Red Wings Rally For Shootout Win over Devils

The Detroit Red Wings rebounded from down 4-1 for a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Mike Cammalleri scored from the bottom of the left faceoff circle just 28 seconds into the second period to give the Devils their three-goal lead. It was his second goal of the night and New Jersey’s second on the power play.

Only 1:27 later the Red Wings pulled back to within a pair, as Xavier Ouellet scored his first NHL goal. Ouellet pinched up into the slot to take a pass from Darren Helm in the right circle and bang the puck past Devils’ netminder Cory Schneider.

With 7:08 left in the period, Justin Abdelkader scored from nearly the same spot, beating Schneider off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg at the side of the net.

Drew Miller tied things up at 10:07 of the third period, putting the rebound of a Niklas Kronwall shot past a sprawling Schneider.

Gustav Nyquist would score the only goal of the shootout in the third round, beating Schneider glove side. Schneider stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar while Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek stopped Jacob Josefson, Cammalleri, and Michael Ryder.

Jaromir Jagr had opened the scoring at 2:18 of the first period, putting the puck into the open net as Mrazek recovered from blocking an Andy Greene shot with his mask.

Riley Sheahan tied things up 1:32 later, deflecting a Kronwall shot from up high past Schneider from in the slot.

Cammalleri’s first of the night put the Devils back in front. With 6:08 left in the first, Cammalleri’s shot from the top of the right faceoff circle sailed through a screen by Adam Henrique and past Mrazek to make it 2-1 on the power play.

Peter Harrold snapped a shot from the right wing past Mrazek 1:26 later to make it 3-1.

Mrazek finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots while Schneider stopped 28 of 32 chances.

Both teams scored twice on four power play opportunities.

Red Wings Hold Off Flames for 4-3 Win

Despite surrendering a 2-0 lead in the second period, the Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the Calgary Flames on Friday night to pick up a 4-3 win.

Joakim Andersson threw a shot towards the net from below the goal line in the right-wing corner at just 1:25 of the third period. The puck deflected off a skate and slipped past Calgary goalie and former Red Wing Joey MacDonald to put Detroit up 3-2.

Justin Abdelkader scored the eventual game-winner with 3:24 remaining in the period, wristing a shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle over MacDonald and into the top of the net.

With MacDonald on the bench for an extra attacker, Curtis Glencross made it 4-3 with just 10 seconds remaining, throwing the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal. It deflected off of Niklas Kronwall and slipped past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to round out the game’s scoring.

Pavel Datsyuk had gotten the Red Wings on the board with 9:03 left in the opening period. Jakub Kindl‘s shot from the blue line was stopped but MacDonald couldn’t control the rebound, with the puck coming to Datsyuk in the slot for a chance into the open side of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 2:45 left in the period, fed by Todd Bertuzzi on a cross-crease pass for a shot into the vacated net before MacDonald could get back across.

With 9:45 left in the middle frame, Chris Butler got the Flames on the board. On a broken play the puck came out to Butler at the blue line. As he drifted towards the high slot he unleashed a shot that deflected off Joakim Andersson and past Howard to make it 2-1.

Rookie Sean Monahan tied things up 2:32 later when he was left untouched driving through the left circle to take a pass from Mike Cammalleri and snap a shot past Howard.

Howard would finish the night with 22 saves on 25 shots against. MacDonald made 18 saves on 22 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored on the power play on the night. Detroit had three tries with the man-advantage to Calgary’s five.

The Red Wings continue their Western Canadian road trip on Saturday in Edmonton.


Johan Franzen left the game after the second period with flu-like symptoms… Petr Mrazek was called up before the game to back up Jimmy Howard, as Jonas Gustavsson suffered a strained neck during warm-ups in Vancouver on Wednesday… Prior to the game the Red Wings announced the signing of 2013 draft pick Zach Nastasiuk to a three-year entry-level contract.

Flat Red Wings Fall to Flames

The Detroit Red Wings dug themselves a hole early and could never get out of it, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.

Johan Franzen had the only goal of the night for the Wings, scored on a power play with 7:23 remaining in the second period. After Niklas Kronwall held the puck in the zone along the left wing boards, Henrik Zetterberg backhanded a pass down to Franzen on the inside edge of the left faceoff circle, where he flung a backhand shot past Miikka Kiprusoff to make it 2-1.

