Almquist Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Penguins in Exhibition Opener

Defenseman Adam Almquist scored two second-period goals as the Detroit Red Wings opened their 2013 exhibition schedule with a 4-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Almquist broke a 1-1 tie with a power play goal at 6:10 of the second period. After an attempt in the left faceoff circle by Brendan Smith, the puck came out to Almquist at the blue line for a slapper through traffic and past Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun.

The Swedish blueliner added another goal on the man-advantage with 8:10 remaining in the period, firing a shot from the high slot through a screen by Justin Abdelkader.

Pavel Datsyuk rounded out the game’s scoring with 2:01 left in the middle frame, faking around Paul Martin to put a shot from the right circle on Vokoun, then cutting through the slot to pick up his own rebound and backhand it past the Penguins netminder.

Tomas Tatar had gotten Detroit on the board with 7:04 remaining in the first period, stuffing the puck past Vokoun from in close.

Brandon Sutter scored Pittsburgh’s only goal of the game 1:05 into the second period, snapping a shot past Jimmy Howard on a two-on-one.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Penguins went scoreless on their five chances with the extra attacker.

Howard stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced across the first two periods. Petr Mrazek went 10-for-10 in the third. Vokoun stopped 11 of 15 in 40 minutes before Eric Hartzell took over and stopped all four shots he faced.

Franzen Leads Red Wings over Panthers

Johan Franzen scored 4:40 into the third period Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was his 14th game winning goal in his last forty games played.

Franzen tipped a blueline shot from Niklas Kronwall past Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun with the Red Wings on a power play.

Detroit had taken a 2-0 lead early on goals by Marian Hossa.

With 2:53 remaining in the first period, Hossa threw a shot on goal from the corner, banking it off of goaltender Craig Anderson and into the net.

At 1:37 of the second, Hossa scored again on a slapper from the top of the faceoff circle, chasing Anderson.

The Panthers rallied before the end of the middle frame on goals by Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss.

Zednik scored at 6:02 of the period, backhanding the rebound of a Bryan McCabe shot past Ty Conklin.

Weiss snapped a wrister past Conklin with 8:09 left in the second, evening the game up.

Filppula’s Penalty Shot Helps Red Wings Past Panthers

For the second time in three games, Valtteri Filppula scored on a penalty shot attempt, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the visiting Florida Panthers.

Filppula’s goal was the final goal of the game, coming with 8:43 left in the third period. Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun threw his stick while Filppula tried to score, forcing an automatic penalty shot.

On the chance, Filppula tried the same move that was successful on Monday night in Nashville. Vokoun didn’t fall for the fake but missed on an attempted poke check, giving Filppula room to score on the stick side.

It was the second penalty shot of the night for the Red Wings. Pavel Datsyuk missed on a chance 3:29 earlier after being tripped while going to the goal.

Datsyuk had opened the game’s scoring at 6:18 of the first, with Detroit on a five-on-three. Brian Rafalski sent the puck down from the high slot to Henrik Zetterberg, parked to Vokoun’s left. Zetterberg sent a cross-crease pass to Datsyuk who put it back in the middle, banking it in off of Vokoun.

The Panthers rallied and then took the lead on a pair of lucky bounces in the second period.

Just 46 seconds in, Olli Jokinen threw the puck across the crease. It bounced off of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and floated into the net.

Only 4:13 later, Radek Dvorak put the puck out front. Chris Chelios attempted to clear but knocked it off of his own skate and across the goal line, putting Florida out in front.

A power play goal by Johan Franzen pulled the Red Wings back into a tie at 8:58 of the period. With Detroit on a power play and Rostislav Olesz hurt, the Red Wings controlled the puck long enough for Niklas Kronwall to work it down low to Jiri Hudler. Hudler couldn’t control it but it bounced to the other side of the crease where Franzen put it home.

The Red Wings took over in the third, scoring twice in 1:04 before Filppula’s penalty shot finished things off.

Dan Cleary scored at 5:40 of the period putting home a rebound chance and Brian Rafalski added a power play goal with a rifled shot from the blue line that deflected over Vokoun’s shoulder.

