Red Wings Regain Home Ice with Shutout of Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings regained home ice advantage in their Western Conference Final series with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, picking up a 5-0 win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Ducks had previously claimed a 4-3 overtime win in game two in Detroit, forcing the Wings to win at least one road game to get back the home ice advantage.

Anaheim pressured early, taking 14 shots in the first period, but the Red Wings' defense and goaltender Dominik Hasek held them off the board. The Ducks were unable to convert on two penalties by Tomas Kopecky - in the Detroit lineup for the first time since breaking his collarbone in December.

Johan Franzen put the Red Wings on the board with 8:51 remaining in the period. Mikael Samuelsson carried the puck down the right wing while Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg went to the net. With the Anaheim defense focused on Zetterberg, Samuelsson sent a crossing pass to Franzen who deflected the puck into the open side of the net.

Zetterberg connected with Holmstrom on a similar play to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead with 43 seconds remaining in the period.

On a Detroit power play, Zetterberg gained the Anaheim zone down the left wing. Pavel Datsyuk cut through the high slot and drew the defenders, leaving Holmstrom wide open for a pass from Zetterberg in the right circle. Holmstrom stepped to the net and rifled a shot over the shoulder of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Giguere would leave the game just 3:17 into the second period after Detroit's third goal. Dan Cleary threw the puck at the net from the right wing and Giguere made the stop but the puck bounced off him, off the skate of Todd Bertuzzi cutting through the crease, and into the net.

Backup netminder Ilja Bryzgalov wouldn't have much better luck, allowing a goal only 17 seconds after entering the game. Bryzgalov made a rolling stop on Valtteri Filppula's wraparound attempt but the puck came free and Holmstrom scored his second of the night, lifiting it in from the top of the crease.

The Ducks came unraveled and took five penalties to spend most of the rest of the period on the penalty kill.

One of the infractions was a two-on-one hit to the head of Holmstrom by Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Niedermayer was given a five minute roughing major and a game misconduct for the hit and Holmstrom missed the remainder of the period.

Holmstrom would return to the ice and to the scoresheet in the third period, assisting on the game's final goal by sending a pass from the right wing through the top of the crease to Filppula on the far side of the net. Filppula tucked the puck in behind Bryzgalov with 9:02 remaining in the game.

Dominik Hasek stopped 29 Anaheim shots en route to his 13th career playoff shutout. Bryzgalov stopped 13 of the 15 shots he faced while Giguere made 10 saves on 13 chances against.

Holmstrom's first-period goal was Detroit's lone power play tally on nine tries with the man-advantage. Anaheim had four chances with the extra skater, though one was for only 8 seconds at the end of the game.

Game four of the series will be Thursday in Anaheim.


Notes: Tomas Kopecky entered the Detroit lineup in place of Kyle Calder... The Ducks had not been shutout during the playoffs since April 27, 1999, when the Red Wings completed a first-round sweep of the then-Mighty Ducks with a 3-0 victory in Anaheim.

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Tomas Kopecky makes his return to the Detroit lineup on Tuesday, replacing Kyle Calder. That looks to be Detroit's only change after their loss on Sunday.

I swear I read somewhere that Shawn Thornton will be out for the Ducks but I can't find it anywhere. Chris Kunitz won't be coming back after missing Game Two, he had surgery and is out for the playoffs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/14/2007 at 11:08 PM

 

WOW Sweet, I was really liking his play before he got injured. As for the broken hand rumor for Calder, I'm guessing its true.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 5/15/2007 at 12:18 AM

 

Yeah, I'm actually surprised that Babcock didn't mention anything about Calder's hand. I guess he wants the option of switching Calder back in later without anyone knowing about the injury, so we'll have to wait until after the playoffs to find out exactly what's up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 6:39 AM

 

Tomas Kopecky makes his return to the Detroit lineup on Tuesday, replacing Kyle Calder. That looks to be Detroit's only change after their loss on Sunday.I swear I read somewhere that Shawn Thornton will be out for the Ducks but I can't find it anywhere. Chris Kunitz won't be coming back after missing Game Two, he had surgery and is out for the playoffs.


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Posted by RRhoads on 5/15/2007 at 6:37 PM

 

Ahh, if he's going to play, that would explain why I couldn't find something that said he wasn't going to. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 6:40 PM

 

Good thing the Versus guys reminded me that Rob and Scott Niedermayer are brothers, I'd never have remembered that. And apparently they're not only phenominal hockey players but incredible human beings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 9:18 PM

 

Woohoo! You know what makes me celebrate a Duck being draped all over Zetterberg? When Hank was just the decoy. Nice pass by Mikey, great shot by Franzen.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 9:34 PM

 

Once again, I'm not impressed by the WINGS D to gain control of, and clear pucks from their zone. The DUCKS have been able to outplay WINGS in this category, and I'm concerned that ANAHEIM is going to make DETROIT pay ...... we'll see I guess ........

