Tempting Fate

In spite of a late rally after Tomas Holmstrom finally cracked the armor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, in spite of outshooting the Mighty Ducks once again, in spite of the huge amounts of ice time logged by Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, and Steve Yzerman, the Ducks took a 2-1 win in their first home game and now lead the quarterfinal series 3-0.

The game started off well for the Red Wings. The Grind Line played well, with Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, and Kris Draper taking it in turns to post themselves in front of the net to screen Giguere and try to grab up stray rebounds or redirect shots on the way through. Curtis Joseph made two big saves early against Steve Rucchin. The Red Wings even got the first power play of the game late in the first. Brendan Shanahan had a good chance to score from his customary spot at the left faceoff circle. He had beaten Giguere, but the puck clanged off the crossbar.

A turnover at the blue line let the Ducks open the scoring early in the second period. Stanislav Chistov barely managed to drag the puck around Dmitri Bykov, but got the pass away to Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson took a quick shot which rattled into the net.

Mathieu Dandenault thought he had evened the game up with a long shot from the blue line just a minute later, but the play was whistled down because Detroit had had too many men on the ice. Shanahan and Steve Yzerman had a good chance to score shorthanded on the resulting penalty, but Shanahan’s shot was just low enough that Giguere could catch it in his glove.

The Red Wings certainly had their chances to score, but again Giguere played an excellent game, and his defensemen picked off most rebounds before Detroit could get to them.

The Ducks increased their lead early in the third period. Joseph came out of the net to clear the puck away, but his pass bounced off the leg of Chris Chelios and back to Chistov. Joseph scrambled to get back, and Henrik Zetterberg scrambled to help him cover the empty parts of the net, but Chistov put the puck off Zetterberg’s skate and into the net.

Pahlsson took a penalty for holding the stick of Luc Robitaille (and thus denying Robitaille a strong scoring chance) at 6:22, and the Red Wings finally got on the board within six seconds. Holmstrom went to the front of the net, got shoved around as usual, and was rewarded with the rebound from Lidstrom’s shot. He lifted the puck up and over Giguere, making it a one-shot game.

The Red Wings scrambled after that, trying to beat the solid goaltender one more time. They pulled Joseph from the net for an extra attacker with just over a minute left to play, but Giguere was able to control all his rebounds, and the Red Wings finally just ran out of time.

The count of shots on net was 37-26 favoring Detroit. The best-of-seven series will continue Wednesday night from Anaheim.

Ducks Take 2-0 Lead Back Home

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim rallied back after being down by a goal late in the third period Saturday to claim a 3-2 win over the Red Wings and stretch their lead in the first-round playoff series to two games.

Down 2-1 with 6:26 remaining in the third, Anaheim forward Jason Krog skated in on top of Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph and beat him to tie the game.

Just over two minutes later, after a botched breakout pass by Chris Chelios, Rob Neidermayer sent the puck to Steve Thomas, who skated in alone and blasted a shot past Joseph, giving the Ducks the lead.

Anaheim had taken an early lead on a goal by Stanislav Chistov but Detroit battled back in the second periond.

Just 2:14 into the second, Jason Woolley picked up a rebound and ripped it past Mighty Ducks’ goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Four minutes later, Luc Robitaille knocked a fluttering puck down behind Giguere to give the Wings the lead.

Giguere kept the Mighty Ducks in the game, making several key stops and giving the team a rest while he dealt with a long “equipment problem” similar to the incident when he was “shaken up” in Game One. Giguere finished with thirty-four saves.

Joseph made twenty saves on twenty-three shots in net for Detroit.

Game Three will be on Monday night in Anaheim.

Home Ice No Benefit in Game One

The wacky 2002-2003 Game One home ice jinx has spread throughout the NHL. The Red Wings succumbed with a 2-1 loss in triple overtime to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, making the New Jersey Devils the only one of the teams with home ice advantage to win their playoff opener.

