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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.3.2015 / 10:16 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT – The Red Wings have points in eight straight games, going 5-0-3 in that span, their longest such streak since going 12-0-2 late in the 2009-10 season. Seven of the eight games went past regulation.

Jimmy Howard gets the start tonight against the Arizona Coyotes, his 12th of the season and career start No. 342. He has a 6-4-1 record in his previous 11 assignments this season.

In 14 career games against the Arizona franchise, the 31-year-old Howard has an 8-3-3 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .920 winning percentage.

It was an action-packed first period at The Joe staring with a disallowed goal for the visitors and ending with an entertaining fight between Brendan Smith and Arizona center Kyle Chipchura.

In between, the Red Wings built their largest first-period lead of the season, getting even-strength goals by Justin Abdelkader, Nikas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist.

Like the Florida Panthers last Sunday, the Coyotes appeared to grab a quick 1-0 lead when Klas Dahlbeck fired a shot from the top of the face-off circle that fooled Howard.

But, also like the game against the Panthers, Wings coach Jeff Blashill challenged the play’s validity. The goal was eventually overturned when video replay determined that defenseman Connor Murphy was off-sides ahead of the play.

Replay clearly showed Murphy cutting across the blue line before forward Mikkel Boedker carrying the puck into the attacking zone.

The following explanation was provided by the NHL’s Situation Room blog:

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Arizona's Connor Murphy was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Arizona Coyotes.

The clock is re-set to show 18:44 (1:16 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

Since the Coach’s Challenge resulted in the original call being overturned, the Detroit Red Wings retain their time-out.

While the play worked out for the Wings, they were dealt two big blows when they lost Teemu Pulkkinen and Drew Miller for the rest of the game.

Pulkkinen suffered an upper-body injury when he fell awkwardly into the end boards. Coyotes center Martin Hanzal received a two-minute minor for boarding at 6:19 of the period.

Nearly six minutes later, and after Abdelkader’s eighth goal of the season gave the Wings a 1-0 lead, Miller was rocked by Dahlbeck’s thunderous check in front of the Coyotes’ bench. It appeared that the Wings’ forward never saw the hit – Dahlbeck’s shoulder into Miller’s chin.

Miller got to his feet pretty quickly, but was in obvious distress as he needed to be helped to the Wings by a linesman. Miller is the Wings current ironman, having played in 190 straight regular-season games.

The Wings struck twice in the final minute of the period when Kronwall, playing in his 700th career game, scored his second of the season on a pretty give and go by Tomas Tatar.

Just 18 seconds later, Nyquist caught Coyotes goalie Mike Smith napping when he flipped the puck about 75 feet front center ice with 25 seconds left in the period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Abdelkader (Larkin), 12:30; 2. DET, Kronwall (Tatar, Datsyuk), 19:18; 3. DET, Nyquist (Helm, Green, 19:36.

PENALTIES: 1. ARI, Hanzal (boarding), 6:19; 2. ARI, Hanzal (goaltender interference), 13:38; 3. DET, Smith (slashing, fighting), 19:54; 4. Chipchura (fighting), 19:54.

SHOTS: Detroit 16, Arizona 9.

The Coyotes began the period with a new goalie in the crease, but the move didn’t stop the bleeding for the visitors.

Smith was pulled after allowing three goals on 16 shots in the first period.

Enter Anders Lindback, the 27-year-old journey man, who has also played for Buffalo, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Nashville.

From the opening face-off Lindback found himself besieged as the Red Wings skaters fired shot after shot on net. The Coyotes goalie turned aside the first eight shots, but the ninth one resulted in Danny DeKeyser scoring his second goal of the season.

With 5:07 left in the period, Howard preserved the three-goal lead by thwarting Tobias Rieder’s quasi breakaway with a sliding pad save.


SCORING: 1. ARI, Martinook (Downie, Ekman-Larsson), 5:52; 2. DET, DeKeyser (Ericsson, Datsyuk), 7:18.

PENALTIES: 1. ARI, Boedker (goaltender interference), 10:40.

SHOTS: Detroit 14 (30), Arizona 9 (18).

