Staying Great!

Igor Larionov scored his 150th career goal, and Manny Legace recorded his seventh win of the season, as the Red Wings defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-2.

Defense was strong for both teams through the first period. Even so, Detroit was able to open the scoring just over two minutes into the game. Sergei Fedorov passed to Brendan Shanahan in the corner behind the net, then took the return pass and fired the shot from the top of the right faceoff dot. The puck soared into the net over goaltender Martin Brodeur‘s catching glove.

The play continued at a fast pace, with each team pressuring the other, but not able to break through each other’s defense. Remarkably, after Fedorov’s goal, there were no more stoppages in play until there was only 3:22 left in the period, when Scott Stevens was sent to the box for roughing. New Jersey’s penalty killers were able to keep knocking the puck out of their defensive zone and keep Detroit’s power play from setting up an organized effort.

The Devils didn’t get a power play chance until 1:47 into the second period, when Freddy Olausson was given a high-sticking penalty. New Jersey was unable to get any shots against Legace during the power play, and both Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios had breakaway opportunities against Brodeur.

Ken Daneyko received an interference penalty 8:04 into the second, giving the Red Wings another power play chance. This time, they scored. Steve Yzerman passed to Tomas Holmstrom at the front of the net, and Holmstrom banked his shot off Scott Niedermayer’s leg and into the net.

New Jersey came back with a goal from Colin White with 8:56 left in the period. White took a pass back from Bobby Holik and fired hard from the left point. The puck flew through a screen of skaters and underneath Legace to bring the Devils back within one.

The Red Wings answered with just over six minutes in the second. Boyd Devereaux fired hard against Brodeur. The puck was blocked and slid away, but Larionov picked it up and centered it to give Devereaux his opportunity to flip the puck in over Brodeur.

The Devils scored once more five minutes into the third period. John Madden was able to pick up the rebound from Randy Mckay’s shot and stuff it under the crossbar. However, they made their fatal error with six minutes left to play. Scott Gomez gave the puck up to Luc Robitaille behind the New Jersey net, as his teammates were heading up the ice on the attack. Robitaille passed out front to Larionov, who shot the puck over Brodeur for the 150th goal of his NHL career.

The Red Wings played a very tight defense after Larionov’s goal, sending only one skater up to the forecheck while four stayed back to defend their lead. New Jersey pulled Brodeur from the net for the extra skater with just over a minute left, but their plans for a last minute rally were thwarted when Mckay was given an interference penalty for pushing Legace into the net along with the puck, letting Detroit end the game with twenty seconds of power play time.

Legace stopped thirty-six of thirty-eight shots and extended his unbeaten streak to nineteen games. Brodeur stopped twenty-three shots of the twenty-seven taken against him. The Red Wings and Devils will continue their home-and-home series Saturday night in New Jersey.

Fire Extinguishers

The Red Wings stuck to their game plan and played a tight third period defense, and Kirk Maltby scored the game winning goal in his 500th career game, to lead the Wings over the Calgary Flames, 4-2.

The league’s two leading teams looked evenly matched throughout the first period. Play went from one end of the ice to the other, but neither side was able to generate a quality scoring chance until 11:34 into the game. Pavel Datsyuk won a faceoff in Calgary’s zone. Boyd Devereaux took the puck behind the net and passed to Tomas Holmstrom, who one-timed the shot past goalie Roman Turek.

Calgary came right back only two minutes later. Dean McAmmond took a pass from Craig Conroy and sped up the right wing side, then fired hard and beat Dominik Hasek for the goal.

The Red Wings were not to be outdone. With 5:13 remaining in the first, Datsyuk passed the puck to Devereaux, who fired hard. Turek was able to block, but Brett Hull had outraced the Flames’ defensemen to be in just the right place to grab up the rebound and slam it into the net behind Turek.

Calgary’s Robyn Regehr re-tied the game with 3:20 left in the period. McAmmond carried the puck into the zone and led three Red Wings towards him before passing back to Regehr at the blue line at the last possible moment. Regehr fired a hard shot and put the puck past Hasek, who was being screened by big Jarome Iginla and never saw the shot at all.

