Late Goals Lift Red Wings over Oilers

Two late power play goals helped the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Benoit Pouliot was in the penalty box for spearing Jonathan Ericsson when Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening scored in the game’s final minute to turn a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 win for Detroit.

With 34 seconds left in regulation, Datsyuk’s attempted pass from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to Justin Abdelkader at the top of the crease deflected off Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks and past goalie Viktor Fasth to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

Glendening would add an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining to round out the scoring.

The Oilers had gotten things started with a power play goal of their own with 4:31 remaining in the opening period. Jeff Petry threw a pass from the blue line down the left wing to Jordan Eberle, who cut to the goal at a hard angle and beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Kyle Quincey knotted things up at 10:44 of the second, picking up the rebound of his own blocked shot from the left faceoff dot and carrying it towards the slot before snapping the puck over Fasth’s glove.

Abdelkader made it 2-1 with 1:31 left in the period with a net-front deflection of a Niklas Kronwall shot on the power play.

It was 2-2 with 4:05 left in regulation when Eberle scored his second of the night for Edmonton, taking a pass from behind the net by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to beat Howard from the left circle.

The Red Wings’ three power play goals came on six attempts with the extra skater. The Oilers scored once on three power play tries.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots. Fasth stopped 37 of 40 Detroit attempts.

The Red Wings wrap up the Western Canadian portion of their six-game road trip on Wednesday in Calgary.

Detroit forward Tomas Jurco was held out of the third period with back spasms. He will not play in Calgary… Defenseman Jakub Kindl remained out of the lineup with a wrist injury… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

Abdelkader’s Hat Trick Leads Red Wings in Rout of Ducks

Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader scored his first career NHL hat trick on Friday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the first of a pair of meetings between the teams.

The Red Wings’ win snapped Anaheim’s home winning streak at 13 games. Their last loss at home had been the home opener.

The Ducks thought they had gotten on the board midway through the first on a play in which Emerson Etem was ruled to have kicked the puck in behind Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Teemu Selanne got one that counted with 8:29 remaining, however, tipping a pass from Kyle Palmeri past Howard on a three-on-two.

Abdelkader tied things up 2:05 later. After getting the puck in the neutral zone, Abdelkader broke into the Anaheim zone alone down the right wing. He got around Sheldon Souray in the corner and cut to the front of the net, shoveling the puck between Viktor Fasth‘s pads to make it 1-1.

After a scramble to the left of Fasth, Pavel Datsyuk corralled a loose puck on the other side of the crease and lifted it into the open side of the net on a Detroit power play to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with 5:01 left in the opening period.

Abdelkader was back on the board at 3:06 of the second, snapping a shot from the left faceoff dot past Fasth and chasing the Anaheim netminder from the net. He completed the hat trick with 7:14 left in the middle period, snapping a shot past Jonas Hiller from the high slot after a Ducks turnover at the blue line.

Johan Franzen closed out the scoring with 4:43 left in regulation when his attempted centering pass to Abdelkader in the slot was deflected in off an Anaheim defender.

Datsyuk’s goal – the game-winner – was the only power play goal of the night. The Red Wings had two tries with the extra attacker while the Ducks had three.

Howard finished the night with 33 saves on 34 shots to earn the win. Fasth took the loss with eight saves on 11 shots in 23:06 of play while Hiller stopped ten of the remaining 12 Detroit chances.

The two teams will meet again at the Honda Center on Sunday.

With the win, the Red Wings improved to 6-5-4 all-time in the first game of two consecutive regular season games against the same opponent in the same venue.

Third Period Collapse Dooms Red Wings in 5-2 loss to Ducks

A pair of goals in the first two minutes of the third period put the Detroit Red Wings in a hole Friday night and they were unable to recover, dropping a 5-2 decision to the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Andrew Cogliano scored at 1:02 of the final period to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Cogliano picked off a Niklas Kronwall pass in the neutral zone and gave the puck to Saku Koivu on the right wing. Koivu passed it back through Kronwall to Cogliano in the slot for a tip past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard for what would be the game-winning goal.

Just 38 seconds later, Bobby Ryan banged home the rebound of his own chance on an odd-man rush to put the Ducks up by a pair.

Cogliano closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal in the closing minutes, capitalizing when the Red Wings were unable to get through the neutral zone with the extra attacker.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings opened the scoring at 3:01 of the second. Defenseman Jakub Kindl got the puck in the high slot and fed rookie Joakim Andersson in the right circle to lift a shot over Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth for his first career goal.

The Ducks countered 26 seconds later. Off a faceoff, Ryan Getzlaf gathered up the puck on the left wing boards and passed to Matt Beleskey all alone in the slot for a shot past Howard.

Rookie Tomas Tatar‘s second of the season put the Wings back in front at 6:32 of the period on a power play. Tatar picked up the rebound of a Damien Brunner chance from up high and skated it across the top of the crease, putting a shot into the open side of the net.

Again, the Ducks responded quickly, evening things up at 7:37. Wings defenseman Ian White held the puck behind the Detroit net as the team made a change but when he attempted to make an outlet pass, his stick snapped and the puck went straight to Beleskey. Beleskey sent it to Corey Perry, who got a couple chances from in close before knocking it past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 36 shots against. Fasth made 26 saves on 28 shots.

Detroit’s power play went one-for-four on the night with the penalty kill stopping all three Anaheim tries.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk for the game, the latest injury to hit the team. With Datsyuk out, Gustav Nyquist was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pregame: Ducks @ Red Wings – 2/15

Coming off a relatively awful outing against the St. Louis Blues (in which they still managed to claim a point), the Red Wings host a streaking Anaheim Ducks team tonight.

The Ducks are 7-2-1 in their last ten games, sit second in the Western Conference, and rookie starting goalie Viktor Fasth is unbeaten with a 1.74 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, get more beat up by the day. Mikael Samuelsson will not be returning to the lineup tonight, as had been hoped earlier in the week, and an as-yet-unnamed other forward is possibly out tonight as well. Gustav Nyquist has been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill in, with the injured Todd Bertuzzi going on IR to make room.

Jimmy Howard gets the start for the Wings.

Random stat: Detroit is 17-15-1 all time on February 15. They last played on February 15 in 2009, a 6-5 shootout loss to Colorado.

Game time is 7:30 on FSD.