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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 11:07 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal
Petr Mrazek goes through his pre-game routine before facing the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin on Wednesday night's nationally televised game at Joe Louis Arena, (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – For the second time in more than a week, Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will try to break a tie with former Washington teammate and Red Wings great Sergei Fedorov for most NHL goals by a Russian-born player.

The 30-year-old Ovechkin has gone three games without a goal since tying Fedorov with No. 483 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 7. The last time Ovechkin experienced a four-game goal drought? Last December.

For the second time, goalie Petr Mrazek draws the Capitals and the daunting task of trying to prevent Ovechkin from passing Fedorov.

“Nobody wants to let that goal in,” Mrazek said. “I will do my best. He tried it three games ago and tonight he’s going to try him again.”

Last Tuesday's game, a 1-0 win for the Red Wings, Ovechkin tied a personal best with 15 shots on goal. According to the NHL, he is the first player in the to register that many shots without scoring a goal since the league began tracking shots in the 1967-68 season.

Mrazek did everything he could to stop Ovechkin, who fired four shots at the Red Wings’ net in the opening five minutes – including three on the Capitals first power play chance – of the game.

With Luke Glendening in the penalty box for hooking, the Wings kept the Capitals off the board.

Moments later, Dylan Larkin gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead when he beat goalie Braden Holtby with a low wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle. Larkin’s sixth of the season ties him with Chicago’s Artemi Panarin, Buffalo’s Jack Eichel and Vancouver’s Jared McCann for fourth on the league’s rookie scoring list.

Pavel Datsyuk, playing in his fourth game since returning from off-season ankle surgery, picked up the lone assist – his first point of the season.

The Red Wings had a very good chance to build a two-goal lead on their first power play opportunity of the night. With Larkin in the penalty box, Darren Helm created his own great scoring chance, jumping the passing route to intercept Nicklas Backstrom’s pass into the slot. The Wings’ speedy forward cruised in a on shorthanded breakaway but Holtby transitioned across the crease to his left to make the save.

The Capitals did get the equalizer on the same power play. Standing all alone to the left on Mrazek, forward Justin Williams redirected Matt Niskanen’s hard pass from the blue line behind the Wings’ netminder.

Ovechkin finished the period with five of his team’s 10 shots on goal. Justin Abdelkader had a team-high three shots for the Red Wings in that period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (Datsyuk), 2:48; 2. WSH, Williams PPG (Niskanen, Backstrom), 10:54.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Glendening (hooking), 3:29; 2. WSH, Schmidt (hooking), 7:20; 3. DET, Larkin (hooking), 9:20; 3. DET, Tatar (tripping), 11:40; 4. DET, DeKeyser (interference), 16:15.

SHOTS: Detroit 7, Washington 10.

Mrazek wasn’t tested all that much in the second. However, he made a nice kick save on Nate Schmidt when the Caps defenseman cruised down the right wing, beating Danny DeKeyser into the Wings’ zone before snapping a blast late in the period.

Scoring chances were definitely limited in the period, though Datsyuk had a sneaky one late. The Wings’ center got a stick on Jonathan Ericsson’s low liner from the point, but Holtby made an alert save on the deflection.

The Red Wings caught the Caps’ defense napping on a late line change. As Detroit headed out of its own end, Henrik Zetterberg spotted Teemu Pulkkinen jumping over the boards behind the two Washington defenders. The captain fired a stretch pass that send Pulkkinen in alone on Holtby, who made the save to score even.

With under a minute to goal, Pulkkinen and Helm teamed up on an excellent chance, but Holtby made a spectacular paddle save. Pulkkinen fired a Howitzer from the left face-off circle that bounced off Holtby and right to Helm who was stationed in front of the crease. It appeared that Wings had regained their one-goal lead when Helm poked the puck toward the goal line. But Holtby reached back and swatted the puck out of harm’s way with his paddle.

It was Helm’s second good scoring chance of the game. He and seven other Red Wings’ regulars – Datsyuk, Glendening, Joakim Andersson, Drew Miller, Mike Green, Alexey Marchenko and Niklas Kronwall – are looking for their first goals of the season.

Ovheckin had one shot in the period. He has six for the game.



PENALTIES: 1. WSH, Alzner (holding), 1:33.

Detroit 13 (20), Washington 8 (18).

Coach Jeff Blashill made a slight adjustment in the second period, switching up his first and third lines, putting Pulkkinen with Zetterberg and Abdelkader. Meanwhile, Gustav Nyquist moved to the third line with center Andreas Athanasiou and Miller.

The Red Wings coach stuck with that alignment in the third.

The Capitals’ power play, which ranks sixth in the league this season with 11 goals already, got tuned up early in the period. But the Wings’ penalty killers were up to the task when DeKeyser went to the box for delay of game.

For the first – and only time – Wednesday, the Caps’ power play did not register a shot on goal as the Wings cleared the puck down the ice three times.

With 6:25left in regulation, Mrazek was momentarily shaken up when he was drilled in the face by a John Carlson shot from point-blank range. At the same time, Niklas Kronwall suffered a cut above the left eye when he got tangled up with Marchenko and T.J. Oshie before falling head first into the boards.

After the TV timeout, Schmidt’s shot from the blue line rang off the crossbar behind Mrazek.

The Wings picked up another bad penalty late when they had too many men on the ice. Larkin served the two-minute minute. Fortunately for the Wings, the hustle of the penalty killers prevented any collateral damage.



PENALTIES: 1. DET, DeKeyser (delay of game), 6:39; 2. DET, Larkin (too many men), 17:08

SHOTS: Detroit 6 (26), Washington 8 (26).


Datsyuk fell down in the opening minute of OT, allowing the Capitals to transition to the offensive where Kuznetsov collected his second game-winning goal of the season just 45 seconds into the extra session.

The Caps’ leading scorer – he has six goals and 18 points – coasted down the left wing before launching a wrist shot that squeezed under Mrazek’s right arm.

The Red Wings are now 3-2 in overtime. Detroit’s only other OT loss came at Calgary on Oct. 23. The Capitals are 3-1.


1. WSH, Kuznetsov (Niskanen, Alzner), 0:45


SHOTS: Detroit 0 (26), Washington 1 (27).

POSTED ON Monday, 11.16.2015 / 10:13 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal
Dylan Larkin reacts to his first-period goal that gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead over the Senators. (Photo by Getty Images)

KANATA, Ontario – The Red Wings are in Ottawa to wrap up a two-game road trip by the Senators in what will be Detroit’s third game in four nights.

