Maltby Scores Twice in Detroit Win

The fourth line of the Detroit Red Wings was not expected to contribute offensively in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, instead being used in a defensive role. Kirk Maltby showed on Friday night that maybe they can do both, as he scored the game-tying goal in the third period and the game-winning goal in the second overtime while the Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers in Game One of their first round matchup.

The game-winner came just 2:39 into that second overtime period, when a seemingly-soft shot from the right circle slipped between the pads of Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

"Our coaches have harped on us all year: Get it to the net, just get it to the net," Maltby later said. "As soon as I got it, that's all I was thinking. Just had that little voice in my ear, just get it on net, especially when it's in overtime. It just found a way in."

Maltby's first goal of the game evened things up with 6:17 remaining in the third period. Maltby redirected the rebound of a Johan Franzen shot past Roloson with the shaft of his stick.

It was one of the few times that Roloson offered a solid rebound chance. He held or played the puck on most of the 57 shots he faced.

The Red Wings had opened the game's scoring at 4:05 of the first period with a power play goal by Robert Lang.

In a play that worked many times throughout the regular season for Detroit, Brendan Shanahan sent the puck from behind the net to Steve Yzerman at the side of the goal, who moved it across to Lang to bang it home.

Edmonton countered on a power play of their own with 8:16 later, when former Detroit Viper Sergei Samsonov scored.

On another power play at 8:43 of the second, Chris Pronger gave Edmonton their first lead of the series.

Detroit netminder Manny Legace, making only his fifth career playoff start, finished the night with 23 saves on 25 shots.

Edmonton went two-for-six on the power play while Detroit scored once on as many chances with the man-advantage.

Game Two of the series will be on Sunday from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Notes: The Red Wings were without center Pavel Datsyuk, who continues to nurse a leg injury... Detroit has now won their last six games that ended in the second overtime.

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Figured I'd start this now since I'll be at the game tonight and won't be around to chat about it (which also means the article won't be posted until I get back, but I doubt that'll hurt anyone) ...

I definitely think tonight will be a bit of a feeling-out process. Detroit will need to see if Edmonton can pull their defense together, Edmonton needs to see if Legace will hold up against them, both teams need to know what kind of officiating there'll be.

Should be a good game. Should be pretty fast-paced. The Wings need to make sure that Roloson doesn't get confident. They can take it all if they don't run up against a hot goalie.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2006 at 4:20 PM


Lucky bastard getting to go watch the game live... We are not looking like we are very hungry out there. Need some offense like yesterday or they will be up by one. And for the record that was a crap call on Stevie in the first. I agree with him "F*&(ing pathetic

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/21/2006 at 9:16 PM


The morning after... Holy crap. That was insane, it was like three different games. The Wings absolutely owned the first half of the first period but just fell to sh*t after that until the third. Then they dominated again. The Oilers had, what, two good scoring chances in the overtimes? That's the kind of play the Wings need this round.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/22/2006 at 10:45 AM


<img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> Malts is on fire! 15 more games to go! Note how everyone has really stepped up their game, need to keep up that level of play. The Datsyukian will hopefully be back on Sunday! Then the playmaking begins...

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/22/2006 at 1:42 PM


It was nice to have Malbty get those goals.

But we need some of the "offense" to be offensive if we want a shot at this.

They did show signs of breaking the trap at times, but there were also time where it felt like I was watching the Calgary series from last playoffs.

No jump.

And Zetterberg looked like he was sleepwalking.

Same old story if you ask me. I love the Wings. But shooting from the perimeter is not going to win the cup.

Posted by Superstarov on 4/22/2006 at 3:51 PM


And Zetterberg looked like he was sleepwalking.Same old story if you ask me. I love the Wings. But shooting from the perimeter is not going to win the cup.

I thought Zetterberg played very well defensively, but his offense just wasn't there. Considering that Malts was expected to handle the defense and Z the offense, I can handle it if it's switched around.Detroit didn't start looking for good shots until the third period. You're right, way too much from the perimeter. Even Pronger noticed that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/22/2006 at 4:27 PM


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