DETROIT – If the Red Wings are to extend their current point streak to 14-straight games against the Buffalo Sabres tonight they’ll want to cut down on miscues that have prevented them from winning two games in regulation last week.
“Our turnovers have crept up over the five-game segments compared to the three previous to that,” coach Jeff Blashill said Monday after the Red Wings’ morning skate. “We had too many turnovers the other night in the third period as well.”
Last week, turnovers and penalties led to Washington and New Jersey overcoming third-period deficits en route to an eventual shootout (Capitals) and overtime (Devils).
“The best teams are the ones that are great defensively and offensively,” Blashill said. “To get to that level, we’re starting to slide too much on the spectrum towards real good offense but not good enough defensively.”
The Wings would also like to limit the opposition’s scoring opportunities.
“We’ve given up 20 chances against two of the last three games. We need to limit those. The two areas we can do that is manage our risk and limit our turnovers.”
Tonight is the second of five meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals this season. It’s also the second of three games at Joe Louis Arena. The Sabres will return to Detroit on March 28. The Red Wings will travel to Buffalo twice next month with games at HSBC Arena on Jan. 2 and Jan. 22.
The Wings’ next home win will be the franchise’s 800th at The Joe since the team moved to the downtown riverfront arena on Dec. 27, 1979.
Detroit has compiled a 799-407-119-67 (W-L-T-OTL) mark at JLA, which is the league’s best home record in that span.
For Blashill, the Wings’ home is a definite advantage for his team, which is 10-5-3 at The Joe this season.
“I think momentum is a big factor in games and as we gain momentum in this building you can really ride the momentum because of how loud the building can be,” Blashill said. “It’s obviously a real big building but it feels like (fans) are on top of you at times. So obviously it’s been a good building. We’ve had lots of good teams over the teams for certain, but I think momentum would be the No. 1 thing.”
A fairly physical period ended with the Red Wings and Sabres delivering more hits than shots on goal.
Collectively, the Atlantic Division rivals dished out a total of 27 hits and 15 shots through the opening 20 minutes of action Monday night.
As he’s been for the past several weeks, Darren Helm brought plenty of energy in the period, delivering three of the Wings 14 hits. Detroit had 11 different skaters with at least one hit, including Mike green, who had two.
The Wings had one power play opportunity in the period, but the Sabres penalty killers managed to keep the home team on the perimeter without a single shot on goalie Chad Johnson. Though Green, playing in his 600th game as an NHL defenseman, came the closest to delivering the puck to the net. His shot from inside the left face-off circle hit the post behind Johnson.
In the final 90 seconds of the period, Tomas Jurco was slightly injured when he took a puck to the face. The Red Wings’ forward, who needed five stitches to close a cut lip last Tuesday in the third period at Washington, was struck again in the face when a pass deflected off Zach Bogosian’s stick in the Sabres’ end of the ice.
The best scoring chance might have been in the last second of the period. That’s when Brendan Smith picked up a high-sticking penalty at 19:59. On the ensuing face-off, to the left of Petr Mrazek, Buffalo rookie Jack Eichel beat Luke Glendening on the draw, snapping a quick shot at the drop of the puck at the Wings’ net.
Fortunately for the Wings, Mrazek was alert on the stop as the horn sounded.
DETROIT 0, BUFFALO 0
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Zetterberg (hooking) 3:30; 2. BUF, Gorges (hooking) 8:44; 3. DET, Smith (high-sticking) 19:59.
SHOTS: Detroit 6, Buffalo 9.
It seems each game this month has been highlighted by a Helm breakaway. The speedy forward created another such chance in the first minute of the period, but failed to score.
Pavel Datsyuk’s creativity and vision led to the first goal of the game. Like magnets to steel, four Sabres – Bogosian, Sam Reinhart, Jake McCabe and Ryan O’Reilly – followed the Wing’ magic man as he moved methodically toward the slot. As the Sabres collapsed around Datsyuk he slipped a pass into the left circle where Brad Richards fired a one-timer passed Johson.
The goal at 4:01 was Richards’ second of the season. Helm also picked up an assist, his eighth point in 28 games since returning from a shoulder injury sustain on Day 1 of training camp in Traverse City.
Detroit had a chance to go up by two goals when Jurco was awarded a penalty shot with 5:04 left in the middle frame. In an attempt to catch up to Jurco who was speeding in a lone on goal, Sabres defenseman Mike Weber slashed the Wings forward from behind. As Jurco lost an edge and crashed into the near post, referee Graham Skilliter instantly pointed to center ice, signaling a penalty shot.