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/15/2007 at 9:43 PM

 

HOMER!!!

Wings are doing a great job of getting the puck to the wide open guy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 9:52 PM

 

The DTGL isn't a prob for the Wings I hope?

Posted by mhurley on 5/15/2007 at 10:12 PM

 

HOMER!!!Wings are doing a great job of getting the puck to the wide open guy.


I can't dispute that .... The WINGS are doing a great effort that way in front of Giguere. Its just that its a nail biter every time the DUCKS win the one-on-ones with the WING D, or the WING D fail to clear. I guess I can live with it if the WINGS are able to keep shots from getting to DOM ...

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/15/2007 at 10:13 PM

 

Bye-bye, Giggy!

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Bert's having a great night.

And the new guy's no better! Great chance by Fil, Homer with the rebound goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 10:16 PM

 

The DTGL isn't a prob for the Wings I hope?


Hola, Ms. Hurley.I'm not seeing any problems for the Wings so far. <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 5/15/2007 at 10:20 PM

 

Okay, commercial so I'll calm down a little bit, not be so cocky, and finish my thought on Bert.

He drew both penalties at the end of the first, has been playing a big tough game, and even adds a goal. That's what the Wings were looking for out of him, I hope this is a breakout game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 10:23 PM

 

What a surprise, the Quackers get bitchsmacked and they pull a page out of the Calgary playbook.

Time to put Ozzie in and make Pronger chew on that big goalstick.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 10:32 PM

 

Re: Prong man

Versus has consistently trumped PRONGER up to put him at the same level as LIDSTROM .... I don't see it .... PRONGER is Good but he's not as good as LIDSTROM ....

As fir the NEIDERMYER & PRONGER hit on HOMER .... mean-ness coming out ...... reminds me a little of the CLAUDE LeMieux hit on DRAPER several years ago ... Best thing the WINGS can do tonight is not RETALIATE, but hold the big hits on NEIDERMYER until game #4 ..... Lets wait and see if NEIDERMYER still wants to play power forward ........ <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/15/2007 at 10:48 PM

 

Hey Niedemeyer, you're a dead man

Posted by mhurley on 5/15/2007 at 10:58 PM

 

Woohoo! Homer's back on the ice!

I have no idea how that wasn't a concussion.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 11:06 PM

 

Not only is Homer back, he's back on the scoresheet. Great pass, great goal by Fil.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 11:25 PM

 

Would have been nice to wrap the game up without that high stick on Getzlaf. Looked accidental and like he'll be fine but don't want to give the Ducks anything to inspire them for Thursday.

This was a huge win this early in the series. Now, the worst-case scenario is that the series is tied coming back to Detroit. The Wings go into Game Four with the opportunity to take a 3-1 series lead.

As much as the Wings spread the offense around, it's just as big that Anaheim's offense was nowhere to be found. They had a couple big chances early and then again after Detroit had the commanding lead but did they really threaten Detroit's lead at any point? Two shots in the second period!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/15/2007 at 11:55 PM

 

Holmstrom is AWESOME!

What a hockey lesson served by Hockeytown!

Posted by Cyberwing on 5/16/2007 at 1:55 AM

 

Very good game all around. We were hitting ducks, not the other way around. We looked focused and on a mission, very nice! Pronger should've got a penalty on that hit on homer. I also think a suspension should be issued for one game at least, Please that was a cheap shot.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 5/16/2007 at 2:22 AM

 

The next day... I'll be very surprised if a suspension is issued. When it looked like Homer was out and would miss serious time, absolutely, but when he returns for the third period, makes the hits not look as bad in context. Too bad, 'cause they were high and Pronger did come at him from behind, but the NHL doesn't want to stretch to suspend one of its stars during the Conference Finals.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/16/2007 at 7:16 AM

 

The next day... I'll be very surprised if a suspension is issued. When it looked like Homer was out and would miss serious time, absolutely, but when he returns for the third period, makes the hits not look as bad in context. Too bad, 'cause they were high and Pronger did come at him from behind, but the NHL doesn't want to stretch to suspend one of its stars during the Conference Finals.


The HIT:PRONGER's hit was vicious in the sense that it was, from behind, and high to the HOMER's head into the glass. SERIOUS injury COULD have resulted. In retrospect, comparing ROB NIEDERMAYER's hit to PRONGER's, their is no question which of the two should get the suspension. Their's also no question about what the NHL should do. The fact HOMER returned to the game SHOULD NOT mitigate NHL action. If the NHL is serious about these kind of hits, they must do the right thing and suspend PRONGER.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/16/2007 at 9:03 AM

 

Disciplinary hearing scheduled for Pronger...

