Red Wings Claim Game One with 4-1 Win over Flames

The Detroit Red Wings struck first in their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup with the Calgary Flames, picking up a 4-1 win in game one of the series on Thursday night.

The Red Wings controlled the game from the start, answering Calgary's physical play with hits of their own and getting on the board just 4:51 into the game.

Rookie Valtteri Filppula scored his first career playoff goal to give Detroit the early lead. Defenseman Brett Lebda carried the puck into the Calgary zone before passing off to Johan Franzen along the left wing boards. Lebda went to the front of the net with Jiri Hudler and Franzen passed out to Filppula in the slot for a wrister through the screen and past Flames' netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

Only 3:45 later, Detroit took a two-goal lead with a power play goal by Nicklas Lidstrom, whose shot from the slot bounced off a Calgary defender and into the net.

Pavel Datsyuk snapped a 26-game playoff scoring slump to put the Red Wings up by three at 6:56 of the second period. Datsyuk took a pass from Tomas Holmstrom as he cut in on net, slipping a shot between Kiprusoff's pads.

Mathieu Schneider rounded out the Red Wings' scoring 3:01 later with a blast from the blue line into the top of the net.

With 5:05 remaining in the third period, Alex Tanguay got the Flames on the board with a power play goal, putting a shot into Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek. The puck snuck through his pads and trickled across the goal line to break the shutout attempt.

The game ended on a chippy note, with 48 minutes of penalties called in the final two minutes of play. Most of those came from a scrum behind Kiprusoff's net after Dan Cleary ran into the Calgary goaltender.

Each team finished the night with one power play goal. Detroit had seven power plays and Calgary had five.

Hasek stopped 19 shots to earn the victory while Kiprusoff made 42 saves on 46 shots against.

Game two of the series will be Sunday afternoon from Joe Louis Arena.


Notes: The Red Wings were without forward Todd Bertuzzi. Forward Henrik Zetterberg returned to the lineup after missing 19 games to end the regular season... The announced attendance was 19,204, less than the Joe Louis Arena capacity of 20,066.

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Kicking this off a day early with the news that Todd Bertuzzi is not expected to play in the first game of the playoffs. I'd say the Wings are deep enough that they don't need to rush him back but his size was expected to cancel out some of Calgary's big defense. Mikael Samuelsson and Valtteri Filppula won't do that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2007 at 2:59 PM

 

Hope the Bertuzzi situation is only precautionary, and not connected with a more serious concern. I do believe the Wings are deeper than the Flame. Looking at their respective team stats, Calgary seems to be much more physical than the Wings. An indicator of this is penalty minutes. Calgary is in the box more than the Wings. Hopefully, the Wings can capitalize on this, however, a problem all season has been the Wing's power play. Also, the Wings are a puck possession team, taking a lot of shots at the net. I don't think this is going to work against Calgary,, however. Most teams have been able to tie-up the Wing offense with an aggressive trap, and the Flames know this. Bottom line the Wings are going to have to play more physical against the Flames or I'm afraid its going to be another upset. A big piece of this type of game is Bertuzzi, and with him not 100% I have some concerns. We really didn't see him play alot yet.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/11/2007 at 6:09 PM

 

The Wings will need to play the defensive style of game they played at the start of the season and against Anaheim a couple weeks ago to get through this one, I think.

I'm not sure how they can do it but I think it's really key for Detroit to get the first two wins. The way Calgary played at home this season, the Wings need to take care of things at the Joe and have the advantage going into the Saddledome.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2007 at 10:45 PM

 


Series : Tied 0-0

Schedule :
Thu Apr 12 @ Detroit 7:00 ET | Sun Apr 15 @ Detroit 1:00 ET | Tue Apr 17 @ Calgary 10:00 ET
Thu Apr 19 @ Calgary 10:00 ET | x-Sat Apr 21 @ Detroit 3:00 ET | x-Sun Apr 22 @ Calgary 6:30 ET | x-Tue Apr 24 @ Detroit 7:00 ET

Previous playoff meetings :
2004 - Calgary 4, Detroit 2
1978 - Detroit 2, Atlanta 0