The Red Wings started out quite well. They got a power play chance early when Ruslan Salei was sent to the box for holding, and good passing allowed the Wings to capitalize. Igor Larionov sent the puck up to Tomas Holmstrom behind the net. Holmstrom sent it out across the goal crease, and Brendan Shanahan was able to wrist the puck in past goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Anaheim was able to get on the scoreboard late in the first period. Kurt Sauer took a shot on net from the right boards. The shot was deflected by Mike Leclerc on its way through. Curtis Joseph was able to make the save, but the rebound slid out at an awkward angle and Adam Oates was able to get to it and flip it into the net.

The Ducks came on strong in the second and third periods. They had a golden opportunity to score late in the second: 29 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time with Mathieu Schneider and Darren McCarty both in the penalty box. Fortunately for Detroit, Steve Yzerman won the faceoff and sent the puck deep into the Ducks’ zone, killing off most of the 5-on-3. Joseph was amazing in net and was the key reason the game went to overtime.

The Red Wings completely dominated the first two overtime periods. Luc Robitaille thought he won the game with 10:39 left in the first overtime, but review showed that his shot deflected off the bottom of the crossbar and never crossed the goal line.

That was the way it went for Detroit in overtime. Shots were blocked. Shots were deflected up and out of play. Shots rebounded in just the right spots that no Red Wings could get to them easily. In the end, though, the game belonged to Giguere, who had a phenomenal game, stopping 63 of the 64 shots he faced and setting a new record for a goaltender in his playoff debut. In the end, Giguere kept the Ducks in the game, knowing that an overtime game is a one shot game.

That one vital shot came early in the third overtime period. The faceoff came to be deep in the Red Wings’ zone. Steve Rucchin won the faceoff back to Paul Kariya, who sent a hard wrist shot over the shoulder of Curtis Joseph. Joseph was accidentally screened by Sergei Fedorov, and couldn’t see the shot coming until it was too late.

The Red Wings will regroup and come back at it on Saturday afternoon to try to even up the series with their second home game.

Penalties End Winning Streak

Darren McCarty summed it up like this: “It disrupts the flow, because some guys don’t get into the game. We had to kill eight penalties, which is nearly a whole period on the PK. But the real story of the game was Giguere. He won the game for them.” Aided by 39 saves from goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks brought the Red Wings’ eight game winning streak to an end with a 4-1 game.

The penalties against Detroit started early in the game and kept right on going through the first period. Ironically, the penalty-killing units did a fine job, and the Ducks never did score a power play goal. Their two goals in the first period were both during the short bits of time at even strength, in-between the five Detroit penalties.

Steve Rucchin opened the scoring 5:23 into the game. He whacked at it twice at the left corner of the net before he was shoved behind the net and out of the way. Unfortunately, the puck went behind with him, and he was able to stuff it in the right side of the net before Curtis Joseph could slide across to stop him.

Stanislav Chistov increased the Ducks’ lead. The rebound from Samuel Pahlsson‘s shot was not knocked out of the way after Joseph made the save. Chistov was trailing the play and he was able to push the puck in past Joseph.

The Red Wings had a number of shorthanded scoring chances, most notably a breakaway by Sergei Fedorov. Brendan Shanahan made the pass that sent Fedorov flying up the ice with t he puck, but Giguere was alert and ready. “I just wanted to be aggressive on that guy,” he explained. “He’s got a good shot, so you don’t want to give him any room to shoot the puck and pick the corners on you. You’ve got to force him to deke, and once he starts making his move, you’ve got to be patient and wait until the last possible second.”

Detroit took their sixth penalty of the game, a phantom slashing call against Boyd Devereaux, early in the second period. (Devereaux had used his stick to lift the stick of Paul Kariya and keep him from picking up a pass.) Again, the Red Wings generated more scoring chances on this penalty than the Ducks did. Unfortunately, Kurt Sauer scored his first NHL goal shortly after the penalty expired to increase the lead to 3-0. Sauer and Pahlsson rushed the puck into the zone. Sauer one-timed a wrist shot from Pahlsson’s pass. The puck deflected off the outstretched stick of Henrik Zetterberg and into the net over Joseph.

The Red Wings got their only two power plays of the game late in the second, but luck was not with them, and the Ducks were able to get a shorthanded goal on their second penalty. Marc Chouinard made a pass through center ice to Pahlsson, who went in all alone against Joseph. Pahlsson faked a shot to the right to lure Joseph over, then backhanded a shot in on the left.

