Red Wings Rally Past Rangers, 3-2

The Detroit Red Wings trailed 2-0 after the first period on Saturday night but scored two quick goals in the second and another in the third to complete a come-from-behind win over the New York Rangers.

It was Detroit’s first win over the Rangers in six tries and was head coach Mike Babcock‘s 500th career victory.

Riley Sheahan started the Red Wings’ comeback with 5:46 remaining in the middle frame. Johan Franzen gained the New York zone but had nowhere to go, dropping the puck off to Stephen Weiss as he was pushed into the left wing boards. Weiss moved it on to Sheahan in the slot, who spun to backhand a chance past Rangers’ netminder Cam Talbot to make it 2-1.

Just 1:01 later it was tied up, as Luke Glendening banged a loose puck in the crease behind Talbot after chances by Drew Miller and Joakim Andersson.

Darren Helm put the Red Wings out front at 7:40 of the third period, catching up to a deflected pass by Tomas Tatar in the left faceoff circle and snapping a shot over Talbot’s shoulder for a 3-2 lead.

The Wings preserved the lead through 5:24 of shorthanded time caused by three consecutive, overlapping penalties. The Rangers had a five-on-three for 2:36 of that time and Drew Miller was without a stick for part of that.

Kevin Klein had opened the game’s scoring at 9:31 of the first period, shoveling a backhander past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from right in front.

With 5:48 left in the opening frame, Derick Brassard sprung Rick Nash on a breakaway, with Nash beating Howard stick-side to put the Rangers up by a pair.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots against. Talbot made 31 saves on 34 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Rangers had seven tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.


Detroit remained without forward Justin Abdelkader (shoulder). Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches.

Red Wings Rout Blue Jackets to Clinch Playoff Spot

The Detroit Red Wings clinched a playoff spot for the 21st consecutive season on Monday night with a 7-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The streak is the longest active in professional sports. The NHL’s all-time record is 29 consecutive seasons, set by the Boston Bruins.

Four goals in the first ten minutes of the game propelled the Red Wings to the win, including two power play tallies by Tomas Holmstrom.

Holmstrom opened the game’s scoring just 1:06 in with Columbus’ Cam Atkinson off for tripping. Niklas Kronwall sent a pass from the blue line to Henrik Zetterberg at the side of the Blue Jackets’ net. Goaltender Steve Mason overcommited towards him and he sent a pass across the crease to Holmstrom to bang home.

Gustav Nyquist made it 2-0 at 5:35 with his first career NHL goal. In the slot, Pavel Datsyuk spun to send a pass to Nyquist all alone at the edge of the crease, where he roofed a shot past the diving Mason.

Holmstrom’s second came at 8:55, when Kronwall sent a hard pass from the point to Zetterberg in the slot, who turned and sent it backwards through his legs to Holmstrom for a shot past Mason from the left faceoff circle – another power play goal.

Jiri Hudler rounded out the period’s scoring 56 seconds later. After Mason stopped his initial shot, Hudler wrapped around the goal while Valtteri Filppula gathered in the rebound. Filppula sent a pass to Hudler to knock home from the side of the net to make it 4-0.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 5-0 at 6:17 of the second period, sliding a shot from the right faceoff dot under Mason’s pad after almost whiffing on the chance.

Brad Stuart ended Mason’s night 2:17 later, jumping into the play to take a feed from Todd Bertuzzi and beat Mason from the inside edge of the right circle.

Datsyuk capped off Detroit’s scoring at 1:25 of the third period. Zetterberg spun in the right circle before sending a pass across to the left side for Datsyuk to knock past backup goalie Allen York.

The Blue Jackets would finally get on the board just 19 seconds later, with Mark Letestu splitting the Detroit defense to break in alone on Ty Conklin and snap a shot past him.

Rick Nash made it 7-2 with 9:28 remaining, blasting a shot from the top of the right circle off the post and in behind Conklin.

Conklin finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots against, half of those chances coming in the third period. Mason made 22 saves on 28 shots in 28:34 while York stopped 10 of 11 in 31:26 of play.

Holmstrom’s goals were the only power play tallies on the night, though Lidstrom’s goal came on a delayed call. The Red Wings finished the night 2-for-6 on the power play while the Blue Jackets went 0-for-4.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Columbus for the second game of the home-and-home series.


Detroit was without goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, and forwards Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves.

