Filppula Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Blackhawks

Valtteri Filppula scored two goals and his line added a third, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, spoiling Chicago’s banner-raising ceremony for their 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.

Filppula opened the game’s scoring with 7:01 left in the first period, sneaking to the left side of the crease and tapping the puck past Chicago goalie Marty Turco off a pass from Johan Franzen.

The Blackhawks replied with just half a second left in the first, when Brent Seabrook was left all alone to snap a shot past Chris Osgood for a power play goal.

Detroit’s second line got on the board again at 1:12 of the second. Brad Stuart sent a shot intentionally wide of the net and Todd Bertuzzi was there to jam the puck past Turco.

The lead would be short-lived, as a Bryan Bickell shot from the slot deflected off of Ruslan Salei‘s leg and past Osgood just 37 seconds later.

A broken play put the Red Wings back in front at 6:01 of the third. Filppula carried the puck into the Chicago end on a power play and defender John Scott lost his footing. Filppula skated in on Turco and appeared to lose the puck but it slipped under Turco’s pads and into the net.

The Red Wings killed off three successive Chicago power plays to hold the lead. The Blackhawks finished the night one-for-five on the power play, while the Red Wings scored once on four chances, including 45 seconds of five-on-three.

Osgood made 26 saves on 28 shots in earning his 397th career win. Turco stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday as they host the Colorado Avalanche.

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

The Red Wings head to Dallas for an afternoon matchup against the Stars today. It’s the first true afternoon game of the season, with the Sweden games having been night games for the teams but afternoon games for us fans back home, and we know how I feel about afternoon hockey.

Darren Helm returns to the Detroit lineup today. Depending on how you want to think about it, he either replaces the now-injured Henrik Zetterberg or he slides back into his old spot and Kris Newbury shifts over to replace Zata. I prefer not to think about it at all.

Jimmy Howard gets yet another start in net for the Wings, with Chris Osgood set to go tomorrow against Chicago. Marty Turco gets the nod for the Stars.

Role Players Carry Red Wings over Stars

Detroit’s role players stepped up Monday night, accounting for all four of the Red Wings goals en route to a 4-1 win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

Drew Miller, Darren Helm, Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi all scored in game where Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk could not beat Dallas netminder Marty Turco.

Backup goalie Jimmy Howard made 29 saves in the victory.

Miller got the Red Wings on the board with 6:12 left in the first period. Brett Lebda dumped the puck into the Dallas end on what should have been an icing play but Miller beat Stars defender Karlis Skrastins to the puck and threw it to the front of the net, banking it off of Trevor Daley and in behind Turco.

Brenden Morrow tied the game with 15 seconds left in the first but Helm put Detroit back in front at 5:35 of the second, taking a cross-ice pass from Kris Draper and banking a shot off of a sprawling Turco.

Cleary banged home a chance from the side of the net with 7:54 left in the period to put Detroit up by a pair.

Bertuzzi, the hero of Sunday’s shootout win over St. Louis, wrapped up the scoring with a shot from the right faceoff circle that deflected off of a Dallas defenseman on its way over Turco’s shoulder 3:35 into the final period.

Neither team scored a power play goal, each getting four tries with the extra attacker.

Turco made 28 saves on 32 shots as his career regular season record at Joe Louis Arena dropped to 1-9-2.

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Aaron Downey returns to the Red Wings lineup tonight as Detroit hosts the Dallas Stars. Downey has spent the entire season thus far with the Grand Rapids Griffins but was called up with Ville Leino today when Brad Stuart was placed on the long-term IR.

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom also return to the ice, having served their suspensions.

The Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg, whose back spasms have continued. Downey takes his spot in the lineup instead of Derek Meech being shifted to forward again. Meech joins Leino as a healthy scratch.

Chris Osgood gets another start in the Detroit net.

Marty Turco will go for Dallas, who will be without Mark Parrish (flu) and Fabian Brunnstrom (AHL conditioning stint) in addition to long-term injuries Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov.