The Red Wings played strong offensively in the second period, as has been their tendency throughout the season, taking a total of sixteen shots against Turek, contrasted with the Flames’ mere seven shots against Hasek. Maltby broke the tie 6:09 into the second by backhanding the rebound from Hull’s shot into the small space between Turek’s right shoulder and the goalpost.

Detroit had two power play chances in the second period, which overlapped for sixteen seconds of five-on-three play, but were unable to convert the opportunities into another goal, mainly because of a strong showing by Turek.

The Flames would give up one more goal before the period was over. Igor Larionov got a pass from Steve Duchesne and took off up the ice, with Luc Robitaille matching speed on the other side of the rink and only one Calgary defenseman back to cover. Robitaille slowed up just enough to take the cross-ice pass from Larionov and one-time it into the net.

The Flames would give up one more goal before the period was over. Igor Larionov got a pass from Steve Duchesne and took off up the ice, with Luc Robitaille matching speed on the other side of the rink and only one Calgary defenseman back to cover. Robitaille slowed up just enough to take the cross-ice pass from Larionov and one-time it into the net.

Hasek made nineteen saves on a total of twenty-one shots. Turek saved twenty-eight of thirty-two shots. Ironically, neither Jarome Iginla nor Brendan Shanahan, currently the NHL’s first and second place players in both goals and points, were able to score in this game.

Detroit will play again Friday night in the first game of a two night home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils.

Flying ‘Hawks

Nicklas Lidstrom celebrated his 800th game in the NHL by scoring his 450th career assist and helping the Red Wings come to a 4-4 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The teams seemed an even match throughout the first period. Both played a tight defense. The Blackhawks allowed the Wings only four shots against goalie Steve Passmore throughout the period. The Wings let in nine against Dominik Hasek, but the majority of those were shots from far back that Hasek could see and stop easily.

Neither team was assessed a penalty in the first period. “That’s pretty unusual for a Detroit – Chicago game,” said Darren McCarty, smiling during a first-intermission interview.

The Red Wings opened up offensively in the second period. Their first goal came only thirty-six seconds in. Sergei Fedorov passed to Brendan Shanahan, got the return pass, and flipped the puck just over Passmore’s arm for the goal.

Detroit got a power play chance 3:27 into the second when Ryan Vandenbussche was sent out for holding. The power play did what it set out to do, as Shanahan took a cross-ice pass from Lidstrom and fired a hard one-timer from a bad angle on the left wing side. The puck flew past Passmore and hit the inside of the net.

Kris Draper put the Red Wings up by three goals exactly one minute after Shanahan’s goal. Shanahan won an offensive zone faceoff and got the puck to Draper, who put it right into the net, for his eighth goal of the young season, tying his last year’s total.

Chicago, after a lecture from coach Brian Sutter, started to come back hard. They scored their first goal of the night 8:22 into the period. Tony Amonte took a pass from Alexei Zhamnov. Instead of shooting, Amonte passed the puck to Kyle Calder at the net, who was able to flip it in behind Hasek.

The third period belonged mainly to the Blackhawks, as they continued their offensive pressure. Detroit ran into trouble when they wound up with a five-on-three situation resulting from a high-sticking penalty to Freddy Olausson and a boarding penalty to Kirk Maltby just under a minute and a half later. Zhamnov was able to fire the puck past Hasek from a tight angle just seconds after the first penalty expired, before Olausson was able to catch up to the play.

Hasek was surprised again just over a minute later. Eric Daze took a pass from Calder and flew fast down the right wing side. He fired the puck apparently before Hasek expected him to, and the score was tied at three.

Daze scored again to break the tie halfway through the third. He was able to steal the puck from Mathieu Dandenault and go in alone against Hasek, who was unable to stop Daze’s tricky shot.

