Special Teams Carry Red Wings to Win over Flames

The Detroit Red Wings scored three power play goals, a shorthanded goal and a goal on a penalty shot as their special teams led a 5-1 route of the Calgary Flames.

With the win, the Red Wings take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Game six is Sunday night in Calgary.

A rare shorthanded penalty shot opened the game’s scoring at 3:32 of the second period. Dan Cleary raced into the Calgary zone and was tripped up by Roman Hamrlik as he got a shot off, prompting the one-on-one opportunity. Cutting through the slot, Cleary faked to his left and cut right, lifting a backhander over goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s first playoff goal of the season put the Wings up by a pair at 8:50 of the middle frame. With Detroit on a power play, Zetterberg blasted a one-timer from the top of the right circle through the legs of both Tomas Holmstrom and Kiprusoff.

Just 2:04 later, Chris Chelios scored his first goal of the season with the Red Wings on the penalty kill. Kirk Maltby carried the puck into the Calgary zone and Chelios followed the play, taking a drop pass to punch a one-timer off of Kiprusoff’s arm and into the net.

Zetterberg would score again at 5:12 of the third, taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk in the slot and lifting a shot over Kiprusoff’s shoulder.

Andrei Zyuzin got the Flames on the board 5-1 later with a shorthanded goal. Zyuzin tipped a shot by Matthew Lombardi out of the air and past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

Pavel Datsyuk would close out the game’s scoring on a Detroit power play with 4:18 remaining. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line wide of the net and Datsyuk jumped up to pick up the puck behind Kiprusoff, putting it into the net.

The game ended with chippy play on behalf of the Flames, an attempt to set up game six.

Before the Datsyuk goal, Daymond Langkow delivered a sucker-punch to Brett Lebda after the Detroit defenseman hit him with a hip check. Lebda was called for clipping on the play.

Dion Phaneuf and Todd Bertuzzi had a short scuffle with 4:42 remaining in the game but the real fireworks started when Wayne Primeau went off for a slash with 3:17 remaining.

Calgary coach Jim Playfair, seemingly looking to protect his star goaltender, replaced Kiprusoff in net with backup Jamie McLennan. McLennan promptly slashed Johan Franzen in front of the net. When the play was stopped, as Franzen skated by McLennan the goaltender delivered a two-handed whack to Franzen’s chest. After only 18 seconds of play, during which he faced no shots, McLennan was ejected from the game with 22 penalty minutes.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla continued the rough play in the game’s final minute, butt-ending Mathieu Schneider before laying a cross-check on him.

The game ended with Marcus Nilson cross-checking Kris Draper, seemingly in an attempt to draw him into a fight.

Each team finished the game with eight power plays but Calgary had 47 penalty minutes to the Red Wings’ 25. Detroit scored three times and the Flames were held off the board.

Hasek stopped 23 of 24 shots against. Kiprusoff made 33 saves on 38 shots.


Kyle Calder was out of the Detroit lineup in favor of Jiri Hudler, who had played in game one and game two but was the odd-man out when Todd Bertuzzi returned for game three… The Red Wings had a goal called back at with 7:01 remaining in the first period, when Kirk Maltby was called for goaltender interference after being checked into Kiprusoff… Cleary’s goal was his first on a penalty shot… Chelios’ goal makes him the oldest player to score a shorthanded goal in the playoffs in NHL history.

Red Wings Extend Streak to Four Games

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late comeback by the Calgary Flames to pick up their fourth-straight win Wednesday night. Like the other three in the run, it was a one-goal win.

Brett Lebda‘s third period goal held up as the game-winner. With 8:36 remaining in the period, Lebda carried the puck down the right wing before cutting in front of defender Andrei Zyuzin and using him as a screen, putting a shot over the glove of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to give Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Andrew Ference pulled Calgary back within a goal with 2:07 remaining, scoring on a bouncing shot that skipped over Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek‘s glove.

