Flames Get Back in Series with 3-2 Win over Red Wings

The Calgary Flames rode their power play to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, preventing Detroit from taking a commanding lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series that is now set at 2-1 in favor of the Red Wings.

The Flames had six attempts with the extra attacker and scored on two of them, including their first two goals.

For the first time in the series, Calgary opened the scoring. At 9:20 of the second period, Alex Tanguay sent a pass from the bottom of the left circle to Matthew Lombardi crashing the net for a deflection past goaltender Dominik Hasek just before knocking the net off it’s moorings. It was the first of the Flames’ power play goals.

The Red Wings responded 2:10 later. Dan Cleary threw the puck on net from the bottom of the right circle and it bounced back out to the top of the crease, where Kris Draper was waiting to whack in the rebound, under a sprawling Miikka Kiprusoff.

Draper would tally another goal just 39 seconds into the third period to give the Red Wings a lead. Dan Cleary rocked Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf with a hit in the left corner. Cleary recovered to pick up the puck and throw it at the net and Draper put the rebound in.

The hit left Phaneuf woozy but he returned to the game.

Mark Giordano wristed a shot from the top of the right circle past Hasek on a Flames’ power play at 4:43 of the period to tie things back up.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who had been held to only two shots in the two games in Detroit, put the Flames back in front. A pass from Wayne Primeau bounced over the stick of defender Nicklas Lidstrom and got to Iginla, who blasted a shot from the top of the right circle past Hasek at 9:21.

With Hasek on the bench for the extra attacker in the final minute, the Red Wings were unable to even things up.

Hasek finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shots. Kiprusoff stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

Detroit did not score on any of their four power play chances.

The Calgary win means that the series will return to Detroit for a game five on Saturday afternoon. Game four will be in Calgary on Thursday night.

Todd Bertuzzi returned to the Detroit lineup after missing the first two games. Jiri Hudler was left out of the lineup to make room for Bertuzzi.

Red Wings Take 2-0 Series Lead over Flames

The Detroit Red Wings jumped out to an early lead in game two of their first-round playoff matchup with the Calgary Flames and rode that lead to a 3-1 victory, giving them a 2-0 lead in the series.

Pavel Datsyuk scored just 62 seconds into the first period to get the Red Wings on the board. Datsyuk stole the puck along the right wing boards in the Calgary zone and cut to the side of the slot, whipping a wrister over the shoulder of Flames’ netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Flames tried to get physical with the Wings to get back in the game but it just put them in the penalty box and Detroit made them pay.

With the Red Wings on a five-on-three at 3:50 of the first, Nicklas Lidstrom put a one-timer past Kiprusoff from the top of the right circle.

The Flames wouldn’t cut into Detroit’s lead until 2:42 of the second period when a Dion Phaneuf blast from the right point deflected off of Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios and fluttered over the glove of goaltender Dominik Hasek for a power play goal. It would be their only goal of the game.

Valtteri Filppula added an insurance goal for the Red Wings at 6:05 of the third period, fighting past Kristian Huselius to get to the rebound of of a Johan Franzen shot on a rush, lifting it over Kiprusoff.

All three Detroit scorers had also scored in game one of the series.

For the second straight game, Kiprusoff kept his team in it, making 48 saves on 51 shots against. Hasek faced only 13 shots, stopping 12.

The Red Wings went 1-for-8 on the power play, scoring on one of two five-on-three chances. The Flames scored once on five chances with the extra attacker and one five-on-three.

The series shifts to Calgary for game three on Tuesday night from the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Red Wings were without forward Todd Bertuzzi for the third-straight game… Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr left the game in the second period. He had missed game one.

Power Plays Lead Flames over Red Wings

The Calgary Flames rode two power play goals to a win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, denying Detroit a chance to pass the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the National Hockey League.

Daymond Langkow scored on Calgary’s first power play of the game to get the Flames out in front early. Just 1:47 into the first period he jumped on the rebound of a Dion Phaneuf shot all alone at the top of the crease, flipping it past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

Kristian Huselius added another power play goal with 2:26 remaining in the second period. A long shot by Phaneuf bounced off the back boards as Hasek went down to try to draw an interference call on Calgary’s Jarome Iginla. The puck came over to Alex Tanguay in the left circle, who sent it across for Huselius to lift over the sprawling Hasek.

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit’s lone goal between the Calgary tallies, carrying the puck from the Red Wings’ blue line into the Flames’ zone and faking around Craig Conroy before wristing a quick shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary’s two goals came on five power play chances. Detroit was held off the board on their lone chance with the Flames in the penalty box.

Hasek finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots against. Kiprusoff stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in what could be Todd Bertuzzi‘s first game in the Detroit lineup.

Johan Franzen returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing four games with an upper body injury. Darryl Bootland was a healthy scratch before being returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game… Chris Chelios was given the night off.

Western Conference Triumphant in All-Star Game

In the National Hockey League’s first All-Star Game since 2004, the Western Conference’s veteran team outscored an Eastern Conference squad led by young stars, picking up a 12-9 win.

It was the first win by the Western Conference since 2003 and only their second in the six games that have been played in the East vs. West format.

Daniel Briere of the Buffalo Sabres was the game’s MVP, scoring a goal and adding four assists in the losing effort.

Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored the eventual game-winning goal, one of his two goals on the night. He also assisted twice.

