Red Wings Claim Game One Win over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings scored two power play goals on bounces off Anaheim defenders, carrying them to a 2-1 win over the Ducks on Friday night in the first game of their Western Conference Final matchup.

Red Wings' goaltender Dominik Hasek stopped 31 of 32 shots against to hold off the Ducks.

Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin put both Detroit goals in to the net.

With Detroit on a power play at 3:44 of the first period, Henrik Zetterberg threw a shot from an acute angle at the net. The puck redirected off of Beauchemin at the side of the crease and slipped past netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere to give the Red Wings the lead.

Tomas Holmstrom's game-winning tally with 4:54 remaining in regulation also went in off of Beauchemin.

On another Detroit power play, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the point that bounced off the body of Holmstrom and hit the ice, rolling towards the goal line. Beauchemin attempted to knock the puck away and ended up putting it into his own net.

Chris Kunitz scored Anaheim's lone goal at 1:34 of the final period, a wrister from the top of the left circle.

The Ducks were held off the board on seven power play chances, including a long five-on-three in the first period and a four-on-three in the third. The two Detroit power play goals came on their four attempts with the extra skater.

Giguere stopped 17 of 19 shots against on the night.

Game two between the two teams will be at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Sunday night.

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We kick off Detroit's 8th appearance in the conference finals in the last 20 years tonight, with the Anaheim Ducks visiting Joe Louis Arena. In the previous seven tries, the Red Wings are 4-3, with two losses to Edmonton ('87 and '88), a win over Chicago ('95), a loss to Colorado ('96), two wins over Colorado ('97 and '02) and a win over Dallas ('98).

Against Anaheim the Wings are 2-1 in the playoffs, with each winner advancing in a sweep. Detroit won in 1997 and 1999 while the then-Mighty Ducks claimed victory in 2003.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 6:32 PM

 

ZATA!

Ha! I hope the Wings can get breaks like that the whole series.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 7:48 PM

 

Wings got some more luck killing off that 5-on-3. Of course, the call on Draper was bad luck in the first place.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 7:55 PM

 

MacDonald punches Hasek, Samuelsson gets a penalty. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 8:16 PM

 

MacDonald punches Hasek, Samuelsson gets a penalty. Nice.


I saw that too. The WINGS seem to be having some difficulty with puck control, namely clearing the puck from their zone, and getting and keeping it deep inside ANAHEIM's end. I do hope this is addressed and soon.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/11/2007 at 8:19 PM

 

Yeah, they're not looking too good right now. Defense is holding up well but if Anaheim gets a break like Detroit did, that defense has gone to waste. Gotta get some offense going, too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 8:36 PM

 

Emerick just made sh*t up! He said that Franzen was one of the players developed between GR and Toledo but the Mule never played in the minors. He jumped right over from Europe.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 8:47 PM

 

2nd Intermission -- I wish the WINGS could get one or two of those near-goal chances back! A one-goal differential is not going to hold up, if the DUCKS start pressing. My concern is a lapse by the WING D. The WINGS have had the better of the scoring opportunities in my opinion, however. So keep pressing. Eventually something is Going to in. WINGS D seem to be holding up well, given the DUCKS pressure this far , but another goal early in third would be soooo sweet. AND KEEP THE PUCK AWAY FROM HASEK! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" />

GO WINGS!

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/11/2007 at 9:22 PM

 

Soft goal? HASEK's left, glove side .......... similar to the SJO goal in game 5 ........... disappointing <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/11/2007 at 9:33 PM

 

Catmandu also thought it was soft. I'm not sure. Not good, that's for sure.

I still want to know when the Wings will get their 5-on-3.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 9:34 PM

 

Neidermayer takes down Datsyuk. Somehow it ends up a four-on-four. Selanne draws a call on Cleary. Awful, awful calls.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 9:38 PM

 

Heh, equally marginal call on MacDonald. Wow, great refs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 9:41 PM

 

What a surprise. Could have been a long five-on-three if they call two many men on Anaheim but the refs choose not to. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 9:42 PM

 

Strange game so far. Lots of flagrant stuff going on that's not called. Not a game with much flow either. I'm glad I didn't pay big bucks to sit at the JOE to see this crap ........

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/11/2007 at 9:53 PM

 

Six minutes remaining & momentum going to ANAHEIM .... this has to change.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/11/2007 at 9:55 PM

 

Wings get a power play and look what happens!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 9:59 PM

 

Freakin' LANG fails to control puck and make the clear, allowing the DUCKS to maintain possession deep in WINGS Zone, resulting in the WINGS taking a hooking penalty ............. Gezus!

