Red Wings Power Past Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings' power play fired on all cylanders Saturday night, accounting for every goal in a 5-1 victory over the Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

Midway through the first period the Red Wings got on the board as Mikael Samuelsson tapped home a cross-crease feed. Scored at 9:53, the goal came just seconds after the end of a 5-on-3, which Chad Kilger still in the box but before Alex Steen could get back into the play.

With 2:44 remaining in the opening period, Henrik Zetterberg put Detroit up by two, putting the rebound of a shot by Tomas Holmstrom off the skate of Toronto netminder Andrew Raycroft and into the net from a bad angle.

Sameulsson scored again midway through the second, wristing a shot from the high slot past Raycroft at 10:42.

The Leafs responded quickly with a power play goal of their own just 1:22 later. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek went down early to face a shot by Kyle Wellwood, who instead passed off to Bryan McCabe for a shot into the open net.

With two seconds remaining in the middle period, Zetterberg scored his second, lifting the puck over Raycroft after a Pavel Datsyuk shot clanked off the post.

Datsyuk would pick up another assist, his third of the night, just 1:15 into the third, when he fired a shot from the left circle that was deflected by Dan Cleary past Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who replaced Raycroft in the Toronto net to start the final period.

The Red Wings ended the game with five power play goals on 14 chances. The Maple Leafs' lone goal came on one of their eight tries. Both teams had one five-on-three.

Hasek stopped 21 of 22 shots against and Raycroft made 18 saves on the same number of shots. Aubin stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.

The Red Wings will face another Eastern Conference foe on Tuesday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Notes: Earlier in the day, the farm clubs of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs met in Toronto, with the Grand Rapids Griffins earning a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies.

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Only a few minutes in and the Wings are already taking some big hits. If this is going to keep up night after night, the Wings need to start getting their sticks up. The refs won't call the hit so the players need to provide incentive not to go headhunting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 7:16 PM



Just as I'm screaming about the linesman blowing an offsides call and the officials looking the other way on what should have been interference on the Leafs (leading to a second offsides call), Mikey Samuelsson ends up in just the right spot.

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Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 7:31 PM


Another one!

Zetterberg gets just enough on it to put the rebound back off Raycroft's skate from the bad angle.

And another power play, after the refs don't take kindly to the Leafs complaining. What a surprise, the refs don't want to be criticized. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":woot:" border="0" alt="woot.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 7:49 PM


Mikey with a beautiful wrister from the slot, burns Raycroft, 3-0 Detroit! Another power play goal.

Toronto gets a PPG of their own. Hasek goes down way early on Wellwood, who passes off to McCabe to put it in the wide open net.

And the Leaf fans are loud at the Joe. Brilliant sales plan by the Wings' front office.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 8:29 PM


Z picks up another one. Holy crap, that one was insane. I thought Datsyuk had it, off the post and Peca is too busy trying to deal with Homer to clear the puck, Zetterberg bangs it in. Four power play goals.

I still don't know what the call on Toronto was there after the goal. Officiating has been all over the place. I can't complain too much, I think it's been pretty even (as far as what's been called, not the number of calls), but quite a few of them have been weak.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 8:49 PM


Holy crap, Wings are rolling. Wrister from the left circle past new goalie Aubin, a fifth power play goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 9:04 PM


Hal Gill sure is tough when he's not going to have to face someone for another year. Maltby should have cross-checked him in the damn mouth. I guess when your team gets spanked like that, there's nothing left to do but go after people from behind.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2006 at 9:40 PM


I did get to watch this one last night and I have to say that our power play finally came to life! Although I think we spent most of the game on the powerplay (thank you refs) <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":woot:" border="0" alt="woot.gif" /> I do agree that some of that hitting was a little out of hand especially that garbage with Malts at the end.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/10/2006 at 4:26 PM


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