The Wings are coming off a 3-1 loss Saturday at Boston, where they had 23 shots, but missed the net another 18 times. In total, the Wings had 57 attempts against the Bruins, but only managed to get a season-low 40.4 percent through on Tuukka Rask.

On more than one occasion since Saturday’s loss, coach Jeff Blashill has blasted the team’s offensive shortfall, including the fact that they own the league-low for shots on goal with 25.3 per game.

“If you only have 23 shots you don’t get as many chances to get seconds,” Blashill said. “It’s not from a lack of opportunity to be in the zone. It’s not from not shooting the puck. For the most part we didn’t have too many times where we were too cute. I didn’t see a whole lot of those on tape. I saw a lot of missed nets. We got to do a better job of hitting the net, making the goalie make saves.”

The Red Wings get Teemu Pulkkinen back in the lineup tonight. The sniper missed Saturday’s game with a sore neck. He will replace Joakim Andersson on the third line with Andreas Athanasiou and Drew Miller.

Jimmy Howard gets his ninth start of the season and his second against the Senators. He suffered a 3-1 loss to Ottawa at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 30.

Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings for tonight:










For the first time this month, the Red Wings built a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist.

The newly formed line of Tatar, Datysuk and Larkin struck first converting a neutral-zone turnover into a 1-0 lead at 9:12 of the period. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser intercepted a pass and shuttled the puck to Larkin, who had to first dodge a hip check by Senators captain Erik Karlsson en route to the net. From there it appeared Larkin diped below the goal line before banking a shot off Sens goalie Craig Anderson.

A few moments later, defenseman Mike Green joined the rush, drawing an assist in his second consecutive game for the first time as a Red Wing as Nyquist recorded his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

The two goals were a pleasure to see for the Red Wings, who have struggled to score five on five. The two goals give them 18 five-on-five goals in 15-plus games.

The Senators, however, cut their deficit when Mike Hoffman scored with Larkin in the penalty box serving an interference minor.

Ottawa nearly tied the game late in the period, but Matt Puempel sent a rebound behind Jimmy Howard and out the other side of the crease.


SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (DeKeyser), 9:12; 2. DET, Nyquist (Abdelkader, Green), 11:01; 3. OTT, Hoffman PPG (Karlsson, Stone), 16:10.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (interference), 14:13.

Detroit 8, Ottawa 8.

It’s been a very long time, but what the Red Wings call the fourth line finally registered a goal. Detroit switched up his lines before Monday’s game, deploying the trio of Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan as its grind line against the Senators.

The threesome kept pressure in the zone late in the period where Glendening managed to tie up a Senators’ defenseman for Helm and Sheahan, who simultaneously reached for the loose puck in the crease to the right of Anderson.

Sheahan got to the puck first, scoring his second goal in the past 14 games.

It was one of the greasy goals, the second- or third-chance goals that the Wings haven’t been getting recently.

Through two periods the Red Wings have gotten 52.5 percent of their shot attempts through to the Senators net.


1. DET, Sheahan (Glendening, Green), 16:24.

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Glendening (hooking), 0:25; 2. OTT, Hoffman (slashing), 2:22.

SHOTS: Detroit 13 (21), Ottawa 7 (15).

It wasn’t the kind of start to the third that the Red Wings wanted when the Senators took advantage of a defensive collapse in the attacking zone.

The Red Wings couldn’t get the puck out of their own zone and the Sens made them pay the consequences. Glendening broke his stick and tried clearing the puck with is gloved hand. But his attempt hit a leg and ricocheted to Sens defenseman Chris Wideman, who rifled a shot from the high slot that beat Howard at 3:13.

The pace definitely picked up once the Senators got within a goal of the Red Wings’ lead.

Ottawa had a few chances to pull even, but Howard made a couple nice saves and the defense did a nice job in transitioning the puck out of their own zone. On the other end, Athanasiou used his speed to break in on Anderson, but the Senators goalie glided to his left to stop a backhand shot and prevent the Wings from regaining a two-goal lead.

Detroit had the only power play opportunity in the final period. Alex Chiasson slashed Jonathan Ericsson and 14:25. However, the Red Wings failed to convert on their chance, which came back to bite Detroit when Bobby Ryan scored the equalizer moments later.

Ryan sliced his way through Glendening and Green before cutting in front of the net and slipping a backhand shot behind Howard.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Wideman (unassisted), 3:13; 2. OTT, Ryan (Hoffman, Ceci), 17:12.

PENALTIES: 1. OTT, Chiasson (slashing), 14:25.

SHOTS: Detroit 15 (36), Ottawa 10 (25).

Having had a two-goal lead it’s certainly not the finish they expected, but the Wings got the win when Tomas Tatar cruised into the Senators end and fired a shot that beat Anderson. It was Tatar’s fifth goal of the season and came on the only shot in overtime.

The Red Wings (9-8-1) return home where they will host the Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is 8 p.m. EDT.

Ovheckin is one goal away from setting a new NHL record for Russian-born goal scorers. The Capitals’ captain is currently tied with Hockey Hall of Famer and Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov with 483 career goals.


SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Nyquist), 2:04.


SHOTS: Detroit 1 (37), Ottawa 0 (25).

POSTED ON Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 9:35 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Jeff Blashill began tinkering with his forward lines in the second period of Friday’s home game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Red Wings’ coach didn’t stop Saturday.

Detroit opened with a new set of lines that featured Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Andreas Athanasiou and Luke Glendening up the middle.

The Wings started the games with the following lines:


While the Wings tried figuring out line chemistry, they struggled in the defensive end of the ice as sort-out problems continue to plague this team early in the season. Fortunately, that’s where Petr Mrazek – who was making his 10th start of the season – came up big again, stopping all 12 shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes.

Offensively, the Wings had trouble sustaining any type of zone time. In fact, they went nearly seven minutes before getting their first shot on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. It was with 13:02 showing on the clock, that Athanasiou cut in from the right wing and slipped a soft backhander toward Rask for the team’s first SOG.

Moments later, Dylan Larkin hit the post after the midway point of the period.

But though it all, the Wings managed to head to the first intermission without any damage done. They perhaps had the best scoring chance late in the period when Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader cruised in on a 2 on 1. But Rask made a magnificent sliding save on Abdelkader’s redirection from a centering pass by the Wings’ captain.




SHOTS: Detroit 5, Boston 12.

Getting shots to the net continued to be problematic for the Wings as they went the first seven minutes of the period without getting anything on Rask.

