Datsyuk Scores Twice in Return, Red Wings Down Flyers 5-2

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit lineup on Wednesday night after missing four games with an aggravated groin injury, scoring twice to help the Red Wings over the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2.

Datsyuk’s first – the eventual game-winning goal – came with 8:13 left in the second period as he snapped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason through traffic to make it 3-1 on a Detroit power play.

Mason was pulled in favor of backup Ray Emery after the goal.

With 1:21 left in the period, Datsyuk scored his second of the night to put the Wings up by three. Darren Helm‘s shot bounced off the post to the left of Emery and out the other side, where Datsyuk knocked it out of mid-air and into the net.

Jakub Voracek pulled the Flyers back to within a pair with 7:35 left in the third period, snapping a shot from the left circle past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on a power play, off a feed from the opposite side of the net by Wayne Simmonds.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal in the game’s closing minutes to round out the scoring.

Stephen Weiss scored his third goal in two games since returning from a groin injury of his own to open the game’s scoring at 10:12 of the first period, tipping a Helm shot past Mason.

Claude Giroux tied things up at 2:31 of the second. Picking off a pass by Danny DeKeyser in the netutral zone, Giroux skated into the Detroit zone and snapped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle off the skate of defenseman Kyle Quincey and past Howard.

Tomas Jurco would restore Detroit’s lead at 10:18 of the period, swatting the rebound of a DeKeyser shot past Mason from the right circle.

Mason finished the night with 11 saves on 14 shots before giving way to Emery, who stopped nine of ten shots. Howard made 22 saves on 24 shots.

Each team had a single power play goal. Philadelphia had four tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.


Kyle Quincey and Sean Couturier fought late in the second period… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for Detroit.

Bertuzzi Boosts Power Play as Red Wings Roll Past Flyers, 5-2

The Detroit Red Wings shuffled their lines heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers, a move that immediately paid off as their new-look power play scored three times en route to a 5-2 win.

The Red Wings had been held scoreless on the man-advantage over their first four games of the season.

Forward Todd Bertuzzi moved up from the third line to the first and took a spot on the first power play unit, from which he opened the game’s scoring at 7:13 of the first period. Niklas Kronwall chased a puck into the corner and knocked it loose to Daniel Alfredsson, who sent it to Bertuzzi behind the net. Bertuzzi reached around and tucked it in behind Philadelphia goalie Ray Emery for Detroit’s first power play goal of the year.

Kronwall took a cross-ice feed from Alfredsson to snap a shot from the right faceoff circle past Emery with 8:52 left in the second period to make it 2-0 with another power play tally.

Erik Gustafsson would get the Flyers on the board just 34 seconds later when his shot from the point skipped off the ice and knucked past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to make it 2-1.

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit’s third goal with the man-advantage at 3:08 of the third period, blindly backhanding a shot from the slot through a screen by Bertuzzi and by Emery to put the Red Wings up, 3-1.

Once again the Flyers responded quickly to cut the lead to a single goal, as Tye McGinn swatted the rebound of a Jakub Voracek chance past the sprawling Howard at 5:46 to make it 3-2.

Henrik Zetterberg scored an even-strength goal with 6:12 remaining, snapping a shot from the high slot past Emery off a feed from Datsyuk, who had kicked the puck from one skate to the other and then onto his stick to gain the Philadelphia zone and start the play.

Zetterberg would round out the scoring with an empty net goal in the game’s final minute.

The Red Wings finished the night three-for-seven on the power play. The Flyers went scoreless on four tries with the extra attacker.

Howard made 32 saves on 34 shots while Emery stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced.


Prior to the game, the Red Wings signed 2013 first-round draft pick Anthony Mantha to a three-year entry-level deal. Mantha, the QMJHL’s leading scorer this season, will remain with the Val d’Or Foreurs for this season with his contract picking up next year at the earliest… Brendan Smith was a healthy scratch on defense as Brian Lashoff made his first appearance of the season. Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Tatar were the odd-men out up front in favor of Jordin TootooLuke Glendening made his NHL debut for the Wings, having been called up on Friday after Cory Emmerton was sent down to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Red Wings Lose Howard, Kindl, Game

The Detroit Red Wings had a hat trick of losses Sunday afternoon. Defenseman Jakub Kindl left the game in the first period with what the team called an upper-body injury. Goaltender Jimmy Howard did not take to the ice for the second period with an unspecified lower-body injury. Then the remnants of the team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The loss was the first of the season at Joe Louis Arena for Detroit backup goalie Joey MacDonald and ended his personal winning streak at seven games. He has lost both games in which he’s appeared but did not start.

The Blackhawks opened the game’s scoring on the power play, just 3:17 in. Patrick Sharp‘s shot from just in side the left point deflected off Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to give Chicago the early 1-0 lead.

Kronwall answered back for the Red Wings at 6:03 of the period. Darren Helm gained the Blackhawks’ zone, jumping around Patrick Kane before circling back as the teams completed line changes. Kronwall stepped up to the blue line to take a pass from Helm and rifle a shot past netminder Ray Emery.

