Superb Power Plays Contribute to Win

The Red Wings came into tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers wanting to prove themselves. Not only did they want to drive away the bad memories of Tuesday’s game against the Canucks, but they had gone 0-0-1-2 against the Oilers this season. And as usually happens when the Red Wings have something to prove, they proved it, with five power play goals on seven attempts, five successful penalty kills on six attempts, and a 6-2 win over the Oilers.

The Wings had to kill off a penalty for too many men on the ice to start off the game, and they did so easily enough. The Oilers play a “crash the net” style of game, with most of their players down low to try to jam the puck in. Curtis Joseph made some impressive stops, and Detroit was able to clear the puck easily once it came free from the net area.

Just as the Edmonton power play was over, Ales Pisa was trying to bring the puck across his own blue line. He made a pass which hit the skates of Brendan Shanahan, who turned and brought the puck back into the Oilers’ zone. Shanahan made a snappy wrist shot which bounced off the leg pads of goalie Tommy Salo and into the net.

The Red Wings got their first power play of the night with 8:44 left in the first, and Shanahan added his second goal. Sergei Fedorov sent the puck from the right point to Pavel Datsyuk in the high slot, and Datsyuk threaded a pass between two Oilers to Shanahan at the left faceoff circle. Shanahan one-timed the shot into the mostly-empty net.

Detroit had to start off the second period killing off a hooking penalty assessed to Jason Woolley with four seconds left in the first. It was another easy penalty kill, and the Wings got to go back on the power play when Ethan Moreau was sent out a few minutes later. The Red Wings set up their play. Brett Hull sent a pass from the left circle to Woolley at the blue line. Woolley one-timed the shot, and Tomas Holmstrom tipped it past Salo.

Jani Rita got the Oilers on the board just over a minute later by flipping in the rebound from a shot by Steve Staios, but Holmstrom answered with another power play goal, this one off of a wrist shot from the left circle instead of his usual redirections of shots from the front of the net. The Edmonton bench pulled Salo from the game and sent in backup Jussi Markkanen.

Igor Larionov slipped a goal in off a pass by Hull. Big Georges Laraque tried to energize his team by picking a fight with Maxim Kuznetsov“”they’re about the same height, but Laraque outweighs Kuznetsov by quite a bit and has a lot more fighting experience. Kuznetsov held his ground and hung on, and the officials broke the fight up and sent the combatants to the penalty box for five minutes each.

The Red Wings had to do a lot of penalty killing in the third period, including 52 seconds of 5-on-3 when a hooking call to Larionov and a high-sticking double minor to Nicklas Lidstrom overlapped. Again, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and Chris Chelios did an excellent job of protecting their goalie, and the Wings escaped the 5-on-3 and extended 5-on-4 unscathed.

Lidstrom took another penalty later in the period, and this time Todd Marchant did score a power play goal. The Red Wings were ready to put the game away, though, and when Scott Ferguson was given an instigating minor for starting a fight with Maltby, Detroit was ready. Shanahan got the puck just inside his own zone and carried it up the right wing side. He passed across to Larionov keeping up on the left, got the return pass, and wristed in the shot for his 15th career hat trick and 23rd goal of the season.

The final count of shots on net was 38-35 in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings will play their next game Saturday evening, when they will face the Capitals in Washington.


Stacy Roest played his first game of the season, while Sean Avery was a healthy scratch…. Steve Yzerman is expected back within the week, even though he didn’t name a specific game for his return. “I should play relatively soon,” he told reporters on Thursday.

Habs Spoil the Home Opener

Before the game, the 2001-2002 Stanley Cup Championship banner was raised to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena with all due ceremony. Scotty Bowman, Dominik Hasek, Steve Duchesne, and Vladimir Konstantinov all were on hand to salute the Stanley Cup one last time before it was taken back to its home in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame. It was one last chance for fans, players, coaches, and staff to revel in last season’s glorious ending before settling down to the regular season grind and hopeful road to the 2003 playoffs.

Detroit’s Original Six rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, were on hand to be the first home opponent of the young season. The Canadiens got a slow start in the game, but their excellent goaltending bought them the time they needed to find their rhythm, and they wound up beating the Red Wings by a score of 3-2.