The Bruins got the first power play chance when Darren Helm picked up a hooking minor at 2:12. Boston managed to keep pressure on for nearly the entire two-minute man advantage. But Detroit’s defense did a fine job of cutting down the shooting lanes, particularly Alexy Marchenko, who had two blocks during the sequence.

Patrice Bergeron gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 7:18. The Bruins’ center zipped across the blue line before whistling a high shot that struck Mrazek in the right shoulder. The puck fluttered high over the goalie before landing in the blue paint behind him, where Bergeron, who out-raced Tomas Tatar to the net, tapped the puck into the open net.

Four minutes later, the Bruins had a two-goal lead when David Krejci scored his team-leading eight goal of the season at 11:10. Loui Eriksson sent Krejci on his way with a beautiful cross-ice pass from the far blue line. From there, Krejci turned defenseman Jakub Kindl inside out before unleashing a low wrist shot that beat Mrazek.

The Wings’ power play finally got a crack at the 30th ranked penalty kill in the league when Dennis Seidenberg was called for tripping the speedy Athanasiou at 14:38. But Detroit only got one shot (Zetterberg) as Boston’s penalty killers cleared the zone three times.

Torey Krug, the Livonia, Mich., native who played for Blashill in the USHL, scored a highlight-reel goal to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The goal was made possible by Brad Marchand, who weaved through two broken sticks as he coasted in alone down the right wing. Without much of an angle to shoot, he dropped a pass back to Krug who was trailing the play and used Mike Green as a screen.


SCORING: 1. BOS. Bergeron (Beleskey, Chara), 7:18; 2. BOS, Krejci (ErikssonTrotman), 11:10; 3. Krug (Marchand, Miller), 17:00.

PENALTIES: DET, Helm (hooking), 2:12; 2. BOS, Seidenberg (tripping), 14:38.

SHOTS: Detroit 8 (13), Boston 12 (24).

The lack of offense is obviously disturbing. Following Saturday’s loss, the Red Wings have just 15 five-on-five goals in the past 15 games. They scored seven even-strength goals in the first two games of the season in wins over Toronto and at Carolina.

Detroit prevented the shutout early in the period. The power play struck pay dirt for the first time in nine opportunities when Abdelkader scored for the first time since signing a new seven-year extension earlier in this week. The power-play goal ended a personal 14-game scoring drought for the Muskegon native.

The Wings’ power play had another chance late in the period, but even when they lifted Mrazek for a 6-on-4 advantage in the final three minutes of regulation, they couldn’t get enough pressure in the Boston zone.

The Wings have lost five straight to Boston and haven’t won a regular-season game at TD Garden since Oct. 14, 2013.


SCORING: 1. DET, Abdelkader, PPG (Kronwall, Green), 6:37;

PENALTIES: 1. BOS, Rinaldo (tripping), 6:09; 2. BOS, McQuaid (boarding), 16:18.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (23), Boston 7 (31).

POSTED ON Sunday, 11.8.2015 / 4:37 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal
Andreas Athanasiou

DETROIT – The Red Wings are adding more speed to the lineup Sunday afternoon with the call up of Andreas Athanasiou from the club’s minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids.

The speedy Athanasiou, who was the Red Wings fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has produced 18 goals and 37 points in 64 games in the American Hockey League.

Athanasiou had a very impressive preseason, leading the club with four goals and three assists in five exhibition contests. He also finished tied with Dylan Larkin for the team lead in shots on goal with 15.

Through eight games with the Griffins this season, Athanasiou has been held to a goal and an assist with a minus-5 rating.

He is the second prospect to make his NHL debut with the Red Wings this season.

Athanasiou took his first NHL shift centering a line with Jokaim Andersson and Teemu Pulkkinen, and immediately put a body check on Jordie Benn in the Stars’ end.

Athanasiou won his first NHL face-off, beating the Stars’ Vernon Fiddler in the neutral zone at 7:59. The Wings’ rookie certainly added energy in the first, finishing the period with two hits, a blocked shot and winning 2-of-3 draws.

Meanwhile, the Stars built a 2-0 lead on goals by Patrick Sharp and Valeri Nichushkin.

Sharp’s goal came on the power play as Dallas capitalized on the first penalty of the game when Larkin headed to the box for interfering with Cody Eakin at 7:04. Just 18 seconds later the Stars grabbed a 1-0 lead when Sharp popped the puck behind Jimmy Howard, who was making his seventh start of the season.

Nichushkin, the Stars’ first-round draft pick in 2013, scored his first of the season by beating Brendan Smith to a rebound to the right of Howard at 15:19.

The Red Wings trimmed their deficit when Gustav Nyquist scored a power-play goal in the period’s final minute. The goal, Nyquist’s team-leading sixth of the season, came on a redirection from Niklas Kronwall’s hard pass from the blue line. The goal was also Nyquist’s team-best fourth power-play goal.


SCORING: 1. DAL, Sharp PPG (Klingberg, Seguin), 7:22; 2. DAL, Nichushkin (Jo. Benn, Jokipakka), 15:19; 3. DET, Nyquist PPG (Kronwall, Green), 19:33.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (interference), 7:04; 2. DAL, Oduya (hooking), 18:13.

SHOTS: Detroit 8, Dallas 15.

It wasn’t a very good period for the Red Wings, though they still managed to trial by just one goal after 40 minutes.

Detroit had the first power play of the period, but failed to register a shot during the two-minute advantage. Not only didn’t the Wings get a shot on goal, the Stars’ Johnny Oduya managed to snap off a 35-footer, which was knocked aside by Howard.

The second power play chance of the period, the Red Wings managed to keep the puck in the attacking zone for all but the last two second of the man-advantage. But only one shot – that by Niklas Kronwall from the blue line – got through to Kari Lehtonen, who calming deflected the shot with his blocker into the stands.

Athanasiou had a few good chances to pull the Red Wings even late in the period. But with less than four minutes to go in the second he fired one shot high and wide, and the other was stopped by Lehtonen.

This is the second consecutive game that the Red Wings have been held to just three shots in the middle frame. Detroit had three second-period shots in their 2-1 overtime win at Toronto on Saturday.



PENALTIES: 1. DAL, Faksa (tripping), 2:57; 2. DAL, Seguin (too many men), 10:53;.

SHOTS: Detroit 3 (11), Dallas 3 (18).

The Red Wings had another power play chance early in the period, this time when Tyler Seguin was caught high-sticking Luke Glendening along the boards.

However, they got just one shot through on Lehtonen when Pulkkinen cut in on the right struggled more in the third.

