Red Wings Open Preseason with OT Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night to open their 2015 exhibition schedule.

Featuring a team made up mostly of players destined for the Grand Rapids Griffins against a large NHL contingent playing in front of their home crowd, Detroit rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to force overtime before Trevor Daley scored to give the Blackhawks the win.

Detroit’s trio of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, and Nick Jensen sustained pressure in the Chicago end on the second shift of overtime but Larkin was tripped and took down Mantha, leading to a three-on-one against Ryan Sproul – who had come on for Jensen – for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane moved the puck to Artem Anisimov who moved it on to Daley for an easy snap past Red Wings’ goalie Tom McCollum at 1:40 of the extra period.

The Blackhawks had opened the game’s scoring 7:16 in, when Kyle Baun batted the mid-air rebound of a Ryan Garbutt chance past Jimmy Howard, who started the game in net for Detroit.

Jonathan Toews made it 2-0 just 1:08 later, snapping a shot from the top of the left circle past Howard.

Chicago’s power play gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead at 6:24 of the second period, as Howard stopped Toews’ initial shot was blocked aside by Howard but Teuvo Teravaninen put the puck back between the Detroit netminder’s pads from in close.

Mantha got the Red Wings on the board with 5:05 left in the middle period, beating Mark Visentin from the slot off a feed from Andy Miele. Visentin had replaced started Scott Darling midway through the period.

Garbutt restored the Chicago lead at 2:39 of the third period, capitalizing on a turnover by Brian Lashoff and a mental mistake by Sproul to step up and snap a shot past McCollum. Sproul appeared to think the play was offsides and made no move to challenge Garbutt as he jumped into the zone.

Riley Sheahan started Detroit’s comeback at 5:58 of the third, tipping a Nathan Paetsch shot past Visentin to make it 4-2.

With 7:07 remaining, Teemu Pulkkinen made it 4-3, crashing the crease to get to the rebound of a Miele chance and shovel it into the open side of the net.

Luke Glendening tied things up on a power play with just 2:05 remaining, gathering up the rebound of an Andreas Athanasiou chance and lifting it past Visentin from the edge of the crease.

Each team finished the night with a power play goal. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker to Chicago’s four.

Howard stopped 18 of 21 shots he faced and McCollum made 14 saves on 16 shots for the Red Wings. Darling was perfect on 22 shots while Visentin stopped 12 of 16 for the Blackhawks.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Detroit, with the Red Wings expected to dress a mostly-NHLer lineup and the Blackhawks icing a prospect-heavy team.


With none of their usual leaders in the lineup, Drew Miller, Riley Sheahan, and Luke Glendening wore alternate captain’s As for the Red Wings.

Red Wings Roll Past Blackhawks

With four days to practice, the Detroit Red Wings put forth a dominating effort Friday night, rolling past the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1.

The Red Wings outshot Chicago 37-26 in the effort, including a 20-shot second period in which they scored twice.

Luke Glendening opened the game’s scoring just 6:08 in, backhanding the rebound of a Drew Miller chance past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Miller had picked off a pass by the Blackhawks to get all alone in the slot for his initial opportunity.

Patrick Kane‘s power play goal with 8:44 left in the period tied it back up, as Kane was open on the right side of the net to take a crossing pass from Jonathan Toews and roof a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored 1:10 apart in the second to put the Red Wings back out front.

At 4:49 of the period, Zetterberg picked off a pass by Kane in the Chicago end and poked the puck through to Franzen at the front of the net. Franzen kicked it from his skate to his stick and backhanded it over Crawford to make it 2-1.

Tatar put the rebound of a Joakim Andersson shot past Crawford on a three-on-two to make it 3-1 at 5:59.

Brendan Smith capped off a fast-moving third period with an empty net goal to finish off the game’s scoring.

Kane’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker while Chicago had four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.


Pavel Datsyuk returned from a groin injury to re-join the Detroit lineup… Tomas Jurco was back in the lineup after several games as a healthy scratch… Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil were healthy scratches up front while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch on defense… Backup goalie Tom McCollum was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game and Petr Mrazek was called up.