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Record: 50-19-13 | Home: 29-4-8 | Road: 21-15-5 | GF: 254 | GA: 199 | PP: 17% | PK: 85% | OT Record: 3-5
Goals: H. Zetterberg [33], T. Holmstrom [30], P. Datsyuk [27]
Assists: P. Datsyuk [60], N. Lidstrom [49], M. Schneider [41]
Pts: P. Datsyuk [87], H. Zetterberg [68], N. Lidstrom [62]

Scouting report: Even without Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman, the Red Wings haven't missed a beat in their competitiveness. The team played some of its best hockey in the final stretch, led by one of the league's highest-scoring blueline squads. Nicklas Lidstrom makes all the big and little plays necessary to keep the Wings strong at puck control, while Mathieu Schneider enjoyed his fourth straight season of 45 or more points. Chris Chelios seems to get better as he gets older, leading a more than stable corps that includes Danny Markov, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja. With a strong blueline contributing offence and limiting scoring chances, it's no wonder that Dominik Hasek's numbers have been so good this season. But when the pressure's on, the Dominator can still make that game-saving stop. If Hasek is out for any reason, Chris Osgood, who backstopped Detroit to a Cup in 1998, can fill in without missing a beat. If you can find one Achilles Heel with the Wings, it might be up front. Henrik Zetterberg missed most of the stretch run with a back injury, and the point totals from forwards take quite a dip after scoring leader Pavel Datsyuk. But at playoff time, every goal scored is a big one. And the Wings had plenty of clutch performances from Tomas Holmstrom, Dan Cleary, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler. Kyle Calder found his offensive game after arriving from the Flyers, and the team will obviously look to Todd Bertuzzi to create space and scoring opportunities for his new teammates.

Cups: 10 [1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002]
Playoff record: 258-239 [Home 150-107, Road 108-132]
Playoff series record: 56-46
Playoff OT Record: 35-44
Players with Cup rings: K. Maltby [3], K. Draper [3], T. Holmstrom [3], N. Lidstrom [3], C. Chelios [2], M. Schneider [2], C. Osgood [2] and D. Hasek [1]

Roster :
Goaltenders: 30 Chris Osgood | 39 Dominik Hasek
Defense: 3 Andreas Lilja | 5 Nicklas Lidstrom | 22 Brett Lebda | 23 Mathieu Schneider | 24 Chris Chelios
45 Kyle Quincey | 55 Niklas Kronwall | 95 Danny Markov
Forwards: 8 Matt Ellis | 11 Daniel Cleary | 13 Pavel Datsyuk | 15 Josh Langfeld | 17 Kyle Calder | 18 Kirk Maltby | 20 Robert Lang
26 Jiri Hudler | 28 Tomas Kopecky | 33 Kris Draper | 37 Mikael Samuelsson | 40 Henrik Zetterberg | 44 Todd Bertuzzi
51 Valtteri Filppula | 93 Johan Franzen | 96 Tomas Holmstrom

Hot :
M. Samuelsson [2G,3A], R. Lang [1G,2A], J. Franzen [2A], J. Hudler [2A] and D. Markov [1G,1A] the last 2 games; T. Holmstrom [4G] the last 4 games.
Cold :
None.
Injuries :
Day-to-day: T. Bertuzzi [Concussion]
Indefinite: N. Kronwall [Sacrum] and T. Kopecky [Collarbone]

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Record: 43-29-10 | Home: 30-9-2 | Road: 13-20-8 | GF: 258 | GA: 226 | PP: 18% | PK: 80% | OT Record: 2-5
Goals: J. Iginla [39], K. Huselius [34], D. Langkow [33]
Assists: A. Tanguay [59], J. Iginla [55], D. Langkow [44]
Pts: J. Iginla [94], A. Tanguay [81], K. Huselius and D. Langkow [77]

