Detroit Comeback Not Enough as Oilers Claim Double-OT Win

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in 18 seconds in the third period to come from behind to tie the Oilers Tuesday night but couldn’t hold on through overtime, as Edmonton scored in the second extra period to claim the win and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Jarret Stoll scored at 8:44 of the second overtime to give the Oilers the victory, putting in a rebound after Detroit goalie Manny Legace got spun around in net and inadvertantly deflected the puck right to him.

The overtime goal rendered third-period goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Mathieu Schneider moot.

With Detroit down, 3-1, with 8:08 remaining in regulation, Zetterberg scored the second of his two power play goals on a pass from the right circle by Jason Williams. Stationed in the slot, Zetterberg was free to deflect the puck into the open side of the net, past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.

With 7:50 remaining, Schneider blasted a shot from the left circle after Steve Yzerman won a faceoff in the Edmonton zone.

The Oilers had opened the scoring with a Jaroslav Spacek one-timer after the Red Wings failed to clear their zone just 4:17 into the game.

Zetterberg’s first power play goal of the night tied it with 7:55 remaining in the opening period as the teams skated four-on-three. Near the blue line, Niklas Kronwall sent the puck across to Mathieu Schneider, who threaded it down low for a tap-in by Zetterberg.

Ryan Smyth scored on a wraparound chance 4:33 later to put Edmonton back in front and Raffi Torres added a power play goal when he deflected a Chris Pronger shot at 2:28 of the second period.

The Red Wings were denied by video reply in the first overtime, when an apparent goal by Jason Williams was called back after it was found to have entered the goal under the side of the net.

Detroit finished the night two-for-nine on the power play, while allowing one Edmonton goal in in the same number of chances with the extra attacker.

Legace made 28 saves on 32 shots. Roloson stopped 44 of 47 shots against.

The Red Wings will have a chance to even the series and regain home ice in Game Four of the series on Thursday.


Detroit captain Steve Yzerman briefly left the game during the first overtime period with what appeared to be a hip injury. He returned to the ice before the second overtime but did not take a shift.

Os-good a Time as Any

Red Wings fans are notorious for being quick to blame the team’s goalie when things go wrong. That said, I don’t think that’s the case here.

I’m going to make a statement that, at the start of the season, some might have deemed crazy: It’s time for Detroit coach Mike Babcock to put Manny Legace on the bench and get Chris Osgood between the pipes.

Five of the last six goals allowed by Detroit starting goalie Legace have been “soft.” Legace admitted as much of the first two on Sunday afternoon.

“I have to stop those two (shots),” Legace said. “I didn’t like those two. I have to make those saves.”

On Tuesday night in Edmonton, Legace was beaten three times on goals that he should have been able to stop and only once on a goal that he didn’t really have a chance on.

Jaroslav Spacek’s one-timer to open the scoring would have been stoppable if Legace hadn’t gone down onto his knees too quickly.

Ryan Smyth‘s wraparound goal later in the period would have been stopped if only Legace had gotten his pad sealed to the post. Instead, he left just enough of a gap for the puck to get through despite being in position to make the stop.

The most painful goal to watch, however, was the game-winner in the second overtime.

Legace move to his left to protect that post but reached behind the net, leaving him facing the goal when a wraparound attempt came. He managed to get over to block the shot with his glove but, as he flailed around in the crease, he deflected the puck out to Jarret Stoll. Stoll put it back past Legace before the goalie could get back in position.

These goals are uncharacteristic of Legace and seem to show that something is different about his play between the regular season and the playoffs.

Osgood has famously allowed bad goals in the past but at least he has the stomach for playoff hockey. He plays well positionally, not getting spun around in the crease or coming off the post on wraparound chances.

The Red Wings need to make this change before it’s too late and they need to make the switch on the road. If Detroit falls down by two games in the series, even a goalie switch might not be able to save them. If they make the switch at home, it will only motivate the boo-birds’.