Detroit finished the night with a season-high 46 shots, of which 41 were stopped by Vokoun. Goaltender Chris Osgood stopped 33 of Florida’s 35 chances for his fifteenth win of the season.

The Red Wings are back in action on Monday night when they host the Washington Capitals.

It was the first game in Red Wings history to feature two Detroit penalty shot attempts… The win was head coach Mike Babcock‘s 200th.

Red Wings Close Out Season Series with Win over Nashville

The Detroit Red Wings came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday night, closing out the eight-game regular season series between the two teams.

With the two points, the Red Wings move into a tie atop the Central Division and Western Conference with Nashville. The Predators hold the first tiebreaker, with two more wins on the season than the Red Wings. The Red Wings have one game in hand.

The Predators opened the scoring with a power play goal at 9:10 of the first period. Jean-Pierre Dumont got the puck near the left side of the crease but threw it down to David Legwand at the bottom of the left circle. Legwand lifted a shot over Detroit netminder Chris Osgood to give Nashville the early lead.

Johan Franzen evened things up with 5:52 remaining in the period. Franzen passed the puck off to Todd Bertuzzi to gain the Nashville zone and then jumped forward. Bertuzzi sent it over to Pavel Datsyuk in the high slot, who pushed it forward to Franzen for a quick wrister past Nashville’s Tomas Vokoun.

Datsyuk added a goal of his own on the power play at 7:30 of the second. Bertuzzi put the puck out front from behind the net to Tomas Holmstrom, who’s attempt from the top of the crease didn’t get past Vokoun. Datsyuk jumped in and pulled the puck away from Vokoun before banging it past him for what would hold up as the game-winning goal.

Osgood made 24 saves on 25 shots while improving to 3-0-1 against the Predators this season. Vokoun stopped 28 of 30 shots against.

Each team had a power play goal. Detroit three power play tries while Nashville had five, including one in the game’s final minutes during which Vokoun was pulled for the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will look to pass Nashville for the divison and conference lead on Friday night when they host the Dallas Stars.

The two assists were Bertuzzi’s first points as a Red Wing.

Red Wings Open Home-and-Home with Win over Predators

In the first game of a home-and-home series, the Detroit Red Wings held off third-period pressure by the Nashville Predators to pick up a 5-2 win.

The win lifts the Red Wings to within one point of the Predators in the Central Division standings with one game in hand.

Nashville had four power play opportunities in the third period and converted on one of them.

Martin Erat scored for the Predators on a two-man advantage at 5:07 of the period. A Shea Weber blast from the blue line was stopped by Detroit goalie Chris Osgood but Erat got the rebound at the side of the net and put it in, pulling the Predators to within a goal.

Nashville wasn’t able to even things up and Detroit scored twice at the end of the period to seal the game.

Attempting to throw a pass across the top of the crease with 2:02 remaining, Kyle Calder scored when the puck deflected off the skate of Marek Zidlicky and over Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun‘s shoulder.

Valtteri Filppula put the game away 41 seconds later after stealing the puck at the Detroit blue line with Vokoun on the way to the bench. Filppula raced in on the goal as Vokoun got back but the netminder never got settled and Filppula whipped a shot past him to make the final score 5-2.

The Red Wings opened the game’s scoring just 1:39 into the game when Robert Lang banged the puck through a crowd in front of the Nashville net and past Vokoun.

Rookie Alexander Radulov tied the game at 7:02, ripping a shot from the high slot past Osgood with Nashville on a power play.

Early in the second period, Kirk Maltby put Detroit back out in front. Filppula moved the puck into the Nashville zone and got it deep to Kris Draper, who moved behind the net and sent it out front to Maltby. Maltby lifted a shot over Vokoun at 4:30 to make it a 2-1 game.

Jiri Hudler extended the Detroit lead at 1:24 of the third, scoring on a one-timer off Vokoun’s glove from a pass by Calder.

Both of Nashville’s goals came on the power play, which they had eight chances with, including the two-on-one that led to Erat’s tally. Detroit was held scoreless on three chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood made 29 saves on 31 shots against, including key stops with the Predators threatening to pull even in the third. Vokoun stopped 25 of the 30 Detroit chances he faced.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Detroit.

