NHLPA Charity Game Rosters Announced

Per the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff, rosters for Saturday’s “Rock Out the Lockout” NHLPA charity game in Windsor have been announced.

Team Red
Justin Abdelkader, #8 (Detroit Red Wings)
David Clarkson, #23 (New Jersey Devils)
Johan Franzen, #93 (Detroit Red Wings)
David Legwand, #11 (Nashville Predators)
Jamal Mayers, #22 (Chicago Blackhawks)
Steve Ott, #29 (Buffalo Sabres)
Mikael Samuelsson, #37 (Detroit Red Wings)
Drew Stafford, #21 (Buffalo Sabres)
Thomas Vanek, #26 (Buffalo Sabres)
Kyle Wellwood, #13 (Winnipeg Jets)
Kevin Westgarth, #19 (Los Angeles Kings)

Jonathan Ericsson, #52 (Detroit Red Wings)
Niklas Kronwall, #55 (Detroit Red Wings)
Jordan Leopold, #3 (Buffalo Sabres)
Nick Schultz, #55 (Edmonton Oilers)
James Wisniewski, #21 (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Jonas Gustavsson, #50 (Detroit Red Wings)
Michael Leighton, #49 (Philadelphia Flyers)

Team Black
Todd Bertuzzi, #44 (Detroit Red Wings)
Adam Burish, #37 (San Jose Sharks)
Dan Cleary, #11 (Detroit Red Wings)
Matt Ellis, #37 (Buffalo Sabres)
Cory Emmerton, #48 (Detroit Red Wings)
Darren Helm, #43 (Detroit Red Wings)
Shawn Horcoff, #10 (Edmonton Oilers)
Matt Martin, #17 (New York Islanders)
Brenden Morrow, #10 (Dallas Stars)
James Neal, #18 (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Sergei Samsonov, #14

Trevor Daley, #6 (Dallas Stars)
Mike Komisarek, #8 (Toronto Maple Leafs)
John-Michael Liles, #24 (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Jeff Petry, #58 (Edmonton Oilers)
Ian White, #18 (Detroit Red Wings)
Ryan Wilson, #44 (Colorado Avalanche)

Jimmy Howard, #35 (Detroit Red Wings)

All players will be available for a free autograph session in the WFCU Centre concourse from 4:45 – 5:30 PM. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM.

Update, 12/8 – 10:10 AM: Event co-organizer Steve Ott tweeted a full roster including jersey numbers this morning. There will be overlapping numbers in some cases. On Team Red, Drew Stafford and James Wisniewski will wear #21 while Niklas Kronwall and Nick Schultz will wear #55. For Team Black, Todd Bertuzzi and Ryan Wilson will both wear #44, Shawn Horcoff and Brendon Morrow will both wear #10, and James Neal and Ian White will both wear #18.

Wings’ Cleary Among Organizers of Windsor NHLPA Charity Game

Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary is one of three NHLPA members organizing a charity game at Windsor’s WCU Centre.

Buffalo forward and former Windsor Spitfire Steve Ott and Edmonton forward Shawn Horcoff are also organizing the event, scheduled for December 8, unless the NHL and NHLPA can come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement before then.

The game would be the latest of several organized by locked-out players, all benefitting local charities.

In addition to the three organizers, the following players are tentatively scheduled to appear:

From the Red Wings, Todd Bertuzzi, Justin Abdelkader, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White, Cory Emmerton, Darren Helm and Jonas Gustavsson.  From the Colorado Avalanche, Windsor-native Ryan Wilson.  From the Oilers, Eric Belander and Jeff Petry.  From the Chicago Blackhawks, Jamal Mayers.  From the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Neal.  From the Phoenix Coyotes, Keith Yandle.  From the Dallas Stars, Brenden Morrow.  Former Carolina Hurricane, Boston Bruin, and Detroit Viper Sergei Samsonov.

Late Goal Lifts Red Wings over Blues

Henrik Zetterberg scored with nine seconds remaining in regulation on Saturday night to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Zetterberg’s goal came off a pass from former-Blue Brendan Shanahan. After picking up the puck behind the net, Shanahan sent it out front to Zetterberg, camped to the right of St. Louis goalie Jason Bacashihua. Zetterberg banked a quick shot off Bacashihua’s arm and into the net to give the Wings the win.

