Red Wings Bounce Back Against Devils

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Saturday in a come-from-behind victory over the New Jersey Devils. The win was their first at the Meadowlands since 1993.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Lebda scored for Detroit to pull ahead. The Red Wings’ defense allowed only four shots in the final frame, which included a 6-on-3 for New Jersey with two Red Wings in the penalty box and goalie Martin Brodeur on the bench for the extra attacker.

With Detroit on a power play 8:27 into the third, Mathieu Schneider fired a blast from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out the other side to Datsyuk, who had a wide open net to shoot into and get the Red Wings on the board.

Just 2:16 later, Lebda put the Wings in front, sneaking a shot from the left faceoff circle past Brodeur on the near side.

Scott Gomez opened the game’s scoring with 9:03 remaining in the second period, deflecting a shot from the blue line by Brian Gionta with the Devils on a power play.

Hasek finished the game with 21 saves on 22 shots while Brodeur stopped 34 of 36 shots against.

Both teams’ power play went 1-for-7.

The Red Wings will wrap up their three-game road trip on Monday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home matchup.

Before Saturday, the Red Wings had not won in New Jersey since November 20, 1993, a 4-3 overtime victory. Between wins, Detroit was 0-8-1 at the Meadowlands… Defenseman Niklas Kronwall returned to the Detroit lineup after missing six games with a groin injury.

Draper Picked for Team Canada

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper was announced as a member of Canada’s entry in the coming Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament on Wednesday night. It marks the first time that Draper will represent his country in the Olympics.

“Being selected has to be the highlight of my career,” Draper said after the announcement was made. “Being picked for the World Cup was an absolute thrill, but to play in the Olympics is something that is just huge. It’s the biggest sporting event in the world, and to be able to represent Canada, I’m just very honored.”

Draper joins teammates Mathieu Schneider and Chris Chelios as Olympians. The two defensemen were named to Team USA on Monday.

Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman had earlier removed himself from the running for a spot on the Canadian team, stating that he did not want to keep a younger player who deserved to make the team off the roster.

Kirk Maltby and Brendan Shanahan were also considered for the team but were not selected. Shanahan and Yzerman played for Canada in the 2002 Olympics, becoming the second and third players ever to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year.

Joe Sakic was named the team’s captain. Canada’s roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Martin Brodeur
Roberto Luongo
Marty Turco

Defensemen (7)
Rob Blake
Adam Foote
Ed Jovanovski
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Pronger
Wade Redden
Robyn Regehr

Forwards (13)
Todd Bertuzzi
Shane Doan
Kris Draper
Simon Gagne
Dany Heatley
Jarome Iginla
Vincent Lecavalier
Rick Nash
Brad Richards
Joe Sakic
Ryan Smyth
Martin St. Louis
Joe Thornton

Locked-out Wings Help Honor Larionov

When former Red Wing Igor Larionov retired from the NHL last spring, he knew he had one game left in him. For a year, Larionov had been planning one final game in Moscow, where is Russian fans could see him skate for the last time.

With the NHL locked out and games put on hold, many of Larionov’s former teammates were able to make the trip to Russia with him, to honor the player who last year was the oldest in the NHL.

Larionov assembled a team of Russian All-Stars to take on a team representing the rest of the world, comprised mostly of his former teammates. Retired Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman returned to the bench along side former associate coaches Dave Lewis and Barry Smith to lead the world team while Larionov’s former linemates from the Soviet Red Army team, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov, coached the Russian team.

New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur, Patrick Elias, Scott Gomez and Jay Pandolfo joined Red Wings Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Mathieu Dandenault, Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Brendan Shanahan, Ray Whitney and Henrik Zetterberg on the World team. Former Red Wings Steve Duchesne, Martin Lapointe, Chris Osgood and Luc Robitaille also played.

The Russian squad was made up of Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Gonchar, Valeri Kamensky, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Larionov, Danny Markov, Evgeni Nabokov, Andrei Nikolishin, Sergei Samsonov and Oleg Tverdovsky.

