Howard Blanks Ducks as Red Wings Win Opener

Jimmy Howard made 21 saves Friday night, stopping every shot he faced as the Detroit Red Wings opened their season with a 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

It was the fourth shutout of Howard's career.

It was one of several stories of the game. In addition to the shutout, Michigan native Mike Modano scored in his first game with Detroit. If that weren't enough, Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk picked up a goal, and assist and a fight for a Gordie Howe Hat-Trick.

Modano's goal came at 5:35 of the first period. Jiri Hudler and Brad Stuart worked the puck along the left wing boards and got it to Dan Cleary in the slot. Cleary fought off two defenders to get the puck back to Modano, who rifled a shot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.

The goal came 24 seconds after Johan Franzen had opened the game's scoring. Franzen and Valtteri Filppula worked the puck on the right side of the ice before Franzen snapped it past Hiller from an acute angle.

Datsyuk scored his goal at 5:29 of the second period. Henrik Zetterberg fired a shot from the top of the right circle intentionally wide of the net and Datsyuk was there to redirect it past Hiller to make it 3-0.

Dan Cleary scored the game's final goal on a controversial play with 3:05 left in the second. He drove to the net to bang home the rebound of a Datsyuk shot, only for him to crash into the goal, carrying the puck with him.

Video review concluded that the puck cross the goal line before Cleary fully knocked the net off its moorings, overruling the on-ice call of no-goal.

The game got chippy in the third period. With Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf already being called for slashing, he continued roughing Zetterberg. Datsyuk and Corey Perry entered the scrum and ended up pairing off for just Datsyuk's second career fight.

George Parros tried to fight Dan Cleary several minutes later, then Sheldon Brookbank and Brad Stuart fought in the game's closing minutes.

The Ducks ended up with 32 penalty minutes in the third for a game total of 46 while the Red Wings had 14 penalty minutes in the final period for a total of 26.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the game, with Detroit getting six tries with the extra attacker - including an extended five-on-three - and Anaheim getting one.

Hiller finished the night with 39 saves on 43 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings now travel to Chicago for the Blackhawks' home opener on Saturday. Faceoff is expected to be 9:00 after the banner-raising ceremony for Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.


Notes: Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game in the second period with back spasms. He did not return and will be replaced in the lineup by Jakub Kindl for Saturday's game.

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Anyone recognize the music the players are being introduced to?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 7:32 PM

 

George Parros still plays for the Ducks? Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 7:43 PM

 

Mule! Fantastic passing play there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 7:45 PM

 

Mikey! Get that one out of the way.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 7:47 PM

 

Great start

Posted by fitch.1918 on 10/8/2010 at 7:49 PM

 

What the hell was Ericsson doing behind the goal there? It almost worked, but what the hell?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 8:00 PM

 

Can't ask for much more than that from the first period of the season. Solid effort all around, only a couple mistakes. Was the fourth line only out there twice? I saw Miller and Helm but don't think I saw Eaves.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 8:20 PM

 

Are Ken and Mickey trying to jinx things?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 8:31 PM

 

Jesus, those guys are magic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 8:38 PM

 

E limps off the bench? Well that's starting early this year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 8:45 PM

 

I can't believe that was allowed. I thought the rule was the interpretation that they seem to have went with but after looking it up I think they made the wrong call.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 9:07 PM

 

Jimmy with the big save.

And Mike, my dad says "See you Sunday."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 9:08 PM

 

Way to take on that little bitch, Pavs. Way to f*cking go.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2010 at 9:40 PM

 

HowardJimmy Howard opens the season with a shutout. He didn't have to be spectacular but he was solid when he was needed. The 21 shots he faced weren't the 43 that Jonas Hiller saw at the other end of the ice but that's how the Wings play. Howard's going to need to be able to make the stops when he's not seeing a lot of action. He stopped them all tonight and you can't ask for more than that.DatsyukOn a night when a hometown hero comes back and scores a goal for his local team and a young goalie gets a shutout, you know something big happened when neither of those is the top item of the night.Gordie Howe Hat-Trick. Pavel Datsyuk. There's a part of me that doesn't believe it.


Waking up in Afghanistan this morning I see:4-0...21 SOG against...43 SOG for...Smell like '08 (or maybe even '02ish?)...And is Dats dropping the Lady Bing chase for the Hart? Let's hope so!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/9/2010 at 12:41 AM

 

Anyone recognize the music the players are being introduced to?


Answering my own question, I'm pretty sure it's Two Steps from Hell, "Master of Shadows." Clicked in my head when I went back to do some video capture before deleting the game from my DVR.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/9/2010 at 9:43 AM

 

I only saw bits and pieces of the game, but Datsyuk fighting Perry was pretty awesome. I'm excited to see how all the new players work out in the team because I didn't see any of the preseason stuff.

And this may be a dumb question, but are you really in Afghanistan? Or is that some kind of expression I've never heard before...

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/9/2010 at 6:50 PM

 
Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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