Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Aaron Downey returns to the Red Wings lineup tonight as Detroit hosts the Dallas Stars. Downey has spent the entire season thus far with the Grand Rapids Griffins but was called up with Ville Leino today when Brad Stuart was placed on the long-term IR.

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom also return to the ice, having served their suspensions.

The Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg, whose back spasms have continued. Downey takes his spot in the lineup instead of Derek Meech being shifted to forward again. Meech joins Leino as a healthy scratch.

Chris Osgood gets another start in the Detroit net.

Marty Turco will go for Dallas, who will be without Mark Parrish (flu) and Fabian Brunnstrom (AHL conditioning stint) in addition to long-term injuries Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov.

I’ll be missing the start of this one as I’ve got another 7:30 soccer game. I’ll catch up when I get back.

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Chris Osgood and Andreas Lilja will take to the ice for the Red Wings tonight as Detroit hosts the Dallas Stars. Lilja returns to the lineup after a night off on Tuesday and Osgood is making his scheduled start in the team’s goalie rotation.

To make room for Lilja, Chris Chelios is once again a healthy scratch.

After missing Wednesday’s practice with a sore hip, Valtteri Filppula will play tonight. Filppula suffered the injury during the Red Wings’ 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets.

The Stars are an injured team, currently without Sergei Zubov, Brendan Morrow, Fabian Brunnstrom and Joel Lundqvist.

Marty Turco will get the start in net for Dallas.

Osgood Joins All-Star Roster

Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood will join three teammates and his coach in Atlanta for this year’s NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today.

With the starting lineup already determined by fan voting, the rest of the Western Conference team’s roster was announced Thursday. Osgood was named to the team, joining starters Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom.

The quartet of Red Wings will be coached by a familiar face, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.

With Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo declining his starting spot in net for the Western Conference team, three reserve goalies were selected. Osgood will split time between the pipes with San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov and former Red Wing Manny Legace of the St. Louis Blues.

Ed Jovanovski (Phoenix), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Chris Pronger (Anaheim) and Sergei Zubov (Dallas) joined the team on defense.

The forward reserves are Jason Arnott (Nashville), Marian Gaborik (Minnesota), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Shawn Horcoff (Edmonton), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), Rick Nash (Columbus), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver), Paul Stastny (Colorado) and Joe Thornton (San Jose).

Stars Bounce Back for Shootout Win over Red Wings

The Dallas Stars scored three times in final ten minutes of regulation on Friday night, rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to the Detroit Red Wings before scoring the lone shootout goal to earn a 4-3 win.

Sergei Zubov roofed a shot over Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek in the second round of the shootout for the eventual game-winner.

The Stars were held scoreless until only 8:59 remained in the third, when a backhander from the slot by Brendan Morrow just trickled under Hasek and into the net for a power play goal.

With 3:29 remaining in regulation, Mike Ribeiro pulled Dallas to within one. A shot from the point by Nolan Baumgartner was pushed to the other side of the crease by Loui Eriksson and Ribeiro banged it home.

Just 47 seconds later, Philippe Boucher scored to even things up.

The Red Wings had controlled the play in the first two periods as they tallied three goals.

Todd Bertuzzi scored his first goal as a Red Wing at 7:04 of the opening period. Bertuzzi threw an attempted pass through the slot but it bounced off the stick of a Dallas defender and over netminder Mike Smith.

Kirk Maltby extended Detroit’s lead to two just 1:08 into the second, firing a shot from the bottom of the right circle that snuck past several defenders and through Smith’s pads.

Kris Draper finished Detroit’s scoring with 5:28 left in the period, taking a long lead pass from Mathieu Schneider and scoring on the breakaway.

After allowing Dallas’ three third-period goals, the Red Wings turned it up in overtime but were unable to score, despite outshooting the Stars 8-0.

Each team had five power play opportunities. Morrow’s goal was the lone tally with the man-advantage.

Both Hasek and Smith faced 34 shots, stopping 31.

The point for the shootout loss lifts Detroit to the top of the Central Division and Western Conference standings, breaking a tie with the Nashville Predators, who face Dallas on Saturday.

The Red Wings’ next game will be on Sunday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home series.

The Red Wings were without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who suffered a hip injury on a hit by Joel Lundqvist on the first shift of the game.

Lidstrom, Datsyuk Claim NHL Hardware

Two Detroit Red Wings claimed trophies at the 2006 NHL Awards Show on Thursday night. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom walked away with the James Norris Memorial Trophy while forward Pavel Datsyuk was given the Lady Byng Trophy.

Lidstrom earned the Norris Trophy – awarded to the league’s best defenseman – for the fourth time in five years. He has been nominated for the award seven of the last eight years. Leading the league’s defensemen in scoring, Lidstrom beat out Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer, the 2004 winner, and Dallas’ Sergei Zubov.

Datsyuk’s 22 penalty minutes in 75 games played helped him edge out San Jose’s Patrick Marleau and Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards, who was awarded the trophy in 2004. He becomes the first Red Wing since Marcel Dionne in 1975 to win the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for “sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers split the MVP awards, with Thornton claiming the Hart Memorial Trophy and Jagr claiming the Lester B. Pearson Award.

Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie while Rod Brind’Amour of the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes was named the best defensive forward with the Frank J. Selke Trophy.

After a heated race, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals beat out Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year.

Buffalo head coach was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year.

Stars Hand Red Wings First Shootout Loss

The Dallas Stars scored on three of their four shootout shots to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, on Saturday. The shootout was only Detroit’s second of the season and their first such loss.

The game appeared to be over after Detroit’s third shooter, Henrik Zetterberg, was unable to get a shot off and the Stars already leading by a goal. After review it was determined that Dallas goalie Marty Turco threw his stick on the play, an infraction resulting in an automatic goal.

Detroit netminder Manny Legace stopped Antii Mietinen to force extra shooters, but when Turco stopped Robert Lang and Mike Modano beat Legace with a quick, high shot, the game was over.

The Red Wings had previously gotten a goal by their second shooter, Jason Williams. Pavel Datsyuk was stopped on their first shot. Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen had scored on Dallas’ first two shots.

The only goals of the game during regulation came in the third period.

The Red Wings opened the scoring 2:53 into the period. With Detroit on a power play, Jason Woolley fired a shot from the high slot that Turco got his pad on. In front of the goal, Tomas Holmstrom picked up the rebound and backhanded it into the net. The goal was Detroit’s eighth-straight on the power play.

Dallas tied the game with 5:12 remaining. Jere Lehtinen one-timed a shot from the slot past Legace on a pass from Jokinen.

The Stars had a power play in the final minutes of regulation and early in overtime but could not convert. Similarly, the Wings could not score on an opportunity with the extra attacker in the overtime period.

Detroit had appeared to score early in the game when Henrik Zetterber knifed the puck out of the air and in behind Turco but it was knocked in with a high stick.

Legace finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots and one-for-four in the shootout. Turco stopped 27 of 28 shots against as well as two of Detroit’s four shootout attempts.

The Red Wings return to action on Monday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Wings Down Stars to Sweep Preseason Home-and-Home

Two days after defeating the Dallas Stars in Dallas, the Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-2 win over the Stars in Detroit, sweeping the preseason home-and-home matchup between the two teams.

Dallas put pressure on the Red Wings early, with good scoring chances coming twice in the first six minutes of the game. Just over two minutes in, the Stars missed a chance by sending the puck wide of the net while Detroit goalie Manny Legace was sprawled out of position. Two-and-a-half minutes later, Legace made a big save to shift the momentum.

At the 8:46 mark, Brendan Shanahan scored on the rebound of a shot by Jason Williams to put Detroit on the board.

Just 37 seconds later, at 9:23, Jason Arnott tied the game. Dallas netminder Marty Turco came out of his net to play the puck, seemingly outside of the trapezoid-shaped area where goalies are now allowed to stickhandle. Turco stopped the puck before it entered the restricted area but Detroit’s forechecker had already pulled back. Turco got the puck to a Dallas defender who sent it up to Arnott. Arnott skated in alone and blasted a shot past Legace.

The Red Wings regained the lead with 7:32 remaining in the second period while skating shorthanded. Detroit forecheckers Johan Franzen and Dan Cleary stole the puck at the side of the Dallas net and Cleary stuffed it past Johan Hedberg, who had replaced Turco in the Stars’ crease earlier in the period.

As with the first Detroit goal, Dallas responded quickly, retying the game just 2:03 later. Again, Legace was caught out of position, this time during a delayed penalty. A Dallas shot bounced off the back boards and came to Antti Miettinen, who fired it into the net under a diving Legace.

Kris Draper scored his first goal of the night to give the Red Wings the lead again early in the third period. Just 5:05 into the game’s final frame, he took a pass from Kirk Maltby, kicked it from his skate to his stick, and wristed a shot past Hedberg from the right circle.

Draper scored again to put the game away with 7:45 remaining in the game, punching the rebound from a shot by Cleary between Hedberg’s pads.

The Red Wings also won the shootout, scoring twice while the Stars only managed one goal. Sergei Zubov beat Legace on his glove side in the opening round, while Draper was stopped by Hedberg’s left pad. Miettinen fired into Legace’s pads while Lang froze Hedberg and scored 5-hole in the second round. In the final round, Legace stopped Niko Kapanen while Cleary scored his third shootout goal in as many games, coralling a bouncing puck and putting it between Hedberg’s pads.

The Red Wings are off until Tuesday, when they travel to Colorado. They’ll be in Columbus on Wednesday and then have a home-and-home series with Toronto over the weekend before opening the regular season against St. Louis on October 5.

Henrik Zetterberg did not play against Dallas as expected, he is now expected to return to play on Tuesday… Unsigned restricted free agent Pavel Datsyuk, who agreed to terms with the Red Wings last week, was expected to arrive in Detroit on Sunday night. He will meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland on Monday and practice with the team on Tuesday.

Wings Resign Schneider

After losing Derian Hatcher to a buyout and Mathieu Dandenault to the Montreal Canadiens, the Detroit Red Wings made a move to shore up their defense by resigning Mathieu Schneider.

