Red Wings Enter Break with 2-1 Win over Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings completed their three-game West Coast road trip undefeated Wednesday night, holding off a comeback by the Anaheim Ducks to earn a 2-1 win in their last game before the All-Star Break.

Detroit stood up to punishing physical play from the Ducks early and scored the first goal to get out to an important lead.

Thirteen penalties had already been called before Brian Rafalski scored with 8:08 left in the first period, including a pair of fighting majors when Chris Pronger and Dan Cleary dropped the gloves.

Rafalski’s goal came with the Red Wings on a five-on-three. His blast from the top of the left circle was deflected by Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and into the net.

Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings up by a pair at 7:52 of the second period.

Francois Beauchemin broke his stick on a clearing attempt from the Anaheim zone. Filppula picked off the pass and was in alone on Beauchemin but waited for Tomas Kopecky to catch up, working the give-and-go with Kopecky to pull Giguere to one side of the net and put the puck in the open side.

The Ducks tried to mount a comeback in the third period, with Pronger scoring a power play goal on a blast from the point through a screen by former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi at 8:05.

It wouldn’t be enough for Anaheim, as Dominik Hasek shut the door, including several key stops in the game’s final minutes.

Hasek finished the night with 24 saves on 25 shots. Giguere stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced.

Both teams went one-for-five on the power play.

The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg for the second-straight game… Dan Cleary left the game with swelling around the eye after his fight with Chris Pronger.

Osgood Joins All-Star Roster

Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood will join three teammates and his coach in Atlanta for this year’s NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today.

With the starting lineup already determined by fan voting, the rest of the Western Conference team’s roster was announced Thursday. Osgood was named to the team, joining starters Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom.

The quartet of Red Wings will be coached by a familiar face, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.

With Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo declining his starting spot in net for the Western Conference team, three reserve goalies were selected. Osgood will split time between the pipes with San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov and former Red Wing Manny Legace of the St. Louis Blues.

Ed Jovanovski (Phoenix), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Chris Pronger (Anaheim) and Sergei Zubov (Dallas) joined the team on defense.

The forward reserves are Jason Arnott (Nashville), Marian Gaborik (Minnesota), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Shawn Horcoff (Edmonton), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), Rick Nash (Columbus), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver), Paul Stastny (Colorado) and Joe Thornton (San Jose).

Why “Misconduct” & Other Questions You Never Asked

I didn’t get a chance to talk about it sooner and nearly forgot completely, but Christy’s post over at BtJ reminded me.

Hockey Night in Canada recently did a bit about hockey bloggers and their legitimacy, acceptance, etc. Bill from A2Y was briefly featured.

Since I try not to post video here, you can check out the piece on YouTube.

That HNiC is talking about bloggers ties into something that I’ve meant to do for awhile: Explain what “Misconduct” is meant to be and how it ties into the rest of DetroitHockey.Net.

I started DH.N (then called YzerFan19’s Detroit Red Wings Page) in 1997 as basically a place to post my thoughts about the Wings. Though the term wouldn’t be coined for another several months, it was operated as a weblog.

As I began to write more and more, I switched to a more formal style. My goal became less to provide thoughts on the team but to provide a record of the games.

I returned to the blog format for several months in early 2001 but it wasn’t as fun for me so I switched back at the end of that season (which is where DH.N’s archive begins).

By 2002 I had realized that my goal was not to be a writer but to be a web developer who also writes. Jenny Wilson had joined the DH.N (then still named staff, which allowed me to focus on building a bigger and better version of the site.

When Jenny left during the lockout, I had to determine what direction to take the site. I like to write but it’s not my primary goal. I realized that after a West Coast loss in a poorly-played, penalty-filled game, I don’t want to feel obligated to push out an article, and that’s how Misconduct started.

The name is due to the fact that I initially expected to do a lot of complaining about the refs, something that would garner the eponymous misconduct penalty on the ice. To date, I’m a bit surprised at how little complaining I’ve done.

The idea is that Misconduct is a part of DetroitHockey.Net but the two are not interchangeable. Through MyDetroitHockey.Net, anyone can start a blog and if I like the content being posted, maybe I’ll pull it onto the DH.N home page like I do with Misconduct.