Manny Legace came out to start the third period for Detroit, but by then, Anaheim was content to sit back and play a defensive game. Legace only had to make five saves in his twenty minutes of playing time.

Brett Hull ruined Giguere’s shutout bid midway through the third. Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck from an Anaheim player trying to clear the zone. Datsyuk sent it to Zetterberg, who passed across the goal crease to Hull. Hull put it in high over Giguere.

The goal (and the relative lack of penalty-killing in the third period) seemed to revive the Red Wings, and they began to pressure the Ducks more efficiently than they had been doing, but they simply ran out of time.

The final count of shots on net was 40 to 28 for Detroit. The Red Wings play their next game Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Steve Yzerman was kept out of this game to rest his knee, but he is likely to play tomorrow night in Los Angeles…. Hull’s goal was the 708th of his career, tying him with Mike Gartner for fifth leading scorer of all time.

No “Fowl” Play Here

A good solid start, a more controlled defense, and a more disciplined game helped the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday night at the Joe.

The Red Wings controlled the play in the early going, generating a number of quality scoring chances against Jean-Sebastien Giguere and making the Ducks work hard to get any shots against Curtis Joseph. Giguere was sharp in the net, though, and it was late in the first period before the Wings could score against him. Sean Avery won a faceoff deep in the offensive zone, and instead of drawing the puck back to a teammate, he knocked it forward and chased after it. He shot on net from behind the goal line, but the puck hit the back of Giguere’s leg and bounced into the net.

Brett Hull increased Detroit’s lead early in the second period. Henrik Zetterberg took a shot on net from the right side. Giguere had the puck in his glove, but it trickled out onto the ice. Hull got hold of it, pulled it back towards the goal line on the left side, and shot the puck into the net from a tight angle.

The Red Wings had their chances to put the game away for good during the second period, with a double minor high sticking penalty to Stanislav Chistov followed closely by a tripping penalty against Jason Krog, but the Anaheim penalty killers did a good job to take away the shot opportunities and keep Detroit from setting up a good scoring play.

When the Ducks got their first power play of the game, they were prepared. Niclas Havelid took a hard shot against Joseph from the blue line, and Steve Rucchin deflected it on its way through. The redirection caused Joseph to let the rebound slip away, and Paul Kariya was in just the right spot to seize the puck and put it into the net.

Anaheim had three power play chances in the third period and managed to get some high quality scoring chances, but they were unable to score again, even when they pulled Giguere for an extra skater at the end of the game. Joseph made two especially notable saves in the last two minutes. The first was a low shot by Rucchin from point-blank range, and the second a high shot by sniper Petr Sykora, which hit Joseph’s shoulder and bounced harmlessly to the corner. The Wings played a mostly defensive posture as the game drew to its end, not wanting to risk giving up their small lead.

In the final count, Joseph made 29 saves on 30 shots, while Giguere stopped 25 of 27 shots. The Ducks went 1 for 4 and the Wings went 0 for 5 on power plays. The Red Wings’ next game will be Thursday night in Phoenix, when they play the Coyotes. The Coyotes have been struggling with number one goalie Sean Burke injured: they have only a 2-5-3 record at home and an 8-12-4-1 record overall.

Chris Chelios returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game with an injured finger…. Brett Hull extends his point streak to ten games and narrowed the gap between himself and his 700th career goal down to eleven…. Igor Larionov celebrated his 42nd birthday today.

Another Happy Overtime Outcome

The Red Wings closed out their five-game homestand on a high note, outplaying, outshooting, and finally outscoring the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in a 2-1 overtime victory.

Detroit outplayed the Ducks with great vigor in the first period, doubling the shots on net 10-5, in spite of two power plays for Anaheim and none for Detroit. Even so, the goaltenders were superb, with both Curtis Joseph and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turning away some high quality scoring chances to end the first in a 0-0 tie.

