One of Those Nights: Flames Get 4-1 Win over Wings

It was just one of those nights for the Red Wings: passes weren’t connecting, shots were going just wide of the net, skaters wound up just barely offside. You know. that kind of night. Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames were having the other kind of night, the kind when every shot goes into the net, the passes are just right, and each skater manages to be just out of the way of the other team’s checking. And so, the Red Wings took a 4-1 loss at the hands of Calgary.

The Flames are far from being a fluke team (they’ve beaten some of the top teams in the NHL recently in their push for playoff positioning), but it took a couple of flukey goals to give them the confidence they needed to beat Detroit. Stephane Yelle was first on the board at 6:49 of the first period. Henrik Zetterberg and Kirk Maltby had an accidental collision in the defensive zone, allowing Yelle to sneak in on the left side then cut to the net. When Jordan Leopold shoveled a centering pass out from the right corner, Yelle deflected the puck into the net with his left skate. Manny Legace protested that Yelle had kicked the puck, but the video goal judge ruled that there was no clear kicking motion.

Steve Montador scored the eventual game winner early in the second period. His shot from the blue line hit the crossbar, then the goalpost, then bounced into the net. Legace had been screened by Jamie Rivers and Marcus Nilson, so couldn’t see the puck until it was too late.

Calgary increased their lead just 29 seconds later. Chuck Kobasew carried the puck up the right side, chased by Steve Yzerman. Kobasew attempted to draw a hooking penalty, so Yzerman backed off to avoid the call””just enough so that Kobasew was able to send a pass through the goal crease. Meanwhile, Matthew Lombardi had been pushing towards the net under the watchful eye of Jiri Fischer. Fischer turned his back on Lombardi just as Kobasew’s pass came through the crease, and Lombardi was able to deflect the puck past Legace. Kirk Maltby beat Miikka Kiprusoff and got Detroit into the game with a screened wrist shot late in the second, but Craig Conroy negated that momentum shift with a goal off a two-on-one rush 44 seconds before the end of the period.

The Red Wings tried to break out of their funk in the third period, but again, the passes failed to click. Or the shots went just wide of the net. Kiprusoff was easily able to stop the seven third period shots which did make it through, keeping the lead for his team.

Detroit outshot Calgary by a count of 26 to 18. This was the Red Wings’ last home game for awhile: they open a five game road trip on Thursday evening when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.

The good news: Kris Draper and Pavel Datsyuk both participated in this morning’s skate. The bad news: Derian Hatcher left the game in the third period with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Legace Earns Shutout Against Stars

The Dallas Stars kept firing, but Manny Legace kept getting in their way. Legace made 31 saves and earned his second shutout of the season to set the stage for the Red Wings to take a 3-0 win over the Stars. Kirk Maltby scored the game winning goal.

Both teams had their scoring chances in the first period. Brett Hull had a near-breakaway when he intercepted a bad pass by Sergei Zubov, but he was tripped on his way to the net and slid in, bowling over goaltender Marty Turco in the process. Dallas had two well-executed power plays, but Legace was able to hold off the Stars’ snipers.

Maltby opened the scoring early in the second. Derian Hatcher made a good clearing pass to spring Henrik Zetterberg, who flew up the left side with the puck. Darren McCarty kept up on the right side, and Maltby trailed the play up senter. McCarty and Zubov tussled in front of the net, effectively screening Turco, and Zetterberg passed across to Maltby. Maltby’s shot beat Turco low to the stick side.

Hull added to the lead midway through the period. Jason Williams made an excellent pass from the left corner out to Hull at the top of the goal crease, and Hull deflected it gently between Turco’s leg pads.

The Stars came out with more pressure to start the third period, but Legace was ready for them. He kicked out a huge save against Jere Lehtinen early, then held solid until the game was nearly over. Mike Modano thought he’d gotten the Stars on the board with two minutes left, then realized that Legace had dropped into a full split to keep the puck from slipping in through the five-hole.

Modano did actually beat Legace with one minute left to play, but the goal was waved off because the Stars had made a premature substitution by sending out their extra attacker before Turco was off the ice.