Scouting report: The biggest issue going into this season for the Flames was scoring goals, and the team addressed it well throughout their campaign. Alex Tanguay was a great addition up front, joining Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow as the team's top four scorers with at least 70 points each. That's a huge improvement from last year, when no players hit the 70-point plateau at all. Strengthening the offence down the middle are centres Matthew Lombardi - who set career highs in goals and points - and Craig Conroy - who re-discovered his offensive touch after being re-acquired from the Kings in February. Team defence is something that hasn't been lost, with Wayne Primeau, Stephane Yelle and Marcus Nilson making up an effective checking line that can hold off the opposition at both ends of the ice. Dion Phaneuf is the cornerstone of the Flames' blueline, and leads the defence on the ice and the scoreboard. Roman Hamrlik has also enjoyed a fine season, putting up points on the power play and sitting among the team leaders in plus-minus. Robyn Regehr, Rhett Warrener, Mark Giordano and Brad Stuart all excel at keeping opposing forwards out of the Calgary zone. In goal, Miikka Kiprusoff is as good as any other money goalie out there.

Cups: 1 [1989]
Playoff record: 87-102 [Home 49-47, Road 38-55]
Playoff series record: 15-22
Playoff OT Record: 17-22
Players with Cup rings: D. McCarty [3], A. Tanguay [1] and S. Yelle [1]

Roster :
Goaltenders: 29 Jamie McLennan | 34 Miikka Kiprusoff
Defense: 3 Dion Phaneuf | 4 Roman Hamrlik | 5 Mark Giordano | 6 Brad Stuart | 7 Andrei Zyuzin
21 David Hale | 28 Robyn Regehr | 44 Rhett Warrener | 49 Richie Regehr
Forwards: 10 Tony Amonte | 11 Stepahen Yelle | 12 Jarome Iginla | 15 Byron Ritchie | 16 Jeff Friesen | 17 Eric Godard
18 Matthew Lombardi | 19 Wayne Primeau | 20 Kristian Huselius | 22 Daymond Langkow | 24 Craig Conroy | 25 Darren McCarty
26 Marcus Nilson | 40 Alex Tanguay | 58 David Moss

Hot :
S. Yelle [1G,3A], T. Amonte [1G,2A] and M. Nilson [2G] the last 2 games; B. Stuart [2A] the last 3 games; J. Iginla [5G,4A] and D. Langkow [3G,4A] the last 5 games.
Cold :
W. Primeau has no points the last 7 games.
Injuries :
Day-to-day: Robin Regehr [Knee]
Indefinite: Richie Regehr [Concussion]

Posted by motorcitykid on 4/12/2007 at 10:17 AM

 

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

That from NHL.com? I think it's the only one I've seen that doesn't say "The Red Wings are ripe for an upset and the Flames should be able to do that."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 2:40 PM

 

Hate to pick on Lang again, but I see he has the third MOST GIVE-AWAYS in the NHL (DATSYK happens to have the most TAKE-AWAYS). LANG had a pretty good series last year against EDMONTON, one of the few Wings who produced. I have faith, but not blind faith. He's one forward who will have to repeat that against Calgary, or I'm afraid its going to be a short playoff run for the DETROIT this year.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/12/2007 at 4:20 PM

 

<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" /> That from NHL.com? I think it's the only one I've seen that doesn't say "The Red Wings are ripe for an upset and the Flames should be able to do that."


Thanks. And no. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" /> They are stats from all over the place. I do some GDT for various sites, and why not this one? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.png" /> GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by motorcitykid on 4/12/2007 at 6:46 PM

 

Ahh, I shouldn't have expected NHL.com to have something that good. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/unsure.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" />

Game on! Let's Go Red Wings!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 7:11 PM

 

Valtteri Filppula pwnz you! Wings on the board first.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 7:21 PM

 

Nick with the PPG puts the Wings up by two but Calgary gets the man-advantage coming up.

Very telling, Ken Daniels' quote about Mick McGeough: "I don't think he knew who had the puck." How can a guy call a game if he can't tell who had the puck?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 7:32 PM

 

And we're 2-0 after the first. Solid period for Detroit. Neither team was spectacular, neither team sucked. Gotta keep the defense up, don't give them any chances.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 7:48 PM

 

Datsyuk! First playoff goal in about 400 years! 3-0 and the Wings go to the power play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 8:19 PM

 

Wings still look good with the 4-0 lead after two. Flames keep trying to hit but Detroit doesn't seem to be backing down. Wings can't let Calgary get any momentum here in the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 8:51 PM

 

Anyone else kind of suprised this game isn't closer?

