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.

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

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Let's make up for last night! By the way Clark, I just figured with so many penalities on opening night I thought it was worth at least one "Holy Crap" <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/7/2006 at 3:05 PM


Way to open things up boys! Norton and a fight, Franzen with the goal! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Looks like Cheli is treating Crosby the same way he used to treat Kariya. On another note he won his first Stanley cup before Staal was born! Talk about old!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/7/2006 at 7:55 PM


Crosby's an annoying little pipsqueak, glad to see Chelios rough him up a bit and, before that, Zetterberg jaw right back at him. I had nothing against the Ice Chickens until he came into the league.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/7/2006 at 8:23 PM


I agree, Crosby is an annoying little s*&t! Not much excitement in the 2nd, I was hoping to see Z and D light up the lamp.

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/7/2006 at 9:06 PM


Good to see the Wings get that first win under their belt. Played another strong defensive game but this time got a little offense to help them out and Hasek didn't suck.

Like Ken and Mickey said, that Hasek just now tied Osgood for career wins says a lot about Osgood. I always use Osgood's performance in Game 7 of the 1996 Western Conference Semis as the example of why he doesn't suck, maybe I should break out that stat more often instead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/7/2006 at 10:28 PM


Did anyone else feel thta this game was a little boring or is it just me? Nice to pick up a shutout however, I feel that Z and D are having some issues finding each other.

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/7/2006 at 11:02 PM


Yeah, kinda dull. Solid defensive hockey by both sides but, the fight not withstanding, not very physical. With so few big hits and goals, it seemed like a lot of skating back and forth. But the Wings seemed to click a lot better than in the opener, so I'm not complaining.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/7/2006 at 11:12 PM


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