Red Wings Shake Off Celebration Buzz to Beat Ducks

For the first period after the Detroit Red Wings spent more than an hour honoring former captain Steve Yzerman by raising his number 19 to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, his team looked like they could use some of his veteran leadership. For the final 40 minutes of play, however, they took control of the game to pick up a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

The Red Wings managed only two shots in the first twenty minutes but managed to hold the NHL-leading Ducks to nine.

The two teams would come out blazing in the second, each scoring once in the first 3:24.

One minute into the period, just 5 seconds after the start of a Detroit power play, Mathieu Schneider opened the game's scoring with a blast from the top of the left faceoff circle.

Only 2:24 later, Ryan Getzlaf tied the game back up with the Ducks skating on a 5-on-3.

With 3:09 remaining in the period, Henrik Zetterberg scored the eventual game-winner for Detroit off a pretty pass from Tomas Holmstrom. With the puck at the bottom of the right circle, Holmstrom spun to throw a behind-the-back pass to Zetterberg in the slot for a quick wrister past Anaheim netminder Ilja Bryzgalov.

The Red Wings and goalie Dominik Hasek turned back all seven Anaheim shots in the third to preserve the lead and earn the win.

In all, Hasek made 21 saves on 22 shots while Dryzgalov stopped 28 of 30 shots against.

Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday night when they visit the San Jose Sharks to kick off a five-game road trip.


Notes: Detroit was without Pavel Datsyuk and Chris Chelios, each recovering from injury. Josh Langfeld was called up from Grand Rapids to play in Datsyuk's place.

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Starting this thread a few days early to give a spot for any info should be shared about the Yzerman Night festivities.

One thing mentioned on the FSN broadcast tonight... The game is expected to start around 8:00, so if anyone is skipping it to wait for the game, that's when you would need to wait until.

Awhile ago I predicted that the Wings would probably unveil a new banner style for their retired numbers. If an FSN promo graphic is to be trusted, it looks like that's the case. During a commercial tonight, they showed a banner that looked like this...

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As opposed to the ones at http://www.detroitho...ory/retired.php

It could just be a promotional design or it could be the new design, not sure. I like it, though. If it's real, I wonder if the "C" is just for Yzerman or if new banners for Delvecchio, Howe, Lindsay and Abel would include it, as they captained the team at various times as well.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/28/2006 at 10:16 PM

 

Starting this thread a few days early to give a spot for any info should be shared about the Yzerman Night festivities.One thing mentioned on the FSN broadcast tonight... The game is expected to start around 8:00, so if anyone is skipping it to wait for the game, that's when you would need to wait until.Awhile ago I predicted that the Wings would probably unveil a new banner style for their retired numbers. If an FSN promo graphic is to be trusted, it looks like that's the case. During a commercial tonight, they showed a banner that looked like this...Posted ImageAs opposed to the ones at http://www.detroitho...ory/retired.phpIt could just be a promotional design or it could be the new design, not sure. I like it, though. If it's real, I wonder if the "C" is just for Yzerman or if new banners for Delvecchio, Howe, Lindsay and Abel would include it, as they captained the team at various times as well.


i just wanted to say hello, im new here. also, i had the wonderful opportunity to meet joe kocur yesterday, and he said that both he and probert will be on the ice for the ceremony. should be awesome!!!!!!!!

Posted by mievl on 12/29/2006 at 10:00 PM

 

<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cursing.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

That's sweet, I've heard Kocur is a really cool guy, congrats on getting that opportunity.

