The Wings got a couple of early chances when Pavel Datsyuk had a chance at the right doorstep but Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth was there to save the fluttering puck.
The Kings got the first power play of the game when Luke Glendening was called for hooking at 2:41.
Jake Muzzin hit the crossbar and Petr Mrazek made a save on Alec Martinez.
At 7:07, the Kings' leading scorer Tyler Toffoli (10 goals, 7 assists) had a shot but Mrazek gloved it.
Mrazek and Toffoli played together for the Ottawa 67's in the OHL.
The Wings have had trouble scoring 5-on-5 but have been better on the power play so far this season.
That proved to be the case when Kings defenseman Derek Forbort was called for holding Darren Helm at 12:39.
Henrik Zetterberg also assisted on the goal for his team-leading 16th point, but his first point in seven games.
The Wings had another power play when Drew Doughty was called for tripping Dylan Larkin.
But instead, the Kings got a shorthanded goal from Jeff Carter at 16:21. Anze Kopitar and Alec Martinez assisted.
DETROIT, 1 LOS ANGELES 1
SCORING: 1. DET. Tatar PPG (Abdelkader, Zetterberg), 14:10; 2. LAK, Carter SHG (Kopitar, Martinez), 16:21.
PENALTIES: 1. DET. Glendening (tripping), 2:41; 2. LAK. Forbort (holding), 12:39; 3. LAK. Doughty (tripping), 16:09; 4. LAK. Gaborik (high-sticking), 19:52.
SHOTS: Detroit 10, Los Angeles 14.
The Wings started the second period with 1:53 left on their power play but it was negated quickly when Abdelkader was called for holding 30 seconds into the frame.
Although the Wings couldn't score on the power play or while playing 4-on-4, they did have extended offensive zone time afterward, which led to a goal.
Larkin drove to the net and the puck came out. Mike Green kicked the puck to his stick and shot it past Enroth at 3:45. It was called an unassisted goal.
It was Green's first goal as a Red Wing and first since he scored for the Capitals at Detroit on April 5, 2015.
At 6:08, Larkin drove to the net on the left side and was there to clean up the rebound of Abdelkader's shot. Zetterberg also assisted.
Larkin now has a three-game goal streak and improved to plus-14, best in the league at the moment.
Mrazek had no trouble with Washington's Alex Ovechkin but Carter was his kryptonite Friday night.
Carter scored his second goal of the game at 10:43 when the two teams were playing 4-on-4. Toffoli and Muzzin assisted.
At 17:39, Tatar put a good shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Toffoli, who strugglef to the bench. But Toffoli was able to return to the game before the end of the period.
DETROIT 3, LOS ANGELES 2
SCORING: 1. DET, Green (unassisted), 3:45; 2. DET. Larkin (Abdelkader, Zetterberg), 6:08. 3. LAK, Carter (Toffoli, Muzzin), 10:43.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (holding), 0:30; 2. DET, Marchenko (holding), 9:15; 3. LAK, Gaborik (high-stick, double minor), 9:17; 4. DET, Abdelkader (holding the stick), 12:58.
SHOTS: Detroit 9 (19), Los Angeles 16 (29).
The Wings had a very inauspicious start to the third period.
Larkin, skating into the offensive zone, appeared to catch a rut in the ice and his right leg buckled under him and he slid all the way to the boards behind Enroth.
When he finally got p, Larkin immediately skated off and went to the dressing room.
With Larkin out, Luke Glendening took shifts with Zetterberg and Abdelkader.
Larkin returned to the bench at around 8:15 of the third and was back on the ice at the 9:40 mark.
At 11:59, Dustin Brown's shot hit the blade of Danny DeKeyser's stick and hit him in the face, drawing blood.
DeKeyser had to leave the game for some treatment but returned to the bench quickly.
Datsyuk took a shift between Tatar and Nyquist in addition to going with Richards and Pulkkinen.
Jordan Nolan got a big hit on Darren Helm at 17:22.
Then fans were irate at 17:47 when Carter was nearly sitting on top of Larkin and no penalty was called.