I’ll be missing the start of this one as I’ve got another 7:30 soccer game. I’ll catch up when I get back.

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Chris Osgood and Andreas Lilja will take to the ice for the Red Wings tonight as Detroit hosts the Dallas Stars. Lilja returns to the lineup after a night off on Tuesday and Osgood is making his scheduled start in the team’s goalie rotation.

To make room for Lilja, Chris Chelios is once again a healthy scratch.

After missing Wednesday’s practice with a sore hip, Valtteri Filppula will play tonight. Filppula suffered the injury during the Red Wings’ 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets.

The Stars are an injured team, currently without Sergei Zubov, Brendan Morrow, Fabian Brunnstrom and Joel Lundqvist.

Marty Turco will get the start in net for Dallas.

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Ty Conklin gets the start for the Red Wings tonight, his third in a row. This means that Chris Osgood will go tomorrow in Phoenix.

The Stars are without a whole slew of players. Zubov, Fistric, Robidas and Morrow are all out and of course Sean Avery is suspended and unlikely to ever play for Dallas again.

Marty Turco starts in net for Dallas.

I’ll be missing this game at a holiday party. Last year this same party made me miss the game where Hasek upended Marian Gaborik. I hope this game has the same kind of result.

Stars Comeback Continues with 2-1 Win in Detroit

The Dallas Stars caught the Detroit Red Wings on bad line changes twice on Saturday and it was all they needed, scoring both times to pick up a 2-1 win and pull back within a game in the Western Conference Finals, with the series now at 3-2.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco won for the first time in his career at Joe Louis Arena, making 38 saves and picking up an assist in the effort.

Trevor Daley got the Stars on the board at 9:21 of the first period. The Red Wings were slow to make a line change and Turco moved the puck quickly on a dump in, getting it to Niklas Hagman who moved it up to Brad Richards on an odd-man rush. Richards dropped it off to Daley who snapped it past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood from the slot.

The Red Wings responded on a power play with 4:30 left in the period. Valtteri Filppula worked the puck from down low up to Niklas Kronwall at the top of the right circle. Kronwall sent a shot intentionally wide for Jiri Hudler to redirect on net. Turco made the stop on the redirection but Hudler banged in the rebound.

At 6:04 of the second period, Chris Chelios left the ice for an ill-timed change and Turco took advantage again, sending a long pass to Joel Lundqvist to put the Stars in on a two-on-one. Lundqvist kept the puck and rifled it past Osgood to put Dallas back in the lead.

Neither team would score for the remainder of the game.

Osgood stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced.

The Red Wings went one-for-three on the power play while the Stars were scoreless on four tries.

Game Six will be in Dallas on Monday night.

Campbell Admits Holmstrom is a Marked Man

The Vancouver Sun (found via George Malik) has a quote from NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell where Campbell admits that refs have been instructed to watch Tomas Holmstrom closely.

“Babcock said we were watching for it. Listen, we’d be fools if we didn’t meet before games to talk about Holmstrom. He crowds the crease. You don’t have to be Sam flippin’ Pollock to figure that out,” the NHL’s senior VP of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, said in a telephone interview with The Vancouver Sun.

The Sun didn’t push further, choosing to focus on the need for video review in plays like the one we saw Wednesday.

He’s my question for Campbell: Who else is marked? Is Ryan Smyth watched just like Holmstrom? Are the officials on the lookout for slashes by Marty Turco or elbows from Chris Pronger or holds by Steve Ott?

Yes, Holmstrom crowds the crease. But when Pronger plays a highly-physical game it’s praised and referred to as playing on the edge. Holmstrom plays on a different edge but it doesn’t mean he should be treated any less leniently.

Datsyuk’s Hat Trick Puts Red Wings One Win from Finals

Pavel Datsyuk‘s first career hat trick helped carry the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars Monday night, giving Detroit a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals matchup and putting them one win from their fifth Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1995.

Clutch goals by Jiri Hudler and Henrik Zetterberg completed the scoring for the Red Wings, who were without leading goal-scorer Johan Franzen for the second game in a row.

