Thoughts on Game One

Getting back late from the game last night I haven’t had time to watch my recording of it so there’ll be no recap for now. I have had time to check out what other people have had to say about it so I’ll add my two cents.

The Stars fans that are complaining about Detroit’s early five-on-three should. That almost never gets called. That said, I’ve said for a long time that I wish the NHL would cut down on the stuff that happens after the whistle and for once they did. I like that they called it, I wish they would call it more often, but since they don’t I think Dallas has a right to complain.

Consistency, people. Is it really that hard? Call it all the time or don’t call it at all.

The other complaint I’m seeing is on Holmstrom’s goal, that his foot was in the crease.

“We were told that if there’s going to be a player in the blue paint that would be no goal,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “Obviously that didn’t happen.”

Not that it hasn’t been called before but the crease rule is supposed to be dead. Holmstrom’s allowed to be in the crease as long as he doesn’t interfere. No sympathy from me, I’ll wait to see the replay.

Two things the Wings were supposed to be afraid of just weren’t all that fearsome. Marty Turco was beaten back and forth and the Dallas power play couldn’t come up with anything.

Brendan Morrow did get a goal and containing him will be a key to this series. I thought Ozzie shouldn’t have given up that rebound but he didn’t need to play a perfect game so it’s okay.

I liked the swap of Kirk Maltby in for Darren McCarty and that should stay for now, Maltby played a really solid game, better than I remember him playing in awhile.

It’s obvious that the Wings don’t need to change anything going forward in this series. They did all the things they had to. I don’t know what Dallas can change but they’ll have to find something.

I’ll get my photos from the game posted as soon as I have time to go through them, Should be later today.

Red Wings Skid Hits Six

The Detroit Red Wings’ losing streak hit six games on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Rookie goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 30 shots in his first start of the season but the one goal he allowed was enough for Dallas to get the win, with the Red Wings unable to score on Marty Turco.

Niklas Hagman scored the game’s only goal at 3:13 of the first period, roofing the rebound of a Jere Lehtinen shot over Howard.

The game marked the fourth in a row that the Red Wings were unable to score at even-strength.

Detroit looks to snap the skid Monday night in Colorado.

Hasek, Red Wings Blank Stars

The Detroit Red Wings and goaltender Dominik Hasek earned a 3-0 shutout win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon. It was the 78th shutout of Hasek’s career.

Making the start as his turn in Detroit’s goalie rotation came up, Hasek made 22 saves in the effort. Chris Osgood was in net on Wednesday when the Red Wings posted a 4-1 win over the Stars.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, scored on their first shot of the game.

Just 3:44 in, Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary forced a turnover behind the Dallas net. Cleary sent it out front as Brian Rafalski jumped up into the slot for a one-timer past goaltender Mike Smith.

The Stars would stay in the game until Cleary scored with 9:52 left in the third period, whipping a shot between Smith’s pads after Valtteri Filppula won a fight for the puck along the left wing boards.

Johan Franzen scored an empty net goal in the game’s closing seconds.

Smith stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced from Detroit. Marty Turco had started against the Red Wings on Wednesday.

Detroit returns to the ice on Sunday in Chicago, facing a Blackhawks team they have yet to beat in four tries this season.

Red Wings Beat Stars to Open ’08

The Detroit Red Wings opened the 2008 calendar year with their 30th win of the season, a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Playing their 41st game of the season, it was the fastest run to 30 wins in Red Wings history.

Henrik Zetterberg returned to the team after missing five games with back spasms, notching two assists.

Zetterberg’s first point of the night came as the secondary assist on the opening goal, scored by Dan Cleary.

With 7:59 left in the first, Valtteri Filppula carried into the Dallas zone and lost the puck. Cleary stepped across the blue line and blasted a shot that was blocked by a defender, but Cleary stepped around him to pick the puck back up and snap it by goalie Marty Turco.

Detroit took a two-goal lead at 7:28 of the second, when a long outlet pass by Aaron Downey sprung Johan Franzen in all alone. Franzen faked and got Turco to sprawl out before skating it into the open side of the net.

Dallas Drake scored his first goal of his second stint with the Red Wings at 4:32 of the third period. The Wings regained control of the puck after Johan Franzen missed an open net and eventually Zetterberg got it in the high slot. Spinning into the left circle, he sent a pass down to Drake near the bottom of the right circle to punch between Turco’s legs.

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit’s final goal with 6:47 left in regulation, deflecting a Nicklas Lidstrom blast past Turco.