Zetterberg Leads Wings to Comeback over Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings needed a third-period comeback to best the NHL-worst Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, rallying from down 2-1 in the final period to pick up a 5-2 win.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and put the Red Wings back on top of the Central Division, two points ahead of the idle St. Louis Blues.

The game was tied at a goal apiece heading into the third but Derek MacKenzie put the Blue Jackets up by a goal, scoring on a shorthanded break with a shot that Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald got most of but not enough, as the puck slipped under his arm and into the net at 2:13.

Niklas Kronwall countered on the same power play. After getting the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle, Kronwall drove down to the left side of the slot and backhanded a shot through Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford to tie things up at 3:43.

At 8:26, Henrik Zetterberg put the Red Wings in front, flinging a shot from an acute angle in the left corner through a gap to Sanford’s short side.

Just 49 seconds later, Jan Mursak scored his first goal of the season on a spinning rebound chance from the top of the crease, beating a sprawling Sanford to make it 4-2.

Valtteri Filppula rounded out the scoring with 6:08 left, corralling a bouncing puck in front of Sanford and snapping a shot past him.

Johan Franzen had opened the game’s scoring at 4:08 of the first period, grabbing the rebound of a Jakub Kindl shot and putting it past Sandford from right in front just as a Columbus penalty expired.

Columbus would respond 2:47 later, when Rick Nash drove to the net from along the goal line and was pushed into MacDonald by Kronwall, while Brad Stuart‘s attempt to clear the puck from the crease slipped through MacDonald.

MacDonald finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots for his seventh consecutive win. Sanford made 20 saves on 25 shots.

Each team scored a power play goal, with the Red Wings having six chances with the extra attacker and the Blue Jackets having five.

The Red Wings are next in action on Friday when they host the Minnesota Wild.


Detroit was without defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (foot), Kyle Quincey (groin) and Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) for the game. Jakub Kindl was inserted back into the lineup while both Brendan Smith and Doug Janik were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to play… The Red Wings were also without Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Patrick Eaves (concussion).

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets on Filppula’s Shootout Goal

Valtteri Fillpula scored in the fourth round of the shootout Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula’s goal was the only one of the tiebreaker. Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi couldn’t beat Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford while Rick Nash, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and Ryan Johansen failed to score on Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

To beat Sanford, Filppula faked to his backhand, then pulled it back to his forehand and lifted a shot into the top of the net.

It was Detroit’s third consecutive 3-2 shootout win and their six consecutive win overall. The Red Wings also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to sixteen games.

Columbus’ Ryan Russell opened the game’s scoring at 8:51 of the first period, jumping towards the net to knock the rebound of a Dorsett shot past Howard.

With 8:26 left in the period, Niklas Kronwall tied things back up. Kronwall joined the rush and carried the puck into the Columbus zone, fighting off a check to get into the high slot before wristing a shot past Sanford.

The teams traded power play goals in the second period.

Nikita Nikitin beat Howard from the point off a faceoff win at 8:43. His shot deflected off Datsyuk’s skate to confuse the Detroit goalie.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 2-2 with 8:57 left in the frame. His shot from the blue line went wide of the net with Tomas Holmstrom screening in front, but the puck bounced off the back boards, then went off Sanford and into the net.

With 9:51 remaining in regulation, Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was ejected from the game and given a five-minute major for boarding after he pushed Nikitin into the boards. Nikitin lost his balance and crashed feet-first. He needed to be helped off the ice and did not return.

Each team had one power play goal on the night. The Red Wings had four chances with the power play to Columbus’ three, though the Blue Jackets had more time with the extra skater due to Zetterberg’s major penalty.

Howard stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in earning the win. Sanford made 29 saves on 31 shots.

The Red Wings next game is Monday when they host the St. Louis Blues.


Jan Mursak and Jakub Kindl were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Former Red Wing Brett Lebda was Columbus’ only healthy scratch.

Franzen Lifts Red Wings over Blue Jackets in OT

Johan Franzen scored 45 seconds into overtime Saturday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win came a night after Detroit dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in Columbus, losing two players in the process. The Red Wings were without goalie Jimmy Howard and forward Tomas Holmstrom for the rematch, bringing their total injured players to seven.

Franzen’s game-winner came when he jumped in from the right point to the top of the faceoff circle and took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, snapping a shot past Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason. The puck bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net, giving the Red Wings the win.

Columbus seemed to be in control with an early 2-0 lead when Derick Brassard and Grant Clitsome scored in the first 4:12 of the game.