The Stars kept trying, but McCarty capped off the scoring by flipping the puck into the empty net with 16 seconds remaining.

Dallas outshot Detroit by a count of 31 to 21. The Red Wings’ next game will be Sunday night against the Nashville Predators.

Steve Yzerman tried to play in spite of having a case of the flu; he played 1:01 in the first period then left because he did not feel well enough to continue… Maltby’s goal was the 100th of his NHL career. Four of those hundred were power play goals, 77 were even-strength goals, and 19 were shorthanded goals… Nicklas Lidstrom was honored at a pre-game ceremony by team owner Mike Illitch for appearing in his 1000th career game on February 29th.

Wings Down Columbus in Tight Game

A player coming back into a team’s lineup after missing quite a few games usually hopes to get through the game without making any glaring mistakes in timing. If he can make a positive impact, then that’s a bonus. Jason Williams and Curtis Joseph both provided the Red Wings with excellent bonuses tonight. Williams scored two goals in his first game since January 16, and Joseph made 31 saves in his first game since February 11, propelling the Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As always, the Blue Jackets were eager to play the Red Wings, and they got the game off to a good start. Trevor Letowski opened the scoring with 6:36 gone in the second period. Joseph made a save against Nikolai Zherdev, and his left side was still tight to the goalpost when he lost sight of the puck. The puck bounced off the back boards, and Letowski was able to get to it and slide it in to Joseph’s right before the goalie could get back across. Williams tied the game a little while later. Joseph settled the puck behind his own net and sent it along to Jiri Fischer. Fischer made a good pass to Brendan Shanahan to clear the defensive zone, and Shanahan sent it to Williams flying through center ice. Williams carried across the blue line, danced around defenseman Anders Eriksson, and backhanded a high shot past goaltender Marc Denis.

Detroit thought they had moved into the lead just a moment later when Tomas Holmstrom deflected a shot into the net, but the officials ruled that he had knocked the puck in with his stick higher than crossbar level.

The Blue Jackets had a very good chance to regain the lead early in the second period; they were awarded back to back 5-on-3 power plays. First Boyd Devereaux was sent out for hooking, and Darren McCarty followed with a tripping call. Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Steve Yzerman did an excellent job of getting in the Blue Jackets’ way and sending the puck down the ice, and Joseph made a surprising kick save against Zherdev, who thought he had a wide open net.

Just as Devereaux jumped back onto the ice, the referees assessed a high-sticking penalty to Chelios. This time Derian Hatcher, Mathieu Schneider, and Kirk Maltby weathered the power play storm.

The Red Wings took advantage of a bad line change by Columbus to move into the lead shortly after returning to even strength. Lidstrom forced a turnover at Detroit’s blue line and passed the puck across to Schneider. Schneider sent the puck ahead to Ray Whitney, and Whitney got it to Williams just as he was crossing the Columbus blue line. Williams faked a forehand shot, then switched to his backhand and lifted the puck over Denis.

Zherdev tied the game up with just 3:11 left in the second with a shot that beat Joseph low to the glove side.

However, Joseph made an excellent poke check against Rick Nash midway through the third, which not only denied the young forward an excellent scoring chance, but also set up Brett Hull‘s game winning goal. Yzerman picked up the puck from Joseph and headed up the right wing side on a three on two rush. He passed to Lidstrom coming up the middle, and Lidstrom made a neat pass left to Hull. Hull one-timed a hard wrist shot which went right through Denis. Henrik Zetterberg finished up the game with an empty net goal with 5 seconds left to play. Detroit outshot Columbus by a slight margin: shots were 35 to 33. The Red Wings will return home to face their next opponent, the Dallas Stars, Saturday afternoon at the Joe.

Bertuzzi Out For Season

NHL vice president Colin Campbell announced this morning that Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi will be suspended for the rest of this season and the playoffs for his brutal hit Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche’s Steve Moore.

Bertuzzi’s eligibility to play next season will be determined by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before the start of training camp. Bettman will take Moore’s health and recovery into account when making the eligibility determination, according to Campbell.

The Canucks’ organization was also fined $250,000. “We believe the Vancouver organization ultimately bears some responsibility … to moderate the focus of its team. We believe that more could have, and should have, been done,” Campbell said in a statement.