Loui Eriksson scored Dallas’ lone goal 46 seconds later. A broken play left Detroit netminder Chris Osgood out of position and Eriksson put a wraparound chance into the open net.

Neither team converted on any of their power play chances. Each team had three attempts with the extra attacker, one lasting only a matter of seconds.

Osgood made 23 saves on 24 shots to earn the win. Turco stopped 22 of 26 shots against.

The two teams will face each other again on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.

Lidstrom’s assist on Datsyuk’s goal was his 700th career assist… Downey’s assist on Franzen’s goal was his first point as a Red Wing.

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.

Shorthanded Goals Help Red Wings Snap Skid

The Detroit Red Wings scored two shorthanded goals in the third period Monday night, lifting then to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars and ending their losing streak at five games.

Kris Draper scored the first of Detroit’s tallies 3:03 into the third period, banging home the puck when a long shot by Nicklas Lidstrom bounced off the back boards and came to him at the side of the net.

Mathieu Schneider put the Red Wings in the lead 9:50 later, taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg all alone at the blue line and rifling a shot off the bottom of goalie Marty Turco‘s glove and into the net.

The goals came on two of four Dallas power plays in the final frame.

After a scoreless first period, the Stars opened the scoring at 6:22 of the second, when Antti Miettinen put a shot in from the bottom of the left circle while Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek struggled to get back into position after colliding with Schneider.

Haske finished the night with 20 saves on 21 shots while Turco, who has never won at Joe Louis Arena, stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit had two chances and Dallas had five, including one in the final minute while their net was empty for a 6-on-4.

The Red Wings will look to continue their winning ways when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Red Wings down Stars for Second-Straight Win

The Detroit Red Wings’ penalty killers came to life at just the right time Friday night, holding off a four-minute Dallas Stars’ power play in the third period to help claim a 4-3 win.

After allowing three power play goals to Dallas, the Red Wings finally clamped down defensively after rookie Tomas Kopecky went off for a double-minor after high-sticking Jaroslav Modry at 2:58 of the final frame. They kept up the effort for the rest of the game and kept the Stars off the board, holding onto their one-goal lead.

The Stars never led the game but their power play kept them close.

Jiri Hudler opened the scoring for Detroit just 1:55 into the game but Mike Modano evened things back up 47 seconds later.

With 2:13 remaining in the first, Nicklas Lidstrom put Detroit back out in front, only to have the lead disappear when Jussi Jokinen scored 27 seconds into the second.

Pavel Datsyuk put in a rebound after a Dallas turnover in their own zone at 2:09 of the middle period and Lidstrom added Detroit’s lone power play goal on a 5-on-3 at 8:32.

Modano scored with 7:47 remaining in the period but the Stars were unable to even things up.

Detroit finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play while Dallas went 3-for-7.

Red Wings’ netminder Dominik Hasek made 17 saves on 20 shots. Marty Turco stopped 29 of 33 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action Saturday night when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Wings Win with Third-period Comeback

The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in the third period to come from behind and defeat the Dallas Stars Monday night in the final game at Joe Louis Arena before the start of the playoffs.

Detroit had allowed goals in the late in the first period and early in the third to fall behind, 2-0, but scored three times in the game’s final seven minutes to erase the deficit and pull into the lead.

With 6:59 remaining in regulation, Johan Franzen deflected a shot from the blue line by Niklas Kronwall past Dallas goalie Marty Turco to put the Red Wings on the board.

Just 2:12 later, Andreas Lilja scored on a rush into the Stars’ zone led by Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg carried the puck along the right wing boards and cut into the right circle, sending a crossing pass to Lilja in the left circle to redirect the puck into the net.

With the Red Wings on the power play and 45 seconds remaining in regulation, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Zetterberg shot past Turco to put Detroit out in front.

Even with Kirk Maltby in the penalty box for the final half-minute of the game, the Red Wings were able to hold off a Dallas comeback.

Jason Arnott had opened the scoring with 4:50 remaining in the first period.

After Detroit netminder Manny Legace kicked aside a long shot by Philippe Boucher, Arnott dove to poke the puck back under Legace and into the net.

An apparent Stars goal was called off shortly after that thanks to a quick whistle but Dallas scored again at 3:22 of the third period, when Jere Lehtinen deflected a centering pass from Arnott past Legace for a power play goal.

Between the Dallas goals, the game’s main excitement came from a fight between Steve Ott and Cory Cross with 8:45 remaining in the second period. It was just Detroit’s sixth fight of the season.

