Power Plays Lead Flames over Red Wings

The Calgary Flames rode two power play goals to a win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, denying Detroit a chance to pass the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the National Hockey League.

Daymond Langkow scored on Calgary's first power play of the game to get the Flames out in front early. Just 1:47 into the first period he jumped on the rebound of a Dion Phaneuf shot all alone at the top of the crease, flipping it past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

Kristian Huselius added another power play goal with 2:26 remaining in the second period. A long shot by Phaneuf bounced off the back boards as Hasek went down to try to draw an interference call on Calgary's Jarome Iginla. The puck came over to Alex Tanguay in the left circle, who sent it across for Huselius to lift over the sprawling Hasek.

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit's lone goal between the Calgary tallies, carrying the puck from the Red Wings' blue line into the Flames' zone and faking around Craig Conroy before wristing a quick shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary's two goals came on five power play chances. Detroit was held off the board on their lone chance with the Flames in the penalty box.

Hasek finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots against. Kiprusoff stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in what could be Todd Bertuzzi's first game in the Detroit lineup.

Notes: Johan Franzen returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing four games with an upper body injury. Darryl Bootland was a healthy scratch before being returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game... Chris Chelios was given the night off.

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The Wings (temporarily) make up their game-in-hand on Nashville tonight. A win puts them back on top of the Central (and the Western Conference) but the road team has lost every game of the Detroit-Calgary series this season.

Johan Franzen returns to the lineup, with Darryl Bootland as a healthy scratch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/20/2007 at 8:49 PM


Well, there is one certainty, and that's Calgary hates to lose at home. I'd expect Detroit to be a sitting duck tonight, but I hope I'm wrong. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Anyway, nice summation on the game tonight. I would like to see Bertuzzi tonight.

Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/20/2007 at 9:02 PM


Wings really just survived the first. Flames controlled the flow but still couldn't get too much going. I don't have an awful feeling yet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/20/2007 at 9:51 PM


And that would be why I didn't have the awful feeling. What a shot by Datsyuk.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/20/2007 at 10:05 PM


Ugh. Dom, they're not calling anything on the Flames, don't waste your time trying to draw one, just stand up and make the damn stop.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/20/2007 at 10:34 PM


I don't think the Wings got set up in the Calgary zone once all game. All their shots were on rushes or from the perimeter. Strong D by the Flames.

Of course, the 5-1 PP advantage had to help them. Unless I'm counting wrong (possible), in the last four games the Wings have had 13 power plays compared to 27 for their opponents. Man, they've gotta be more disciplined. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> And that number is 5-18 if you take out the Vancouver game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/20/2007 at 11:28 PM


The Wings taking alot of penalties. I have to wonder if its because they are struggling on defense and on the back check against stronger, faster teams. The Wings could definitely need some help on the fore check too. They have not had a sustained offense the past two games (Vancouver and Calgary). Despite having key players out, the fact they can't generate the offense, along with poor performance in their own zone, I have concerns. There is very little difference, i.e. skill, power, by the top eight Western Conference teams. Getting out of the first round will be a challenge, no matter if the Wings are 1st or 4th. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/21/2007 at 5:54 PM


couldn't agree with you anymore, Detroit needs the likes of bertuzzi, zetterberg, and the goal-scoring cleary back in the lineup. Either way, they need to start skating a lot harder for the whole game, not just a period, because thats what it takes in the playoffs.

Posted by foster016 on 3/22/2007 at 10:29 AM


It doesn't matter how many games a team wins in the regular season. A team with the best record can be gone in the first 7-10 days of the first round. Its playoff time now and the Wings have to make up their minds that they may have to do it without the likes of keys players. We need grinders, smart, determined guys that score the "ugly" goals, who step up with play that makes opportunities to win. Thats how games are won in the play-offs. Fancy stick handling, fancy passes and most points in the regular season don't translate to wins in the play-off stretch <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> . Go WINGS!!!!!!

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/22/2007 at 3:17 PM


The only thing the regular season shows is whether or not a team deserves to be in the post season. See last years edmonton Oilers, they were what the eighth seed and went to the finals? You need to have a big heart to win in the post season!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2007 at 6:21 PM


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