Bertuzzi came up against Moore from behind, sucker-punched him in the back of the head, and drove his head down onto the ice. Moore landed face-first with the 245-pound Bertuzzi on top of him. Bertuzzi was drawing his arm back for another hit when one of Moore’s teammates stopped him.

“We felt Todd Bertuzzi had given up his right to play the rest of the season,” Campbell said Thursday. “It was wrong. It wasn’t anything else but wrong.”

Bertuzzi, the Canucks’ leading scorer, expressed remorse in a statement read Wednesday night before Vancouver’s game against the Minnesota Wild. “These comments are for Steve. I had no intention of hurting you. I feel awful for what transpired,” he said. “To the game of hockey and the fans of Vancouver, for the kids that watch this game, I am truly sorry. I don’t play the game that way. I’m not a mean-spirited person and I’m sorry for what happened.”

The British Columbia Solicitor General and Vancouver police are also investigating the incident, and criminal charges could be filed.

Trade Deadline Updates: Today’s News from Around the NHL

Bertuzzi Suspended Indefinitely: (updated 6:06 EST) Forward Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks has been suspended indefinitely without pay following a match penalty assessed for deliberately injuring Steve Moore during Vancouver’s 9-2 loss to Colorado Monday night. Bertuzzi punched Moore in the head from behind, and Moore collapsed to the ice as his blood pooled around him.

Moore, who had hit Vancouver captain Markus Naslund hard enough to cause a concussion back on February 16, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital. Moore will miss the rest of the season with a concussion and neck fracture.

A hearing will take place Wednesday at the NHL’s offices in Toronto to determine the length of Bertuzzi’s suspension. British Columbia Provincial Police are also investigating the incident.

Canucks Stack Up for Playoffs: (5:58 EST) The Vancouver Canucks put through a flurry of deals just before the deadline, hoping to provide the missing pieces of the playoff puzzle. Their biggest deal was to acquire left wing Martin Rucinsky from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Martin Grenier and the rights to unsigned draft pick RJ Umberger. They also acquired left wing Geoff Sanderson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for a third round draft pick in 2004, and gained left wing Sylvain Blouin from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Rene Vydareny. On defense, the Canucks picked up Marc Bergevin in exchange for a 2004 seventh round draft pick. (So many left wings…. could they be expecting to not have Todd Bertuzzi for the playoffs?)

Preds Fine-Tune Roster at Deadline: (5:49 EST) The Nashville Predators continued to adjust their roster in hopes of their first ever playoff run by acquiring defenseman Shane Hnidy from the Ottawa Senators for a third round pick in the 2004 draft and sending Stan Neckar to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2004 sixth round pick. Neckar knows the Lightning well- he played for them for parts of the previous three seasons.

Kings, Thrashers Swap Wingers: (4:23 EST) The Los Angeles Kings made a minor deal Tuesday at the NHL trade deadline, acquiring Jeff Cowan from the Atlanta Thrashers for Kip Brennan in a swap of left wings. Cowan, 27, has played 58 games this season, recording career highs with nine goals and 15 assists. “Jeff is a big, physical winger who forechecks well and is strong around the net,” Kings general manager Dave Taylor said. “We like his work ethic and feel he will be a real good fit for our team.”

Sharks, Bruins, Sabres Complete 3-Team Deal: (updated 4:19 EST) The San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres have completed a three-way swap of two centers and a defenseman. Defenseman Jeff Jillson, originally a Shark, was traded from Boston to Buffalo. Buffalo sent center Curtis Brown to the Sharks, who sent defenseman Brad Boyes to the Bruins.

The deal was followed by another three-way trade with the same teams. Buffalo sent defenseman Andy Delmore to San Jose for a ninth-round pick in 2005, and the Sharks sent Delmore to Boston for future considerations.

Sabres Obtain Grier: (4:16 EST) The Washington Capitals continued to trim the payroll before the deadline by giving up veteran right wing Mike Grier to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for 19-year-old Czech prospect Jakub Klepis. “Mike Grier is one of the finest individuals we have ever had in Washington. It was difficult to trade Mike, but as we look to the future, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to acquire Klepis,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said. Klepis has 4 goals and 9 assists in 44 games this season with team HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic.