The opportunity was the first at Joe Louis Arena for the Wings since Cory Emmerton’s attempt against Buffalo on Oct. 2, 2013. Unfortunately, Jurco’s shot from the bottom of the slot was gloved by Johnson keeping it a one-goal game heading into the second intermission.
DETROIT 1, BUFFALO 0
SCORING: 1. DET, Richards (Datsyuk, Helm) 4:01.
PENALTIES: 1. BUF, Weber PS (slashing) 14:56; 2. DET, Tatar (holding) 18:29.
SHOTS: Detroit 13 (19), Buffalo 9 (18).
The Wings have given up third-period leads at an alarming rate this season.
In the last 14 games, Detroit has forfeited eight leads late and 11 already this season.
Trailing by one, the Sabres didn’t quit, scoring twice in a 61-second span to go from one down to one up to extinguish the Wings’ point streak at 13-straight games.
Off a face off deep in the Wings’ zone, the Sabres kept possession where Reinhart’s shot from tipped by O’Reilly for his team-leading 11th goal. A minute later the Sabres had their first lead when Johan Larsson fired a shot from the slot that beat Mrazek. It was Larsson’s first goal of the season.
Earlier in the period, Smith prevented Larsson from getting a shot off into an empty net. The Sabres’ forward was camped to the left of Mrazek and with the Wings’ goalie unable to get into position to make a save following a rebound, Smith used his stick to tie up Larsson.
Detroit had their chances to extend their lead. Once again, Helm’s speed caused problems for the Sabres early in the third. Fighting through a check as he crossed the near blue line, he was slashed by O’Reilly drawing a two-minute minor and giving Detroit just its second power play of the night.
However, the Wings did not capitalize on their chance opening the door for the Sabres’ comeback.
The Wings pulled Mazrek with 2:05 left in the period. Gustav Nyquist had a great chance to extended their point streak, but Johnson made an outstanding diving save on the Wings’ forward keeping the puck out of the net with less than half a minutes in regulation.
BUFFALO 2, DETROIT 1
SCORING: 1. BUF, O’Reilly (Reinhart, Ristalainen), 15:46; 2. BUF, Larsson (Weber) 16:47.
PENALTIES: 1. BUF, O’Reilly (slashing) 6:24.
SHOTS: Detroit 13 (32), Buffalo 12 (30).
DETROIT – The Red Wings were hoping to catch a depleted Montreal Canadiens team Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Canadiens were playing the second half of a back-to-back after losing to the Boston Bruins at home Wednesday night.
With Carey Price out, Dustin Tokarski made his first start of the season.
Petr Mrazek made his 17th start.
Darren Helm had a breakaway at 3:57 of the first but was not able to get a good shot off and ended up in the net himself.
The Wings got the first power play chance at 6:01 when Tomas Fleischmann was sent to the box for hooking Henrik Zetterberg.
The Wings could not capitalize, recording two shots.
The Canadiens had their power-play opportunity at 10:01 when Justin Abdelkader was called for charging P.K. Subban.
Andrei Markov had a breakaway with the man advantage but hit the left post.
Tokarski stopped Riley Sheahan's shorthanded chance at 11:18.
At 14:34, Fleischmann had a breakaway but Mrazek made the spectacular save and then also stopped Daniel Carr's rebound.
Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry, son of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan, was called for cross-checking Tomas Jurco at 15:38.
But the Wings once again were unable to take advantage of the man-advantage.
RED WINGS 0, CANADIENS 0
PENALTIES: 1. MTL, Fleischmann (hooking), 6:01; 2. DET, Abdelkader (charging), 10:01; 3. MTL, Petry (cross-checking), 15:38.
SHOTS: Detroit 10, Montreal 7
The Canadiens got their second power play of the game when Brendan Smith was called for holding.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill has talked about how the Wings have managed to establish three lines that can score and how beneficial it would be if the fourth line was also chipping in from time to time.
Helm, who had a couple of chances in the first, gave the Wings just that at 11:18 of the second.
Helm, flying into the offensive zone, was able to glove a puck in the air, drop it to the ice and then lift it top shelf over Tokarski on a highlight-reel goal.
Luke Glendening and Joakim Andersson got the assists.
But the Wings could not hold the slim lead.
At 13:21, Charles Hudon, playing in his first NHL game, shot the puck.