Detroit had opened the scoring 7:39 into the game. After a power play expired that saw the Red Wings control the puck for almost the entire two minutes, Tomas Holmstrom sent the puck from behind the net to Nicklas Lidstrom in the high slot. Lidstrom put a quick snap shot back on goal and beat Bacashihua.

Just 3:11 later, Shanahan scored to put Detroit up by two.

As a St. Louis power play came to a close, the Blues lost the puck at the Detroit blue line. Shanahan came out of the box and picked it up, skating in all alone on Bacashihua before faking a couple times and putting a shot under the rookie goalie.

Wit 4:47 remaining in the period, a Dennis Wideman shot deflected off of Lee Stempniak’s shoulder and went over Detroit netminder Chris Osgood‘s glove for a power play goal.

Jamal Mayers tied the game at 6:36 of the second period, getting the puck from Stempniak on a two-on-one and blasting it past Osgood.

While the first period was fairly even, the Blues controlled the second period, taking 21 shots to Detroit’s 12. The Red Wings turned the tables in the third, taking 14 shots while allowing four.

Osgood finished the night with 37 saves on 39 shots. Bacashihua stopped 35 of 38 shots against.

Detroit was held scoreless on the power play while St. Louis scored once. Each team had six chances with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings next take to the ice on Monday when they host the Dallas Stars in the final game of the regular season at Joe Louis Arena. The next night they will visit the Nashville Predators to close out the schedule.

Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider returned to the Red Wings’ lineup but Kris Draper and Chris Chelios were scratched, leaving Detroit with only 16 skaters for the second consecutive game… With captain Steve Yzerman, Draper and Chelios all out, Henrik Zetterberg wore the third “A” as an alternate captain… The win extended Detroit’s NHL-record road winning streak to 12 games.

Losing Streak at Four as Blues Beat Wings

The St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory was their first over the Red Wings since October of 2003, a string of eight games. The Wings winless streak has now hit four, after losing all three of their games on the previous road trip.

The teams played a scoreless first period to start the game. Early in the second period the Blues got a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:06, but Manny Legace made a few nice saves to keep the game scoreless. Then at 7:32 after both penalties expired, Jamal Mayers put the Blues on the board first scoring on a rebound off of Legace’s glove. Mayers was standing right next to the left post while Legace came out to play the original shot from the left point by Eric Weinrich.

The Wings then tied the scored at 15:43 of the second. Mikael Samuelsson broke across the Blues’ blue line with Jiri Fischer on his left. Samuelsson passed across to Fischer who then sent it back to Samuelsson as he reached an empty crease and net after Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford came out to cut off the angle. It was the first goal the Blues had given up in over 106 minutes of play.

In the third period the Blues scored twice only one minute and 43 seconds apart to go up 3-1. The first goal was scored at the 7:00 mark by Mike Sillinger who one-timed a pass from Petr Cajanek who was behind the goal. Sillinger had moved into the slot and put the puck between Legace’s pads. The second goal was scored by Warren, Michigan native Doug Weight on a wrist shot from the left circle on the power play.

The Blues then shut down the Wings 5-on-3 opportunity that lasted for 1:32, mostly due to some nice saves from Sanford and one shot that hit a post.

As time was running out in regulation, Wings’ coach Mike Babcock pulled Legace for an extra attacker. With the man advantage at 19:08 Brendan Shanahan scored from the right circle off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg who brought the play into the Blues’ zone.

Blues’ goalie Curtis Sanford was impressive, stopping 32 of the Wings’ 34 shots. Legace stopped 27 of the Blues’ 30 shots. The Blues power play had been struggling, but they managed one goal during their seven opportunities. The Wings were scoreless on their six power plays chances.

The Wings will face the Nashville Predators next on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Game On!: Wings Down Blues to Usher in “New” NHL

The National Hockey League returned to Hockeytown Wednesday night as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 5-1 victory over the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues.

The Red Wings got on the scoreboard early with a goal by Pavel Datsuyk. Just 1:35 into the game, Pavel Datsyuk took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg that deflected off the skate of a defender and one-timed it between the pads of St. Louis netminder Patrick Lalime.

Mathieu Schneider put Detroit up by two at 7:04 of the first. Schneider got the puck from Datsyuk on the far side of the right circle and one-timed a shot over Lalime’s left shoulder.

St. Louis tried to mount a comeback 4:12 later. On a rush, Eric Brewer took a pass from Petr Cajanek and broke in through the slot alone. After a quick fake, he put the puck over Detroit goalie Manny Legace‘s glove to make the game 2-1.

