The Red Wings concluded their road trip with their fathers with a 3-1 win over the NY Rangers in NYC Sunday evening. Forward Pavel Datsyuk recorded his seventh tally of the season and first in eight games. Dan Cleary broke the tie with 1:03 left in the third period. Veteran forward Kris Draper cemented the win with an empty netter with seven seconds remaining. Henrik Zetterberg and Nick Lidstrom earned the assists for both Datsyuk and Cleary’s goals.
Rookie netminder Jimmy Howard stood tall in net, stopping 28 shots including a spectacular save on a penalty shot to keep the game knotted up at 1-1. Defenseman Brian Rafalski returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game due to a sore back. Forward Ville Leino was a healthy scratch for the second time this season.
In Other News
- Detroit rallied twice from two-goal deficits to send its game against New Jersey into overtime on Saturday evening. The team earned a point in the standings, but fell in the 4-3 shootout loss. Forward Tomas Holmstrom recorded his 200th career goal in the contest. Patrick Eaves was tabbed the game’s first star thanks to his goal and assist.
- The Detroit News notes that Kris Draper’s rant during the first intermission of Saturday’s game against the Devils appeared to give the team a much needed jolt.
- Here are some recaps of the New Jersey game by DRW bloggers: Motown Wings, Red Wings Blog, Red, White & Black-n-Blue, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, and Winging It In Motown.
- Both The Detroit News and MLive.com discuss goaltender Chris Osgood’s desire to return to playoff form as soon as possible.
- The Grand Rapids Press points out that the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit’s AHL affiliate) have seen an improvement in their penalty kill of late.
- On Tuesday evening (Dec. 8), four teams of Wings’ players and staff will try to outdo one another to see which team can raise the most money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. To see who exactly is involved and where they will be located, visit DRW.com.
- Winging It In Motown takes a look at the Wings’ prospects in juniors.
- Puck Daddy names Wings’ Ken Holland the best GM of the decade.