Red Wings Blow Three-Goal Lead, Fall to Kings

A three-goal lead after the first period wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday as they allowed four unanswered goals in the final forty minutes of play and lost to the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3.

It was the ninth consecutive win for the Kings, a franchise record.

Alexander Frolov started the LA comeback at 9:16 of the second period. Detroit defender Brad Stuart sent a bad outlet pass from behind the Red Wings’ goal straight into Kings’ posession and Frolov drove to the net, banging a rebound past goalie Jimmy Howard.

A turnover by Howard led to the Kings’ second goal with 5:13 left in the period. The puck came to the side of the Detroit net on a dump-in and Howard came out to play it. He couldn’t control the puck and Michal Handzus raced it, swatting it into the net.

Just 1:34 later, Ryan Smyth tipped a the puck in from the front of the net to tie the game.

After the Red Wings controlled the first fifteen minutes of the third period without a goal, Los Angeles took the lead when Handzus cut across the top of the crease and put a shot around Howard with 2:11 remaining.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring at 8:44 of the first period, when Henrik Zetterberg took a centering pass from Pavel Datsyuk and tipped a shot into the open side of the Kings’ net, past goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Just 16 seconds later, Valtteri Filppula put a shot on goal that deflected off of an LA defenseman and past Quick for a 2-0 lead.

Zetterberg added Detroit’s third goal with five seconds remaining in the period, swatting a rebound chance over the sprawling Quick.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the game. Detroit had four tries with the extra attacker while Los Angeles had three.

Howard stopped 23 of 27 shots against. Quick made 20 saves on 23 Detroit chances.


The Red Wings lost Tomas Holmstrom to a bruised knee after the first period. Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller left the game after the second with ankle injuries after blocking shots.

Howard Shuts the Door on Kings, Red Wings Win 2-1

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 51 of 52 shots against Thursday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The win pulled the Wings to within three standings points of the Kings with one game in hand.

Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick stopped 22 of 24 Detroit shots, facing only 11 chances in the final 40 minutes of play.

Darren Helm gave the Red Wings the win with just 18 seconds left in regulation. Helm drove to the net from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, jamming the puck between Quick’s pads.

Detroit had carried a 1-0 lead for much of the game after Danny Cleary opened the scoring with less than a second left in the first period. A chance by Valtteri Filppula slipped through Quick at the side of the crease and Cleary was left open to swat the puck across the goal line.

Ryan Smyth got the Kings on the board and tied the game with 4:22 left in regulation. While on a power play a bouncing puck came to Smyth on the far side of the net for an easy goal.

It was the lone power play goal of the game. The Kings had four tries with the extra attacker while Detroit had two.


The Red Wings were without Tomas Holmstrom, who suffered a broken foot during the morning skate and will miss three to four weeks. Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg returned to the lineup after missing time with separated shoulders.

Red Wings Hold Off Avalanche Comeback, Move into First Place with Win

The Detroit Red Wings weathered a late comeback attempt by the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night, holding on to earn a 3-2 win.

The victory gives Detroit 94 points in the standings, one more than both the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins for first place overall in the league. San Jose has three games in hand on the Red Wings while Boston has one.

Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, and Kris Draper scored for Detroit. Colorado got goals from John-Michael Liles and Milan Hejduk.

Liles opened the game’s scoring with a blast from the high slot through a screen just 3:10 into the game. Ryan Smyth prevented Detroit netminder Ty Conklin from getting a read on the puck.

Filppula evened things up with 19 seconds left in the opening period, lifting a rebound chance past Avs goaltender Andrew Raycroft.

Franzen drove to the net and scored on his own rebound to give the Wings a 2-1 lead at 7:03 of the second and Draper banged home a nice feed from Derek Meech 6:30 later.

Hejduk scored with Raycroft on the bench for an extra attacker in the game’s final minutes but Colorado was unable to tie the game.

Conklin finished the night with 25 saves on 27 shots while Raycroft stopped 27 of 30 shots against.


The Red Wings were without Marian Hossa, who sat out after being injured Tuesday night in St. Louis.

Campbell Admits Holmstrom is a Marked Man

The Vancouver Sun (found via George Malik) has a quote from NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell where Campbell admits that refs have been instructed to watch Tomas Holmstrom closely.

