Red Wings Rally for Stadium Series Win

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 2-1 entering the third period on Saturday for a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in their Stadium Series matchup at Denver’s Coors Field.

Gustav Nyquist‘s scored just 1:27 into the third period. Nyquist lifted a no-look backhander from the left faceoff circle past Colorado netminder Semyon Varlamov to tie the game, 2-2.

With 6:32 left in the period, Darren Helm fed Justin Abdelkader from behind the goal for a quick shot from the side of the crease past Varlamov for a 3-2 lead, Detroit’s second of the night.

The lead was short-lived, as Alex Tanguay blasted home a rebound over sprawling Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek just 14 seconds later.

The game seemed to be headed to overtime until Brad Richards banged the rebound of a Niklas Kronwall shot from the point off Varlamov’s pad, through the air, and into the net for a 4-3 win.

Helm added an empty-net goal to wrap up the game’s scoring.

Tomas Tatar had opened things up 5:07 into the first period. After a brief scramble around the side of the net, Tatar collected the puck and snapped a shot from the bottom of the left circle through a screen by Nyqyust,

Nathan MacKinnon tied things up at 7:44 of the period, rifling a shot from the left wing past Mrazek on a rush.

With 5:22 remaining in the first, Tyson Barrie lifted a shot over Mrazek to make it 2-1. The Red Wings challenged the goal, saying Carl Soderberg interfered with Mrazek, but the call stood.

The Red Wings went scoreless on five power play tries while the Avalanche didn’t score on either of their chances with the man-advantage.

Mrazek finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots. Varlamov stopped 23 of 27 chances.

Detroit’s healthy scratches were Brendan Smith and Teemu Pulkkinen… The game was briefly interrupted in the third period as wind lifted fake snow into the air, dumping some of it onto the playing surface.

Red Wings’ Mrazek Blanks Avs in 3-0 Win

Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced on Thursday night for his first shutout of the season as the Red Wings earned a 3-0 win over the host Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche thought they had cracked Mrazek just six minutes into the first period but an apparent goal by Gabriel Landeskog was disallowed due to a hand pass by Nick Holden.

Justin Abdelkader scored the first goal to count with 6:35 left in the second period. Abdelkader got the puck in front of the net and was stopped by Semyon Varlamov but dug out his own rebound and flipped it past the Colorado netminder for a power play goal and a 1-0 lead.

There would be no further scoring until the closing minutes. With Varlamov on the bench for an extra attacker early, both Darren Helm and Luke Glendening scored into the empty net.

Varlamov finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots.

Detroit went one-for-three on the power play while the Avalanche were scoreless on three tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings conclude their short road trip on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson returned from his rehabilitation stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins, replacing Tom McCollum in the lineup… Defenseman Xavier Ouellet was called up from the Griffins for the trip but did not play… Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl were the other healthy scratches.

Franzen, Datsyuk Score Twice as Red Wings Hand Avs First Loss

Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk each scored a pair of goals on Thursday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The loss was the first of the season for the Avalanche and the first of Colorado head coach Patrick Roy‘s NHL career.

The game started with the Red Wings losing top defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Just 2:13 in, Kronwall crouched to play the puck in the corner of his own end and Colorado forward Cody McLeod came at him from behind, driving his head into the glass.

Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher. The Red Wings later announced that he had a mild concussion. McLeod would receive a five-minute major and be ejected for the hit.

On the ensuing power play Franzen opened the scoring. At 6:08 of the period, Henrik Zetterberg sent a pass from the right wing to Franzen at the edge of the crease. Franzen quickly turned with the puck and flicked it over Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov to put Detroit up, 1-0.

With five minutes left in the first Datsyuk got on the board. Danny DeKeyser threw a shot from the point on net and Datsyuk was there to fling the rebound past Varlamov to extend Detroit’s lead.

Eric Johnson cut that lead to 2-1 at 2:36 of the second with a power play goal. Johnson carried the puck through the neutral zone and into the Detroit end, reaching the top of the left faceoff circle before wristing a heavy, unscreened shot past Red Wings’ netminder Jonas Gustavsson.