How does that tie back into the HNiC piece?

I, like the Rodent, hate the term “blog.” I’ll use it, since people understand the word, but I’ve read enough awfully-written pieces in the mainstream media to know that there’s very little difference between some bloggers and some columnists when it comes to writing ability and research.

Bill rags on the Red Wings beat writers (aside from MacLeod) for never putting in any effort. How could a blogger be worse?

The other reason I dislike the term “blog” is a technical one. There is a blog vs. forum debate out there and the blog is winning. Just as the mainstream media (in general) looks down on blogging, many bloggers look down on the use of forums for communication. I can’t remember where I read it but I recently saw a piece that basically said blogs are trustworthy and forums aren’t.

From a technical aspect (remember, I said above that I’m more of a developer than a writer), there is no difference between a forum and a blog, aside from organization. A blog entry is an article followed by comments. A forum thread is a post followed by replies.

Where am I going with this thought? Not really anywhere, this was meant to be informational rather than editorial.

Should bloggers have media passes? I don’t care. I don’t want one. I consider myself a fan first and it would take away from the excitement of the game for me if I couldn’t go and cheer. In the locker room, the questions I would want to ask are the ridiculous ones.

“Hey Homer, how hard is it not to tell off the ref when he calls you for being in the crease but ignores when Chris Pronger spends 90 seconds cross-checking you in the back?”

I don’t want, nor should I be given, media access. But there are those who do want it and who do deserve it. Good luck to them.


When I created it, I called my blog “Misconduct” because I figured I’d spend a lot of time yelling about the refs. Tonight would be one of those nights but I really just don’t have the energy.

The Ducks did not score a five-on-five goal all night. The Wings only scored one. Of course that means the officials are going to be a big part of the story.

Here’s what I think sums up the calls in tonight’s game: Tomas Holmstrom was called twice for “knocking down” Chris Pronger. Chris Pronger. Big, tough, Norris Trophy defenseman Chris Pronger. And he somehow was felled twice by Holmstrom.

Yeah, I don’t know, either. I’m just going to bed.

Red Wings Eliminated: Comeback Falls Short as Ducks Advance

Three third-period goals by the Detroit Red Wings weren’t enough on Tuesday night. The Anaheim Ducks scored that many in the first two periods and added one more in the final frame to hold off a Detroit comeback and pick up a 4-3 win in game six of their Western Conference Final matchup, giving the Ducks a 4-2 series victory.

Anaheim will advance to face the Eastern Conference Champion Ottawa Senators.

Heading into the third period down by three, the Red Wings charged back, led by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Zetterberg got Detroit on the board just 3:15 into the period, deflecting a pass from Chris Chelios past Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

After a Ducks goal by Samuel Pahlsson only 2:39 later, Datsyuk scored twice on the power play to pull the Red Wings to within one with 3:04 left to play.

With goalie Dominik Hasek on the bench for an extra attacker, the Wings were unable to get the tying goal past Giguere to force overtime, ending their season.

The Ducks controlled the first two periods of the game and opened the scoring only 3:51 in, when Rob Niedermayer tipped a shot from the blue line by Chris Pronger past Hasek for a shorthanded goal.

Chris Perry extended the Ducks’ lead at 9:52 of the second, putting the rebound of a Francois Beauchemin past a sprawling Hasek.

Ryan Getzlaf added a power play goal with 1:27 remaining in the middle period, also scoring with Hasek sprawled on his back.

The teams each took 29 shots. Anaheim outshot Detroit 26-13 in the first two periods but the Red Wings had a 16-3 margin in the third.

The Ducks scored once while shorthanded, once on a delayed penalty, and once on their four power play attempts. The Red Wings scored on two of seven power plays.

Blown Opportunities: Ducks Win as Red Wings Fail to Capitalize on Suspension, Power Plays

The Detroit Red Wings had a chance to take a 3-1 series lead over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night – and do so with Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger serving a one-game suspension for a high hit on Tomas Holmstrom in game three of their Western Conference Final matchup – but they failed on that opportunity, losing to the Ducks, 5-3.

