Red Wings Win on the Road, Take 3-0 Series Lead

The Detroit Red Wings proved that they learned from their first-round mistakes Tuesday night, winning Game Three of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

In their first-round series with Nashville, the Red Wings failed twice on the road in Game Three and Game Four, allowing the Predators back into the series.

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Henrik Zetterberg added another, while Johan Franzen continued his hot streak with his 23rd goal in the past 25 games.

Cody McLeod opened the game's scoring for the Avalanche, tipping a shot from the right wing by T.J. Hensick past Chris Osgood during a delayed penalty at 5:17 of the first.

Datsyuk scored on a Detroit power play with 7:46 left in the period to tie the game. Zetterberg drove to the net and was tied up in front, working the puck on to Datsyuk to rip into the top of the net.

Just 58 seconds later, Franzen put the Red Wings out in front. Brett Lebda picked up the loose puck in the right circle and threw it back across the ice to Franzen in the slot to rifle in past Colorado goalie Jose Theodore.

Datsyuk's second of the night put Detroit up by a pair 6:36 into the second period. Brian Rafalski's shot from the point was knocked down at the top of the crease by Theodore but Datsyuk was there to scoop up the rebound and put it into the net.

Andrew Brunette pulled the Avalance back to within a goal with the first of his two power play goals, tipping a John-Michael Liles shot from the blue line past Osgood at 8:08 of the second.

Zetterberg extended the Detroit lead again with 7:36 left in the period, scoring another power play goal. Zetterberg sent the puck from behind the net to Datsyuk on the right wing, then moved out to the far side of the crease to get the puck back for a tap-in.

Brunette scored his second at 5:19 of the third period, banging in the rebound of a Joe Sakic chance after Osgood lost it in his skates but the Avs would be unable to pull even.

All three Colorado goals came with an extra attacker on the ice, either during a power play or a delayed penalty. The Avalanche finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Red Wings went two-for-seven.

Osgood stopped 30 of 33 shots against in his first playoff win in Denver since 1996. Theodore made 31 saves on 35 shots.


Notes: The Avalanche saw Peter Forsberg and Scott Hannan return to the lineup but lost Ryan Smyth before the start of the game and Peter Stastny in the first period.

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Haha, Quennville is so dumb!

When is he going to realize that Theodore's luck ran out?!

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/29/2008 at 9:44 AM

 

Theodore's playing? hahahaha! Bring it on!

Not looking forward to the 3am start though.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:25 AM

 

Forsberg and Hannan are "probable" according to Quenneville but Ryan Smyth is out with a foot injury.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 1:47 PM

 

As long as they keep opening the door we will be more than happy to walk through it.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/29/2008 at 3:21 PM

 

We should put in Downey he is as good as McCarty but fights more, even though McCarty got in that one fight. Downey has cold blood twords Laperriere ever since the Lidstrom injury.

Posted by NKehoe5 on 4/29/2008 at 4:03 PM

 

Theodore's playing? hahahaha! Bring it on!Not looking forward to the 3am start though.


Haha, that sucks! That's why it's good to be a college kid... 3 a.m. is afternoon to me! Grab another beer and let the Ave ass kicking begin.

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/29/2008 at 5:23 PM

 

Haha, that sucks! That's why it's good to be a college kid... 3 a.m. is afternoon to me! Grab another beer and let the Ave ass kicking begin.


Also one of the advantages of being an unemployed university dropout. Well, the only advantage really. But my jersey arrived yesterday. Yay!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 6:15 PM

 

McCarty has better overall hockey sense than Downey. Sure, Downey is more aggressive, but he only had 2 points the entire season. McCarty is sound defensively and can chip in the odd goal here in there. I feel more comfortable seeing McCarty play during the playoffs than I do Downey.

Posted by choyer on 4/29/2008 at 6:26 PM

 

We should put in Downey he is as good as McCarty but fights more, even though McCarty got in that one fight. Downey has cold blood twords Laperriere ever since the Lidstrom injury.