Isles Pick Up Karpovtsev: (3:30 EST) The New York Islanders acquired defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2005. Karpovtsev is expected to add depth at the blue line and help fill the hole left when defenseman Radek Martinek sustained a broken left ankle which will keep him out for the rest of the regular season.

Jackets, Pens Make Deal: (3:27 EST) The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Brian Holzinger from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Lasse Pirjeta in a trade deadline deal between teams that will miss the playoffs. Each player, however, should help his new team to improve for next season.

Rangers Restock Depleted Team: (3:06 EST) The New York Rangers have been trading away most of their higher-level players for prospects and draft picks in a desperate effort to dump salary. They filled two holes in the lineup by picking up forward Sandy McCarthy (formerly of the Boston Bruins) and center Mike Green (formerly of the Florida Panthers) from waivers Tuesday afternoon.

Blues Acquire Savage: (3:01 EST) The St. Louis Blues picked up left wing Brian Savage from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for future considerations. In a separate deal, the Coyotes gained defenseman Tom Koivisto from the Blues in return for other future considerations.

Stars Sign Sekeras: (2:24 EST) The Dallas Stars signed free agent defenseman Lubomir Sekeras of the Swedish Elite League through the end of this season. Sekeras, formerly of the Minnesota Wild, will join his new team as soon as his immigration paperwork is completed. “This signing gives us eight capable defensemen as we head into the playoffs,” said Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong.

Sekeras will join trade acquisitions Chris Therien and Valeri Bure as the newest members of the Stars.

Francis Waives No-Trade Clause: (1:25 EST) Veteran center Ron Francis waived his no-trade clause and was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In return, the Carolina Hurricanes recieved a fourth-round draft pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Francis, the now-former Hurricanes’ captain, had refused to accept a trade until today. The Vancouver Canucks were also interested in acquiring him, but Francis did not want to play in the travel-intensive Western Conference. He will provide veteran leadership to the Maple Leafs in their playoff run.

The Leafs also acquired left wing Chad Kilger off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

Rangers Continue to Sell: (1:00 EST) The New York Rangers continued their fire sale, sending defenseman Greg DeVries to the Ottawa Senators for Karel Rachunek and Alexandre Giroux. DeVries was signed by the Rangers before the start of this season and was one of their more consistant defensemen. Rachunek was one of the Senators’ top defensemen and will be one of the pillars of the rebuilt Rangers’ defensive corps. Giroux, a center, has not played in the NHL this season.

Avs on the Move: (12:00 EST) The Colorado Avalanche made two deals in the hours leading up to Tuesday’s 3:00 EST trade deadline. Most notably, Colorado acquired goaltender Tommy Salo from the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday in exchange for the rights to defenseman Tom Gilbert. The Avalanche also acquired Edmonton’s sixth round pick in the 2005 draft as part of the deal. The 33-year-old Salo has never won a playoff series, but has lost four times to the Dallas Stars in the first round.

Colorado also sent defensemen Derek Morris and Keith Ballard to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for center Chris Gratton, defenseman Ossi Vaananen, and the Coyotes’ second round pick in the 2005 draft.

Leafs Sign Johansson: (12:00 EST) Defenseman Calle Johansson came out of retirement to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the remainder of this season. Johansson retired from the Washington Capitals in August of 2003. He holds the Capitals’ all-time records for points (983), assists (474), and power play goals (51) by a defenseman. Financial terms of the deal with Toronto were not disclosed.

DetroitHockey.Net writer Clark Rasmussen contributed

Despite High Scoring Reputations, Wings & Lightning Tie At 1

It would be ironic to think that two of the three highest scoring teams in the NHL would end up in a 1-1 tie in their only meeting of the season, but that’s exactly what the Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning did. The defensive trap can’t be blamed for this one since both teams disdain that system; give credit, rather, to stingy goaltending by Manny Legace and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Legace had to be sharp right away, when Chris Chelios stumbled and Vincent Lecavalier brought the puck in alone on a breakaway. Not only was Legace ready for Lecavalier’s low shot, but he made two more excellent saves on Lecavalier before the first period was done. At the other end of the rink, Khabibulin had his hands full knocking down shots by Brett Hull and Ray Whitney.