En route to the loss, the Red Wings were unable to score on two long five-on-three chances, one in the second period and one in the third.

The Ducks got on the board just 1:37 into the game and would never trail.

After a failed outlet pass by Todd Bertuzzi, Corey Perry picked up the puck at the Detroit blue line. He stepped up to the top of the right circle and ripped a shot past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

The Red Wings pulled even 1:52 later when Dan Cleary deflected a Chris Chelios pass in behind goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Richard Jackman, in the lineup for the suspended Pronger, put the Ducks back out in front with 8:14 remaining in the opening period, slapping the puck into the back of the net from the high slot on an Anaheim power play.

Teemu Selanne extended the Ducks’ lead with 1:29 remaining, whacking a bouncing puck past Hasek from in close.

The Red Wings would rally in the second.

Bertuzzi atoned for his earlier miscue with a power play goal at 7:48. Robert Lang carried the puck behind the net before throwing it out front to Bertuzzi, who banged it home from the top of the crease.

Cleary would add a second goal with 4:24 remaining in the middle period, another Detroit power play goal. Bertuzzi tried a bank shot from behind the net off of Giguere but the puck came free in front of the net. With the Anaheim netminder scrambling and sprawled on the ice, Cleary lifted a shot over him and into the net.

The Ducks would retake – and hold – the lead in the third period.

Ryan Getzlaf scored on a wrister from the top of the right circle to pull the Ducks ahead on a power play at 5:24 and Rob Niedermayer added an empty net goal with 1:08 remaining.

Both teams finished the night with two power play goals. Detroit had six chances with the extra attacker while Anaheim had five.

Hasek made 18 saves on 22 shots against. Giguere stopped 36 of Detroit’s 39 shots.

The Ducks’ win means the series will now go at least six games. Game five will be on Sunday afternoon in Detroit and game six will be Tuesday night in Anaheim.

Red Wings Regain Home Ice with Shutout of Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings regained home ice advantage in their Western Conference Final series with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, picking up a 5-0 win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Ducks had previously claimed a 4-3 overtime win in game two in Detroit, forcing the Wings to win at least one road game to get back the home ice advantage.

Anaheim pressured early, taking 14 shots in the first period, but the Red Wings’ defense and goaltender Dominik Hasek held them off the board. The Ducks were unable to convert on two penalties by Tomas Kopecky – in the Detroit lineup for the first time since breaking his collarbone in December.

Johan Franzen put the Red Wings on the board with 8:51 remaining in the period. Mikael Samuelsson carried the puck down the right wing while Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg went to the net. With the Anaheim defense focused on Zetterberg, Samuelsson sent a crossing pass to Franzen who deflected the puck into the open side of the net.

Zetterberg connected with Holmstrom on a similar play to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead with 43 seconds remaining in the period.

On a Detroit power play, Zetterberg gained the Anaheim zone down the left wing. Pavel Datsyuk cut through the high slot and drew the defenders, leaving Holmstrom wide open for a pass from Zetterberg in the right circle. Holmstrom stepped to the net and rifled a shot over the shoulder of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Giguere would leave the game just 3:17 into the second period after Detroit’s third goal. Dan Cleary threw the puck at the net from the right wing and Giguere made the stop but the puck bounced off him, off the skate of Todd Bertuzzi cutting through the crease, and into the net.

Backup netminder Ilja Bryzgalov wouldn’t have much better luck, allowing a goal only 17 seconds after entering the game. Bryzgalov made a rolling stop on Valtteri Filppula‘s wraparound attempt but the puck came free and Holmstrom scored his second of the night, lifiting it in from the top of the crease.

The Ducks came unraveled and took five penalties to spend most of the rest of the period on the penalty kill.

One of the infractions was a two-on-one hit to the head of Holmstrom by Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Niedermayer was given a five minute roughing major and a game misconduct for the hit and Holmstrom missed the remainder of the period.

Holmstrom would return to the ice and to the scoresheet in the third period, assisting on the game’s final goal by sending a pass from the right wing through the top of the crease to Filppula on the far side of the net. Filppula tucked the puck in behind Bryzgalov with 9:02 remaining in the game.