With 5:18 left in the middle frame, Gabriel Landeskog tied things up on another power play goal. Off a faceoff win in the neutral zone by Paul Stastny, Landeskog carried the puck into the Detroit end and snapped a shot from the high slot past Gustavsson to make it 2-2.

Franzen restored the Detroit lead with his second power play goal of the night at 7:10 of the third. On a transition play, Justin Abdelkader got the puck in the right faceoff circle and fed Franzen at the opposite faceoff dot for a wrister past a moving Varlamov.

Datsyuk would wrap up the scoring with 6:25 left. Jumping up from the top of the right circle, Datsyuk took a feed from Daniel Alfredsson and backhanded a shot on Varlamov from the slot, then followed it up and knocked his own rebound into the back of the net.

Varlamov finished the night with 24 saves on 28 shots against. Gustavsson – in his third consecutive start as Jimmy Howard recovers from a bruised hand – stopped 38 of 40.

Each team scored twice on five power play attempts.

The Red Wings now travel to Arizona for a Saturday visit to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Brendan Smith, Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Tatar were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

Red Wings Hold Off Avalanche for 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third-period comeback by the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, picking up a 3-2 win just a day after dropping an embarrassing 7-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Damien Brunner‘s second-period goal – his first in 16 games – turned out to be the game winner. Brunner scored at 9:54 of the period when Gustav Nyquist gathered up a loose puck and spun in the high slot to evade a defender, then fed Brunner in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer past Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov.

The goal would give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead and chase Varlamov from the crease in favor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The Avs cut the lead to 3-1 at 5:52 of the third period on a power play. After a goal-mouth scramble that left Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard sprawled out on the ice, Jamie McGinn gathered up the loose puck and skated it into the slot for a shot into the open top of the net.

With just 1:18 remaining, Matt Duchene cut Detroit’s lead to one when he gloved down a clearing attempt by Brendan Smith and cut across the top of the crease to backhand a shot past Howard to make it 3-2.

Howard preserved the lead with seven seconds remaining, making a glove save on P.A. Parenteau.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the game’s scoring with 4:03 left in the first period, bunting the rebound of a Johan Franzen chance out of mid-air and past Varlamov.

Daniel Cleary made it 2-0 on a Red Wings’ power play at 6:28 of the second. Franzen fed Cleary at the top of the crease with a pass from down low to swat past Varlamov.

With Cleary’s goal, the Red Wings went one-for-two on the power play on the night. Colorado was one-for-three with the man-advantage.

Howard finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots in earning the win. Varlamov stopped ten of 13 shots in 29:54 of play to take the loss with Gigure stopping all seven shots he faced for the remainder of the game.

After back-to-back home games, the Red Wings will next be in action with consecutive road games. They’ll visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night and have a rematch with the Avalanche on Friday.

Detroit was without captain Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and forward Mikael Samuelsson (upper-body)… Defenseman Danny DeKeyser was a healthy scratch for the Wings… Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returned from injury to make his first appearance at Joe Louis Arena this season in his first game since January 21 in Columbus.

Avalanche End Red Wings Winning Streak at Seven

The Colorado Avalanche capitalized on turnovers to earn a 4-2 win over the Red Wings Sunday night, ending Detroit’s winning streak at seven games.

Colorado’s first and third goals came on plays that saw the Red Wings cough the puck up.

Detroit opened the scoring with 4:52 left in the first period. On a power play, Pavel Datsyuk drove to the net through the right faceoff circle and the puck bounced out to Johan Franzen in the left circle, wide open to knock the puck into the empty side of the net past netminder Semyon Varlamov.

Just 26 seconds into the middle frame, the Avs got on the board. Gabriel Landeskog pressured defenseman Ian White behind the Detroit goal and stole the puck, sending it out front to Ryan O’Reilly for a shot past goalie Ty Conklin.

The Avalanche added a power play goal at 2:11 of the period, with Paul Stastny putting a shot from the right circle into an empty net as Conklin got spun around in a goalmouth scramble and stuck out of position.

Danny Cleary evened things up for Detroit at 5:08 of the third period, deflecting a Henrik Zetterberg shot past Varlamov to make it 2-2.