“Babcock said we were watching for it. Listen, we’d be fools if we didn’t meet before games to talk about Holmstrom. He crowds the crease. You don’t have to be Sam flippin’ Pollock to figure that out,” the NHL’s senior VP of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, said in a telephone interview with The Vancouver Sun.

The Sun didn’t push further, choosing to focus on the need for video review in plays like the one we saw Wednesday.

He’s my question for Campbell: Who else is marked? Is Ryan Smyth watched just like Holmstrom? Are the officials on the lookout for slashes by Marty Turco or elbows from Chris Pronger or holds by Steve Ott?

Yes, Holmstrom crowds the crease. But when Pronger plays a highly-physical game it’s praised and referred to as playing on the edge. Holmstrom plays on a different edge but it doesn’t mean he should be treated any less leniently.

Sweep Success: Red Wings Rout Avalanche to Advance to Conference Finals

The Detroit Red Wings took advantage of an injured and nearly-eliminated Colorado Avalanche Thursday night, scoring eight goals en route to an 8-2 victory to finish off a four-game sweep.

All eight goals were scored by Detroit’s Swedish contingent. Johan Franzen had his second hat trick of the series while Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson each scored twice. Tomas Holmstrom also scored.

Franzen’s goals gave him eleven in the playoffs and nine in the series, a new four-game series record.

Tyler Arnason and John-Michael Liles scored power play goals for the Avalanche, who were without Peter Forsberg, Ryan Smyth, Wojtek Wolski and Peter Stastny.

Detroit started the scoring at 4:33 of the first period, when a heavy Samuelsson shot from the right wing got through Colorado goalie Jose Theodore and glided into the net.

The Avalanche responded 2:18 later, with Arnason taking a feed from behind the net by Andrew Brunette and banging it past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Holmstrom scored on a two-on-one with Zetterberg with 1:26 left in the period and Franzen scored his first of the game just 47-seconds later, working the give-and-go with Valtteri Filppula on another odd-man rush.

Zetterberg added a power play goal at 2:15 of the second period, scored on a blast from the blue line with Holmstrom screening Peter Budaj, who replaced Theodore to start the second period.

Only 3:30 later, Zetterberg added his second of the night, golfing a blind backhand shot from his own rebound off Budaj and into the top of the net.

Franzen netted his second on a shorthanded two-on-one with Zetterberg, throwing a bad-angle shot into the open side of the net with 8:23 left in the period.

With 2:45 left in the middle frame, Franzen finished the hat trick, tipping a Nicklas Lidstrom shot past Budaj with the Red Wings on a power play.

Samuelsson added his second of the night on a tip-in at 8:02 of the third period and Liles wrapped up the series scoring 2:24 later, beating Osgood on a shot from the blue line through screen by Brunette with Colorado on a two-man advantage.

The Avalanche finished the night with two goals on five power play chances while the Red Wings scored twice on four attempts with the extra attacker.

Osgood made 29 saves on 31 Colorado shots. Theodore stopped 12 of 15 first-period chances and Budaj finished the night with 20 saves on 25 shots.

The Red Wings will play the winner of the San Jose-Dallas series in the Western Conference Finals. Dallas currently leads the series 3-1.


Chris Chelios sat out of the game with what was described as a lower-body injury. Andreas Lilja took his spot in the lineup.

Red Wings Win on the Road, Take 3-0 Series Lead

The Detroit Red Wings proved that they learned from their first-round mistakes Tuesday night, winning Game Three of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

In their first-round series with Nashville, the Red Wings failed twice on the road in Game Three and Game Four, allowing the Predators back into the series.

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Henrik Zetterberg added another, while Johan Franzen continued his hot streak with his 23rd goal in the past 25 games.

Cody McLeod opened the game’s scoring for the Avalanche, tipping a shot from the right wing by T.J. Hensick past Chris Osgood during a delayed penalty at 5:17 of the first.

Datsyuk scored on a Detroit power play with 7:46 left in the period to tie the game. Zetterberg drove to the net and was tied up in front, working the puck on to Datsyuk to rip into the top of the net.

Just 58 seconds later, Franzen put the Red Wings out in front. Brett Lebda picked up the loose puck in the right circle and threw it back across the ice to Franzen in the slot to rifle in past Colorado goalie Jose Theodore.

