Red Wings Beat Coyotes to Wrap Road Trip

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their four-game West Coast road trip Saturday night, earning a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Detroit got on the board just 4:37 into the game, seconds after the end of a power play. Dan Cleary got the puck down low and skated to the side of the Phoenix net before putting it out into the crease. A driving Niklas Kronwall couldn’t put it in but Jiri Hudler jumped up to bang the loose puck past goalie Mikael Tellqvist for his first of the season.

The Red Wings thought they had a two-goal lead at 9:13 but for the third time this season, an apparent Detroit goal was erased by a goaltender interference call on Tomas Holmstrom.

Still down by only one, the Coyotes were able to tie the game with 7:15 remaining in the period.

A rare giveaway by Pavel Datsyuk at the Detroit blue line put the Coyotes in on a four-on-one. Peter Mueller sent the puck from the right wing to Steve Reinprecht all alone in the slot to rifle a shot past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

With 2:45 left in the period and just after the end of a Phoenix power play, Derek Morris put the Coyotes up by a goal on a blast from the high slot.

Kirk Maltby led the Red Wings’ comeback in the second.

With 8:34 left in the period, Maltby tipped a blast from the point by Chris Chelios through a Matt Ellis screen and into the Phoenix net to tie the game.

Hasek was on the bench for an extra attacker with a delayed penalty coming to Phoenix when Maltby put Detroit back out in front with only 26 seconds left. Maltby sent the puck down low to Henrik Zetterberg and moved into the right circle before getting it back and ripping a shot over Tellqvst’s shoulder.

Brett Lebda and Zetterberg would add third-period goals.

At 4:57 of the period, Lebda scored with Tellqvist stuck behind his own net. The Phoenix goalie had tried to play the puck to Ed Jovanovski but Ellis jumped up to take it away, sending it out front for Lebda to backhand into the open net.

Zetterberg scored his league-leading 17th point of the season with 5:23 left in the game. Datsyuk got the puck behind the net and drew in two defenders, leaving Holmstrom open to take a pass and send it across the crease to Zetterberg for an easy tap-in.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker while Phoenix had six. The Red Wings did score on one delayed penalty.

Hasek finished the night with 19 saves on 21 shots. Tellqvist stopped 37 of the 42 Detroit shots he faced.

The Red Wings finished their road trip with a 3-1 record. They will be back in action at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

Zetterberg’s two points extend his point-scoring streak to nine games, a career high… Mikael Samuelsson returned to the Red Wings’ lineup after missing three games with a groin injury… Detroit was without Dallas Drake, who suffered a facial injury on Thursday in San Jose.

Zetterberg Leads Red Wings over Coyotes

Henrik Zetterberg scored his first career hat trick Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Zetterberg also had an assist on Detroit’s fourth goal, an empty-netter by Jason Williams with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

Dominik Hasek, making his first appearance after missing four games with an inflamed wrist, stopped 20 of 21 shots against to pick up the win.

All of Zetterberg’s goals came on the power play, with the first coming 30 seconds past the game’s midway point, he slipped a wrist shot past goalie Mikael Tellqvist with Tomas Holmstrom screening in front.

The second goal came with 1:59 remaining in the second and only after a lengthy review.

Defenseman Derek Morris appeared to clear the puck out of the crease after a Zetterberg scoring chance went over Tellqvist. Over a minute later, when play was finally halted, the officials called for a review, showing that the puck had crossed the goal line before Morris’ clear.

Mike Zigomanis got Phoenix on the board just 25 seconds into the third but the Red Wings were able to hold on, with Zetterberg putting them back up by two with 4:24 remaining off of a smart pass by Pavel Datsyuk.

Tellqvist stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced.

Detroit went 3-for-6 on the power play and held Phoenix off the board in their five chances with the extra attacker.

Combined with the Nashville Predators’ loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Red Wings’ win moves them into the top spot in the Western Conference standings.

The Red Wings next chance to stretch their lead over the Predators will be on Wednesday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Four Red Wings Named to Swedish Olympic Team

The Swedish Olympic men’s ice hockey team will feature four current Detroit Red Wings when they take to the ice in February. Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall as well as forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg were named to their native country’s roster.

Additionally, Red Wings prospect Stefan Liv was announced as the team’s third goaltender.

Lidstrom has twice before represented Sweden in the Olympics. Zetterberg was a member of the team in 2002, before his first season in the NHL with Detroit. Samuelsson and Liv will be making their first Olympic appearances.

