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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

SHOTS: Detroit 9. Tampa Bay 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Skate! Skate! Skate!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.31.2015 / 10:00 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

OTTAWA, Ont. -- On this Halloween night in Ottawa, the Red Wings were hoping to scare up some more offense.

The team came in having scored just 12 goals in their last seven games.

During the optional skate in the morning, coach Jeff Blashill said he had not decided on lineup changes.

At game time, Tomas Jurco was out and Landon Ferraro was in.

In addition, Blashill changed defense pairs, putting Danny DeKeyser with Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall with Brendan Smith and Alexey Marchenko with Jakub Kindl.

Dylan Larkin
started quickly with a shot on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson just 45 seconds into the game.

The Wings took the first penalty of the night when Kronwall was called for interference on Bobby Ryan at 5:03.

The Senators did not score, but did get three shots with the man-advantage.

The next penalty taken was by Senators defenseman Cody Ceci, who was called for slashing at 11:10.

This time, the Wings were able to capitalize when Tomas Tatar picked the top left corner of the net from the left circle.

Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg assisted on the goal.

It was a milestone assist for Zetterberg, who became the seventh player in Wings history to reach 500 career assists.

The other six are Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.

Zetterberg is now one goal shy of 300 and one point shy of 800.

Zetterberg also tied Red Kelly for 14th in franchise history by playing in his 847th game.

The Wings had to kill off another penalty when Smith was called for high-sticking at 14:10.

The Senators had four shots on their power play.

Petr Mrazek, playing in his first game in Ottawa since he was a member of the OHL's Ottawa 67's, had several excellent saves, none better than when he stopped Chris Neil's deflection from the slot at 17:24.


SCORING: 1. DET, PPG, Tomas Tatar (3), Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Niklas Kronwall, minor, interference, 5:03. 2. OTT, Cody Ceci, minor, slashing, 11:10. 3. DET, Brendan Smith, minor, high-sticking, 14:10.

SHOTS: Detroit: 9; Ottawa: 13.

Jonathan Ericsson celebrates his second-period goal with defensive partner Danny DeKeyser. The goal gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead. (Photo by Getty Images)

Once again, the Red Wings found themselves shorthanded quickly in the period.

Gustav Nyquist was called for high-sticking at 2:22, but his teammates were able to kill it off, allowing only one shot.

Chris Neil returned the favor by taking a goaltender interference penalty at 4:53.

After scoring on their first shot of their first power play, the Wings needed to shots to take a 2-0 lead.

Zetterberg found Nyquist in the slot and Nyquist got his fifth goal of the season.

Tatar also had an assist.

The assist gave Zetterberg 800 points for his career.

Perhaps Nyquist drew inspiration from his namesake horse, Nyquist, which won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile race earlier in the day.

Nyquist the horse is owned by Paul Reddam, a Windsor, Ontario, native.

The Wings were unable to score on a third consecutive power play when Mark Stone was called for a check to the head of Landon Ferraro.

Ferraro had to leave to go to the dressing room.

Then the Senators managed to cut the lead to 2-1 when Kyle Turris scored a rebound goal into the left side of the net off of Erik Karlsson's shot. Stone got the second assist.

On a night of milestones, it was Turris' 100th career goal.

Smith had a chance on a breakaway with just over two minutes left in the second but could not get off a clean shot.

However, Jonathan Ericsson's shot from just inside the blue line in the high slot eluded Anderson at 18:05, restoring the Wings' two-goal lead.

DeKeyser and Darren Helm assisted, marking the first points of the season for all three players.


SCORING: 1. DET, PPG, Gustav Nyquist (5), Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, 5:29. 2. OTT, Kyle Turris (7), Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, 13:36. 3. DET, Jonathan Ericsson (1), Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm, 18:05.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Gustav Nyquist, minor, high-sticking, 2:22. 2. OTT, Chris Neil, minor, goaltender interference, 4:53. 3. OTT, Mike Stone, minor, check to the head, 11:08.