Legace kept Detroit in the game through the second period by flopping to stop Ruslan Fedotenko from point blank range during a Lightning power play, then following up with a big save against Brad Richards on a clean breakaway.

Tomas Holmstrom was the Wing to finally break the scoreless tie. Steve Yzerman made the rink-wide pass to Holmstrom as he skated across the blue line. Holmstrom squeezed in between Lightning defenders Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich, then beat Khabibulin high on the glove side as he was being pulled down to the ice, with 4:41 left in the second.

The superb goaltending continued into the third period. Legace made a glove save against the initial shot from a 3-on-1 rush, then stopped two rebounds with the side of his body before being able to cover the puck.

Tampa Bay finally ended Legace’s shutout bid with 7:21 left in regulation. Richards’ shot from the blue line bounced off the stick of Cory Stillman right in front of the goal crease, and Fredrik Modin was able to bang it into the net.

Lecavalier did his level best to end the game in regulation, but Legace stoned him cold again, stopping two quality shots against the big forward in the final minute of the third period. Khabibulin sent the game to overtime with a glove save on a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the blue line.

The goalies dominated the overtime, just as they had dominated the entire game, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Legace made 37 saves on the 38 shots he faced. Khabibulin stopped 28 shots out of 29.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday night, when they travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets.

Robert Lang left the game with an upper body injury in the third period and did not return. Team spokespeople said Lang would be out at least through Thursday’s game”¦. The Lightning clinched the top spot in the Southeast Division with the point they earned tonight”¦. The Red Wings have killed off 31 straight penalties, denying their opponents any power play goals for the past 8 games.

Canucks Have Trouble With Manny: Wings Win 3-1

Once again, goaltender Manny Legace held his team in the game so they could get the win. Legace’s goaltending and a three-point night from Nicklas Lidstrom propelled the Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Both teams played a very open game to start the first period, and both goalies had to be sharp. Dan Cloutier faced and stopped two quick rebound shots by Robert Lang from point-blank range before the game was even a minute gone. At the other end of the ice, Legace stoned Daniel and Henrik Sedin when they broke through neutral ice on a two-on-one rush.

Brendan Shanahan opened the scoring 3:15 into the second period. Lidstrom made a soft pass from the right point to Shanahan at center. Shanahan blasted a one-timer from nearly sixty feet in front of the net. Cloutier was unscreened, but the shot went right through.

The Red Wings got to take advantage of a five on three power play shortly thereafter. Daniel Sedin was sent to the box for high sticking. Just a few seconds into the power play, Mattias Ohlund tripped and slid into the boards while being closely followed by Tomas Holmstrom. Vancouver coach Marc Crawford believed Holmstrom should have been given a penalty, and he was very forthcoming in sharing this viewpoint with the game officials.

The referees didn’t seem to appreciate Crawford’s vocal opinion, so they assigned him a bench minor penalty, leaving the Canucks down by two men. Fedor Fedorov went into the box to serve Crawford’s time, and the Detroit power play went to work. After a lot of passing, a few wide shots, and a couple of good saves by Cloutier, Brett Hull‘s shot was the one that clicked. Lidstrom passed from the right point to Hull at the top of the left faceoff circle, and Hull fired off a one-timer which bounced off the goalpost and into the net.

Vancouver nearly got themselves into the game with 2:47 left in the second period, but Legace flung himself across the crease to make a sprawling glove save against Sean Pronger.

Legace gave the fans a scare early in the third. Matt Cooke shoved Mathieu Schneider into Legace just to the right of the net. Legace was slow to get up and seemed a little shaky for a moment, but he stayed in net and finished the game.

Lidstrom added a goal to his pair of assists at 6:07 of the third. He intercepted a bad pass by the Canucks and was away on a two-on-one rush with Ray Whitney. Brent Sopel, the only defender back, was unable to stop Lidtsrom’s pass to Whitney or Whitney’s pass back across. Lidstrom took the pass, got to just the right spot, and wristed a shot into the net on Cloutier’s short side.

