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Downey; Drake get Wings' firsts

Wednesday, 01.2.2008 / 10:45 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Downey; Drake get Wings\' firsts

DETROIT – A pair of forwards had season firsts in the Red Wings’ 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

Aaron Downey, who signed with the Wings as a free agent on the opening day of the season, got his first point in a Detroit uniform, and Dallas Drake scored his first goal as a Red Wings since the 1993-94 season.

Downey recorded his 14th career NHL point when he assisted on Johan Franzen’s second period goal that gave the Wings a 2-0 lead at 7:28.

Downey’s pretty pass sent Franzen away on a breakaway.

“It felt like somebody came inside my body and gave me some skill for a couple of seconds and made me look like a player,” Downey said. “It’s real special being here every day. The work ethic alone and the leadership in this locker room, I think if guys take advantage of their chances, there is room for improvement here as a hockey player.”

Downey’s last point came as a member of the Montreal Canadiens last season when he scored in a 4-1 win at Washington on Dec. 27, 2006.

As for Drake, who returned to his NHL roots as a free agent in July, netting his first goal since Valentine’s Day last season, was a relief.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Drake, who was Detroit’s sixth-round draft pick in 1989. “I just told some guys in there that the last time I scored I think there was an eclipse. It feels good.”

700 Club: Captain Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists Wednesday, giving him 700 helpers in his 15-season career. His milestone assist came in the third period. His shot from the point redirected off the shaft of Pavel Datsyuk’s stick and past Stars' goalie Marty Turco for a 4-0 lead.

Lidstrom now has 906 points in 1,217 games.

Maltby eyes return: Kirk Maltby skated during the Wings’ morning skate on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Maltby, who has been out of the lineup since suffering an injured lower back against Calgary on Nov. 27, hopes to return to the roster in the next couple of weeks.

“The back is feeling a lot better,” said Maltby, who has three goals and three assists in 24 games. “Now it’s just getting the legs and the lungs back into game shape, and the only way you can do it is on the ice and getting into some games.”

Maltby tried skating a week after the injury, but suffered a setback in Montreal on Dec. 3 that required a visit to a specialist. He has missed 17 games.

“Hopefully, a week of practice here and then I’d like to get into a game in the next two weeks,” Maltby said. “As long as we don’t have any setbacks, that’s my game plan. I guess I need to talk to the coaching staff and trainers too, but that’s the way I’m treating it and looking at it in order to get myself ready.”
 

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  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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