The Wings equaled their single-game offensive output for the season when Darren Helm received an early Christmas present.

Lindback moved behind the net to play the puck. As the Coyotes’ goalie tried to avoid Luke Glendening who was charging from the left, Lindback attempted to shot the puck off the far wall. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, the puck landed on Helm’s stick.

The Wings’ forward settled the puck before firing a shot into the net over center Boyd Gordon, who had raced back in an attempt to defend the goal.

It’s Helm’s first goal in 23 regular-season games. His last goal came at Montreal in the second from last game of the 2014-15 season on April 9.

For the second straight game the Wings finished with 40-plus shots on goal. They had 46 shots in Tuesday’s 5-4 shootout win over Buffalo.

They had 44 shots on Thursday.

The last time Detroit had back-to-back 40-plus shot outings was early in the 2013 lockout shortened season against at Columbus (42 SOG) and against Dallas (40 SOG)  on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, respectively.


SCORING: 1. DET, Helm (unassisted), 4:28.

PENALTIES: 1. ARI, Vermette (high-sticking), 12:01.

SHOTS: Detroit 14 (44), Arizona 9 (27).



POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.1.2015 / 11:34 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT – The Red Wings have been doing fine at getting leads, but are looking to take the next step in playing a 60-minute game.

"One, I hope we continue to have leads late," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the morning skate. "Two, can we build on those lead so that when a mistake does happen – and mistakes absolutely are going to happen – it doesn’t result in the game being tied. And then three, can we eliminate some of those mistakes. So those are all areas we’re trying to get better at. Not the first one, I guess. The first one we want to maintain and the other two we’re trying to get better at."

It didn't take long for the Red Wings to get on the board.

Tomas Tatar backhanded the puck from the slot past Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark at 1:34 of the first.

Mike Green and Gustav Nyquist assisted on the goal.

The Sabres followed up with a flurry of shots, including two by Zach Bogosian but Petr Mrazek stopped them all.

Then, proving that it pays to go to the net, Justin Abdelkader had Jonathan Ericsson's shot bounce off his right shoulder and left arm and go high over Ullmark at 10:32. Danny DeKeyser got the second assist.

The Sabres had a 2-on-1 with Niklas Kronwall back and Evander Kane sniped a wrist shot past Mrazek from the right circle at 17:30.


SCORING: 1. DET, Tatrar (Green, Nyquist), 1:34; 2. DET, Abdelkader (Ericsson, DeKeyser), 10:32; 3. BUF, Kane (O'Reilly, Ristolainen), 17:30.


SHOTS: Detroit 13, Buffalo 16.

Since the return of Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards from injury, the Wings have had a little more balanced scoring.

But the fourth line had not contributed much in that department.

That changed at 4:21 of the second when Justin Abdelkader, behind the goal line, passed to Drew Miller in the left circle and Miller's shot found the top right corner of the net for a 3-1 Detroit lead.

Luke Glendening also assisted.

It was Miller's first goal in 32 games, the last coming March 29 at the New York Islanders.

It also marked Miller's 100th point as a Red Wing.

Kane tried for his second goal of the night at 13:04 and the puck bounced oddly, but Mrazek kept it out of the net.

The Wings had a 3-on-1 chance at 16:11 but Ullmark was able to stop Riley Sheahan's shot from the left side on a pass from Tatar on the right.

At 17:04, Kane got into a skirmish with Henrik Zetterberg. The resulting scrum earned roughing penalties for both Kane and Zetterberg plus Brendan Smith.

Just five seconds into the power play, Zemgus Girgensons deflected Ristolainen's shot through Mrazek's five-hole, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Matt Moulson also assisted on the goal. Moulson has five goals and five assists in his last 10 games against the Wings.

With less than a minute left in the period, Abdelkader and Buffalo defenseman Josh Gorges dropped the gloves.


SCORING: 1. DET, Miller (Abdelkader, Glendening), 4:21; 2. BUF, Girgensons PPG (Ristolainen, Moulson), 17:09.

