Wings Blank Pens for First Win of Season

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their first win of the 2006-07 season Saturday night, shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2-0 victory.

The Red Wings allowed only 13 shots on Dominink Hasek’s net, including only one Pittsburgh shot in the second period. The shutout is his eighth as a Red Wing and the 69th of his career.

Detroit came out strong and got on the board 6:00 into the contest when a Jason Williams shot from the left circle was picked up by Johan Franzen in front of the net and banged home.

The game turned quiet for more than fifty minutes, with both teams playing solid defensive hockey.

It wasn’t until there was only 1:21 remaining in regulation that Kris Draper scored to ensure the Detroit win.

With Mikael Samuelsson and Robert Lang fighting for the puck in the right wing corner of the Pittsburgh zone, Henrik Zetterberg had time to go to the Detroit bench for a change. Draper stepped over the boards and into the right faceoff circle, where Lang sent got him the puck for a one-timer past Penguin netminder Marc-Andre Fluery.

Both teams were held scoreless on the power play, with Pittsburgh having four opportunities and the Red Wings getting two.

Detroit will be off until Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.

Detroit’s first fight of the season came 4:26 into the game, when Brad Norton fought Andre Roy to a draw.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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