The Red Wings continued their dominance in the second period, but the Mighty Ducks were able to capitalize on a defensive miscue to take the lead. The Red Wings’ defensemen had joined the play and were in the Anaheim zone, with Pavel Datsyuk back to defend. When Stanislav Chistov made a pass to spring Andy McDonald on a breakaway, Datsyuk wasn’t quite sure of the defensive move to make, and McDonald got around him. Joseph blocked McDonald’s low shot, sprawling, but Petr Sykora followed the play to the net and flipped the rebound into the net over the goalie.

Detroit continued to work hard to score, refusing to let the goal shake them. Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, and Kris Draper caused trouble for the Ducks every time they stepped on the ice. Returning defenseman Dmitri Bykov made several wise defensive moves to block shots and steal the puck, keeping Anaheim from increasing their lead. Luc Robitaille, Igor Larionov, and Tomas Holmstrom were everywhere in the Duck’s end of the rink, wreaking havoc and creating scoring chances, but Giguere continued to frustrate them until the third period.

Robitaille’s hard work and Brett Hull‘s ability to find open ice created the goal. Robitaille intercepted a clearing pass and headed towards the net. Giguere gave him no angle to shoot at, so Robitaille carried the puck behind the net. Instead of attempting a wraparound goal, Robitaille fired a quick pass to Hull, who had managed to position himself in front of the net without being noticed. Giguere was still trying to watch Robitaille behind him, and he had no chance to stop Hull’s hard one-timer shot that tied the game. “I thought he was going to shoot,” Hull said. “And when he didn’t, I just went to an open spot.”

The third period and eventual overtime continued with superior goaltending and scoring chances for both teams. Joseph rose to the occasion…. or flopped down on the ice (kind of like that goalie the Wings had last year), or went into the butterfly position, or stood straight up with his glove hand ready…. whatever physical contortions were necessary to stop the shots by an increasingly desperate Anaheim team, Joseph was prepared for them.

Finally, with only twenty-one seconds remaining in overtime, Sergei Fedorov decided it was time to net his sixth game-winning goal of the season. Chris Chelios left a drop pass to Fedorov. Giguere was being screened by Brendan Shanahan, and Fedorov’s lightning-quick shot found its way past Giguere for the win.

Over the course of the game, Joseph made 25 saves on 26 shots, while Giguere stopped 43 of the 44 he faced. The Red Wings leave town after this game for a trip to Toronto, where they will face the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

Fedorov’s goal was his 11th of the season, tying him for first place in the NHL. The other player in the top spot is Marion Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild. The goal also made Fedorov the all-time leader in regular season overtime goals, with a total of 12 in his career.

Fluke Goal Helps Lift Wings Over Ducks

Sticks were high in Anaheim: three times, the Mighty Ducks got away with cutting Red Wing players with high sticks unseen by the referees, even though a high stick which draws blood is supposed to be an automatic double minor. But the Red Wings’ shot percentage was also high, and Manny Legace‘s save percentage was high, and the Red Wings will come home with a 4-2 victory over the Ducks.

Brendan Shanahan scored his first goal of the season in the first minute of the game. Jason Williams passed the puck across the rink and across the blue line, and Shanahan got in after it. With two Anaheim defenders closing in, he wristed the shot, and the puck soared over the arm of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Most of the second half of the first period was spent with the Red Wings in penalty-killing mode. Even though the Ducks had over a full minute of 5-on-3 advantage with Darren McCarty and Nick Lidstrom both in the box, Mathieu Dandenault, Chris Chelios, and Sergei Fedorov kept Anaheim from setting up an effective scoring chance, and Manny Legace stopped any shots which made it through.

Legace came up huge for his team early in the second period as well. Peter Sykora got through on a breakaway while the Ducks were shorthanded, but Legace gloved the high shot, leaving Sykora shaking his head in confusion.

Again, the second period was full of penalties. The Wings were able to capitalize on a hooking call to their former teammate Freddy Olausson with just over a minute left in the period. Luc Robitaille passed the puck from the blue line to Chelios on the left wing side, then Chelios dropped the puck back to Lidstrom. Lidstrom one-timed the shot, and Giguere had little chance to see it, screened as he was by Robitaille and one of his own defenders.

Thirty seconds later came a strange goal, a rare “gift” goal. Shanahan was going to be sent to the penalty box on a delayed call, and Giguere had left the net so the sixth skater could come in. Anaheim was applying pressure in the Detroit zone. Adam Oates turned with the puck near the side of the net to pass it back to a teammate at the blue line.