The Red Wings got a power play early in the game, when Richard Zednik was sent out for hooking, and that was all they needed to jump out to an early lead. Tomas Holmstrom brought the puck into the zone and made a short pass to Henrik Zetterberg on the left side. Zetterberg headed for the goal, drawing the defensemen to himself. Meanwhile, Brendan Shanahan had quietly maneuvered in behind the two defensemen. Zetterberg passed across the goal crease, and Shanahan’s tap-in goal caught all of the Canadiens by surprise, including goaltender Jeff Hackett.

The bigger surprise for both teams was that Detroit only had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. They applied steady offensive pressure to a Montreal team who looked to be not entirely prepared defensively. Perhaps Hackett sensed a chance at becoming the Canadiens’ starting goalie if last year’s star Jose Theodore is unable to break out of his slump soon; the winner of last year’s Hart and Vezina Trophies has allowed twelve goals in Montreal’s past two games. Hackett came up huge for his team, stopping eleven shots in the first period alone.

The Canadiens regained their rhythm in the second period, their confidence aided by scoring a goal in the early going. Andreas Dackell was able to backhand the rebound into the net after Joe Juneau’s shot just barely trickled free from Curtis Joseph‘s catching glove. The Red Wings continued to put the puck on net at every opportunity, but Hackett remained solid, and the game was tied after two periods.

The Red Wings lost their lead a few minutes into the third period. Zednik and Saku Koivu got away on a two on one rush against Dimitri Bykov, with defensive partner Max Kuznetsov held up in the neutral zone. Bykov tried to take the passing lane away, while Pavel Datsyuk tried at top speed to get to Koivu and take him out of the play, but the pass was released and Koivu sent the shot into the net just as Datsyuk got him enough off balance to send them both sliding into the end boards.

Danny Markov scored what would be Montreal’s eventual game-winner just about midway through the period. The teams were four-on-four, resulting from overlapping penalties to Kirk Maltby and Joe Juneau. Yanic Perreault shot the puck towards the Detroit net. The puck deflected off the stick of Nick Lidstrom, but with Joseph out of the net a little way to challenge Perreault’s shot, Markov was able to get the deflection and put it in behind Joseph before Luc Robitaille was able to get himself properly positioned to cover Markov.

Datsyuk brought the Wings back within one with just over six minutes left to play. Robitaille got the puck from a left side scrum and centered it to Datsyuk, who let fly a fast, hard, one-time shot that Hackett didn’t even see until it was behind him and the red goal light was already on.

The Red Wings went on the attack then. Most of their third period shots on net came in these last few minutes. Hackett was ready. Even when Detroit pulled Joseph to send in the extra attacker, Hackett kept the Canadiens in the lead, stopping shots by Holmstrom, Brett Hull, and Sergei Fedorov in quick succession. Eventually time ran down, and the banner celebrating last year’s glory looked down over the reminder that this season still has many, many games left to go.

Shots on net were thirty-two to fourteen in favor of the Red Wings.

The Wings’ next game will be on the road; they travel to Minneapolis to face the as-yet unbeaten Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.


Boyd Devereaux returned to the lineup tonight. His broken thumb healed more quickly than expected, and his “Two Kids and an Old Goat” line with Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Hull was reunited. Stacy Roest was moved to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room for Devereaux in the lineup.

Wings Make Final Cuts

Detroit Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis made the final set of Detroit’s roster cuts following last night’s exhibition game against Chicago. As expected, Stacy Roest remained with the Red Wings while Derek King was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins and former Red Wings Doug Brown, attempting a comeback after spending a year out of hockey, was cut.

Roest is likely to join King in Grand Rapids when Boyd Devereaux returns to the Red Wings’ roster. Devereaux is currently nursing a broken thumb suffered in the first exhibition game of the season.

“I have the utmost respect for Doug as a player, as a former Red Wing,” Lewis said of the difficult decision to tell Brown and King that they had not made the roster. “Derek King is a quality person and he’s a smart hockey player.”

“I’m proud of the effort and how far I’ve come in the last 20 or 30 days,” Brown said. “I’ve enjoyed this training camp, and management gave me an opportunity in the exhibition games to show that I can play.”

King will report to the Griffins this week. Once there he will have the role of a player/coach.


Former Red Wings goaltender Kevin Hodson claimed a roster spot on the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will back up starting netminder Nikolai Khabibulin after being out of the NHL last year.