The World team, most of whom hadn’t played competitively since last season, got off to a slow start and Brodeur allowed early goals to Nikolishin and Samsonov. McCarty responded later in the period and the Russians had a 2-1 lead after one period.

Osgood replaced Brodeur between the pipes for the second period but couldn’t stop Larionov from scoring on a quick shot from the slot, as Larionov capped his career with a goal in his final game in front of his home crowd.

For the third period, Larionov and Yzerman switched teams, complete with Yzerman donning a Russian jersey with his name in Cyrillic on the back. Yzerman, possibly playing in his final game as well, scored twice for the Russians as they held off the World team for a 6-5 win.

Canada Defeats Finland to Claim World Cup Championship

Team Canada’s checking line of Shane Doan, Kris Draper and Joe Thornton produced two goals and held Finland’s top line to none as Canada claimed the 2004 World Cup with a 3-2 win. The eventual game-winner was scored by Doan just 34 seconds into the third period.

Canada’s top linescored the game’s first goal 52 seconds into the first period, when Mario Lemieux fed Joe Sakic for a quick shot from the slot that beat Finnish goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Finland responded at 6:34 when a Toni Lydman shot was deflected by Riku Hahl past Canadian netminder Martin Brodeur.

Canada regained the lead when Kiprusoff let a “soft” goal by Scott Niedermayer into the net at 3:15 of the second. The goal, assisted by Draper and Thornton, came without a screen on an innocent-looking shot from along the left-side boards.

Finland bounced back again when Tuomo Ruutu slipped past three Canadian defenders and beat Brodeur at the 19-minute mark of the second period.

Doan’s game-winner came early in the third as he got the puck in front of the net and skated from one side of the crease to the other, finding an opening to the side of the sprawling Kiprusoff.

With the win, Canada is now the defending champion of the Olympics, World Championships and the World Cup.

Canada Downs USA in North American World Cup Opener

Team USA came out flat in the first period of the first North American matchup in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and it cost them the game, as two power-play goals carried Team Canada to a 2-1 win Tuesday night.

The Americans managed only six shots in the first twenty minutes of play as the Canadians controlled the game. Canada got the game’s first goal with 3:59 remaining in the first period when Martin St. Louis scored on the power play.

Joe Sakic added another goal with the man-advantage just 3:05 into the second period, giving Team Canada a 2-0 lead.

The US pulled within one when Bill Guerin put a shot over the shoulder of Canadian goaltender Martin Brodeur but that wouldn’t be enough. The remainder of the game would be scoreless as Canada picked up the victory.

Canada will next be in action against Slovakia on Wednesday night in Montreal. The United States’ next game is Thursday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, when they host Russia.

In Tuesday’s European game, Sweden defeated Germany, 5-2. In the tournament opener on Monday, Finland surprised the Czech Republic with a 4-0 victory.

U.S. Edges Canada in Exhibition

In a pre-World Cup exhibition matchup, the United States defeated Canada, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Canadian team was without captain Mario Lemieux, who decided to sit out the game.

Canada opened the game’s scoring with a goal by Atlanta Thrashers’ forward Dany Heatley halway through the first period. They held the lead until the game’s midway point thanks to solid goaltending from Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.

Florida Panther Roberto Luongo replaced Brodeur and the Dallas Stars’ Bill Guerin scored to even the game at 10:25 of the second. Brian Rolston of the Boston Bruins scored with 58 seconds left in the period to put the United States on top.

Calgary Flame Jordan Leopold added a third period goal – assisted by Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios – for the Americans and Canada was unable to score against New York Islander Rick DiPietro, replaced Edmonton Oiler Ty Conklin in net at the start of the second period.

“It’s U.S.-Canada,” Guerin said. “They’re our biggest rivals. We’re theirs. This means a lot for both teams, whether it’s exhibition or not. You have to be ready.”

Three Red Wings Named to Canadian World Cup Team

Hockey Canada announced Saturday Team Canada’s roster for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Included among their selections are three members of the Detroit Red Wings: Centers Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper and left wing Kirk Maltby.

The roster was determined by Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, Team Canada’s World Cup management team of Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini, and coaches Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Jacques Martin and Wayne Fleming.

