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Wings obtain Erik Cole, a player that provides an ‘element and dimension’

DETROIT >> Wings general manager Ken Holland said if they were going to add a player at the trade deadline he would have to provide an important element and dimension to the roster.

They feel Erik Cole can do both.

Detroit obtained Cole from the Dallas Stars for a pair of prospects – Mattias Janmark (center) and Mattias Backman (defenseman), who are both playing in Sweden – and a second-round pick.

Cole told a Toronto radio station he found out about the deal prior to the Stars’ game against the Anaheim Ducks and was scratched from the lineup.

“It’s a chance to go to a team that’s in the playoffs and has a chance to go on a good run here in the spring and hopefully win a Cup,” he told TSN 1050. “It gets easier the more you go through it. Early on in my career it kind of bothered me a bit more. This year it’s been pretty easy to continue to go about my business. We’ve been in such a dogfight here in Dallas it’s been tough to focus on anything else other than what we’ve had right in front of us.
“It’s the nature of the business and the sport, all sports,” Cole added. “I’ll spend the next couple of days here turning the page and focus on what my role is going to be in Detroit.”

The Wings also got a third round pick back.

“It’s definitely one of those teams that has the aura about it,” said Cole, who was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2002 when they lost to the Wings in the Stanley Cup final. “It’s such a great history and so many great players have played there obviously.”

Cole, 36, has a decent amount of playoff experience, scoring six goals and collecting eight assists in 46 games.

“You hear so many great things about how the organization and the coaching staff handle their players and all the accolades,” Cole said. “They’ve had so much success and they have a great playing staff. It should be a great experience.”

Cole, who’s 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, is a physical offensive forward and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He has a $4.5 million salary cap-hit.

He has 18 goals and 15 assists in 57 games for Dallas this season. For his career he has 262 goals and 264 assists in 881 games.

“I would love to make a deal to make us a little bit better, to upgrade us a little bit, but I also feel with the way, not only with the way our players are playing here in Detroit, but the development of our young players in Grand Rapids I feel good about the depth,” Holland said in a phone interview earlier Sunday. “I understand they’re young players and when we get into the Stanley Cup playoffs that you’re not sure how they’re going to react, but as you look at other teams out there, the league is younger. Because of the cap there are lots of good young players. We might have a lot of young players on our team, but do the other teams.”

Besieged by injuries, mainly at center, last season, the Wings made a last minute deal for David Legwand. They gave up Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and what turned into a second-round draft pick after they reached the playoffs for a 23rd straight season.


Late penalty leads to tying goal, then Stars net winner in OT to drop Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings almost automatic penalty kill let them down late in the third period Thursday night against the Dallas Stars.

And it led to another defeat on home ice.

The Stars scored the equalizer on the power play with just over a minute to play in regulation and then got the game winner with 18.5 seconds to play in overtime to skate by the Wings, 4-3.

It was Detroit’s fourth straight loss on home ice.

“It’s something we really have to change,” said Henrik Zetterberg, who had three assists in the loss. “The only good thing is we have a lot more games here coming up here this month at home. We keep playing like this we’re going to win games.”

The Wings, who play seven of their next eight at Joe Louis Arena, dropped to 3-2-3 on home ice.

It’s Detroit’s first four-game losing streak on home ice since 2009.

“We’ve got a possible three points out of a possible eight in the last few at home,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We need to be better than that.”

Detroit got goals from Todd Bertuzzi, Adam Almquist and Pavel Datsyuk, while Dallas had tallies from Shawn Horcoff, Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin and Rich Peverley.

Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for the Wings and Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots.

Clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third period, Justin Abdelkader was sent off for goalie interference, which led to Eakin’s equalizer with 1:10 left in regulation.

“I would think a penalty 200-feet from at home isn’t a good one,” Babcock said. “All you have to do is flip it in the corner and grind out some time off the clock then life is good for you. You can’t take a penalty in the offensive zone, or anywhere if it’s going to cause a goal.

“It wasn’t his intention to hurt the team, but it’s a lesson learned,” Babcock added.

The power play goal snapped a string of 19 in a row the Wings had killed off.

Peverley got the winner with 19 seconds left in overtime, looping around the faceoff circle before firing a shot past Howard, who was screened.

“We were moving a lot in the zone and Val made a nice play to me and I just tried to come off and there was a row of traffic in front and I don’t think he (Howard) saw it,” Peverley said.

Datsyuk had given the Wings the lead in the third with another highlight reel goal to his collection.

From near the goal line, Zetterberg fired a pass right on the stick of Datsyuk, who walked by Horcoff as he swung and missed with his stick, and then wristed a shot over Lehtonen’s blocker.

The assist was Zetterberg’s third of the game.

This came after Benn tied the game at 2-2 early in the third, skating through four Wings, two at center ice and then Niklas Kronwall, before keeping his shot along the ice to beat Howard, who had his left pad raised, to tie the game early in the third period.

Benn stripped the puck from Darren Helm just over center ice before making his way into Detroit’s zone.

The Wings nearly played a complete second period, if it wasn’t for the goal they allowed with 20.1 seconds left before intermission.