Before Detroit could lose too much momentum, help came from an unexpected source. Igor Larionov passed from near the boards up to Luc Robitaille near the net, and Robitaille fooled Passmore by sending the puck cross-crease to McCarty instead of firing. McCarty was easily able to send the puck into the net behind Passmore, scoring his first goal in twenty games.

Despite six minutes and forty seconds of fast and furious regulation play by both sides, not to mention a full five minutes of overtime, neither team was able to score again. Chicago might have scored on a two-on-one rush up the ice as time was winding down, if it had not been for Steve Duchesne dropping to the ice to knock the puck away with the end of his outstretched stick, just before the final buzzer.

The Red Wings have made this the best twenty-five game start in franchise history, with a 20-3-1-1 record. They hope to extend their seven game unbeaten streak Tuesday night, when they host the Calgary Flames.

Blue Friday

The St. Louis Blues are leaving Detroit with a loss on every game of a five game road trip, after losing to the Red Wings, 3-1.

The Blues opened the scoring just 4:37 into the game. Cory Stillman was able to shoot against Dominik Hasek after taking a pass from Jeff Finley. The puck deflected off of Mathieu Dandenault‘s outstretched stick and into the net behind Hasek.

The Red Wings answered that goal with 7:42 left in the first period. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a hard shot from the blue line, and Kris Draper tipped it into the net past St. Louis goaltender Fred Brathwaite. Draper now has seven goals on the season, just one behind his last year’s total of eight goals in seventy-five games.

Steve Yzerman snapped the tie 8:16 into the second period. The Blues’ Marc Bergevin had been sent to the penalty box for holding the stick, and Detroit got its all-star power play unit onto the ice. Sergei Fedorov took the puck away from a St. Louis defenseman in the left corner and passed back to Yzerman at the blue line. Yzerman blasted the shot away, and the puck went over Brathwaite’s shoulder.

Brett Hull fired a shot on Brathwaite just forty-six seconds later, and the players and fans all thought the puck had gone into the net, but official review determined that the puck had actually hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back out.

Detroit scored again 4:35 into the third period. Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan got a two-on-one breakaway chance. Yzerman passed cross-ice to Shanahan, who sent the puck flying into the net over the sprawling Brathwaite.

St. Louis pulled their goalie for an extra attacker with just under two minutes left in the game. They were handed thirty-six seconds of a six-on-four advantage when Draper was given a penalty for cross-checking, but Hasek and the Red Wings defense were able to keep the puck from going into the net one more time.

Hasek made thirty-four saves on thirty-five shots. The Blues’ defense was able to hold the Red Wings to only twenty-four shots against Brathwaite. The Blues were 0 for 6 on the power play, and the Red Wings went 1 for 4 with the man-advantage.

Hasek made thirty-four saves on thirty-five shots. The Blues’ defense was able to hold the Red Wings to only twenty-four shots against Brathwaite. The Blues were 0 for 6 on the power play, and the Red Wings went 1 for 4 with the man-advantage.

Manny Saves the Day

In a showing that even superstar goalie Dominek Hasek would have been proud of, Manny Legace blocked thirty-eight shots for his first solo shutout of the year, to give the Red Wings an overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 1-0.

Legace had his work cut out for him to keep the play scoreless. Five and a half minutes into the game, Mathieu Dandenault was sent to the box for boarding, leaving the Wings shorthanded. The Red Wings have the league’s best penalty-killing in road games, but their job became one person more difficult when Chris Chelios was given a two minute penalty for slashing, two more minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a ten minute game misconduct.

The penalties to Chelios, served by Pavel Datsyuk, gave the Blue Jackets one minute and nine seconds of five-on-three power play time, followed by two minutes and fifty-one seconds of a regular five-on-four power play chance. Even so, Columbus was unable to score, mainly because of Legace’s amazing saves.

Legace wasn’t entirely alone in blocking the net. At one point, as he had dropped to one side of the net to block a shot, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was able to get in and coevr the other side of the net to stop the rebound shot.

