Spreading Rumors

Interesing bit from Christy over at BtJ just popped across the feedreader.

Apparently a valid-looking Facebook page for Valtteri Filppula briefly reported that he’d been traded to Atlanta. It’s not confirmed whether that’s actually his Facebook page (if he even has one) and the news has since been pulled.

As Christy notes, it would have to be a deal for Marian Hossa and Ken Holland would only pay that much if Hossa signed a contract extension. We’ll see if anything comes of this.

Hossa Leads Thrashers Past Red Wings

Marian Hossa scored a natural hat trick to open the scoring for the Thrashers Tuesday night and the Detroit Red Wings never recovered as Atlanta cruised to a 5-1 victory.

Hossa scored twice on the power play and once at even-strength in the first 21:14 of the game, earning his seventh career hat trick.

The first power play goal came at 7:33, when Hossa skated out of the corner and moved out front of the goal untouched, putting a shot past Chris Osgood.

Hossa’s second game at with 5:38 left in the period. Brett Lebda missed the puck while retreating at center ice and Hossa pounced on it, jumping past him and skating in on goal alone before throwing a quick shot by Osgood.

Wide open in the slot on a power play, Hossa scored his third goal at 1:14 of the second. Todd White drew two defenders to him along the boards and the already-shorthanded Wings couldn’t cover Hossa when he took a pass and rifled a shot into the net.

Atlanta would get a power play goal from Eric Perrin and a late goal by former Red Wing Slava Kozlov to wrap up the scoring.

Niklas Kronwall scored Detroit’s only goal.

Osgood stopped 13 of 17 shots against before being replaced in net by Dominik Hasek. Hasek allowed the game’s final goal, stopping seven of eight shots. Kari Lehtonen made 46 saves on Detroit’s 47 shots.

Team USA Falls to Slovakia, 2-1

A late push by the United States wasn’t enough to pull them even with Slovakia as they fell to the Slovaks, 2-1, in a preliminary round matchup.

After a scoreless first period, Marian Hossa (Atlanta Thrashers) scored a power play goal in the second to open the game’s scoring. Hossa broke away from Brian Rolston (Minnesota Wild) and stepped into the right circle, where he fired a quick shot past Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders).

Team USA tied the game with a power play goal of their own just minutes later, when Rolston ripped a long shot past Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche).

Peter Bondra (Thrashers) scored the game’s final goal in the third period, taking a pass in the slot from behind the net by Mirsoslav Satan (Islanders) and banging it by DiPietro before the American defenders could collapse onto him.

Slovakia moved to 3-0 with the win, locking up their spot in the medal round, while the United States dropped to 1-1-1.

The Americans will need to earn a win over Russia or Sweden to have chance of advancing to the medal round.

Thrashers Win Wild Matchup with Red Wings

A four-goal, third period comeback wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night. They fell to the Atlanta Thrashers, 7-6, after coming back from a 6-2 deficit to start the final period.

Atlanta’s Patrik Stefan scored the game-winner with 4:11 remaining in regulation. With Detroit pressuring in the Thrashers’ zone, defenseman Andreas Lilja broke his stick on a shot and the puck went straight to Stefan. The stickless Lilja was the only blueliner back and couldn’t make the play, leaving Stefan free to skate in alone on goalie Chris Osgood and put one past him.

The Thrashers had opened the game’s scoring at 3:53 of the first. J.P. Vigier intercepted a pass in the Atlanta zone with the Red Wings on the power play. He was hooked by Tomas Holmstrom as he broke through the neutral zone but the delayed penalty was negated when he rushed in at goaltender Jim Howard – who started the game in net for the Red Wings – and scored.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the first of his two goals with 8:37 remaining in the period. As Detroit skated five-on-three, Brendan Shanahan sent a pass from one side of the crease to Datsyuk at the other, where he was free to put the puck in the net.

Stefan scored his first of the night with 2:55 left in the opening period, picking up a rebound in the left circle before spinning and putting a shot over Howard’s pad on the near side.

Datsyuk tied the game again at 2:04 of the second, scoring from the slot on another pass from Shanahan.

Bobby Holik scored on a 3-on-2 to put Atlanta back in front just 1:03 later, knocking in his own rebound.

Osgood entered the game in an effort to shake things up for Detroit but he was immediately faced with 4:14 of Atlanta power play time, including two times where the Thrashers had a two-man advantage.

Former Red Wing Vyacheslav Kozlov scored on the first five-on-three while Marian Hossa scored on the second. Ronald Petrovicky scored another power play goal on a three-on-none rush against Osgood.

Down by four with 20 minutes remaining, the Red Wings began their comeback on a two-man power play just 24 seconds into the third. Shanahan took the puck to the side of the crease and lifted a shot over the far shoulder of Atlanta netminder Michael Garnett.

Jason Williams scored 1:38 later to pull Detroit within two and Osgood made a huge save on an Ilya Kovalchuk breakaway just minutes later to keep the Red Wings in it.

