Red Wings Rally for OT Win over Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period and again in overtime, erasing a 2-0 deficit and snapping their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winner with 1:10 remaining in the extra period. The Canucks were unable to chase down a loose puck entering the Detroit zone and goalie Petr Mrazek came out to get it. Mrazek sent a long pass to Nyquist at the far blue line, who broke in all alone to snap a shot past Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller.

The Canucks had opened the game’s scoring with 6:57 left in the opening period. Alexandred Burrows gained the Detroit zone down the left wing on a power play and fed Christopher Tanev for a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Mrazek for a 1-0 lead.

Another power play goal made it 2-0 at 8:02 of the second period. Quick passing got the puck from Bo Horvat in the left faceoff circle to Burrows behind the goal line and back out to Brandon Sutter in the slot for a quick shot that beat Mrazek.

Two quick third-period goals got the Red Wings even.

At 4:25, Teemu Pulkkinen collected a pass from Tomas Tatar in the neutral zone, then turned and drove to the net, fending off defender Ben Hutton and flipping a shot past Miller to make it 2-1.

Just 2:34 later, Tatar scored a goal of his own on the power play, snapping a shot from the right circe over Miller’s shoulder and tying things up.

Miller finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shot while Mrazek stopped 30 of 32 chances.

The Red Wings went one-for-six on the power play. Vancouver went two-for-four.

With their Western Canadian road trip complete, the Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurrcianes.

Detroit was without injured defensemen Mike Green and Kyle Quincey, who were replaced by Jakub Kindl and call-up Alexey Marchenko in the lineup.

Red Wings Open Road Trip with Loss to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off their six-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic with 3:30 remaining and Detroit skating six-on-five.

All of the game’s goals came at uneven manpower strengths.

Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring at 1:48 of the second period, rifling a shot from near where Tatar would later score past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a Vancouver power play.

Radim Vrbata scored off the rebound of is own shot from the inside edge of the left circle with 9:11 left in the third to make it 2-0, another power play goal.

After the Red Wings pulled to within one, Henrik Sedin added two empty-net goals to round out the game’s scoring.

Howard stopped twenty of the 22 shots he faced for Detroit while Ryan Miller made 29 saves on thirty shots for Vancouver.

The Canucks scored twice on four power play chances while the Wings were zero-for-three.

Detroit’s trip continues in Edmonton on Tuesday.

After Delay, Red Wings Down Canucks, 5-3

A 35-minute delay caused by a power failure at Joe Louis Arena didn’t slow the Detroit Red Wings down as they cruised to a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday afternoon.

Just 29 seconds into the game, lights over half of the arena bowl went out and the game was stopped. Under three minutes of playing time later, the Red Wings showed that at least the red light was working.

Niklas Kronwall rifled a shot from the left faceoff circle through traffic and past Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller to open the game’s scoring at 3:15 of the first.

With 8:44 left in the period, Gustav Nyquist‘s power play tally made it 2-0 for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg sent a pass from the right circle over to Nyquist at the left faceoff dot for a shot into the wide open side of the net.

Linden Vey would pull the Canucks to within a goal at 2:37 of the second period with a power play tally of his own. Kronwall’s clearing attempt up the middle of the ice went right to Vey at the edge of the slot for a shot back past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

The Red Wings restored their two goal margin with 5:36 left in the middle frame on another goal with the extra attacker. The rebound of a Tomas Tatar chance came out to Pavel Datsyuk to Miller’s left. Both Datsyuk and defenseman Luca Sbisa swatted at the puck, with it sailing past Miller, off Vancouver forward Nick Bonino, and into the net.

Again, the Canucks cut the lead to one, as former Detroit prospect Shawn Matthias scored with 7:34 remaining in the third period. Matthias deflected a Yannick Weber shot past Howard to make it 3-2.

Danny DeKeyser put Detroit up by a pair for the third time just 1:10 later when his blast from the blue line deflected off Bonino and beat Miller to make it 4-2.

