to earn his second shutout of the season. It was the 45th of his career.

Nicklas Lidstrom, fresh off of signing a two-year contract extension, scored the game’s opening goal just 2:26 in. On a bad line change by the Blues Lidstrom got in behind their defense and stepped into the left faceoff circle for a blast over Manny Legace‘s shoulder.

Jiri Hudler put Detroit up by a pair 5:01 later. Mikael Samuelsson carried the puck down the right wing and sent it out front to Hudler. His tip shot was blocked but the Czech knocked in the rebound.

Valtteri Filppula scored two quick second period goals, chasing Legace from the crease.

At 5:31, with the Red Wings on a power play, Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck down the right wing into the Blues’ zone and faked out defender Christian Backman, sending a pass to the far side of the net for Filppula to tap in.

Just 2:06 later, Samuelsson tied up the puck on the left wing boards and Hudler came in to pick it up. Hudler took it down low and then passed it out to the slot for Filppula to put past Legace.

The former Red Wing was replaced by Hannu Toivonen for the remainder of the game.

Brian Rafalski would score the only goal against Toivonen at 9:11 of the third period, with the Red Wings skating 4-on-3. After passing back and forth with Lidstrom at the top of the circles, Rafalski dropped to the left faceoff dot for a one-timer into the top of the net.

Toivonen stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced while Legace made 12 stops on 16 Detroit shots.

Two of Detroit’s goals came on their three power play chances. St. Louis had five power play opportunities, including one five-on-three.

The Red Wings’ road trip continues in Denver on Thursday when they face the Colorado Avalanche.

Detroit was without forwards Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, and Kirk Maltby for yet another game.

Osgood, Red Wings Blank Blues

Goaltender Chris Osgood stopped all twelve shots he faced Wednesday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

The Red Wings got on the board early and never gave the Blues room to work.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring just 22 seconds in, six seconds into a Detroit power play. Zetterberg won an offensive-zone draw and the puck came to Brian Rafalski at the point. Rafalski sent it down low to Tomas Holmstrom and Holmstrom sent a blind backhand pass across the crease to Zetterberg who put it into the open side of the net.

The Red Wings would add a second power play goal at 5:16 of the second.

A Dan Cleary shot from the slot was blocked by defenseman Eric Brewer and the puck bounced out into the right circle. Mikael Samuellson jumped up from the point, faked a shot, and then rifled the puck past St. Louis netminder Manny Legace.

Cleary added a goal of his own with 5:47 left in the period, picking up a bouncing puck at the St. Louis blue line and skating in all alone on Legace, putting a shot through him to close out the game’s scoring.

The former Red Wing Legace finished the night with 35 saves on Detroit’s 38 shots.

Detroit went two-for-eleven on the power play while the Blues were held without a goal on their three tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators in a Thanksgiving Day matchup.

Tomas Kopecky left the game with a shoulder injury in the second period and did not return.

Red Wings Hold Off Blues’ Repeated Comebacks

The Detroit Red Wings took the lead four different times Friday night but the St. Louis Blues were only able to even things up three times, as Detroit picked up a 5-3 victory over the visiting Blues.

Kris Draper‘s shorthanded goal with 6:29 remaining in the third period was the first Detroit score to go unanswered by St. Louis. On a two-on-one with Draper, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot that was partially stopped by goalie Manny Legace and Lee Stempniak, bouncing the puck into the air. Draper batted it into the net to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead.

Dan Cleary would later add an empty net goal.

Henrik Zetterberg gave the Red Wings their first lead just 33 seconds into the game, skating through the left circle and cutting across the top of the crease before putting the puck past Legace.

Stempniak replied for St. Louis just 33 seconds later, wristing a shot from the right circle over the shoulder of Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

With Ryan Johnson in the penalty box for running Hasek, Tomas Holmstrom put Detroit back in front at 8:29 of the second, deflecting a blast by Lidstrom from the top of the left circle.

The Blues rallied once again when Johnson scored a shorthanded goal with 5:16 remaining in the second. Johnson took a pass from Dallas Drake to break in alone on Hasek, who came out of the crease to take away the puck. Johnson slipped a well-timed shot under him to put the game at 2-2.

