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.

Wings Continue to Roll, Down Stars 6-2

The Detroit Red Wings continued their winning ways Wednesday night, defeating the Dallas Stars 6-2 for their third victory in four games. Detroit had gone winless in five games before the resurgence.

Steve Thomas, playing in his first game as a Red Wing after signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent last week, scored the eventual game winning goal and Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk each contributed two goals in the rout of the slumping Stars. Dallas has lost four straight games and has been outscored 17-4 across the span.

Detroit opened the scoring early in the game, with Yzerman using his right knee to deflect a hard Jiri Fischer shot past Dallas goaltender Marty Turco just 1:07 into the first period. Yzerman would then score in the closing minutes of the period, rifling a shot from the left circle past a screened Turco while on the powerplay.

Dallas cut the Wings’ lead back to one on a powerplay goal of their own by Bill Guerin only 56 seconds into the second period, but Detroit regained the two-goal advantage eight minutes later when Thomas put a one-timed backhand shot a past Turco from the top of the crease.

Brendan Morrow pulled the Stars back within one again, putting a rebound past sprawling Wings netminder Dominik Hasek with 8:18 remaining in the second period.

Mathieu Schneider, who had earlier in the game left the ice after blocking a shot with the side of his face, scored shorthanded at the 59 second mark of the third period. Yzerman drew four Stars into the right corner and Brendan Shanahan fed the trailing Schneider who sent the puck past Turco.

Pavel Datsyuk added another Wings goal five minutes later and then closed out the scoring with a highlight reel goal in the game’s final minute. Breaking in all alone on Turco, Datsyuk put the puck onto his backhand as Turco slid across the crease. He then pulled it back onto his forehand and roofed it into the vacated Dallas net.

Detroit’s special teams were key in the game, with the powerplay going two-for-three and the penalty kill adding a shorthanded goal.

Hasek stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced in net for Detroit, while Turco stopped 21 of 27 shots for Dallas.

The Wings are next in action on Friday when they visit Chicago. Detroit defeated the Blackhawks 3-0 on Monday this week.

Detroit forward Darryl Bootland was involved in his second NHL fight in only three NHL games. On Monday he fought Chicago’s Scott Nichol and tonight he went toe-to-toe with Dallas’ Steve Ott.

Still Undefeated at the Joe: Wings Beat Stars for 5th Home Win

Strong, responsible defense, a shutout by Dominik Hasek, and two goals from Steve Yzerman all combined to help lead the Red Wings over the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-0.

The Red Wings and Stars appeared very evenly matched in the first period. Both teams generated scoring chances, but neither Hasek nor Dallas goalie Marty Turco had much work to do. Hasek got a lucky break with about three minutes left in the period. The puck slid right through the goal crease after he made a save. Players were scrambling for it everywhere, but it squirted out the other side and the Wings were able to clear it away.

Detroit began to assert its dominance in the second period. They started by capitalizing on a bad turnover by the Stars. Mike Modano attempted to make a pass in the Stars’ own zone along the boards to Steve Ott. Instead, the pass misfired into the high slot, where Jason Woolley was able to one-time a shot past Turco for his first goal of the year.

Yzerman increased the lead less than two minutes later. Henrik Zetterberg deked past a Dallas defenseman to bring the puck into the Stars’ zone. He left a drop pass for Yzerman. Yzerman’s hard shot blew right past Turco.

The Stars had perhaps their best scoring chance of the game on a delayed holding penalty to Jiri Fischer. Turco had left the net for an extra skater. The Stars were pressuring deep in the Red Wings’ zone. Bill Sweeney took a shot which beat Hasek, but the puck rang off the goalpost and Hasek snatched it away. The Stars went to the power play, but Hasek held them off until Fischer’s two minutes were up. The Wings wound down the second period playing solid defense and keeping the puck away from the Stars.

The Stars tried to forecheck more efficiently in the third period, trying to create some turnovers and generate some scoring chances, but the Red Wings kept control.
Another mistake by Dallas led to Yzerman’s second goal of the night. Ray Whitney stripped the puck away from Modano as Modano attempted to carry out of the zone. Whitney passed up to Zetterberg, who drove towards the net. Turco turned towards Zetterberg and stayed tight to his right goalpost, but Zetterberg had no intention of shooting. Instead he made a quick pass across the goal crease, where Yzerman was waiting to flip the puck into the wide open net.
When Woolley was sent to the penalty box with 2:35 remaining, the Stars thought they would at least have a chance to ruin Hasek’s shutout bid. Instead, they gave up a shorthanded goal. The Red Wings cleared the puck deep into the Dallas zone. Niko Kapanen picked up the puck and passed it up the middle to send the team back on the offensive, but Kris Draper was right there to pick off the pass. He took a hard shot which sailed into the net just above Turco’s blocker hand.

Shots on net were 23 to 22 in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings play next tomorrow night when they face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

This is the first time in five games the Wings and Stars have had a clear winner. All four of their games last season ended in ties…. Yzerman’s last two-goal game was December 26, 2001 against the Minnesota Wild…. Draper’s goal was Detroit’s fourth shorthanded goal of the season….. Meanwhile, in Grand Rapids, Curtis Joseph made 20 saves on 21 shots to help the Griffins beat the Utah Grizzlies 4-1. Jiri Hudler, in Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint, had two goals and an assist.

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.