<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welcome.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":welcome:" border="0" alt="welcome.gif" /> If the series gets nasty, I think Downey will see time. Until then, Mac does a better job of forechecking which is something Babcock has been looking for. And the fourth line of Helm, McCarty and Hudler has looked really good for the last several games, you don't go breaking that up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 6:54 PM

 

I still want to see Lappy get his ass kicked. You don't mess with Nick! Ever!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/29/2008 at 8:42 PM

 

My thoughts on tonights game:

The Dr is in

Forsberg is out

Quennville is a retard

The Colorado net has more holes than a block of Swiss Cheese

And Bettman still sucks!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/29/2008 at 8:52 PM

 

Tigers need to end the inning quick so FSN will switch to the Wings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:03 PM

 

Forsberg's in after all.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:09 PM

 

FSN finally switches over...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:10 PM

 

Great early forechecking by Cleary.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:13 PM

 

I am loving what Helm's been bringing to the front, also <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/welcome.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":welcome:" border="0" alt="welcome.gif" />

Osgood looks good so far. And Lebda is....hopefully ok.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/29/2008 at 10:14 PM

 

No call?! You're f*cking kidding.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:14 PM

 

sh*t!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:18 PM

 

Well, that was what the Avs needed. That it came on a delayed call for a weak hook minutes after a hit from behind goes uncalled bothers me.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:19 PM

 

Power play upcoming, chance for the Wings to even this up and end the momentum the Avs have.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:21 PM

 

I think I'm gonna shut up, I say something then they score <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/welcome.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":welcome:" border="0" alt="welcome.gif" />

WHY MUST YOU MAKE FILPPULA HIT THE POST, LORD!?!?!?! D: I'm sad now.

Plus I think I'm going to get kicked off the computer soon. There's no way they can keep me from watching the game, though!

So, this is probably my last post for the night. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Nighty-night everyone.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/29/2008 at 10:27 PM

 

Off the post!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:27 PM

 

Power play goal! All tied up!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:32 PM

 

Come on Datsyuk! Good play by Zetterberg.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:33 PM

 

FFFRRRAAANNNZZEEENNNN!!!!!!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:34 PM

 

Johan Mother f*cking Franzen. 'Nuff said.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:35 PM

 

8th goal in 9 games in the playoffs. f*cking immense!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:40 PM

 

The Wings did a good job of weathering the storm in the first 10 minutes and really kicked it up after that. Power plays helped of course.

Need to not let the Avs get back up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 10:46 PM

 

It's cliché time!

The next goal is crucial.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 10:57 PM

 

Forsberg's back but Stastny's out. Wow, Avs can't buy a break.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:04 PM

 

Oh my. And Three-or-four stays in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:11 PM

 

2nd for Datsyuk! Crucial, crucial goal.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:12 PM

 

A penalty's exactly not what we need.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:14 PM

 

Damn, Avs still alive.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:15 PM

 

Now THAT is exactly not what we need.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:17 PM

 

Forsberg to the box. Double-minor. Get back going here...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:18 PM

 

Some dirty play. Great opportunity.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:20 PM

 

ZATA! Great passing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:22 PM

 

Finally opened 'em up. Brilliant passing. Sublime.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:23 PM

 

What a save by Ozzie!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:25 PM

 

Could Theodore actually make it to the 2nd intermission? Wow.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/29/2008 at 11:30 PM

 

Period can't end fast enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:36 PM

 

Wings survived a bit in the final minute there. They've gotta be careful in the third, don't slow down but make sure guys are back and watch around the crease for those tips.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:38 PM

 

Two too-many men in a row. Not good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2008 at 11:59 PM

 

And it comes back to bite them. Osgood lost it in his own feet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2008 at 12:01 AM

 

They just keep pegging back the lead. It's so annoying!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/30/2008 at 12:06 AM

 

Wings PK needs to come up big here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2008 at 12:08 AM

 

Nerves.....you got 'em?

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/30/2008 at 12:13 AM

 

Nerves? They're shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2008 at 12:14 AM

 

Half watching the game, half watching the clock. Too much time left.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2008 at 12:16 AM

 

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