Columbus got another power play chance 8:40 into the second period. This one was only a five-on-four, but it was five minutes long. Brett Hull was given a major penalty for elbowing Tyler Wright. Hull also took a game misconduct because his elbow knocked one of Wright’s teeth out of his mouth and up into the air. Again, Columbus was unable to convert the chance into a goal. The Red Wings’ penalty killing unit stayed in a tight box formation in front of the net, and Legace stopped anything which managed to get through to him.

By the end of the second period, shots on net were 34-19 in the Blue Jackets’ favor.

The Red Wings played tighter defense in the third period, holding Columbus to only four shots against Legace, but were unable to generate any quality scoring chances of their own. They did get two power play opportunities in the third, first on a holding call against Jamie Pushor, and then on an interference penalty to Blake Sloan, but both times, the power play was disorganized and broken up by the Blue Jackets’ penalty killers.

Detroit didn’t get a real break until there was only 2:01 left in overtime. Mattias Timander was sent to the penalty box for slashing, giving the Red Wings a four-on-three situation. Finally, Igor Larionov took the puck in the Columbus zone and passed it back to Lidstrom at the blue line. Lidstrom sent the pass up to Luc Robitaille at the right-hand faceoff circle, and Robitaille sent the puck flying with only forty-three seconds left. The shot handcuffed goalie Ron Tugnutt, who was helpless to stop the puck from sailing into the net.

Tugnutt stopped thirty-two shots over the course of the game. Legace extended his unbeaten streak to eighteen games. He has a record of 6-0-0 for this season.

The Red Wings increased their league-leading record to 19-3-0-1. Their next game is Friday night, when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Staying on Top

Brendan Shanahan scored three goals for his second hat trick of the season and the fifteenth of his career, to help the Red Wings defeat the Nashville Predators, 6-3.

The Predators opened the scoring 6:19 into the game. Stu Grimson shot the puck from behind the net, and it deflected off the stick of Chris Chelios and over Dominik Hasek‘s shoulder for the goal.

The Wings answered just under a minute and a half later. Mathieu Dandenault passed the puck cross-ice from the blue line up to Shanahan by the net, and Shanahan was able to rifle it past Nashville goalie Mike Dunham.

The Predators got a chance to go on the power play with 8:56 left in the first, when Shanahan was sent to the box for holding. However, the Red Wings got two shorthanded scoring opportunities; first a two-on-one with Brett hull and Steve Yzerman, and then a breakaway by Sergei Fedorov, but Dunham came up with big saves both times.

Detroit didn’t get a power play chance until 7:33 into the second period. David Legwand hit Chelios in the face with his stick, and was sent to the box for four minutes. Chelios, meanwhile, went to the locker room for sutures on the deep cut on his nose and forehead. The Wings were able to capitalize on the power play opportunity when Shanahan scored again, taking a pass from Fedorov and firing hard from the left point, while Tomas Holmstrom screened the goalie. There was some confusion at first as to whether the goal belonged to Shanahan, or whether Holmstrom had tipped the puck in, but it was finally awarded to Shanahan.

Chelios was stitched up and back on the ice in the third period, just in time to see Kris Draper give Detroit a 3 to 1 lead by picking up a well-aimed pass from Kirk Maltby, squeezing right between two Nashville defensemen, and faking out Dunham for the goal.

The Predators didn’t even consider giving up. Cliff Ronning scored twice in a row. His first came 4:32 into the period, off a rebound from Greg Johnson’s shot. His tying goal came with nine minutes left in the game. He knocked down Igor Larionov, grabbed up the puck, and took off down the ice, managing to fool Hasek with a faked pass.

Maltby broke the tie only eighteen seconds later. He took a pass from Darren McCarty and one-timed the shot right past Dunham and into the net.

Draper added his second goal of the night with just over four minutes left to play, when he and Nicklas Lidstrom got a two-on-one rush up the ice. Draper passed to Lidstrom, and Lidstrom passed back, giving Draper the chance to put the puck behind Dunham.

Detroit really put the game away with 1:41 left in the game, while Nashville’s Cale Hulse was in the penalty box for tripping. Chelios banked a shot off the back boards and up to Shanahan, waiting patiently by the goal for just such an opportunity to flip the puck into the net.