The Kings lifted Enroth at 19:05. Abdelkader and Glendening had blocked shots to preserve the win.
DETROIT 3, LOS ANGELES 2
SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29); LA 8 (37).
|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.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 1
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.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 1
PENALTIES: 1. WSH, Alzner (holding), 1:33.
SHOTS: 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.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 1
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.
WASHINGTON 2, DETROIT 1
SCORING: 1. WSH, Kuznetsov (Niskanen, Alzner), 0:45
SHOTS: Detroit 0 (26), Washington 1 (27).
|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.
DETROIT 2, OTTAWA 1
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.
SHOTS: 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.
DETROIT 3, OTTAWA 1
SCORING: 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.
DETROIT 3, OTTAWA 3
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.
DETROIT 4, OTTAWA 3
SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Nyquist), 2:04.
SHOTS: Detroit 1 (37), Ottawa 0 (25).
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.
DETROIT 0, BOSTON 0
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.
BOSTON 3, DETROIT 0
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.
BOSTON 3, DETROIT 1
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).
All hail the Magic Man.
Pavel Datsyuk made his regular season debut Friday night, on Friday the 13th of course, against the San Jose Sharks.
Fans cheered when Datsyuk took his first shift, about 30 seconds into the game.
The new combination bore immediate fruit as Larkin carried the puck into the offensive zone and found Tatar in the right circle. Tatar buried the puck in the top left corner of the net at 3:13 of the 1st.
Niklas Kronwall got the second assist.
The celebration was short-lived as Sharks forward Melker Karlsson scored on a rebound on the right side of the net at 7:41. Joe Thornton and Matt Tennyson assisted.
At 17:52 of the first, Matt Nieto curled around the Detroit net for a wraparound try that goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped. But no one was there to clear the rebound and Nieto was able to scoop the puck up and lift it over Howard.
Brenden Dillon and Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted.
Neither the Wings nor the Sharks capitalized on their power plays in the first period.
SAN JOSE 2, DETROIT 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Larkin, Kronwall), 3:13; 2. SJS: Karlsson (Thornton, Tennyson), 7:41; 3. SJS, Nieto (Dillon, Vlasic), 17:52.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ericsson (tripping), 3:53; 2. SJS, Wingels (holding), 5:20; 3. SJS, Ward (tripping), 8:56.
SHOTS: Detroit 10, San Jose 7
The Wings were not able to solve Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, making his first career start against Detroit.
Meanwhile, Joe Pavelski, who has always had good success against the Wings, gave his team a 3-1 lead at 10:23 of the second.
Pavelski, standing in front of Howard, tipped the shot of defenseman Paul Martin. Justin Braun also had an assist. It was Pavelski's ninth goal of the season.
In 29 games against the Wings, Pavelski has 11 goals and nine assists.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill tried mixing up the lines a bit in the second in an effort to create some more offense.
Zetterberg and Datsyuk saw time with Darren Helm; Abdelkader, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening played together. Glendening also played with Sheahan and Pulkkinen.
Helm found Datsyuk in the mid-slot but Jones was able to stop the shot.
But Larkin, Nyquist and Tatar stayed together.
SAN JOSE 3, DETROIT 1
SCORING: 1. SJS, Pavelski (Martin, Braun), 10:23.
PENALTIES: 1. SJS, Thornton (roughing), 19:03. 2. DET, Glendening (roughing), 19:03.
SHOTS: Detroit 12 (22), San Jose 4 (11).
The Wings and Sharks started the period 4-on-4.
Just 51 seconds into the third, Larkin brought the puck into the zone, tripped, lost the puck, got it back and sent it to Jakub Kindl, who fanned on the shot.
Seconds later, Howard had to stop Patrick Marleau on a breakaway.
Datsyuk and Tatar both hit goal posts in the first several minutes.
Jones stopped Sheahan from the mid-slot at 8:19 and then Vlasic and Braun got chippy with Pulkkinen. No penalties were called.
Line blending continued as the Wings searched for offense.