Mike Keane spoiled Legace’s shutout bid with 4:59 left to play. Sean Pronger won a faceoff in Detroit’s zone. He pulled the puck back to Keane, who took a few steps to his left before firing the puck. The puck hit the short side goalpost and bounced into the net.

The Canucks pulled Cloutier with 1:27 left to play, but the extra attacker did them no good.
Legace made 23 saves on the 24 shots he faced, while Cloutier stopped 24 of 27 shots.

The Red Wings’ next opponent will be the Southeast Division leaders, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Monday night at the Joe.

Boyd Devereaux came back into the lineup tonight to fill in for the injured Pavel Datysuk, while Mark Mowers, Anders Myrvold, and Jamie Rivers stayed in the lineup to fill the holes left by Kris Draper, Jason Woolley, and Mathieu Dandenault“¦. Shanahan’s 20th goal of the season makes this his 16th consecutive 20 goal season. He and Hull, who is in his 17th consecutive 20 goal season, lead all active players in that regard.

Datsyuk Out 10-14 Days

The injuries just keep piling up for the Red Wings.

The team discovered today that Pavel Datsyuk will be out of the lineup for at least ten days with an injured ankle.

Datsyuk injured his ankle in a collision during the first period of Wednesday night’s game against the Calgary Flames. He did finish the game, but the lingering soreness prompted the team to send the 25-year-old center for X-rays Friday morning.

The X-rays revealed that the ankle was not fractured, but was sprained badly.

This is the third key injury to the Wings this week; Kris Draper sustained a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday’s morning skate, and Mathieu Dandenault went down with a broken right foot after blocking a shot in the Calgary game. Draper and Dandenault will each be out for at least four weeks.

On the brighter side, Chris Chelios will be in the lineup Friday night against the Vancouver Canucks after missing three games with an injured shoulder. Derian Hatcher should make his long-awaited return from knee surgery Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Curtis Joseph, who has been out since February 12 with a sprained ankle, is expected to backup Manny Legace against the Lightning, then start against Columbus on March 11.

Lang Leads Wings to Win in Detroit Debut

Between Robert Lang‘s playmaking and Nicklas Lidstrom‘s penalty killing, the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t have much of a chance to win this one. Lang had 3 assists in his debut with the Red Wings, and Lidstrom played his usual quietly spectacular defense in his 1000th career game, propelling Detroit to a 4-2 win over the Flyers.

Lang, acquired Friday from the Washington Capitals, scored his first Detroit point in his second shift of the game. He won a faceoff against Alexei Zhamnov in the Flyers’ zone, and the puck flew back to Mathieu Schneider at the blue line. Schneider’s wrist shot deflected off the stick of Chris Therien and over the shoulder of netminder Sean Burke. The Flyers had a chance to tie up the game a little while later when they wound up with just under two minutes of a four-on-three power play. Kris Draper, Steve Yzerman, and Lidstrom started the penalty kill, doing a good job of picking off Philadelphia’s passes and sending the puck down the ice. Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg relieved the other two forwards, but Lidstrom stayed out for the entire time, doing whatever needed to be done to defend Manny Legace.

The Flyers finally managed to get on the scoreboard early in the second period. Mark Recchi trailed the play unnoticed into Detroit’s zone. Michal Handzus fished the puck out of a tangle of players in the right corner and centered it to Recchi, who placed a wrist shot just underneath Legace’s catching glove.

Yzerman regained the lead for Detroit 3 minutes later. Anders Myrvold bounced a pass to Lang, who centered it for Yzerman coming up center. The Captain leaned into the shot and flung the puck into the net to Burke’s far side.

Kirk Maltby increased the lead near the end of a power play with 5:41 left in the second. Maltby tipped Schneider’s point shot so that it slid into the net low to Burke’s left. Burke, who was being screened by Maltby, Darren McCarty, and two of his own defensemen, had no chance to see the redirection before it slid through.