Howard had to exit the game after he was accidently kneed in the side of the head by Jason Spezza. The injury occurred as the Stars’ center crashed the net on a 2-on-1 rush. Howard remained face-first on the ice for a bit as the play was allowed to continue before trainer Piet Van Zant attended to the Wings’ goalie.

So with 12:51 left in regulation, Howard, who made 20 saves, was lifted for backup Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings were irate late in this one after it looked like Alec Hemsky left his skates to barrel into Jonathan Ericsson behind the Red Wings’ net. The hit sent Ericsson face first into the board, resulting a sizable cut next to the defenseman’s right eye.

The 6-foot Hemsky wasn’t penalized for the hit. But Ericsson, who is listed at 6-foot-4, retaliated with a punch to the head, received a roughing penalty.

With 2:08 left, the Wings pulled Mrazek for an extra attacker. The tactic didn’t work as the Stars got a pair of empty-net goals from Seguin and Cody Eakin.


SCORING: 1. DAL, Seguin EN (Sharp), 18:52; 2. DAL, Eakin EN (Ja. Benn), 19:41.

PENALTIES: 1. DAL, Seguin (high-sticking), 3:40; 2. DET, Green (hooking), 8:09; 3. DET, Ericsson (roughing), 12:05

SHOTS: Detroit 11 (22), Dallas 8 (26).

POSTED ON Friday, 11.6.2015 / 9:58 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

TORONTO – The Red Wings are looking for their second win of the season over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Detroit posted a 4-0 win over the Leafs, and former coach Mike Babcock, on opening night at Joe Louis Arena.

Scoring first has been paramount for the Red Wings who are 5-1-1 when they score first. Meanwhile, drawing first blood has escaped the Leafs, who have scored first just twice in 12 games.

The Atlantic Division rivals will meet two more times this season – March 13 in Detroit and April 2 at Air Canada Centre.

It was a sluggish start for the Red Wings, who spend most of the first 10 minutes trying to dig the puck out of their own end.

Fortunately, the Leafs didn’t apply an exuberant amount of pressure on Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, who was making his seventh start of the season.

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead when Henrik Zetterberg scored his first goal in three games on a fluky play. The Wings’ captain fired a shot just inside the blue line that Toronto goalie James Reimer misplayed. As Reimer came out to cut the angle, the shot appeared to go off his blocker and rolled into the open net.

The goal was No. 300 of Zetterberg’s 13-season career. He is now the fifth player in franchise history to register 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points. The others are Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov.

Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) is two goals short of joining the Red Wings’ elite group.

Rookie Landon Ferraro was injured early in the period. Shortly after he collided with Leafs defenseman Scott Harrington in the attacking zone, Ferraro left the game with a lower-body injury. He will not return tonight.


SCORING: 1. DET, Zetterberg (Larkin, Abdelkader), 16:41.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Smith (hooking), 18:29.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Toronto 12.

The middle frame was more of what occurred in the first 20 minutes as the Wings spent much of the period in their own end.

Face-offs were a problem for Detroit, limiting puck possession and holding the Wings to three shots on goal in the period by Jakub Kindl, Joakim Andersson and Dylan Larkin.

Larkin provided a little spark with his undeniable speed midway through the period, but nothing that gave the Wings a real scoring chance.

Appearing in his 13th game this season, Larkin is the first 19-year-old to play in more than a dozen games with the Red Wings since Jiri Fischer did it in 1999-2000. Jiri Hudler is the last Red Wing to appear in 12 games as a 19-year-old rookie. He did so in 2003-04.

Once again, Mrazek was stellar, coming up with a couple big saves late in the period, stopping Brad Boyes’ one-timer from the right face-off dot, followed by Nick Spaling in close.



PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ericsson (high-sticking), 0:16; 2. DET, Nyquist (holding), 15:33.

SHOTS: Detroit 3 (12), Toronto 8 (20).

The Red Wings’ play power got its first opportunity early in the first, six-seconds into the frame to be exact.
But it was the Maple Leafs that had the first good scoring chance when former Wings’ draft pick Shawm Mattias moved and alone but whistled a shot wide of the net.

Moments later, Mrazek thwarted Joffrey Lupul, who didn’t get a good shot off from in close.

The Red Wings committed their fourth penalty of the night, the third drawn by Nazem Kadri, when Alexey Marchenko went to the box for tripping at 15:53. Fortunately for the Wings, the Leafs’ power play lacked any sustained pressure, and didn’t get a shot through to Mrazek.

However, the Leafs took advantage of an unlucky situation for the Wings when Marchenko couldn’t clear the zone after his stick broke while battling Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau along the boards near the blue line.

The Leafs managed to get the puck deep where Dion Phaneuf scored from a scramble, flipping the puck off the butt end of Mrazek’s stick handle.


SCORING: 1. TOR, Phaneuf (Bozak, Parenteau), 18:58.

PENALTIES: 1. TOR, Spaling (high-sticking), 0:06; 2. TOR, Bozak (high-sticking), 5:04; 3. TOR, Winnick (high-sticking), 13:02; 4. DET, Marchenko (tripping), 15:53.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (21), Toronto 13 (33)

Gustav Nyquist had a shot to end the overtime, but Reimer, who appeared down and out of the play, managed to get back to his feet to stop Nyquist’s wrap-around chance.

Moments later, Jakub Kindl, who led the Red Wings with four shots on goal, scored the game winner as he joined the rush and snapped a shot into the top of the net behind Reimer.


: 1. DET, Kindl (Pulkkinen, Tatar), 2:17


SHOTS: Detroit 3 (24), Toronto 0 (33)


POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.3.2015 / 10:11 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT – A couple of milestones await Red Wings Drew Miller and Henrik Zetterberg.

Playing in his 500th career NHL game tonight, Miller is one point shy from 100 with the Red Wings since joining the team as a waiver pick up in 2009. Miller, who also played with Anaheim and Tampa Bay, has 56 goals and 114 points in 499 games.

Zetterberg is on the doorstep of becoming the eighth player in franchise history to reach the 300-career plateau. With his next goal, Zetterberg will gain entry into a very elite group of company, joining nine other active NHL stars who has produced 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points in his career.

The others are Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Patrick Marleau, Vincent Lecavalier, Shane Doan, Joe Thornton, Daniel Sedin and Sidney Crosby.

The first period produce limited scoring opportunities for either of the Atlantic Division rivals.

Each team had power-play time; the Red Wings had two chances, mustering four shots on the man advantage.

Detroit’s first power play kept the pressure on the in the offensive zone for nearly the entire two minutes when the Lightning picked up a bench minor for too many men at 8:26. Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jakub Kindl each had shots stopped by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop during the power play.