Vey’s second of the night, scored with Miller on the bench for an extra attacker with 3:50 left on the clock, pulled the Canucks to back within one. To Howard’s right, Vey kicked a Matthias pass back towards the net and got enough of his stick on it for the goal to stand up to video review.

Datsyuk’s second would finish things off, however. Datsyuk dumped the puck towards Vancouver’s empty crease from his own zone and Darren Helm outraced Alexander Edler to protect the puck as is slowly slid into the net with fifty seconds remaining.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals while the Canucks scored once on three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced. Miller made 25 saves on 29 shots.

Defenseman Brendan Smith returned to the Detroit lineup, having recovered from his infected hand. Xavier Ouellet was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for Detroit… Justin Abdelkader did not play the third period after suffering a shoulder injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

Pregame: Canucks @ Red Wings – 11/30

The Red Wings close out November with an afternoon tilt against the Vancouver Canucks.

Detroit will ice a lineup that’s as healthy as they’ve been all season, as Brendan Smith returns from IR. Xavier Ouellet was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room for Smith.

The only player remaining on injured reserve is backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson. Daniel Cleary and Joakim Andersson will be healthy scratches up front while Brian Lashoff is the odd-man-out on defense.

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal opposite Ryan Miller, brother of Detroit forward Drew Miller.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 22-23 since 2005 in Sunday afternoon games.

Game time is 2:00 PM on FSD.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Blues – 4/13

There was something ridiculously frustrating about the Red Wings’ regular season-ending 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday: The question of “Where was this team on Friday?”

Two days after dropping a 2-1 decision to the lottery-bound Carolina Hurricanes, the Red Wings – minus the resting Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, and Danny DeKeyser and starting third-string goalie Petr Mrazek – smacked down the Blues in a game in which St. Louis could have claimed the Central Division.

Okay, some of that is the Blues’ complete implosion. They had maybe two good scoring chances all game. Without Ryan Miller, it would have been even worse. In fact, Detroit’s goals required a bit of luck (two deflections by Justin Abdelkader and a snipe by Riley Sheahan that redirected off former Red Wing Carlo Colaiacovo), so it’s not like the Wings’ offense was entirely clicking. Detroit carried the play, though, and did it missing some big names.

And if they’d gotten a single point against Carolina, they’d be playing the Pittsburgh Penguins this week instead of the Boston Bruins.

But speaking of missing big names, defenseman Ryan Sproul did a fantastic job of stepping up in his NHL debut. I feel like I heard his name every minute or so. Aside from a rookie mistake early and maybe committing early on a St. Louis three-on-one, he looked like he belonged. Moved the puck well on the power play, good positionally, even threw a big hit. Based on one game, I’d say put him in instead of Brian Lashoff, but it’s too small of a sample size to actually make that call.

I didn’t hear Xavier Ouellet‘s name as much but in that good way that means he didn’t make any mistakes. Sproul got the flashy power play time, Ouellet got the penalty-kill time.

Of the other fill-ins, we may have seen Todd Bertuzzi and Joakim Andersson as Red Wings for the last time. Bertuzzi is a free agent who probably won’t be brought back this summer and Andersson has been replaced by Luke Glendening, making him a tradeable asset (not that I expect him to actually be dealt).

Mrazek ends up with a strange stat line this season, as both of his wins were by shutout (and were both on the road, against teams wearing blue). He looked confident, coming out to cut down angles. He made a big stop on the three-on-one I mentioned earlier, where Sproul may have gone down early, getting his leg up to knock down a shot after sprawling out to take away the bottom of the net.

Now it’s on to Boston.

Ten From Red Wings Organization Named to Olympic Teams

A total of ten players from the Detroit Red Wings have been named to the Olympic teams for their respective countries, as the final teams announced their rosters today.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard was revealed as a member of Team USA immediately following the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor last week. He is expected to be the third goalie behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller, brother of Detroit’s Drew Miller. It will be Howard’s first Olympic experience.

Forwards Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco will represent their native Slovakia, each for the first time. After making his NHL debut and playing seven games with Detroit, Jurco was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins last week.