The Flames were unable to score on a short 6-on-4 in the final minute as the Wings held on to get the win.

Detroit had opened the scoring with two quick goals in the first period.

Johan Franzen scored 4:29 into the game after a Calgary turnover forced by Chris Chelios. Chelios got the puck to Franzen in the slot and he put a quick shot into the back of the net.

Just 1:19 later, Tomas Holmstrom scored his third goal in the last two games, knocking the rebound of a Jason Williams shot between Kiprusoff’s legs with Detroit on the power play.

The Flames got on the board with 7:31 remaining in the opening period when Dion Phaneuf picked up a power play goal.

Detroit finished the night 1-for-6 on the power play and stopped two of Calgary’s three chances with the man-advantage.

Hasek stopped 13 of 15 Calgary shots while Kiprusoff made 31 saves on 34 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday night when they visit Chicago. As it will be the second game in as many nights, Chris Osgood is expected to get the start in the Detroit crease.

Red Wings Hold Off Wild Comeback

The Detroit Red Wings took an early four-goal lead over the Minnesota Wild Monday night but had to fend off a second-period comeback to earn a 5-4 win.

Andreas Lilja‘s goal on a one-timer from the high slot with 8:07 remaining in the third period – his first goal as a Red Wing – stood up as the game-winner. Detroit took a 5-3 lead with the goal.

Filip Kuba pulled Minnesota to within one with 5:49 remaining in the game, scoring on a slap shot from the point that got past Detroit goalie Manny Legace despite Legace having a clear view of the shot.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring at 4:19 of the first period, when Steve Yzerman scored his 200th career power play goal. Jason Williams sent a shot from the point on net that was knocked aside by Minnesota goaltender Manny Fernandez. Yzerman picked up the rebound at the top of the crease and banged it back into the net for the Red Wings’ ninth-straight power play goal.

Detroit’s first even-strength goal since January 21 gave the Red Wings a two-goal lead just 53 seconds later. On a pass from Williams, Robert Lang put a one-timer from the slot between Fernandez’s pads.

Another 4:47 after that, Mikael Samuelsson scored Detroit’s third goal, backhanding the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance past the Minnesota netminder.

Zetterberg himself scored Detroit’s final goal of the period, outwaiting the Wild defense and goalie while moving from one faceoff circle to the other before lifting a shot over Fernandez.

With Fernandez replaced in the Minnesota net by Dwayne Roloson to start the second period, the Wild came alive to cut Detroit’s lead to one.

A long outlet pass sprung Marian Gaborik free for a break in on Detroit netminder Chris Osgood, with Gaborik scoring at 3:53 to get the Wild on the board.

With 3:07 remaining in the period, Todd White got behind the Detroit defense on an end-to-end rush and Brian Rolston hit him with a pass, giving White an opening to rifle a shot past Osgood to pull the Wild within two goals.

Minnesota cut Detroit’s lead to one goal just 58 seconds later, when Andrei Zyuzin was left wide open on the left wing to blast a shot past Osgood.

Legace replaced Osgood in the Detroit net to start the third period.

Detroit finished the game one-for-three on the power play and held Minnesota scoreless on five power play chances.

Osgood made seven saves on ten shots through the first two periods, with Legace stopping one of six shots against in the third for the Red Wings. Fernandez made ten saves on 14 shots against Minnesota in the first period while Roloson went 12-for-13 in the final two frames.

The Red Wings will be back in action when the return home to Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday to host the St. Louis Blues.

Red Wings Open 2006 with Loss to Minnesota

The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, in both teams’ first game of the 2006 calendar year on Tuesday.

The Red Wings opened the game slow, never really getting any momentum in the first period despite outshooting the Wild by four and getting one more power play opportunity. Minnesota, on the other hand, capitalized on good bounces to take a 2-0 lead.