With 1:19 left in the second period, the Blackhawks capitalized on a Detroit turnover to score what would be the game-winning goal.

Wings’ defenseman Brad Stuart had the puck behind his own net when he sent a soft pass that was picked up by Sharp. Sharp sent it to the front of the goal to Kane, who outwaited a sprawling MacDonald and slipped a shot past him.

The Red Wings would be unable to even things up, even in the game’s final minute with MacDonald on the bench for an extra attacker.

Detroit finished the game scoreless on four power play attempts, while Chicago scored on one of their three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped four of the five first-period shots he faced in the Detroit net before MacDonald took over to stop 12 of 13 Chicago chances. Emery made 23 saves on 24 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.


Both Howard and Kindl are listed as day-to-day by the Red Wings… Detroit was already without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Patrick Eaves (concussion), as well as defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) and Jonathan Ericsson (wrist)… Forward Chris Conner did not play and was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins following the game, having been called up in case Todd Bertuzzi was unable to go.

Red Wings Open Preseason with Win over Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings opened their preseason with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers less than 24 hours after closing training camp.

The Wings’ possible fourth line of Kris Draper, Justin Abdelkader and Patrick Eaves came through Wednesday night, factoring in on two of the three goals as Detroit rallied after trailing 1-0.

Following a slow first period, James Van Riemsdyk put the Flyers on the board at 3:26 of the second, breaking in all alone to beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard after a Tomas Holmstrom turnover.

Draper evened things up 6:10 later, banging the rebound of a Brian Rafalski chance past Philadelphia goalie Ray Emery.

Abdelkader set up the Wings’ second goal with 1:52 left in the second period. Abdelkader grabbed a loose puck behind the Flyers net and sent it out to Jamie Tardif for a one-timer past Emery.

Jeremy Williams finished off the game’s scoring at 3:35 of the third period, scoring on Philadelphia’s Brian Boucher.

Aside from the slow start, the other disappointing stat for the Wings was a power play that went 0-7 on the night, including two four minute man advantages.

Howard stopped six of the seven shots he faced in just over 30 minutes of play. Daniel Larsson made fourteen saves over the remainder of the game.


In addition to scoring the Wings’ second goal, Tardif also fought Ian Laperriere early in the third period.

Red Wings Fall Short Against Senators

In a matchup that could be a preview of this spring’s Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ third-period comeback wasn’t enough as the Western Conference’s leaders fell to the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to tie the game but a late Ottawa power play goal gave the Senators the win.

Ottawa got on the board just 1:09 into the game on a power play when Daniel Alfredsson scored on a blast from the blue line.

Mike Fisher put the Senators up by a pair at 3:26 of the second. A Chris Chelios turnover put the puck on the stick of Luke Richardson, who sprung Fisher into the Detroit zone on a 3-on-2. Fisher raced in on goal and put a shot on Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek, then poked the rebound past him.

Detroit began the comeback with a power play goal by Brian Rafalski at 7:46 of the third. Pavel Datsyuk got the puck after coming across the ice to help a two-on-two battle for the puck on the right wing boards. He tapped it along to Rafalski, who jumped in from the blue line for a blast over the glove of Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery.

With 7:54 left in the period, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out high into the left circle and Hudler stepped up to rifle a shot to the top corner of the net.

Alfredsson’s second of the night negated the Detroit comeback. With 2:56 left in the game, Alfredsson’s acute-angle shot from the bottom of the right circle slipped through a Jason Spezza screen and past Hasek for a power play goal.

Hasek finished the night with 29 saves on 32 shots against. Emery made 27 saves on 29 Detroit shots.


Ottawa’s Dany Heatley left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short Against Senators

After allowing the Ottawa Senators to score three goals in the second period Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings scored twice but were unable to get the third goal to even the score, picking up a 3-2 loss.

Forty-three saves by Ottawa netminder Ray Emery kept the Red Wings even getting a point out of a game which they controlled most of.

Detroit outshot the Senators 18-3 in the first period but couldn’t get on the board.

Jason Spezza scored the game’s first goal just 1:44 into the second, picking off a Robert Lang pass at the Ottawa blue line and breaking in all alone on Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek before roofing a shot over his pad.

Chris Neil added the Senators’ second goal at 5:19 of the middle frame, knocking the puck out of the air with what Hasek argued was a high stick and bouncing it under the Detroit goalie just as an Ottawa power play came to an end.

Spezza’s second of the night came 5:01 after his first as he split the Detroit defense in the slot and put a shot past Hasek for a power play goal.

The momentum swung back in Detroit’s favor 25 seconds later, when Lang threaded a shot from the left faceoff circle between Emery and the far post.

With 2:26 remaining in the second, Pavel Datsyuk snapped a shot from almost the same spot past Emery on the near side, a power play goal.

The Red Wings couldn’t pull even in the third, even with Hasek out of the net and an extra attacker on the ice for the final minute of the game.

Hasek finished the night with 19 saves against his former team.