SHOTS: Detroit: 12 (21); Ottawa: 7 (20).

Larkin decided to finish what he tried to start in the first period, scoring early.

Larkin got his third goal of the season on a wraparound chance that fooled Anderson, giving the Wings a 4-1 lead.

Kronwall and Luke Glendening got the assists on the goal.

Glendening joined the group of players who got their first point of the season.

But the offensive outburst by the Wings was not over.

DeKeyser got his first goal of the season on an odd-man rush as the trailer at 5:35.

Nyquist and Riley Sheahan assisted on the goal.

It was DeKeyser's first goal since Dec. 23, 2014, against the Buffalo Sabres.

The five goals scored are a season high for the Wings.

The Wings' defense corps contributed two goals (Ericsson, DeKeyser) and three assists (Kronwall 2, DeKeyser 1).

The Senators fell to 1-3-2 at home while the Wings improved to 3-2-1 on the road.


SCORING: 1. DET, Dylan Larkin (3), Niklas Kronwall, Luke Glendening, :39. 2. DET, Danny DeKeyser (1), Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, 5:35. 3. OTT, Mark Stone (3), unassisted, 15:51. 4. OTT, Bobby Ryan (4), Shane Prince, Mika Zibanejad, 18.51.

1. DET, Jonathan Ericsson, minor, roughing, 9:54. 2. OTT, Alex Chiasson, minor, cross-checking, 9:54. 3. DET, Jonathan Ericsson, major, fighting, 16:35. 4. OTT, Chris Neil, major, fighting, 16:35. 5. Jonathan Ericsson, game misconduct, 16:35. 6. Chris Neil, game misconduct, 16:35.

SHOTS: Detroit: 7 (28); Ottawa 16 (36).

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

DETROIT – The search for more offense is underway.

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

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

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

Friday night was no different.

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

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

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

Senators goalie Andrew Hammond stopped all 10 shots he faced.

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

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

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


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

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

SHOTS: Detroit 10, Ottawa 12.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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





POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.27.2015 / 11:02 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Darren Helm (above) had two of the Red Wings' nine shots on goal during the first period against the Hurricanes. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT - The Red Wings (4-3-1) came into their third meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes (2-6-0) preaching puck possession and cutting down on turnovers.

Both of those things were problems in the two previous games against the Hurricanes as the Wings were badly out-shot.

After a bit of a slow start, the Wings' energy picked up a bit in the final part of the first period.

The Hurricanes were out-shooting the Wings 6-3 with 5:02 left in the period but the Wings rebounded to take the lead in shots by the end.

Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm led the Wings with two shots each.

The Wings managed to win just 31 percent of their face-offs in the first.

Carolina's Elias Lindholm and Jay McClement combined to win all five of their face-offs.



PENALTIES: 1. CAR, Gerbe (double minor, roughing,) 3:59; 2. DET, Tatar (minor, roughing,) 3:59.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Carolina 8.

Although the Red Wings had more offensive zone time in the second period, it was the Carolina Hurricanes who got on the board first.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek came out of his net to clear the puck but the puck bounced off of Carolina's Victor Rask, who then had a breakaway into an open net at 12:26 for the game's first goal.

The unassisted tally was Rask's third goal of the season.

The Wings finally caught a break at 17:44 of the second when Jakub Kindl's shot from the right point deflected off Jay McClement's foot past goaltender Cam Ward.

Kindl's goal was his first since March 24, 2015, against Arizona.

Before that, the only highlight of the period for the Wings was a defensive play by Alexey Marchenko, who prevented Riley Nash from getting a shot off on an odd-man rush with a sliding block midway through.

Justin Abdelkader was called for boarding with 13.5 seconds remaining in the second.


SCORING: 1. CAR, Rask (unassisted), 12:26; 2. DET, Kindl (Jurco), 17:44.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (boarding), 19:46.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (19), Carolina 9 (17).