Datsyuk’s first goal of the game got the scoring started at 9:27 of the first period.

With the teams skating four-on-four, the Red Wings broke into the Dallas zone on a three-on-two rush. Brian Rafalski helped draw a defender so Zetterberg could send a pass across to Datsyuk. Datsyuk cut to the middle and went to the backhand, whipping a shot off the post and in behind Stars goalie Marty Turco.

Dallas would capitalize on a long shift with heavy pressure in the Detroit zone five minutes later.

Trapped in their own end and scrambling, the Wings couldn’t prevent Mike Modano from sending a pass from low in the corner out to Nicklas Grossman for a one-timer past Chris Osgood, tying the game with 4:47 remaining in the period.

Datsyuk put Detroit back out in front just 37 seconds later from the top of the crease, tipping a centering attempt by Tomas Holmstrom between Turco’s pads for his second of the night.

A lucky bounce pulled the Stars back into a tie with a Brad Richards shot from down low bouncing off of defenseman Brad Stuart and past Osgood at 3:47 of the second period.

With 8:06 left in the period, Hudler’s breakaway goal put Detroit back in front. A stretch pass by Niklas Kronwall left Hudler all alone with Turco before he put a backhander over the goalie’s shoulder.

Zetterberg scored shorthanded just 1:38 into the third period, turning Richards – a forward covering the point on the power play – inside-out on a rush into the Dallas zone, then outwaiting Turco to throw a shot into the net.

With 2:41 left in the game, Datsyuk completed his hat trick. Zetterberg went into a group of four Stars and came out with the puck, sending a cross-ice pass to Datsyuk in the slot for a one-timer past Turco.

Osgood stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced on the night. Turco made 16 saves on 21 shots against.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had two chances with the extra attacker and the Stars had six.

Detroit will look to close out the series in Game Four on Wednesday.

The Stars were without Jere Lehtinen, Stu Barnes and Philippe Boucher.

Red Wings Take Game Two without Franzen

Missing the NHL’s leading playoff scorer, Johan Franzen, the Detroit Red Wings still claimed victory over the Dallas Stars in Game Two of their Western Conference Finals matchup Saturday night, holding on for a 2-1 win.

Franzen was a late scratch from the game. The team revealed he had been experiencing concussion-like symptoms since early in the second round. He will be re-evaluated on Monday and miss Game Three in Dallas.

With Franzen shelved, the Red Wings got scoring from an unexpected source, as fourth-line rookie Darren Helm got the game’s first goal.

Just 5:56 into the game, Jiri Hudler gained the Dallas zone and sent a pass off to the left wing for a trailing Helm. Helm rifled a shot over the glove of Stars goalie Marty Turco for his first career playoff goal.

Stephane Robidas tied things up on a Dallas power play at 10:41, blasting a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Mike Ribeiro into the open side of Chris Osgood‘s net.

The Red Wings thought they had regained the lead minutes later but an apparent goal by Pavel Datsyuk was called back on a hand-pass.

With 4:47 left in the period they did take the lead back on a power play goal by Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg got the puck from Datsyuk up high and powered a shot past Turco.

The remainder of the game would be played without scoring but was not uneventful.

The teams traded power plays throughout the second period, with each team having short five-on-threes. Defense held strong throughout the rest of the game as the Red Wings preserved their lead and the Stars kept Detroit from pulling further ahead.

In the game’s closing seconds, Osgood stuck out his stick as Ribeiro skated around the net, catching the forward up high. After the clock ran out, Ribeiro swung his stick from the back of the net and caught Osgood high on his chest, earning him a match penalty.

Osgood finished the night with 17 saves on 18 shots. Turco stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced.

Each team went one-for-four on the power play.

The series shifts to Dallas on Monday with the Red Wings carrying a two games to none lead.

The Stars were without forward Stu Barnes and defenseman Philippe Boucher to start the game and lost forward Jere Lehtinen to a leg injury in the first period.

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