Glad to hear that he and Probie will be there. The only names I keep hearing are the Hall-of-Famers, wouldn't be right to have no one from the '80s teams there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2006 at 10:06 PM

 

Stevie will be in the spotlight on FSN Detroit tomorrow night, don't miss out.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/30/2006 at 6:52 PM

 

I got confirmation that the current retired number banners will be replaced on Tuesday. No other details yet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/1/2007 at 1:22 AM

 

That would make sense, can't imagine having all of them not look alike

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/1/2007 at 1:43 AM

 

I would like to welcome mievl to this site . I started new a couple of weeks ago and everybody was really welcoming especially SYfanSD and YzerFan19 . Do you think that they will retire number 19 in future years for the whole league because he was the longest reigning captain and he was a really great hockey player. For anybody who dosent know on MSG they will have a ceremony coverage at 7:00 And the game will kick off at 7:30

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/2/2007 at 10:12 AM

 

No way they retire it league-wide, I don't think we'll ever see that happen again. Of course, I don't think they should have done that with Gretzky. The problem becomes "If Gretzky gets his number retired, how good does the next person have to be to have it retired?" Why isn't Howe's #9 retired everywhere? Or Orr's #4?

It was a PR move, and the NHL doesn't need to do it again so it won't.

What'll be interesting to see is whether or not the retirement of #19 by Team Canada continues. Gretzky called it retired at the 2006 Olympics but everyone else seemed to imply that it just wasn't being worn that year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/2/2007 at 12:08 PM

 

what does PR mean

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/2/2007 at 1:05 PM

 

If I recall properly, PR= public relations. The new banners look nice, if that graphic that YzerFan19 posted is true. Either way, what do you guys think the game's going to be like this evening?

Posted by Shade on 1/2/2007 at 1:34 PM

 

Yeah, I meant that Gretzky's number being retired was something good for public relations. The NHL could have a big to-do at their All-Star Game and all that.

The game tonight should be interesting, with Anaheim missing so many key players. I won't complain about that, anything that gives them less of a chance of playing spoiler.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/2/2007 at 2:31 PM

 

Banner update...

The old retired numbers are gone. The Cup banners are split to have a gap in the middle. In front of the gap is a rolled up tarp-like something.

And there's a #19 behind each goal on the ice'

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/2/2007 at 5:57 PM

 

That might be the coolest thing I've ever experienced...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/2/2007 at 8:34 PM

 

That might be the coolest thing I've ever experienced...


If not the coolest, then the longest...lol...A very fitting tribute. Classy to the end even apologizing to Ducks for having to wait too long.

Posted by Stormo on 1/2/2007 at 8:49 PM

 

Heh, my boss is a Devils fan (her husband is a Wings fan) and she texted me during the ceremony complaining about its length. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

I forgot to mention it, but damn cool that Pang could MC.

As far as the game goes... Horrible officiating all over the place, both ways. The pass from Homer on Zs goal was beautiful though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/2/2007 at 10:22 PM

 

Being a HABS fan but also an Yzerman fan I thought the ceremony was too long but what can you do when your

celebrating perhaps the most classiest player ever to play the game.

You'll be sorely missed Stevie !!

Posted by klaitinen on 1/3/2007 at 8:05 AM

 

Last nights ceremony was freaking amazing and i think that it was perfect. I was reading on another website that people were complaning that the ceremony was too long and that was p*ssing me off. I think that thatwas probably one of the greatest moments in the NHL. It was on Hockey Night in Canada on the weekdays and that has never happened before especially with a non canadian team. It was already said but i think that was classy of yzerman to say thankyou to the DUcks and apologizinging for making them wait. Ia lso think that that was freaking amzing to send him to the world cup aand to give him a 2007 Tahoe. That was definetly the best and is going to be the most memorable and most amazing tribute for the rest of this year. I was also very suprised that they did not announce Sergei federov and Brendan shannahan. (you ALL KNOW THAT I AM A HUGE FEDEROV FAN)

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/3/2007 at 1:55 PM

 

Fedorov and Shanahan weren't there, so they weren't announced. A lot of players who weren't there had video messages played on the scoreboard during stoppages and I was surprised that neither Shanahan nor Fedorov had one. Off the top of my head, there were ones from Gretzky, McCarty, Sakic, Lapointe and Iginla. Probably at least one other, can't remember who.

Unrelated... My pictures are posted. I was in a bad spot for the ceremony and couldn't get to ice-level for pregame so I'm not too happy with my selection. There are 29 posted out of the ~170 I took.