Another turnover would bite the Wings, however. At 9:22 of the period and with Detroit on a power play Darren Helm and Drew Miller miscommunicated at center ice and T.J. Galiardi poked the puck to Landeskog on the left wing. Landeskog and Galiardi broke in two-on-one and defenseman Niklas Kronwall didn’t block the pass back across to Galiardi in the slot, where he rifled a shot past Conklin.

O’Reilly would add an empty net goal in the game’s final minute to round out the scoring.

Conklin finished the night with 31 saves on 34 shots against. Varlamov stopped 27 of Detroit’s 29 shots.

Both teams had a power play goal. The Red Wings had five tries with the extra attacker and Colorado had three.

The Wings will close out their three-game road trip in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula left the game in the first period with a cut on his leg and did not return. His status for Wednesday was not immediately known… Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore were the healthy scratches for Detroit… Conklin made his first start in eighteen games.

Franzen’s Hat Trick Leads Red Wings Past Avalanche

Johan Franzen scored three goals Tuesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The win was Detroit’s second in a row after a six-game losing streak.

Nicklas Lidstrom got the Wings on the board at 8:54 of the first period. Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson cleared the puck off the end boards right out into the slot, where Lidstrom was all alone for a one-timer past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Franzen’s first of the night, originally credited to Valtteri Filppula, gave Detroit a two-goal lead just 2:36 into the second. Filppula carried the puck into the Colorado zone on a power play and held up along the right wing boards, giving Henrik Zetterberg time to get to the bottom of the right circle. Filppula sent the puck to Zetterberg, who moved it on to Jiri Hudler at the top of the left faceoff circle for a pass back to Filppula, who fired a shot past Varlamov that was tipped by Franzen in the slot on the way through.

Another deflection 4:17 later would give Franzen two goals on the night, when he tipped Niklas Kronwall‘s slap-pass from the left point past Varlamov from the slot.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere replaced Varlamov in the Avalanche net after allowing two power play goals on three shots with the man advantage.

Colorado got on the board with a power play tally of their own at 8:18 of the middle period, with rookie Gabriel Landeskog banging the puck out from under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and into the net.

Danny Cleary restored the Red Wings’ three-goal lead with 5:14 remaining in regulation, first tipping a drive by Pavel Datsyuk, then going to the net to knock home the rebound.

The Avs cut it to 4-2 with a Milan Hejduk power play goal with 3:05 remaining. Hejduk picked up a loose puck right in front of the Detroit net and backhanded it past Howard.

Franzen completed his hat trick to wrap up the game’s scoring, lofting a backhander from the neutral zone into the empty Colorado net with 32 seconds remaining.

Each team scored twice on the power play on the night. The Avalanche had three tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had five.

Howard made 24 stops on 26 Colorado shots. Varlamov stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced before Giguere came in and made 12 saves on 13 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Todd Beretuzzi (illness) and Patrick Eaves (back) were the scratched forwards for Detroit, while Mike Commodore was a healthy scratch on the blueline.

Conklin Stops 29 as Red Wings Blank Avalanche

Red Wings backup goaltender Ty Conklin stopped all 29 shots he faced Saturday night, helping Detroit hold off an early push by the Colorado Avalanche en route to a 3-0 win.

The Avalanche outshot the Red Wings 11-10 in the first period and carried the play early on but Conklin kept them off the scoresheet, giving his team time to find their game.

Johan Franzen finally got Detroit on the board with 2:19 left in the second period. As the Red Wings gained the Colorado zone, Jiri Hudler dropped a pass to Franzen at the top of the left circle. Franzen snapped a shot over Semyon Varlamov‘s shoulder and into the top corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 8:02 remaining in the third period on a give and go with Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg gained the Colorado zone and passed it off to Datsyuk in the high slot. Datsyuk gave it right back and Zetterberg one-timed a shot into the same corner as Franzen had scored in earlier.

Datsyuk added an empty net goal in the game’s closing minutes to wrap up the scoring.

Varlamov stopped 36 of 38 shots Detroit sent at him.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had four chances with the extra attacker and Colorado had three.

The Red Wings are now off until Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

Before the game, the Avalanche raised Peter Forsberg‘s #21 to the rafters.

Patrick Eaves was back in the Red Wings’ lineup, with Tomas Holmstrom replacing him as a healthy scratch.

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