The Red Wings would control the rest of the game, scoring three times in the second period.

Mikael Samuelsson scored his first goal as a Red Wing 2:40 into the middle frame. Dan Cleary knocked a St. Louis player off the puck and Samuelsson picked it up, whipping it past Lalime from near the top of the right circle.

Brett Lebda, playing in his first career NHL game, scored the first goal of his career to give Detroit a 4-2 lead with 7:54 remaining in the period. Lalime got a piece of his shot from the right circle but not enough to keep it out of the net. It was, however, enough to take Lalime out of the net, as he was replaced by Reinhard Divis.

Cleary, continuing his strong play of the night, tested Divis early, stealing the puck behind the net and coming out front for a wraparound chance. His backhand shot blocked into the air, Cleary knifed the rising puck behind Divis. The shot was wide and wouldn’t have counted as a goal anyway, as it was played with a high stick.

Robert Lang, possibly the Red Wings’ most forgotten star, scored the game’s final goal, putting in his own rebound after a flurry of shots from around the net.

There was no scoring in the third period but the game did start to get chippy.

Keith Tkachuk layed out Datsyuk, a hit with which Brendan Shanahan took exception and the two engaged in a shoving match. Minutes later, Jamal Mayers challenged Shanahan and the two threw down their gloves. Mayers got some early hits in but Shanahan landed punches late and scored the takedown. Shanahan also earned a game misconduct, allegedly for trying to extend the fight as the officials were breaking it up.

At the end of the night, the Red Wings were one-for-seven on the power play and Legace stopped 13 of 14 shots. The Blues were scoreless on their six powerplay chances while Lalime made twenty saves on twenty-four shots and Divis stopped twelve of the thirteen chances he faced.

The two teams will meet again Thursday night in St. Louis.

5th Time a Charm? Not in Detroit’s Eyes…

“We’ve got to find a way to beat this team,”- Blues center Doug Weight.

The St. Louis Blues will be able to close the gap between themselves and Detroit to 3 points if they can knock off the Central Division leaders on Saturday. Key players are returning at the right moments for the Blues, who will welcome back former captain Chris Pronger, and also hope to see Valeri Bure one the ice for the first time in a Blues uniform. Bure was acquired from the Florida Panthers right before the trading deadline.

The Red Wings are continuing a short road swing that has thus far resulted in a disappointing loss to the lowly San Jose Sharks. They were blanked in the loss to the Sharks by rookie goaltender Vesa Toskala. The spanking knocked the Red Wings back down to second place in the West, and also made for the second time Detroit has been shutout in three games. Thursday’s loss to the Sharks marked the first time Detroit has lost with Captain Steve Yzerman in the lineup. The good news for the Wings is that they have a relatively easy schedule to end the year with. They will take on Nashville, the New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Chicago Blackhawks over a span of seven days.

The Blues will be looking for their first win of the year against Detroit, and it’s not like they haven’t had their chances. In their last effort, the Blues were able to even it up with the Red Wings in the third period, but unable to get the go-ahead goal. They ended up falling 4-2, which made for their fourth loss of the season against Detroit. The Blues are currently on pace to face the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs. Both Colorado and St. Louis are tied with 97 points.

-Key Match-up-
D Barret Jackman (St. Louis) vs. LW Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit)- The two frontrunners for the rookie of the year award will both be skating in the same rink on Saturday. Henrik Zetterberg has played spectacularly for the Red Wings this season, while Barret Jackman has logged plenty of important minutes in the absence of veteran defensemen Chris Pronger.

-Out or in Doubt-
St. Louis- Jamal Mayers RW (Knee/Out), Keith Tkachuk LW (Wrist/Out), Martin Rucinski LW (Shoulder/Questionable), Rich Pilon D (Wrist/Out)

Detroit- Jiri Fischer D (Knee/Out)

-Between da Pipes-
St. Louis- #30 Chris Osgood (21-15-4, 2.77 GAA, .899 SV%, 4 SO), #35 Brent Johnson (16-12-5, 2.41 GAA, .903 SV%, 2 SO)

Detroit- #31 Curtis Joseph (32-18-6, 2.52 GAA, .911 SV%, 4 SO), #34 Manny Legace (13-5-3, 2.06 GAA, .929 SV%, 0 SO)

-Most Points This Season vs. Opposition-
St. Louis-Two players tied with 4 points. D Barret Jackman (1 goal, 3 assists), LW Cory Stillman (4 assists) vs. Detroit

Detroit- C Sergei Federov with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) vs. St. Louis

The game will be televised nationally at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.