It was the hard work down low by Datsyuk that led to the first goal of the game.

Datsyuk battled three Stars down below the goal line to chip a pass to Henrik Zetterberg, who in turn fed it to Bertuzzi in the slot for the one timer to beat Lehtonen just before the halfway point of the game.

Just over seven minutes later, Almquist netted his first goal of his NHL career.

The rookie defensemen snuck in from the point, taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg to beat Lehtonen five-hole to double the Wings’ advantage.

“That was (too bad) we couldn’t get the two points we wanted,” Almquist said. “It was a bitter end, bittersweet. We worked hard and deserved to win.”

The Stars did get a goal right before the end of the period, when Horcoff found himself alone in front of Howard after taking a feed from Alex Chiasson. Horcoff waited for Howard to commit before going top shelf with his shot.

“I think that was a huge goal for Shawn Horcoff with 20 seconds left in the second there, and that really got us going,” Peverley said. “It put us in reach there and obviously Jamie’s goal was highlight reel, one of the best I’ve seen all year. So like I said, I think we did a good job of being persistent, and it showed.”

Wings look to get back that home-ice advantage on extended home stand

DETROIT – Home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL.

The Wings of late have been playing it like it’s a disadvantage.

“It’s an area we want to be better at,” Drew Miller said. “We’re hoping this road trip, even though we had a tough game there in Winnipeg, we can take all those positives from the road, and there were a lot, and we’re going to try and take that back home.”

After a successful four-game trip to Western Canada, where the Wings went 3-1-0, they play seven of their next eight at Joe Louis Arena beginning tonight against the Dallas Stars.

“We’re home here for a lot of games, I think pretty much the rest of the month,” Miller said. “We’ve got a chance to turn it around. That’s the approach we have to have. You have to win your games at home.”

Detroit was winless in its last three-game home stand prior to their trip to Canada, going 0-1-2.

“That’s how seasons go,” Miller said. “There are some where you’re great on the road and don’t do so well at home, then the next season you’re horrible on the road and great at home. I think it’s just the ups and downs of the season. It’s too early to say that we’re playing horrible or bad at home. We have time to correct it and get back on path.”

It was so long ago that the Wings were unbeatable at home.

The rolled off an NHL-record 23 consecutive wins, from Nov. 5, 2011 to Feb. 19, 2012, on home ice.

“Being here at home, we’re going to have to find a way to get on a roll here because we got to make this a tough place to play,” Jimmy Howard said. “This is a great place to place, especially in front of our fans, how passionate they are. We just got to come out and be focused.”

Since that record winning streak Detroit is only 21-14-8 at Joe Louis Arena.

“Well, we struggled the last game of the trip to make sure that wasn’t going to happen,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked about why they seem to struggle the first game back from a long road trip. “We got six out of a possible eight points away from home. We know we’ve got eight of the next 10 at home. We all know how important playing at home is and we know when we turn the puck over we’re no good.”

Quote of the day … Mike Babcock

DETROIT — Wings coach Mike Babcock was asked if his team understood how penalties were being called, more specific Niklas Kronwall, who was sent off three times in Tuesday’s win over the Dallas Stars.

“He shouldn’t have been,” Babcock said. “Don’t take penalties. Keep your stick down. Don’t interfere. Recover with your feet, not your stick. Life will be good.”

Quote of the day … Henrik Zetterberg

DETROIT — “We joked before the season, see how many games we will get, 2 ½ this year,” Henrik Zetterberg joked of his short time on a regular forward unit with Pavel Datsyuk. “It was a good run.”

The pair began the season paired together and got broken up midway through Game 3 against the Dallas Stars.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk still play on the first power play unit together.

“We enjoy playing together,” Zetterberg said. “We see each other on the power play.”

Ian White: “It could have been a lot worse.”

DETROIT — Ian White returned to the locker room Friday after severing a tendon in his left knee in Tuesday’s loss to the Dallas Stars.

“It’s kind of depressing that something like this happens so early in the season when you start getting your legs under you and have a setback for a couple of weeks,” White said. “It doesn’t make you feel very good. But other than I’m in good spirits.”

White, who will be out 2-3 weeks, has yet to watch the video of the incident, but he knew right away it was bad.

“I was the third man back, it was a two-on-two, I think one of our guys got beat and they were taking the puck to the net and I kind of started crashing the net,” White recalled. “Howie made a great save and I took the heel of his skate right at the top of the knee.

“It could have been a lot worse,” White continued. “You have a tendon going right over your knee cap. It just missed it. I guess if I would have cut that I might have been the season. Lucky, if you will.”

Ericsson having tests on hit, not shoulder; Huskins flying into Detroit today and Wings hope he plays tonight

DETROIT — Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will have tests done on his hip today after stepping on a puck late in practice Sunday in Columbus.

It was originally thought it may have been his shoulder that was injured because of how he fell into the boards.

Also, Kent Huskins is flying into Detroit today and the team hopes to have the paperwork done so he can play tonight against the Dallas Stars.

Huskins will sign a one-year, one-way deal worth $750,000.