Detroit’s power play was two for three against Nashville, even though the Predators have the second best penalty-killing percentage in the NHL. Hasek was able to make twenty-nine saves against thirty-two shots, while Dunham blocked twenty-five of thirty-one shots. Shanahan is currently second in the league in both goals and points, and leads the league in penalty minutes.

The Red Wings will take a short road trip to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday before returning home for four more games.

HOW Many Goals????

Steve Yzerman scored his 650th career goal, Brett Hull scored his 1200th career point, and Manny Legace extended his unbeaten streak to seventeen games, as the Red Wings downed the Minnesota Wild, 8-3.

The game started off slowly enough. Detroit put offensive pressure on Minnesota throughout the first, but were unable to score until Tomas Holmstrom backhanded a rebound of Pavel Datsyuk‘s shot past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

It was in the second period that Detroit began to unleash their true offensive capabilities. Only thirty-six seconds in, Yzerman scored his historic goal. Minnesota’s Sylvain Blouin was in the penalty box for hooking. Brendan Shanahan passed from the left wing side back to Yzerman at the blue line, and he rifled the puck past Roloson.

Nicklas Lidstrom added to Detroit’s total four and a half minutes into the period. He took a pass from Luc Robitaille, and fired the puck from the blue line, off a Wild player’s stick, and over Roloson’s shoulder for the goal.

Yzerman added goal 651 halfway through the second. Kris Draper was in the penalty box for hooking, but Hull was able to hit a Minnesota power play player and knock the puck loose, so that Yzerman was able to pick it up and break away to fake out Roloson and hit the back of the net.

Robitaille made a contribution to the goal collection during a cross-checking penalty to Marian Gaborik. Robitaille took up position near the net, and Yzerman was able to thread a pass right between two Minnesota defensemen who had left Robitaille and the puck uncovered, and just like that, the Red Wings had a five goal lead with which to start the third period.

The Wild did not give up. They took Roloson out for goalie Manny Fernandez, to shake things up for their players, and scored three goals in the first ten minutes of the third period. Richard Park was able to flip the puck over Legace and into the net only 1:18 into the period. Aaron Gavey took a pass from behind the net and stuffed the puck home for the goal 5:55 in.

Then, just as the Red Wings were starting a power play resulting from an interference call on Park, Holmstrom was called for holding the stick. He argued with the referee and was given an additional two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and a ten minute game misconduct, sending him out for the rest of the game. During the Wild’s resulting power play, Andrew Brunette was able to slide the puck past Legace off a pass from Gaborik.

Just as the Detroit fans were starting to wonder if the Wild might be able to come back from trailing by five, the Red Wings’ offensive juggernaut kicked into gear and set those fears to rest. Robitaille got his second goal of the night by tipping in a Chris Chelios blue line shot with 6:20 left in the game.

The goal-scoring momentum continued, and Shanahan scored only twenty-seven seconds later by positioning himself in the perfect place to grab up the rebound from Freddy Olausson‘s shot and get the puck over the sprawling Fernandez from the side of the net.

Then, as if making sure that the Wild will never forget that Detroit is Hockeytown, Hull and Boyd Devereaux got a two-on-one rush down the ice. Hull passed cross-ice to Devereaux, who flipped the puck in behind Fernandez, who had apparently been expecting Hull to shoot, not pass.

Detroit was able to end the game with a full 3:20 of power play time, two minutes of which were five-on-three. Brad Brown started and continued a fight with Draper, and was given two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, a ten minute misconduct, and a game misconduct. Jim Dowd was sent to the box for elbowing with only 2:20 left to play, but the Red Wings did not score again.

Legace now has a record of 5-0-0 for the season. He stopped 17 of 20 shots. Roloson was only able to stop 19 of 24 in the first two periods, and Fernandez blocked 13 of 16 in the third.