The Hurricanes were not able to capitalize on the remainder of their power play, particularly since Eric Staal was called for tripping Jonathan Ericsson with 55 seconds left in it.

But the Wings did not score with their brief man-advantage either.

Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey scored his first goal of the season from the left point, beating Mrazek stick-side at 4:35 of the third.

It was Hainsey's first goal since March 15, 2015, at Columbus.

The Wings had a chance to tie the game on Drew Miller's shorthanded chance at 17:17 but Ward was able to stop it.


SCORING: 1. CAR, Hainsey (unassisted), 4:35.

PENALTIES: 1. CAR, E. Staal (tripping), 0:51; 2. DET, Sheahan (high-sticking), 8:58; 3. Kindl (interference), 16:36.

SHOTS: Detroit 7 (26), Carolina 4 (21).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SHOTS: Detroit 7, Vancouver 10.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scrap was NHL firsts for both combatants.

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


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

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

SHOTS: Detroit 13, Calgary 8.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The period belonged to Howard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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









POSTED ON Thursday, 10.22.2015 / 12:14 AM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Petr Mrazek made this first-period save Wednesday at Edmonton. He made 10 saves on the period, but the Oilers went to the first intermission with a 1-0 lead, which they built on in the second period. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Red Wings entered Wednesday night’s game with a gaudy win/loss record against the Edmonton Oilers, claiming eight straight victories since Feb. 4, 2012.

Since losing to the Oilers in the first round of the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Wings have been dominant at Rexall Place, producing a 9-0-5 mark in their past 14 games in Edmonton.

However, the Red Wings started slow Wednesday. Through the first 20 minutes, Detroit outshot 11-5 by the Oilers, who have won their last two games after starting the season 0-4.

In what is becoming a disturbing early-season trend, the Red Wings picked up their third bench minor for too man men on the ice at 5:53 of the opening period. As he has done the previous two times, Teemu Pulkkinen served the two-minutes in the penalty box.

Detroit’s PK managed to thwart the Oilers’ first power play on opportunity, but not their second chance.

With 42 seconds left in Drew Miller’s holding penalty the Oilers struck for a 1-0 lead. Nail Yakupov made a pretty play, skating backward long the wall and deep into the offensive zone. The No 1 overall pick in 2012, Yakupov sent a centering pass to Mark Letestu who was camped in the low slot where he managed to get his stick blade on the puck to redirect it behind Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings had two power play chances in the period, but only generated one good scoring chance when Henrik Zetterberg rifled a rising shot that Oilers goalie Cam Talbot gloved.


SCORING: 1, EDM, Letestu PPG (Yakupov, Schultz),

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Pulkkinen (too many men), 5:53; 2, EDM, Gryba (interference), 8:36); 3, DET, Miller (holding), 11:14; 4, EDM, Hall (tripping), 16:13.

SHOTS: Detroit 5, Edmonton 11

Connor McDavid, the Oilers’ fourth No. 1 overall draft pick since 2010, was relatively quiet in the opening period. He logged 4:48 of ice time, including 1:16 on the power play, without firing a shot.

But the 18-year-old from Richmond Hills, Ontario more than made up for it in the second period, dazzling the home crowd during back-to-back shifts.

First the youngster set up Letestu for what should have been the veteran’s second goal since joining the Oilers as a free-agent signing this past offseason.

Letestu’s scoring chance was made possible by McDavid, who picked Gustav Nyquist’s pocket clean as the Red Wings’ forward tried pushing the puck up ice. Quicky, McDavid created a scoring chance, threading a pass to Letestu who send a shot of the outside of the net to the left of Mrazek.

On his next shift, McDavid brought the sold-out crowd to its feet while sending the Red Wings’ goalie to his knees. Cruising down the middle of the ice, McDavid made an incredible deke, going right then pulling the puck back to his left leaving Mrazek with no chance to recover.

McDavid’s first goal at home, at 6:34 of the period, gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead.