The Red Wings rallied with two quick goals of their own late in the period. Valtteri Filppula snapped a shot past Mason with 2:26 left and Drew Miller tied things up with 40 seconds remaining on an attempted pass from behind the goal line that deflected multiple times to get into the net.

Matt Calvert beat Detroit netminder Joey MacDonald on a breakaway just 2:57 into the second but Jonathan Ericsson‘s backhander one minute later snuck past Mason on the short side to tie things back up.

A shot from the high slot by Brian Rafalski slipped past Mason at 8:02 to give the Red Wings their first lead. Rafalski’s initial shot was knocked down at the top of the crease but it had enough momentum to continue on into the net.

RJ Umberger re-tied the game at 1:10 of the third period, banging the rebound of a Fedor Tyutin shot past MacDonald on a Columbus power play.

Kris Draper poked home a rebound 2:22 later to make it 5-4.

With 1:04 left in regulation and Mason on the bench for an extra attacker, Rick Nash snapped a shot from the high slot through traffic and past MacDonald to force overtime.

Umberger’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Columbus had two tries on the power play and Detroit had one.

MacDonald stopped 25 of 30 shots in earning the win, his first since a 6-3 win against the Blue Jackets while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009. Mason made 28 saves on 34 shots against.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bertuzzi Lifts Red Wings to Shootout Win over Blue Jackets

Todd Bertuzzi backhanded a fourth-round shootout attempt over Columbus goalie Steve Mason Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win over the Blue Jackets.

Mason and Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard kept the game scoreless through 65 minutes of play, with Mason stopping 45 shots and Howard making 22 saves.

The first goals of the game for each team came in the first round of the tiebreaker, with Rick Nash scoring for the Blue Jackets and Pavel Datsyuk scoring for Detroit.

No one else would score on a shootout attempt until Bertuzzi won it for the Wings.

The win gives the Red Wings 100 points in the standings for an NHL-record tenth consecutive season. It also assures them that they will finish no worse than seventh in the Western Conference.

Quick Goals Give Red Wings Win over Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 2-1 deficit Wednesday night with three goals in a 1:16 span en route to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win, combined with the Phoenix Coyotes’ defeat of the Nashville Predators, puts the Red Wings in fifth place in the Western Conference with two games remaining in the season.

Tomas Holmstrom scored two power play goals and Danny Cleary added an even-strength tally that proved to be the game-winner.

Holmstrom’s first goal came 8:05 into the third, when a Henrik Zetterberg shot deflected past Columbus goalie Steve Mason off of Holmstrom’s skate.

His second came 40 seconds later, tipping Nicklas Lidstrom‘s one-timer from the high slot past Mason.

Cleary scored just 36 seconds later, snapping a shot from the slot past Mason into the top of the net.

Mike Blunden pulled the Jackets to back within a goal with 9:47 left in the third, weaving between defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to slide the puck in the open side of the net.

The Blue Jackets could not tie things back up, however, even with Mason pulled for an extra attacker in the game’s final minute.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring just 2:32 into the first period, when Niklas Kronwall whipped a shot past Mason from the high slot off of a backhand feed from Todd Bertuzzi.

R.J. Umberger tied the game at 8:58 of the first, capitalizing on a rare giveaway by Lidstrom to jump into the Detroit zone and roof a chance over Howard.

Samuel Pahlsson took advantage of another turnover, spinning to fling a shot past Howard from the left faceoff circle after Andreas Lilja failed to control the puck.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while Columbus went scoreless on one power play attempt.

Howard made 21 saves on 24 Columbus shots. Mason stopped 31 of 35 shots faced.

The two teams will meet again in Columbus on Friday.


Columbus was without captain Rick Nash, out with neck and back stiffness… Eaves and Kris Russell fought late in the first period.

Red Wings – Blue Jackets: Pregame Notes and Playoff Positioning

The Red Wings make their final home appearance of the regular season tonight as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home matchup. The Wings will not return home until Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, though their opponent has yet to be determined.

Andreas Lilja will jump back into the Detroit lineup, joining Jonathan Ericsson on the third defensive pairing. Jimmy Howard returns to the crease after Chris Osgood got the start on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Columbus could be without captain and leading scorer Rick Nash. He will be a gametime decision.

The Western Conference playoff teams are decided at this point but their spots are all up in the air.

The San Jose Sharks sit in first place but are only two points up on the Chicago Blackhawks, with the ‘Hawks having a game in hand.

