Defense Carries Red Wings Past Devils

Three of Detroit’s four goals on Friday came from their defense as the blue line led the Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith and Niklas Kronwall all scored for the Red Wings. Johan Franzen had the lone forward goal for the team.

Kindl got Detroit on the board with 1:05 left in the first period. His shot from the blue line deflected off New Jersey defenseman Adam Larsson and past goalie Cory Schneider for a power play goal.

Just 33 seconds later, Smith took a drop from Joakim Andersson and stepped in near the slot to snap a shot past Schneider.

With 8:19 left in the second period and the Red Wings on another power play, Franzen cut through the left faceoff circle, stepped around defender Bryce Salvador, and put a shot in behind Schneider.

Kronwall rounded out the team’s scoring with 2:21 left in the period when his shot wide of the net bounced off the back boards, then off Schneider and into the goal.

Former Red Wing Jordin Tootoo made it 4-2, scoring for the Devils at 2:26 of the final frame, putting the rebound of a Marek Zidlicky shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Steve Bernier had opened the game’s scoring for New Jersey at 3:18 of the first period. Perched at the top of the crease, Bernier picked up the rebound of a Salvador shot and tucked it around Howard.

Howard finished the night with 15 saves on 17 shots against. Schneider stopped 20 of 24 Detroit chances in the first two periods before giving way to Kevin Kincaid in the third period. Kincaid stopped all seven shots he faced.

The Red Wings went two-for-four on the power play. New Jersey was scoreless in three tries with the man-advantage.


Center Pavel Datsyuk was a late scratch for the Red Wings, with Joakim Andersson taking his spot in the lineup… Tomas Jurco was a healthy scratch… Kyle Quincey was also out injured.

Special Teams Front-and-Center as Red Wings Beat Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks leaned heavily on their special teams for scoring Saturday night, with only three of their combined nine goals coming at even-strength. All three of San Jose’s goals came on the power play but it wasn’t enough to stop Detroit from picking up the 6-3 win.

The Red Wings scored three times while skating five-on-five, once while shorthanded, once on a four-on-three and one more time with a two-man advantage.

Detroit opened the scoring 6:53 into the game on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

Nicklas Lidstrom worked the puck down low to Pavel Datsyuk who send a blind backhand cross-ice pass to Zetterberg in front of the net for a tap-in.

It was the only goal of the first period. The second period would be much more eventful, with six goals and eight penalties.

Kris Draper‘s shorthanded goal put the Red Wings up by a pair just 54 seconds into the period but Devin Setoguchi got the Sharks back within one on the same power play 32 seconds later.

Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game on another power play at 7:42, moving to go behind the net with the puck but then coming back out front and stuffing it in after goalie Dominik Hasek had moved off the post.

Niklas Kronwall put the Red Wings back out in front halfway through the period. With both teams scrambling and netminder Evgeni Nabokov out of position, Kronwall raced down low to grab the loose puck and throw it back out front. It deflected off of Sandis Ozolinsh and into the net.

Lidstrom added another on a blast from the point with 6:45 left and the Red Wings skating four-on-three. Just 2:12 later, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Brian Rafalski shot past Nabokov on a five-on-three.

Steve Bernier pulled the Sharks back to within two goals 47 seconds into the third period, putting the puck into an open net with Hasek out of position on a San Jose power play.

Dan Cleary finished off the game’s scoring, getting the puck from Zetterberg on a two-on-one and putting it past Nabokov.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Sharks went three-for-six.

Hasek made 15 saves on 18 shots and Nabokov stopped 22 of 28 chances.

Third-period Goals Lift Red Wings over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Wednesday night to come from behind and earn a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Detroit’s win snapped a three-game losing streak.

Robert Lang scored the game-winner for the Red Wings with 8:52 remaining in the game, deflecting a shot from the point by Mathieu Schneider over the shoulder of San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Schneider had tied the game on a Detroit power play just 38 seconds into the period, puting a shot from the point past Nabokov.

San Jose’s lone goal came off the stick of Steve Bernier with the Sharks on the power play and 2:50 remaining in the first period.

The fast-paced game saw only six penalties, with Detroit going 1-for-2 and San Jose going 1-for-4 on the power play.

Nabokov finished the game with 37 saves on 39 shots while Red Wings’ goalie Dominik Hasek stopped 22 of 23 shots against.

The Red Wings will head back out on the road on Friday when they visit the Dallas Stars.