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Grigorenko, Kopecky lift Wings in shootout win

Thursday, 09.27.2007 / 9:53 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Grigorenko, Kopecky lift Wings in shootout win

DETROIT – A Red Wings’ game was decided by a shootout for the first time in the preseason.

Tomas Kopecky and Igor Grigorenko scored shootout goals, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.

The Red Wings outscored Tampa Bay, 2-1, in the shootout. Veteran Jan Hlavac scored the Lightning’s lone shootout tally.

Igor Grigorenko beats Lightning goalie Marc Denis to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win in a preseason shootout on Thursday.
Participating in his first NHL training camp, Grigorenko's effort in the shootout was quite impressive. He deked Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis, pulling the puck to his backhand before shifting to the forehand, and finishing with a wrist shot into the back of the net.

"Certainly there, it showed the offensive flare that he has, no doubt," said center Kris Draper of Grigorenko. "It's a little tough; there's a language barrier. It's his first time over here and his first NHL training camp. So, I think overall, he's done well. He's tried to learn. He's tried to fit in playing soccer with the guys and having fun with teammates in practice. But he's trying his best."

Kopecky got a bit of redemption with his shootout goal. He had an opportunity to end the game in overtime, but he ran out of room on the short side against Denis, who stymied the Wings’ forward. A few moments later, Denis came up big again when he deflected Brian Rafalski’s shot from the slot.

Chris Osgood stopped Michel Ouellet and Vaclav Prospal in the shootout. Osgood, who played the entire game, made 19 saves on 21 shots.

For the first time this preseason, many of the players who will make up the Red Wings’ regular-season roster – and those few still battling for a roster spot -- shared in must of the ice time Thursday night.

The Wings’ new defensive tandem of captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Rafalski also received plenty of ice together on Thursday. Both defensemen assisted on each of the Wings' goals in regulation.

Detroit scored a pair of power-play goals to take a 2-1 lead early in the second period. The Red Wings got the lone goal of the first period when forward Mattias Ritola scored his second goal of the preseason.

Ritola left the game when he was hit in the right side of the head with a puck shot by Lightning forward Mathieu Darche in the first period.

After Tampa Bay tied the game, Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings up again when he re-directed a Lidstrom point-shot past Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist at 5:28.

Trailing a couple of times, the Lightning rebounded to tie the score twice in the second period. Tampa Bay tied the game the first time when defenseman Matt Smaby at 2:58 of the period.

Following Filppula’s power-play goal, the Lightning knotted the score at 2-2 when left wing Michel Ouellet blasted a one-timer from the slot past Osgood with 1:16 left in the period.

The Red Wings dodged a scare when Rafalski left the game with seven-minutes left in regulation. The new Wings’ defenseman caught a rut with his left skate behind the Tampa Bay net. He skated off under his own power, and after being attended to by athletic trainer Piet Van Zant in the hallway outside of the team’s locker room, Rafalski returned to the bench.

Coach Mike Babcock indicated that the Wings will deploy three NHL forward lines in the final two tune-up games this weekend in a home-and-home series with Toronto.

"It's good. He's trying to get his four lines together and when you're playing three games in three nights it's a bit tough to do," Draper said. "I think those games will be a little bit more fun. Anytime Original Six teams get together they're more fun, so the next two nights should be a little more tense with a little more emotion."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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