Make the switch for Game Four, on the road, and come home with a tied series and home ice advantage regained.

Draper Picked for Team Canada

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper was announced as a member of Canada’s entry in the coming Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament on Wednesday night. It marks the first time that Draper will represent his country in the Olympics.

“Being selected has to be the highlight of my career,” Draper said after the announcement was made. “Being picked for the World Cup was an absolute thrill, but to play in the Olympics is something that is just huge. It’s the biggest sporting event in the world, and to be able to represent Canada, I’m just very honored.”

Draper joins teammates Mathieu Schneider and Chris Chelios as Olympians. The two defensemen were named to Team USA on Monday.

Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman had earlier removed himself from the running for a spot on the Canadian team, stating that he did not want to keep a younger player who deserved to make the team off the roster.

Kirk Maltby and Brendan Shanahan were also considered for the team but were not selected. Shanahan and Yzerman played for Canada in the 2002 Olympics, becoming the second and third players ever to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year.

Joe Sakic was named the team’s captain. Canada’s roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Martin Brodeur
Roberto Luongo
Marty Turco

Defensemen (7)
Rob Blake
Adam Foote
Ed Jovanovski
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Pronger
Wade Redden
Robyn Regehr

Forwards (13)
Todd Bertuzzi
Shane Doan
Kris Draper
Simon Gagne
Dany Heatley
Jarome Iginla
Vincent Lecavalier
Rick Nash
Brad Richards
Joe Sakic
Ryan Smyth
Martin St. Louis
Joe Thornton

Wings Skid Hits Three With OT Loss to Oilers

The Wings completed their road trip winless as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers in overtime, 6-5. With help from four third period goals, the Oilers came back from being down two goals at the beginning of the third period to create a two goal lead for themselves. The Wings answered with two third period goals of their own to send the game to overtime.

Jarret Stoll scored the game winner only 33 seconds into overtime. The Oilers were on the power play due to a Kirk Maltby goaltender interference penalty called at 19:47 of the third period. Stoll took a pass at the top of the left circle, moved right along the blue line and sent a wrist shot just over Osgood’s glove.

The Oilers opened the scoring at 14:28 of the first with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Chris Pronger was high between the circles and fed Ales Hemsky the puck below the circle on the left. Hemsky put the puck on net while Chris Osgood dove to get in front of it. The puck ricocheted off the paddle of Osgood’s stick then up to his cage, from there it bounced into the net for the goal. There was a short delay to fix Osgood’s throat protector after which had come off due to the contact with the puck.

The Wings tied the game up two minutes later as Mikael Samuelsson stepped in front of a Chris Pronger pass just inside the Oilers’ blue line. Samuelsson then skated to the top of the right circle and put it past Jussi Markkanen.

In the second period, the Wings scored twice early, giving them a 3-1 lead. The first goal came on the power play at 3:37 from Pavel Datsyuk who took a pass at the center ice circle and motored into the Oilers’ zone heading to the left circle. There he sent a shot to the top far corner over Markkanen’s glove. Then at 4:50 Johan Franzen took a pass from Robert Lang just inside the blue line and sent a slap shot from the top right circle that hit the inside of the far post on Markkanen’s stick side.

Down two goals starting the third period, the Oilers turned things around scoring four goals in seven minutes. The first of the four goals came at 5:30 from Marc-Andre Bergeron who got the puck at the left circle from a bad clearing attempt by Chris Chelios. Bergeron went far side over Osgood’s glove, banging it off the post for the goal.

Only one minute and 29 seconds later Ryan Smyth scored on a wrap around on the right post after picking up the puck from Hemsky who had it pinned along the boards behind the net.

The Oilers took the lead at 8:12 on a shorthanded goal from Ethan Moreau. Shawn Horcoff broke in and sent the Wings’ backcheckers with him to the right, then passed behind his back to Moreau who was alone and breaking for the slot. Moreau then had Osgood going left and had an empty net to shoot at.