We're letting it rain on the flames. If we keep playing like this, the fire will be out in 4-5 games! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/unsure.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" />

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/12/2007 at 9:09 PM

 

I can only hope so.

Wow, Iginla goes after Zetterberg, what a tough guy he is.

Too bad they couldn't do anything on the 5-on-3, not that the Wings need the goal right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 9:12 PM

 

What's everyone's thoughts on game 2?

MY Thoughts:

Game 2 will be much more physical coming from the Flames... Watch for Phaneuf, Iginla, Warrner, Stuart... they're all going to go after the Europeans like Zetts and Dats. They're angry and so they may be inclined to make mistakes early. They're going to come out swinging like a kid who didn't take his ridilin...arms going like a windmill. It should be fun to see us duck around them and win another.

Keys for game 2: Continue to keep the Flames on their heals... Get Bertuzzi back to counter the physical onslaught that is sure to come. Get goals throughout the lines... Tire out the Flames 1st 2 lines.

What I like to see: Dom is looking good... Zetts looks healthy... People who aren't as likely to throw the body are laying people out.

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/12/2007 at 9:52 PM

 

Crazy finish. Flames get chippy. I say Kipper dove. We'll see if it got Calgary any momentum for Game Two.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 9:52 PM

 

I think the Wings played about as well as any of their fans could have hoped. They countered Calgary's hitting, didn't let the Flames get into their heads, and kept to their puck-control game plan.

I'd be shocked if the Flames didn't try to come out harder in Game Two. Hopefully that just means more penalties, they weren't exactly playing very disciplined tonight.

One thing I think really shows how the Flames let this get to them is how Iginla was trying to take on Zetterberg. He's got this reputation as such a big tough guy and he's trying to go at Zata? Was Fil not available? Iginla gets like that when he knows he's losing, we'll see if he gets back under control.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/12/2007 at 11:11 PM

 

I think the Wings played about as well as any of their fans could have hoped. They countered Calgary's hitting, didn't let the Flames get into their heads, and kept to their puck-control game plan.I'd be shocked if the Flames didn't try to come out harder in Game Two. Hopefully that just means more penalties, they weren't exactly playing very disciplined tonight.One thing I think really shows how the Flames let this get to them is how Iginla was trying to take on Zetterberg. He's got this reputation as such a big tough guy and he's trying to go at Zata? Was Fil not available? Iginla gets like that when he knows he's losing, we'll see if he gets back under control.


I think it's kind of important getting under Iginla's skin. He'll make mistakes and implode. That's one of the main things...You see your captain implode, it's all down hill from there. That team is going to look toward a guy like Iginla for direction... how to feel.

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/13/2007 at 12:40 AM

 

Dominating game by the Wings --- Kudos for a well played game --- Comments regarding Iginla's behavior are on the mark. Calgary has had a problem in the past with penalties. The Wings should capitalize on this. The only way for the FLAMES to counter is to play the Wings' game, which they aren't capable of doing. The Wings' depth advantage will also play a factor this series. Calgary was lucky to get away with only a three goal deficit. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/flagusa.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/13/2007 at 1:14 AM

 

Unfortunately now that I am out on the wild blue yonder, the only way I will get any info is through you guys! Glad to hear that we got the first one, one down three to go!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/13/2007 at 12:08 PM

 

What's everyone's thoughts on game 2?MY Thoughts:Game 2 will be much more physical coming from the Flames... Watch for Phaneuf, Iginla, Warrner, Stuart... they're all going to go after the Europeans like Zetts and Dats. They're angry and so they may be inclined to make mistakes early. They're going to come out swinging like a kid who didn't take his ridilin...arms going like a windmill. It should be fun to see us duck around them and win another. Keys for game 2: Continue to keep the Flames on their heals... Get Bertuzzi back to counter the physical onslaught that is sure to come. Get goals throughout the lines... Tire out the Flames 1st 2 lines.What I like to see: Dom is looking good... Zetts looks healthy... People who aren't as likely to throw the body are laying people out.