With yet another two-man advantage, Detroit scored their third goal of the period at 8:01. Mathieu Schneider fired a shot from the right circle past Garnett as the Wings pulled to within one.

The game was tied when Tomas Holmstrom banged in a rebound on a power play 40 seconds later.

The loss broke Detroit’s three-game winning streak and three-game road winning streak. It was their first loss to the Thrashers in franchise history.

Osgood finished the night with 12 saves on 16 shots while Howard made 13 saves on the same number of chances against and Garnett stopped 30 of the 36 shots he faced.

Detroit went four-for-eight on the power play and allowed three goals on seven Atlanta power play chances.

The Red Wings continue their Southeast Division road trip on Thursday in Miami, where they’ll face the Florida Panthers.

Detroit Power Play On A Roll

It’s been a hockey fact for the past several years: if you give the Red Wings a power play chance, you are very likely going to go down by a goal. The Ottawa Senators tested this theory on Saturday night, and it proved true once again. Detroit had a 37.5% power play success rate, leading to a 3-2 overtime win over the Senators.

Both teams had a strong first period. Ottawa had the edge in shots on goal, with nine to Detroit’s five, but few of those nine were high quality scoring chances, and Dominik Hasek was able to control most of them without any problems. Hasek had a lot of help from Derian Hatcher and Jiri Fischer. The two big defensemen did a very good job of pushing away any Ottawa players who got too close to the goal crease.

The Senators took a bench minor penalty for having too many men on the ice late in the first period, and the Red Wings were able to set up the first goal of the game. Nicklas Lidstrom passed the puck from the left side to Mathieu Schneider at the point. Schneider’s shot bounced off goaltender Patrick Lalime. Tomas Holmstrom, tenaciously standing his ground in front of the net, was able to get the rebound and stuff it past Lalime.

The Red Wings played more offensively in the second period, slipping through the Senator’s trapping style of play and generating more shots on net. The power play got another chance to shine when Marian Hossa was sent to the penalty box for holding the stick 4:51 into the period. Brendan Shanahan took a hard shot from the right faceoff circle. Holmstrom was screening Lalime once again, and the puck bounced off Holmstrom and fell into the goal crease. Steve Yzerman sped towards the net and slammed the puck in for the goal.

The Senators answered just over a minute later. Schneider attempted to clear the puck away from behind Hasek’s net. Instead of sending it up one of the sides of the ice, he sent it up the middle. Jason Spezza was right there in the slot to intercept the pass, and he lifted it over Hasek and into the net.

Ottawa was able to tie the game midway through the third period when they got a five-on-three power play chance. Fischer had been sent to the box for tripping. That penalty was down to 23 seconds remaining when Ray Whitney was sent out for tripping Daniel Alfredsson. The Wings attempted to argue that Alfredsson had simply fallen over Hasek’s skate in the crease, but the referee was unmoved and the Senators took advantage of their golden opportunity. Radek Bonk took a pass from Hossa and placed it past Hasek.

Both teams tried to win the game before the end of the third period, but defense prevailed and the game went into overtime. Zdeno Chara took a foolish penalty 55 seconds into the extra period. He knocked down Kris Draper far behind the play, and the referee was right behind them. The Senators did a good job clearing the puck out of their zone for most of the two-minute minor, until only three seconds remained. The Red Wings had finally managed to get set up in Ottawa’s zone. Henrik Zetterberg sent the puck across to Brett Hull, who dropped it back to Lidstrom. Lidstrom moved to his right down the blue line and let fire a laser of a shot which went right past Lalime and into the net.

The shot totals favored Ottawa, 23-18. The Red Wings’ next opponent will be the hard-hitting Vancouver Canucks, Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.


Yzerman has already tied his goal total of last season. He had two goals in the 16 regular-season games he played after his recovery from knee surgery. Okay, it doesn’t mean much to say so after only two games, but the Captain is the team’s current goal-scoring leader. It’s all about leading by example.

Hasek Allows Three as Wings Fall to Senators

In his second complete game of the preseason, Dominik Hasek allowed three goals as the Ottawa Senators defenated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1.

The Senators opened the game’s scoring early in the first period. Marian Hossa took a centering pass from Radek Bonk in the low slot and put a quick shot past Hasek’s pad at 3:36 of the period.

Detroit responded with a similar goal just 1:04 later. Henrik Zetterberg carried the puck behind the Ottawa net and sent a quick pass to a streaking Ray Whitney, who put the puck past Ottawa netminder Ray Emery for his second preseason goal.

Hasek allowed the first of two weak goals 6:01 into the second period when he couldn’t get his pads closed in time to stop a Radek Bonk shot from the left circle.

Marian Hossa’s second of the night finished off the scoring. With 7:55 remaining in the game, he streaked down the left side of the ice and put a shot through the gap in Hasek’s pads, lifting the Senators to a 3-1 lead.

Hasek allowed the three goals on only 18 Ottawa shots. Emery stopped all but one of Detroit’s 29 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action Thursday night in Boston. It will be their last game before the NHL’s annual Waiver Draft, which could decide the fate of Wings’ goalie Curtis Joseph.

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