Team Sweden’s complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Stefan Liv
Henrik Lundqvist
Mikael Tellqvist

Defensemen (7)
Christian Backman
Kim Johnsson
Kenny Jonsson
Nicklas Lidstrom
Niklas Kronwall
Mattias Norstrom
Mattias Ohlund

Forwards (13)
Daniel Alfredsson
Per-Johan Axelsson
Peter Forsberg
Mika Hannula
Jorgen Jonsson
Fredrik Modin
Markus Naslund
Samuel Pahlsson
Mikael Samuelsson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Mats Sundin
Henrik Zetterberg

Datsyuk Scores as Wings Close Preseason With Loss

Pavel Datsyuk, playing in only his second game of the preseason after remaining unsigned through training camp, scored the Red Wings’ only goal Saturday night as Detroit closed out its exhibition schedule with a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With 2:35 remaining in the second period, Datsyuk one-timed a pass from Jason Williams by Toronto goalie Mikael Tellqvist.

The Maple Leafs contribuited the rest of the game’s scoring, with a first period goal by Jeff O’Neill, a second period goal by Mariusz Czerkawski, and third period goals by Andrew Wozniewski and Nik Antropov.

Detroit netminder Jim Howard stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced while Tellqvist made 29 saves on 30 shots.

The Red Wings will next be in action when they open the regular season on Wednesday, hosting the St. Louis Blues.

Wings Fall to Leafs to Close Exhibition Season

The Detroit Red Wings allowed three third-period goals, turning a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday night. Detroit finished up their preseason schedule with a record of 2-6-1.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Red Wings’ head coach Dave Lewis said. “I’ll put it that way, because Monday morning it doesn’t matter.”

After allowing the game’s first goal, the Wings scored twice on the power play in the second period to grab the lead. Toronto then scored three times in the third period to close out the scoring.

“These are the kind of games that I want to win,” Lewis said. “I think that’s the way we’ll play this year: capitalize on our power plays and defend the lead.”

“Right now,” he said, “we just have three days to work on things and get ready for L.A.”

The Red Wings open the regular season on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Kings visit Joe Louis Arena.

The Leafs scored the lone goal of the first period when Joe Nieuwendyk threw the puck into the slot from behind the net. Gary Roberts slapped a hard shot past Wings’ goalie Manny Legace to put Toronto out in front.

In the second, Pavel Dastyuk scored on a rebound just as a two-man advantage for Detroit expired. Tomas Holmstrom deflected a shot by Jiri Fischer past Leafs’ netminder Mikael Tellqvist five minutes later to put Dertroit up by a goal.

Toronto got goals by Matthew Stajan, Roberts and Darcy Tucker in the third.

Wings Down Leafs in Exhibition Home Opener

In their first game back at Joe Louis Arena since winning the Stanley Cup there last June, the Detroit Red Wings held off a late charge by the Toronto Maple Leafs and picked up a 3-2 win.

After leading the game 3-0 at the start of the third period, the Red Wings allowed goals from Tomas Kaberle and Robert Reichel to pull the Maple Leafs to within one. Kaberle’s tally came came on a Toronto power play at the 11:10 mark of the period when he deflected a wrist shot off of Detroit rookie Henrik Zetterberg and past netmider Mark Lamothe. Reichel scored during a six-on-four advantage for the Leafs with just 1:19 remaining.

Detroit had taken the lead early on a goal by Zetterberg at 5:55 of the first period. He and Darren McCarty broke in on Maple Leafs’ goaltender Trevor Kidd. Kidd ignored Zetterberg, leaving him open to punch a shot into the net after McCarty made the crossing pass.

Nicklas Lidstrom put Detroit up 2-0 late in the period with a goal originally credited to Jason Williams.

The eventual game-winner came off the stick of Jiri Fischer, back in the Detroit lineup after being diagnosed with a thickening of the heart. At the 2:44 mark of the second period, Fischer fired in a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle on a rebound attempt.

Manny Legace started the game for Detroit and stopped all fourteen shots he faced. Lemothe replaced him midway through the second and stopped twelve of fourteen shots.

Kidd stopped fifteen of the eighteen shots he faced in net for Toronto before being replaced by Mikael Tellqvist, who didn’t allow a goal on twelve shots.

Curtis Joseph did not play against his former team, he is slated to start Wednesday in Columbus and Friday against Dallas. He will not play Saturday when the Red Wings play the Maple Leafs in Hamilton, Ontario… Tuesday’s game was the first in Joe Louis Arena since NHL-mandated netting was installed at both ends of the rink.

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