This past week, Detroit encountered a five-game stretch, all against Eastern Conference foes who are either battling for a playoff spot or firmly secured as a playoff team. With road games at Columbus and Toronto, and attempting to protect home ice against Eastern heavyweights Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston, the Red Wings had their hands full.
This past week, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans had plenty to be excited about.
The Wings had games against Toronto and Chicago, two Original Six teams, as well as a game against Eastern Conference powerhouse, Pittsburgh. They ended with a home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild.
Detroit opened this week with a game at the United Center against longtime rival, Chicago Blackhawks. The first period experienced a scoreless tie, with both goaltenders standing firm in net.
Alexander Ovechkin is one of the league’s most deadly shooters that the NHL has to offer, notching his 39th goal of the season in overtime on Sunday against the Red Wings.
The game was back and forth on Sunday. The first goal of the day was recorded just under five minutes into the game from Jason Chimera past Jimmy Howard, which was quickly followed by a power play goal from Washington’s Joel Ward. The first period ended with three power play goals, two for the Capitals and one for the Wings. Gustav Nyquist got the goal for the Wings, which went on to be his first of three goals and four points in 19:03 of ice time.
A long-anticipated rivalry game since the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals was played at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday when the Blackhawks came into Detroit to take on the Red Wings.
From the starting gate the two teams were quick, gritty and ready to put the puck in the net. The Blackhawks hit the scoreboard first with a goal from Marian Hossa, that was quickly followed by a second goal two and a half minutes later from Andrew Shaw to put the Hawks up 2-0 with 9:30 to play in the first period.
In February, Sochi, Russia, will be hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The ice hockey competition has once again placed marvelous teams together with a compilation of the best NHL players representing their homeland.
The Detroit Red Wings have ten players going to the games, six of which are playing for Sweden, two for Slovakia, one for Russia and one for the United States.
The Detroit Red Wings have not played up to their full potential this year.
The team is currently sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 52 points after 48 games played. With the long list of injuries still in the forefront of everyone’s brain, the Wings are in a predicament that could cost them their 22-season streak of consecutive playoff appearances.
Niklas Kronwall perhaps got the luckiest goal of his NHL career on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Red Wings were on a power play with just under 30 seconds to go in the third period, when the defenseman slapped a shot that deflected up and into the netting behind goaltender, Jonathan Quick.
The referees did not see the puck launch off a stick and up into the netting until the puck traveled from the netting down towards the goal, where it went off of the back of Quick and into the Kings’ net with 27 seconds left to go in regulation.
Petr Mrazek usually spends his time playing on the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL Calder Cup defending champions. On Sunday, however, Mrazek got the call to start between the posts for the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim.
Although Mrazek came out to play on Sunday, only allowing one goal in less than 59 minutes played, the young goalie was not given productivity from the team in front of him, and one goal against was still too much for the Red Wings.
When Tomas Tatar scored in the third period on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, there was a different vibe at the Staples Center than any other goal that was scored in the game.
Tatar’s father died this week of a liver ailment, but through strength, determination and a predisposed conditioning of winning permanently stamped into the forward’s brain, the 23-year old from Slovakia played and produced in honor of his fallen father.
Joe Pavelski has 12 goals in his past 15 games played, and that did not stop against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday in the Shark Tank.
Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks took it to the Detroit Red Wings from the start of the game in Thursday’s contest. The Shark forward put the first goal of the game behind Red Wings goaltender, Jimmy Howard, just about five minutes into the game.
Carrying over from his performance in the Winter Classic, Jimmy Howard once again stood on his head, stopping the game’s first 12 shots.
Although a seemingly low number, the Dallas Stars were challenging Howard with strategic play and a boost of energy that the Wings were not able to keep up with. That was until Henrik Zetterberg had a say in the matter.
“It’s important because it got us off on the right foot here on this road trip,” Howard said. Read More…
The Detroit Red Wings put together a good outing against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Jonas Gustavsson has a 8-0-1 record and is the Red Wings’ back bone of winning games this season. Read More…
The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday evening. Tomas Tatar continued his hot streak with another goal that came early in the first period. And while the Red Wings were playing with poise throughout the first and second periods, the third was another story. The Flyers netted three goals past Jimmy Howard and then a fourth to seal the game on an empty net, and they won the game 6-3. Read More…
The Detroit Red Wings four game losing stint has come to a close. With a showcase of talents from newbies and veterans alike, the Wings took a win on Wednesday, 2-1, over the Canucks in Vancouver.
Tomas Tatar had a late second period snipe from the top of the circles, through the legs of Roberto Luongo, to seal the deal. Read More…