Wings cling to Western Conference lead heading into St. Louis

The St. Louis Blues will be welcoming the Detroit Red Wings to the Savvis Center with open arms on Saturday, as it will be one of their last chances to gain some ground on the current central division powerhouse. The Blues trail Detroit by 5 points in the standings, and currently sit fourth among all teams in the Western Conference. For St. Louis, there is no more time to waste if they wish to make a bid for the top spot in the conference.

Led by the former Red Wing netminder Chris Osgood, the Blues come into the battle winners of their last 3 games. After having goalie issues throughout much of the year, the Blues are hoping to find the answer in Ozzie. Osgood has won every game he has played in a Blues uniform, most recently stopping 24 of 26 shots against Anaheim to lead St. Louis to a 3-2 overtime victory. Pavol Demitra lit the lamp twice to earn his 31st and 32nd goals of the season in the win over the Ducks.

It looked as if the Red Wings may have been in for an upset in the early moments of their game against the Penguins. But unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they soon woke up to score 5 unanswered goals as they improved their season mark to 43-18-9-3. Detroit’s leading point-getter Sergie Federov registered two of those five goals. The Red Wings will be venturing to cling to the top rung of the Western Conference ladder for the remainder of the season, as they are in pursuit of having home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It will be no easy task with teams such as Vancouver, Dallas, and St. Louis continually posing a threat the Detroit’s supremacy.

The Blues haven’t been able to find a way to win against Detroit so far this season. They hope to be handed a better fate this time around, as they fell to the Red Wings by an embarrassing 7-2 score in their last meeting.

-Player To Watch-
St. Louis- #30 G Chris Osgood- Osgood is sure to be fired up for the opportunity to defeat his former mates. Earlier this season, Osgood held Detroit to only two goals to give the Islanders a tie against the Red Wings.

Detroit- #91 Sergei Federov- Has notched a respective 7 points against the Blues this year, and is coming into the contest on a roll.

-Out or in Doubt-
St. Louis- Chris Pronger D (Knee/Out), Jamal Mayers RW (Knee/Out), Keith Tkachuk LW (Wrist /Out), Rich Pilon D (Wrist/Out), Valeri Bure LW (Knee/Out)

Detroit- Jiri Fischer D (Knee/Out), Jesse Wallin D (Knee/Questionable)

-Between da Pipes-
St. Louis- #30 Chris Osgood (20-14-4, 2.84 GAA, .897 SV%, 3 SO), #35 Brent Johnson (15-11-5, 2.44 GAA, .900 SV%, 2 SO)

Detroit- #31 Curtis Joseph (30-17-6, 2.58 GAA, .910 SV%, 3 SO), #34 Manny Legace (13-4-3, 2.01 GAA, .932 SV%, 0 SO)

-Most Points This Season vs. Opposition-
St. Louis #5 Barret Jackman with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) vs. Detroit

Detroit- #91 Sergei Federov with 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) vs. St. Louis

The game will be televised nationally at 3:00 p.m. eastern time on ABC.

Injured Wings Triumph Over Injured Blues in OT

The St. Louis Blues came to Detroit missing quite a few of their key players for this Central Division matchup. Chris Pronger and Jamal Mayers are both out for the season. Keith Tkachuk was gone for family reasons. Pavol Demitra was gone for, of all things, chickenpox. The Red Wings weren’t in much better shape. Aside from the already-known knee problems of Steve Yzerman, Jiri Fischer, Pavel Datsyuk, and Manny Legace, Igor Larionov and Tomas Holmstrom were both out with what was reported as stomach flu by some sources and food poisoning by others. In either case, both teams had a depleted lineup, but the remaining players put on a tough, entertaining game which ended in a 4-3 overtime win for Detroit.

Rookie Barret Jackman opened the scoring for St. Louis early in the third period with a strange goal. Curtis Joseph had slid across the net to block a shot by Cory Stillman. The shot was headed harmlessly wide anyway, but Joseph stumbled a little and kept right on sliding. When the puck bounced off the boards and back out front, Jackman was able to slap it into a wide open net.

