The Detroit Red Wings ended a three-game losing skid on Saturday night with a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on the road. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Holmstrom’s power-play goal at 2:35 of the third period ended Detroit’s scoreless streak at 175:57.” After erasing a 2-0 deficit, it took Henrik Zetterberg’s goal with 56.7 seconds remaining in the third period to even the game up at three goals apiece and send the game into overtime. Forward Todd Bertuzzi would eventually score the game-winner in the shootout.
MLive.com writes about the impact that Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader had in Saturday’s game, while Chris McCosky of The Detroit News notes that the Wings “fired 217 shots on goal over the previous six games and had only five goals.” For video highlights of the game, click here.
While the win doesn’t necessarily signal that everything is back on track, it did bring a wave of relief to the DRW bloggers: Babcock’s Death Stare, Octopus Thrower, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, The Triple Deke, and Winging It In Motown.
The Wings hope to make it two straight tonight at Joe Louis Arena and end a scoring drought at home when they host the Dallas Stars. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. EDT and will be televised by FSDetroit. The first 2,500 twelve-and-under kids in attendance will receive a snazzy 12 x 30 inch pennant.
In Other News
- The Detroit News and MLive.com report that captain Nick Lidstrom will play for Sweden in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
- Red Wings TV spoke with GM Ken Holland in an exclusive interview to talk about the first quarter of the 2009-10 regular season.
- MLive.com discusses the surprising lack of production from Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski.
- ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun says that Holland remains firm in his stance that the Wings will not look to make a big trade by the deadline.
- The Detroit Free Press writes about defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s development and his transition from Grand Rapids (AHL) to the NHL.
- Tomas Tatar, one of Detroit’s second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, scored the game-winner for the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit’s AHL affiliate) in a 2-1 win Saturday night. The Grand Rapids Press notes, “Tatar, who is the youngest player in the American Hockey League, has a four-game goal streak and a string of five games where he has tallied at least one point.”
- Casey and Michael at Winging It In Motown created a thorough guide to where Wings’ players Olympic chances stand with their respective countries.
- Red Wings Hardware makes a case for Lidstrom and a jersey retirement down the road.