Red Wings Down Blues on Brett Hull Night

On the night that the St. Louis Blues retired the number of former captain Brett Hull, the Detroit Red Wings spoiled the show, jumping out to an early lead and picking up a 5-1 victory in the first game of a home-and-home series.

After a long ceremony to honor the former Blue and Red Wing, the teams took to the ice with Detroit clearly dominating.

Just 2:34 in, Henrik Zetterberg scored a power play goal to put the Red Wings on the board. Taking a cross-crease pass from Pavel Datsyuk, he lifted a shot into the far side of the net before goaltender Manny Legace could get to it.

Less than two minutes later, Datsyuk got a goal of his own, putting a wrist shot from the left circle off of defenseman Bryce Salvador and into the St. Louis net at 4:22.

With 6:18 remaining in the period, the Red Wings added another when Dan Cleary threaded a shot between Legace and the post. The goal chased Legace from the crease and brought Jason Bacashihua into the game.

The Blues never recovered from Detroit's quick start and the Red Wings continued rolling, adding a goal by Valtteri Filppula in the second period and one by Robert Lang in the third.

Eric Brewer scored with 3:24 remaining in the third to break Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek's shutout.

Hasek stopped 24 of 25 shots against while Legace made only nine saves on 12 shots and Bacashihua went 18-for-20.

The Red Wings' first goal was the game's lone power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the extra attacker and St. Louis had eight.

The two teams will meet again on Thursday night when the Red Wings host the second game of the home-and-home series.

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This game hould be interesting. Manny Legace VS Detroit. Hopefully, Detroit will kill St.Loius and give Legace a little bit of what he deserves!!!

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/5/2006 at 10:16 AM


I'll turn this into the official Wings-Blues home-and-home series thread.

I wouldn't say Legace deserves to get smacked down, but the Wings do need the wins. Like with McCarty, I don't wish him any ill will, but he's not one of the good guys anymore.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/5/2006 at 12:58 PM


Tonight he gets peppered!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/5/2006 at 1:25 PM


No in-game comments? Must have been a busy night.

Well, Legace got lit up pretty good. Good to see the Wings capitalize on how slow the Blues were to open the game. Pavs gets back on the board and the power play gets one.

With the Blues up again on Thursday, it would have been nice to keep them down in the third but St. Louis kept fighting. We'll see what happens in the back end of this. Actually, you will, I won't 'cause I'll be on a plane. Such is life.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2006 at 12:30 AM


Why what happened to McCarty.

Ehat was the final score

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/6/2006 at 2:18 PM


Since McCarty was bought out in 2005, Red Wings fans have continued to cheer for him even though he's on another team. I don't do this. I don't wish anything bad upon him, but his success means Calgary's success, and I don't want any team other than the Wings to succeed. Mac and Manny and Shanny are the bad guys now.

The final score was 5-1. You can (usually, depending on whether or not I'm actually around) get that info from the main DetroitHockey.Net page or the Gameday page for that particular game (in this case, here).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/7/2006 at 2:26 AM


why is shannahan a bad guy. Is it because he went to the rRanger for Money.

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/7/2006 at 2:17 PM


Not specifically because of the money, because he's not a Red Wing anymore. How many players from other teams do you root for? Not many, I bet. He used to be a Red Wing, he's not anymore, just like all the rest of the players in the league.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/7/2006 at 3:06 PM


I still llke a lot of people on the Buffalo team because that is my Hometown team and i have a lot of respect for the players including one of the best goalies RYAN MILLER

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/7/2006 at 9:07 PM


Sorry about the lack of comments, I was in the Captain's native province for the last few days. I agree even though they were once Wings and we all used to root for them, times have changed. They are the bad guys now. The only non wing player I will root for is Daniel Briere unless he is playing against the Wings. Then he can go to hell!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/10/2006 at 4:19 PM


the only other person that i will root for that does not play for the wings is Ryan miller

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/11/2006 at 2:19 PM


We need to figure out how to get him!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/11/2006 at 8:47 PM


The Sabres would be absolute morons to give up Miller, but it would totally kick ass to see him as a Wing. As long as it didn't take too much to get him (since it'd probably have to be via trade).

But that'd be the end of Jimmy Howard and/or Stefan Liv in Detroit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/12/2006 at 9:48 AM


I dont think that the sabres will be giving him up any time soon. I just cant believe that they dont play marty biron who is a really good goalie

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/12/2006 at 2:06 PM


I can live without Liv or Howard, besides nobody ever thought the Oilers would give up the Great One and Miller is still young. Him and Ozzie would be perfect together.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2006 at 9:17 AM


By the great one are you talking about dominic hasek.You are right i think thatr chris osgood and Ryan miller would make a good pair.. Dors anybody know when ozzie is coming back

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/13/2006 at 10:33 AM


I was talking about Wayne Gretzky

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2006 at 11:31 AM


ooooooohhhhhh ok i thought he retired i didnt know that they gave him up.


Posted by Redwings91 on 12/13/2006 at 2:08 PM


Yeah, it was a big deal in the late '80s when the Oilers, who had just won four Cups in five years, traded Gretzky to the Kings for purely financial reasons.

So he's saying that you never know what reasons the Sabres might have for giving up Miller.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2006 at 4:17 PM


Look at why they moved Hasek in 01-02

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2006 at 4:47 PM


Now they have a really good team and it would be foolish on buffalos part.

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/13/2006 at 5:28 PM



Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2006 at 6:01 PM


But you never know when a team will do something stupid, look at what happend with the Islanders goaltending situtation

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2006 at 8:45 PM


The Sabres have the benefit of not having Mike Milbury anywhere in their organization.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2006 at 10:00 PM


The islanders have a hisrory of doing really stupid things

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/14/2006 at 4:12 PM


Hopefully we can get Biron

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/14/2006 at 7:59 PM


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