DETROIT (AP) — Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay's career lead in goals, Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the third period and the Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to...
Bernier gets 1st shutout, Red Wings top Senators 2-0
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators played one of their best defensive games of the season, yet still fell short against the Detroit Red Wings.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 35 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Red Wings defeated the Senators 2-0 Saturday night, despite Ottawa allowing a season-low 21 shots.
Red Wings beat Ducks 3-1, extend record losing streak to 12
DETROIT (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks dropped their heads on the bench and looked down at their skates, another defeat seemingly imminent.
Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 4:16 left and Darren Helm scored a little later, lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the Ducks 3-1 on Tuesday night to extend their franchise-record losing streak to 12 games.
"I just see the frustration," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
Flames rally for 5-3 win, hand Red Wings 6th straight loss
DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau capped a memorable day with another splendid performance.
Gaudreau had a goal and three assists, and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Gaudreau was named the NHL's second star for the month of December — and he was part of the Pacific Division All-Star roster, which was also released Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are a team in transition, and that was evident Tuesday night.
Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored a goal for his 400th point, while rookie defenseman Joe Hicketts, playing his second NHL game, grabbed a pair of assists for his first career points as the Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
"It's neat for sure," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's good. I thought a number of our young players played well."
Detroit — It wasn't as bad as it was 24 hours earlier when the Red Wings looked befuddled at times.
You had the sense it wasn't going to be that ugly again. Professionalism and pride were going to take over.
But these days, the Red Wings simply aren't playing winning hockey. Getting a consistent, winning effort for 60 minutes is a struggle.
And it didn't happen Friday, as the Red Wings extended their winless streak to six games, losing to Columbus 3-2.
Daley scores on tip late in OT, Red Wings beat Rangers 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) — With time winding down in overtime, Trevor Daley knew he needed to get in position in front of the net.
Daley was in the right spot and tipped in Frans Nielsen's pass with 5.6 seconds showing on the clock to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the rebuilding New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Daley delivers: Defenseman’s OT goal lifts Red Wings
New York — Normally when Jimmy Howard and Henrik Lundqvist face each other in recent years, the games have turned into goaltending masterpieces.
Both usually bring out the best in each other, and especially at Madison Square Garden.
Goals tend to be hard to come by.
Sunday's game didn't match some of the recent spectacular outings — but the Red Wings will take it.
Trevor Daley scored with 5.6 seconds left in overtime, tipping Frans Nielsen's shot, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory.
Blashill confident Wings can rediscover penalty kill
Detroit — The results have been alarming, but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill isn't losing confidence in his team's penalty kill.
What has been troubling has been the unit's lack of effectiveness in weekend games against the New York Islanders and Washington, where the opposition scored six goals on 10 power-play attempts.
Included in that span, obviously, is Friday's four goals by the Islanders on a late-game five-minute penalty that turned the game in New York's favor.
Sunrise, Fla. — This was a heartbreaker for the Red Wings.
Looking as if they'd earn at least one point on Saturday, they lost 3-2 as the Florida Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation.
Officials took a look at it for goalie interference on goaltender Petr Mrazek, but it was ruled a goal.
Huberdeau, at the post, put back a rebound just past Mrazek.
The loss ended a modest two-game winning streak for the Red Wings (21-22-8).
Sunrise, Fla. — There was no fancy, slick, outrageous move on this breakaway, nothing that would have found a place on the nightly highlight shows.
No, on Darren Helm's breakaway Friday in the third period, Helm skated down the ice, then "let it rip."
It was a good, accurate, hard shot that whistled past Carolina goalie Scott Darling, and iced the Red Wings' 4-1 victory.
Helm, Mrazek lead Red Wings to 4-1 win over Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After two months of struggles, Darren Helm finally had the breakout game he's been seeking.
Helm had a goal and two assists, Petr Mrazek stopped 36 shots, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Friday night.
Helm's goal was his first since Dec. 5, and he also had his first multi-assist game of the season.
Detroit — They certainly showed they aren't far from being NHL players — if not already.
But there simply isn't room on the Red Wings' roster currently, so defenseman Joe Hicketts and forward Dominic Turgeon were Tuesday assigned back to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings activated forward Luke Glendening, who had been out since Dec. 20 with a wrist injury.
Detroit — Injuries are beginning to pile up for the Red Wings, and it's affecting their penalty killing.
Already without forwards Justin Abdelkader, Luke Glendening and Darren Helm, the Red Wings lost defenseman Trevor Daley during Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Daley exited the game in the second period with what the team called a lower-body injury and didn't return.
Detroit – The Red Wings' penalty kill, now back to 17th in the NHL with an 80.9 percent rate after sitting in the top 10 for a stretch earlier in the season, is battered by injuries.
When Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm sustaining damage to their lower bodies during the weekend, they joined Luke Glendening as reliable penalty killers on the shelf. Abdelkader and Helm will not play against the Stars Tuesday.
Detroit – The Red Wings haven't made a determination on how long Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm will be out of the lineup as they await further tests.
But they know Abdelkader and Helm will miss the game against the Stars at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.
They also know Luke Glendening is out until after the All-Star break.
Both GM Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill said they had no further information on Abdelkader and Helm, who were both lost over the weekend with lower-body injuries.
