Wings’ forward Drew Miller beat his older brother, Ryan, as the Detroit Red Wings won 3-2 in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. Defenseman Brian Rafalski scored 31 seconds into overtime, beating Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller to grab two important points and move the Wings up to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference standings. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves both scored over a 1:13 span early in the first period, but the Sabres rallied from their 2-0 deficit to force overtime. The win marked Detroit’s sixth in eight games notes the Detroit Free Press. According to MLive.com, the Red Wings have “scored at least one power-play goal in nine consecutive games, 12 in a row at home.”
The DRW bloggers offered up their remarks on the triumph at the Joe: DetroitHockey.net, Fight Night at the Joe, Hockeytown USA, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, The Scrappy Octopus, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, Winging It In Motown, and Word on a Wing.
In Other News
- The Detroit Free Press points out that Johan Franzen has six goals in his last nine games and his return to the lineup has opened up some room for forwards like Pavel Datsyuk as well.
- According to The Detroit News, Todd Bertuzzi has gone scoreless in the last 17 games dating back to Jan. 23 against the LA Kings. MLive.com writes that he recorded one shot on goal in Saturday’s game against Buffalo and that was his first shot in four games and his second in six.
- The Red Wings’ penalty kill has been stellar of late, killing off 45 of their last 48 penalties including all three on Saturday against Buffalo.
- Detroit kicks off its three-game road trip tonight against Calgary before having three days off before the second game of their trip at Edmonton. The Wings will stay in B.C. in between the two games rather than flying back to Detroit and Snapshots gathered the Wings’ reaction of the unique schedule this week.
- DRW.com has a great piece on the Miller brothers and their ties to the state of Michigan.
- Forward Henrik Zetterberg registered a goal and two assists on Thursday night when the team hosted Minnesota. DRW.com reports that it was a line change, putting Zetterberg between Valtteri Filppula and Dan Cleary, that sparked Zetterberg’s offense. The article also gets reaction from the Wings on Chris Chelios’ return to the league.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com predicts that Pavel Datsyuk will win the Selke Trophy this year and lists his picks for the other big awards.
- George Malik of Snapshots argues that the Wings are not regretting their decision to not re-sign forward Mikael Samuelsson, who just potted his 30th goal of the season for Vancouver this past week.
- Winging It In Motown does some statistics work to predict how many points the Wings will have at the end of the regular season.
- Snapshots provides an update on the Wings’ NCAA prospects and Jiri Hudler during their respective playoffs.