Red Wings Steamroll Blackhawks to End Season

Neither the Detroit Red Wings nor the Chicago Blackhawks needed a win in Saturday afternoon's matchup between the Original Six rivals but only the Blackhawks played like it, as the Red Wings rolled to a 7-2 win to clost out their regular season schedule.

A shootout loss by the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night assured the Red Wings that they had clinched the Western Conference's regular season championship but that didn't stop them from jumping out to an early lead and staying in control for the rest of the game.

Danny Markov got the Red Wings on the board just 4:31 into the game with a shot from the point that deflected off of a Blackhawk defender, hit the back boards, came out in front of the net, bounced off the skate of goalie Patrick Lalime, and went into the net.

It was 1:03 later that Detroit got a goal that did not require a series of lucky bounces, when Mikael Samuelsson scored the first of two on the afternoon with a quick shot from the right faceoff dot past Lalime.

Kyle Calder added a power play goal with 8:30 remaining in the period, deflecting a blast by Samuelsson.

Detroit kept the pressure on in the second, scoring at 3:51 when Tomas Holmstrom slipped a shot from the slot under Lalime.

Calder notched his second of the day against his former team 1:36 later. After a Blackhawk giveaway in their own zone, Robert Lang sent the puck up to Samuelsson, who threaded a pass back down low to Calder alone in front of the net to roof a shot over Lalime.

Samuelsson added his second with 7:30 remaining in the middle period with the Red Wings on a power play, seconds after the expiration of a four-on-three, when his wrister from the top of the right circle got past Lalime with Dan Cleary screening him.

Radim Vrbata got Chicago on the board with 1:46 remaining in the second but Kyle Quincey's first career goal put the Red Wings back up by six just 12 seconds later.

Nikolai Khabibulin replaced Lalime to start the third period and did not allow a goal.

Jeff Hamilton closed out the game's scoring at 7:37 of the final period when his wrister from the top of the right circle deflected off of Markov and past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Osgood finished the game with 19 saves on 21 shots against, the first of which didn't come until the Red Wings already had a three-goal lead. Khabibulin stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third while Lalime made 17 stops on 24 shots in the first two periods.

Detroit scored twice on eleven power play chances. Chicago was held off the board on their four tries with the extra skater.

The Red Wings now await to find out whether their first round playoff opponent will be the Calgary Flames or the Colorado Avalanche. The two teams meet on Sunday in what would be a de facto playoff if the Flames lose to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night and the Avalanche defeat the Nashville Predators.

Whichever team Detroit faces, general manager Ken Holland expects the series to begin on Thursday or Friday night, with game two to be held on Sunday afternoon.


Notes: The Red Wings were prevented from claiming a third-straight Presidents' Trophy by the Buffalo Sabres' win over the Washington Capitals, clinching Buffalo's first regular season championship.

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Home-and-home to end the season. The Wings can clinch the conference with a win. Failing that, a point clinches the Central.

Osgood gets the start. Zata isn't back yet. Lidstrom gets another night off with Schneider back in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/5/2007 at 8:41 PM

 

Wings already down and I've gotta head off to a soccer game. The DVR will be my friend for most of the game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/5/2007 at 8:52 PM

 

Wing offense not clicking, coupled with a strong performance by the Hawks. Wings' Power play ineffective. This problem will need to be addressed ..... A couple of Wings underperforming, one by name is LANG ..... I hate to single him out, but he's just not getting it done.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/5/2007 at 9:52 PM

 

I get back in time to see the Wings get a bit of a lucky goal. Could have been frozen, kind of surprising that it wasn't. Power play goal, tie game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/5/2007 at 10:39 PM

 

The Red Wings are the Central Division Champions. We go to overtime and, unless they pull their goalie and lose, that gets the Wings a point, putting them out of reach of Nashville.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/5/2007 at 11:00 PM

 

Shootout. Chicago burned Nashville the other night in the tiebreaker, we'll see if the Wings can do better.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/5/2007 at 11:08 PM

 

Damn, Osgood just can't get enough of Patrick Sharp's high shot, 'Hawks win.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/5/2007 at 11:22 PM

 

Would the Wings be better off with Anaheim ahead of them in points to take the Conference title? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/5/2007 at 11:33 PM

 

I missed this one lat night because I had to work, but it looks like Buffalo will get the presidents trophy this year

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/6/2007 at 9:16 PM

 

Buffalo definately has a better shot but is it really so hard to believe that the Sabres would drop two in a row to close out the season, when they already have their seed locked up? Same can be said for Detroit, of course.

Wings will have Lidstrom and Bertuzzi back in the lineup today, though. Osgood gets the start with Hasek's thigh acting up and the team not wanting to push it. Liv stays on as backup.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2007 at 12:13 PM

 

Looks like whichever paper I read about Bertuzzi was wrong. He's out, Langfeld is in. Chelios also rests with Lidstrom back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2007 at 1:11 PM

 

Ha! Way crazy goal by Markov and then he pretends to be a forward and assists on a goal by Samuelsson. He's having fun.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2007 at 1:17 PM

 

Damn, Wings get three goals before the Blackhawks even get a shot. Buzzing early.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2007 at 1:31 PM

 

Holy hell, the Wings are frikkin' rolling today. 6-0 with almost half a game left to play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2007 at 2:26 PM

 

No one got hurt and a couple people who could use a spark heading into the playoffs get goals. Not a bad afternoon.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2007 at 3:46 PM

 

Figures there would be a blow out, had to work again! And that was my last chance to catch a game for the rest of the season!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/8/2007 at 1:36 PM

 

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