Mrazek made the initial save but could not stop Sven Andrighetto from poking the puck into the net as it lay in the crease.
Daniel Carr was called for cross-checking at 13:37 but Tomas Plekanec had the best chance on it, coming on a shorthanded breakaway at 15:31. Mrazek made the save.
Mrazek had to stop Plekanec again at 18:53 when Plekanece got loose during 4-on-4 play.
RED WINGS 1, CANADIENS 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Helm (Glendening, Andersson), 11:18; 2. MTL, Andrighetto (Hudon, Markov), 13:37.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Smith (holding), 5:37; 2. MTL, Carr (cross-checking), 13:37; 3. MTL, Flynn (roughing), 18:23; 4. DET, Abdelkader (tripping), 18:23.
SHOTS:: Detroit 7 (17), Montreal 10 (17).
DETROIT – Unfortunately, Drew Miller’s team ironman streak of 190 straight games played comes to an end tonight.
The Red Wings’ fourth-line forward suffered a cracked jaw during a first-period collision with Arizona forward Klas Dahlbeck in Thursday’s 5-1 win at Joe Louis Arena.
Miller underwent surgery this morning so doctors could insert plates to speed the healing process.
With Miller expected to miss up to the next six weeks, the Wings have a new ironman, Gustav Nyquist, who has played in 152 consecutive games since his rookie season.
Miller’s absence will be felt on the penalty kill. A fourth-line grinding type himself, Joakim Andersson returns to the lineup. He’s faceoff skills will be particularly useful in the defensive zone.
Andersson has drawn into the lineup three times this season, only to exit the lineup in favor of other teammates.
“He hasn’t got much opportunity and sometimes it gets misconstrued when a guy comes out of the lineup that he hasn’t played well,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “It might just mean we think that other guys are ahead of him, but it doesn’t mean that he’s not a very good hockey player. I think Andy is a very good hockey player. I think he’s a winner. I think he’s a very good penalty killer. I think he’s very accountable defensively and he can win faceoffs. I think one of the underrated things about Andy is that he’s actually a really good passer of the puck. He can really make tight area passes. That’s something he did for me in the American League and that’s something I’ve seen him do in the National Hockey League. We hope Andy can come in and be really good. I think teams have to rely on their depth through the year and this is where we’d like an opportunity to rely on our depth and have him pop in and be real good.”
November’s rookie of the month, Dylan Larkin, has points in seven of the past nine games. He leads the Red Wings with 10 goals.
Larkin’s next goal will tie him for 41st on the club’s all-time rookie goals list. Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Tim Taylor, Daniel Shank and Dennis Polonich all registered 11 goals in their freshman seasons.
It took nearly two months, but Brad Richards finally scored his first goal as a Red Wing.
As unconventional as it was – his shot from the slot was saved by Pekka Rinne, but caromed into the net off of Shea Weber’s right skate – Richards has to be relieved to finally get No. 289 of his career.
Prior to Rchards’ goal in the final minute of the period, it certainly looked like the players would head to their dressing rooms with a scoreless tie.
While the Red Wings peppered Buffalo and Arizona for a combined 90 shots on goal this week, the Predators’ defense was doing what they do best. Ranked second in the league for fewest shots allowed (26.5), the Predators held Arizona and Florida to 15 and 16 shots, respectively, this week.
With a minute remaining in the period, the Wings were being outshot 13-5 with only Larkin, Richards, Niklas Kronwall, Luke Glendening and Brendan Smith getting shots through to all-star goalie Pekka Rinne.
The Wings had a very good scoring chance early on. Tied for the team lead with 10 shots over the last two games, Darren Helm, who had a pair of breakaway chances Thursday night, had a glorious opportunity but lifted a shot wide of the net.
Racing toward the net, Helm made a move that pulled Pekka Rinne out of position, but the backhander by the Wings’ forward sailed wide of the open net.
Making his 16th start of the season, goalie Petr Mrazek was solid making 13 saves, including one that he denied from close range by Filip Forsberg.
DETROIT 1, NASHVILLE 0
SCORING: 1. DET, Richards (Tatar, Larkin) 19:21.
PENALTIES: 1. NSH, Jones (slashing) 2:37; 2. DET, DeKeyser (hooking) 9:50; 3. NSH, Jones (slashing) 17:16; 4. DET, Jurco (roughing) 19:51.