The Wings lost the momentum that goal gave them with 24 seconds left in the period when Matt Stajan won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Dennis Wideman, who sent a seeing-eye shot through traffic and past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to put the Flames back up by two.

Mark Giordano’s power play goal with 4:02 left in regulation sealed the deal for the Flames.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla had opened the game’s scoring just 3:24 in, knocking a loose puck past Howard during a goal-mouth scramble.

At 10:35 of the opening period, Curtis Glencross made it 2-0 with the Flames on a five-on-three. Mike Cammalleri sent a pass to Glencross at the edge of the Detroit crease for an easy tip-in past Howard.

The Flames scored their two power play goals on five chances with the extra attacker. The Red Wings were one-for-four with the man-advantage.

Howard finished the night with 19 saves on 23 shots. Kiprusoff stopped 19 of twenty shots before leaving the game with a lower-body injury after the second period. Leland Irving stopped all six shots he faced to close out the game.

TGTW Week Four: Wings Almost Sweep Western Canadian Trip

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

The Detroit Red Wings opened up their first four-game Western Canadian road trip with a win in Winnipeg last week and continued their streak into Vancouver and Calgary before dropping the final game of the swing in Edmonton.

Former Canuck Mikael Samuelsson was the hero in his return to Vancouver on Tuesday, scoring a hat trick that included the game-winning goal in the game’s final minute.  Vancouver’s Mason Raymond had opened the game’s scoring at 8:33 of the first before Samuelsson responded at 11:40.  Niklas Kronwall made it 2-1 for the Wings at 9:15 of the second.  Keith Ballard tied things back up 39 seconds into the third, then Samuelsson put the Wings ahead again at 4:47.  David Booth knotted it at three at 9:50.  Samuelsson potted the game-winner on a power play with 46 seconds left in regulation.

Jimmy Howard made 20 saves on 23 shots to get the win while Canucks’ starter Cory Schneider made 25 saves on 29 shots.

Samuelsson notched another game-winner on Thursday in Calgary, when his second-period goal put the Wings ahead in an eventual 4-2 win.  Roman Horak opened the game’s scoring for the Flames at 2:50 of the first period and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk responded just 53 seconds later.  Henrik Zetterberg put the Wings out front 1:09 later before Mike Cammalleri tied it back up at 5:19.  Samuelsson scored at 4:04 of the second to put Detroit back out in front and Danny Cleary added an insurance marker on the power play at 3:27 of the third.

Again, Howard faced 23 shots, stopping 21.  Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves on 34 shots.

On Saturday in Edmonton, the Oilers got out to a strong start and the Red Wings couldn’t recover.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the game’s scoring at 7:00 of the first and Ryan Whitney added another goal at 10:07.  Ben Eager made it 3-0 in Edmonton’s favor just 53 seconds into the second period, with Samuelsson finally getting Detroit on the board with 1:25 left in the middle frame.  Zetterberg pulled the Wings to within a goal with 9:04 left in the third but they’d be unable to pull even.  Howard stopped 27 of 30 shots on the night and Edmonton’s Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves on 26 chances.

After four weeks, the Red Wings sit atop the Central Division and team-leading scorer Valtteri Filppula (seventeen points) is atop the league in assists with twelve.  Howard has a 1.92 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, having made every start (though he was pulled in favor of Jonas Gustavsson at the end of the first game of the season).

The fifth week of the schedule will see rematches with the Oilers and Flames and a visit from the Minnesota Wild.

Late Goals Lift Red Wings Past Flames

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the final half of the third period on Tuesday night, carrying them to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller notched Detroit’s goals, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Hudler’s goal came with 8:31 left in regulation. Valtteri Filppula sent the puck from the side of the net out front, where Hudler jumped up all alone and backhanded a chance past scrambling Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Miller’s goal required similar quick passing, with Danny Cleary sending the puck from the bottom of the right faceoff circle through the crease to Miller at the far side, where he knocked it in with 4:02 left.

Detroit had taken an early lead in the game when Cory Emmerton scored on the rebound of a Justin Abdelkader chance at 5:57 of the first period.

Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri made it 1-1 at 1:59 of the second period. With the Flames on a power play, Alex Tanguay was left all alone in the high slot to take his time with a shot. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard made the save but by then the defense had moved to Tanguay, leaving Cammalleri alone in close to outwait Howard and lift a backhander past him.

It was the only power play goal of the night. Calgary had two chances with the extra attacker while Detroit had three.

Howard finished the night with 28 saves on 29 shots. Kiprusoff made 22 stops on 25 chances.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Thursday in Vancouver.


Tomas Holmstrom and Jakub Kindl were the scratches for Detroit… Before the game, Calgary honored former Flame and Red Wing Brad McCrimmon, who was one of the victims of the Lokomotiv plane crash last fall.

Round One Draft Notes

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t usually pay too much attention to the draft because the Wings are picking so late and so rarely that there’s no need to stay glued to it. When Detroit does pick, it’s likely to be someone you’ve never heard of and won’t hear of again until four years later when they crack the lineup and become a superstar. Works for me.

I expected the Red Wings to deal their first round pick but it didn’t happen and they took goalie Thomas McCollum from the OHL’s Guelph Storm. This was the pick they had to make with all of their goalie prospects now in Detroit or Grand Rapids. Jimmy Howard should be the backup to Chris Osgood next year and Daniel Larsson will come over from Sweden to take Howard’s place with the Griffins so before this pick, there wasn’t anyone on the depth chart beyond that.

That said, the Wings would have no problem picking up a free agent goalie if none of these guys panned out, so I would have understood if they didn’t go for a netminder.

The trades are more interesting to me than anything.

This year we have Olli Jokinen going to Phoenix for Nick Boynton, Keith Ballard and the #49 pick. I think Phoenix absolutely screwed Florida on this one but it’s not like you’ll notice in the end ’cause the Panthers will remain mediocre; I don’t think the deal makes them worse, just that they could have gotten more.

Mike Cammalleri to Calgary came first and was a surprise to me ’cause I didn’t think the Flames would be the team to get him. I saw him going out East if anywhere.

Calgary getting Cammalleri finally made Alex Tanguay expendible and he was shipped to the Montreal Canadiens. This deal had been rumored back at the February trade deadline as Tanguay for Michael Ryder but ended up being a pick-based deal. It sounds like Montreal was the only possible destination for Tanguay, who Canadiens GM Bob Gainey said “was not comfortable with the Calgary Flames.”

The Philadelphia Flyers made two moves to wrap up the player trades. R.J. Umberger was moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a late first round pick in a deal that seems to show that Columbus will not persue Pittsburgh’s Ryan Malone, as had been rumored earlier this week. Umberger had a breakout season and I’m really not sure why the Flyers would deal him.

The Flyers then picked up Steve Eminger from Washington in another deal that surprises me a little ’cause I don’t know why the Caps would want to do that trade. Maybe those last two are a sign that I don’t pay enough attention to the Eastern Conference.

Red Wings Open Road Trip with Win over Kings

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Sunday night, opening their first western road trip of the season with a win.

After a scoreless first period, Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board just forty seconds into the second frame just as a power play expired.

Henrik Zettrberg fired a shot on Kings rookie goalie Jonathan Bernier and Datsyuk got to the rebound, poking it under Bernier and just across the goal line.

Kris Draper added a shorthanded goal 2:26 later, breaking in on goal before faking around Bernier and putting the puck in behind him.

Mike Cammalleri pulled the Kings to within a goal 1:44 into the third period with Los Angeles on a five-on-three, rifling a one-timer from the right circle over Detroit goalie Chris Osgood‘s glove.

The Wings responded 3:55 later, with tic-tac-toe passing on a three-on-two getting the puck from Datsyuk to Zetterberg and across to Tomas Holmstrom to bang past Bernier.

Zetterberg made it 4-1 at 7:21 of the final period, wrapping around the net and coming out into the slot to lift a shot into the far corner of the net.

The Red Wings were without a goal on two power play attempts. Los Angles scored their only goal on one of their six chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood stopped 27 of 28 shots against. Bernier made 26 saves on 30 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.


Detroit was without Mikael Samuelsson, who suffered a minor groin injury in Friday’s loss to Chicago. Aaron Downey made his Red Wings debut in Samuelsson’s roster spot.

Red Wings Get Back on Track with 7-3 Win

After uncharacteristic sloppy defensive play on Tuesday led the Detroit Red Wings to a loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, they bounced back on Thursday to notch a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Red Wings started off strong, killing a long Los Angeles five-on-three in the second half of the first period. Neither team allowed a goal in the frame but they made up for it in the remaining periods, scoring a combined ten goals.

Robert Lang opened the game’s scoring just 1:29 into the second period, cutting in from the right circle and faking around defenseman Aaron Miller before putting a shot past Kings netminder Mathieu Garon.

Only 1:10 later, Dustin Brown tied the game with LA on the power play. A long shot by Joe Corvo bounced off Detroit goalie Manny Legace and hit Brown’s ankle, deflecting back into the net.

The Wings got a goal on a lucky bounce of their own at 6:48 of the period, also on the power play. Pavel Datsyuk attempted a cross-crease pass to Nicklas Lidstrom but the puck bounced off Miller’s skate and into the net.

Again, the Kings quickly tied it, scoring 1:45 later, when Mike Cammalleri put in the rebound of his own wraparound chance.

Detroit pulled back ahead with two Henrik Zetterberg goals just 52 seconds apart.

With 6:56 remaining in the period, Zetterberg scored a power play goal from the left circle on a blast to the top corner of the net.

With 6:04 remaining, Zetterberg scored again, this time spinning through the edge of the left circle before backhanding a shot past Garon.

Jason Labarbera replaced Garon in the Los Angeles goal but the Kings wouldn’t bounce back until the third period.

At 9:52 of the final frame, Vitali Vishnovsky scored on a one-timer from the high slot with the Kings on a five-on-three, pulling them to within one.

It wouldn’t be enough, as Jason Williams scored his second goal in twenty games to restore Detroit’s two goal lead with 6:19 remaining, tipping a rebound on the backhand between his legs and past Labarbera while facing away from the goal.

Tomas Holmstrom added an empty-net goal with 1:05 remaining and then, after the Kings took two penalties in frustration, Lidstrom added a 5-on-3 goal with 7 seconds left in the game.

Legace finsihed the game with 22 saves on 25 shots. Garon made 26 saves on 30 before he was replaced by Labarbera, who stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced.

Detroit went three-for-nine on the power play while Los Angeles scored on two of their eight power play chances.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday night when they host the retooled Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights.

Chelios Out 3-4 Weeks with Sprained Knee

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios has been placed on injured reserve with a sprained right knee. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Chelios injured the knee when he was checked by Los Angeles King Mike Cammalleri during the first period of the Wings’ 3-2 overtime win over the Kings on Monday. He returned for one shift in the early second period but left the ice early and headed straight to the locker room.

Detroit forward Ray Whitney is also injured again. He played on Monday for the first time after missing ten games with a sore groin. Whitney aggrevated the injury in the second period and left the game.

In addition to Chelios and Whitney, forward Steve Thomas will be unavailable to the Wings. Thomas is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday and will miss five to six weeks.

Goaltender Manny Legace suffered a sprained knee during warmups before Monday’s game but may not miss any playing time.

Chelios, Whitney and Thomas join a long list of Red Wings nursing injuries. Defenseman Derian Hatcher has missed all but the first three games of the season with a torn ACL and isn’t scheduled to return until April. Forward Henrik Zetterberg has begun skating after missing a month with a broken leg and is expected to return next week. Forwards Darren McCarty and Tomas Holmstrom have been out with back spasms and a separated right shoulder, respectively, with no return date set for either.

Captain Steve Yzerman has also been out, missing Monday’s game with a groin injury. Yzerman could return Wednesday when the Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres.

To help cover for the injured players, Detroit called up forwards Kevin Miller and Jiri Hudler and defenseman Niklas Kronwall from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Forward Nathan Robinson was returned to Grand Rapids while the Griffins signed forward Jeff Nelson from the United Hockey League’s Muskegon Fury and demoted goaltender Joey MacDonald to the Toledo Storm of the ECHL.


The seven transactions involving Grand Rapids is the busiest single day of player movement in the franchise’s eight-year history… Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek is also rumored to have reinjured his groin, which caused him to miss most of the month of November.