Red Wings Fail to Eliminate Blackhawks in Game Five

The Detroit Red Wings had their first chance to eliminate Chicago from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday night and failed, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Blackhawks.

After winning three consecutive games, the Red Wings carried a 3-1 series lead into the game but could never get anything going as the ‘Hawks staved off elimination on home ice.

Two power play goals in the second period broke a 1-1 tie to put Chicago out in front.

With 6:52 remaining in the middle frame, Andrew Shaw deflected a blue-line shot by Duncan Keith past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the top of the crease to make it 2-1.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews made it 3-1 2:39 later with his first goal of the series, snapping a low-angle shot off of Howard and into the top of the net.

Shaw rounded out the game’s scoring at 6:58 of the third on a broken play. Viktor Stalberg’s shot from the slot went high and off the glass behind the net. Shaw was all alone behind the goal to pick up the puck and wrap it around in behind Howard.

Bryan Bickell had opened the game’s scoring with 5:52 remaining in the first period. After a scramble in the right faceoff circle, Patrick Kane swatted the puck in on Howard. Alone on the opposite side, Bickell knocked in the rebound.

Daniel Cleary scored Detroit’s only goal of the game at 9:37 of the second period. On a slow three-on-two, Cleary sent the puck rink-wide to Henrik Zetterberg on the right wing. Zetterberg’s shot was knocked aside by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford but Cleary was there to put in the rebound to make it 1-1.

The ‘Hawks finished the night two-for-three on the power play while the Wings went scoreless on four tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 41 of the 45 shots he faced. Crawford made 25 saves on 26 shots.

Game Six will be in Detroit on Monday night.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Blackhawks – Game 5 – 5/25

The Red Wings visit Chicago tonight with a chance to eliminate the Blackhawks, carrying a 3-1 series lead into Game Five of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup.

Having scored only twice in the last three games, the ‘Hawks will once again shake up their lines to stack the top line with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

The Red Wings will make no changes to their lineup.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 1-2 all-time on May 25. Including tonight, they have never played at home on this day of the year.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBC.

Red Wings Down Blackhawks in Game Three to Take 2-1 Series Lead

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive game on Monday night, taking a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal matchup on the strength of a 3-1 win.

Pavel Datsyuk scored at 6:46 of the third period to halt a Chicago comeback and seal the victory. After Johan Franzen gained the Chicago zone, he dished the puck off to Datsyuk for a heavy wrister from the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford to make it 3-1.

Patrick Kane had gotten Chicago on the board 2:11 earlier. After Franzen was seemingly boarded in the Blackhawks’ zone, Duncan Keith flipped a long pass out to Kane in the neutral zone, springing him in all alone to beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and cut the Red Wings’ lead to 2-1.

The Blackhawks thought they had tied things up just moments later but their apparent second goal was called back for goaltender interference as Andrew Shaw was perched in Howard’s crease.

After a scoreless first period, Gustav Nyquist opened the game’s scoring at 7:49 of the second. Damien Brunner chipped the puck into the Chicago end and Nyquist chased it down before skating around defenseman Brent Seabrook and outwaiting Crawford, lifting a shot over the sprawling pair.

Just 31 seconds later, Patrick Eaves batted his own rebound in behind Crawford, with Johnny Oduya diving to keep the puck out of the net. Drew Miller was there too, though, and poked the puck off Oduya’s stick and across the goal line to make it 2-0.

Howard finished the night with 39 saves on 40 shots. Crawford stopped 27 of 30 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker to Chicago’s four.

Game Four will be in Detroit on Thursday night.

On the Kane Goal and Shaw Interference

Not surprisingly, there’s already been a lot of talk about Patrick Kane‘s goal (or, more precisely, the uncalled penalty immediately prior to it) and the apparent Chicago goal immediately following it that was called back due to goalie interference.