Crucial will be PHYSICAL play by the WINGS to keep the FLAMES from gaining control of the game and knocking the WINGS off their stride. The WINGS must use their depth as an advantage. Winning face-offs and aggressive fore-check on the FLAME D are also key. Calgary will adapt. I'm not sure it will be a more physical play, or a 'trap' that tries to slow the WINGS down in the middle zone. No doubt Zetter and Dats will be targeted. This is where Bertuzzi, Franzen, Cleary, Calder, Maltby, and Lang (if he decides to) will come in to play with aggressive fore-checking.Not enough can be said about the Dominator winning games too.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/13/2007 at 5:17 PM

 

Statistical keys to the series

- Detroit ranked 21st in the league on the power play, with a 17.1% success rate. Calgary ranked 10th at 18.2%.

- Detroit ranked 7th in the league in penalty killing, with an 84.6% success rate. Calgary ranked 18th at 81.8%.

- Kirk Maltby (125), Danny Markov (111) and Johan Franzen (110) are the Red Wings' leading hitters.

- Dion Phaneuf (197), Brad Stuart (165) and Robyn Regehr (146) are the Flames' leading hitters. Stuart's totals include games with the Bruins.

- Kris Draper is the Red Wings' top face-off man -- 57.3%.

- Jarome Iginla is the Flames' top face-off man -- 53.0%.

- Detroit's Robert Lang ranked third in the league with 104 giveaways.

- Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk led the league with 107 takeaways.

- Calgary's Alex Tanguay ranked third in the league with a 20.6% shooting percentage.

- Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom ranked third in the league with 27:29 of ice time per game.

- Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom tied for third in the league with a plus-40.

- Detroit's Dominik Hasek ranked second in the league with a 2.05 goals against average.

- Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg tied for the league lead with 10 game-winning goals.

- Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk tied for the league lead with eight clutch goals. Datsyuk led the league with 20 clutch points and Zetterberg ranked second with 18.

- Alex Tanguay led the Flames with six points in four games against the Red Wings this year.

- Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom led the Red Wings with five points in four games against the Flames this year.

- Detroit's leaders in power play ice time (per game):

Nicklas Lidstrom 5:39

Mathieu Schneider 5:19

Tomas Holmstrom 4:07

Henrik Zetterberg 4:05

Pavel Dstsyuk 3:59

Robert Lang 3:34

- Calgary's leaders in power play ice time (per game):

Dion Phaneuf 5:34

Jarome Iginla 5:03

Roman Hamrlik 4:48

Daymond Langkow 4:30

Alex Tanguay 4:04

Kristian Huselius 3:38

- Detroit's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game):

Chris Chelios 4:50

Nicklas Lidstrom 4:32

Kris Draper 3:34

Andreas Lilja 2:57

Danny Markov 2:55

Henrik Zetterberg 2:51

- Calgary's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game):

Robyn Regehr 4:38

Brad Stuart 3:55

Rhett Warrener 3:20

Stephane Yelle 3:16

Roman Hamrlik 2:49

Jeff Friesen 2:32

Source: TSN.ca

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/13/2007 at 6:35 PM

 

I was just capturing video of the Datsyuk goal to post to the site later and decided to take some more looks at the Cleary-Kiprusoff hit.

By definition, it was goalie interference. Cleary didn't make an attempt to avoid Kiprusoff, instead he got his arms up to brace for impact. He could have thrown himself to the ice and out of the way. Kipper still dove, though.

Eh, I don't think it'll come back to bite the Wings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/13/2007 at 7:28 PM

 

I was just capturing video of the Datsyuk goal to post to the site later and decided to take some more looks at the Cleary-Kiprusoff hit.By definition, it was goalie interference. Cleary didn't make an attempt to avoid Kiprusoff, instead he got his arms up to brace for impact. He could have thrown himself to the ice and out of the way. Kipper still dove, though.Eh, I don't think it'll come back to bite the Wings.


Ya... That one was debatable... Kipprusoff definitely embellished on that hit... Cleary didn't make the move to avoid him in the first place... But the fact that Kippy dove into that hit should be the deciding factor... I don't think Cleary should have got the goalie interference penalty because Kippy dove into that one, but he definitely worked for the roughing and misconduct penalties...

Posted by -Al- on 4/15/2007 at 11:37 AM

 

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