Other were Yanic Perrault (Phoenix Coyotes), Teemu Selanne (Anaheim Ducks), Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lighting), Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes), Libomir Vishnovsky (Los Angeles Kings), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Justin Williams (Carolina), Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), Martin Havlat (Chicago Blackhawks), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Brian Rolston (Minnesota Wild), Dany Heatley (Ottawa Senators), Sheldon Souray (Montreal Canadiens) and Dion Phaneuf (Calgary Flames).

Marty Turco of the hometown Dallas Stars got the win in goal while Cristobal Huet of Montreal took the loss, despite having the best save percentage of any of the Eastern Conference goalies.

Earlier in the day, the NHL announced that the Montreal Canadiens will host the 2009 All-Star Game as part of the celebration of the Canadiens’ 100th season. The Atlanta Thrashers will host in 2008, after originally having been selected to host the cancelled 2005 game.

Red Wings’ Streak Ends with Loss to Flames

The Detroit Red Wings failed to set a new franchise record for consecutive wins Friday night, falling to the Calgary Flames, 4-1.

Had the Red Wings won, it would have been their tenth victory in a row, a feat unmatched in the team’s history. They have won nine-straight games six times, including once last season.

Calgary’s power play led the way, with three of the Flames’ four goals coming with the extra attacker.

Kristian Husilius and Matthew Lombardi notched first-period power play goals to put Calgary on the board. Dion Phaneuf added another in the third period after an even-strength tally by Daymond Langkow in the middle frame.

Dan Cleary scored Detroit’s only goal of the game with 41 seconds remaining in the third. It was a power play goal.

While their winning streak was snapped, Cleary’s goal allowed the Red Wings to avoid being shut out, extending a streak of games in which they scored at least one goal that goes back to 2004.

The Red Wings will look to rebound on Saturday in Edmonton. With Chris Osgood injured, rookie goaltender Joey MacDonald could get his first career NHL start.

Prior to the game, the Red Wings retroactively placed Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall, and Chris Osgood on the injured reserve list. Darryl Bootland, Evan McGrath and Stefan Liv were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to take their roster spots.

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 Set Records With 28th Road Win

The Detroit Red Wings earned a 2-1 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames Monday night, giving them a franchise-best ninth-straight road win. It was also their 28th victory of the season away from Joe Louis Arena, tying the NHL record set by the 1998-99 New Jersey Devils.

After a slow start, the Red Wings needed a shootout to finish off the Flames.

In the tiebreaker, Pavel Datsyuk scored on the first shot and Jason Williams scored on the second, both using similar moves, while Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped both Matt Lombardi and Jarome Iginla for Calgary.

Detroit had a chance to end the game in overtime but Nicklas Lidstrom‘s shot with the Wings on the power play rang off the post.

Calgary opened the scoring in the final minute of the first period, after a series of Detroit turnovers left the puck in the Red Wings’ zone. On a delayed Detroit penalty, Dion Phaneuf put a shot past Osgood from the slot with 40 seconds remaining in the period.

Steve Yzerman extended his point streak to nine games with the tying goal at 6:12 of the second period, while the teams skated four aside.

Yzerman battled to win a faceoff in the right circle of the Calgary zone and managed to push the puck to Datsyuk, who had jumped in to help. Datsyuk cut to the bottom of the circle and dropped a pass back for Yzerman, who put it over the shoulder of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

The goal was the 692nd of Yzerman’s career, moving him to within two of Mark Messier for seventh in all-time NHL goal scoring.

Osgood finished the game with 27 saves on 28 shots while Kiprusoff stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced.

Detroit had seven power play chances and Calgary had six but neither team was able to score on the man-advantage.

The Red Wings, having finished their tough stretch of four games in in four cities in five days, are off until Friday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home series.

Wings Power Past Flames

The Red Wings spent the better part of the first period on the power play, scoring three times with the man advantage, which turned out to be the difference in beating the Flames, 6-3. The game was marked by the return of Darren McCarty to Joe Louis Arena after having his contract bought out by the Wings this summer.

The Flames took six penalties in the first period, which included two high sticking double minors.

Mathieu Schneider drew the first high stick leading to Nicklas Lidstrom‘s first goal of the season at 4:31. Less then four minutes later Brendan Shanahan scored the Wings’ second power play goal after some hard work by Henrik Zetterberg to dig the puck out of the corner setting up the play.

Mikael Samuelsson scored the third power play goal tipping in Jiri Fischer‘s shot from the point. This coming from Dion Phaneuf‘s high sticking double minor on Shanahan. All the time on the power play gave the Wings a hugh advantage, outshooting the Flames 22-4 in the first.

Not Looking much like the Stanley Cup finalst from the prior season, the Flames got things started in the second period with some luck. Rhett Warrener’s shot from the point was accidently tipped past Manny Legace by Kris Draper who was trying to block it. It still couldn’t turn around the Flames’ luck, as Zetterberg scored the Wings fourth power play goal six minutes later, his first goal of the season.

The Flames kept fighting back, though still being outplayed by the Wings. Roman Hamrlik brought them within two goals again with a shot from the point with just over 5 minutes left in the period. But the Wings kept motoring along with Robert Lang‘s one-timer from the slot fed by Zetterberg behind the net with half a minute left before the second intermission. It was the only even strength goal of the afternoon for the Wings.

Pavel Datsyuk added another power play goal at the midway point of the third period for the Wings, while the Flames got their third goal from Chuck Kobasew’s first tally of the season.

Lidstrom’s power play goal in the first period moved him to sixth on the Red Wings all-time scoring list with 729 points, lifting him past Ted Lindsay.

The Red Wings will face the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night at the Joe.