We’ve seen the “Two wrongs make a right” theory (a penalty should have been called which would have negated Kane’s goal so the wrong call was made on the Shaw interference to make up for it), the “Holmstrom Interpretation” (what Shaw did was cause for many negated goals when Tomas Holmstrom did it) and the “What if a Blackhawk had been boarded and a Wings’ goal disallowed” scenario.

I hate the idea of make-up calls. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what happened here but they’ll never admit it, especially since they can hide behind the Holmstrom Interpretation if they want.

I also can’t get behind the idea that changing something later to make up for something that happens earlier actually makes up for it, as we have no idea how things would have played out if the first call had been made differently. Maybe the Red Wings would have scored on their power play rather than Kane scoring and it would have been a drastically different 3-0 game. We’ll never know.

I want to run with the “what if” scenario, though, and give it a different twist. What if the disallowed goal had come first?

It seems to me that disallowing what would have been a second goal to make up for the first being allowed when it shouldn’t have (what we may have seen unfold tonight) causes much more of an uproar than the reverse. If a ‘Hawks goal had been called back on a weak goalie interference claim and then Chicago scored on a play where a penalty should have been called, I just get the feeling that it would have been seen as more “correct” than what actually happened, even though the result (as far as the score goes) is the same.

Or maybe that’s just late-night rambling from me. I don’t know.

Red Wings Even Series with Game Two Win

After a Game One that saw the Red Wings unable to generate any offense while dropping a 4-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit turned the tables in Game Two, evening their series while carrying play in a 4-1 victory of their own.

The series will shift to Joe Louis Arena for Game Three on Monday.

Brendan Smith – having taken the blame on several plays throughout the playoffs – ended up with the game-winning goal on Saturday afternoon. With 3:52 remaining in the second period, Smith jumped into the play as Henrik Zetterberg drove to the net, getting wide open in the left faceoff circle to take a pass and snap a shot past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

At 7:19 of the third Johan Franzen extended the Detroit lead. From inside his own zone, Jonathan Ericsson hit Franzen with a stretch pass at the Chicago blue line, springing him in all alone to whip a shot past Crawford to make it 3-1.

Valtteri Filppula finished off the scoring with 7:57 left to play. Zetterberg won a faceoff in his own zone and carried the puck down the left wing to cross the Blackhawks’ blue line before dropping it off to Filppula. Filppula cut to the slot and as he was tripped, slipped a shot past Crawford.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane had opened the game’s scoring with 5:55 remaining in the first period. Smith missed a check on Patrick Sharp on the left wing, leaving the Blackhawks on an odd-man rush. In front of his own goal, Kyle Quincey cut off a cross-ice pass from Sharp to Kane but the puck came right up top to Michal Handzus, who pushed it on to Kane alone in the left faceoff circle for a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Damien Brunner evened things up at 2:40 of the second period, deflecting a Jakub Kindl shot from the blue line past Crawford to make it 1-1.

Crawford finished the game with 26 saves on 30 shots against. Howard made 19 saves on 20 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the man-advantage to Chicago’s two.


Detroit’s Drew Miller made his 2013 playoff debut, returning from a broken hand suffered late in the regular season to replace Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.

Red Wings Fall to Blackhawks in Second Consecutive Shootout

For the second consecutive night the Detroit Red Wings fell in the shootout, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks 25 hours after an identically-scored loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Brandon Saad scored in the fifth round of the tiebreaker to win it for Chicago. Johan Franzen had the opportunity to keep Detroit alive but couldn’t beat Corey Crawford on his chance.

Henrik Zetterberg had previously scored in the second round while Marian Hossa beat Jimmy Howard in the third. Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist failed to score for Detroit. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Michal Rozsival were stopped for Chicago.

After a scoreless first period, Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring at 6:11 of the second. Duncan Keith’s chance from in close in the left faceoff circle went behind the net to Stalberg, who was left untouched to wraparound the far side and tuck it in behind Howard.

