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

Lang Leads Wings to Win in Detroit Debut

Between Robert Lang‘s playmaking and Nicklas Lidstrom‘s penalty killing, the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t have much of a chance to win this one. Lang had 3 assists in his debut with the Red Wings, and Lidstrom played his usual quietly spectacular defense in his 1000th career game, propelling Detroit to a 4-2 win over the Flyers.

Lang, acquired Friday from the Washington Capitals, scored his first Detroit point in his second shift of the game. He won a faceoff against Alexei Zhamnov in the Flyers’ zone, and the puck flew back to Mathieu Schneider at the blue line. Schneider’s wrist shot deflected off the stick of Chris Therien and over the shoulder of netminder Sean Burke. The Flyers had a chance to tie up the game a little while later when they wound up with just under two minutes of a four-on-three power play. Kris Draper, Steve Yzerman, and Lidstrom started the penalty kill, doing a good job of picking off Philadelphia’s passes and sending the puck down the ice. Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg relieved the other two forwards, but Lidstrom stayed out for the entire time, doing whatever needed to be done to defend Manny Legace.

The Flyers finally managed to get on the scoreboard early in the second period. Mark Recchi trailed the play unnoticed into Detroit’s zone. Michal Handzus fished the puck out of a tangle of players in the right corner and centered it to Recchi, who placed a wrist shot just underneath Legace’s catching glove.

Yzerman regained the lead for Detroit 3 minutes later. Anders Myrvold bounced a pass to Lang, who centered it for Yzerman coming up center. The Captain leaned into the shot and flung the puck into the net to Burke’s far side.

Kirk Maltby increased the lead near the end of a power play with 5:41 left in the second. Maltby tipped Schneider’s point shot so that it slid into the net low to Burke’s left. Burke, who was being screened by Maltby, Darren McCarty, and two of his own defensemen, had no chance to see the redirection before it slid through.

Simon Gagne’s goal to put the Flyers back within a point came on a bad luck bounce for Detroit. Mattias Timander took a shot towards the net which hit Yzerman’s face protector. The puck bounced right onto Gagne’s stick, and he was able to whack at it until he put it past Legace’s shin pad.

Brendan Shanahan ended a nine game goal drought with a power play goal midway through the third period. Yzerman sent a rink-wide pass to Lang on the left side, who carried the puck forward a few steps before shooting. Burke made the save, but he swept the rebound straight to Shanahan, who was waiting just to the right of the goal. Shanahan put the puck high over Burke’s head for the bad angle goal.

Philadelphia pulled Burke for an extra skater with 1:12 left to play, but they still didn’t manage to muster much in the way of scoring chances.

Legace faced less work this game than he’s had to deal with in awhile, making 18 saves on 20 shots. Burke stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Wednesday evening when they face the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena.

Lidstrom is the first player to reach 1000 career games out of those who entered the NHL in 1991. He has missed only 17 games in his entire career. The Flyers’ Tony Amonte is right behind him, however: this was Amonte’s 998th game”¦. Lang’s assists moved him past Martin St. Louis for the NHL scoring lead”¦. Maltby’s goal was the 99th of his career and only his 4th power play goal ever. (For comparison, Maltby has 19 career shorthanded goals.)

Wings get Lang from Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings made a move to deal with their lack of depth at the center position, trading prospect Tomas Fleischmann and two draft picks to the Washington Capitals for Robert Lang.

Lang is the fourth big-name Captial to be traded this season as Washington attempts to cut salary. Steve Konowalchuk was sent to the Colorado Avalanche, Jaromir Jagr was traded to the New York Rangers, and Peter Bondra was dealt to the Ottawa Senators.

Fleischmann is one of the Western Hockey League’s top scorers. Detroit’s second-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, he’s scored 28 goals and 69 points in 53 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors this season.

The draft picks sent to Washington were Detroit’s first-round pick in 2004 and fourth-round pick in 2006.

The Red Wings will be Lang’s fifth NHL team. He spent time with the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings before spending almost four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the last two seasons with Washington. In eleven NHL seasons, Lang has scored 173 goals and added 289 assists in 640 games.

Lang is tied for the lead in the NHL’s scoring race with Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has 74 points this season.

Oilers Not So Slick: Wings Take 2-1 Win

The Red Wings caused the Edmonton Oilers’ playoff hopes to dwindle even further on Monday night. The Oilers are seven points out of a playoff spot, stuck in 11th place in the Western Conference and fighting for every point they can get, but Manny Legace‘s goaltending and Kris Draper‘s 5th shorthanded goal of the season denied them the opportunity.

The Red Wings pressured the Oilers early in the game. Brendan Shanahan had two very good scoring chances against Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo. His first one rang off the inside of the goalpost but didn’t cross the line, and his second hit the goaltender square in the chest.

The Oilers began to reverse the pressure after awhile, and the Red Wings caught their lucky break of the game. Legace made a glove save against Ales Hemsky while sprawled on the ice. Video replay showed that Legace’s glove was across the goal line, but the puck was not visible at all in the shot. Without conclusive sight of the puck crossing the line, the video officials had to confirm the on-ice ruling of no goal.

Draper opened the scoring with 6:23 left in the first period, in spite of the fact that the Oilers were on the power play. Detroit had cleared the puck deep into the Edmonton zone, and Kirk Maltby stripped the puck away from Eric Brewer behind Salo’s net. Maltby centered the pass to Draper coming up through the high slot, and Draper one-timed a shot which beat Salo high.

The Oilers had 17 shots to the Wings’ 8 after the first period, but Detroit completely dominated the second. They held the puck in the Oilers’ zone for the most part, and they did not allow their opponents a single shot on goal through the entire twenty minutes of play.

Even with all that time on attack, Salo only allowed one goal. Mathieu Schneider picked up a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, deked around a defenseman, delayed his shot until Salo committed to a low save, then put the puck high under the crossbar.

The Oilers’ offense came back for the end of the game. Legace had to be quick several times, especially early in the period when Georges Laraque had a near-breakaway.

Edmonton got on the scoreboard during a power play with Chris Chelios in the box for cross-checking. Jarret Stoll came down the left wing side with no one covering him, and he was able to get to the rebound from Laraque’s shot to slide the puck underneath Legace.

The Oilers pulled Salo for an extra skater with just under a minute to go, but the Red Wings kept the puck away from them well enough that they weren’t able to force overtime.

Legace made 29 saves on 30 shots, while Salo left the game with 24 saves on 26 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Wednesday night when the Phoenix Coyotes come to the Joe.

Draper’s fifth shorthanded goal moves him into second place in shorthanded scoring this season. The leader is Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, who has seven”¦. Mathieu Dandenault played center for the first time in his NHL career, between Steve Thomas and Darren McCarty. Thomas was heard jokingly referring to their new line as the “Donut Line” (nothing in the middle)”¦. The second period was only the third time in franchise history that the Oilers have had no shots in a period.

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