NHL: St. Louis 3, Detroit 2

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- David Backes and Patrik Berglund scored third-period goals Tuesday and the St. Louis Blues held on for a 3-2 win over Detroit.

NHL: Detroit 4, Nashville 1

DETROIT, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Valtteri Filppula netted two goals and added an assist Saturday in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-1 decision over Nashville.

NHL: Detroit 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Johan Franzen completed a Detroit rally by scoring with 49 seconds left in overtime Saturday, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: Detroit 5, Ottawa 3

DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Cory Emmerton and Jiri Hudler scored less than a minute apart in the second period to highlight an offensive show Friday that carried Detroit past Ottawa 5-3.

NHL: Detroit 4, Toronto 2

DETROIT, March 26 (UPI) -- Jiri Hudler scored the decisive goal in the third period Saturday and the Detroit Red Wings dealt Toronto's playoff hopes a blow with a 4-2 win.

NHL: Phoenix 5, Detroit 4 (SO)

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 5 (UPI) -- Radim Vrbata got the only goal of a shootout Saturday, capping a Phoenix comeback in which the Coyotes rallied from three down to a 5-4 win over Detroit.

NHL: Detroit 7, Los Angeles 4

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- Drew Miller scored a pair of goals Monday and the Detroit Red Wings ran their road winning streak to six games with a 7-4 pounding of Los Angeles.

NHL: Detroit 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jiri Hudler sent the game into overtime with a late goal and then netted the shootout winner Saturday in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Buffalo.

NHL: Detroit 6, Boston 1

BOSTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Todd Bertuzzi highlighted an offensive outburst with two goals Friday and led Detroit to a 6-1 smashing of Boston.

NHL: Detroit 3, New York Rangers 2

DETROIT, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller scored third-period goals Monday, sending the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

NHL: Detroit 2, Vancouver 1 (SO)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Jiri Hudler scored the only goal in a shootout Saturday and the Detroit Red Wings edged Vancouver 2-1 in a battle of Western Conference powers.

NHL: Detroit 3, Colorado 1

DETROIT, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Todd Bertuzzi scored Detroit's first goal and assisted on another Saturday, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-1 win over Colorado.

NHL: Detroit 3, Chicago 2 (OT)

DETROIT, May 19 (UPI) -- Mikael Samuelsson scored 5:14 into overtime Tuesday to give Detroit to a 3-2 win over Chicago and a 2-0 lead in their Western final.

NHL: Detroit 4, Columbus 0

DETROIT, April 18 (UPI) -- Chris Osgood's 14th career playoff shutout Saturday keyed the Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 win over Columbus in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal.

NHL: Detroit 3, Minnesota 2

DETROIT, April 5 (UPI) -- Marian Hossa's goal with less than a minute left in the third period Sunday boosted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
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Jiri Hudler
Detroit Red Wings Niklas Lidstrom (5), Pavel Datsyuk, Bret Lebda (center), Jiri Hudler, and Andreas Lila (3) gather to celebrate the go ahead Jiri Hudlers goal at Joe Louis Arena on March 14, 2007. The Red Wings defeated the Predators 4-2. (UPI Photo/Matthew Mitchell)

Jiří Hudler (pronounced /ˈjɪriː ˈhʌdlər/ in English; born January 4, 1984) is a Czech professional ice hockey player with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. After beginning his career in the Czech Extraliga with Vsetín, Hudler was drafted by the Red Wings in 2002 and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2008. Hudler also played for Dynamo Moscow for one season before the team was merged to form UHC Dynamo.

Hudler spent his youth in the elite Czech Extraliga with HC Vsetín, beginning in 1999–00. After recording a point-per-game season with the club in 2001–02, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings with their first pick (58th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He remained in the Extraliga the following season, including a brief stint with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague before moving to North America for the 2003–04 season. Although he competed in 12 games for the Red Wings that season, he played the majority of the campaign with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), Detroit's minor league affiliate, scoring 49 points in 57 games in his rookie AHL season. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Hudler remained in the AHL the following season while also returning to play with Vsetín for seven games. Although NHL play resumed in 2005–06, he played his third season with the Griffins, breaking out with 36 goals and 96 points in 76 games to be named to the AHL Second All-Star Team. His 60 assists established a single-season Griffins team-record.

Hudler finally broke through onto the Red Wings roster in 2006–07 and scored 25 points in 76 games to be chosen team rookie of the year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. No one in the NHL scored more goals in fewer average minutes per game (10:02) than Hudler. Hudler played sporadically in the playoffs, often splitting time with Kyle Calder. He chipped in two assists in six games. Former Wings teammate and fellow Czech Robert Lang took Hudler under his wing when Hudler joined the team. Hudler spent time living in Lang's home when he first arrived in the United States, and Lang even went so far as to call Hudler "a third son." Following his rookie NHL season, Hudler spent time during the off-season training with fellow NHLers Chris Chelios, Mathieu Schneider, and Rob Blake in Southern California. As a result, he said that he felt faster and stronger.

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