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Pulkkinen (too many men), 1:30; 2. BUF, Kane (slashing), 1:41; 3. DET, DeKeyser (tripping), 5:59; 4. BUF, Gorges (fighting), 19:04; 5. DET, Abdelkader (fighting) 19:04; 6. DET, Abdelkader (hooking), 19:04.

SHOTS: Detroit 20 (33), Buffalo 9 (25).

The Wings came into the game with the fourth-ranked penalty kill.

But after giving up a power-play goal late in the second, the Wings had trouble again at the start of the third.

Kane got his second goal of the game when he buried a rebound 53 seconds into the period, tying the game at 3.

Brian Gionta and Ristolainen assisted.

It was the fifth straight game in which the Wings have lost a lead in the third and sixth time in their last eight games.

Just a short time later, the Sabres took a 4-3 lead when defenseman Zach Bogosian scored from the left circle with Jamie McGinn screening Mrazek.

Girgensons and Ristolainen assisted on the goal. It was Ristolainen's fourth assist of the game, a new career high.

Ristolainen's previous career best was a three-assist game April 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wings had been struggling on the power play, going three games without a power-play goal, but finally got a man-advantage goal at 13:31.

Abdelkader, who already had the Gordie Howe hat trick, scored from the right circle, sliding the puck under Ullmark's left leg. Nyquist and Kronwall got the assists.

Pavel Datsyuk nearly got the winner with 1:30 left in the third when his backhand shot from the low slot hit Ullmark in the right shoulder.


SCORING: 1. BUF, PPG, Evander Kane (4), Brian Gionta, Rasmus Ristolainen, :53. 2. BUF, Zach Bogosian (1), Zemgus Girgensons, Rasmus Ristolainen, 3:22. 3. DET, Justin Abdelkader (7), Gustav Nyquisr, Niklas Kronwall.

PENALTIES: 1. BUF, minor, Brian Gionta, interference, 12:51.

SHOTS: Detroit 12 (45), Buffalo 5 (30).

 It marked the fifth straight game and seventh in the last eight that the Wings went to overtime.

Unlike the others, this one was not decided 3-on-3, despite the Sabres getting a 4-on-3 advantage when Nyquist was called for tripping at 1:21.

The penalty kill was up to the challenge, allowing one shot but no goal.



PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Gustav Nyquist, tripping, 1:21.

SHOTS: Detroit 1 (46), Buffalo 2 (32)


First round:
Nyquist shot first but Ullmark made the save.
O'Reilly went but Mrazek stopped him.

Second round:
Datsyuk's shot was unable to elude Ullmark.
Moulson could not get the puck past Mrazek.

Third round:
Brad Richards scored on Ullmark stick-side.
Jack Eichel shot the puck wide, giving the Wings the win and the extra point.


POSTED ON Sunday, 11.29.2015 / 4:54 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT -- Tomas Jurco made the most of his time in Grand Rapids and now he needs to make the most of his opportunity on a top line.

Jurco, 22, played in five games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring five goals and four assists and helping the Griffins win all five of those games.

The Wings recalled Jurco Saturday and immediately put him in the lineup for today's game against the Florida Panthers.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said that Teemu Pulkkinen would be out and Jurco would start the game on Pulkkinen's old line with Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards.

"We want to see where Jurco is at," Blashill said. "We said, ‘Go down and play great.’ He went down and played great in all aspects of the game, not just the points. In talking to the coaching staff in all aspects of the game. We want to get him back in a spot where he’s got a chance to be real successful. The lines have been pretty good. Pulkkinen did nothing wrong but we’re going to see what Jurco can do in that spot as opposed to Pulkkinen and we’ll give him a chance to do it."

Jurco had one assist in four games this season but has shown he's very capable offensively.

In fact, Panthers coach Gerard Gallant coached Jurco in junior hockey with the Saint John Sea Dogs from 2009-2012.

Jurco scored 26 goals and 25 assists in 64 games his first season, 31 goals and 25 assists in 60 games his second season and 30 goals and 38 assists in 48 games his final season with the Sea Dogs.