The teammate was not there. The puck slid down, down, all the way down the length of the rink and directly into the empty net. Shanahan, being the last Red Wing to touch the puck before Oates, was given credit for the goal before being sent away to the box. Paul Kariya put the Ducks on the board during the resulting power play when the puck bounced from a skate to his stick while he was waiting in front of the net.

The third period settled down for both teams. Ruslan Salei did bring Anaheim back within one goal by one-timing a shot up the center while his teammates screened Legace, but Henrik Zetterberg‘s first NHL goal ensured a Detroit victory. The goal came on the power play. Chris Chelios fired a hard shot from the right point. The rebound bounced back out on the left where Zetterberg waited. He one-timed the bouncing puck into the net before Giguere could slide back across.

The Ducks pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker with just under two minutes remaining, but the Red Wings kept control, and kept the shots away from Legace. Final shot totals were thirty-two to thirty in favor of Detroit.

The Red Wings play next in their home opener on Thursday night, when they will raise the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena before hosting the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup.

Tied at the Pond

Uwe Krupp finally returned to the lineup in a solid defensive debut, and Luc Robitaille broke a goal slump with the Red Wings’ only goal, as the Wings and Mighty Ducks skated to a 1-1 tie.

Neither team was able to score in the choppy first period, in spite of two power play chances for each team. Anaheim goaltender Steve Shields was injured midway through the period when Tomas Holmstrom was shoved into his net, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere came out to replace him.

The Ducks opened the scoring early in the second period, during a holding penalty to Uwe Krupp carried over from the end of the first. Paul Kariya fired a shot on net from a very tight angle. Dominik Hasek was able to block the shot, but the rebound came loose to Jeff Friesen, who tapped it into the net on his backhand.

The Red Wings tied up the game midway through the second. Holmstrom passed from behind the Anaheim net to Luc Robitaille waiting in front of the goal line on the right wing side. Robitaille wristed a shot low between Giguere’s legs to score his thirtieth goal of the season, breaking an eleven-game goal slump.

Anaheim came on strong in the beginning of the third period, but Hasek was up for the challenge and did not allow the Ducks to score again. However, because of the Ducks’ defensive style of blocking up center ice, neither were the Red Wings able to put the puck past Giguere again.

Krupp took a hooking penalty early in the overtime, giving Anaheim a four-on-three advantage. The Wings’ penalty killing unit stayed organized and kept the Ducks away from the front of the net, and Hasek was able to block the shots that did get through.

Hasek stopped twenty-nine of thirty shots during the game. Shields blocked five of five before his injury, and Giguere stopped seventeen of the eighteen he faced. The Red Wings will play next on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Steve Yzerman traveled out west with the team, but will probably not play. Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk were both left home to rest and recover from minor bumps and bruises. Brett Hull and Sergei Fedorov, with 29 goals apiece, are both poised and waiting to join Brendan Shanahan and Luc Robitaille as the team’s 30+ goal scorers. Robitaille’s goal makes this his twelfth consecutive 30+ goal season.

Power Play Gets The Win

The Red Wings’ power play got the new year off to a good start, despite third period defensive lapses, by defeating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 5-3.

The Ducks started out the game trying to keep in a tight defensive trap, but it was not enough to stop the Red Wings’ offense in the first period. Oleg Tverdovsky started Anaheim’s troubles by picking up a penalty for holding 3:13 into the game. He barely had time to sit down in the penalty box before Luc Robitaille picked up the rebound from Igor Larionov‘s shot on net and sent it in behind goaltender Steve Shields.

The Wings scored their second of the night on another power play, this one resulting from a tripping call on Keith Carney. Pavel Datsyuk fished the puck out from a tangle of Anaheim players in the right corner and put a centering pass out front for Brendan Shanahan, who had been left wide open. Shields dropped down to block before the shot was fired, and Shanahan sent it over Shields into the top corner of the net.

The Red Wings’ power play scored again before the end of the period. Jason York was given a roughing call for a hard hit on Darren McCarty with eighteen seconds left, and Shanahan scored his second goal of the night by firing in the rebound from Nick Lidstrom‘s shot.