The Predators lost Erat in the third period after a collision with teammate Jason Arnott.

Injured Red Wings Earn Shootout Win over Predators

The Detroit Red Wings were missing several of their regulars but still managed to pick up a 4-3 shootout win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night.

Without Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Mikael Samuelsson, and Dan Cleary, it fell to Johan Franzen to be the shootout hero, scoring in the fourth round to put the Red Wings out in front. Chris Osgood stopped Martin Erat to preserve the victory.

In the first round of the tiebreaker, Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit. Paul Kariya evened things in the second round.

Nashville forced the shootout with 8:18 remaining in regulation on a goal by Greg Zanon. Zanon floated a shot on net from the left point that went through a three-player screen and hit Osgood’s arm, bouncing off his shoulder and just across the goal line.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring 4:23 into the game when Pavel Datsyuk broke down the right wing and cut to the net, lifting a shot from in close over Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun‘s shoulder and into the top of the net.

The Predators replied with 4:52 remaining in the period on a power play, when a Paul Kariya shot from the right circle trickled through Osgood’s pads and Erat jumped up to poke it into the net.

Jason Arnott one-timed a blast past Osgood at 5:11 of the second period to give the Predators their only lead of the game.

Two goals in 25 seconds put Detroit back out in front.

With 7:30 remaining in the period, Robert Lang put the rebound of a Mathieu Schneider shot past Vokoun with the Red Wings on the power play.

Just seconds later, Lang sprung Schneider free to break up the middle of the ice all alone and wrist a shot past Vokoun, his 200th career goal.

Vokoun finished the game with 32 saves on the 35 shots he faced. Osgood made 24 saves on 27 shots against.

Each team scored once on the power play. Nashville had three tries with the extra skater while Detroit had five, including a long five-on-three in the first period that they couldn’t score on.

The shootout win means the Red Wings gain one point on the Predators in the Central Division standings, putting them one point back with a game in hand. The two teams will face each other three more times this season, including a home-and-home next week.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

The win was coach Mike Babcock‘s 100th with the Red Wings.

Predators Down Red Wings in OT to Pull Even in Standings

The Nashville Predators scored twice in the game’s final 3:15, bouncing back to earn an overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Nashville’s gaining of a point on Detroit pulls the two teams even atop the Western Conference standings.

With 1:04 remaining in regulation and the Nashville net empty, Paul Kariya deflected a long shot by Dan Hamhuis past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood to tie the game.

Kariya threaded a pass from the right circle through the legs of defender Niklas Kronwall to Peter Forsberg to tap in the game-winning goal from the edge of the crease at 2:11 of the overtime period.

The former Duck also scored Nashville’s first goal with 1:54 remaining in the first period, slipping through the left circle and wristing a quick shot on net that beat Osgood to the short side.

Tomas Holmstrom scored the first of his three power play goals to pull the Red Wings even just 38 seconds into the second, banging the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot over Predators’ netminder Tomas Vokoun.

Holmstrom would put Detroit out in front 1:49 later with the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, tipping a shot by Mathieu Schneider into the net.

Detroit-area native David Legwand re-tied the game with 8:56 remaining in the middle period, taking a long pass from Marek Zidlicky at the Detroit blue line and breaking in to push a backhander past Osgood.

Holmstrom’s hat-trick goal gave the Red Wings a short-lived late-game lead. After being cross-checked from behind at the front of the crease, Holmstrom got up just in time to pick the puck up as it bounced off the back boards and stuff it home with 5:08 remaining.

The Predators were held off the board on three power play chances while Holmstrom’s three power play goals on seven Detroit tries weren’t enough for the win.

Osgood stopped 25 of 29 shots against. Vokoun made 41 saves on 44 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday when they visit Chicago in the first game of a home-and-home with the Blackhawks.

Four Second-Period Goals Lead Red Wings over Predators

The Detroit Red Wings scored four times in the second period Wednesday night, completing a come-from-behind victory over the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

With the Red Wings trailing 2-1 entering the middle frame, Henrik Zetterberg spun through the right circle and put a backhander through Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun and into the net just 1:32 in.