Pictures at the Gameday page

Browse them all by thumbnail

And one thing about the length of the ceremony... I was re-watching part of it this morning while stumbling around barely awake and it seemed a lot longer than it did the first time around. Not sure if it was the fact that it was the second time through or that the arena atmosphere made that difference the first time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2007 at 3:28 PM

 

I don't care how long it was, for what it's worth the ceremony could have lasted another two hours. This guy dedicated his entire life to the Red Wings and to Hockey, what is a few hours to pay our respects to him?

By the way, did you shed any tears at all during the ceremony?

Posted by nrmoore on 1/3/2007 at 5:14 PM

 

Agreed that it could go on for hours and it wouldn't matter.

There were no tears shed by me but I will admit that I did get choked up a couple times. Was probably helped by the fact that I was taking pictures as best as I could, so I had something to distract me. It probably would have been worse if I had been at home on my couch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2007 at 6:46 PM

 

yzerman showed last night why he was and in my mind still is the captain and leader of the wings. on a night when it was all about him, he made it a point to mention all the players who helped along the way. seeing and hearing the reaction probert got was awesome!!!!! probert seemed pretty nervous out there, but im sure it did his heart good to hear all those cheers. im sure if time allowed, stevie would of mentioned every single person he could of thought of, but there just wasnt the time. i know i might sound like a homer here, but i truly believe he was the best overall player in the game period over the last 20 years. i know he was the best leader, and i mean no offense to guys like gretzky and lemieux, but stevie had that extra something that set him apart. he was the kind of guy who everyone liked and respected. he's the type of guy you want to be around, and want to be like. he never once acted like someone who thought of himself as above his teammates. as proven by tonight, he'd rather you notice them than himself. im just glad that the wings were smart enough to keep him in the organization. on a last note, the new vehicle, the key to the city, having a street named after him, its still not enough to repay him for what he has done.

Posted by mievl on 1/3/2007 at 7:27 PM

 

Sorry I have been away for a couple of days, I just went through a ceremony of my own in which Stevie was included in my speech. In my opinion the ceremony was not long enough <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> There was so much more that could have been mentioned, I really liked the way he made the ceremony about everybody but himself. I tought it was pretty awesome the way the team came out wearing all of his jerseys, that was really cool. In reference to #19 being retired with team Canada, I know that Sakic will be wearing #91 so it might be official however, I have not seen that in writting. Glad we got the W too! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/4/2007 at 10:38 AM

 

The opportunity to go to the ceremony must of been so cool i envy you. I started to get chocked up also when he described all the things he did. I wish that he has an amazing future as the vp of the DRW. I am still amazed at the amazing Chevrolet 2007 tahoe. I wouldnt be suprised if he gave it to a charity.

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/4/2007 at 2:02 PM

 

Hey if you a a true Stevie Y fan and you did not get a little misty eyed, then something is wrong with you!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/5/2007 at 10:56 AM

 

I will admit that I wasnt always a yzerman fan. I have liked other players better (federov) but then i heard all the things he accomplished and that puts him first on my list. Congrats to steve Yzerman

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/5/2007 at 1:53 PM

 

Bow to Stevie Y <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/notworthy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":notworthy:" border="0" alt="notworthy.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/5/2007 at 9:09 PM

 

Bumping this back up...

I've going through my DVR and capturing the video from Yzerman Night to my computer so I can put together a DVD. One thing that jumps out at me is how genuinely happy to be there it seems Darren Pang is. He's got a smile plastered on his face the whole time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2007 at 9:56 PM

 

Wouldn't you have one if you were the MC for the one of the greatest players on the planet?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/11/2007 at 12:01 PM

 

yAEH THAT MUST OF BEEN AN AMAZING TIME FOR AN MC

Posted by Redwings91 on 1/12/2007 at 2:57 PM

 

I know I would <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/12/2007 at 7:14 PM

 

FYI - They just showed the banners on tonight's broadcast (first game back in the Joe since they were raised). They're now hanging from the spot where the old retired numbers were, not where they were raised to on Yzerman Night.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/13/2007 at 7:16 PM

 

Sweet! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/14/2007 at 9:07 AM

 

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