SHOTS: Detroit 6, Nashville 13
The Predators defensemen went on the offensive in the middle frame.
Weber scored two power-play goals and Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi added assists as Nashville took a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of action.
It didn’t take long for the Predators to erase a one-goal deficit and take the lead under three minutes into the period.
Weber, who helped the Wings to a 1-0 lead when a rebound inadvertently ricocheted off his skate, got one back for the Predators with his team-leading sixth power-play goal of the season. The Preds’ veteran trails only Carolina’s Justin Faulk (8), who leads all NHL defensemen.
Less than two minutes later, former Red Wings draft pick Calle Jarnkrok won an offensive zone face-off, which led to the Preds taking a 2-1 lead. Stationed in front of Mrazek, forward Viktor Arvidsson knocked Ellis’s point shot out of midair and into the net.
Weber’s second power-play goal of the game gave the Predators a two-goal cushion late in the period. The goal came just six seconds after Helm went to the penalty box for roughing Ellis. Originally, the on-ice officials missed the goal, as it appeared that Danny DeKeyser swept the puck out of the crease before it crossed the goal line. On the next stoppage, the referees consulted with the NHL’s situation room in Toronto where it was determined that the goal had crossed.
The Wings scored their own power-play goal, trimming the deficit to 3-2 when Tomas Tatar scored his 10th of the season, re-directing Mike Green’s blast passed Rinne. Tatar is now tied for the team lead in goals with Larkin.
NASHVILLE 3, DETROIT 2
SCORING: 1. NSH, Weber PPG (Josi, Fordberg) 1:03; 2. NSH, Arvidsson (Ellis, Jarnkrok) 2:53; 3. NSH, Weber PPG (unassisted) 15:28; 4. DET, Tatar PPG (Green, Datsyuk) 17:04.
PENALTIES: 1. NSH, Ekholm (cross-check, roughing) 7:08; 2. DET, Abdelkader (roughing) 7:08; 3. DET, Helm (roughing) 15:22; 4. NSH, Smith (slashing) 15:51.
SHOTS: Detroit 17 (23), Nashville 12 (25).
Weber’s third power-play goal of the game gave Nashville a 4-2 lead. The veteran is just the fifth player in franchise history – and the first defenseman – to register a hat trick.
However, the Wings didn’t show any quit, scoring twice to equal the score 4-4.
Larkin’s 11th of the season, pulling Detroit to within one goal.
The goal was Larkin’s second career multi-point game. He drew a secondary assist on Richards’ first-period goal that gave Detroit a 1-0 lead.
Larkin now has 21 points on the season tying him for 55th on the all-time rookie franchise points list with Johnny Sheppard (1926-27), Steve Black (1949-50), Pit Martin (1963-64), Thommie Bergman (1972-73), Perry Miller (1977-78), Chris Cichocki (1985-86), Bob Probert (1985-86), Mike Sillinger (1992-93) and Anders Eriksson (1997-98).
With 2:39 left in regulation, the Wings got the break that they needed when Ellis went to the box for boarding Helm.
From there, Justin Abdelkader scored on a deflection from Gustav Nyquist’s shot.
NASHVILLE 4, DETROIT 4
SCORING: 1. NSH, Weber PPG (Josi, Forsberg) 8:03; 2. DET, Larkin (Ericsson) 9:19; 3. DET, Abdelkader PPG (Nyquist, Zetterberg) 17:37.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Andersson (slashing) 7:02; 2. NSH, Ellis (boarding) 17:21.
SHOTS: Detroit 11 (34), Nashville 5 (31).
It was a fast and furious period that ended with Nyquist picking a spot and firing a shot under Rinne’s right arm for the win.
The Red Wings finished a six-game homestand – their longest of the season – and now have produced points in the last 10 games (7-0-3).
The Wings are off until next Tuesday when they travel to Washington to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.
DETROIT 5, NASHVILLE 4
SCORING: 1. DET, Nyquist (Kronwall) 1:41.
SHOTS: Detroit 2 (36), Nashville 1 (32)
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.
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.
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.
DETROIT 3, ARIZONA 0
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.
DETROIT 4, ARIZONA 1
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.
DETROIT 5, ARIZONA 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Helm (unassisted), 4:28.
PENALTIES: 1. ARI, Vermette (high-sticking), 12:01.
SHOTS: Detroit 14 (44), Arizona 9 (27).
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.
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.
DETROIT 2, BUFFALO 1
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.
DETROIT 3, BUFFALO 1
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.