Ryan Smyth then added his second goal of the night to give the Oilers a 5-3 lead at 12:25 of the period while on the power play. Smyth picked the puck up in the right corner, turned and sent his shot top shelf from the right circle.

The Wings cut the lead to one with a power play goal from Brendan Shanahan at 16:40. Nicklas Lidstrom brought the puck deep into the Oilers’ zone at the bottom of the left circle and sent a pass to the crease where Shanahan tapped it past Markkanen. The Wings tied the game at 5-5 only a minute and two seconds later when a bouncing puck in front of Markkanen was eventually put in by Steve Yzerman after Kris Draper‘s and Maltby’s attempts.

Both the Oilers and the Wings had 28 shots a piece, with the Oilers taking the only shot recorded in overtime. The Wings took half of their shots in the third period alone. The Wings managed two power play goals during their six chances, while the Oilers converted three of their eight power play opportunities.

The Wings will head home to play the St. Louis Blues next on Saturday night.

Oilers Snap Wings Win Streak in Overtime

The Detroit Red Wings’ win streak has ended at 9 games. It came at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-3 win in overtime. However, even with the loss in overtime, the Wings have tied the NHL record for the most points in their first 14 games with 25.

The game winning goal came from Raffi Torres who skated into the Wings zone on a 2-on-1 break. He passed to Steve Staios on his right, who gave it back to him for a tap in past Chris Osgood‘s left pad.

The Oilers opened the scoring in the first period on a Shawn Horcoff goal at 4:34. Ryan Smyth was in with Horcoff on an odd man rush. Horcoff’s shots caromed off of Osgood’s skate and skittered over the line.

The Wings answered a little over 3 minutes later as Tomas Holmstrom intercepted a bad pass by Oilers’ Cory Cross in front of the net. Holmstrom skated to his right and sent his wrist shot over Jussi Markkanen’s glove.

The Oilers again opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal from Ryan Smyth, who was standing all alone by the right post and took a pass from Ales Hemsky at 5:37.

The Wings answered again a little over three minutes later with a power play goal of their own. It was Tomas Holmstrom’s second goal of the game, taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk at the right circle, and again went top shelf over Markkanen’s glove.

The Oilers continued the trend with the first goal early in the period, this time coming from Fernando Pisani who deflected a Chris Pronger wrist shot from the right point at 4:11 of the third period.

The Wings continued to play catch-up, scoring almost four minutes later with a power play goal from Jason Williams. He scored on a one-timer from the left circle after a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Chris Osgood came up big a few times to help the Wings send it to overtime. Twice in the tenth minute of the third period he stopped excellent scoring opportunities by the Oilers. For the game, Osgood stopped 21 of the Oilers’ 25 shots, while Markkanen stopped 35 of the Wings’ 38 shots.

The Oilers converted on one of their four power play chances, which included a 5-on-3 for just over 30 seconds. The Wings coverted on two of their 6 chances with the man advantage.

The Wings next face the Coyotes at home on Saturday night.

Three Red Wings Named to Canadian World Cup Team

Hockey Canada announced Saturday Team Canada’s roster for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Included among their selections are three members of the Detroit Red Wings: Centers Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper and left wing Kirk Maltby.

The roster was determined by Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, Team Canada’s World Cup management team of Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini, and coaches Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Jacques Martin and Wayne Fleming.

Yzerman represented Team Canada at the 1996 World Cup, the only other time the tournament has been held. He also played for his country in 1998 and 2002 at the Olympic Winter Games, helping Canada to a gold medal in 2002. Yzerman played on the Canadian squad at the 1984 Canada Cup – the predecessor of the World Cup tournament – as well as at the World and European Championships in 1985, 1989 and 1990, and at the World Junior Championships in 1983.

Draper played alongside Maltby for Team Canada at the 2003 World Championships as the Canadians claimed the gold. He also played for the Canadian National Team in 1988-89 and 1989-90 and for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1990 and 1991.

