Dallas Gets Their Payback

An early goal from Boyd Devereaux and a late goal from Pavel Datsyuk weren’t enough to lift the Red Wings, who lost to the Dallas Stars, 3-2.

The game play went end-to-end through the first period. Dallas had more shots on net, but the early shots were easily blocked by Dominik Hasek. The Stars seemed eager to play and ready to lay some hits on the Red Wings, but it was the Red Wings who opened the scoring with seven minutes remaining in the first.

Pavel Datsyuk tried to pass from the corner to Brett Hull in front of the net. The puck bounced off Hull’s skate and he couldn’t find it, but Boyd Devereaux was able to come up from behind and put the puck in past Ed Belfour.

The second period belonged to Dallas, who turned up the intensity and held Detroit to only nine shots on net in the period, while managing to take seventeen themselves. Joe Nieuwendyk put his team on the board seven and a half minutes into the period, moving as if to take the puck behind the Detroit net and then turning abruptly and squeezing it into the tiny space between the goalpost and the underside of Hasek’s skate.

It looked as if the Red Wings might be able to regain the lead when they got a power play chance from a slashing call on Sergei Zubov, but before the power play could get organized, Rob DiMaio, Scott Pellerin, and Derian Hatcher had the puck in the other end of the rink. DiMaio moved to the front of the net, Hatcher shot the puck in, and DiMaio was able to tip it past Hasek.

The Red Wings came out with some more energy in the start of the third period, but Nieuwendyk was able to score again. This time, he and Brenden Morrow had a two-on-one against Jiri Fischer. Nieuwendyk got around Fischer, sending him sprawling. Fischer tried to block the puck from the ice, but Nieuwendyk got off a backhand shot which caught Hasek by surprise.

Detroit finally got a needed boost with just over six minutes left to play. Pavel Datsyuk and Steve Duchesne brought the puck into the Stars’ zone. Duchesne passed from the blue line to Datsyuk at the right side, and Datsyuk sent off a fast shot which fooled both Richard Matvichuk and Belfour.

The Red Wings played with more energy after Datsyuk’s goal, but were unable to score again in spite of the added effort. Hasek left the net for the extra skater to come on with forty seconds left to play, but a hand pass called by the officials with only seven seconds left on the clock brought the faceoff back to center ice, and the Red Wings and Stars close their season series with two wins each.

Hasek stopped twenty-eight of thirty-one shots he faced in the game, while Belfour stopped twenty-six of twenty-eight. The Red Wings will return home to face the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Strong From Start to Finish

The Red Wings extended their home win streak to eight games, playing a tight defense and an offense that was just as strong as it needed to be, going on to defeat their conference rivals the Dallas Stars, 5-2.

The Red Wings came out ready to play in the first period, and were rewarded with an early goal. Brendan Shanahan took a neutral zone pass from Nick Lidstrom, and fired hard from the right side. The puck flew beneath the leg pads of goaltender Marty Turco, giving Shanahan the thousandth point of his career.

The Stars were playing a disorganized game, and the Red Wings were prepared to take advantage of it. Shanahan scored again before the end of the period. Dallas expected the puck to clear their zone, but Jiri Fischer got it away from Derian Hatcher at the blue line, and flung it back in deep. Shanahan was trailing the play, hoping the puck would come back in, and when it did, he was ready. He waited patiently for Turco to drop to block an expected low shot, then flipped it high into the net.

Dallas got a power play chance when Darren McCarty was given a penalty for interference. Mike Modano fired a hard shot from the left side. The puck deflected off the stick of Chris Chelios and past Dominik Hasek, who was being screened by Brenden Morrow.

The Red Wings took the Dallas goal in stride, and kept playing hard throughout the second period. Less than a minute in, Detroit took advantage of a turnover in neutral ice. Sergei Fedorov got the puck and passed ahead to Kirk Maltby. Maltby took what looked like a harmless shot on net, but it slid past Turco on the short side.

The Red Wings got their only power play goal of the game six minutes into the second, when Hatcher was in the box for hooking. The tight-passing power play unit got the puck to Shanahan, who faked the shot and passed to Steve Yzerman at the right side. From that tight angle, Yzerman sent the puck in behind Turco.

The Stars made one more rally during four-on-four play caused by penalties to Larionov and Morrow. Joe Nieuwendyk got the puck away from a bad pass from Hasek to Yzerman, and centered out front to Modano, who sent the puck in over Hasek.

Detroit controlled the game through the third period as well, keeping Dallas from getting the puck anywhere near the net. When the Dallas coaches pulled Turco from net to send in the extra skater with fifty seconds left to play, the Red Wings were ready. Larionov got control of the puck at center and took a backhanded shot down the ice and into the empty net. Defenseman Sergei Zubov tried to drop to the ice and knock the puck off course, but it was too late for the Stars.

Shots on net were thirty-five to eighteen in favor of the Red Wings, demonstrating their commitment to both offensive and defensive play throughout the game. Detroit will play again on Tuesday night, travelling to Phoenix to face the Coyotes.

Happy Hull-o-ween!

Brett Hull came up big time on Halloween night, scoring an assist and two goals, including the game winner, as the Red Wings took revenge on the Dallas Stars, 4-3.

The Stars opened the scoring just over four minutes into the game. Joe Nieuwendyk was in the penalty box for high-sticking, giving the Red Wings a power play opportunity, but Jere Lehtinen was able to pick up the puck on a breakaway from Mike Modano and tip it in behind goalie Manny Legace.

