Hasek Blanks Sharks, Red Wings Advance

Goaltender Dominik Hasek was perfect on Monday night, stopping all 28 shots he faced as his Detroit Red Wings picked up a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks, ending their Western Conference Final series.

With the win, the Red Wings advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they will face the Anaheim Ducks.

Hasek had help in earning his 13th career playoff shutout, including a first period stop on Mike Grier by defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

Hasek came out of the net to play the puck and lost it to Grier, who took it behind the net for a wraparound attempt. Lidstrom dove across the crease to cover for Hasek, knocking the puck away from the goal line.

Mikael Samuelsson scored both Detroit goals, starting with 4:34 remaining in the first period.

Samuelsson caught up with a long outlet pass from Johan Franzen in the Sharks zone, then cut across the top of the crease and outwaited San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov, sliding the puck behind the netminder after he had sprawled out on the ice.

With 8 seconds remaining in the opening period, Samuelsson added his second, putting a wrist shot over Nabokov's glove while on a two-on-one with Robert Lang.

Nabokov finished the night with 20 saves on 22 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play with four opportunities.

The Red Wings will open their Western Conference Final series with Anaheim on Friday night in Detroit.


Notes: Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Schnieder, who suffered a broken wrist in game five of the series. Brett Lebda returned from injury to take Schneider's spot in the lineup.

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Brett Lebda will rejoin the Red Wings lineup tonight, taking the roster spot opened by Mathieu Schneider's season-ending injury in Game Five. That looks to be the only lineup change for either team, as Bill Guerin is not expected to skate for San Jose.

The Red Wings have not lost a game in which they could eliminate their opponents since June 3, 1998, when they lost Game Five of the Western Conference Finals to Dallas. They would win Game Six of that round to take the series.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 2:56 PM

 

Mikey! Woohoo! Line match that, bitches!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 9:41 PM

 

Lidstrom just saved Hasek's ass. Oh my.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 9:44 PM

 

Sammy f*cking ownz you!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 9:48 PM

 

Sammy f*cking ownz you!


Despite his Miscue on Grier, Hasek has come up BIG 2 or 3 times. The WINGS must regain control of the game in the third. I would hate to see SJO get one. It would turn the momentum in favor of the SHARKS and the WINGS will be back on their heels. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/7/2007 at 10:42 PM

 

Yeah, Wings would do well to keep the Sharks off the board or get one or two more of their own.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 10:46 PM

 

I mentioned this to Catmandu earlier tonight, it feels a bit like a fight where the Sharks are just swinging and swinging but the Wings are holding them by the head so none of those punches even connect. Dangerous, 'cause if the Sharks connect once it could get bad, but it could make the Sharks wear themselves out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 11:09 PM

 

Great to see some octopi on the ice out there!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 11:21 PM

 

Bring on the Quackers, the Fish are done!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2007 at 11:24 PM

 

Bring on the Quackers, the Fish are done!


Impressive play by the WINGS. Three solid periods! Great play by DOM to keep SJO off the board. Seemed that SJO never had control of the game. They just couldn't solve a strong forecheck and sound defensive play by the WINGS. GREAT TEAM EFFORT. Everyone contributed! Celebrate, but not too much. Get some rest -- but not too much. Break out the film, and get back to work. ANAHEIM is formidable, but not unbeatable.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/8/2007 at 12:07 AM

 

Did they credit Nick with a save on that one? Any way look out ducks here come the Wings!!!! Conference finals! Should be a good one, figures it would happen when I am not at home to enjoy it!! Go Wings!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/8/2007 at 12:15 AM

 

it seems like its been a while since the 1 and 2 seeds have battled in the conference finals, unless thats just me being totally wrong.

Posted by choyer on 5/8/2007 at 9:22 PM

 

Oh yeah! Top teams making it far is good for the league. Nobody likes to see 8th place teams. I mean they earned their spot but non hockey fans will not watch teams they think are bad. Giguire is going to be tough next round. I think the Wings will pull it off in 6 or 7.

Posted by WingedWheeler on 5/9/2007 at 12:24 AM

 

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I actually disagree. While the NHL *should* want its top teams and top talent to advance as far as possible, everyone loves the underdogs. It makes for a great story when an eighth seed makes the Finals.

Not saying that I want to see it, just saying that there weren't a lot of people complaining about Edmonton's run last year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/9/2007 at 8:31 AM

 

Oh yeah! Top teams making it far is good for the league. Nobody likes to see 8th place teams. I mean they earned their spot but non hockey fans will not watch teams they think are bad. Giguire is going to be tough next round. I think the Wings will pull it off in 6 or 7.


I believe "parity" in the NHL is a good thing. By parity, I mean that any team is a contender. It is good for the league, and good for hockey fans, that an 8th seed can go all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. The fact that an 8th seed can win the championship speaks to how close the League is in player and team skill.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/9/2007 at 10:53 PM

 

I agree...

I think the game would get boring if it was always the same team winning the cup every year. If it were always the same 4 or 5 teams and and different buttom 2 or 3 every year. It'd be the same teams battling it out and sooner or later people would wonder why the F*** there's 30 teams.

That is... unless it was the wings winning every year. Then I'd be content.

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Posted by drwmike33 on 5/11/2007 at 2:56 PM

 

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