Six Swedes lead the way for the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson will represent Tre Kroner. Only Ericsson is a first-time Olympian of the group. Franzen and Gustavsson played for Sweden in 2010. Kronwall represented his country in 2006 and 2010. Alfredsson is the long-timer, making his fifth appearance after 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

Zetterberg, who was on the Swedish team in 2002 before transitioning to the Red Wings and again in 2006 and 2010, will serve as the team captain.

Rounding out the Sochi-bound Red Wings is forward Pavel Datsyuk, the team’s lone representative on the host Russian squad. He’ll be making his fourth (2002, 2006, 2010) Olympic appearance.

Though no Red Wings players were named to the Canadian contingent, that team will be coached by Detroit bench boss Mike Babcock.

Red Wings Rally For 3-1 Win over Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings trailed after the first period on Sunday but scored the game’s final three goals, rallying for a 3-1 win over the league-worst Buffalo Sabres.

Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist in the third period to help his team to the win.

Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson opened the game’s scoring at 7:47 of the first period. Darren Helm turned the puck over to Drew Stafford as he attempted to exit the Detroit zone and Stafford sent it down to Hodgson, who was all alone to draw out Red Wings’ netminder Jonas Gustavsson and stuff a shot around him from the side of the net.

Helm would make amends just thirty seconds into the second period, taking a pass from behind the net by Daniel Alfredsson and spinning in the slot to throw a backhander past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, tying things up.

With 8:17 left in regulation and Detroit on a power play, Franzen threw a shot from the left faceoff circle on net. The puck deflected off defenseman Alexander Sulzer and past Miller to give the Red Wings the lead.

Franzen nearly iced the game in the closing minute but his shot towards the empty net from the left wing went off the post. He tracked down the puck, though, and worked it back out in front for Alfredsson to bury, finishing off the scoring.

Detroit finished the game one-for-three on the power play. The Sabres were scoreless on two tries with the man-advantage. Buffalo captain Steve Ott also missed on a second-period penalty shot.

Gustavsson, unbeaten in regulation this season, stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Miller made 31 saves on 33 shots.

The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, who remained in Detroit after suffering a possible concussion in Saturday’s game against Ottawa… Daniel Alfredsson returned from his groin injury to take Datsyuk’s spot in the lineup. Alfredsson also wore the alternate captain’s A normally assigned to Datsyuk… The Sabres debuted their controversial new alternate jerseys for the game.

Red Wings Hold Off Sabres for Opening Night Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third-period comeback attempt by the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, earning a 2-1 win in their season opener.

Detroit had carried a 2-0 lead into the final period but the Sabres scored late to make for an exciting finish.

With 7:24 remaining, Red Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard attempted to play the puck behind the net but Brian Flynn raced in after him. Howard’s clearing chance was blocked by Flynn and the puck deflected out in front of the net to Zemgus Girgensons. Howard made it back out into the crease in time to stack the pads but Girgensons threw the puck into the open top of the net.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring with 7:55 left in the first period, when Mikael Samuelsson tipped a Cory Emmerton pass in behind Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller from the right side of the slot on a rush.

Just 36 seconds later, Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-0 when he dragged the puck from the right circle through the slot and flung a backhander past Miller.

Emmerton had a chance to make it 3-0 wit 7:41 remaining in the middle frame when Thomas Vanek tripped him on a breakaway, leading to a penalty shot. Emmerton’s snap from the slot was easily stopped by Miller, keeping the game within reach for Buffalo.

Miller finished the night with 32 saves on 34 shots while Howard stopped 19 of the 20 he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker while Buffalo had seven, including two five-on-threes.

The Red Wings are next in action when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

The game was Detroit’s first as a member of the Eastern Conference… Tomas Tatar and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

TGTW: Red Wings Atop Central After Week Three

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

The Detroit Red Wings rode a three-game winning streak into the third week of the NHL schedule and extended it on Monday with a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Livonia-native Ryan Kesler opened the game’s scoring at 3:42 of the first period but a pair of goals just 1:38 apart were enough for the Red Wings to get the win.  Pavel Datsyuk‘s first of the season came with 6:45 left in the opening period and Johan Franzen‘s first of the year came with 5:07 remaining.