BUFFALO 4, DETROIT 4
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.
DETROIT 4, BUFFALO 4
PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Gustav Nyquist, tripping, 1:21.
SHOTS: Detroit 1 (46), Buffalo 2 (32)
Nyquist shot first but Ullmark made the save.
O'Reilly went but Mrazek stopped him.
Datsyuk's shot was unable to elude Ullmark.
Moulson could not get the puck past Mrazek.
Brad Richards scored on Ullmark stick-side.
Jack Eichel shot the puck wide, giving the Wings the win and the extra point.
DETROIT 5, BUFFALO 4, SO
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.
"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.
DETROIT 0, FLORIDA 0
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.
DETROIT 1, FLORIDA 0
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.
DETROIT 1, FLORIDA 1
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.
FLORIDA 2, DETROIT 1
SCORING: 1. FLA, Brian Campbell (2), Jonathan Huberdeau, Jussi Jokinen, 1:20.
SHOTS: Detroit 1 (29), Florida 1 (32).
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.
DETROIT 0, EDMONTON 0
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.
DETROIT 3, EDMONTON 2
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.
DETROIT 3, EDMONTON 3
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.
DETROIT 4, EDMONTON 3
SCORING: 1. DET, Kronwall (Larkin, Zetterberg), 0:26
SHOTS: Detroit 1 (32), Edmonton 0 (24).
The Wings got a couple of early chances when Pavel Datsyuk had a chance at the right doorstep but Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth was there to save the fluttering puck.
The Kings got the first power play of the game when Luke Glendening was called for hooking at 2:41.
Jake Muzzin hit the crossbar and Petr Mrazek made a save on Alec Martinez.
At 7:07, the Kings' leading scorer Tyler Toffoli (10 goals, 7 assists) had a shot but Mrazek gloved it.
Mrazek and Toffoli played together for the Ottawa 67's in the OHL.
The Wings have had trouble scoring 5-on-5 but have been better on the power play so far this season.
That proved to be the case when Kings defenseman Derek Forbort was called for holding Darren Helm at 12:39.
Henrik Zetterberg also assisted on the goal for his team-leading 16th point, but his first point in seven games.
The Wings had another power play when Drew Doughty was called for tripping Dylan Larkin.
But instead, the Kings got a shorthanded goal from Jeff Carter at 16:21. Anze Kopitar and Alec Martinez assisted.
DETROIT, 1 LOS ANGELES 1
SCORING: 1. DET. Tatar PPG (Abdelkader, Zetterberg), 14:10; 2. LAK, Carter SHG (Kopitar, Martinez), 16:21.
PENALTIES: 1. DET. Glendening (tripping), 2:41; 2. LAK. Forbort (holding), 12:39; 3. LAK. Doughty (tripping), 16:09; 4. LAK. Gaborik (high-sticking), 19:52.
SHOTS: Detroit 10, Los Angeles 14.
The Wings started the second period with 1:53 left on their power play but it was negated quickly when Abdelkader was called for holding 30 seconds into the frame.
Although the Wings couldn't score on the power play or while playing 4-on-4, they did have extended offensive zone time afterward, which led to a goal.
Larkin drove to the net and the puck came out. Mike Green kicked the puck to his stick and shot it past Enroth at 3:45. It was called an unassisted goal.
It was Green's first goal as a Red Wing and first since he scored for the Capitals at Detroit on April 5, 2015.
At 6:08, Larkin drove to the net on the left side and was there to clean up the rebound of Abdelkader's shot. Zetterberg also assisted.
Larkin now has a three-game goal streak and improved to plus-14, best in the league at the moment.
Mrazek had no trouble with Washington's Alex Ovechkin but Carter was his kryptonite Friday night.
Carter scored his second goal of the game at 10:43 when the two teams were playing 4-on-4. Toffoli and Muzzin assisted.
At 17:39, Tatar put a good shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Toffoli, who strugglef to the bench. But Toffoli was able to return to the game before the end of the period.
DETROIT 3, LOS ANGELES 2
SCORING: 1. DET, Green (unassisted), 3:45; 2. DET. Larkin (Abdelkader, Zetterberg), 6:08. 3. LAK, Carter (Toffoli, Muzzin), 10:43.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (holding), 0:30; 2. DET, Marchenko (holding), 9:15; 3. LAK, Gaborik (high-stick, double minor), 9:17; 4. DET, Abdelkader (holding the stick), 12:58.