Detroit went 1-for-3 on the power play while Ottawa was 1-for-4.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks and recently-signed forward Peter Bondra.

Hasek Allows Three as Wings Fall to Senators

In his second complete game of the preseason, Dominik Hasek allowed three goals as the Ottawa Senators defenated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1.

The Senators opened the game’s scoring early in the first period. Marian Hossa took a centering pass from Radek Bonk in the low slot and put a quick shot past Hasek’s pad at 3:36 of the period.

Detroit responded with a similar goal just 1:04 later. Henrik Zetterberg carried the puck behind the Ottawa net and sent a quick pass to a streaking Ray Whitney, who put the puck past Ottawa netminder Ray Emery for his second preseason goal.

Hasek allowed the first of two weak goals 6:01 into the second period when he couldn’t get his pads closed in time to stop a Radek Bonk shot from the left circle.

Marian Hossa’s second of the night finished off the scoring. With 7:55 remaining in the game, he streaked down the left side of the ice and put a shot through the gap in Hasek’s pads, lifting the Senators to a 3-1 lead.

Hasek allowed the three goals on only 18 Ottawa shots. Emery stopped all but one of Detroit’s 29 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action Thursday night in Boston. It will be their last game before the NHL’s annual Waiver Draft, which could decide the fate of Wings’ goalie Curtis Joseph.

Number One in the Western Conference

A hat trick by Brett Hull, 41 astonishing saves by Curtis Joseph, and a very high shot percentage by Detroit gave the Red Wings a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. With those two points, the Red Wings have 96 points for the season””keeping a seven point division lead over the St. Louis Blues, and gaining a one point margin over the Dallas Stars for top spot in the Western Conference.

The Senators came out flying, and they were the ones to open the scoring. Karel Rachunek was able to carry the puck in a circle around the Detroit net and leave it in front for Marion Hossa to come in from nowhere and slide it around Joseph.

Joseph held the Senators off for the rest of the period, and the Red Wings tied up the game when they got a power play chance. Peter Schaefer was sent out for high-sticking Chris Chelios, and Rachunek followed for holding just over a minute later. With 52 seconds of 5-on-3 play to work with, the Red Wings were ready to go. Nicklas Lidstrom slid the puck from the right point to Hull at the left. Hull fooled everyone by passing back instead of shooting, and Lidstrom’s one-time shot sailed into the net over the left shoulder of goaltender Patrick Lalime.

Ottawa kept right on pushing, and Joseph continued to hold them off, making save after save until his defense would carry the puck away. “He was tremendous tonight,” said Ottawa’s Jason Spezza. “That’s the best goaltending we’ve seen. It was getting frustrating.”

Hull capitalized on an Ottawa turnover early in the second period to give Detroit the lead. He stole the puck from Chris Philips just outside the Senators’ zone and carried it in on the right side, then snapped the shot right past Lalime.

The Senators tied the game back up with a power play goal midway through the period. Hossa tripped Mathieu Schneider in front of the net, which went unnoticed by the referees, but gave Bryan Smolinski a clear shot on Joseph. Joseph made that save, but the rebound came free to Mike Fisher, who put the puck into the net.

Hull’s second goal of the night regained the lead for Detroit barely a minute later. Henrik Zetterberg pulled the puck out of a tangle of players along the left boards inside the Senators’ zone, then set up the pass for Hull at the left circle. With another characteristic snapping shot, Hull put the puck past Lalime.

The Red Wings got another power play chance when Shane Hnidy was sent to the box for hooking, and Zetterberg increased the lead to 4-2. Pavel Datsyuk danced the puck around an Ottawa player near the left boards and sent it to Brendan Shanahan behind the net. Shanahan made the centering pass, and Zetterberg was waiting to one-time the shot up and over Lalime.

Detroit closed out the second period having to kill off a four minute high-sticking double minor penalty to Darren McCarty. They did so successfully, and again, it was Joseph who made the difference.

Shanahan’s goal early in the third period was the one that sent Lalime out of the game. Rookie Ray Emery came in to take his place. The Red Wings had a little bit better defensive control in the third period””Joseph was still called upon to make big saves, but not on so many quality shots.

Finally, with just 44 seconds left in the game, Datsyuk and Hull capitalized on another Ottawa turnover. Datsyuk stole the puck at center ice, carried it into the Senators’ zone, and sent it across to Hull. Hull whipped a one-time slapshot right past the very surprised Emery, and fans started tossing their hats onto the ice for Hull’s third goal of the night.

The final count of shots on net was 43 to 20 in the Senators’ favor, much to the bemusement of Dave Lewis. “The goals we scored were tremendous goals,” he said. “You look at the shots at the end of the game and think, ‘What happened?’ But we won the game.”

The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday night at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Steve Yzerman rested this game after playing yesterday against Colorado…. Hull was honored by the NHL in a small ceremony before the game. A League official presented him with the milestone awards for his 700th goal and 600th assist, and team owners Mike and Marian Illitch presented him with a gold-plated hockey stick.