Jimmy Howard made 26 saves on 27 shots in the effort, while Vancouver’s Cory Schneider stopped 25 of 27 chances.

The Red Wings’ winning streak came to an end the next night in Columbus.  The Blue Jackets’ win briefly pulled them into first place in the Central Division.

Jack Johnson opened the scoring with 11 seconds left in the first period and Justin Abdelkader replied at 3:11 of the second.  Nick Foligno‘s shorthanded marker and 6:27 of the third put the Jackets back out in front and Derrick Brassard added another at 9:46.  Steve Mason shut the door on the Wings, stopping 23 of 24 shots while Howard made 22 saves on 25 Columbus chances.

Howard rebounded on Friday with a 22-save shutout of the San Jose Sharks as the Red Wings picked up a 2-0 win.  Mikael Samuelsson scored the game’s opening goal at 4:38 of the second period, with former Red Wing Brad Stuart in the penalty box.  Pavel Datsyuk added an insurance marker at 1:02 of the third.

To close out the week on Saturday, the Red Wings picked up a 4-2 win in their first visit back to Winnipeg since the Atlanta Thrashers relocated there.

Abdelkader opened the scoring at 3:48 of the first period, Kyle Quincey had a pair of goals, and team leading scorer Valtteri Filppula also scored.  Evander Kane and Alexei Ponikarovski scored for the Jets.  Howard stopped 23 of 25 while Ondrej Pavelec made 14 saves on 18 shots against.

After three weeks, Detroit sits atop the Central Division, three points up on the Blue Jackets, who have two games in hand.  Howard’s 1.64 goals-against average is second in the league, just 0.02 back of Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.  His two shutouts are tied for the league lead.

TGTW: Wings Rebound in Week Two

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

After dropping a 5-4 decision to the Nashville Predators to open the 2012-13 season, the Detroit Red Wings rebounded with three consecutive wins in the second week of the schedule.

On Tuesday, it looked like Buffalo Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller was going to shut the Red Wings down until Todd Bertuzzi broke the scoreless tie with 90 seconds left in regulation.  Miller made 27 saves on 28 shots in taking the loss, while Detroit’s Jimmy Howard needed to stop just 14.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl was ejected at 3:02 of the third period after charging former Red Wing Ville Leino.  Leino would end up missing one game with a concussion, while Kindl was not suspended.

The Red Wings continued their road trip in St. Louis on Thursday, with a 6-1 rout of the Blues.

St. Louis got on the board first when Andy McDonald scored just 6:29 in but Valtteri Filppula‘s second of the season tied things up ay 10:22 and Henrik Zetterberg put the Wings in front 1:40 later.

After a scoreless second period, Filppula added another just 29 seconds into the third.  Jonathan Ericsson scored his second of the season at 3:56 and Mikael Samuelsson scored the first goal of his return to the Wings on the power play at 9:24, chasing Blues’ goalie Brian Elliot.  Jakub Kindl added a power play goal with 2:06 remaining to round out the scoring.

Howard finished another slow night with 14 saves on 15 shots.  Elliot stopped 20 of the 25 shots he faced while Jaroslav Halak made four saves on five shots.

Detroit closed out the week in Chicago with a 3-1 win.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring at 5:31 of the first period on a goal by Jonathan Toews but Danny Cleary answered right back for the Wings 2:05 later.

Filppula’s league-leading fourth goal of the season put Detroit out front at 2:19 of the second period and Niklas Kronwall scored his first of the year at 4:39.

Howard had a third consecutive quiet night, facing just 17 shots and stopping 16.  Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 30 saves on 33 shots in taking the loss.

After four games, the Red Wings sit one point back of the Predators in the Central Division with a game in hand.  The team’s leading scorer is Filppula, with four goals and three assists.  Jimmy Howard has made all four starts, going 3-1 with a shutout, a 1.79 GAA, and a .899 save percentage.  Jonas Gustavsson appeared late in the opener, facing no shots.

The Red Wings lead the league in shots allowed with just 17.25 per game.  Second are the Pittsburgh Penguins at 21.2 per game.

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