The Wings came back only thirty seconds later. Hull passed to Nicklas Lidstrom, who got the puck to Sergei Fedorov. Fedorov shot the puck while Ed Belfour was screened, and it went into the net to tie the game.

The Stars scored again with 9:05 left in the period. Donald Audette picked up a pass from Sergei Zubov, squeezed between two Red Wings defensemen, and slid the puck under Legace’s left side.

Detroit then scored twice in quick succession. Hull got the equalizer with 7:42 left to play. The Stars’ Brenden Morrow and Detroit’s Maxim Kuznetsov were given offsetting penalties for slashing thirty seconds later. In the resulting four-on-four play, Brendan Shanahan tipped in a shot from the right point by Fredrik Olausson.

The Wings were not able to take their lead into the locker room for break, however. Benoit Hogue picked up an errant pass and fired from the blue line to get past Legace with less than four minutes left in the period.

The second and third periods were both scoreless. Both teams were able to generate multiple opportunities, including four Dallas power plays in a row in the second period, but solid play from Legace and Belfour kept the score even until the overtime.

Only forty-three seconds in, Hull took the pass from Lidstrom and beat Belfour on a three-on-one rush.

Legace stopped twenty shots in his second game back since his neck injury in Saturday night’s game against the Nashville Predators, bringing his record for the season to 4-0-0, and extending his unbeaten streak to fifteen games. The Red Wings generated twenty-eight shots against Belfour.

The Red Wings season record of 11-2-0 is the best thirteen game start in franchise history, and now leads the NHL. They hope to improve to twelve wins Friday night when the team in the second position, the New York Islanders, bring Chris Osgood back to Detroit to play against his old team.

Belfour’s Best Imitation of a Wall

The Stars were hungry for a win, after their humiliating loss to Pittsburgh. They got what they wanted. Brett Hull and Pat Verbeek came up even with two assists each, in their first game against their former teammates, as the Red Wings lost to the Dallas Stars, 5 to 3.

With defenseman Uwe Krupp out indefinitely with an injured rotator cuff, coach Scotty Bowman moved Mathieu Dandenault back to the defensive line and brought in Brent Gilchrist to play forward. Gilchrist made a defensive play which kept a loose puck from becoming a scoring opportunity for the Stars, but was unfortunately given a penalty for holding in the process. Joe Nieuwendyk was able to get the puck past Dominek Hasek off a rebound of Verbeek’s shot, eight minutes into the game.

Dallas scored again just a minute and a half later. Jamie Langenbrunner shot the puck from the point, and Shaun Van Allen tipped it in behind Hasek.

The Red Wings got a power play chance with 6:09 left to play in the first, when Verbeek was sent off for interference. Between the Dallas players intercepting many of Detroit’s passes, and goalie Ed Belfour holding onto any shot that came his way, the power play was shut down, and the score remained 2-0.

With just under a minute left in the first, Tomas Holmstrom was penalized for high-sticking Brad Lukowich. Because Lukowich was cut by Holmstrom’s stick, the penalty was automatically a four-minute double minor, and the Red Wings carried that into the second period.

Only sixteen seconds into the period, Kris Draper was given a tripping penalty. With valiant goaltending by Hasek, and clever defensive play by Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, and Steve Yzerman, the Wings were able to kill off a full two minutes of 5-on-3 penalty.

Detroit finally got on the scoreboard with just over eight minutes in the period. Brenden Morrow had been sent to the box for tripping, and this time, the power play kept the puck in the offensive zone. Yzerman passed to Hull, who fired on Belfour. Hull picked up his own rebound and fired again, and the puck bounced off Luc Robitaille‘s skate and over the line, just as Robitaille was falling, and just before he knocked the net off its moorings.

Dallas managed to answer just over a minute later. During a tripping penalty to Steve Duchesne, Sergei Zubov fired the puck from the blue line. Hasek, being screened by Verbeek, was unable to see it, and the puck bounced in behind him.

With 2:25 left before the break, Holmstrom and Rob DiMaio were given offsetting penalties. Detroit would get to go to a 4-on-3 situation when Zubov was penalized for holding. Lidstrom made good on the power play, receiving a pass from Hull and one-timing a shot from the right point past Belfour.

Two and a half minutes into the third, Holmstrom was penalized for hooking, and Donald Audette was able to slide a backhand shot along the ice right past Hasek’s outstretched glove and into the net. The Stars scored again with just over eight minutes to play. Hasek came far out of the net to block a shot by Audette, and Pierre Turgeon picked up the rebound and flipped it into the wide open net before anyone could stop him.

Detroit made answer only sixteen seconds later. Draper won a faceoff in the Dallas zone, and Max Kuznetsov shot the puck right past the surprised Belfour.

Three and a half minutes before the end of the game, Jyrki Lumme took a tripping penalty and gave the Wings a man advantage. Bowman pulled Hasek from the net to send in an extra skater, and then the Stars’ Derian Hatcher took a penalty for cross-checking. For thirty-five seconds, the Wings would have six skaters against three.

It was not enough to get past Belfour, who made save after save to keep the Wings from scoring on him again before the game was over. Belfour and Hasek each faced forty-five shots during the game, and Robitaille and Yzerman were able to continue their scoring streaks.

The Wings begin a three-game road trip on Saturday, when they will face the Predators in Nashville.