Red Wings’ Rally Clinches Presidents’ Trophy

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the final 3:27 Thursday night, rebounding from down 2-1 to earn a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win clinched their fourth Presidents’ Trophy in the past six seasons and sixth overall. No other team has won the award more than twice.

Johan Franzen tied the game on a Red Wings’ power play with 3:27 left in the third, putting home the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the blue line.

With 12 seconds left, Henrik Zetterberg gave the Red Wings their lone lead. Columbus netmnder Pascal Leclaire tried to play the puck on a dump in but it slipped past him as Zetterberg raced in. Zetterberg got to the puck behind the net before Leclaire could get back between the pipes, and the Swede’s backhand shot banked off of the goalie and into the net.

The Blue Jackets had scored first when Ron Hainsey scored on the power play at 7:13 of the second. After a fight for the puck on the right wing, Hainsey was left wide open acorss the ice for a blast past Dominik Hasek‘s glove.

Mark Hartigan evened things up 2:30 later, banging the rebound of a Niklas Kronwall shot past Leclaire.

Aaron Rome put Columbus back out in front before the Detroit comeback, scoring at 4:05 of the third on a blast from the blue line that slipped through Hasek.

Hasek made 20 saves on 22 shots on the night, with Leclaire stopping 36 of 39 attempts.


Justin Abdelkader made his Red Wings debut, in for the injured Kirk MaltbyTomas Kopecky left the game early in the third period with a knee injury.

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings ended their three-game losing streak on Sunday night, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in a shootout.

Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler, and Johan Franzen scored in the tiebreaker for the Red Wings. Franzen’s goal was the game-winner, coming in the fifth round before Chris Osgood stopped David Vyborny on Columbus’ chance to extend the game.

Most of the game’s goals came on the power play.

Duvie Westcott got Columbus on the board with a power play goal with 9:31 remaining in the first period but the Red Wings even things up with a Nicklas Lidstrom goal 4:27 later while skating five-on-three.

Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Lidstrom shot past goalie Pascal Leclaire for a power play goal just 26 seconds later and Sergei Fedorov tied things up again on a two-man advantage at 40 seconds into the second period.

Brett Lebda scored the game’s first even-strength goal at 1:42 of the second, a rifled shot from the left circle.

Rick Nash pulled the Blue Jackets back into a tie after a gaffe by Chris Osgood with Columbus on the power play late in the second. Osgood played the puck behind the net and had to scramble to get back in front to make a stop. The rebound came to Nash and Osgood couldn’t get in position to make the stop with 5:34 remaining.

The teams traded even-strength goals in the third period. Nikolai Zherdev put the rebound of a shot by Nash past Osgood with 6:09 remaining and Datsyuk evened things up with 4:50 left, picking up the puck after his own blocked shot and roofing it over Leclaire.

Osgood stopped 36 of a season-high 40 shots against. Leclaire made 31 saves on 35 shots against.

The Red Wings were two-for-three on the power play while the Blue Jackets scored on three of their five chances with the extra attacker.


Leclaire left the game for 3:07 in the second period to be lectured by Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. Fredrik Norrena faced no shots in that time.

Red Wings, Zetterberg Continue Streaks

The Red Wings and star forward Henrik Zetterberg both continued streaks with Detroit’s 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

The victory was the team’s ninth-straight, tying a franchise record that was also reached at this time last season, while Zetterberg’s third-period goal extended his point-scoring streak to sixteen games.

Zetterberg wrapped up the game’s scoring with 1:28 remaining. Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla deflected a shot from the point by Brian Rafalski directly to Zetterberg in the right circle. Klesla went down to block Zetterberg’s shot but Zetterberg outwaited him, waiting for Klesla to slide past before putting the puck between the pads of Pascal Leclaire.

Detroit got on the board first with a power play goal by Brett Lebda with 7:00 left in the first period.

The Red Wings held the puck in the Columbus zone on a Blue Jackets’ clearing attempt and Jiri Hudler got it to Mikael Samuelsson in the left circle. Samuelsson crossed it over to Lebda who wristed it past Leclaire with Dan Cleary screening.