The Vancouver Canucks are locked into the third spot, unable to catch Chicago or San Jose but having clinched the Northwest Division.

The Phoenix Coyotes sit fourth with 102 points. If Phoenix wins any of their three remaining games they’ll clinch that spot, otherwise they could be caught by the Nashville Predators or Los Angeles Kings. Detroit could tie them in points but would have fewer wins.

Nashville sits four points back of Phoenix with two games left. The Predators could finish anywhere from fourth to eighth, as the Kings, Red Wings, and Colorado Avalanche can all surpass them in the right circumstances.

Los Angeles is in the same boat as Nashville, able to finish from fourth to eighth. The Red Wings can drop to eighth but only move up to fifth, same as the Avalanche.

Red Wings – Blue Jackets Postgame Thoughts

After a win like this, in a season like the Red Wings are having right now, you kind of just want to sit back and smile a bit and bask in the warm, fuzzy feeling it gives you. It’s easy to do that, the good heavily outweighs the bad in a game like this.

However, just like in the ridiculous 8-2 losses the Wings suffered on back-to-back Saturdays last season, the score of the game doesn’t always mean the most. Last winter those losses to Nashville and Columbus were written off as outliers, anomolies, games you just forget about and move on. As such, you have to look at a game like this in the same way.

A 9-1 win is fun but it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Wings are just back to even in the standings. Just as when the score goes the other way, there is bad to see along with the good and good to see along with the bad.

Some of the bad…

The Blue Jackets looked a lot like the Wings have looked in some games this season. If we discount the Wings’ losses when they just don’t show up to play then the wins against teams that don’t show up can’t mean as much either.

Though the score shows domination, Detroit let up for about the first half of the second period. With the Blue Jackets still not entirely out of the game the Wings started to play sloppy, making bad passes and giving up the puck. Rick Nash got Columbus on the board and even with a three-goal lead the Wings seemed on their heels. Detroit snapped out of it but it was not something you want to see.

Some of the good…

Todd Bertuzzi finally scored. He’s played an extremely solid game this season and has been robbed of goals in just about every way possible. That also happened tonight, with a chance to jam the puck home that Mason somehow stopped. The look of relief on his face after scoring says it all. The same goes for Ville Leino.

Balanced scoring. With all of the injuries, Detroit needs goals from people who aren’t expected to score. The Eurotwins did not carry the scoring tonight. Pavel Datsyuk had one goal, the rest all came from people who need to step up. Bertuzzi and Leino and Kris Draper and Dan Cleary and a pair each from Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader. By my count that’s two goals for the first line, two for the second, one for the third, two for the fourth and two more from the defense. Not bad.

Jimmy Howard looked good. His reliance on rebound control scares the hell out of me but he was on tonight. The puck was hitting him and dropping dead, falling to places where it could be cleared by his defense. If the Blue Jackets crashed the net at all it could be a problem but the Wings’ defenders were on top of things tonight, taking care of those loose pucks.

In all, it was a good night, as any win is. I just don’t think we should get caught up in the score.

Franzen Scores as Red Wings Sweep Blue Jackets

Johan Franzen scored in the game’s final minute Thursday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and finishing off a four-game sweep of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

Franzen’s goal came on a late power play after the Blue Jackets were called for too many men on the ice. Jiri Hudler pushed to the front of the net from the left side and Franzen followed him up, banging in a rebound with 47 seconds remaining.

The goal put Detroit back in front after they gave up a two-goal lead for the second time in the game.

The Red Wings led 3-1 after the first twenty minutes of the game, taking the lead on goals by Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Dan Cleary while Kristian Huselius scored for Columbus.

The Blue Jackets scored four times in the second period, rallying twice when their season seemed over.

Rick Nash tipped in a goal at 1:44 of the middle frame and R.J. Umberger added another at 5:38 to tie things up.

Marian Hossa scored two consecutive goals to put Detroit back in the lead but Kris Russell and Fredrik Modin countered.

It was the first game of the series in which the Blue Jackets scored more than one goal.

Columbus netminder Steve Mason stopped 35 of 41 shots against while Detroit goalie Chris Osgood made 27 saves on 32 shots.

The Red Wings will now wait to see the outcome of the series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to know who they will face in the next round. The Wings will face the Ducks if Anaheim wins or the Vancouver Canucks if San Jose does.


Detroit was without Kris Draper for the fourth-straight playoff game.