Cujo Ready And Set

Curtis Joseph stopped thirty-five of thirty-six shots, and Nick Lidstrom posted a shorthanded goal, but a slow-to-start Red Wings offense couldn’t quite get past the Chicago Blackhawks. The two teams ended the pre-season with a 1-1 tie at Joe Louis Arena.

The Blackhawks held the Red Wings to only four shots on goal in the entire first period, in spite of a four minute Detroit power play resulting from a double penalty to Alexei Zhamnov for interference and slashing. Curtis Joseph, meanwhile, was brilliant in his net, stopping all twelve of the shots Chicago sent at him in the first period.

The Red Wings managed to generate some more offensive effort in the second period, but were still outshot by the Blackhawks. The first goal of the game came towards the end of the period when the Wings were shorthanded. Sergei Fedorov got the puck down the ice and carried it around the Chicago net and into the left corner. When four of the Blackhawks went towards him, Fedorov dropped a pass back to Nick Lidstrom coming up in the high slot. A quick one-time shot right past rookie goaltender Michael Leighton, and the Wings were in the lead.

Chicago tied the game back up early in the third period. Nathan Dempsey shot the puck towards the net. The shot was blocked, but the puck went back to Dempsey, so he angled it behind the net to Steve Sullivan. Sullivan’s quick shot hit Joseph on the back of the leg and went into the net before anyone could stop it.

The game headed to overtime, but the teams couldn’t break the tie.

The Red Wings begin the regular season with a West Coast road trip. They open against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night before continuing on to Los Angeles and Anaheim.


The players seem to be glad the preseason is coming to an end. “This camp seemed like it was long for whatever reason,” said Kris Draper before the game. “We’ve got one more game left — let’s go play it and the bottom line is, remain healthy.”… Defenseman Patrick Boileau was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday, leaving only two more cuts to be made to get the roster down to twenty-three players. The likely cuts will be either Derek King, Stacy Roest, or Doug Brown. Coach Dave Lewis planned to make his decision after tonight’s game.

No Wings Lost in Waiver Draft

The Detroit Red Wings escaped Friday’s Waiver Draft without losing any of the seven players they had left unprotected. They also declined to make any selections in the Draft.

Detroit made defensemen Patrick Boileau and Eddy Campbell, forwards Derek King, Mark Mowers, Michel Picard and Stacy Roest, and goaltender Marc Lamothe available to the other twenty-nine NHL teams by leaving them off their Protected List. Each team may only protect twenty players.

Six players changed teams through this year’s Waiver Draft. The Atlanta Thrashers selected defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Montreal Canadiens. Mathieu Biron, another defenseman, was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Right wing Petr Tenkrat was picked by the Florida Panthers from the Nashville Predators’ roster. Nashville then selected defenseman Francis Bouillon from the Canadiens. The New York Rangers added some depth at forward by claiming right wing Ronald Petrovicky from the Calgary Flames. Defenseman Rick Berry, part of the Dariius Kasparaitis trade last season, was claimed by the Washington Capitals from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Last season the Red Wings lost goaltender Chris Osgood to the New York Islanders via the Waiver Draft.

Devereaux Out After Slash

Detroit Red Wings left wing Boyd Devereaux is expected to miss a month after a slash during Friday’s exhibition game in Dallas left him with a broken thumb. The thumb swelled on Saturday and Devereaux was unable to practice on Sunday. He was fitted with a cast after a trip to the hospital.

Devereaux had scored against the Stars, continuing his impressive preseason. He was reunited with right wing Brett Hull and center Pavel Datsyuk, one of the Red Wings’ most consistant lines last season, for the first time of the preseason on Friday.

“They’ve got very good chemistry,” Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis said. “It’s too bad.”

With Devereaux out until October 21 against Calgary, one more forward will make the Opening Day roster. Rookie Henrik Zetterberg seems to have locked up the spot left open by the injured Steve Yzerman and Jason Williams will likely also make the team. This leaves two roster spots open for Sean Avery, Stacy Roest and Doug Brown.


Curtis Joseph will not start tonight against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is set to make his Red Wings debut on Wednesday in Columbus and play his first home game on Friday against Dallas. He will not dress Saturday when the Red Wings play the Maple Leafs in Hamilton, Ontario.

And, They’re Off….