Datsyuk’s second of the night put Detroit up by a pair 6:36 into the second period. Brian Rafalski‘s shot from the point was knocked down at the top of the crease by Theodore but Datsyuk was there to scoop up the rebound and put it into the net.

Andrew Brunette pulled the Avalance back to within a goal with the first of his two power play goals, tipping a John-Michael Liles shot from the blue line past Osgood at 8:08 of the second.

Zetterberg extended the Detroit lead again with 7:36 left in the period, scoring another power play goal. Zetterberg sent the puck from behind the net to Datsyuk on the right wing, then moved out to the far side of the crease to get the puck back for a tap-in.

Brunette scored his second at 5:19 of the third period, banging in the rebound of a Joe Sakic chance after Osgood lost it in his skates but the Avs would be unable to pull even.

All three Colorado goals came with an extra attacker on the ice, either during a power play or a delayed penalty. The Avalanche finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Red Wings went two-for-seven.

Osgood stopped 30 of 33 shots against in his first playoff win in Denver since 1996. Theodore made 31 saves on 35 shots.


The Avalanche saw Peter Forsberg and Scott Hannan return to the lineup but lost Ryan Smyth before the start of the game and Peter Stastny in the first period.

Red Wings Hold off Colorado Comeback for Game One Victory

The Detroit Red Wings held off a comeback attempt by the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night, preserving a 4-3 lead throughout the third period to claim victory in Game One of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup.

Detroit netminder Chris Osgood stopped John-Michael Liles with eight seconds remaining in the game to end Colorado’s comeback attempt. It was one of his 18 saves on the night.

All four Red Wings goals were scored on Jose Theodore, who left the game after the fourth. He was replaced by Peter Budaj in the Avalanche crease and by Tyler Weiman on the bench, leaving the arena due to illness.

Colorado got on the board first with Ryan Smyth getting away from Andreas Lilja behind the Detroit goal to feed Peter Stastny out front for a quick shot back in past Osgood at 8:53 of the first.

Just 53 seconds later, Henrik Zetterberg evened things up for the Red Wings. Zetterberg gained the Colorado zone and dropped the puck to Brian Rafalski, who put it back down to Pavel Datsyuk along the left wing boards. Datsyuk sent it down low to Zetterberg as he cut to the net and put it past Theodore.

Dan Cleary put Detroit out in front with 6:12 left in the period, powering a shot in on Theodore that the goaltender deflected high into the air before dropping in behind him and bouncing into the net.

With 2:37 left in the period, Johan Franzen tipped a Niklas Kronwall shot past Theodore for a power play goal, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead after the first period.

Franzen scored again 1:13 into the second.

Mikael Samuelsson jumped in to grab a loose puck from Andrew Brunette along the left wing boards. Samuelsson worked it out to Valtteri Filppula who moved it on to Franzen for a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

Liles scored 4:04 later to cut Detroit’s lead back down, blasting a shot from the left wing off of Osgood’s pad and into the net.

With 3:31 left in the second, Milan Hejduk scored the game’s final goal to pull the Avs to within one. One a three-on-two, Smyth moved the puck to Stastny who got it along to Hejduk to lift over Osgood’s pad.

Budaj finished the night with 20 saves on as many shots. Theodore stopped 12 of 16 shots.

The Red Wings scored the lone power play goal of the game on one of their five chances with the extra attacker. Colorado was scoreless on three tries.

Game Two of the series will be on Saturday afternoon from Joe Louis Arena.


Colorado’sPeter Forsberg missed the game with a groin injury… Wojtek Wolski left the game after the first period with an undisclosed injury… To circumvent the NHL’s new rule banning twirling an octopus while carrying it off the ice, Detroit zamboni driver Al Sobotka twirled one in the zamboni entrance at the start of the game.

Oilers End Red Wings’ Home Winning Streak in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings’ home winning streak ended at thirteen games Friday night as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in a shootout.

The Oilers twice came back to tie the game before Ryan Smyth scored the only goal of the shootout to give them the victory.

Marty Reasoner tied the game at 8:24 of the third period. Marc-Andre Pouliot was open with the puck at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle and Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek came out to try to take the puck away. Pouliot moved around him and put the puck through the crease, where Reasoner poked it home.

