Legace Sets Record as Wings Beat Blackhawks

Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace set a new NHL record for wins in the month of October as he backstopped Detroit to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Legace's ten wins breaks the old record of nine held by several players, while Detroit's 10-1 start extends the record for the best start by a team in Red Wings history.

Legace was tested early and often, as the Blackhawks threw 12 shots at him in the first period. He allowed only one through, a goal by Matt Ellison at 10:02 of the period. Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek fired a shot from the blue line and Legace knocked the puck right out to Ellison, who put it back at the net and past Legace on his left side.

Despite pressure from the Blackhawks, the Red Wings were able to bounce back and tie the game. With 6:48 left in the period and the Wings on the power play, Mathieu Schneider fired a blast from the blue line that deflected off a Chicago player in front and beat Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Chicago regained the lead in the second period, as Spacek scored on a one-timer from the top of the left circle at 7:28.

Detroit answered back again just 1:58 later on a pretty play by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk got the puck from Zetterberg in the neutral zone and carried it into the Chicago zone along the right wing boards. He skated into the faceoff circle and sent a centering pass into the slot, where Zetterberg reached to poke the puck past Khabibulin.

The game remained tied until Schneider scored a goal that was almost identical to his first with 8:02 left in the game.

Kris Draper scored his first goal of the season on a fluke play with 5:03 remaining to put the game away. Steve Yzerman fired the puck around the boards in the Chicago zone and Khabibulin came out to play it. The puck took a strange bounce and kicked back out in front of the goal, where Draper crashed in to put it into the empty net.

The assist was Yzerman's first point of the season in his third game after being sidelined twice with groin injuries.

Brendan Shanahan closed the game's scoring with 1:19 remaining. Jason Williams fought off several Blackhawks defenders through the slot and dumped the puck off to Shanahan, who lifted it into the net from the side of the goal.

After allowing 21 shots in the first two periods, the Red Wings allowed only two in the third and Legace went on to make 21 saves on the 23 shots. Khabibulin stopped 23 of Detroit's 28 shots.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday in Chicago, the second of their three consecutive meetings.

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The Wings have sucked defensively through one but (as usual) it's good to see the power play clicking. We'll see if they can pull it all together.

On a note of the weird... I was surprised to see that the Hawks have someone wearing Chelios' #7. Figured they'd do like the Blues did with Hull's #16 and leave it out of circulation until they could retire it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/27/2005 at 8:22 PM

 

Strong third period, a little luck, and the Wings get the win. Their record start continues and Legace sets a new NHL record for wins in October.

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Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/27/2005 at 10:11 PM

 

You know I've always said they should have let Manny have a shot at number 1. I was so sick of hearing he's a great "backup" goalie, but he can't handle the pressure. It sure seems lke he can to me. I'm glad to see he's finally gotten his chance to shine, I really think this will be his year.

Posted by shaney on 10/27/2005 at 10:32 PM

 

I was hoping Manny would get to start and add one more win to his new record, but Babcock announced Ozzie will be in goal. Lets hope Ozzie can continue with the Wings winning ways.

GO WINGS!

Posted by shaney on 10/29/2005 at 11:46 AM

 

It's a smart time to get Ozzie his first start. You're going to want to do it on the road and the Wings are at home after this game until November 6th. It's already been a week since his last AHL start, you don't want to make him sit for another week.

ETA: Merging this with the Wings-Blackhawks thread, we'll keep the entire 3-game series in one spot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/29/2005 at 12:52 PM

 

Strong first game for Osgood. I haven't checked my game tape and they only showed the overhead replay once, but I still think the second Chicago goal was kicked in. Can't complain about a win, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/29/2005 at 10:57 PM

 

Schneider's out tonight? I just caught the end of the pregame on OLN, did they say why he's out?

ETA: They just said he'd day-to-day with a sore groin.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/1/2005 at 7:09 PM

 

Adding injury to injury, Legace's out. Barnaby got knocked down by Fischer and fell on Legace's leg. I didn't see what the OLN guys say they saw, that Fischer's stick was in Barnaby's legs, looked more to me like Barnaby stepped backwards and onto Legace's pad, tripping over it.

Osgood's in now. Legace was on the ice in pain for awhile but walked off under his own power.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/1/2005 at 7:49 PM

 

Ozzie looked sharp and the Wings played well in front of him. I'd imagine that no matter what Legace's injury ends up being (hopefully nothing serious) we'll see Osgood in net against Edmonton just to get Legace some more recovery time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/1/2005 at 10:30 PM

 

I hope Manny is ok. I'd hate to see us lose him for any length of time after playing so well.

Posted by shaney on 11/1/2005 at 10:48 PM

 

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