Franzen got the Red Wings on the board with 4:20 left in the period, tipping Carlo Colaiacovo‘s shot from above the top of the left circle past Crawford for a power play goal.

Just 1:59 later, Cory Emmerton made a strong individual effort in front of the net to put Detroit out in front. After his attempted cross-crease pass was blocked, Emmerton gathered in the loose puck and dragged it to the top of the crease, lifting a shot over Crawford.

With just 2:57 remaining in regulation, Toews tied things back up. After a scramble in front that left Howard out of position, Johnny Oduya‘s shot was blocked at the edge of the crease by Kyle Quincey. Quincey lost track of the puck and left it teed up for Toews to grab and fling into the open side of the net.

Howard finished the night with 26 saves on 28 shots. Crawford made 27 saves on 29 shots.

Franzen’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had five chances with the extra attacker to Chicago’s three.


Colaiacovo was back in the lineup in place of Brendan Smith. Up front, Patrick Eaves was out in favor of Jordin Tootoo.

Red Wings Offensive Woes Continue in Shootout Loss to Chicago

For the third consecutive game, the Detroit Red Wings managed only one goal through regulation, dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first two periods, Tomas Tatar scored the team’s only goal at 2:43 of the third. Patrick Eaves took the puck behind the Chicago net with Joakim Andersson coming in from the opposite side. Andersson popped a pass out front to Tatar who snapped a shot home past Blackhawks’ netminder Corey Crawford.

A late power play gave the Blackhawks the opportunity to respond. Kyle Quincey knocked down a shot by Patrick Sharp in the slot but he failed to clear the puck, with Viktor Stalberg jumping in to poke it free to Patrick Kane. Kane’s wrister from the right faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard to tie things up and force overtime.

Kane would go on to score the only goal of the shootout, slowly skating in on Howard before snapping a shot past him.

Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg failed to score for Detroit in the shootout. Jonathan Toews also did not score.

Howard and Crawford each finished the afternoon with 32 saves on 33 shots

The Red Wings were scoreless on two power play opportunities. Kane’s goal came on one of four Chicago attempts with the extra attacker.


The Red Wings have not scored more than a goal in a game since beating the Vancouver Canucks 8-3 last Sunday.

TGTW: Red Wings Drop Two of Three in Week Fourteen

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the NHL’s original 2012-13 schedule, lost by the lockout. I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season so we can see what might have been.

The Detroit Red Wings went 1-2 in the fourteenth week of the NHL season, sliding two points further back in the Central Division standings.

The Wings started the week with a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring at 7:55 of the first and Patrick Kane made it 2-0 with 5:37 left in the period before Valtteri Filppula cut the lead in half with 54 seconds left. Patrick Sharp put the ‘Hawks back up by a pair just 57 seconds into the second period. Niklas Kronwall cut the lead to a goal again at 9:09 of the third but Marcus Kruger added an insurance marker with 1:38 left. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves on 26 shots in taking the loss.

The Wings headed out west on Wednesday, picking up a 2-0 win in San Jose. Kronwall opened the scoring at 6:08 of the first and Filppula wrapped things up with 5:11 left in regulation. Howard made 21 saves in the shutout effort.

It was on to Los Angeles on Saturday, where the Kings rallied for a 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Detroit took a 2-0 lead off goals by Todd Bertuzzi at 5:10 of the first and Darren Helm at 2:26 of the second. Rob Scuderi got the Kings on the board with 4:25 left in the middle period and Trevor Lewis tied things up just 1:12 into the third. Simon Gagne scored with 2:43 left in the third to break the tie and give LA the win. Howard made 24 saves on the night.

The Red Wings remain in third in the Central Division and sit in sixth place in the Western Conference. They are four points behind the Nashville Predators with four games in hand and two up on the Blackhawks with two games in hand.

Howard’s shutout of the Sharks gave him seven on the season, one more than Jean-Sebastien Gigure of the Colorado Avalanche and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the league lead.

The Red Wings continue their road trip next week with visits to Anaheim, Phoenix, and Vancouver.