The Red Wings had taken an early lead on power play goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.

Zetterberg’s goal came on a five-on-three at 4:33 of the first period. Tic-tac-toe passing from Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider got the puck to Zetterberg in the right circle, where he one-timed a shot home.

Holmstrom scored 3:01 later, deflecting a wrister by Lidstrom from the top of the left circle.

Smyth pulled Edmonton to within one on the Oilers’ lone power play goal with 5:00 remaining in the period, getting the puck in front of the net and banging away at it until it went past Hasek.

Raffi Torres tied the game with 7:45 remaining in the second period when a Jan Hejda shot was deflected by Patrick Thoresen through the slot. It came right to Torres, who had a wide open net to score into.

Detroit regained the lead 3:44 later when Jiri Hudler got the puck from behind the net to Valtteri Filppula in front to bang it past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Roloson stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced while Hasek made 23 saves on 26 shots.

Detroit went 2-for-6 on the power play. Edmonton scored once on four chances.

The point from the shootout loss lifts the Red Wings one point ahead of the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference standings. The two teams will meet in Nashville on Saturday night for the first of five remaining matchups this season.

Red Wings Fall to Oilers in Shootout

A goal by Raffi Torres in the seventh round of the shootout lifted the Edmonton Oilers over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, just one night after the Red Wings fell to the Calgary Flames.

Edmonton had a late 3-2 lead but Jiri Hudler tied the game with just over three seconds remaining in regulation, deflecting a shot from the right circle by Dan Cleary past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Red Wings never led the game, with Shawn Horcoff opening the scoring for Edmonton at 4:38 of the first period beating Detroit netminder Joey MacDonald on a one-timer from Ryan Smythe.

Kris Draper tied the game 2:50 later on a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Henrik Zetterberg, putting a shot into Roloson’s glove which was – after lengthy review – determined to have crossed the goal line.

Joffrey Lupul put the Oilers back out in front 3:18 later, bouncing a shot from behind the goal line off of MacDonald’s pad and into the net.

Danny Markov‘s first goal as a Red Wing pulled Detroit even again at 5:11 of the second period but Torres snuck a shot past MacDonald at 8:52 of the third to restore Edmonton’s lead.

In his first NHL start, MacDonald stopped 18 of Edmonton’s 21 shots. Roloson made 38 saves on 41 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting two tries and Edmonton taking three attempts with the extra attacker.

Having closed out their road swing through western Canada, the Red Wings will return to the ice on Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.


Jason Williams made his return to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion. Darryl Bootland and Evan McGrath were returned to Grand Rapids to make room in the lineup… Continuing the effort to keep Dominik Hasek from playing on back-to-back nights and with Chris Osgood still injured, Stefan Liv backed up MacDonald.

Second Period Goals Lead Oilers over Wings

The Edmonton Oilers scored three times in the second period and it was all they needed to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, and take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff each scored in the highest-scoring period of the series.

Pisani’s goal came 5:16 into the period when he deflected a shot from the left circle by Chris Pronger between the pads of Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

Smyth scored on a power play just 3:18 later when a shot by Jarret Stoll bounced off his shin pad and into the net.

Horcoff gave Edmonton a three goal lead with 7:24 remaining in the period. Jason Smith threw the puck at the net and Horcoff knocked it down with his leg, then batted away at it. He knocked his own rebound past Legace.

The Red Wings finally got on the board with 1:21 remaining in the second, when Brendan Shanahan picked up the puck and skated in all alone on Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson, beating him to his left.

Detroit would not score again until the closing seconds of the third period.

With Legace on the bench for an extra attacker, the puck came free from the left wing boards and came out to the slot, where Henrik Zetterberg spun around and slapped a shot into the net.

Roloson stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced while Legace made only 16 saves on 19 shots.

Detroit was held scoreless on six power play chances but allowed one goal on four Edmonton power plays.

The Red Wings will try to avoid elimination on Monday in Edmonton, at a time still to be determined. Should the Wings win then, the series will move back to Detroit for a deciding Game Seven on Wednesday.


Detroit captain Steve Yzerman and backup goalie Chris Osgood sat out for the second game in a row.