Yzerman represented Team Canada at the 1996 World Cup, the only other time the tournament has been held. He also played for his country in 1998 and 2002 at the Olympic Winter Games, helping Canada to a gold medal in 2002. Yzerman played on the Canadian squad at the 1984 Canada Cup – the predecessor of the World Cup tournament – as well as at the World and European Championships in 1985, 1989 and 1990, and at the World Junior Championships in 1983.

Draper played alongside Maltby for Team Canada at the 2003 World Championships as the Canadians claimed the gold. He also played for the Canadian National Team in 1988-89 and 1989-90 and for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1990 and 1991.

Maltby’s only previous international experience was in the 2003 World Championships.

The 2004 World Cup of Hockey will take place from August 30 to September 14, 2004. Team Canada will play in the North American Division alongside the United States, Czech Republic and Russia. North American Division games will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Team Canada’s full roster is as follows:

Goaltenders– Ed Belfour (Toronto Maple Leafs), Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils), and Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers)

DefensemenRob Blake (Colorado Avalanche), Eric Brewer (Edmonton Oilers), Adam Foote (Avalanche), Ed Jovanovski (Vancouver Canucks), Scott Niedermayer (Devils), Chris Pronger (St. Louis Blues), Wade Redden (Ottawa Senators), and Robyn Regehr (Calgary Flames)

ForwardsShane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes), Draper, Simon Gagne (Philadelphia Flyers), Dany Heatley (Atlanta Thrashers), Jarome Iginla (Flames), Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins), Maltby, Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Brendan Morrow (Dallas Stars), Brad Richards (Tampa Bay Lightning), Joe Sakic (Avalanche), Ryan Smyth (Oilers), Martin St. Louis (Lightning), Joe Thornton (Boston Bruins), and Yzerman

Home Sweet Home: Wings Bounce Back from Bad Trip with Win at Home

The Detroit Red Wings bounced back from a five-game road trip in which they won only one game and earned only four of a possible ten points with a 5-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. The win lifted the Wings’ record to 19-4-2 at home this season.

Detroit goaltender Curtis Joseph was spectacular early on as the Red Wings killed off a New Jersey 5-on-3 in the opening minutes of the game. The Wings gained momentum with the successful penalty kill and struck first, scoring the game’s first goal with 8:59 remaining in the period.

Henrik Zetterberg won an offensive zone faceoff against former Red Wing Igor Larionov and got the puck back to Jamie Rivers. Rivers fired a hard shot from the blue line that surprised Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur and found its way into the net.

Just 2:47 later, the Devils responded. Erik Rasmussen picked up the puck in the New Jersey zone and outraced Jason Woolley down the left side of the ice. He gained the Detroit blue line and fired a shot through Joseph’s pads. The goal was a soft one for Joseph to give up, but his teammates would bail him out.

Mathieu Schneider scored his fifth goal in five games 2:16 after the Rasmussen goal as Detroit was on the power play. Tomas Holmstrom carried the puck over the New Jersey blue line and fed it off to Brendan Shanahan at the right-side half-boards. Shanahan sent a pass to the streaking Schneider who one-timed a shot by Brodeur to put the Red Wings back out in front.

Brett Hull put the Wings up by two early in the second. Just 46 seconds in to the period, he took a pass at the right faceoff circle from Steve Thomas, spun around a defender, and deflected a shot off Brodeur’s shoulder, off the crossbar, and into the net.

Within three minutes, Turner Stevenson had the Devils back within one. At 3:31, Stevenson took at pass from Jeff Friesen and put a one-timer from the middle of the Wings’ zone past Joseph.

Detroit didn’t regain their two-goal lead until almost midway through the third period. At 8:30 of the period, Holmstrom scored on just the Wings’ second power play attempt of the game. Schneider fired a shot from the point and the Brodeur let the rebound slip away from him. Holmstrom picked up the puck with his back to the crease and spun around, flipping a shot past Brodeur’s outstretched pad.