Rick Nash tied the game only 49 seconds into the second period with the Blue Jackets on a five-on-three. After a one-timer from the point, the puck bounced around the edge of the crease and the Red Wings couldn’t clear. David Vyborny knocked it down low to Nash to bang in behind Dominik Hasek.

Tomas Holmstrom replied with Detroit’s second power play goal of the night with 6:07 remaining in the period. The puck came off the back boards to Holmstrom at the side of the net. Holmstrom’s first shot was stopped by Leclaire but the Columbus goalie fell off the post, leaving a gap for the rebound.

Cleary scored at 8:40 of the third to give the Red Wings some breathing room, pushing in his own rebound after cutting hard to the front of the net and taking a pass from Kirk Maltby at the left wing.

The Red Wings finished the game with two power play goals on six chances with the extra attacker. The Blue Jackets went one-for-seven with the goal coming on one of their two two-man advantages.

Hasek made 15 saves on 16 shots in his first game back from a hip injury. Leclaire stopped 32 of 36 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Sunday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks in the third game of a nine-game stretch against Central Division opponents.

Cleary Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Blue Jackets

Checking-line forward Dan Cleary scored two goals Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cleary’s first goal came with 2:17 remaining in the first period, tipping a Chris Chelios shot from the point past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.

His second, a shorthanded goal, came with 5:56 left in the second period. Cleary streaked past the Blue Jackets’ defense down the left side of the ice and cut across the front of the net before lifting a backhand shot over Leclaire’s outstretched pad.

Between those goals, Ron Hainsey scored for Columbus to tie the game but Henrik Zetterberg quickly replied, putting Detroit back out in front.

Mikael Samuelsson added a goal on a delayed penalty just 1:29 after Cleary’s second.

Fredrik Norrena stopped all ten shots he faced after replacing Leclaire to start the third period. Leclair made 24 saves on 27 shots in the opening 40 minutes, while Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek made 16 saves on 17 shots.

Columbus’ lone goal came on the power play, putting them at 1-for-9 on the night. Detroit was scoreless in seven tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers.


Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after having been sent to Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Brad Norton, returning from a shoulder injury, was assigned to the Griffins to make room in the lineup.

Wings Set NHL Record with Win over Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record Saturday night, earning a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets for their 29th road victory of the season. The win broke the former record of 28 road wins by the 1998-99 New Jersey Devils.

Unlike the first half of the home-and-home series with Columbus, which saw Detroit jump to an early lead, the Blue Jackets struck first in Saturday’s matchup.

After a bad clearing attempt by Detroit netminder Chris Osgood, Jan Hrdina got conrol of the puck and fired a shot from the top of the right circle. The puck trickled between Osgood’s pads and gave Columbus the lead just 3:03 into the game.

The Red Wings evened the game 9:03 later, when Brendan Shanahan scored on a rebound opportunity.

Another rebound chance with 2:41 remaining put Detroit in the lead, when Tomas Holmstrom picked up the puck after a Mikael Samuelsson shot and put it past goalie Pascal Leclaire.

On a two-on-one rush at 9:24 of the second, Manny Malhotra tied the game, firing a shot over Osgood’s glove.

Jason Williams scored his 20th goal of the season just 1:55 later to put the Red Wings back in front. A crossing pass from Steve Yzerman at the right wing boards got the puck to Williams in the slot. He faded back to the left circle and blasted a shot home.

After Osgood stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period, Chris Chelios added an empty-netter from the center red line with just four seconds remaining, sealing the victory.

Osgood finished the game with 27 saves on 29 shots. Leclaire made 26 saves on the same number of chances against.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit having four chances and Columbus two.

The Red Wings will return to the ice on Tuesday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.


Steve Yzerman’s assist on Jason Williams’ second period goal extended his point-scoring streak to eleven games… Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with an “upper body injury” suffered Friday night. He is expected to return on Tuesday.