A half minute later the home team built a three-goal cushion when Teddy Purcell was eventually credited with his first goal of the season when the puck caromed off a skate in front of Mrazek.

Purcell’s initial shot kicked off Mrazek’s right pad and into the slot where the puck glanced off Kyle Quincey’s left skate as the Red Wings’ defenseman backchecked

Drew Miller had the Wings’ best scoring chance in the period, racing in on Talbot midway through the frame, but his shot slid through the goalie’s pads and into the corner. 


SCORING: 1. EDM, McDavid (Pouliot, Yakupov), 6:34; 2. Purcell (Korpikoski, Fayne), 7:04.

PENALTIES: 1. EDM, Korpikoski (holding), 0:48; 2. DET, Green (tripping), 2:56; 3. EDM, Slepyshev (too many men), 4:09.

SHOTS: Detroit 11 (16), Edmonton 10 (21).


Puck possession and a face-off win in the defensive zone led to the Red Wings first goal of the game. Riley Sheahan beat Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the draw to the left of Mrazek.

From there, the Wings rushed the puck of the ice, setting up Nyquist’s shot from the left wing. The Wings got a fortunate bounce as the Talbot kicked a rebound out to Tomas Tatar who was crashing the net from the opposite side as Nyquist.

Tatar lifted a backhand shot over Talbot’s left catching glove at 6:49 of the final period. The goal was Tatar’s first of the season.

Detroit had a couple of chances late to trim their deficit.

With less than five minutes left in regulation, the Wings had a chance to trim their deficit to one goal. But Justin Abdelkader grazed the outside of the right post under Talbot’s blocker.

The Wings’ power play went to work after Purcell was called for tripping Darren Helm with 3:13 left. Immediately, coach Jeff Blashill lifted Mrazek in favor of a sixth attacked.

Even after the Oilers successfully killed off the Purcell penalty, the Wings kept Mrazek on the bench.

Jimmy Howard will get the start Friday in Calgary, his fourth of the season, as the Red Wings continue their three-game road trip through Western Canada. Mrazek is expected to get his next start when the Red Wings play the Canucks at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Saturday night.

The Wings and Oilers will conclude their two-game season series in Detroit on Nov. 27.


SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Nyquist), 6:49.

PENALTIES: 1. EDM, Klinkhammer (delay of game), 1:27; 2. EDM, Purcell (tripping (16:47).

SHOTS: Detroit 13 (29), Edmonton 6 (28).


POSTED ON Saturday, 10.17.2015 / 9:24 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal

The Montreal Canadiens have had oodles of chances to get their power play on track in the opening month of the season.

The first period at Bell Centre on Saturday wasn’t much different as the Red Wings sent two players to the penalty box in the first period.

Fortunately for the Wings, the Habs’ power play continued to struggle. Center Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Andrei Markov both misfired on perfect chances that would have given the Canadiens a lead in the first 20 minutes.

The Canadiens were 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period and are now 2-for-23 in the season.

Standing in front of the crease on Montreal’s first man-advantage, Glachenyuk sent a knuckleball toward the net. With starting goalie Petr Mrazek out of postion, Jonathan Ericsson made a heady – inside the crease – play to knock the puck out of midair with his opened right hand.

During the Canadiens’ second power play, Markov had a wide-open net to shoot at after Petr Mrazek made the initial save at the far side of the crease. But the Canadiens’ defenseman rang a one-timer off the outside of the right post.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings’ newly formed fourth line – Drew Miller, Joakim Andersson and Darren Helm – created a few good scoring opportunities, especially Millers with under four minutes to play in the period.

The line pressured the puck and had good zone time. Miller got the line’s only shot of the period, snapping a quick wrister from the left circle that was stopped by Carey Price

Though the best chance of the period came when Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan coasted in alone on Price in the final minute. Entring the zone with speed, Nyquist wired a shot toward the top of the net, but Price reacted in time to deflect the puck with his left catching glove.