SHOTS: Detroit 9 (19), Los Angeles 16 (29).
The Wings had a very inauspicious start to the third period.
Larkin, skating into the offensive zone, appeared to catch a rut in the ice and his right leg buckled under him and he slid all the way to the boards behind Enroth.
When he finally got p, Larkin immediately skated off and went to the dressing room.
With Larkin out, Luke Glendening took shifts with Zetterberg and Abdelkader.
Larkin returned to the bench at around 8:15 of the third and was back on the ice at the 9:40 mark.
At 11:59, Dustin Brown's shot hit the blade of Danny DeKeyser's stick and hit him in the face, drawing blood.
DeKeyser had to leave the game for some treatment but returned to the bench quickly.
Datsyuk took a shift between Tatar and Nyquist in addition to going with Richards and Pulkkinen.
Jordan Nolan got a big hit on Darren Helm at 17:22.
Then fans were irate at 17:47 when Carter was nearly sitting on top of Larkin and no penalty was called.
The Kings lifted Enroth at 19:05. Abdelkader and Glendening had blocked shots to preserve the win.
DETROIT 3, LOS ANGELES 2
SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29); LA 8 (37).
|Petr Mrazek goes through his pre-game routine before facing the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin on Wednesday night's nationally televised game at Joe Louis Arena, (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)|
DETROIT – For the second time in more than a week, Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will try to break a tie with former Washington teammate and Red Wings great Sergei Fedorov for most NHL goals by a Russian-born player.
The 30-year-old Ovechkin has gone three games without a goal since tying Fedorov with No. 483 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 7. The last time Ovechkin experienced a four-game goal drought? Last December.
For the second time, goalie Petr Mrazek draws the Capitals and the daunting task of trying to prevent Ovechkin from passing Fedorov.
“Nobody wants to let that goal in,” Mrazek said. “I will do my best. He tried it three games ago and tonight he’s going to try him again.”
Last Tuesday's game, a 1-0 win for the Red Wings, Ovechkin tied a personal best with 15 shots on goal. According to the NHL, he is the first player in the to register that many shots without scoring a goal since the league began tracking shots in the 1967-68 season.
Mrazek did everything he could to stop Ovechkin, who fired four shots at the Red Wings’ net in the opening five minutes – including three on the Capitals first power play chance – of the game.
With Luke Glendening in the penalty box for hooking, the Wings kept the Capitals off the board.
Moments later, Dylan Larkin gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead when he beat goalie Braden Holtby with a low wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle. Larkin’s sixth of the season ties him with Chicago’s Artemi Panarin, Buffalo’s Jack Eichel and Vancouver’s Jared McCann for fourth on the league’s rookie scoring list.
Pavel Datsyuk, playing in his fourth game since returning from off-season ankle surgery, picked up the lone assist – his first point of the season.
The Red Wings had a very good chance to build a two-goal lead on their first power play opportunity of the night. With Larkin in the penalty box, Darren Helm created his own great scoring chance, jumping the passing route to intercept Nicklas Backstrom’s pass into the slot. The Wings’ speedy forward cruised in a on shorthanded breakaway but Holtby transitioned across the crease to his left to make the save.
The Capitals did get the equalizer on the same power play. Standing all alone to the left on Mrazek, forward Justin Williams redirected Matt Niskanen’s hard pass from the blue line behind the Wings’ netminder.
Ovechkin finished the period with five of his team’s 10 shots on goal. Justin Abdelkader had a team-high three shots for the Red Wings in that period.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (Datsyuk), 2:48; 2. WSH, Williams PPG (Niskanen, Backstrom), 10:54.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Glendening (hooking), 3:29; 2. WSH, Schmidt (hooking), 7:20; 3. DET, Larkin (hooking), 9:20; 3. DET, Tatar (tripping), 11:40; 4. DET, DeKeyser (interference), 16:15.
SHOTS: Detroit 7, Washington 10.
Mrazek wasn’t tested all that much in the second. However, he made a nice kick save on Nate Schmidt when the Caps defenseman cruised down the right wing, beating Danny DeKeyser into the Wings’ zone before snapping a blast late in the period.
Scoring chances were definitely limited in the period, though Datsyuk had a sneaky one late. The Wings’ center got a stick on Jonathan Ericsson’s low liner from the point, but Holtby made an alert save on the deflection.