Pittsburgh – The Detroit Red Wings were dealt a double-dose of bad news on Saturday. Forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm suffered lower-body injuries in the 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh, and they will be unavailable Sunday when Detroit plays in Chicago.
The Red Wings recalled forward Dominic Turgeon from Grand Rapids.
Turgeon, 21, had 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 40 games with the Griffins this season, with a plus-8 rating.
Boston — The Red Wings are going to be able to get an extended look at prospect Tyler Bertuzzi.
But it's at the expense of another gritty, defensive-minded forward.
The Red Wings found out Friday they'll be without Glendening for a minimum of a month, after the University of Michigan product injured his hand/wrist during Wednesday's loss in Philadelphia.
The Red Wings recalled Bertuzzi, who'll skate on a line with Darren Helm and Frans Nielsen — just as Glendening has done at times recently.
Detroit — Another game into overtime, and another Red Wings loss.
Brad Marchand scored 35 seconds into overtime, giving the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory.
It was the Red Wings' sixth consecutive loss in overtime this season.
Boston tied it 2-2 on David Pastrnak's 15th goal at 18:34. The Bruins pulled goalie Tuukka Rask, and with the extra skater, Brad Marchand found Pastrnak alone at the post for an easy tap past goalie Jimmy Howard.
Speed kills: Red Wings PK unit flying high with aggressive approach
Detroit – The Detroit Red Wings want their penalty killers to be aggressive.
They think that with the speed of the forwards on that unit, the ability to play aggressively and force mistakes, and possibly capitalize with a scoring chance of their own, is worthwhile.
Looking at the results, the approach appears to be working.
"There's enough speed out there that they can put the other team on their heels," coach Jeff Blashill said.
Tatar scores late in 3rd to lift Red Wings over Canucks 3-2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — After squandering a two-goal lead in the third period, Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings recovered just in time.
Tatar scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:14 left to lift the Red Wings over the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday night.
Martin Frk and Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, which has won four of five following a six-game losing streak. Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots after Petr Mrazek's 36-save shutout in Edmonton the night before.
Vancouver, British Columbia — Tomas Tatar hadn't scored a point in seven games, but he picked a good time to stop the slump.
Tatar scored at 18:46 of the third period, breaking a tie and giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Vancouver.
Tatar's fourth goal of the season — and 200th career point — gave the Red Wings (8-7-1) their second consecutive victory and fourth in five games.
Vancouver (7-5-2) scored twice in 2:14 early in the third period, tying the score at 2.
Ottawa, Ontario – Darren Helm has never been a prolific goal scorer, a huge offensive force, a guy who is on highlight films for his moves to the net.
But defensively, or in the intangible areas, few players are as noticeable as Helm.
Thus far this season, Helm is doing those things again.
Helm had five points (two goals, three assists) in 13 games, but it's not necessarily offense that coach Jeff Blashill looks for from his veteran.
Tampa, Fla. — It was evident to see last season, whenever Frans Nielsen centered a line with Andreas Athanasiou on a wing, the two had a good feeling between them. There was a sense of where each one was on the ice.
With Athanasiou preparing to play his first game this season — likely Thursday in Tampa — coach Jeff Blashill has had Athanasiou working mostly with Nielsen, with Darren Helm on the other wing.
The idea of reuniting with Nielsen brought a large smile to Athanasiou's face.
Buffalo – Every young player seems to go through it and Martin Frk is the latest.
Frk began this season looking unstoppable with that lethal shot of his. He scored three goals in the first four games – that one-timer in particular absolutely handcuffing NHL goaltenders.
But opponents quickly have learned to defend Frk more effectively. Suddenly that shot isn't as easy to get off, and Frk is struggling to get himself open, to look as NHL-ready as he looked the opening week.
Frk, Nielsen score 2 each as Red Wings beat Bruins 5-1
DETROIT (AP) — Martin Frk and Frans Nielsen scored two goals each to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins in an NHL preseason game Saturday night.
Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, who got a 19-save performance from Jimmy Howard.
Zane McIntyre started in goal for the Bruins and allowed four goals on 24 shots in two periods. Malcolm Subban stopped three of four shots in the third.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Oilers got a good start to a critical stretch in their season.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist and Edmonton started an eight-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Zack Kassian, Jordan Eberle and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Oilers, who have won two games in a row. Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers started an eight-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Zack Kassian, Jordan Eberle and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Oilers, who have won two games in a row. Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots.
Anthony Mantha, Darren Helm and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight.
Red Wings’ Helm out at least 6 weeks, replaced by Bertuzzi
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have lost forward Darren Helm for at least six weeks because of a dislocated shoulder.
Detroit recalled winger Tyler Bertuzzi from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday and put Helm on long-term injured reserve.
Detroit defeats St. Louis after marathon shootout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.
In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.
Nyquist leads Red Wings past Predators, 5-3
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings appear to be gaining some momentum.
Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist to help Detroit beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Friday night. It was the Red Wings' third consecutive win after losing their first two games.
Green’s 1st hat trick helps Red Wings beat Senators 5-1
DETROIT (AP) — Mike Green had the best game of his career offensively, allowing Detroit Red Wings fans to truly celebrate the last home opener at Joe Louis Arena.
Green scored three times for his first hat trick and Darren Helm had two goals to help Detroit beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday night.