Zetterberg Out of World Cup

Team Sweden announced on Thursday that Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland later clarified that Zetterberg suffered a knee injury while training.  He has yet to have an MRI but the injury does not appear to be serious.

Zetterberg, who was to serve as team captain for the tournament, is the second Swedish Red Wing to withdraw.  Earlier this summer, Niklas Kronwall was replaced in the lineup by Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm.

Mikael Backlund of the Calgary Flames will take Zetterberg’s spot.

It marks the second time that Zetterberg has been named Sweden’s captain only to not finish the tournament.  At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Zetterberg played one game wearing the C before suffering a back injury.

Red Wings Hold Off Flames for 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the Calgary Flames for a 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

Twice in the final minutes the Flames thought they had tied it up. The first non-goal was scored after Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek‘s mask had been knocked off while the second was on an offsides play.

Mason Raymond opened the game’s scoring for Calgary just 2:27 into the first period. His shot from the left wing bounced off Mrazek’s mask and right back to him down low for a wraparound into the open side of the net.

The Red Wings evened things back up at 7:58 when Riley Sheahan carried the puck down the right wing and drove to the net, snapping a shot over Calgary netminder Karri Ramo’s glove.

It was the only goal Ramo would allow, as he left midway through the game after coming out of his crease to stop a breakaway chance and colliding with defenseman Raphael Diaz. Jonas Hiller replaced him in the Calgary net.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg gave his team the lead with 2:32 left in the middle frame. Gustav Nyquist‘s centering pass from the right wing bounced off Justin Abdelkader‘s stick to Zetterberg, who beat Hiller from right in front.

Abdelkader would make it 3-1 with a power play goal at 2:03 of the third period. The puck came to Abdelkader wide open to Hiller’s left, where he had enough time to put his initial shot off the far post, then collect his own rebound and put it into the net.

Mikael Backlund cut Detroit’s lead to 3-2 at 5:13. Backlund took a feed from Paul Byron on a shorthanded break and slid the puck under Mrazek’s attempted poke-check.

The Red Wings went one-for-two on the power play, scoring on their first and allowing Backlund’s goal on their second. The Flames were scoreless on four tries with the man-advantage.

Mrazek stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Ramo made 12 saves on 13 Detroit chances before giving way to Hiller, who stopped seven of nine.

With the Red Wings’ Western Canadian road trip complete, they’ll stop in Detroit before moving on to Washington on Saturday.

Detroit was without forwards Johan Franzen (upper body) and Tomas Jurco (back). They were replaced in the lineup by Daniel Cleary and Joakim AnderssonBrian Lashoff was a healthy scratch.

Franzen Returns to Score Game-Winner as Red Wings Beat Flames

Johan Franzen returned to the Detroit lineup from the head injury that kept him out of last Saturday’s matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes and scored the third period goal that lifted the Red Wings over Calgary Flames Thursday night.

At 7:55 of the third period, Franzen flipped the puck onto Miikka Kiprusoff‘s shoulder. It rolled down the Calgary goalie’s back and into the net to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

Todd Bertuzzi snapped a shot over that same shoulder on a partial breakaway with 3:17 remaining to wrap up the 4-2 win.

The Flames had opened the scoring with 4:36 left in the first period. Mikael Backlund jumped into the slot uncovered and took a pass from behind the net from Curtis Glencross, banging the puck past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Henrik Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board with 2:31 left in the period. Tomas Holmstrom gained the Calgary zone and worked the puck to Pavel Datsyuk as he and Zetterberg streaked into the zone. Datsyuk carried it through the right faceoff circle and dumped it across to Zetterberg to snap into the open side of the net.

Backlund put the Flames back in front 41 seconds later, swatting a bouncing puck past Howard on his backhand.

Nicklas Lidstrom‘s blueline blast on a Detroit power play evened things back up at 3:51 of the second period.

Lidstrom’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had five chances with the extra attacker while Calgary had six.

Howard made 34 saves on 36 shots on the night to get the win. Kiprusoff stopped 26 of Detroit’s 30 chances.

Red Wings – Flames Postgame Notes

Thoughts on the Red Wings’ 4-2 win over the Flames last night…

Jimmy Howard was pretty much spectacular. He had several stops early in the first and again early in the third that kept the Red Wings in it. Neither of the goals were his fault, as Backlund was left alone in the slot on the first one and the second was a bit of a fluke.

The power play looked better than it has all season. I wasn’t happy with the last chance with the extra attacker but in general Detroit was moving the puck better and holding the points to keep the puck in the zone. I liked the Lidstrom-Modano pairing, they seemed more comfortable than Lidstrom-Kronwall. Still can’t wait to get Rafalski back.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s goal to get the Red Wings on the board and Todd Bertuzzi‘s to end the scoring were fantastic for two different reasons. Zetterberg’s was made possible by great passing to get him the puck and Bertuzzi’s was just an incredible shot.

Mikael Backlund should never have been left alone in the slot for Calgary’s first goal. That’s becoming a trend this season and it needs to stop.

The Wings came out slow again. Howard kept them in it but he shouldn’t have to.

Calgary outshot Detroit 36-30. Part of that is the slow start but shots were 15-10 in favor of the Flames in the third period. The Wings’ need to control the puck more to limit opposition shots.