Gallant, a former Red Wing, was asked if he thought Jurco would score at the NHL level.

"No doubt," Gallant said. "I think he's a great player. He's going to score -- hope it's not today. He's a great young player and he's a great kid. I really had a lot of fun with that kid for three years. So he's going to be a good hockey player."

Also entering the Detroit lineup today is defenseman Jakub Kindl, who had sat out four games as a healthy scratch.

Brendan Smith is the odd man out.

"If anything we probably sat Kindl too long," Blashill said. "He didn’t deserve to come out when he came out in a sense that he didn’t play bad. I think we’ve just got a group of seven D that are good and close to each other and in the same token I’d say that Smitty didn’t do anything wrong in terms of coming out. We just need to play six of them. So we want to keep them all going, we want to keep them all in a spot where they can be successful and we wanted to get Kindl in without sitting out too long."

Just 28 seconds into the game, it appeared the Florida Panthers had taken a 1-0 lead.

Reilly Smith, brother of Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith, backhanded a shot from the slot that beat Petr Mrazek.

But referees Wes McCauley and Jon McIsaac huddled with linesmen Brad Kovachik and Matt MacPherson and ruled that because Jonathan Huberdeau went sliding onto Mrazek, the goal did not count.

Gallant used his challenge as he claimed that Huberdeau was tripped by Niklas Kronwall but the call on the ice stood and the game remained scoreless.

Richards had two of the Wings' better chances in the period, getting one shot from the slot and another from the right circle midway through the first but Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped both.

Vincent Trocheck had a partial breakaway at 19:44 of the period but was not able to get a shot off.



PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Mike Green, holding, 6:43. 2. FLA, minor, Jonathan Huberdeau, interference, 9:53. 3. DET, minor, Mike Green, embellishment, 9:53. 4. FLA, minor, Aleksander Barkov, holding, 10:49.

SHOTS: Detroit 10, Florida 9.

Jurco took a holding penalty just 27 seconds into the second period.

The Panthers had several good chances, none better than Huberdeau's shot from right in front of Mrazek on a nice backhand pass from Nick Bjugstad.

Mrazek stopped that chance with his left pad and then stopped rebound chances by Aleksander Barkov and the ageless Jaromir Jagr.

There's a reason Dylan Larkin leads the Wings and all rookies in goals.

Larkin showed why when he intercepted Barkov's clearing pass at 7:02 and beat Luongo stick-side.

It is Larkin's 10th goal of the season and sixth in his last seven games.

It didn't look like the Wings would have the lead for long when Green was called for his third penalty, this one for hooking, at 7:23 and Darren Helm went off for tripping at 7:56, giving the Panthers 1:27 5-on-3.

The Wings managed to kill off both, even when Luke Glendening lost his stick while the Panthers had the two-man advantage.


SCORING:  1. DET, Dylan Larkin (10), unassisted, 7:02.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Mike Green, minor, hooking, 7:23. 2. DET, Darren Helm, minor, tripping, 7:56. 3. FLA, Brian Campbell, minor, tripping, 14:55. 4. FLA, Jussi Jokinen, minor, unsportsmanlike conduct, 15:13. 5. DET, Tomas Tatar, minor, unsportsmanlike conduct, 15:13. 6. FLA, Erik Gudbranson, minor, roughing, 15:13. 7. DET, Justin Abdelkader, minor, roughing, 15:13.

SHOTS: Detroit 7 (17), Florida 13 (22).

Mrazek remained sharp at the start of the third, stopping Dylan Olsen early.

Then Mrazek had to stop Connor Brickley, followed by a save on Smith and then on Pirri's immediate rebound chance at 4:16.

The Wings' penalty killers had to go back to work when Helm was called for high-sticking Smith at 4:16 of the third.

The Panthers did not get a shot on this power play.

The Wings then had their turn with the man-advantage but couldn't take advantage with two straight power plays.

Justin Abdelkader had a wraparound try at 13:08 but Luongo closed the door.

The Panthers had some sustained pressure in the Wings' zone and finally capitalized with 5:22 left in the period.