Zetterberg took shifts with Larkin and Nyquist while Datsyuk took shifts with Tatar and Helm.
The Wings pulled Howard at 17:04 and were able to capitalize.
Pulkkinen's shot from the left circle went off the leg of Braun and past Jones at 18:08, cutting the lead to 3-2.
But that was all the Wings were able to do.
SAN JOSE 3, DETROIT 2
SCORING: 1. DET, Pulkkinen (Kindl, Tatar), 18:52.
SHOTS: Detroit 6 (28), San Jose 3 (14).
Aside from the two tripping minors picked up by defenseman Jakub Kindl, there wasn't much that went on during the first period on Sergei Fedorov Night when the organization recognized the three-time Stanley Cup champion for his recent induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Petr Mrazek made 14 saves, including five on the Capitals' power plays.
DETROIT 0, WASHINGTON 0
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Kindl (tripping), 8:25; 2. DET, Kindl (tripping), 12:26.
SHOTS: Detroit 9, Washington 14.
The Wings managed to stay out of the penalty box a little more in the second period and were able to put a little more pressure on Washington goaltender Braden Holtby.
Although they had more time in the offensive zone, the Wings could not beat Holtby.
Petr Mrazek remained on his toes on the other end.
After making 15 saves in the first, Mrazek had to make six in the second.
At the 8:05 mark, Mrazek prevented an Andre Burakovsky tip-in and then Matt Niskanen's shot on the ensuing face-off.
Mrazek escaped unscathed when Brooks Laich crashed into him at 15:19, courtesy of a Henrik Zetterberg shove. Laich ended up in the net.
After registering six of his team's 15 shots in the first period, Alex Ovechkin had none in the second.
DETROIT 0, WASHINGTON 0
SHOTS: Detroit 9 (18); Washington 7 (21).
After two scoreless periods, the Wings finally got on the board at 4:06 of the third period.
Andreas Athanasiou, playing in his second NHL game, carried the puck all the way to the left side of the goal line and shot a bad-angle shot that beat Holtby for a 1-0 Detroit lead.
The unassisted goal was the first of Athanasiou's career.
At 8:58, Mrazek stopped Ovechkin for the eighth time.
The rebound popped into the air and Mike Green, the former Capital, managed to knock the puck to the ice and then kick it to his stick before clearing it.
The Wings got their first power play of the game when John Carlson was called for hooking Athanasiou at 9:49.
The Wings got one shot, from Jakub Kindl at the point.
Teemu Pulkkinen had a chance but broke his stick and had to retreat to the bench. Danny DeKeyser took his spot for the end of the man advantage.
Mrazek stopped Ovechkin for the ninth time at 12:27, this time from the right circle.
Ovechkin came into the game second in the league in shots behind Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.
Ovechkin finished with 15 shots but remains tied with Sergei Fedorov for most goals by a Russian player at 483.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 0
SCORING: 1. DET, Andreas Athanasiou (1), unassisted, 4:06.
PENALTIES: 1. WAS, John Carlson, minor, hooking, 9:49. 2. DET, Danny DeKeyser, minor, delay of game, 14:52.
SHOTS: Detroit 9 (27); Washington 17 (38).
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.
DALLAS 2, DETROIT 1
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.
DALLAS 2, DETROIT 1
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.
DALLAS 4, DETROIT 1
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).
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.
DETROIT 1, TORONTO 0
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.
DETROIT 1, TORONTO 0
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.
DETROIT 1, TORONTO 1
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.
DETROIT 2, TORONTO 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Kindl (Pulkkinen, Tatar), 2:17
SHOTS: Detroit 3 (24), Toronto 0 (33)
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.
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.
DETROIT 0, TAMPA BAY 0
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.
DETROIT 1, TAMPA BAY 1
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).
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.
DETROIT 2, TAMPA BAY 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (Abdelkader, DeKeyser), 5:54.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ferraro (interference), 7:11.
SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29), Tampa Bay 13 (30).
|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)|
DETROIT – Dylan 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.”