Kindl may have had the best chance. Late in the power play, Teemu Pulkkinen made a pretty pass from below the goal line out to the Red Wings’ defenseman, who snapped a low shot, which made it through traffic. Chances are Bishop never saw the puck strike his left pad.

The Red Wings’ penalty kill got a boost from Luke Glendening after Justin Abdelkader went to the penalty box for tripping Steven Stamkos.

Playing without the use of his hockey stick, which he snapped earlier in the shift, Glendening blocked back-to-back shots by Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison as Abdelkader’s minor penalty expired late in the period.



PENALTIES: 1. TBL, McGinn (too many men), 8:26; 2. DET, Abdelkader (tripping), 10:55; 3. TBL, Filppula (interference), 13:54.

SHOTS: Detroit 9. Tampa Bay 8.

In the first month of the season, plenty has been made of the Red Wings’ poor zone breakouts and the lack of involvement by their defensemen in the offense.

Well, the Wings first goal of the night was an example of how things should be when those two elements of their team work in unison.

Kindl got the play started from behind the Wings’ net. The defenseman, who spotted an opening in the neutral zone, fired a stretch pass to Tatar, who quickly deflected the puck to Riley Sheahan as he split the defense and cut across the blue line. From there, Sheahan coasted in the zone unopposed before rocketing a shot off of Bishop’s left catching glove.

The period didn’t start out promising for the Red Wings when Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov rushed into the Wings’ zone on a 2 on 1 at 36 seconds. Fortunately for the Wings, Kucherov’s shot sailed over the net.

Midway through the period, Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos went after Larkin, first chasing the rookie through the neutral zone before throwing a left elbow at his head. Larkin took exception, grabbing the 25-year-old around the head.

Both players earned two-minute roughing minors at 6:51.

The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson line raised some havoc with under eight minutes to play. Johnson had a few scoring chances, but Jimmy Howard made two big saves, and Landon Ferraro also blocked a shot during the barrage.

The Lightning got a late break when with Brendan Smith in the box for tripping, Joakim Andersson picked up a delay of game penalty when his clearing attempt went over the glass. At first glance, it looked like Stamkos, who was lifting Andersson’s stick at the time, helped propel the puck into the stands. But after the four on-ice officials met at center ice the original call was overturned, giving the Lightning a 5-on-3 advantage for 73 seconds.

From there, Nikita Kucherov knocked in a rebound that evened the score at 1-1 at 15:58 of the period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Sheahan (Tatar, Kindl), 2:02; 2. TBL, Kucherov PPG (Johnson, Stamkos), 15:58.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (roughing), 6:51; 2. TBL, Stamkos (roughing), 6:51; 3. DET, Smith (tripping), 14:50; 4. DET, Andersson (delay of game), 15:37; 5. TBL, Namestnikov (holding),17:20.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (19), Tampa Bay 9 (17).

Skate! Skate! Skate!

It’s words that Larkin lives by. The rookie has them written on his stick as a reminder to hustle during every shift.

That message came through when he scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Red Wings up 2-1 at 5:54 of the third period.

Larkin’s goal was made possible by another great zone breakout. The play started after Howard, who recovered from a bouncing puck that he had trouble with, made a stop on Ondrej Palat’s rebound. From there, Danny DeKeyser made a pass up to Abdelkader who slipped a pass to Larkin as the two crossed the blue line. Larkin managed to fight off a defender and fired a rising shot from the left face-off circle that got under Bishop’s right arm.

For DeKeyser, the assist was his third point in two games, and as for Abdelkader, it was his first since the second game of the season.


SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (Abdelkader, DeKeyser), 5:54.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ferraro (interference), 7:11.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29), Tampa Bay 13 (30).



POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.3.2015 / 2:10 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Dylan Larkin wrote a reminder on his stick last Saturday in Ottawa. It's a motivational tool that he learned years ago from his dad. (Photo courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit)

DETROITDylan Larkin is definitely turning some heads in the last month.

The Red Wings’ rookie is proving that he belongs in the NHL, having already produced three goals and eight points in 11 games, good enough for fifth among the league's rookie scorers.

The skill that this 19-year-old possesses has been clear from the start. He’s an exceptionally strong skater and sees the ice far better than the average playmaker, all while maintaining an intensity and work ethic that is second to none.

However, it seems skill goes only so far with Larkin, who draws motivation from contemplating certain words and phrases throughout the morning and afternoon of game days.

He's no Jack Handey, though during last Saturday’s win at Ottawa, Fox Sports Detroit cameras got a glimpse at the words ‘skate skate skate’ written in black marker on the white tape atop Larkin’s Bauer Nexus.

“Last year I wrote it on my stick but I always say it to myself too,” Larkin said. “It started probably when I was young. My dad used to say it to me.

“I remind myself throughout the day. It’s just to get into the right mindset.”

Little reminders go a long way for Larkin, who said he found inspiration in quotes and sayings painted on dressing room walls at the University of Michigan as well as the U.S. National Development Team Program.

In Ann Arbor, where Larkin finished his lone collegiate season last spring, phrases attributed to legendary football coach Bo Schembechler, among others, are commonplace throughout historic Yost Arena and other athletic facilities on campus.

“Yost was more tradition and pride,” Larkin said. “ ’The team, the team, the team’ was a big one. All the history was there. The NDTP was big into it too. Every day you’d go down the stairs and it said ‘Take responsibility for your own development’ and you’d tap it. It was a good reminder.”

POSTED ON Friday, 10.30.2015 / 10:46 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT – The search for more offense is underway.

The Red Wings, who are 1-4-1 in the past six games while averaging 1.83 goals in that stretch, are anxious for offense from forward lines other than the top trio led by captain Henrik Zetterberg.

Coach Jeff Blashill juggled the lines before tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Darren Helm returned to centering the third line, Luke Glendening moved back to center the fourth line and Dylan Larkin rejoined Zetterberg’s line as a winger.

First-period goals haven’t come easy for the Red Wings in the first month of the season.

Friday night was no different.

Detroit has registered four first-period goals in 10 games, scoring twice in the opener against Toronto and last Friday at Calgary.

The Wings haven’t scored in eight of 10 first periods.

Jimmy Howard kept the game scoreless by making a number of key saves. His first big stop came when he gloved Mika Zibanejad’s shot after the Senators’ center and Bobby Ryan cruised into the Red Wings zone on a 2 on 1 rush. Jonathan Ericsson, who was the one Wing back, marked Ryan, which left Zibanejad with only one option that he fired into Howard’s glove.