Smith, who had just run into Mrazek, picked himself up in time to deflect Brian Campbell's shot for his sixth goal of the season.

Gustav Nyquist rung one off the crossbar at 17:31.


SCORING: 1. FLA, Reilly Smith (6), Brian Campbell, 14:38.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Darren Helm, high-sticking, 4:16. 2. FLA, Logan Shaw, minor, tripping, 7:25. 3. FLA, minor, Nick Bjugstad, hooking, 9:57.

SHOTS: Detroit 11 (28), Florida 9 (31).

Henrik Zetterberg, Larkin and Danny DeKeyser started overtime for the Wings.

At 1:20 of overtime, Campbell scored on a pass from Huberdeau.


SCORING: 1. FLA, Brian Campbell (2), Jonathan Huberdeau, Jussi Jokinen, 1:20.


SHOTS: Detroit 1 (29), Florida 1 (32).

POSTED ON Friday, 11.27.2015 / 6:12 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT Jimmy Howard gets the start against the Edmonton Oilers, a team that he’s had very good success against throughout his NHL career.

Howard enters Friday’s home game at Joe Louis Arena with a 12-1-2 all-time record against the Oilers, winning the last 12 by a combined 41-18 score.

Despite getting points in five straight games (3-0-2) and firing more shots on net recently, third-period lapses is something the Wings would like to eliminate.

Coach Jeff Blashill addressed the topic with the team before today’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena.

“We lost a lead late in St. Louis, we lost a lead late in Ottawa just recently and obviously (Wednesday) night,” Blashill said. “We talked about is there anything you could do different? I think that’s the thing you look at as a coach, not for the blame game but more for the correction process moving forward. I didn’t think we took our foot off the gas really in St. Louis. I didn’t think we did last game. I didn’t really think we did against Ottawa either. The biggest thing for us I think is we’ve got to get that next goal. We’ve got to make those games two-goal games. If we would have scored on some of our opportunities the other night I think the game would have been over. We’ve got to find a way to have that killer instinct when we do get in those situations. When you leave it a one-goal game, you leave it up to chance.”

The Wings have played five overtime games this month. In four of them they had the lead heading into the third period. Besides the loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, the Wings won three of the OT games – at St. Louis (4-3), at Ottawa (4-3) and at Toronto (2-1).

The other OT loss was against Washington (Nov. 18) when the teams entered the third period in a 1-1 tie. The Capitals won, 2-1.

Henrik Zetterberg’s next goal will move the Wings’ captain into a sixth-place tie with Ulf Dahlen among Swedish-born NHL players.

Niklas Kronwall isn’t a big man. But the Red Wings defenseman has earned a living of delivering big hits throughout his career.

The first period Friday was his latest.

Kronwall tattooed Oilers center Mark Letestu bring the sold-out Joe Louis Arena to its feet at the 7-minute mark of the opening period. Kronwall’s hit send Letestu to the dressing room for observation and Matt Hendricks to the penalty box.

Kronwall does an outstanding job of anticipating chances to level bone-crushing body checks on unsuspecting opponents. Last April, in Game 6 of the playoff series against Tampa Bay, Kronwall hit Nikita Kucherov in a similar fashion earning the defenseman a suspension for Game 7.

Friday, Kronwall caught Letestu with his head down as the veteran center skated the puck out of the Oilers’ zone. With Letestu in a heap along the boards, Hendricks tried his hand at hockey justice, earning a two-minute roughing penalty.

The Red Wings’ power play ended early when Dylan Larkin was called for hooking at 8:35.



PENALTIES: 1. EDM, Hendricks (roughing), 7:00; 2. DET, Larkin (hooking), 8:35; 3. EDM, Eberle (holding), 19:12.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Edmonton 4.

The Red Wings went after Mike Green in the off-season for his offensive acumen. The veteran defenseman flashed his offensive abilities early in the period, which led to the Red Wings’ 1-0 lead.

With a head of steam, Green entered the zone, took a centering pass from Tomas Tatar and cruised straight toward the net where Gustav Nyquist was rewarded with his eighth goal of the campaign from a pile up in front of Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

For Nyquist it was just his fourth even-strength goal of the season.