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Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/16/2007 at 1:15 PM

 

As much as the Wings spread the offense around, it's just as big that Anaheim's offense was nowhere to be found. They had a couple big chances early and then again after Detroit had the commanding lead but did they really threaten Detroit's lead at any point? Two shots in the second period!


Agreed and under the impression that the biggest difference had to do with finesse vs. physical play: finesse can score goals but it can't get you out of a hole. Thankfully our boys have a little of both, no?


Hey Niedemeyer, you're a dead man


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Posted by Chi-Town Wing on 5/16/2007 at 2:14 PM

 

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Yeah, always good to be able to see the Wings show some grit. They've surprised people with that in every round so far and I think that, if they advance, that'll be a big difference against Ottawa or Buffalo. But that's still quite aways off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/16/2007 at 3:11 PM

 

Ansar Khan reports that Pronger will sit for Game Four. One game suspension. More than I expected, hopefully the Wings can take advantage.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/16/2007 at 4:23 PM

 

Ansar Khan reports that Pronger will sit for Game Four. One game suspension. More than I expected, hopefully the Wings can take advantage.


I think the one-game PRONGER suspension is too little for the kind of hit carried out on HOLMSTROM. The NHL did not do enough. PRONGER hit HOMER high and hard, with an elbow to HOMER's head into the glass. NIEDERMAYER also hit him at the same time. This is a double team vicious hit. RED WING fans should be outraged! The fact that HOMER only required a few stitches and he was back on the ice is no excuse. A minimum 3 game suspension is appropriate. The NHL needs a reality check.

Posted by skyguy52 on 5/16/2007 at 5:56 PM

 

Great. A suspension for Pronger? The Ducks are gonna have their hands full against the Wings if they can't win Game 4. If the Ducks win, it turns to a technical best of three, with two in Detroit. I wanna know where Parros is. I mean, he's a great enforcer and has been on our reserves since early in the Canucks series, and with him, we'd at least have some sandpaper in a line...I don't even wanna think what our D is gonna look like without Kunitz and Pronger. That's just gonna be really bad.

Keys for the Ducks to Come Back:

1. No more injuries- I think this deep in the playoffs, it's a lot more painful to lose somebody and a lot less helpful to get somebody back that was previously injured (like Marchant for Kunitz). Marchant has rust, kunitz, if he can come back, will be late in the Finals if we advance that far.

2. No more suspensions- Carlyle will not be happy with the suspension of Pronger. He's gonna find a way to make Ducks pay in practice.

3. Stop taking stupid penalties and giving the other team practically a full period of power play in total time.

4. Revive their power play- we've gone 0-fer whatever since the end of the Canucks series. I'm looking at Selanne to revive that, as he led the league with PP goals.

5. Make Jiggy and Bryz play a consistent game that can actually stand up to somebody's play. Sure they were consistent last night. Badly, I might add as well. Jiggy needs to reestablish his confidence, as he seems to be a goalie that when you score one goal on, you're bound to score another one a little bit later. Bryz just needs to shake the rust off of his feathers- hasn't played in a long time...

Posted by Shade on 5/16/2007 at 10:18 PM

 

Great. A suspension for Pronger? The Ducks are gonna have their hands full against the Wings if they can't win Game 4. If the Ducks win, it turns to a technical best of three, with two in Detroit. I wanna know where Parros is. I mean, he's a great enforcer and has been on our reserves since early in the Canucks series, and with him, we'd at least have some sandpaper in a line...I don't even wanna think what our D is gonna look like without Kunitz and Pronger. That's just gonna be really bad. Keys for the Ducks to Come Back:1. No more injuries- I think this deep in the playoffs, it's a lot more painful to lose somebody and a lot less helpful to get somebody back that was previously injured (like Marchant for Kunitz). Marchant has rust, kunitz, if he can come back, will be late in the Finals if we advance that far.2. No more suspensions- Carlyle will not be happy with the suspension of Pronger. He's gonna find a way to make Ducks pay in practice.3. Stop taking stupid penalties and giving the other team practically a full period of power play in total time.4. Revive their power play- we've gone 0-fer whatever since the end of the Canucks series. I'm looking at Selanne to revive that, as he led the league with PP goals.5. Make Jiggy and Bryz play a consistent game that can actually stand up to somebody's play. Sure they were consistent last night. Badly, I might add as well. Jiggy needs to reestablish his confidence, as he seems to be a goalie that when you score one goal on, you're bound to score another one a little bit later. Bryz just needs to shake the rust off of his feathers- hasn't played in a long time...


You sound surprised by the suspension given to Pronger, I'm not because I watched the game and I know the difference between a clean and dirty hit.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 5/17/2007 at 5:07 AM

 

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