The Ducks didn’t change up their play in the second period, and the Red Wings stayed on the offensive. Robitaille got the puck along the left boards, and passed to Sergei Fedorov, speeding up center to join the play from his defensive position. Fedorov faked left and put the puck into the right side of the net.

That was all Shields and the Anaheim bench could take, and they called him out to be replaced by Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Anaheim got a lucky break late in the period, when Samuel Pahlsson was able to score against Dominik Hasek on a short-handed breakaway. The Mighty Ducks took that momentum and translated it into energy for the third period.

Tverdovsky scored by shooting from the right point while Hasek was screened from seeing the puck, 3:19 into the third.

Anaheim continued to pressure the Red Wings, who seemed to lose energy even as the Ducks gained it, and brought the game within one point with just under four minutes left to play. A confused tangle of Anaheim offense and Detroit defense surrounded the net in front of Hasek on a delayed penalty to the Wings, and the Ducks kept whacking at the puck until Marc Chouinard finally poked it into the net.

Luck was with the Red Wings, however, when Jeff Friesen was sent to the penalty box for roughing with 2:37 remaining. Steve Yzerman, playing his first game back after a foot injury, stole the puck from Pavel Trnka in front of the Anaheim net and passed neatly to Mathieu Dandenault, coming up the right wing side. Dandenault fired, and the puck fluttered into the net behind Giguere to lock up the Red Wings twenty-ninth win of the season.

Hasek stopped twenty-six of the twenty-nine shots he faced, while Shields stopped only nine of thirteen before being pulled. Giguere stopped fourteen shots out of fifteen.

The Red Wings play next on Saturday afternoon, when their arch-nemesis, the Colorado Avalanche, comes to play at the Joe.

600 And Counting

Luc Robitaille scored his 600th career goal, and Dominik Hasek earned his first shutout of the season, as the Red Wings took a 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Detroit dominated the play in the first two periods. Robitaille’s historic goal was scored on a power play opportunity. 7:32 into the game, Anaheim’s Niclas Havelid was sent to the penalty box for holding. Brendan Shanahan shot the puck from the blue line, and Robitaille was on hand to tip it past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

A fight broke out a few minutes later. Some Anaheim players took offense to Chris Chelios‘s hit on Paul Kariya, but Kris Draper and Brendan Shanahan were on hand to help their teammate. Shanahan fought his opponent, Dan Bylsma, down to the ice, and both were given five-minute major penalties for fighting. Shanahan currently leads the NHL in penalty minutes.

Thorughout the first two periods, Detroit had 22 shots on goal. The Ducks were only able to generate 11 shots against Dominik Hasek, in spite of two power play chances late in the second.

The Ducks kicked up their play for the third period. Hasek showed himself equal to the task, demonstrating his acrobatic skills on a rolling save to block a shot from Paul Kariya and a rebound shot from Patrick Kjellberg.

Chelios got into another fight near the end of the period. Kirk Maltby had dropped to the ice to block a shot, and an Anaheim player tried to whack the puck out from under him. Chelios came to stick up for his teammate, and he and Mike Leclerc were given offsetting two-minute penalties for roughing.

Anaheim pulled Giguere for the extra skater with 1:23 left to play, but the Ducks were unable to score.

Darren McCarty rejoined the “Grind Line”, playing in his first game since sustaining a knee injury against the Islanders on October 13. Max Kuznetsov and Tomas Holmstrom sat out, with injuries to hip and wrist, respectively. Brent Gilchrist, whose eye was injured by a high stick in Wednesday’s game against the Coyotes, also sat out, but Wings trainer John Wharton said the eye was not seriously damaged, and Gilchrist should be fine soon.

Hasek’s shutout was the fifty-seventh of his career, putting him within one of overtaking the Dallas Stars’ Ed Belfour for the lead in shutouts among active goaltenders. Robitaille is only the thirteenth player in NHL history to score 600 goals. He and teammates Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull make the Red Wings the first team in history to have three 600-goal-scorers.

The Red Wings will finish up their West Coast road trip Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings.