Red Wings Reach Record with Win over Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings tied the NHL record longest home winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

It was the twentieth consecutive win at home for the Wings, matching runs by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and the 1975-76 Flyers. The team hasn’t lost in Detroit since November 3.

Johan Franzen scored the game-winning goal just 52 seconds into the third period, finishing off a slick passing play. Pavel Datsyuk worked the puck out of the right corner to Henrik Zetterberg at the right point. Zetterberg sent a hard pass to Nicklas Lidstrom at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle, who tipped in on to Franzen at the right side of the crease for a shot past Philadelphia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring at 7:08 of the first period when Niklas Kronwall fired a one-timer from the blue line through a Todd Bertuzzi screen and past Bobrovsky while on a power play.

Brayden Schenn tied things up with 3:18 left in the period. Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald went behind the net to play the puck and whiffed on it, then hesitated before getting back into his crease. Daniel Briere grabbed the loose puck and sent it out to Schenn, who was wide open to put it into the empty net.

Schenn gave the Flyers their first lead at 5:22 of the second period, lifting the rebound of a Brayden Coburn chance past MacDonald after the Detroit netminder had made the initial save and tried to poke the loose puck clear.

Datsyuk evened things up 3:05 later, rifling a shot from the left side of the slot past Bobrovsky off a feed from Franzen, the Red Wings’ second power play goal of the night.

Maxime Talbot put the Flyers back out in front with 3:41 left in the second, tipping a shot-pass from Scott Hartnell past MacDonald from just outside the crease.

Zetterberg rallied Detroit once more with 1:39 remaining, slapping a shot from the high slot into the back of the net to make it 3-3.

The Flyers did not score on their two power plays while the Red Wings’ two power play goals came on five tries with the extra attacker, including one in the game’s final minutes with Bobrovsky on the Philadelphia bench for an extra skater.

Bobrovsky stopped 21 of the 25 shots he faced on the night. MacDonald stopped 26 of 29 for his third consecutive win.

The Red Wings will get their chance to break the record when they host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.


Detroit remained without forward Danny Cleary, who is expected to return to the lineup no sooner than Friday against the Nashville Predators… Goaltender Jimmy Howard also hopes to return against Nashville… Defenseman Mike Commodore was the team’s only healthy scratch.

Datsyuk, Howard Selected by Team Chara for All-Star Game

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Jimmy Howard were selected by All-Star team captain Zdeno Chara at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday.

Datsyuk was the first overall selection of the draft. Howard was the last goalie selected, going in the tenth round (the round by which all goalies were required to be selected).

Team captains were Boston’s Chara, with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul as an assistant, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, assisted by Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The full draft list is as follows:

Round 1
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

Round 2
Team Chara: Tim Thomas, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Round 3
Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Round 4
Team Chara: Marian Hossa, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Round 5
Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Round 6
Team Chara: Corey Perry, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Round 7
Team Chara:Carey Price, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, St. Louis

Round 8
Team Chara: Phil Kessel, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, Nashville

Round 9
Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Round 10
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, NY Rangers

Round 11
Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, Phoenix

Round 12
Team Chara: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Round 13
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Round 14
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, Pittsburgh

Round 15
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, Vancouver

Round 16
Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, NY Islanders

Round 17
Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia

Round 18
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, Buffalo

Round 19
Team Chara: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, San Jose

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short, Flyers Get First Win in Detroit Since 1988

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period but couldn’t pull even with the Philadelphia Flyers, who rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 win, their first victory at Joe Louis Arena since November 4, 1988.

The Red Wings had gone 16-0-2 at home against the Flyers in the 18 games between Philadelphia wins, including Games Three and Four of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.

James van Riemsdyk, Daniel Carcillo and Scott Hartnell scored second period goals for the Flyers, all the scoring they would need.

Just 51 seconds into the period, van Riemsdyk got things started with a shot from down low on the left wing boards that deflected off of Valtteri Filppula‘s stick and over Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard‘s shoulder.

Carcillo made it 2-0 at 5:32 of the period, deflecting an Andrej Meszaros shot past Howard from low in the slot.

Hartnell lifted a shot over Howard’s shoulder through a screen with 5:36 left in the second to finish the Flyers’ scoring.

Filppula got the Red Wings on the board 51 seconds into the third, skating around Meszaros and beating Philadelpha netminder Brian Boucher.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 3-2 with 7:32 remaining when he lifted the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot over Boucher on a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings were unable to find a tying goal as the Flyers held on for the win.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play tally for either team on the night. The Red Wings finished one-for-three with the man-advantage while the Flyers went scoreless on two tries.

Boucher stopped 25 of 27 shots faced on the night. Howard made 24 saves on 27 shots before being replaced by Chris Osgood for the third period. Osgood stopped all five shots he faced.

The Red Wings now embark on a five-game road trip that will last the better part of two weeks.

Red Wings Score Three Unanswered Goals to Beat Flyers, 3-2

The Detroit Red Wings scored three times in a row Tuesday night, bouncing back from down 2-0 to earn a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Wings didn’t score their first goal of the night until only 2:33 remained in the second period, by which time Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul had already scored for the Flyers.

Hartnell scored on a partial breakaway with 3:26 left in the first period, fighting off Marian Hossa while coming down the right wing and beating Detroit netminder Chris Osgood with a snap shot.

Just 4:28 into the second, Lupul scored on an odd-man rush to extend the lead for Philadelphia.

Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board, skating down the left wing and putting a quick shot past Flyers’ goalie Martin Biron.

At 9:47 of the third, Datsyuk grabbed the puck on the left wing board and fed it to Johan Franzen. Franzen beat Biron on a one-timer from just inside the right faceoff circle, tying the game.

Just 1:38 later Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit the lead, scoring off a pass from Mikael Samuelsson as Jonathan Ericsson led a rush up-ice.

Osgood stopped 24 of 26 shots on the night to earn his third win in a row. Biron made 45 saves on 48 shots against.


The win moved Osgood into sole possession of eleventh place all-time in the NHL… The Red Wings dressed eight defensemen as the were without forwards Valtteri Filppula and Tomas Holmstrom.

Red Wings Bounce Back to Beat Predators

The Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals to turn a game in which they trailed 2-1 into a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

The Red Wings tied the game with 35 seconds remaining in the first period, when Tomas Holmstrom deflected a shot from the left wing boards by Nicklas Lidstrom with Detroit on a power play.

After a scoreless second period, the Red Wings pulled into the lead 1:42 into the third. With Robert Lang and Steve Yzerman fighting for the puck on the left side of the ice, Brendan Shanahan got open in the slot. Yzerman got the puck free and sent it to Shanahan, who moved around Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun and put the puck into the net.

Jason Williams closed the game’s scoring, one-timing a chance from the slot past Vokoun on a pass from the bottom of the right circle by Yzerman.

Nashville had opened the scoring with 6:31 remaining in the first, when a series of quick passes got the puck to Mike Sillinger alone in the left circle to wrist a shot past Detroit netminder Manny Legace for a power play goal.

Just 40 seconds later, Kris Draper scored off the rebound of a Pavel Datsyuk shot while the two skated in on an odd-man rush.

Nashville breifly regained their lead 27 seconds later, when Scott Hartnell deflected a long shot by Brendan Witt past Legace.

Both goaltenders finished the night having faced 34 shots, with Legace making 32 saves and Vokoun stopping 30 chances.

Detroit went one-for-six on the power play while Nashville went one-for-eight.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the second of four games in five nights.

Predators End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

The Nashville Predators came from behind in a shootout on Tuesday to hand the Detroit Red Wings their first loss in seven games.

By losing out on the extra point, Detroit was unable to pull ahead of the Ottawa Senators for sole posession of first place in the league.

Nashville by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 after the first two rounds of the shootout but Steve Sullivan tied it in the third round and goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped Henrik Zetterberg to force sudden death rounds. The fourth round was scoreless and after the Predators took a 3-2 lead in the fifth round, Detroit captain Steve Yzerman scored to keep the Red Wings alive. Brendan Shanahan could not repeat the feat after Martin Erat scored for Nashville in the sixth round.

The first period was the only period of the game that saw any scoring, opening with a Nashville goal at 5:57, when Scott Hartnell deflected a shot from the blue line by Marek Zidlicky past Detroit netminder Manny Legace.

With the Red Wings on a two-man advantage at 9:34, Robert Lang tied the game, picking up a rebound that bounced around the crease and lifting it over the sprawling Vokoun.

Still on the power play just 57 seconds later, Shanahan tipped a centering pass by Zetterberg past Vokoun.

The Predators tied things back up with 5:09 remaining in the period while skating on a five-on-three of their own, as Steve Sullivan put home a rebound from the side of the net.

The Red Wings dominated the shooting in the second period and the Predators carried play in the third but neither team could break the tie. The best chance for either side came when Legace stopped Hartnell on a penalty shot with 5:12 remaining in regulation.

Legace finished the night with 34 saves on 36 shots, while Vokoun stopped 39 of 41 shots against.

Detroit’s power play went two-for-four and the Red Wings’ penalty killers allowed only one goal on six Nashville power plays.

The Red Wings will be back in action when the San Jose Sharks visit Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.


By picking up one point, the Red Wings became the second team to reach 100 points in the NHL standings, folowing Ottawa, who reached that point earlier in the night with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins… The third round shoout miss by Henrik Zetterberg was his first missed shootout chance of the season… Jason Williams remained perfect in shootout chances, moving to four-for-four on the season.

Red Wings Sweep Home-and-Home Series Against Predators

The Detroit Red Wings came back from two goals down after the first period to defeat the Nashville Predators, 3-2, in the second game of their home-and-home series.

The win gave Detroit a sweep of the series, moved them nine points ahead of the Predators for the Central Division lead, and put them in first place in the league.

Two power play goals gave the Predators an early lead.

Just 5:35 into the game, a series of tape-to-tape passes led to Scott Hartnell getting the puck at the side of the Detroit goal with netminder Manny Legace on the other post, leaving an open net to score into.

It was the first power play goal allowed by the Red Wings after forty-straight successful penalty kills.

Paul Kariya scored with 5:04 remaining in the first period to put Nashville up by two. During a mad scramble as the puck bounced around the crease, Legace was caught to one side of the goal and Johan Franzen sprawled out between the pipes. The puck came out to the top of the crease and Kariya pounced on it, lifting a shot over Franzen and into the net.

The Red Wings bounced back in the second period, holding off the continuing Nashville attack before Robert Lang finally put one past goalie Tomas Vokoun.

With 8:16 left in the period, Lang carried the puck into the zone and around two defensemen into the right circle before firing a shot under Vokoun’s arm and into the net.

Just 1:56 later, the Red Wings tied the game when Kris Draper banged home a loose puck from the side of the goal.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game-winner with 6:31 remaining in the game, completing Detroit’s comeback. Steve Yzerman carried the puck into the Nashville zone during a line change and hesitated in the high slot. Schneider raced to catch up and picked up a drop pass before stepping in and blasting a shot over Vokoun’s shoulder.

The Predators played the final minute of the game with Vokoun on the bench for an extra attacker but were unable to even the score.

Detroit finished the game scoreless on six power play chances while Nashville scored on two of their seven tries.

Vokoun faced forty or more shots for the fourth time in the last five games, making 42 saves on 45 chances against. Legace stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Colorado Avalanche in their last game before the Olympic Break.

Red Wings Fall to Predators in Rescheduled Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored the same number of goals as the Nashville Predators on Monday night but came away from the game with a loss in what is likely an NHL first.

The Predators started the game ahead by a goal, having been credited for the goal that Greg Johnson scored on November 21 before that game was postponed when Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench.

Johnson’s goal, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall, was the only statistic retained from the postponed game. Upshall’s assist becomes an interesting statistic, as he did not play in the rescheduled game and is not currently on the Nashville roster, having been assigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Although approximately seven minutes remained in the first period that night, the clock was reset for the makeup matchup.

The Predators scored the game’s first true goal to take a 2-0 lead at 3:56 of the first period. Steve Sullivan took a long pass from Danny Markov to start a breakaway into the Detroit zone before beating Red Wings’ goalie Manny Legace between the legs.

The Red Wings responded just 40 seconds into the second period with a power play goal just seconds after a five-on-three advantage ended.

Robert Lang flipped a rebound shot on net that seemed to bounce off the padding inside the net and back out. In the flurry that followed, Pavel Datsyuk put another rebound off Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun and in.

Lang was credited with the goal after the first review but that was later overturned and Datsyuk’s goal was left standing.

Just 4:35 later, the Red Wings evened the game with another power play goal. With the teams skating four-on-three, Mathieu Schneider fired a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Vokoun.

At 9:30 of the period, the Predators pulled back ahead when Scott Hartnell tipped a shot from the point by Kimmo Timonen past Legace with Nashville on the power play.

After a scoreless second half of the game, Hartnell’s goal stood up as the game-winner.

Detroit went two-for-nine on the power play and stopped six of Nashville’s seven chances with the man-advantage, including one five-on-three. Detroit had two five-on-three opportunities on the night.

Legace faced only 14 shots on the night, making 12 saves. Vokoun turned aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Red Wings and Predators will meet again Tuesday night, also in Detroit.


The game originally scheduled to be played in Nashville in place of this game has been rescheduled for March 30… Henrik Zetterberg returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a hip flexor… The Predators are now just one point behind the Red Wings for first place in the Central Division.

Wings Regain Series Lead: Joseph Holds Nashville to One Goal as Detroit Wins

Making his first start of the postseason, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced as Detroit defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-1. With the win, the Red Wings gain a 3-2 series lead heading into Game Six.

After dropping two games in Nashville and losing their lead in the series, the Red Wings looked to bounce back early and send the Predators a message. With three goals in the first period, they did just that.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s first goal of the series put the Red Wings on the board just 3:19 into the game. Pavel Datsyuk fought off a check behind the Nashville goal and got to the puck. He sent a between-the-legs pass to Zetterberg skating through the left faceoff circle. Zetterberg, left all alone at the top of the crease, out-waited Predators’ netminder Tomas Vokoun and lifted a shot over him and into the net.

Brett Hull‘s second goal of the postseason came 3:03 later. Along the left-side boards, Datsyuk sent another no-look pass across the ice to Hull, streaking through the slot towards the net. Hull put a quick shot past Vokoun and the Red Wings were up by two.

Brendan Shanahan broke his scoring slump with 6:42 remaining in the period. Shorthanded, Steve Yzerman fought for the puck behind the Nashville net. Shanahan came to help him and got the puck. From behind the goal line, Shanahan banked a shot off the skate of Predators’ defenseman Dan Hamhuis. The puck barely trickled over the goal line to give Detroit a three-goal lead.

The Red Wings second power play goal of the series would come in the second period off the stick of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. At 9:25 of the period, Lidstrom fired a shot from the left point that went by the screened Vokoun to put Detroit up by four and cap their scoring for the night.

With 38 seconds remaining in the period, Sergei Zholtok scored the lone goal for the Predators. While on the power play, Zholtok fired a shot from the left faceoff dot Joseph didn’t have a chance to stop, as he was being screened by Scott Hartnell.

The Red Wings clamped down on the Predators defensively in the third period, allowing them only six shots.

Vokoun, the MVP of both games played in Nashville, allowed Detroit’s four goals on 31 shots.

The Red Wings have the chance to eliminate the Predators from the playoffs in Game Six Saturday afternoon in Nashville. Game time is 3:00 PM.

Preds Take Game Three

The Nashville Predators were able to celebrate their first-ever home playoff game with their first-ever playoff win. Strong goaltending by Tomas Vokoun and the ability to take advantage of some lucky breaks gave the Predators a 3-1 win over the Red Wings.

The Red Wings were undoubtedly the better team early in the game. They skated hard, slipped through the Nashville defense, and challenged Vokoun with plenty of shots on net. They had their best scoring chance of the period during a slashing penalty to Steve Sullivan. Brendan Shanahan threaded a pass across the goal crease to Tomas Holmstrom, but Holmstrom was too well tied up by Brad Bombardir and couldn’t get his stick on the puck.

That same power play, unfortunately, allowed Nashville to get on the scoreboard. The Predators had cleared the puck into Detroit’s zone. Derian Hatcher made a soft back pass to send the puck back up ice, but the puck hit David Legwand‘s skate and stayed in the zone. Legwand was away with the puck, speeding to the front of the net and putting the puck in over the top of Manny Legace‘s shoulder.
Adam Hall made the score 2-0 with only 14.9 seconds left in the period. He picked up the pass from Greg Johnson in the right corner. Mathieu Schneider noticed Hall with the puck and moved towards him, but Hall let his shot go as Schneider stepped into Legace’s sight line.

Nashville seemed content to sit on their lead for the majority of the second period, although Legace was called upon to make big saves against Vladimir Orszagh on a two-on-one rush and Scott Walker on a wraparound attempt. Detroit, for their part, didn’t seem able to muster enough energy to pressure the Predators’ defense.

Brett Hull finally got the Wings into the game early in the third period, at the end of a long shift for his line. Henrik Zetterberg was being held up in the left corner, but he managed to backhand the puck out to Pavel Datsyuk, who tipped the puck towards the front of the net. Hull took two whacks at it, and the second shot deflected off Vokoun’s pads and up into the net.

The Red Wings came out with much more energy after Hull’s goal, but they still didn’t manage to put much traffic in front of the net to screen Vokoun from seeing their shots until very late in the period. By then, it was too late.

Scott Hartnell put the game away for Nashville with 3:57 left. Steve Yzerman was tripped just inside the Predators’ blue line, which allowed a 4-on-2 rush the other way. Hall was able to flip the puck across to Hartnell, who charged the net and banged the puck in between Legace’s skate and the goalpost.

Martin Erat took a holding penalty with 1:56 left to play, and the Red Wings pulled Legace from the net so they could go in six skaters to four, but they were unable to solve Vokoun in the remaining time.

Detroit doubled Nashville’s shots in the course of the game?42 to 21. Game Four of the quarterfinal series will be Tuesday evening in Nashville.