Kris Draper added a shorthanded, empty-net insurance goal with 1:02 remaining in the game. Draper picked up a loose puck in the high slot in the Detroit zone, skated with it to the blue line, and fired a long shot into the vacant New Jersey net.

Detroit’s special teams were perfect for the game, with the power play converting on both opportunities and the penalty kill successfully defending against seven New Jersey attempts with the extra attacker.

Joseph stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in net for the Red Wings, a far cry from his last appearance in net, where he allowed four goals on eight shots in two periods against the Phoenix Coyotes. Brodeur made 15 saves on 19 shots against for the Devils.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Joe Louis Arena. Detroit defeated the Hurricanes, 4-1, in their previous meeting this season.

Detroit forward Steve Thomas left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. He did not return.

Devils Down Ducks, Claim Cup

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim didn’t have a storybook ending left in them after forcing a Game Seven in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks were shutout by Martin Brodeur as the New Jersey Devils claimed their third Stanley Cup in nine years.

The Devils tight defensive game and stellar netminding by Brodeur left Anaheim struggling to create offense but unable to put the puck in the net. Brodeur ended the series with his third shutout of the Finals and an NHL record seven playoff shutouts.

The Ducks and Devils seemed to be off to a defensive battle in the first period. Like in Games Three and Four in Anaheim, chances for both sides were limited. The teams combined for a total of only twelve shots in the period. The score remained tied at zero after twenty minutes of play.

New Jersey broke the game open in the second period. Scoring twice on twelve shots, the Devils pulled away from Anaheim on their way to claiming the Cup.

Rookie call-up Michael Rupp scored the game’s first goal, his first goal of the playoffs and the eventual Cup-winner, just 2:22 into the period. Rupp deflected a Scott Niedermayer shot from the blue line between Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere‘s pads while set up in front of the crease.

Anaheim attempted to get their offense going but Brodeur held strong and the Devils added a second goal almost exactly ten minutes later.

At 12:18, Jeff Friesen, acquired from Anaheim in an offseason trade last summer, put the rebound of a Rupp shot past Giguere and gave the Devils a two-goal lead.

Anaheim couldn’t bounce back from the two-goal deficit. Friesen added a second goal with 3:44 remaining in the game and the Devils finished off the Ducks.

Despite his loss in the deciding game, the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP went to Anaheim’s Giguere, who led the seventh-seeded Ducks to wins over second-seeded Detroit, top-seeded Dallas and the Minnesota Wild before finally falling to the Devils.

Ducks Win Again in OT to Even Series

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim remained perfect in overtime as goaltenter Jean-Sebastien Giguere shutout the New Jersey Devils and veteran forward Steve Thomas scored just thirty-nine seconds into the extra period to put the Ducks past the Devils and tie the Stanley Cup Finals series at two games apiece.

Anaheim is now 7-0 in overtime playoff games this season, including Games Three and Four of the Finals, both played on their home ice. Ten of the Ducks’ fourteen wins have come in overtime.

Thomas, a late-season acquisition, scored for the Ducks after picking up the rebound from a Samuel Pahlsson shot in the right circle.

“I thought their D-man was going to get to it,” Thomas said. “I just went to the net, and it came right to me and I shot it. … When you have an opportunity to score an overtime goal like that, that’s the ultimate.”

The Ducks had fallen behind in the series after being shutout by Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur in both Games One and Two in New Jersey.

“We gave them too much respect, and we needed to go out there and play our game, do what we’ve done all year. (As a result) there is a hell of a lot of difference on the ice,” Giguere said.

“It’s a lot different going back to Jersey 2-2 instead of 3-1,” Thomas said. “We knew after those two games in Jersey we were a lot better team than we showed. We decided it was time to turn up our game. It was a little bit embarrassing to play the way we played in the first two games.”

Brodeur agreed that the series has changed dramatically since the teams left New Jersey.

“They feel pretty good about themselves, and on the other side, we just blew a 2-0 lead,” he said. “So it’s kind of hard to bring any kind of momentum into Game 5. But we’ll regroup. … It’s really important for us to have that confidence that we’re going to be hard to beat in our building, because they didn’t play well in those games.”