The Red Wings caught the Caps’ defense napping on a late line change. As Detroit headed out of its own end, Henrik Zetterberg spotted Teemu Pulkkinen jumping over the boards behind the two Washington defenders. The captain fired a stretch pass that send Pulkkinen in alone on Holtby, who made the save to score even.
With under a minute to goal, Pulkkinen and Helm teamed up on an excellent chance, but Holtby made a spectacular paddle save. Pulkkinen fired a Howitzer from the left face-off circle that bounced off Holtby and right to Helm who was stationed in front of the crease. It appeared that Wings had regained their one-goal lead when Helm poked the puck toward the goal line. But Holtby reached back and swatted the puck out of harm’s way with his paddle.
It was Helm’s second good scoring chance of the game. He and seven other Red Wings’ regulars – Datsyuk, Glendening, Joakim Andersson, Drew Miller, Mike Green, Alexey Marchenko and Niklas Kronwall – are looking for their first goals of the season.
Ovheckin had one shot in the period. He has six for the game.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 1
PENALTIES: 1. WSH, Alzner (holding), 1:33.
SHOTS: Detroit 13 (20), Washington 8 (18).
Coach Jeff Blashill made a slight adjustment in the second period, switching up his first and third lines, putting Pulkkinen with Zetterberg and Abdelkader. Meanwhile, Gustav Nyquist moved to the third line with center Andreas Athanasiou and Miller.
The Red Wings coach stuck with that alignment in the third.
The Capitals’ power play, which ranks sixth in the league this season with 11 goals already, got tuned up early in the period. But the Wings’ penalty killers were up to the task when DeKeyser went to the box for delay of game.
For the first – and only time – Wednesday, the Caps’ power play did not register a shot on goal as the Wings cleared the puck down the ice three times.
With 6:25left in regulation, Mrazek was momentarily shaken up when he was drilled in the face by a John Carlson shot from point-blank range. At the same time, Niklas Kronwall suffered a cut above the left eye when he got tangled up with Marchenko and T.J. Oshie before falling head first into the boards.
After the TV timeout, Schmidt’s shot from the blue line rang off the crossbar behind Mrazek.
The Wings picked up another bad penalty late when they had too many men on the ice. Larkin served the two-minute minute. Fortunately for the Wings, the hustle of the penalty killers prevented any collateral damage.
DETROIT 1, WASHINGTON 1
PENALTIES: 1. DET, DeKeyser (delay of game), 6:39; 2. DET, Larkin (too many men), 17:08
SHOTS: Detroit 6 (26), Washington 8 (26).
Datsyuk fell down in the opening minute of OT, allowing the Capitals to transition to the offensive where Kuznetsov collected his second game-winning goal of the season just 45 seconds into the extra session.
The Caps’ leading scorer – he has six goals and 18 points – coasted down the left wing before launching a wrist shot that squeezed under Mrazek’s right arm.
The Red Wings are now 3-2 in overtime. Detroit’s only other OT loss came at Calgary on Oct. 23. The Capitals are 3-1.
WASHINGTON 2, DETROIT 1
SCORING: 1. WSH, Kuznetsov (Niskanen, Alzner), 0:45
SHOTS: Detroit 0 (26), Washington 1 (27).
|Dylan Larkin reacts to his first-period goal that gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead over the Senators. (Photo by Getty Images)|
KANATA, Ontario – The Red Wings are in Ottawa to wrap up a two-game road trip by the Senators in what will be Detroit’s third game in four nights.
The Wings are coming off a 3-1 loss Saturday at Boston, where they had 23 shots, but missed the net another 18 times. In total, the Wings had 57 attempts against the Bruins, but only managed to get a season-low 40.4 percent through on Tuukka Rask.
On more than one occasion since Saturday’s loss, coach Jeff Blashill has blasted the team’s offensive shortfall, including the fact that they own the league-low for shots on goal with 25.3 per game.
“If you only have 23 shots you don’t get as many chances to get seconds,” Blashill said. “It’s not from a lack of opportunity to be in the zone. It’s not from not shooting the puck. For the most part we didn’t have too many times where we were too cute. I didn’t see a whole lot of those on tape. I saw a lot of missed nets. We got to do a better job of hitting the net, making the goalie make saves.”
The Red Wings get Teemu Pulkkinen back in the lineup tonight. The sniper missed Saturday’s game with a sore neck. He will replace Joakim Andersson on the third line with Andreas Athanasiou and Drew Miller.