Senators goalie Andrew Hammond stopped all 10 shots he faced.

Detroit definitely had a few opportunities, set up by Larkin. During his fourth shift of the period, he created two great chances, the first came when he wheeled around the Senators’ net and swept a pass out front that handcuffed Zetterberg.

Moments later, Larkin picked up steam as he rushed through the neutral zone, crossed the blue line and made a pretty drop pass to Jakub Kindl. Unfortunately, the defenseman’s shot was blocked by Erik Karlsson.

The Senators struck first when Kyle Turris muscled his way in front of Howard. Taking a drop pass from Mark Stone, the Sens center fought through Glendening and Danny DeKeyser to get the puck under Howard’s pads.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Turris (Stone), 18:46.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (holding the stick), 14:45; 2. OTT, Ceci (holding), 19:14.

SHOTS: Detroit 10, Ottawa 12.

The Red Wings’ power play had more than a few chances in the middle frame. They even a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities. They missed on the first, but finally buried a goal on their second two-man advantage to cut their deficit in half late in the period.

The Wings’ had a great chance to even the score at 1-1 when Larkin was in the right place at the right time on the team’s first power play of the period, but he missed a wide-open net. Hammond directed a rebound off of Teemu Pulkkinen’s absolute missile of a shot that went directly to Larkin, but the rookie misfired, sending a shot through the blue paint between Hammond and the cage.

Moments after Larkin’s chance, the Red Wings had their first 5 on 3 – this one for 25 seconds – when Zack Smith hooked Larkin to the ice. Detroit had one quality shot when Zetterberg fluttered a shot from the top of the left face-off circle, but Hammond had enough time to flash his catching glove and snag the puck out of the air.

The Senators built a two-goal lead when Matt Puempel scored his first of the season.

Ottawa nearly had a three-goal cushion but Karlsson’s point shot hit the post to the left of Howard with about 8 minutes to go in the period.

Detroit finally snapped an 0-for-8 power-play drought at the 19-minute mark. While working a 5 on 3, Pulkkinen fired a shot that was blocked. The puck ricocheted to Zetterberg who beat Hammond who made a valiant diving effort but couldn’t get to the puck in time.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Puempel (Ryan, Karlsson), 10:10; 2. DET, Zetterberg (Pulkkinen, Nyquist), 17:00.

PENALTIES: 1, OTT, Neil (tripping), 3:13; 2. OTT, Smith (hooking), 4:48; 3. DET, Jurco (holding), 6:53; 4. OTT, Ceci (hooking), 15:44; 5. Smith (slashing), 16:37; 6. DET, Smith (tripping), 18:56.

SHOTS: Detroit 11 (21), Ottawa 8 (20).


In an effort to create some energy, Blashill shuffled the lines, replacing Riley Sheahan as the second-line center with Darren Helm.

The move, however, didn’t pay dividends for Detroit.

The Wings were out-shot in the period, 15-9, but again, it was young Larkin, who showed why he belongs in the NHL. The rookie sensation set up his linemates early in the period, but Hammond snuffed out the scoring chance started by Larkin on tic-tac-toe passes to Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, who put the puck into the goalie’s pads.

Blashill pulled Howard with 2 ½ minutes to go in regulation and called a timeout with 1:39 remaining. But Ryan chipped in his second empty-net goal of the season, giving the Senators a 3-1 lead with 55 seconds left.

Detroit registered a season-high 30 shots. It’s the first loss in regulation for the Red Wings when they’ve scored a power-play goal. They are 0-4-1 when they have generated in on the man advantage.

The Red Wings and Senators will conclude their home-and-home, two-game series Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Ryan EN (Michalek, Turris), 19:05.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Kindl (hooking), 8:59.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (30), Ottawa 15 (35).





POSTED ON Sunday, 10.25.2015 / 12:41 AM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

VANCOUVER – By Brendan Smith’s estimation the game Friday at Calgary represented the best that the Red Wings’ defenseman has play so far this season.

He’ll look to top that performance tonight as the Red Wings conclude a three-game Western Canada trip against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Smith scored his first of the season, which was also his second career tally on the power play, and logged a season-high 21:48 of ice time in the 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames.

An offensive-minded blue liner during his college days at the University of Wisconsin, who was a fixture on the Badgers’ power play (and also at AHL Grand Rapids), Smith has made it known that he wants a chance at the NHL level.

“Obviously you haven’t seen me play on the power play I understand,” Smith said Saturday morning at Rogers Arena. “I think for myself I put a lot of pressure on myself because I know that I can play that position. To get that goal there, it’s pretty big for myself just to show that I can do it.”

Now Smith has to prove that Friday’s contribution to the power play was no accident.

“I just have as much pressure and I want to continue to prove that I can do it and it’s not just a fluke of one game,” he said. “It’s obviously a good feeling, but yeah I’ve got to go do it again.”

Besides Friday’s loss, the Red Wings were dealt a bigger blow when they learned that defensemen Mike Green (shoulder) and Kyle Quincey (concussion protocol) aren’t available tonight.

The Red Wings summons Alexey Marchenko from Grand Rapids. The rookie blue liner traveled all day to arrive in Vancouver for his season debut with Detroit.

The 23-year-old Marchenko has one goal and two points in 14 career games with the Red Wings, including 13 games in 2014-15. He will be paired with Danny DeKeyser.

The other defensive pairings will be Smith and Jakub Kindl, and Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson.

Petr Mrazek makes his fourth start of the season while crossing Vancouver off his personal list. Tonight is the goalie’s first career start against the Canucks.

In parts of four seasons, Mrazek has played against 23 different NHL teams. The only clubs left on his list are the Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.

Since winning the first three games of the season, the Red Wings have landed on hard times, going 0-3-1 in their last four games. It’s their longest such skid this early in the season since 1993-94 when they dropped four straight and fell to a 1-5 start after six games.

Jokaim Andersson took a few swipes at a loose puck in front of Ryan Miller. But the Canucks' goalie prevented the Wings' center from scoring late in the first period. (Photo by Getty Images)

Based on the action from the first half of the period it definitely looked like the Red Wings were the team that was playing the second night of back-to-back games.

The Canucks carried most of the play, buzzing around the Wings’ net.

Still, somehow the Red Wings had nearly as many shots on goal as the Canucks did through the opening 20 minutes.

Mrazek had to be strong in the early going, like the real early going, stopping Henrik Sedin’s breakaway chance in the opening seconds. Sedin had another quality chance moments later, but again, Mrazek took up plenty of real estate in the crease to stymie the Canucks’ captain who was appearing in his 1,100th career game on Saturday.

The Red Wings’ power play got off to an auspicious start when Smith’s turnover gave Alex Burrows a shorthanded breakaway. But again, Mrazek was there to extinguish the threat.

Henrik Zetterberg set up the Wings’ first scoring chance when his stretch pass sent Drew Miller in alone on his older brother Ryan. But the Canucks’ goaltender turned aside Drew shot, his 10th career shot on his brother in 10 head-to-head meetings.

The Canucks finally did get to Mrazek when Christopher Tanev scored his first goal of the season on a power play at 13:03.

The Wings picked up the tempo late in the period when Zetterberg’s line worked the puck down low and began to cycle around the zone, which created a few chances.

The next group out, anchored by center Joakim Andersson, had a brilliant opportunity by Ryan Miller stopped Andersson who took a few whacks at the puck inside the crease.


SCORING: 1, VAN, Tanev PPG (Burrows, Hutton), 13:03.

PENALTIES: 1. VAN, Edler (holding), 9:43; 2. DET, Nyquist (hooking), 11:32.

SHOTS: Detroit 7, Vancouver 10.

The middle frame was more of an adventure for Mrazek and the Red Wings’ defense, especially on a pair of early penalty kills.

If not for the outstanding individual effort of Mrazek, the Canucks could have scored five or six more goals, instead of the one that the Wings’ goaltender held them to in the second 20-minutes Saturday.

The Wings managed to kill off Riley Sheahan’s high-sticking penalty, but with Ericsson in the box for tripping 2 ½ minutes later, the Canucks’ power play struck for the second time in the game, building a 2-0 lead at 8:02. Brandon Sutter was the benefactor, scoring his high-leading third goal of the season on Alex Burrows’ perfectly placed centering pass into the slot from below the goal line.

For the second straight night, the Wings were held to four shots in the second period. Saturday’s shots in the middle frame all came from the top scoring line: one each by Zetterberg and Abdelkader, and two by Nyquist.

The Wings’ power play, which scored twice in Calgary, lacked energy against the Canucks’ penalty killers. Through two periods, Detroit is 0-for-3 on the power play with three shots.


SCORING: 1. VAN, Sutter PPG (Burrows, Horvat), 8:02.

PENALTIES: 1. VAN, Hamhuis (hooking), 1:31; 2. DET, Sheahan (high-sticking), 3:54; 3. DET, Ericsson (tripping), 6:35; 4. VAN, McCann (tripping), 8:50.

SHOTS: Detroit 4 (11); Vancouver 12 (23).

Similar to their comeback win at Carolina in the second game of the season, the forward line of Dylan Larkin, Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Tatar gave life to the Red Wings in a game that they were so badly out played.

Detroit made it a one-goal game when Pulkkinen registered his fourth goal of the young season. His speed account for the score when he took Smith’s stretch pass near center ice and raced into the offense zone after pulling away from defenseman Ben Hutton and burying the puck past Ryan Miller.

Then, a high-sticking penalty by Yannick Weber was the conduit the Red Wings needed to even the score. With Abdelkader parked in front of the crease, Tatar deposited the puck into the top of the net behind Miller from the right face-off circle at 6:59.

The Wings had another power play opportunity when Alex Edler was called for holding against Smith. Edler’s penalty negated a Canucks power play. Once Kindl’s penalty expired the Wings had 1:25 of power play time left, but they only produced one shot.


SCORING: 1. DET, Pulkkinen (Smith), 4:25; 2. DET, Tatar PPG (Kronwall, Zetterberg), 6:59.

PENALTIES: 1. VAN, Weber (high-sticking), 6:05; 2. DET, Kindl (interference), 9:30; 3. VAN, Edler (holding), 10:56.

SHOTS: Detroit 12 (23), Vancouver 7 (30).

It was fitting that Mrazek set up the goal that completed the Red Wings unimaginable comeback victory on Saturday.

During a stretch of the OT period that was played a breakneck speeds, the Red Wings’ goalie played the puck and fired a long-distant pass to Nyquist, who scored the game winner at 3:50.

It was the Red Wings second straight game that ended with the 3-on-3 overtime period, and their first win.

The Wings had a golden opportunity when Daniel Sedin dragged Zetterberg down behind the Canucks’ net just 13 seconds into OT.

The Wings’ captain used his left arm to hold Daniel Sedin behind the Canucks’ net.

The Red Wings didn’t score on the 4-on-3 power play, generating just two shots in the two-minute man advantage.

All was forgotten when Mrazek, who made so many fine saves throughout the game came through with his pass to Nyquist.

The Red Wings will return home Sunday afternoon and begin preparations for the Carolina Hurricanes who will make their second and final appearance at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night. It will be the third meeting between the two Eastern Conference clubs in 18 days.

The teams split the first two games with the road team claiming victories. The Wings won the first meeting, 4-3, at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Hurricanes returned the favor, pinning a 5-3 loss on the Wings in Detroit.

SCORING: 1. DET, Nyquist (Mrazek), 3:50.

PENALTIES: 1. VAN, D. Sedin (tripping), 0:13

SHOTS: Detroit 5 (28), Vancouver 2 (32).



POSTED ON Friday, 10.23.2015 / 11:53 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

CALGARY – The Red Wings entered Friday’s game at Calgary having averaged a league-low 22.7 shots per game while being outshot by an average margin of 9.8 through the first three weeks of the season.

The good news is they are 7-3-0 in their past 10 games in Calgary. It is the Wings best 10-game road segment against the Flames’ franchise, which dates back to the Atlanta Flames’ inaugural season, in 1972-73.

Brendan Smith returns to the lineup for the first time in a week, replacing Jakub Kindl, who is a healthy scratch.

The move is not an indictment on Kindl, rather a way for the Red Wings to rotate fresh players into the lineup to give some guys a rest with so many back-to-back games in the early going of the season.

Brad Richards will not play Friday against the Flames (1-5-0). The veteran center has been dealing with back soreness and hasn’t skated since Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Edmonton. Consequently, Joakim Andersson will draw into the game as a fourth-line center between forwards Drew Miller and Landon Ferraro. Meanwhile, rookie Dylan Larkin takes Richards’ role on the second line between Tomas Tatar and Teemu Pulkkinen.

The Red Wings will continue the platooning of their goaltenders. Jimmy Howard gets the call tonight. The 31-year-old veteran is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average in three starts.

Howard has posted a 8-6-0 all-time record with a 2.79 GAA in 14 career starts against the Flames.

