I’m Just Sayin’

I went on and on about this in the forums tonight but I figure it can’t be said enough so I’ll expand on it a little here.

On page 164 of the 2006-2007 NHL Rulebook (page 212 of the giant PDF that the league provides through its website), rule 78.5 is found.

Rule 78.5 is imporant is that it descibes the specific circumstances upon which an apparent goal is to be disallowed. One such circumstance?

“When a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save.”

In Detroit on Sunday, two referees and an entire video review team ignored this rule, allowing Travis Moen’s apparent game-tying third period goal to stand despite the fact that Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek was pushed into the net with the puck by Rob Niedermayer.

I can’t say what the outcome of the game would have been had the rulebook not been thrown out but we should have been able to find out.

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.

Red Wings Sign Prospect Grigorenko

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday that they have signed former top prospect Igor Grigorenko to a one-year entry level contract.

Grigorenko, drafted by Detroit in 2002, had been projected to join the Detroit lineup for the 2003-04 season before a near-fatal car accident in his native Russia put his hockey career on hold.

“He was a real top prospect for us a number of years ago but unfortunately had that accident,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s had a couple of years where he’s been able to play and get healthy. We feel it’s time to come over and see where he’s at.”

Grigorenko signed a two-way contract worth $858,800 at the NHL level. If he is assigned to Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids out of training camp, he will make about $70,000 and will have the option of returning to Russia after three weeks with the Griffins.

Wings-Ducks Schedule Released

Before the Red Wings had even finished off the Sharks on Monday night, the NHL had released the schedule for the Western Conference Finals.

Detroit will open against the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night. The full schedule is as follows:

Friday: 7:30 vs. Anaheim
Sunday: 7:30 vs. Anaheim
Tuesday: 9:00 at Anaheim
May 17: 9:00 at Anaheim
x-May 20: 3:00 vs. Anaheim
x-May 22: 9:00 at Anaheim
x-May 24: 7:30 vs. Anaheim

The night games will all be covered by Versus while NBC will have the lone afternoon game.

Hasek Blanks Sharks, Red Wings Advance

Goaltender Dominik Hasek was perfect on Monday night, stopping all 28 shots he faced as his Detroit Red Wings picked up a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks, ending their Western Conference Final series.

With the win, the Red Wings advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they will face the Anaheim Ducks.

Hasek had help in earning his 13th career playoff shutout, including a first period stop on Mike Grier by defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

Hasek came out of the net to play the puck and lost it to Grier, who took it behind the net for a wraparound attempt. Lidstrom dove across the crease to cover for Hasek, knocking the puck away from the goal line.

Mikael Samuelsson scored both Detroit goals, starting with 4:34 remaining in the first period.

Samuelsson caught up with a long outlet pass from Johan Franzen in the Sharks zone, then cut across the top of the crease and outwaited San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov, sliding the puck behind the netminder after he had sprawled out on the ice.

With 8 seconds remaining in the opening period, Samuelsson added his second, putting a wrist shot over Nabokov’s glove while on a two-on-one with Robert Lang.

Nabokov finished the night with 20 saves on 22 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play with four opportunities.

The Red Wings will open their Western Conference Final series with Anaheim on Friday night in Detroit.

Detroit was without defenseman Mathieu Schnieder, who suffered a broken wrist in game five of the series. Brett Lebda returned from injury to take Schneider’s spot in the lineup.

Red Wings One Win Away From Conference Finals

The Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Saturday afternoon, giving them a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series and putting them one win away from the Conference Finals.

If the Red Wings win game six in San Jose on Monday or game seven in Detroit on Wednesday, they will advance to face the Anaheim Ducks. San Jose would need to win both games to eliminate Detroit.

As they did in their previous two wins, the Red Wings had to come from behind to get the win.

After a Marcel Goc goal at 4:53 of the first period, Henrik Zetterberg tied things up just 3:10 into the second.

Nicklas Lidstrom got the puck on net and Tomas Holmstrom brought it across the top of the crease, trying to get a shot off. It came to Zetterberg at the side of the net and he lifted a shot over San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and into the top of the net.

Pavel Datsyuk put Detroit out in front with 3:47 remaining in the period on a miscue by Nabokov.

The puck was cleared into the San Jose zone and Nabokov came out of his crease to play it. He tried to clear it away but Datsyuk was racing in to challenge him and Nabokov’s pass ended up in Datsyuk’s skates. Datsyuk got control of the puck and skated it into the open San Jose net for the eventual game-winner.

Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom added insurance goals on two third period power plays.

Samuelsson scored on a one-timer from the right faceoff circle at 3:46 of the period and Holmstrom scored from the front of the net at 6:14.

The two goals accounted for all of Detroit’s power play scoring. San Jose did not score with the man-advantage. Each team had six tries with the extra skater.

Nabokov finished the game with 29 saves on 33 Detroit shots. Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek made 23 stops on 24 San Jose attempts.

The Red Wings suffered a blow in the first period when defenseman Mathieu Schneider broke his wrist on a hit from San Jose captain Patrick Marleau. Schneider is expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs. Brett Lebda will return from his ankle injury to replace Schneider in the lineup… The Sharks were without Bill Guerin, who is expected to return for game six after taking a puck to the face in game four.