Holmstrom Scores Twice in Return, Wings win in Shootout

Tomas Holmstrom returned to the Detroit lineup Monday night, scoring twice in his first game after missing two and helping the Red Wings earn a 4-3 win over the visiting Washington Capitals.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler all scored shootout goals to break the tie after overtime.

Both Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek and Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig made 27 saves on 30 shots before the shootout. Two goals for each team were scored on the power play.

Holmstrom’s first goal of the night opened the game’s scoring just 3:57 in. On a Red Wings power play, Datsyuk passed off to Nicklas Lidstrom as the defender jumped towards the goal. Lidstrom pushed the puck over to Holmstrom who deflected it past Kolzig with his skate from the top of the crease.

Alexander Ovechkin evened the game up with a Washington power play goal at 9:58. Michael Nylander beat Pavel Datsyuk on a draw in the Detroit zone and the puck came straight to Ovechkin for a one-timer past Hasek.

With 26 seconds left in the first, Jeff Shultz gave the Capitals the lead, firing a shot from the blue line that was deflected and fluttered over Hasek before dropping into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up on a Red Wings power play with 9:34 left in the middle period. Quick passing moved the puck from Zetterberg to Lidstrom to Datsyuk and back across to Zetterberg for a one-timer past Kolzig from the right faceoff circle.

Holmstrom’s second put Detroit back out in front with just 4:43 remaining in regulation. Datsyuk threw the puck to the front of the net from the right wing and Holmstrom was there to tap it in.

The Capitals pulled even again with only 1:34 remaining, scoring on a power play. Tom Poti sent the puck from the right wing boards out to Alexander Semin in the slot for a one-timer past Hasek.

The goal came on Washington’s seventh power play of the night. The Capitals were awarded the last four power plays of the game. Detroit had four overall.

Zetterberg Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings got two goals from Henrik Zetterberg and timely saves from Chris Osgood, leading them to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals Friday night.

Zetterberg scored twice to pull Detroit into a tie with Washington.

With the Red Wings on the power play and 1:54 remaining in the first period, he scored to tie the game at one. Tomas Holmstrom stole the puck along the left wing boards in the Capitals’ zone and sent it to Zetterberg in the left circle. He cut into the slot and, as his passing lane to Pavel Datsyuk was cut off, wristed a shot past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig.

He tied the game at two with a goal at 5:27 of the second while Detroit skated 5-on-3, knocking in the rebound of a long shot by Nicklas Lidstrom.

Rookie star Alexander Ovechkin opened the game’s scoring 5:23 into the first on a Washington power play. Jamie Heward fired a shot from the blue line that was kicked aside by Detroit netminder Chris Osgood. The rebound skipped past Bryan Muir and came to Ovechkin, who lifted it over the scrambling Osgood.

A shorthanded goal gave the Capitals their second lead of the game. At 2:54 of the second, Chris Clark beat Mathieu Schneider to a loose puck in the Detroit zone and sent it to a wide open Matt Pettinger in the slot, where he knocked it past Osgood.

After a non-goal by Washington – waved off by the referee as the goal light and horn went off – and a sprawling save on Ovechkin by Osgood, the Red Wings got their first lead of the game when Datsyuk scored at 4:01 of the third.

Datsyuk picked up a loose puck along the right wing boards and broke in on a 2-on-1 with Dan Cleary. Datsyuk jumped off the boards and cut into the slot, skating around the defenseman while moving in on Kolzig. The Washington goalie sprawled out and Datsyuk skated around him, putting the puck in the open net in a move similar to one that Ovechkin unsuccessfully tried earlier on Osgood.

Lidstrom added a fourth goal for the Wings late in the third, after they killed off a long 5-on-3 that saw the Capitals threaten to tie the game. With 2:53 remaining, he fired a shot from the slot that deflected in front of Kolzig for a power play goal.

The Capitals scored the game’s final goal with .4 seconds remaining on a long shot by Heward after the Wings defenders had quit on the play.

Osgood finished the game with 27 saves while Kolzig made 26. Both faced 30 shots.

Detroit went three-for-six on the power play and held Washington to only one goal on seven power play chances.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was announced during the game that Jiri Fischer and his doctors will hold a press conference at Joe Louis Arena on Monday at 4:00 PM. Fox Sports Net Detroit will broadcast live.

Datsyuk Leads Wings Over Caps

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and added two assists, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Datsyuk now has an NHL-leading 37 points on the season, with his 17 goals third-best in the league.

The Capitals started the game’s scoring when Jaromir Jagr powered his way around Datsyuk in the left faceoff circle and cut to his backhand near the top of the crease to roof a shot over the shoulder of Detroit netminder Curtis Joseph with 6:23 remaining in the first period.

Just 18 seconds later, Datsyuk fed Kris Draper, who blasted a shot from the half-boards past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig to tie the game back up.

Datsyuk’s second assist came 20 seconds past the game’s midway point. As a Detroit power play ended, Brett Hull fed Datsyuk with a pass as he streaked in on goal. At the edge of the crease, Datsyuk drew Kolzig over and then dished the puck off to Brendan Shanahan at the side of the net, who put the puck into the open goal.

The first goal of the game for Datsyuk came on a Detroit power play with 6:28 remaining in the second. He sent a pass through the crease and a Washington defenseman knocked the puck into the net as he tried to clear it away from the goalmouth.

Just over a minute and a half later, Brett Hull was hauled down on a breakaway and was given a penalty shot. Hull stickhandled as he broke in on Kolzig, who came far out of the crease, and lost the puck, failing to convert on the attempt.

Jason Williams scored his second goal of the season 710 into the third period. Cutting through the slot, Williams took a pass from Boyd Devereaux on his backhand and held the puck long enough to settle it down and bank it off of Kolzig’s shoulder.

The last goal of the night was Datsyuk’s second. He picked up the puck at the Washington blue line and carried it into the high slot, wristing a shot past Kolzig to move into first place in the NHL points race.

Detroit went one-for-four on the power play while Washington was unsuccessful in all of their six attempts with the extra skater. Joseph stopped 18 of 19 shots against in net for the Red Wings. Kolzig stopped 21 of 26 Red Wing shots for Washington.

The Red Wings are next in action on Monday when they host the Florida Panthers.

Goalstorm in a Snowstorm

While the snow fell like mad in Detroit, and the rain fell in Washington, DC, the puck kept falling into the net. Five different Red Wings contributed a goal each to give the team a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals were decidedly overmatched against this Red Wings team which seems to be improving more and more each game. In spite of having six power play chances, Washington only managed to get eighteen shots on net””six in each period””past the suddenly stingy Detroit defense. “Our defensemen played really well down low, especially on the penalty-killing,” Luc Robitaille commented. “I think it surprised them.”

Mathieu Dandenault opened the scoring midway through the first period after sustained pressure in the Washington zone. Nicklas Lidstrom caught a rebound and sent it to Igor Larionov behind the net. Larionov passed it out front to Sergei Fedorov. Fedorov couldn’t shoot because what looked like all five of the Capitals’ skaters lined up to block him, but Dandenault was wide open near the left circle. The pass went across, and Dandenault’s one-timer blasted past goalie Olaf Kolzig.

The Red Wings increased their lead just 15 seconds later on a bad turnover by none other than superstar Jaromir Jagr. Apparently, Jagr did not study the scouting reports on Pavel Datsyuk. Jagr, the last man back trying to clear the puck, tried to outdeke the forechecking Datsyuk, but Datsyuk picked the puck off as easily as if Jagr hadn’t been there at all. He put the puck high under the crossbar for the goal.

The Capitals had a chance to gain back some momentum before the period was over. For the third game in a row, the Red Wings were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 penalty. Again, Lidstrom picked up the second penalty, and again, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, and Chris Chelios did an incredible job of protecting Curtis Joseph.

Rick Berry tried to take out some of his frustrations with a hard hit on Fedorov, but before too long, Brendan Shanahan was out to show Berry why that was a bad idea. The two had an honest, gloves-dropped, helmets-off, fists-flying fight before the linesmen finally broke them up.

Joseph played well on the shots he did face, playing like his old self, the confident goalie the Wings were glad to acquire from the Maple Leafs instead of the uncertain netminder he seemed to be through the month of January. “Once the puck did get through, Curtis was there””large and big,” Dave Lewis said in praise of his starting goaltender. “It was a frustrating game for them, I’m sure,” he added.

Tomas Holmstrom added a goal midway through the second. Draper’s hard work struggling with a Washington player along the boards forced the puck free to Maltby in the high slot. Maltby passed up to Holmstrom near the front of the net, and Holmstrom beat Kolzig high on the short side for his 16th goal of the season, tying his career-best record set in the 2000-01 season.

Sergei Gonchar spoiled Joseph’s shutout bid just past the halfway point of the third period. He came in through the high slot area and one-timed a pass by Robert Lang. Joseph was screened by Fedorov and didn’t really have a chance to see the puck coming at him.

Robitaille and Draper rounded out the scoring as the game drew to an end. First, Datsyuk made another interception just inside the Washington blue line, gracefully got around two big defensemen, and made a pass to Robitaille near the side of the net. Robitaille’s shot went right between Kolzig’s pads for his third goal in the past four games. Next, Dandenault intercepted an attempted Washington clearing pass, tipping it just enough to deflect it over to Lidstrom, who shot the puck on net. Kolzig made the save, but Draper got the rebound and put it in high.

Joseph made 17 saves on the 18 shots he faced, giving him a 94.4% save percentage. Kolzig’s 28 saves on 33 shots equaled a less-than-impressive 84.8% save percentage.

The Red Wings play next on Monday evening, when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.

The two points the Wings earned in the standings tonight, coupled with an overtime loss by the St. Louis Blues this afternoon, move the Red Wings back into first place in the Central Division. Detroit and St. Louis each have 76 points, but Detroit has one game in hand and 32 wins to the Blues’ 31.

Passing a Legend

Bobby Hull, the great “Golden Jet,” was among the 20,058 fans at Joe Louis Arena to see two of his scoring records broken and watch the Red Wings defeat the Washington Capitals, 3-1.

Detroit opened the scoring just under two minutes into the game. Kirk Maltby shot the puck from the left point, and Luc Robitaille was in just the right spot to tip it past goaltender Olaf Kolzig to score the 611th goal of his career, moving him past Bobby Hull’s record as the highest-scoring left winger of all time.

Washington did not increase the intensity of their play, but they got their chance when Chris Chelios was sent to the penalty box for interference. Adam Oates passed across the rink to Peter Bondra, wide open on the right side. Bondra took the shot, and it went into the net over Dominik Hasek‘s left arm only thirteen seconds after the power play’s start.

The rest of the game belonged to the Red Wings. Brett Hull scored the eventual game winning goal forty-six seconds before the end of the period. Pavel Datsyuk passed from behind the net to Hull waiting in front of the net with the blade of his stick down on the ice. The pass went right to the stick and into the net behind Kolzig.

The second period was scoreless, in spite of three power plays for the Red Wings and one for the Capitals.

Detroit scored once more midway through the third period. Sergei Fedorov, playing forward again after being on defense for several games, took a pass from Robitaille. Fedorov sent it out front, attempting a centering pass to Kirk Maltby. The puck apparently had other plans. It bounced off the Washington defenseman’s stick, to one of Kolzig’s leg pads, and into the net.

The Capitals brought Kolzig to the bench with over a minute and a half remaining to play, but even with the extra skater, the Capitals were never quite able to get into a scoring position against Hasek.

The Red Wings outshot Washington thirty-four to seventeen. Detroit’s next game will be Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Sean Avery was sent back down to Cincinnati of the AHL to make room on the roster for Fredrik Olausson, back from injured reserve. Brett Hull’s goal was the ninety-ninth game winner of his career, putting him alone at third place on the all-time list of number of game winning goals scored. With whom was he tied at ninety-eight? None other than his own father, Bobby Hull.

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