Simon Gagne’s goal to put the Flyers back within a point came on a bad luck bounce for Detroit. Mattias Timander took a shot towards the net which hit Yzerman’s face protector. The puck bounced right onto Gagne’s stick, and he was able to whack at it until he put it past Legace’s shin pad.

Brendan Shanahan ended a nine game goal drought with a power play goal midway through the third period. Yzerman sent a rink-wide pass to Lang on the left side, who carried the puck forward a few steps before shooting. Burke made the save, but he swept the rebound straight to Shanahan, who was waiting just to the right of the goal. Shanahan put the puck high over Burke’s head for the bad angle goal.

Philadelphia pulled Burke for an extra skater with 1:12 left to play, but they still didn’t manage to muster much in the way of scoring chances.

Legace faced less work this game than he’s had to deal with in awhile, making 18 saves on 20 shots. Burke stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Wednesday evening when they face the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena.

Lidstrom is the first player to reach 1000 career games out of those who entered the NHL in 1991. He has missed only 17 games in his entire career. The Flyers’ Tony Amonte is right behind him, however: this was Amonte’s 998th game”¦. Lang’s assists moved him past Martin St. Louis for the NHL scoring lead”¦. Maltby’s goal was the 99th of his career and only his 4th power play goal ever. (For comparison, Maltby has 19 career shorthanded goals.)

Sedin Hat Trick Propels Canucks to Win over Detroit

Tonight, the Red Wings’ defensive strategy was effective against every Vancouver Canuck but one: Daniel Sedin. Sedin scored his first 4-goal game ever to put the Canucks over the Wings, 4-2.

Both teams had good jump to start the game. Brett Hull, Pavel Datsyuk, and Ray Whitney worked hard and tested Dan Cloutier early, making the Vancouver goalie jump and scramble to keep the puck out of the net.

Sedin’s first tally came on an almost-fluke goal with 7:27 left in the first. Marek Malik threw a pass from the right point to Sedin waiting near the side of the net. Sedin shot the puck along the goal line, and it banked off the back of Manny Legace‘s skate and into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg tied the game up with a power play goal a few minutes later. A pass by Whitney bounced off Hull in the slot area. Zetterberg was able to get his stick on the puck and lift a high shot just under the crossbar.

Darren McCarty livened up the end of the period with a fight against Bryan Allen. Allen, you may recall, was the player who broke Zetterberg’s leg with a slash on November 3. Allen was also involved in the collision which resulted in a torn ACL for Derian Hatcher back on October 16.

The Red Wings moved into the lead when Kris Draper‘s power play slapshot from the right circle deflected off of Allen and past Cloutier early in the second period, but Sedin retied the game just over three minutes later. Legace stopped Nolan Baumgartner’s breakaway shot, but was knocked into the net and didn’t have time to get back up before Malik fished the puck out of the corner and centered it for Sedin to bang it in low.

Legace held off the Canucks’ onslaught of shots in the third period, making huge saves against Sami Salo’s point shot and Brendan Morrison’s try from point-blank range, but Sedin finally moved his team back ino the lead. He carried the puck in on the right wing side. Jiri Fischer attempted to get in Sedin’s way, but Sedin managed to get a high shot over Legace’s shoulder.

The Wings pulled Legace for an extra skater with just over a minute to play. They gave Cloutier some anxious seconds, but Morrison managed to clear the puck from Vancouver’s zone, and Sedin was able to skate it down the ice to fire into the empty net.

Vancouver outshot Detroit by a modest margin of 33 to 30. The Red Wings will finish out their road trip with a Thursday night matchup against the Calgary Flames.

Chris Chelios left the game late in the second period after he fell and Todd Bertuzzi landed on him. The team is calling the injury a bruised left shoulder for now, but it will likely be re-evaluated in the morning”¦. Many of the Canucks’ fans showed a considerable lack of class by booing Chelios while he lay on the ice writhing in pain. The custom around the NHL is to clap for an injured opponent as he makes his way off the ice. Booing a fallen opponent, no matter what history he may have with your team, is the height of fan rudeness, in this reporter’s opinion. (To the Canucks’ fans who did clap politely: Thank you. Your class is appreciated.)