Dominik Hasek stopped 29 Anaheim shots en route to his 13th career playoff shutout. Bryzgalov stopped 13 of the 15 shots he faced while Giguere made 10 saves on 13 chances against.

Holmstrom’s first-period goal was Detroit’s lone power play tally on nine tries with the man-advantage. Anaheim had four chances with the extra skater, though one was for only 8 seconds at the end of the game.

Game four of the series will be Thursday in Anaheim.

Tomas Kopecky entered the Detroit lineup in place of Kyle Calder… The Ducks had not been shutout during the playoffs since April 27, 1999, when the Red Wings completed a first-round sweep of the then-Mighty Ducks with a 3-0 victory in Anaheim.

Second Period Goals Lead Oilers over Wings

The Edmonton Oilers scored three times in the second period and it was all they needed to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, and take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff each scored in the highest-scoring period of the series.

Pisani’s goal came 5:16 into the period when he deflected a shot from the left circle by Chris Pronger between the pads of Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

Smyth scored on a power play just 3:18 later when a shot by Jarret Stoll bounced off his shin pad and into the net.

Horcoff gave Edmonton a three goal lead with 7:24 remaining in the period. Jason Smith threw the puck at the net and Horcoff knocked it down with his leg, then batted away at it. He knocked his own rebound past Legace.

The Red Wings finally got on the board with 1:21 remaining in the second, when Brendan Shanahan picked up the puck and skated in all alone on Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson, beating him to his left.

Detroit would not score again until the closing seconds of the third period.

With Legace on the bench for an extra attacker, the puck came free from the left wing boards and came out to the slot, where Henrik Zetterberg spun around and slapped a shot into the net.

Roloson stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced while Legace made only 16 saves on 19 shots.

Detroit was held scoreless on six power play chances but allowed one goal on four Edmonton power plays.

The Red Wings will try to avoid elimination on Monday in Edmonton, at a time still to be determined. Should the Wings win then, the series will move back to Detroit for a deciding Game Seven on Wednesday.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman and backup goalie Chris Osgood sat out for the second game in a row.

Detroit Comeback Not Enough as Oilers Claim Double-OT Win

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in 18 seconds in the third period to come from behind to tie the Oilers Tuesday night but couldn’t hold on through overtime, as Edmonton scored in the second extra period to claim the win and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Jarret Stoll scored at 8:44 of the second overtime to give the Oilers the victory, putting in a rebound after Detroit goalie Manny Legace got spun around in net and inadvertantly deflected the puck right to him.

The overtime goal rendered third-period goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Mathieu Schneider moot.

With Detroit down, 3-1, with 8:08 remaining in regulation, Zetterberg scored the second of his two power play goals on a pass from the right circle by Jason Williams. Stationed in the slot, Zetterberg was free to deflect the puck into the open side of the net, past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.

With 7:50 remaining, Schneider blasted a shot from the left circle after Steve Yzerman won a faceoff in the Edmonton zone.

The Oilers had opened the scoring with a Jaroslav Spacek one-timer after the Red Wings failed to clear their zone just 4:17 into the game.

Zetterberg’s first power play goal of the night tied it with 7:55 remaining in the opening period as the teams skated four-on-three. Near the blue line, Niklas Kronwall sent the puck across to Mathieu Schneider, who threaded it down low for a tap-in by Zetterberg.

Ryan Smyth scored on a wraparound chance 4:33 later to put Edmonton back in front and Raffi Torres added a power play goal when he deflected a Chris Pronger shot at 2:28 of the second period.

The Red Wings were denied by video reply in the first overtime, when an apparent goal by Jason Williams was called back after it was found to have entered the goal under the side of the net.

Detroit finished the night two-for-nine on the power play, while allowing one Edmonton goal in in the same number of chances with the extra attacker.

Legace made 28 saves on 32 shots. Roloson stopped 44 of 47 shots against.

The Red Wings will have a chance to even the series and regain home ice in Game Four of the series on Thursday.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman briefly left the game during the first overtime period with what appeared to be a hip injury. He returned to the ice before the second overtime but did not take a shift.

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