Detroit nearly had a two-goal edge with 10:06 left in the period. That’s when Jonathan Ericsson made a bid for his second goal of the season. Pavel Datsyuk won an o-zone draw to Ericsson, who unleashed a hard, rising shot from the blue line that clanked off the crossbar and into the stands.

The Wings did get their 2-0 lead when they caught the Oilers on a bad line change. It was Tatar and Nyquist combining again on the second goal of the period. Nyquist sent a cross-ice pass to  Tatar, who whipped a wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle.

The Oilers erased their deficit with a pair of goals by Iiro Pakarinen and Andrej Sekera just over three minutes apart.

Pakarinen’s goal was the Oilers’ second goal in three games. He was set up by Anton Lander – who was stationed near the goal line to the left of Howard – spotting the Finnish forward sliding into the low slot for the one-timer that beat the Wings goaltender.

Edmonton got the equalizer on Sekera’s power-play goal. The goal was made possible when the Red Wings’ penalty killers got trapped behind the net. Letestu exited a scrum with the puck and dished Sekera in the high slot for the shot.

Detroit regained the lead when Dylan Larkin scored his fifth goal in six games. Henrik Zetterberg spotted the rookie streaking down the left wing. Larkin then beat an Oilers’ defender to the net before slipping a backhand shot past Talbot for the 3-2 lead.


SCORING: 1. DET. Nyquist (Green, Tatar), 5:11; 2. DET, Tatar (Nyquist, Ericsson), 12:07; 3. EDM, Pakarinen (Lander, Purcell), 15:17; 4. EDM, Sekera PPG (Letestu, Pouliot), 18:44; 5. DET, Larkin (Zetterberg), 19:24.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Glendening (interference), 16:46.

SHOTS: Detroit 16 (25), Edmonton 11 (15).

Third-period woes continued for the Red Wings when the Oilers pulled even on the scoreboard after Pakarinen stole the puck in the o-zone and fired a quick shot from the left face-off circle that glanced off the bottom of Howard’s catching glove.

It looked like Tatar had the go-ahead goal late when he tipped Nyquist’s shot from the point. But the puck skipped to left of the near post.

Detroit has gone to overtime six times this month. Friday was the fifth time they went into the third period with the lead and lost it.


SCORING: Pakarinen (unassisted), 8:45.


SHOTS: Detroit 6 (31), Edmonton 9 (24).

Kronwall gave the Wings a lift with a big first-period hit and finished by icing a win in overtime with his first goal of the season.

The Red Wings are now 5-3 in overtime while earning points in six straight games (4-0-2) since Nov. 16.


SCORING: 1. DET, Kronwall (Larkin, Zetterberg), 0:26


SHOTS: Detroit 1 (32), Edmonton 0 (24).

POSTED ON Friday, 11.20.2015 / 10:09 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Brad Richards returned to the lineup after missing 13 games with a back injury and Brendan Smith returned after missing five because of illness.

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.

Then Gustav Nyquist was in a similar position, taking a nice feed from Riley Sheahan at the left side of the net, but all Nyquist found was Enroth's glove.

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.

Tomas Tatar was just inside the left circle when Justin Abdelkader backhanded the puck to him for a power-play goal at 14:10.

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.


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.


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.




SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29); LA  8 (37).

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 Friday, 11.13.2015 / 10:02 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

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.

Datsyuk was on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, his Euro Twin, and Justin Abdelkader, who signed a seven-year contract extension Thursday.

Fans cheered when Datsyuk took his first shift, about 30 seconds into the game.

Datsyuk's return meant that Dylan Larkin moved to center the second line between Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.

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.


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.


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.


SCORING: 1. DET, Pulkkinen (Kindl, Tatar), 18:52.


SHOTS: Detroit 6 (28), San Jose 3 (14).

POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 10:33 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

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.

Meanwhile, Detroit fired nine shots, including two each by Tomas Tatar, Dylan Larkin and Danny DeKeyser, on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who turned them all aside.



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.




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.


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).





1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47


D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89