PENALTIES: 1, DET, Andersson (boarding), 3:07; 2, MTL, Semin (slashing), 6:42; 3. DET, Helm (holding the stick), 9:32.

SHOTS: Detroit 8, Montreal 12

The Canadiens made a bid to score first in the opening four minutes of the middle frame, but it was the Red Wings who jumped in front on a fluky goal by rookie Dylan Larkin.

After Mrazek made a blocker save on Max Pacioretty’s  a close-range shot toward the Wings neet from the right of Mrazek. But the Wings’ goalie deflected the shot with his right blocker, which sent Detroit on a rush down the ice.

With 15:28 on the clock, Mrazek made a solid blocker save on Pacioretty’s shot from 10 feet. The save sprung the Wings on a rush down the where Larkin’ backhand shot from low inside the left circle eluded P.K. Subban’s clearing attempt and squeezing through Price’s pads.

The Canadiens got the equalizer on a controversial goal when Brendan Gallagher slid skates first into the net with the puck.

The referees and linemen got together at center ice, but couldn’t come up with a call on their own. Eventually the crew called the situation room in Toronto for an official ruling on the play at 7:44.

To the delight of the sold-out crowd at Bell Centre, referee Dave Jackson announced that, “the puck entered the net in a legal fashion.”

Things got rough when Torrey Mitchell hit Teemu Pulkkinen from behind along the boards in the Canadiens zone. The Habs’ center only received a two-minute minor for boarding Pulkkinen into the half wall at 17:14.

The Wings, however, did not register a shot on Price during the power play.


SCORING: 1, DET, Larkin (Zetterberg), 4:47; 2, MTL, Gallagher PPG (unassisted), 7:44.

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Abdelkader (roughing), 7:18; 2, MTL, Fleischmann (tripping), 12:53; 3, MTL, Mitchell (boarding), 17:14.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (17); Montreal 9 (21).

One too many treks to the penalty box by the Red Wings cot them dearly. The Canadiens’ power play notched the game-tying goal in the second and the winner on their next opportunity in the third.

The Canadiens’ PP chance was made possible when Ericsson was whistled for tripping minor for taking down David Desharnais at 5:20.

Less than a minute later, and metro Detroit native, Jeff Petry, the son of former Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Dan Petry, scored his first goal of the season.

Petry, who was acquired from Edmonton before last season’s trade deadline, walked along the blue line seeking a shooting lane before blistering a shot through traffic, beating Mrazek, who was screened in front by Deshanrnais

As he was throughout the night, Mrazek was again spectacular late in the third keeping the Wings in the game until Tomas Plekanec iced Montreal’s win on a Mike Green turnover at 17:56.

Detroit’s penalty killers also were responsible for holding the Canadiens to a one-goal lead for much of the period. The Wings’ PK went 3 for 5 against the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference.

Center Brian Flynn capped with the Canadiens’ win with an empty-net goal at 19:59.


SCORING: 1, MTL, Petry PPG (Glachenyuk, Deshanrnais), 6:32; 2, MTL, Plekanec (Gallagher), 17:56; MTL, Flynn EN (unassisted), 19:59.

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Ericsson (tripping), 5:20; 2, DET, Larkin (interference), 12:42.

SHOTS: Detroit 5 (22); Montreal 19 (40).


POSTED ON Friday, 10.16.2015 / 11:36 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

The Carolina Hurricanes came into the game in desperate need of two points, having started the season 0-3-0, which included a loss to the Red Wings at home last Saturday.

Brock McGinn, 21, playing in his first game, shot from the left circle and then went to the net to collect the rebound, beating Jimmy Howard just 55 seconds into the game.

Kris Versteeg got the only assist on the goal.

Jamie McGinn, Brock's older brother and current Buffalo Sabre, tweeted shortly afterward, "Scored my first goal vs the Wings as well."

The Wings had a couple of shots when Elias Lindholm went to the box for delay of game at 3:30 but were unable to score.