Maltby’s only previous international experience was in the 2003 World Championships.

The 2004 World Cup of Hockey will take place from August 30 to September 14, 2004. Team Canada will play in the North American Division alongside the United States, Czech Republic and Russia. North American Division games will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Team Canada’s full roster is as follows:

Goaltenders– Ed Belfour (Toronto Maple Leafs), Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils), and Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers)

DefensemenRob Blake (Colorado Avalanche), Eric Brewer (Edmonton Oilers), Adam Foote (Avalanche), Ed Jovanovski (Vancouver Canucks), Scott Niedermayer (Devils), Chris Pronger (St. Louis Blues), Wade Redden (Ottawa Senators), and Robyn Regehr (Calgary Flames)

ForwardsShane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes), Draper, Simon Gagne (Philadelphia Flyers), Dany Heatley (Atlanta Thrashers), Jarome Iginla (Flames), Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins), Maltby, Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Brendan Morrow (Dallas Stars), Brad Richards (Tampa Bay Lightning), Joe Sakic (Avalanche), Ryan Smyth (Oilers), Martin St. Louis (Lightning), Joe Thornton (Boston Bruins), and Yzerman

First Overtime Loss of Season

The lesson to be learned from tonight’s game is that even if you go in and score four perfectly beautiful goals, the other team can score five dirty ugly goals and come up with an overtime win. So it went for the Red Wings, dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to the Edmonton Oilers in the second game of their home-and-home series.

The Red Wings scored the only goal of the first period, despite being outshot 11-7 by the Oilers. The puck bounced away from an Edmonton defenseman and straight to the stick of Luc Robitaille, who took off down the right side. Boyd Devereaux kept up on the left, and Robitaille fooled both the defenseman and goaltender Jussi Markkanen by looking as if to pass before putting the shot through Markkanen’s five-hole, achieving his 1300th career point.

The Oilers came back to take the lead within 27 seconds in the second period. First, Steve Staios caught the puck as it was rolling out towards the Detroit blue line. He snapped a hard wrist shot which seemed to change direction in midair before it dipped past Manny Legace for the goal. On the very next shift, Legace stopped a shot by Ryan Smyth, but the rebound came free to Anson Carter. Carter wrapped the puck around the net and banked it in off Legace’s skate before the goalie could close the gap between his foot and the goalpost.

Jason Woolley brought the score back to a tie with his first goal as a Red Wing. Brett Hull made a centering pass from behind the net. Woolley was left unguarded in the slot and let fly a hard shot which got past Markkanen.

Smyth retook the lead for the Oilers early in the third period. Robitaille had been sent to the box for high-sticking, Smyth was left to get to the side of the goal crease, where he waited with his stick blade on the ice. When Mike York sent the pass up from the right point, all Smyth had to do was tap it into the net.

Sergei Fedorov tied the game back up with his 13th of the season. He carried the puck up center and shot it from the blue line. Eric Brewer tried to get his stick in the way of the shot, but instead it deflected the puck just enough to fool Markkanen.

The Oilers took a 4-3 lead on a strange goal which was eventually credited to Janne Niinimaa. The puck seemed to escape from someone’s stick, pinball off of a few skates, and roll into the net past Legace’s outstretched catching glove.

Brendan Shanahan caught the Wings back up less than a minute later. He carried the puck up the right side, on a 2-on-1 rush with Tomas Holmstrom. Shanahan fired a hard, perfectly placed wrist shot which sailed past Markkanen to score the goal and swing the momentum back in Detroit’s favor.

The end of the third period was a huge amount of Detroit pressure in the Edmonton zone. Markkanen proved to be up to the challenge, however, and his team was rewarded a minute and a half into the overtime. Jason Smith was able to get to the front of the net and whack at the puck. Legace stopped the first three shots, but the fourth one was a backhander which chipped up high and in.