Schneider joined the Red Wings from the Los Angeles Kings at the trade deadline in 2003. In his only full season with Detroit, he was a +22 with 14 goals and 32 assists.

The contract is reportedly for two years at a total of $6.6 million. Other All-Star defensemen such as Sergei Zubov, Hatcher, and Sergei Gonchar have signed for anywhere from $ million to $5 million annually.

Schneider has played 16 seasons in the NHL with Montreal, the New York Rangers, Los Angeles and Detroit. In 992 games he has score 168 goals and added 384 assists.

Legace Earns Shutout Against Stars

The Dallas Stars kept firing, but Manny Legace kept getting in their way. Legace made 31 saves and earned his second shutout of the season to set the stage for the Red Wings to take a 3-0 win over the Stars. Kirk Maltby scored the game winning goal.

Both teams had their scoring chances in the first period. Brett Hull had a near-breakaway when he intercepted a bad pass by Sergei Zubov, but he was tripped on his way to the net and slid in, bowling over goaltender Marty Turco in the process. Dallas had two well-executed power plays, but Legace was able to hold off the Stars’ snipers.

Maltby opened the scoring early in the second. Derian Hatcher made a good clearing pass to spring Henrik Zetterberg, who flew up the left side with the puck. Darren McCarty kept up on the right side, and Maltby trailed the play up senter. McCarty and Zubov tussled in front of the net, effectively screening Turco, and Zetterberg passed across to Maltby. Maltby’s shot beat Turco low to the stick side.

Hull added to the lead midway through the period. Jason Williams made an excellent pass from the left corner out to Hull at the top of the goal crease, and Hull deflected it gently between Turco’s leg pads.

The Stars came out with more pressure to start the third period, but Legace was ready for them. He kicked out a huge save against Jere Lehtinen early, then held solid until the game was nearly over. Mike Modano thought he’d gotten the Stars on the board with two minutes left, then realized that Legace had dropped into a full split to keep the puck from slipping in through the five-hole.

Modano did actually beat Legace with one minute left to play, but the goal was waved off because the Stars had made a premature substitution by sending out their extra attacker before Turco was off the ice.

The Stars kept trying, but McCarty capped off the scoring by flipping the puck into the empty net with 16 seconds remaining.

Dallas outshot Detroit by a count of 31 to 21. The Red Wings’ next game will be Sunday night against the Nashville Predators.

Steve Yzerman tried to play in spite of having a case of the flu; he played 1:01 in the first period then left because he did not feel well enough to continue… Maltby’s goal was the 100th of his NHL career. Four of those hundred were power play goals, 77 were even-strength goals, and 19 were shorthanded goals… Nicklas Lidstrom was honored at a pre-game ceremony by team owner Mike Illitch for appearing in his 1000th career game on February 29th.

Wings Close Trip With Tie in Dallas

The Red Wings are ready to be done with their West Coast road trip and head for home after finishing up with a 2-2 tie against the Dallas Stars.

The teams got off to a slow start, trying to get a sense of each other. Detroit began to pressure first. Henrik Zetterberg had a good scoring chance against Marty Turco early, but hit the goalpost.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring at 12:28 of the first period. Jiri Fischer made a pass into the Stars’ zone. Datsyuk raced in to beat Sergei Zubov to the puck, then took a hard wrist shot which beat Turco through the five-hole.

Dallas tied the game up on a power play late in the period. Jason Arnott won the faceoff in the Red Wings’ defensive zone. Richard Matvichuk took a hard shot from the left point, and David Oliver tipped the puck on its way through. Steve Ott was screening Manny Legace so that the goalie couldn’t see the shot until it was too late.

The late goal gave the Stars a confidence they may have lacked before, and they came on strong for the second period. The Red Wings’ skaters had a tough time getting the puck out of their zone, let alone trying to set up any scoring chances against Turco. Fortunately for Detroit, Legace was there to stop every Dallas shot he faced in the second.

Tomas Holmstrom moved the Red Wings back into the lead with a non-characteristic goal early in the third. He intercepted a pass from Matvichuk to Teppo Numminen deep in the Dallas zone. Turco came out of the net to challenge, but Holmstrom stick-handled around the goaltender and zinged a hard shot into the net.

The Red Wings seemed to slump back into a defensive position after that, but the Stars continued to pressure offensively. They tied the game back up with just 6:03 remaining in regulation. Pierre Turgeon won the faceoff in Detroit’s zone. Numminen shot the puck from the right point. Turgeon and Bill Guerin were both in front of the net creating a screen so that Legace couldn’t see the puck sliding through traffic.

Detroit controlled the overtime, coming up with five good scoring chances against Turco to the Stars’ one shot against Legace, but neither goaltender allowed another shot through.
Dallas outshot Detroit by a count of 29 to 26. The Red Wings will return home to face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday evening.

This was Steve Yzerman‘s 1425th game, moving him past Pat Verbeek into 15th place on the list of total career games played…. Dominik Hasek‘s injured groin will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

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