Detroit has two more games at home before heading back out on the road. They will host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

‘Canes Still Can’t Win in Detroit

The Carolina Hurricanes will leave Detroit with their six game unbeaten streak snapped, as they lost to the Red Wings, 4-3. The Hurricanes have not won a game at Joe Louis Arena since November 14, 1989, when they were still playing as the Hartford Whalers.

With Detroit’s loss on Saturday night to the Los Angeles Kings, and with Tomas Holmstrom back in the lineup after missing five games with a wrist injury, Scotty Bowman rearranged the forward lines to generate more offense. However, it was the power play, not the regular five-on-five, that got the Wings their first goal of the game.

Two power play opportunities had already been broken up by the Hurricanes’ penalty killers, when defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was called for tripping with 1:21 left in the first period. It took exactly three seconds for Steve Yzerman to win the faceoff and get the puck back to Nicklas Lidstrom, for Lidstrom to pass along the blue line to Sergei Fedorov, and for Fedorov to fire hard from the right point to beat goaltender Artus Irbe.

Detroit scored again 7:35 into the second period. Fedorov got the puck from Yzerman, then faked out Irbe by passing instead of shooting. Brendan Shanahan picked up the pass and shot it past Irbe to score his eleventh goal of the season, moving past Luc Robitaille for the team lead in goals.

The Red Wings continued to pressure the Hurricanes, and were rewarded with another power play when Bates Battaglia was sent to the box for tripping with 9:31 left in the period. They scored only twenty-five seconds later, when Yzerman got the pass from Lidstrom and fired hard from the left point. It was first announced that this was Yzerman’s 650th career goal, but upon review, it was discovered that the puck had banked in off of Holmstrom’s skate, giving him credit for the goal.

Not done yet, Mathieu Dandenault got the Wings their fourth goal of the evening with 7:21 left in the second. Carolina’s goalie and defense were covering Holmstrom and Igor Larionov, and Dandenault was able to sneak up and flip the puck into the net.

With only 3:08 before intermission, Battaglia hit Larionov from behind. Darren McCarty, not being one to let people get away with such things, jumped to his teammates defense, and came away with a two minute minor penalty for instigating, a five minute major for fighting, and a ten minute misconduct. Battaglia was given two minutes for roughing, so it was the five minute penalty which needed to be killed off by the Red Wings.

Detroit succeeded in keeping Carolina from scoring on McCarty’s penalty, which bridged the second and third periods. The Hurricanes came back hard in the third period, though. Niklas Wallin was able to score 7:31 into the period, and Martin Gelinas scored only twenty-nine seconds later, beating Dominik Hasek directly off an offensive zone faceoff.

Carolina was able to bring the score within one with only 2:32 left in the game, when Shanahan was in the penalty box for interference. They pulled Irbe from the net with 1:17 left, but the Red Wings kept the Hurricanes from scoring again.

Shots on goal were even at twenty-four per side. Thirteen of Carolina’s shots came in the third period. Detroit scored on two of five power plays, and the Hurricanes scored on one of four.

The Red Wings will play again Friday night, when they host the Minnesota Wild.

King Palffy

It took most of a five minute overtime to decide it, but the Los Angeles Kings were able to get by the Red Wings, 3-2.

The Wings took the first power play of the game. Ziggy Palffy, who had missed the Kings’ previous four games with back spasms, was called for tripping. Detroit’s power play got off to a slow start. They did manage to settle it down and take a few shots against goalie Felix Potvin before the power play’s end, but Potvin was able to block each time.

Detroit got another power play opportunity with 11:05 left in the first period when Steve Heinze was sent to the box for interference. This time, the Kings decided to put their penalty kill on the offensive, and managed a three-on-one rush, but Dominek Hasek was able to stop the puck in time.

Just five seconds after the penalty ended, before Heinze had much of a chance to get back in the play, Detroit scored. Freddy Olausson took a blue line pass from Nicklas Lidstrom, and fired from the right side. The shot managed to go between Darren McCarty‘s legs, off Igor Larionov‘s shin pads, and behind Potvin for a goal.

The score remained 1-0 through the second period, despite two power plays for the Kings and one for the Red Wings.

