Nick Bjugstad scored in a shootout and Tim Thomas denied Detroit three times in one-on-one duels, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 win over the Red Wings on Sunday night after trailing by two goals twice in regulation.
Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist each had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings past the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Friday night.
Hossa first angered Wings fans when he left for Chicago in 2009. Wednesday he gave them more ammunition.
The Red Wings, who have been battered with injuries, are 21-18-10 with 52 points in the standings. The Blackhawks are 32-8-11 with 75 points.
Along with St. Louis, Detroit and Chicago have the most Olympians of any NHL team this season, and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the two-week experience should be a renewing one for players.
All in all, the event in Ann Arbor proved so successful that many wonder how the NHL will top it in coming years.
Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in his 14th consecutive victory, and the steamrolling Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Sunday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.
Tatar scored the winning goal with 7:54 to play in the Red Wings’ 3-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday night.
The San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
By demographics, if basketball can outdraw hockey anywhere in the country, Detroit should be that place. So why, by the numbers, is hockey more popular even in a city like Detroit?