Legace finished the game with 28 saves on 30 shots while Turco stopped 29 of 32 shots against.

Both teams went one-for-five on the power play.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Nashville Predators to close out the regular season.

Detroit was without Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk, and Mathieu Schneider… With Don MacLean sent back to Grand Rapids, Valtteri Filppula was called up to fill in on the Red Wings’ lineup.

Stars Hand Red Wings First Shootout Loss

The Dallas Stars scored on three of their four shootout shots to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, on Saturday. The shootout was only Detroit’s second of the season and their first such loss.

The game appeared to be over after Detroit’s third shooter, Henrik Zetterberg, was unable to get a shot off and the Stars already leading by a goal. After review it was determined that Dallas goalie Marty Turco threw his stick on the play, an infraction resulting in an automatic goal.

Detroit netminder Manny Legace stopped Antii Mietinen to force extra shooters, but when Turco stopped Robert Lang and Mike Modano beat Legace with a quick, high shot, the game was over.

The Red Wings had previously gotten a goal by their second shooter, Jason Williams. Pavel Datsyuk was stopped on their first shot. Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen had scored on Dallas’ first two shots.

The only goals of the game during regulation came in the third period.

The Red Wings opened the scoring 2:53 into the period. With Detroit on a power play, Jason Woolley fired a shot from the high slot that Turco got his pad on. In front of the goal, Tomas Holmstrom picked up the rebound and backhanded it into the net. The goal was Detroit’s eighth-straight on the power play.

Dallas tied the game with 5:12 remaining. Jere Lehtinen one-timed a shot from the slot past Legace on a pass from Jokinen.

The Stars had a power play in the final minutes of regulation and early in overtime but could not convert. Similarly, the Wings could not score on an opportunity with the extra attacker in the overtime period.

Detroit had appeared to score early in the game when Henrik Zetterber knifed the puck out of the air and in behind Turco but it was knocked in with a high stick.

Legace finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots and one-for-four in the shootout. Turco stopped 27 of 28 shots against as well as two of Detroit’s four shootout attempts.

The Red Wings return to action on Monday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Stars Score Six-straight to Down Red Wings

After scoring the first three goals of Sunday’s matchup with the Dallas Stars, the Detroit Red Wings allowed six unanswered goals to give Dallas a 6-3 victory.

Niklas Hagman started Dallas’ comeback on a broken play at 2:21 of the second period. Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda ran into goalie Chris Osgood, keeping him pinned at on goalpost with the puck behind the net. Hagman was free for a wraparound attempt at the other post that put the Stars on the board.

With 8:50 left in the period, Jere Lehtinen scored on the power play to bring Dallas within one when a quick one-timer from the right circle deflected off the handle of Osgood’s stick and into the net.

Another power play goal tied the game with 2:01 left in the middle frame. Phillipe Boucher fired a blast from the blue line as Jussi Jokinen perfect screened Osgood, moving aside with just enough time for the puck to get into the net.

Lehtinen scored his second power play goal of the night to give Dallas the lead at 6:17 of the third period when a shot from the point was deflected to him and Osgood was caught out of position.

Just 41 seconds later, the Stars extended their lead on a goal by Niko Kapanen. On a rush with Brendan Morrow, Mathieu Schneider couldn’t cut off the pass and Pavel Datsyuk couldn’t get back in time to stop Kapanen from getting the puck and putting a hard shot past Osgood.

Mikael Tjarnqvist closed the game’s scoring at 8:44 of the third on a shot from the right circle.

Manny Legace replaced Osgood in goal for the remainder of the game.

Detroit had earlier scored the lone goal of the first period and twice in the first two minutes of the second period.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring on a two-man advantage at 3:13 of the first. Schneider looked to shoot from the top of the left circle but passed down low to Zetterberg instead. Dallas goalie Marty Turco couldn’t get over in time and Zetterberg put it in the net.

Schneider scored Detroit’s second goal just 25 seconds in to the second period on a wrist shot from the blue line past the screened Dallas goalie.

Jason Williams added a power play goal 1:07 later on a wrister from the high slot.

Johan Hedberg took over goaltending duties for Dallas after the third Detroit goal.

Osgood finished the game with 17 saves on 23 shots while Legace stopped all nine shots he faced, Turco stopped 10 of 13 shots against, and Hedberg was perfect on 12 shots.

Detroit went two-for-eight on the power play and allowed goals on three of Dallas’ five chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.