Luke Glendening missed a wide-open net near the end of the power play.

The Wings had to kill off their own penalty when Dylan Larkin was called for tripping Versteeg at 8:31.

Last Saturday in Carolina, the Wings started extremely slowly, playing back-to-back after hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opener. Petr Mrazek had to stop 18 shots in the first period as the Hurricanes out-shot the Wings, 18-2.

The Wings finished the period on the penalty kill as Teemu Pulkkinen was called for high-sticking at 18:42.


SCORING: 1. CAR, McGinn (Versteeg), 0:55.

PENALTIES: 1, CAR, Lindholm (delay of game), 3:30; 2, DET, Larkin (tripping), 8:31; 3, DET, Pulkkinen (high-sticking), 18:42.

SHOTS: Detroit 5, Carolina 13

The Hurricanes started the second with 42 seconds left on their power play.

Although they did not score on that man-advantage, they got another opportunity.

Jonathan Ericsson was called for interference at 2:48 and it took the Hurricanes just 19 seconds to score.

Defenseman Justin Faulk drove to the net and got a nice pass from Eric Staal, which he buried past Jimmy Howard for a 2-0 lead.

That goal apparently earned Hurricanes fans a reward as Moe's Southwest Grill Triangle locations offer a free side of queso because of Faulk's tally.

But it wasn't the final Hurricanes goal.

Eric Staal found the rebound of Ron Hainsey's shot at 6:15 and put it in the right side of the net. Rookie Brock McGinn also assisted on the goal.

It was Staal's first career goal against the Wings in 16 games. He had scored against every other NHL team.

Wings fans finally got something to cheer for when coach Jeff Blashill switched line combinations as he did last week and it worked again.

Henrik Zetterberg delivered a nice backhand pass to a streaking Gustav Nyquist, who beat Carolina goaltender Cam Ward over the glove at 14:02.

Just 1:12 later, Riley Sheahan went to the net and rebounded Tomas Tatar's shot past Ward. Brad Richards also assisted on the goal.

The Hurricanes immediately called timeout to regroup.

Larkin nearly tied it when he went to the net but instead ended up crashing into Ward as the puck went wide of the goal.


SCORING: 1, CAR, Faulk PPG (E. Staal, Versteeg), 3:07; 2, CAR, E. Staal (Hainsey, McGinn), 6:15; 3, DET, Nyquist (Zetterberg), 14:02; 4, DET, Sheahan (Tatar, Richards), 15:14.

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Ericsson (interference), 2:48.

SHOTS: Detroit 11, Carolina 13

Henrik Zetterberg had an assist Friday, giving him eight points in four games this season. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)
The Hurricanes started the third period as they started the game, carrying the play.

About three minutes into the period, Mike Green brought the fans to their feet with a hit on Chris Terry.

The Wings got a power-play chance at 4:03 but barely enjoyed any offensive zone time, getting just one shot from Teemu Pulkkinen.

Right after they killed off the power play, the Hurricanes took a 4-2 lead on Versteeg's goal, which beat Howard stick-side at 6:25.

Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal assisted on the goal.

Both Versteeg and Eric Staal had a goal and two assists.

It is the first time this season that the Wings have allowed five goals and the first time the Hurricanes have scored that many.

The Wings' luck officially went away for good when Terry went behind the Wings' net and his shot went off of Brad Richards and into the net for a 5-2 Hurricanes lead.

Brad Malone and Jay McClement assisted.

The Wings did get one more goal when Pulkkinen deflected Larkin's shot at 13:52.

It was the Wings' first loss (3-1-0) and the Hurricanes' first win (1-3-0).


SCORING: 1, CAR, Versteeg (Skinner, E. Staal), 6:25; 2, CAR, Terry (Malone, McClement), 13:06; 3, DET, Pulkkinen (Larkin), 13:52.

PENALTIES: 1, CAR, Hanifin (hooking), 4:03. 






1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47


D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89