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Posted by skyguy52 on 5/11/2007 at 10:04 PM

 

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One down!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/11/2007 at 10:11 PM

 

Overall, I'd say the Wings lucked out quite a bit. Anaheim should have scored more. They had more shots, more power play opportunities, and better power play opportunities. Now, why they had those may be questionable, but that they didn't convert is something that can't be counted on.

Both Detroit goals required good bounces, like I complained about the Wings not getting all season. You can't count on those, either.

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

 

I caught the Franzen bit also, bold face lie, he was not groomed in the minors at all. He was in the Swedish Elite league before the NHL, on one of the teams that rivals Djurgarden.

Posted by choyer on 5/11/2007 at 11:59 PM

 

Overall, I'd say the Wings lucked out quite a bit. Anaheim should have scored more. They had more shots, more power play opportunities, and better power play opportunities. Now, why they had those may be questionable, but that they didn't convert is something that can't be counted on.Both Detroit goals required good bounces, like I complained about the Wings not getting all season. You can't count on those, either.


Agreed. The 'bounces' did go the way of the Winged Wheel tonight. I would NOT want to depend on it happening again though. I know the WINGS aren't going to count on it either. The game films may show some things more clear, that appeared oblique or nefarious in real time. Lets just thank the ice, wood, and rubber and steel gods tonight, and hope they don't turn in favor of the DUCKS at some point during this series.As for an assessment of the over all play of both teams .... I have to commend both teams tonight, and thank the gods, for having their fun. Whatever happened tonight worked for the WINGS and didn't for the DUCKS. One thing I did notice, was that ANAHEIM seem to get a bit p*ssy at times, as though they were frustrated and annoyed by the WINGS play. Lets see if that carries over in Game #2Good night all! Happy Curling this Weekend. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/shocked.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":shocked:" border="0" alt="shocked.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/12/2007 at 12:06 AM

 

Seven more games...

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/12/2007 at 5:19 AM

 

Seven more games...


Are you suggesting a sweep and a sweep? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/shocked.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":shocked:" border="0" alt="shocked.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/12/2007 at 8:38 PM

 


Seven more games...


Are you suggesting a sweep and a sweep? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/shocked.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":shocked:" border="0" alt="shocked.gif" />

Heh, now *that's* some optimism <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/12/2007 at 9:11 PM

 

Lang likes giving the puck to the other team. I'm glad Giguere doesn't look as unbeatable as he did in '03. Good bounces our way. I thought Anaheim controlled most of the game, Wings got some good bounces but NO calls whatsoever. Terrible officiating all around this game. The best call was the flip over the glass in the last 15 seconds of the game, haha. Red Wings are showing a lot of poise and team defense. Speaking of defense Chelios and Lidstrom are on a tear on the defensive end. Hasek is playing VERY well and has always refused to give more than 2 goals up in a game. Continues the Greatness with the wings.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 5/13/2007 at 4:30 AM

 

Lang likes giving the puck to the other team. I'm glad Giguere doesn't look as unbeatable as he did in '03. Good bounces our way. I thought Anaheim controlled most of the game, Wings got some good bounces but NO calls whatsoever. Terrible officiating all around this game. The best call was the flip over the glass in the last 15 seconds of the game, haha. Red Wings are showing a lot of poise and team defense. Speaking of defense Chelios and Lidstrom are on a tear on the defensive end. Hasek is playing VERY well and has always refused to give more than 2 goals up in a game. Continues the Greatness with the wings.


I agree with you about LANG's play. LANG was responsible for the ANAHEIM power play late in the third period in Game #1 . He gave the puck up (or failed to clear) in the WINGS zone, setting up a huge opportunity for the DUCKS to tie the game. When will BABCOCK and his coaching staff recognize this? He's a liability on face-offs too, losing them at critical times.I really think the LEAGUE needs to take another look at the OFFICIATING and make some adjustments. A majority of the calls they are making for interference, hooking, particularly during the play-offs, are questionable at best. I think the LEAGUE went too far when instituting the new rules, which were put in place to open up the play and protect skilled players. Because teams are so close in their skill levels, a bad call can dramatically alter a game, even throw a game. This is not fair, or appropriate, and needs to be addressed.The WINGS had better be ready for ANAHEIM in Game #2. I'm wondering if ANAHEIM's aggressive play will carry over. If it does and the officiating is as bad as it was in Game #1, I'm going to be very disappointed.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/13/2007 at 12:38 PM

 

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