The goal was Zetterberg’s second of the night and the second questionable goal Vokoun gave up, leading to his early exit as Chris Mason replaced him in the Nashville crease.

Dan Hamhuis put the Predators back out in front just 53 seconds later with a long wrist shot that evaded defenders and attacking forwards alike before slipping past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

With 7:38 remaining in the period and the Red Wings on a power play that saw them in full control of the puck, Pavel Datsyuk threaded a pass to Nicklas Lidstrom in the slot to redirect the puck past Mason and even things up again.

Jiri Hudler gave Detroit the lead 1:54 later, rifling a high wrist shot into the net for his second goal in as many games.

With 1:00 remaining in the period, Tomas Holmstrom added what would become an insurance goal with a wrist shot from the slot.

Neither team scored in the third period as the Red Wings preserved their lead to earn the win.

The Predators had gotten on the board early with Greg Zanon‘s first career goal at 6:35 of the opening period.

Zetterberg’s first of the night tied things back up 50 seconds later but Jordin Tootoo gave Nashville the lead after 20 minutes on a tip-in goal with 5:08 remaining in the first.

Hasek made 14 saves on 17 shots on the night, while Vokoun stopped six of eight shots against and Mason went 16-for-19.

Each team had two power plays, with Detroit picking up the lone goal with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, who host Nashville on Thursday night.

Hudler’s goal was his second game-winning goal in as many games.

Red Wings Earn Second Consecutive Shutout

The Detroit Red Wings and goaltender Dominik Hasek didn’t allow a goal for the second game in a row, holding the Nashville Predators scoreless Friday night en route to a 3-0 victory.

As they did Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers, the Red Wings defense started strong, allowing only 8 Nashville shots in the first period.

One of Detroit’s 20 shots in the opening frame was Robert Lang‘s goal at 8:46 of the period. Lang’s centering feed from the bottom of the right faceoff circle bounced back to him off the skate of Nashville’s David Legwand and Lang bounced an off-angle shot between the pads of goalie Tomas Vokoun to put the Red Wings on the board.

A defensive, scoreless second period saw Nashville take only 4 shots but hold the Red Wings to 8.

Nicklas Lidstrom extended the Detroit lead to two goals, scoring on a rebound chance with the Red Wings on the power play 1:28 into the third period.

With the Nashville net empty and 1:19 remaining in the game, Dan Cleary extended his goal-scoring streak to three games.

The Red Wings went 1-for-5 on the power play while stopping all four Nashville chances with the extra attacker.

Hasek stopped 21 shots on the night and Vokoun made 37 saves on 39 shots against.

Detroit will be back in action on Tuesday when they begin a road trip through Western Canada in Vancouver.

Brad Norton – called up to take the roster spot of the injured Jason Williams – was a healthy scratch, as was defenseman Andreas Lilja.

Red Wings Bounce Back to Beat Predators

The Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals to turn a game in which they trailed 2-1 into a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

The Red Wings tied the game with 35 seconds remaining in the first period, when Tomas Holmstrom deflected a shot from the left wing boards by Nicklas Lidstrom with Detroit on a power play.

After a scoreless second period, the Red Wings pulled into the lead 1:42 into the third. With Robert Lang and Steve Yzerman fighting for the puck on the left side of the ice, Brendan Shanahan got open in the slot. Yzerman got the puck free and sent it to Shanahan, who moved around Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun and put the puck into the net.

Jason Williams closed the game’s scoring, one-timing a chance from the slot past Vokoun on a pass from the bottom of the right circle by Yzerman.

Nashville had opened the scoring with 6:31 remaining in the first, when a series of quick passes got the puck to Mike Sillinger alone in the left circle to wrist a shot past Detroit netminder Manny Legace for a power play goal.

Just 40 seconds later, Kris Draper scored off the rebound of a Pavel Datsyuk shot while the two skated in on an odd-man rush.

Nashville breifly regained their lead 27 seconds later, when Scott Hartnell deflected a long shot by Brendan Witt past Legace.

Both goaltenders finished the night having faced 34 shots, with Legace making 32 saves and Vokoun stopping 30 chances.

Detroit went one-for-six on the power play while Nashville went one-for-eight.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the second of four games in five nights.

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