LA got on the board 3:41 into the third period. Eric Belanger took a pass from Ian Lapierre, and managed to fake out Pavel Datsyuk to get up to the net and flip the puck high over Hasek’s shoulder.

The Kings took the lead with just over nine minutes left in the third. The Red Wings’ old adversary Adam Deadmarsh managed to score by banking in Jason Allison’s shot from behind the net.

Chris Chelios tied up the game with 5:33 left to play. Steve Duchesne carried the puck into the offensive zone, the spun around and passed back to Chelios at the blue line. Chelios let go a hard one-timer, and scored his first goal in eighty-five games.

With only thirty-six seconds left in the play, Kris Draper took a boarding penalty, and was sent to the box. The Red Wings played a tight defense, and kept the Kings from scoring before the overtime.

The Kings started the overtime with 1:24 of leftover penalty, which gave them four men to the Red Wings’ three. Lidstrom, Chelios, and Steve Yzerman stayed in a tight triangle formation in front of the net, and kept the Kings from getting many shots against Hasek.

They killed off the penalty, but it proved to be not quite enough. With only 1:27 left, Palffy, who had been stopped by Hasek four times already, took the puck on a breakaway, and was able to slide the puck underneath Detroit’s goalie, to give the Kings the win.

Hasek stopped twenty-six of the twenty-nine shots he faced, and Potvin stopped twenty out of twenty-two. The Red Wings currently lead the league with a record of 14-3-0-1, for twenty-nine points. They are tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for the highest number of goals, at fifty-eight, and have allowed forty-one goals against them this season. The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins hold the current lead for goals-against, with thirty-five.

The Red Wings return home to begin a four-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.

600 And Counting

Luc Robitaille scored his 600th career goal, and Dominik Hasek earned his first shutout of the season, as the Red Wings took a 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Detroit dominated the play in the first two periods. Robitaille’s historic goal was scored on a power play opportunity. 7:32 into the game, Anaheim’s Niclas Havelid was sent to the penalty box for holding. Brendan Shanahan shot the puck from the blue line, and Robitaille was on hand to tip it past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

A fight broke out a few minutes later. Some Anaheim players took offense to Chris Chelios‘s hit on Paul Kariya, but Kris Draper and Brendan Shanahan were on hand to help their teammate. Shanahan fought his opponent, Dan Bylsma, down to the ice, and both were given five-minute major penalties for fighting. Shanahan currently leads the NHL in penalty minutes.

Thorughout the first two periods, Detroit had 22 shots on goal. The Ducks were only able to generate 11 shots against Dominik Hasek, in spite of two power play chances late in the second.

The Ducks kicked up their play for the third period. Hasek showed himself equal to the task, demonstrating his acrobatic skills on a rolling save to block a shot from Paul Kariya and a rebound shot from Patrick Kjellberg.

Chelios got into another fight near the end of the period. Kirk Maltby had dropped to the ice to block a shot, and an Anaheim player tried to whack the puck out from under him. Chelios came to stick up for his teammate, and he and Mike Leclerc were given offsetting two-minute penalties for roughing.

Anaheim pulled Giguere for the extra skater with 1:23 left to play, but the Ducks were unable to score.

Darren McCarty rejoined the “Grind Line”, playing in his first game since sustaining a knee injury against the Islanders on October 13. Max Kuznetsov and Tomas Holmstrom sat out, with injuries to hip and wrist, respectively. Brent Gilchrist, whose eye was injured by a high stick in Wednesday’s game against the Coyotes, also sat out, but Wings trainer John Wharton said the eye was not seriously damaged, and Gilchrist should be fine soon.

Hasek’s shutout was the fifty-seventh of his career, putting him within one of overtaking the Dallas Stars’ Ed Belfour for the lead in shutouts among active goaltenders. Robitaille is only the thirteenth player in NHL history to score 600 goals. He and teammates Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull make the Red Wings the first team in history to have three 600-goal-scorers.

The Red Wings will finish up their West Coast road trip Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

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