Jimmy Howard gets his ninth start of the season and his second against the Senators. He suffered a 3-1 loss to Ottawa at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 30.
Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings for tonight:
For the first time this month, the Red Wings built a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist.
The newly formed line of Tatar, Datysuk and Larkin struck first converting a neutral-zone turnover into a 1-0 lead at 9:12 of the period. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser intercepted a pass and shuttled the puck to Larkin, who had to first dodge a hip check by Senators captain Erik Karlsson en route to the net. From there it appeared Larkin diped below the goal line before banking a shot off Sens goalie Craig Anderson.
A few moments later, defenseman Mike Green joined the rush, drawing an assist in his second consecutive game for the first time as a Red Wing as Nyquist recorded his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The two goals were a pleasure to see for the Red Wings, who have struggled to score five on five. The two goals give them 18 five-on-five goals in 15-plus games.
The Senators, however, cut their deficit when Mike Hoffman scored with Larkin in the penalty box serving an interference minor.
Ottawa nearly tied the game late in the period, but Matt Puempel sent a rebound behind Jimmy Howard and out the other side of the crease.
DETROIT 2, OTTAWA 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (DeKeyser), 9:12; 2. DET, Nyquist (Abdelkader, Green), 11:01; 3. OTT, Hoffman PPG (Karlsson, Stone), 16:10.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (interference), 14:13.
SHOTS: Detroit 8, Ottawa 8.
It’s been a very long time, but what the Red Wings call the fourth line finally registered a goal. Detroit switched up his lines before Monday’s game, deploying the trio of Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan as its grind line against the Senators.
The threesome kept pressure in the zone late in the period where Glendening managed to tie up a Senators’ defenseman for Helm and Sheahan, who simultaneously reached for the loose puck in the crease to the right of Anderson.
Sheahan got to the puck first, scoring his second goal in the past 14 games.
It was one of the greasy goals, the second- or third-chance goals that the Wings haven’t been getting recently.
Through two periods the Red Wings have gotten 52.5 percent of their shot attempts through to the Senators net.
DETROIT 3, OTTAWA 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Sheahan (Glendening, Green), 16:24.
PENALTIES: 1, DET, Glendening (hooking), 0:25; 2. OTT, Hoffman (slashing), 2:22.
SHOTS: Detroit 13 (21), Ottawa 7 (15).
It wasn’t the kind of start to the third that the Red Wings wanted when the Senators took advantage of a defensive collapse in the attacking zone.
The Red Wings couldn’t get the puck out of their own zone and the Sens made them pay the consequences. Glendening broke his stick and tried clearing the puck with is gloved hand. But his attempt hit a leg and ricocheted to Sens defenseman Chris Wideman, who rifled a shot from the high slot that beat Howard at 3:13.
The pace definitely picked up once the Senators got within a goal of the Red Wings’ lead.
Ottawa had a few chances to pull even, but Howard made a couple nice saves and the defense did a nice job in transitioning the puck out of their own zone. On the other end, Athanasiou used his speed to break in on Anderson, but the Senators goalie glided to his left to stop a backhand shot and prevent the Wings from regaining a two-goal lead.
Detroit had the only power play opportunity in the final period. Alex Chiasson slashed Jonathan Ericsson and 14:25. However, the Red Wings failed to convert on their chance, which came back to bite Detroit when Bobby Ryan scored the equalizer moments later.
Ryan sliced his way through Glendening and Green before cutting in front of the net and slipping a backhand shot behind Howard.
DETROIT 3, OTTAWA 3
SCORING: 1. OTT, Wideman (unassisted), 3:13; 2. OTT, Ryan (Hoffman, Ceci), 17:12.
PENALTIES: 1. OTT, Chiasson (slashing), 14:25.
SHOTS: Detroit 15 (36), Ottawa 10 (25).
Having had a two-goal lead it’s certainly not the finish they expected, but the Wings got the win when Tomas Tatar cruised into the Senators end and fired a shot that beat Anderson. It was Tatar’s fifth goal of the season and came on the only shot in overtime.
The Red Wings (9-8-1) return home where they will host the Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is 8 p.m. EDT.
Ovheckin is one goal away from setting a new NHL record for Russian-born goal scorers. The Capitals’ captain is currently tied with Hockey Hall of Famer and Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov with 483 career goals.
DETROIT 4, OTTAWA 3
SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Nyquist), 2:04.
SHOTS: Detroit 1 (37), Ottawa 0 (25).