The Red Wings had two power plays towards the end of the first period, but they weren’t able to get their scoring going until Dalls Drake took a cross-checking call early in the second. Brett Hull took a hard shot from the high slot which rang off the goalpost. The rebound came back to the left point, and Nick Lidstrom shot it back towards the net. Hull had kept moving in the meantime, and when goalie Fred Brathwaite left the puck loose on the side of the net, Hull was right there to chip it up high under the crossbar.

Jason Williams gave the Red Wings their first lead of the game with just under three minutes remaining in the second. Boyd Devereaux dumped the puck deep into the Blues’ zone just as he was being hit. Mathieu Dandenault got to it first and made a centering pass, again, just as he was being hit. Williams had just come off the bench and up to the play, and he one-timed Dandenault’s pass right into the net.

Scott Mellanby tied the game back up early in the third period. Dandenault was in the box for tripping, and the Blues showed a very efficient power play. Stillman brought the puck into the zone and left a drop pass for Mellanby, who let go a remarkably quick shot which sailed underneath Joseph’s glove.

Chris Chelios thought his goal would keep the game from overtime. It came with 2:52 left in regulation. Kris Draper won the faceoff cleanly back to Kirk Maltby, who passed the puck to Chelios. Chelios sent off a slapshot which hit the stick of one of the Blues on the way through, changing direction just enough to fool Brathwaite.

Unfortunately, a Jackman shot tipped into the net by Petr Cajanek just seconds later meant the game was heading to overtime after all. The Red Wings did get to start the extra period with a 4-on-3 advantage; Stillman was sent to the box for elbowing with 4 seconds left in the third period.

The penalty to Stillman had just expired when Henrik Zetterberg decided it was time for the game to be over. Jason Woolley sent a pass up to Zetterberg at the side of the net. It was a bad angle, but Zetterberg made the shot anyway and banked it into the net off of Brathwaite’s skate for his first career overtime goal and his seventh goal of the season.

The Red Wings outshot the Blues 30-26 overall, but the vast majority of those shots came in the second period. The Blues outshot the Wings in both the first and third periods.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday night at home against the Minnesota Wild. The Wild are currently just one point behind Vancouver (yes, Vancouver; that’s not a typo) for control of the Northwest Division.

The Red Wings should have the results of the MRI on Manny Legace’s knee by tomorrow. Meanwhile, Marc Lamothe of the Griffins has been playing backup to Curtis Joseph…. Scott Mellanby’s goal was his 700th career point…. The illnesses of Igor Larionov and Tomas Holmstrom prompted Dave Lewis to temporarily move Mathieu Dandenault from defense back to right wing.

No Sweep For Us

The Blues did not necessarily play their best. The Red Wings certainly did not play their worst. The score definitely does not reflect the full play of the game. But in terms of the series, that doesn’t really matter. What does matter now is that the Blues won the game 6-1, cutting their series deficit to 2-1.

St. Louis did as they intended to do and got their first lead of the series only 2:49 into the game, but it didn’t last them very long. Pavol Demitra took a shot on net from the right wing side. It deflected off the stick of Keith Tkachuk on its way and under Dominik Hasek into the net.

Only forty-nine seconds later, the Red Wings answered with a goal of their own. Chris Chelios passed the puck from the right point across to Brett Hull near the left side of the net. Brent Johnson came across to cover the expected shot, but instead of shooting Hull passed across to Pavel Datsyuk, who put the puck into the empty net.

Unfortunately, that was the last bright spot of the game for the Wings. Late in the period, the Red Wings had to kill off over a minute of a five-on-three penalty from overlapping calls on Kris Draper and Brett Hull, and the Blues were able to take advantage of this and regain their one-goal lead. Al MacInnis was able to get the puck from the blue line up to Scott Mellanby near the goal line, and Mellanby’s tight-angle shot went off Hasek’s hip and into the net.

The play went back and forth in the second period. The Red Wings had several chances to score, but Johnson was ready for anything they could throw at him. Steve Yzerman took a hooking call near the end of the period, and Tkachuk’s deflection of a Chris Pronger shot gave the Blues a two goal lead.

Tkachuk scored again to complete the hat trick less than two minutes into the third period. Pavol Demitra put a centering pass between the legs of Datsyuk and Mellanby in front of the net, and Tkachuk slapped it past Hasek.

The Red Wings had three power play chances of their own after this; fifteen seconds overlapped, giving them a very short five-on-three. Nothing worked. Johnson stood his ground, and the puck stayed out of his net. Demitra stepped out of the box at the end of his penalty, ending the five-on-three, and the puck came right to him. Demitra was off on a breakaway, and beat Hasek for the goal with 10:34 remaining.