The Wild started the game’s scoring at 5:55 of the opening period with a goal by Andrei Zyuzin. From the corner to the left of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, Brian Rolston sent a centering pass into the slot that deflected out to the defenseman Zyuzin. Zyuzin stepped into the high slot to meet the puck and one-timed it past Osgood.

Just 1:03 later, the Wild were up by two. Filip Kuba fired a shot from the point that deflected off Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider and past Osgood.

The Wings didn’t get on the board until 6:14 of the second period, while skating on the first half of a four-minute power play. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a slap shot from the blue line that Tomas Holmstrom deflected past Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson from the edge of the crease.

Detroit couldn’t crack Roloson or the Minnesota defense and Rolston put the Wild back up by two at 8:04 of the third period. Detroit’s Jason Woolley attempted to send a backhanded clearing attempt out of his own zone when Rolston stepped up to pick it off and rip a shot past Osgood, who was still repositioning himself after playing the puck behind the net.

Holmstrom added a second deflected goal to pull Detroit within one with 2:02 remaining but it wouldn’t be enough.

Alexandre Daigle added an empty net goal for Minnesota to finish the game’s scoring.

The Red Wings finished the game with a season-high 45 shots on net but Roloson stopped 43 of them. Osgood stopped 19 of 22 Minnesota shots.

Detroit, facing the vaunted Minnesota penalty killing unit, scored on one of their seven chances with the man-advantage. Minnesota was held scoreless in four tries with the extra skater.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they host the St. Louis Blues in the first of three games in four nights.

Wings Show Wild Some Variety in Win

If it’s true that a team needs offense from all possible sources in order to succeed in the playoffs, then the Red Wings look to be in pretty decent shape headng into next week. Five different players scored goals to overcome the normally stifling defense of the Minnesota Wild in a 5-3 win.

Darren McCarty opened the scoring early in the first. Kirk Maltby carried the puck into Minnesota’s zone and dropped a pass back to McCarty, who took a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Wild goalie Manny Fernandez was sliding to his right, and the puck sailed over his catching glove.

Andrei Zyuzin tied the game up with a power play goal midway through the period. Zyuzin was able to drive to the net with no one covering him, then slam Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s centering pass past Manny Legace.

Jiri Fischer regained the lead for Detroit late in the first with a similar goal””he pushed his way to the net and banged in a centering pass from Brendan Shanahan.

Shanahan and Boyd Devereaux scored in quick succession to open the second period. Shanahan scored off a hard wrist shot set up by Ray Whitney‘s hard work shaking off a Minnesota defenseman in the right corner. Devereaux’s goal came after Jason Williams‘ shot bounced off the back of Willie Mitchell, who was tussling with Tomas Holmstrom in front of the goal crease. Devereaux was able to scoop up the loose puck and put it into an empty corner of the net while Fernandez was screened by Holmstrom and Mitchell.

Alexandre Daigle brought the Wild back within a pair a few minutes later. Wes Walz cleanly won a faceoff in Detroit’s zone, and Daigle one-timed the shot before Legace was quite ready for it. The puck barely squeezed through between the goalie’s pads.
Daigle outskated Derian Hatcher and put his own rebound into the net at a very tight angle to bring the Wild within one goal with 8:32 left in the game, but Pavel Datsyuk put the game out of reach with his 30th goal of the season. Datsyuk picked up the rebound from Brett Hull‘s shot, danced around three Minnesota skaters in the slot, then whipped the puck past Fernandez.

Detroit outshot Minnesota by a count of 38 to 24. The Red Wings will head out for their last road trip of the regular season after tonight. They’ll play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday and the St. Louis Blues on Thursday before returning home to close the season against Columbus on Saturday.


Detroit only needs one more point in the standings to clinch the Western Conference title”¦. Kris Draper and Robert Lang should be back in the lineup for Wednesday’s game. Mathieu Dandenault could return for Saturday’s game”¦. The Detroit chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association has nominated Steve Thomas as the Red Wings’ candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the player who most exemplifies perseverance and dedication to hockey.