The Red Wings’ power play has struggled lately. But Friday they had an awakening in the first period.

Detroit’s power play snapped a 0-for-12 streak by scoring on both man-advantage opportunities given to them by the Flames.

Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith registered goals to give Detroit a 2-1 lead after a scrappy 20 minutes at Scotiabank Saddledome.

For Nyquist, his goal from the near slot was his second straight on the power play. His second-period goal against Tampa Bay (Oct. 13) was Detroit’s last on the power play before the three-game drought.

Three-minutes later the Flames evened things up when Mark Giodano wired a shot from the top of the zone that Jimmy Howard, who was screened in front, had little to no chance on. Giodano’s goal was the 6,000th goal scored by the Flames at Saddledome.

Detroit regained its one-goal lead when Smith, who Friday became the 52nd defensemen in Red Wings history to appear in 200 career games for the franchise, scored his second career power-play goal.

The game got chippy in the second half of the period.

The first shot was fired when Mike Green absorbed a jaw-jarring hit as he went to retrieve a puck behind the Wings’ net. As the Wings’ defenseman wheeled around the cage, Flames center Josh Jooris zeroed in before drilling Green into the boards.

Moments later, Ferraro, who was no stranger to fisticuffs in juniors or the American Hockey League, accommodated former Wings forward Jiri Hudler by dropping the gloves and exchanging a few punches.

The scrap was NHL firsts for both combatants.

The period ended when Joe Colborne cross-checked Larkin in the Wings end of the rink. The ill-advised action puts the Red Wings on the power play to start the second period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Nyquist PPG (Zetterberg, Green), 7:38; 2. CGY, Giordano (Gaudreau, Hudler), 11:02; 3. DET, Smith PPG (Larkin, Pulkkinen),12:40;

PENALTIES: 1. CGY, Engelland (holding), 6:57; 2. CGY, Giordano (delay of game), 11:10; 3. DET, Ferraro (fighting), 17:27; 4. CGY, Hudler (fighting), 17:27; 5. DET, Ericsson (roughing), 18:31; 6. CGY, Ferland (roughing), 18:31; 7. CGY, Colborne (cross-check), 20:00.

SHOTS: Detroit 13, Calgary 8.


Mike Green did not return to the game after the first intermission. The Red Wings defenseman was believed to suffer an upper-body injury on his first period hit. (Photo by Getty Images)

Green did not return for the second period. According to the Wings public relations, the veteran defenseman had an upper-body injury and was doubtful to return to the game.

Green finished with one shot during 6:03 of ice time spread over eight shifts with his new defensive partner Niklas Kronwall.

The Wings didn’t capitalize in their first power play of the period, though they did create a beautiful opportunity as Colborne’s penalty expired. With the Flames’ center race back into the play, Nyquist threaded a pretty pass from below the goal line that traveled through the blue paint to a waiting Tatar on the opposite side of the crease. But Tatar swung and missed at an open net.

Jooris and Colborne continued to aggravate the Wings in the second period.

After Howard made a save on a Kris Russell shot to draw a whistle at 7:48, Quincey got into a tussle with Jooris in front of the net. Colborne entered the melee, which resulted in no actions taken by the referees. Jooris and Colborne continued to aggravate the Wings.

Howard was impressive throughout the game. But he was particularly solid in the second allowing the Wings to maintain a one-goal lead, making big stops on David Jones and Dennis Wideman.

Jones had a very good scoring chance from in close, but Howard covered up to get a whistle at 14:09.

The Flames turned up the heat with their first power play opportunity of the night.

Howard was spectacular for the first PK, making a solid save on Dennis Wideman’s shot from the half wall.

Calgary continued to put pressure on the Wings for the entire two-minutes and beyond.

At one point, Drew Miller injured his left hand when he blocked Russell’s shot in the high slot at 16:15. While the shot stunned Miller, he did not miss a shift.

Quincey earned his second penalty for interference at 17:47, but the Flames couldn’t get anything past Howard, who turned aside all 16 shots that he faced in the period.

Like the first period, the second ended in similar fashion. This time it was Hudler and Smith swinging sticks at another in the corner to the right of Flames goalie Jonas Hiller


PENALTIES: 1. DET, Quincey (interference), 14:21; 2. DET, Quincey (interference), 17:47.

SHOTS: Detroit 4 (17), Calgary 16 (24).

The period belonged to Howard.

The Wings’ goalie stymied several scoring chances by the Flames who came in waves.

The period started with the Wings’ power play going to work when Sean Monahan crosschecked Kronwall in the back. But the Wings’ opportunity was quickly shortened when Pulkkinen picked up a tripping penalty 35 seconds later.

Once Monahan returned from serving his minor penalty, the Flames made a bid to tie the score when Wideman sent a shot toward the net that caromed off two sticks – Abdelkader and Hudler – before Howard made a heady play. Hudler batted the puck out of the air and into the crest on Howard’s jersey.

Howard needed to be sharp again when Jooris converted a turnover at the near blue line into a breakaway with 12:10 left. But Howard thwarted Jooris.

The young line of Larkin, Tatar and Pulkkinen provided energy to the Wings who are looking for scoring from anyone to supplement the offense that the Zetterberg line has provided.

Larkin and Pulkkinen had a few very nice chances in the period, including a 2 on 1 with less than 10 minutes left in regulation. Pulkkinen made a perfect centering pass to Larkin racing down the right wing, Hiller slid across the crease and cut the angle on the Wings’ rookie to preserve the one-goal lead.

Hiller made a very big save of his own, sliding across the crease to made a blocker save on Tatar’s shot that was headed into the empty side of the net with 6:29 left on the clock.

The Flames scored the equalizer 15 seconds after Hiller was sent to the bench for an extra attacker. With 1:12 left, Giordano sent a shot from the high slot that was tipped by Colborne.


SCORING: 1. CGY, Colborne (Giordano, Hudler), 18:48.

PENALTIES: 1, CGY, Monahan (cross-check), 3:21; 2. DET, Pulkkinen (tripping), 3:56.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (26), Calgary 13 (37).


 The Wings had their chances in their first-ever 3-on-3 overtime.

Pulkkinen had the best one, but he was stopped on a magnificent play by Hiller.

Giordano, the Flames’ captain, completed the comeback for the home team when he took a centering pass from Johnny Gaudreau, made a deke on Howard and lifted a backhanded shot into the open net with 1:48 left in overtime.


SCORING: 1. CGY, Giordano (Gaudreau, Monahan), 3:12.


SHOTS: Detroit 3 (29), Calgary 3 (40).













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