Holmstrom’s second of the night gave the Wings another lead at 7:42 of the third. A series of quick passes from Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg put Holmstrom in on Legace and a quick one-handed move flipped the puck over the St. Louis goaltender and into the net.

Keith Tkachuk accounted for the Blues’ final comeback, deflecting a Dennis Wideman shot out of the air with what was determined not to be a high stick just 2:14 after Holmstrom’s goal.

Hasek finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots against, while Legace stopped the same number of chances on 28 shots.

Detroit scored on one of their five power plays and St. Louis was held without a goal while skating with the extra attacker. Each team scored once while shorthanded.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Monday night in New York when they visit the Original Six rival Rangers.

Red Wings Fall to Blues in Overtime

The Detroit Red Wings earned a point Friday night but their winless streak continued as they fell in overtime to the St. Louis Blues. It was Detroit’s third loss in as many games.

Bill Guerin scored the game-winner for St. Louis just 1:09 into the extra period, banging in a rebound from an acute angle with the Blues on a rush.

Ryan Johnson scored a similar goal to open the game’s scoring as the late man on a 3-on-2 at 8:03 of the second period, putting a rebound chance past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Detroit’s lone goal came 1:56 later on a nifty move by Johan Franzen. Franzen carried into the St. Louis zone and moved to his right through the slot to get around defender Dennis Wideman. Wideman stood his ground and Franzen lost the puck but he cut around the far side of Wideman as former Red Wing Jamie Rivers‘ clearing attempt went right onto Rivers stick and over goalie Manny Legace.

Osgood finished the game with 18 saves on 20 shots while Legace stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting two chances and St. Louis having five tries.

The game saw the Red Wings debut of Matt Hussey as one of three players called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was joined by Matt Ellis and Josh Langfeld. Hussey and Ellis took the spots opened when Kris Draper and Robert Lang fell ill with the flu while Langfeld was called up to replace Mikael Samuelsson, out with a broken foot.

The Red Wings will look to end their skid on Sunday when they host the Colorado Avalanche.

Red Wings Down Blues on Brett Hull Night

On the night that the St. Louis Blues retired the number of former captain Brett Hull, the Detroit Red Wings spoiled the show, jumping out to an early lead and picking up a 5-1 victory in the first game of a home-and-home series.

After a long ceremony to honor the former Blue and Red Wing, the teams took to the ice with Detroit clearly dominating.

Just 2:34 in, Henrik Zetterberg scored a power play goal to put the Red Wings on the board. Taking a cross-crease pass from Pavel Datsyuk, he lifted a shot into the far side of the net before goaltender Manny Legace could get to it.

Less than two minutes later, Datsyuk got a goal of his own, putting a wrist shot from the left circle off of defenseman Bryce Salvador and into the St. Louis net at 4:22.

With 6:18 remaining in the period, the Red Wings added another when Dan Cleary threaded a shot between Legace and the post. The goal chased Legace from the crease and brought Jason Bacashihua into the game.

The Blues never recovered from Detroit’s quick start and the Red Wings continued rolling, adding a goal by Valtteri Filppula in the second period and one by Robert Lang in the third.

Eric Brewer scored with 3:24 remaining in the third to break Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek‘s shutout.

Hasek stopped 24 of 25 shots against while Legace made only nine saves on 12 shots and Bacashihua went 18-for-20.

The Red Wings’ first goal was the game’s lone power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the extra attacker and St. Louis had eight.

The two teams will meet again on Thursday night when the Red Wings host the second game of the home-and-home series.

Red Wings Drop Shootout to Blues

Former Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace stopped 41 shots – plus two more shootout chances – Friday night, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over Detroit.

Legace, making his first start in Detroit since leaving the Red Wings, was aided by 22 blocked shots by his new teammates.

Martin Rucinsky and Doug Weight each scored on Red Wings’ goaltender Dominik Hasek during the tiebreaker, while Legace stopped Jason Williams and Pavel Datsyuk rang a shot off the post.