Red Wings Blow Third-Period Lead, Fall to Columbus in Shootout

For the first time this season, the Detroit Red Wings carried a lead into the third period only to come away with a loss.

Saturday night, the Red Wings led the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-0, after two periods. Columbus scored four-straight goals to take a 4-3 lead before the Red Wings tied the game back up. Detroit would eventually fall in a shootout in which they were kept scoreless.

Detroit’s defensive collapse began with a goal by Rostislav Klesla at 7:08 of the period, a blast from the blue line that appeared to be deflected before getting past Red Wings’ goalie Chris Osgood.

David Vyborny pulled the Blue Jackets to within one 3:31 later when he was left all alone to deflect a shot from the left wing by Klesla.

A Mikael Samuelsson turnover in the Columbus zone led to the third Blue Jackets’ goal with 5:44 remaining. Vyborny stole the puck and sent an outlet pass to Rick Nash, who easily skated around a slashing Andreas Lilja before cutting in front of Osgood and putting the puck around him.

Just 29 seconds later, Manny Malhotra scored after two Detroit turnovers in their own zone. He was left all alone in front of Osgood to bang a shot that defelected off of the Red Wings’ goalie and into the net.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game with 1:50 remaining, breaking into the Columbus zone and rifling a shot past Blue Jackets’ netminder Pascal Leclaire.

Johan Franzen and Steve Yzerman scored first-period goals and Robert Lang added one in the second period to build Detroit’s initial lead.

After a scoreless overtime, Jaroslav Balastik scored on the first shootout attempt for the only goal of the tiebreaker.

Osgood finished the game with 23 saves on 27 shotsm facing more shots in the third period than in the rest of the periods combined. Leclaire made forty saves on 44 shots against.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit having three chances and Columbus having two.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Osgood, Holmstrom Lead Red Wings past Blue Jackets

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood stopped all 26 shots that he faced and Tomas Holmstrom scored twice to lead the visiting Red Wings to a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both of Holmstrom’s goals came on the power play, as the Red Wings went two-for-seven with the man-advantage.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Blue Jackets control the play, Detroit took over the game.

Holmstrom’s first goal of the night opened the scoring at 7:06 of the middle frame. Jason Williams one-timed a shot from above the high slot that Holmstrom deflected down at the top of the crease and past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.

With 1:51 left in the period, Mark Mowers scored his second goal of the season to put Detroit up by two, deflecting a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point past Leclaire.

Holmstrom’s second of the night came 4:52 into the third period. Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck behind the net and sent it out front into the slot, where Holmstrom was open to bang it back at the net and by Leclaire.

Mathieu Schnieder added a goal on a blast from the top of the left circle with 1:47 remaining in the game.

Detroit stopped all seven of Columbus’ power play chances.

Leclaire made 37 saves on 41 shots in the Blue Jackets’ net.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche for the first time this season. They earned a 7-3 win over Colorado in Detroit on November 23.


Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a hip injury.

Wings Close Out 2005 with Win over Jackets

In their final game of the 2005 calendar year, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2.

The game was Detroit’s 60th in franchise history on New Year’s Eve and the win gave them an overall record of 31-21-8 in those games. They have won their last five games on December 31.

The Red Wings were behind early, when Columbus got goals from Rick Nash and Jason Chimera to open the scoring.

At 9:27 of the first period as the teams skated 4-on-4, former Red Wing Jamie Pushor fired a shot from the point that Nash tipped in the slot, getting it past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Just 36 seconds into the second period, the Blue Jackets struck again when Chimera skated around defenseman Brett Lebda at the Detroit blueline and outwaited a sprawling Osgood to put the puck behind him.

Long-time Red Wing Sergei Fedorov sent Johan Franzen crashing into Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire at 1:51 of the second, knocking Leclaire out of the game and putting Fedorov in the penalty box.

On the ensuing power play, 1:16 later, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line that found its way into the net behind Marc Denis to put Detroit on the board.

Mathieu Schneider tied the game 4:50 later, firing a shot from the high slot that deflected off a diving Fedorov and past Denis.

The Red Wings gained the lead with 53 seconds left in the period when Mikael Samuelsson scored. Robert Lang threw the puck on net from the right circle and Denis kicked it back to that side of the net while moving to the far post. Samuelsson jumped from behind the net to knock the puck into the open goal.

Lidstrom scored his second of the night at 4:19 of the third period. When the puck bounced off the left wing boards and came into an empty left circle, Lidstrom jumped up from the point and rifled a shot into the net.

With 5:34 remaining, Samuelsson’s second goal of the game closed the scoring. He had the puck all alone at the side of the crease and lifted a shot over Denis’ shoulder for a power play goal.

Osgood ended up facing only 15 shots on the night, stopping 13 of them. Leclaire stopped all 13 shots he faced while Denis made 25 saves on 30 shots.

Detroit went two-for-six on the power play and held Columbus without a goal on five chances with the extra skater.

The Red Wings will host the Minnesota Wild in their first game of the 2006 calendar year on Tuesday.


Goalie Manny Legace returned to the Red Wings’ roster after a one-game rehab stint in Grand Rapids on Friday. He backed up Chris Osgood.

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Team’s First-Ever Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit’s first-ever shootout Tuesday night as goalie Chris Osgood stopped former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov on Columbus’ final shot.

As Fedorov – who was taunted by the crowed throughout the night – skated in on Osgood, he fired a high shot that Osgood deflected with his shoulder.

Jaroslav Balastik had scored on Columbus’ first shootout chance before Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg, who was scheduled to take Detroit’s third shot, was not required to shoot with Detroit already up by a goal.

The Red Wings were the last NHL team to be involved in a shootout.

Robert Lang, back from eight games off with a groin injury, scored the first goal of the game just 4:16 in. Brett Lebda sent a hard pass from the point to Lang at the side of the crease, where he redirected it into the net.

Rick Nash tied the game for Columbus with 6:47 left in the period. He was left all alone in the slot to take a pass from the right wing boards. Defenseman Chris Chelios tried to stop him by tripping him on a play that was going to be called a penalty but Nash kept control of the puck and slipped it between Osgood’s pads.

The Red Wings regained the lead 3:14 later when Mark Mowers deflected a shot from the point by Lebda.

The Blue Jackets rallied in the third period, when Duvie Westcott scored a power play goal at 8:30. As Lebda skated without a stick, Westcott was able to jump from the blueline into the slot and take a pass from behind the net, one-timing it past Osgood.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings back in the lead 2:10 later, tipping a shot from Nicklas Lidstrom at the blue line in mid-air in the high slot.

Nikolai Zherdev forced overtime, scoring with 4:09 remaining in the third period on a wraparound attempt that caught Osgood looking the wrong way.

Osgood finished the game with 30 saves on 33 shots while Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced.

Detroit was held without a goal on their seven power play chances and held Columbus to one goal on five tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wings Rout Flu-Ridden Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets came to Detroit missing thirteen players from their normal starting roster and certainly played like it, allowing nine goals and scoring none en route to a loss to the Red Wings.

Detroit got goals from Nicklas Lidstrom, Robert Lang (2) and Kyle Quincey in the first period to take a 4-0 lead into the intermission. The Blue Jackets managed only two shots to the Red Wings’ twenty-one on the period.

Dan Cleary and Rem Murray added goals in the second before Columbus goalie Marc Denis was replaced by Pascal Leclaire. Mathieu Schneider scored one more goal in the second before Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom added goals in the third.

Lidstrom scored the only goal of the shootout in the fifth round.

The Blue Jackets roster has been decimated by a flu bug going around the team.

The Red Wings were without captain Steve Yzerman, defenseman Jamie Rivers and goalie Chris Osgood, all suffering from groin injuries. Pavel Datsyuk did not play after practicing with the team for a second day and Andreas Lilja sat after playing the night before in Colorado. Niklas Kronwall was out with the knee injury he suffered in Denver.