The Red Wings got their pre-season off to a promising start with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

The first period was somewhat penalty-filled. The referees seemed to want to prove they were serious about this year’s crackdown on obstruction, mandated by the NHL office, and the hooking and holding penalties were plentiful. The Wings’ goaltender Manny Legace and the Stars’ new acquisition Ron Tugnutt held the game scoreless, facing seven and four shots respectively in the first twenty minutes of play.

Sean Avery got his season off to a good start by scoring the first goal of the game just over six minutes into the second period, on an assist by Derek King. Avery assured the fans he wasn’t going to give up his grinding style of play less than three minutes later by starting a fight with Dallas rookie Steve Ott. Both players were sent to the penalty box for five minutes to cool off, and Avery picked up an extra two minutes for the cross-check that started the fight.

About midway through the second period, the goaltenders switched out. Marc Lamothe came into the net for the Red Wings, while newly promoted number one goalie Marty Turco came out for the Stars. Turco, unfortunately for him, gave up a goal on the first shot he faced.

To make matters worse for Turco, the Stars were on a power play at the time. Boyd Devereaux stole the puck away from the Stars and set up the re-acquired Stacy Roest for the short-handed goal.

Devereaux scored a goal of his own 1:26 into the third period. His goal on a pass from Brett Hull helped ensure the victory for the Wings.

Jason Arnott finally put the Stars on the board about five minutes later with a power play goal assisted by Bill Guerin and Mike Modano, but it was too little and too late for Dallas.

The total shots on goal were twenty-five to twenty-two in favor of the Stars. The Red Wings’ next pre-season game will be Tuesday night at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Jiri Fischer did not make the trip to Dallas, remaining instead in Detroit after further medical testing stemming from an abnormal EKG reading on September 12. He has been cleared to play and is expected to participate in practice this weekend.

Forwards Fight for Position

The Red Wings have five forwards battling for three, possibly even only two, open roster spots in Detroit. Sean Avery, Doug Brown, Stacy Roest, Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg are trying to make a roster that doesn’t have room for all of them.

Zetterberg, playing the North American game for the first time, has two goals and six assists in the first three scrimmages of training camp. He seems to have a lock on one of the open roster spots. As the only non-NHL player on the Swedish Olympic team last winter, Mats Sundin compared him to national hero Peter Forsberg.

“I don’t think so,” Zetterberg responded. “He’s (Forsberg) one of the best players in the world. I don’t think I’m much up to him.”

Williams is also making a strong push to join the Red Wings’ roster full-time. Playing on a line with Zetterberg, Williams had a hat trick in the first day of scrimmages. After playing in nine playoff games last spring, including an impressive Game Three in the Western Conference Finals against Colorado, Williams is ready to play a larger role in the Red Wings organization.

“Being out there definitely sort of opened my eyes, saying, ‘I could be a potential player, star player in this league, playing on a line like that,’ ” Williams said of that Game Three, when he played alongside Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan.

Avery is the Wings’ best agitator, but he won’t put up the numbers to get noticed in camp. Fighting is banned from Detroit’s preseason scrimmages but Avery has taken part in some shoving-matches, showing that the fire is still there.

“Everyone knows what I’m going to bring to the game,” Avery said. I don’t think they’re counting on me scoring 20 goals. I’m an energy guy who will try to wear down the other team’s defense for seven or eight minutes and add that as much as I can.”

Brown is attempting a comeback with the Red Wings after spending last season as a part-time color commentator with UPN 50 and Fox Sports Detroit. Wearing number 71 on his jersey after his familiar number 17 was taken by Brett Hull, Brown has been one of the most-watched players at camp. He said Monday he is close to where he wants to be physically.

Roest is starting his second tour of duty with the Red Wings organization. He’s coming off of two unimpressive seasons in Minnesota after being taken from the Red Wings by the Wild in the Expansion Draft. Roest has surprised the Red Wings before, making the Detroit roster in 1998-99 after an outstanding exhibition season.

Roest Returns to Hockeytown

After two years with the Minnesota Wild, former Detroit Red Wing Stacy Roest is returning to the team he spent his first two NHL seasons with.

Roest, 28, broke into the NHL with the Red Wings in 1998. He scored 11 goals and added 17 assists in 108 games for Detroit before being selected by Minnesota in the Expansion Draft.

Roest had 17 goals and 31 assists in 134 games with the Wild.

Terms of the one-year deal were not announced.