The Blues carried a 2-1 lead into the third period but the Red Wings turned up the pressure, outshooting St. Louis, 17-3.

One of those shots found its way through, when Nicklas Lidstrom scored on a power play with 8:17 remaining in regulation. After a flurry of Detroit chances, Pavel Datsyuk picked up a rebound to Legace’s left. Lidstrom pinched in from the point and got the puck on a crossing pass, lifting it over Legace.

Dispite their chances, the Red Wings never led the game.

After a scoreless first period, Petr Cajanek snuck a wrist shot past Hasek at 1:24 of the second.

Just 2:39 later, Jason Williams threw a shot on net from the right circle that Henrik Zetterberg redirected in at the back door.

Only 3:11 after that, Cajanek scored again on another wrist shot, this one deflecting off the inside of the post and into the net.

Both teams had chances to win before the shootout, with St. Louis going on a power play with 1:34 left in regulation and Detroit getting a chance with the extra attacker for the final 1:51 of overtime.

Legace saved the game for the Blues, with his 41 saves on 43 shots. Hasek faced only 19 shots, making 17 saves.

St. Louis was held scoreless with the man-advantage, going 0-for-2, while the Red Wings scored on one of their four tries.

The loss is Detroit’s fourth consecutive and the third one in a row to go to at least overtime. The Red Wings will try to snap their skid on Saturday when they visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

Red Wings’ Streak Reaches Three with Win over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings extended their winning streak to three games on Saturday night, defeating former Detroit goalie Manny Legace and the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.

The Red Wings got to Legace early, scoring on each of their first two shots of the game.

Tomas Holmstrom beat Legace at 4:22 of the first period, rifiling a shot from the slot into the top half of the net.

Just 1:59 later, Valtteri Filppula‘s first career NHL goal put Detroit up by two as he skated around two St. Louis defenders and into the left faceoff circle before cutting back in front of Legace to lift a shot over him.

Bill Guerin pulled the Blues to within one with 6:25 remaining in the second, deflecting a Christian Backman shot from the point past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

The teams traded goals in the third, with Holmstrom picking up a rebound goal at 6:34 and Radek Dvorak scoring on a shorthanded breakaway off a turnover at 16:34.

Detroit continued their recent trend of improvement on the penalty-kill, holding St. Louis scoreless on five chances. The Blues were also perfect while shorthanded, stopping all five Detroit attempts.

Osgood finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots while Legace stopped 22 of 25 shots.

The win allowed team owner Mike Ilitch to avoid a St. Louis sweep of his teams after Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers failed to win a game in three tries in the Gateway City this week… Both starting goalies played for their opponent at one time in their respective careers. Legace was with Detroit from 1999-2006 while Osgood was with St. Louis from 2003-2004.

Former Wing Legace Signs with St. Louis

Former Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace agreed to terms with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Legace, a career backup until winning the starting role in Detroit for the 2005-06 campaign, will join a St. Louis crease already manned by Curtis Sanford and Jason Bacashihua.

“The Blues are thrilled to bring a veteran goaltender with a career winning record to our team,” said club president John Davidson. “With the addition of Manny, we feel solid with the depth we have in goal.”

The Red Wings cut ties with Legace after the team’s first-round upset at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers, which saw Legace’s play and his mental toughness called into question.

Red Wings Re-sign Osgood

Hours after he hit the market as an NHL free agent, the Detroit Red Wings announced that they had reached a deal to keep goaltender Chris Osgood in Hockeytown for two more seasons.

Osgood started his career in Detroit before being traded to the New York Islanders in 2001. He joined the St. Louis Blues in 2003 and returned to the Red Wings last summer, spending the 2005-06 season as Manny Legace‘s backup.

He is expected to remain in the backup role, with the Red Wings attempting to acquire a new starting netminder after parting ways with Legace.

As per club policy, the financial terms of the deal were not announced. It had previously been reported that the Red Wings were trying to retain Osgood for one season at his 2005-06 salary of $900,000, with a two-year deal on the table for less money annually.