Final shots on net were 35-34 in Edmonton’s favor. The Red Wings play their next game at home on Wednesday night, when they host the New Jersey Devils.


Since this was Game # 21, and we are now about a quarter of the way through the season, it might be interesting to look and see how the League standings would look if the playoffs were to start today. In the East, #1 Boston (30 points) would play #8 New Jersey (23 points). #2 Tampa Bay (27 points) would play #7 Pittsburgh (24 points). #3 Philadelphia (26 points) would play the #6 New York Rangers (24 points). #4 Carolina (25 points) would play #5 Ottawa (24 points). In the West, #1 Dallas (33 points) would play #8 Anaheim (23 points). #2 Minnesota (30 points) would play #7 Los Angeles (24 points). #3 Detroit (26 points) would play…. get this…. #6 Colorado (25 points)! (What kind of first round is THAT????) And #4 Vancouver (28 points) would play #5 St. Louis (25 points). Hmm…. maybe it’s best that three-fourths of a season are still left to go.

Home Sweet Home

Igor Larionov led the team with four assists, and Nick Lidstrom, Jason Williams, and Chris Chelios all contributed goals to give the Red Wings a 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.

Like a shadow of Sunday’s game against Buffalo, the Red Wings had to start out by killing off a penalty. This time, it was a four minute double minor to Igor Larionov for high sticking. And this time, the Detroit penalty-killers kept control of the puck and kept Edmonton out of the net for the full four minutes.

The Red Wings looked sharp and ready to play, and spent most of the first period in Edmonton’s zone. When their first power play came along, from a tripping call on Steve Staios, they were ready. Larionov won the faceoff and got the puck back to Freddy Olausson, who passed along the blue line to Nick Lidstrom at the right point. Lidstrom fired a hard shot which dipped down and between the leg pads of goaltender Jussi Markkanen, exactly five seconds after the power play began.

Edmonton applied more offensive pressure in the second period, testing Dominik Hasek with twelve shots on net. Hasek made the saves, however, and Lidstrom increased the Red Wings’ lead, again on the power play. Georges Laraque was in the box for holding, and Luc Robitaille passed the puck from behind the net to Larionov at the right wing side. Larionov passed across to Lidstrom, coming up deep on the left side, and Lidstrom put a perfectly aimed wrist shot into Markkanen’s net.

The Oilers finally found some luck in the third period. Marty Reasoner scored twice on power plays within the first five minutes- the first during a holding call on Chris Chelios and the second during an obstruction hooking call on Kris Draper, tying the game at two goals apiece.

Sean Avery sought to re-energize his team by winning a fight against Scott Ferguson, and Jason Williams put the Red Wings back into the lead. Robitaille again centered the puck from behind the net, and Williams skated around Rem Murray and slapped the puck past Markkanen.

The Red Wings tried to protect their lead with defensive play, but when the Oilers pulled their goalie for an extra skater with just over a minute to play, the protection was not enough. Mike Comrie, whose earlier goal was waved off after review because it was kicked into the net, carried the puck towards Hasek while having his stick tied up by Lidstrom. Just as Hasek came out to poke the puck away, Comrie got his stick free, and put just enough on the puck to lift it over Hasek and send the game to overtime.

Luck was with Detroit in the overtime period, as a slashing call to Ryan Smyth gave them two minutes of a four-on-three penalty. Larionov passed from the blue line to Chelios at the left wing side, and Chelios blasted a hard one-timer past Markkanen, for what was, surprisingly enough, his first ever overtime goal.

Shots on net were thirty-eight to thirty-one in the Oilers’ favor. Detroit was three for six on power plays. The Red Wings next game will be Saturday afternoon, when they will travel to Boston to face the Bruins.


Team officials expect that Darren McCarty will be recovered from his finger injury by this weekend and Steve Yzerman will be recovered from his knee injury by next week. Max Kuznetsov returned to the lineup for the first time since December. This game was Hasek’s thirty-eighth win of the season, which is a new personal best record for him.