The Red Wings bench pulled Hasek after that, sending in Manny Legace for his playoff debut. The puck was no kinder to Legace: Jamal Mayers gave the Blues one more goal, getting away on a two-on-one rush and firing a quick wrist shot to propel the puck beneath Legace and into the net.

Shots were 28-18 in Detroit’s favor. The series will continue Thursday night in St. Louis.

Personal from the writer: The fans at the Savvis Center did not throw their hats onto the ice for Keith Tkachuk directly after his third goal. They waited until the hat trick was announced, even though play had already resumed by that point. Granted, many of them did not realize that it WAS a hat trick at first, because the second goal was originally credited to Chris Pronger, but littering the ice with hats, giant foam playoff novelty items, and other debris WHILE THE PUCK IS IN PLAY is extremely dangerous to players of both teams, and no good way for a fan to act. Show your support after the whistle?no matter what happens, you know there will always be another whistle soon?.

To any Detroit fans who will be doomsaying tomorrow, let me cut you off before you start. Did you seriously expect them to win sixteen straight games????? What’s WRONG with you????? Even though the fans may forget it occasionally, the Heroes of Hockeytown are as human as we are. It’s still a seven game series, and the Red Wings still lead. Go with that.

Turning It Up

The St. Louis Blues were prepared to give the Red Wings more of a challenge in Game Two, and challenge they did?more hitting, more shots on net, more defensemen rushing up to join the play and create scoring chances. Still, the Red Wings were able to rise to the challenge and outscore the Blues 3-2, giving them a 2-0 lead in this Western Conference Semi-final series.

The Red Wings controlled the game early and opened the scoring 2:46 into the opening period. Steve Duchesne dumped the puck into the Blues’ zone, and goaltender Brent Johnson attempted to clear it away. He mishandled the puck, however, and Sergei Fedorov was able to intercept it and get it to Steve Yzerman driving to the front of the net. Yzerman tapped it in past the scrambling Johnson.

Both teams took a few penalties in the first period. Detroit did a good job killing theirs off. They spent most of the time controlling the puck in the St. Louis zone and at center ice, making it nearly impossible for the Blues to set up a scoring play. The Blues, on the other hand, ran into trouble with their penalties.

Dallas Drake was sent to the penalty box for roughing with 1:56 left in the period. Nick Lidstrom sent a long pass from the right point across to Brett Hull waiting in front of the left side of the net, and Hull one-timed a wrist shot which hit the inside of Johnson’s left thigh and rattled into the net.

The Blues showed a lack of intensity in the second period, and ran into penalty trouble again midway through. This time, Jamal Mayers was in the box for interference. Chris Chelios passed along the blue line to Freddy Olausson. Olausson fired a hard shot on net, and the puck brushed the jersey of Luc Robitaille on its way past Johnson.

St. Louis came back hard after that, generating a lot of chances, especially when they got a power play chance of their own on a penalty to Kris Draper, but Dominik Hasek held them off in his acrobatic style, and the Red Wings’ defense was able to get the rebounds and clear the puck away from their goaltender.

Unfortunately for the Wings, the Blues carried that late period intensity into the third and were able to score less than a minute in. Chris Pronger carried the puck behind the net, and Hasek expected him to make a try for a wraparound goal, but Pronger instead left the puck for Scott Mellanby coming around the net in the opposite direction. Hasek couldn’t quite get over in time, and Mellanby stuffed it into the net.

The Red Wings picked up their play after that, controlling the puck for the greater part of the period and making the Blues have to go chase it in their own zone. The St. Louis bench pulled Johnson for the extra attacker with over two minutes to play. The six Blues pressed hard in Detroit’s zone, but Hasek managed to keep the puck out, and the Wings finally got it down the ice. They got caught mishandling the puck as the Blues brought it back up on the attack, and Keith Tkachuk and Mellanby brought it back in on a two on one. Lidstrom got his stick down to try to block Tkachuk’s pass, but the puck bounced over the stick to Mellanby. Mellanby’s quick shot jumped into the net over Hasek’s shoulder.

The Blues tried to press their advantage and score again to force an overtime with the forty seconds that remained to them, but they were unable to put the puck in the net again.

Hasek stopped thirty-five of the thirty-seven shots he faced, while Johnson turned aside twenty-eight of thirty-one.

The semi-final series will continue Tuesday evening at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.

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