Rookie OT Heorics Lift Red Wings Past Ducks Again

For the second time in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with Anaheim, one of Detroit’s rookies provided the heroics to lift the Red Wings past the Ducks and into a series tie after four games.

Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 remaining in the overtime period on Monday night to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Ducks.

Joakim Andersson fed Gustav Nyquist – who scored Detroit’s overtime winner in Game Two – with a long outlet pass to start the play. Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller hesitated to come out of his crease with Nyquist not in full control of the puck as he crossed the blue line and by the time Hiller poked it away from the Swedish forward, it just deflected off of defenseman Bryan Allen and sat at the edge of the crease. Brunner swept in and banged home the rebound to finish the game.

Matt Beleskey had opened the game’s scoring at 5:07 of the first. Defenseman Brendan Smith lost the puck at the side of the Detroit net and Andrew Cogliano worked it out front to Beleskey. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made a pair of stops from right on the doorstep but Beleskey put in his third chance to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead.

Smith would make up for his giveaway in the third period, as his blast from the blue line at 1:18 of the period deflected multiple times on its way past Hiller to tie the game, 1-1.

David Steckel put the Ducks back out in front with 9:20 remaining in regulation. Kyle Palmieri’s chance from the inside of the right faceoff circle was stopped but the puck flipped into the air and landed at the far side of the net. Steckel and Emerson Etem jumped on it, with Steckel poking it into the open side of the net.

An individual effort by Pavel Datsyuk 2:47 later tied things back up. Skating down the left wing, Datsyuk whipped a snap shot past Hiller and into the top of the net to make it 2-2.

No power play goals were scored on the night, with Anaheim getting three tries – including one in overtime – and Detroit getting one.

Howard stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced. Hiller made 46 saves on 49 Detroit chances.

Game Five will be in Anaheim on Wednesday.


With Justin Abdelkader suspended for two games for his hit on Toni Lydman in Game Three, Mikael Samuelsson played on the top line. Todd Bertuzzi took Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup.

Pregame: Ducks @ Red Wings – Game Four – 5/6

Trailing the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup, the Red Wings host Game Four in Detroit tonight.

The Red Wings will be without forward Justin Abdelkader, suspended for two games following his hit on Toni Lydman in Game Three. The hit also earned him a five-minute major (on which the Ducks’ first goal was scored) and ejection.

Mikael Samuelsson will replace Abdelkader on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Todd Bertuzzi jumps back into the lineup to replace Samuelsson on the fourth line.

Brian Lashoff remains in the lineup on the blue line after swapping in for the injured Danny DeKeyser in Game Three.

Stupid stat(s) of the day: The Red Wings are 13-22 all-time in series in which they trail 1-2 after three games. That drops to 2-19 if they lose Game Four.

Game time is 8:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Collapse in Third Period Again, Drop Game Three 4-0

For the second consecutive game, the Red Wings allowed three third-period goals by the Ducks. On Saturday night, however, there was no overtime hero as Detroit dropped a 4-0 decision to Anaheim.

The Ducks broke a scoreless tie late in the second period on a power play brought on by a controversial Justin Abdelkader hit. With 4:49 remaining in the period, Abdelkader left his feet and hit the head of Anaheim defender Toni Lydman. Replays were inconclusive as to whether he left his feet during the hit or before and whether or not Lydman’s head was the initial point of contact. Further complicating matters, Abdelkader was given a five minute major and ejected for charging, when he had actually stopped skating leading into the hit.

Just 13 seconds into the five-minute power play. Nick Bonino swatted a loose puck at the top of the crease past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a goal-mouth scramble to make it 1-0.

Ryan Getzlaf made it 2-0 at 6:33 of the third, capitalizing on a Damien Brunner turnover in the Detroit zone to skate around a poke-check from Howard and put the puck into the empty net for a shorthanded goal.

Teemu Selanne fed Emerson Etem with a backhand pass from behind the net just 1:31 later, with Etem wristing a chance past Howard to put the Ducks up by three.

With 6:26 remaining, Matt Beleskey rounded out the scoring on an Anaheim power play. Beleskey was left uncovered in the low slot to tip a pass from Saku Koivu in behind Howard.

The Ducks finished the night with two power play goals on six tries while the Red Wings could not score in the same number of attempts with the man-advantage.

Howard made 25 saves on 29 shots. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Game Four will be on Monday in Detroit, with the Ducks leading the series 2-1.


Brian Lashoff made his first appearance of the playoffs for the Red Wings, swapping in for the injured Danny DeKeyser. Mikael Samuelsson also entered the Detroit lineup, replacing Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.

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.

Flames Fizzle Again

It wasn’t a shutout this time, and Calgary put in a much better effort than they have in the two previous matches this season, but the Red Wings still came up with a 4-2 victory over the Flames.

This game had a much better flow to it than did the Red Wings’ Friday night game against Carolina. Even with the relative lack of penalties this time, the Red Wings opened the scoring on a power play resulting from an interference call against Stephane Yelle. Dmitri Bykov took a shot on net which was deflected by goalie Roman Turek. Sean Avery took the rebound behind the net and sent it to Darren McCarty, who passed it across to Brendan Shanahan waiting on the left side. The Flames had all turned towards the right in reaction to Bykov’s shot, and before they could get refocused, Shanahan let go a hard shot. Turek was partially screened by one of his own defensemen, and the puck rattled into the net.

The Flames had a chance to even the game while they were shorthanded. Jarome Iginla managed to get the puck and fly in all alone against Curtis Joseph, but Joseph flung himself out to take away the bottom half of the net, and Iginla couldn’t lift the shot high enough.

Calgary did tie the game with 7:35 left to play in the second period. Robyn Regehr made a shot from the left point which was deflected on its way through by Scott Nichol. The redirection caused the puck to be hard for Joseph to handle, and the rebound came free to Craig Conroy, who put it into the empty portion of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg stole the Flames’ momentum and quite probably cast a hush over all the sports bars in and around the city of Calgary just 32 seconds later. Jason Woolley banked a shot off the end boards which came right out to Zetterberg in front of the net, and Zetterberg put the puck in on the far side of Turek.

Sean Avery increased Detroit’s lead midway through the third period. The Flames made an ill-advised pass up the middle, and Avery, just off the bench, picked it off and went in alone against Turek. The puck sailed into the net high past Turek’s catching glove.

The Flames had a golden opportunity when Jesse Wallin was given a tripping penalty with less than two minutes to play, and they did what they could with it. They pulled Turek from the net so that they could go with six skaters against four. Conroy won the faceoff deep in the Red Wings’ zone and got the puck back to Toni Lydman at the right point. Lydman sent it across to Iginla in the high slot, and Iginla ripped a hard shot past Joseph.

Calgary pulled Turek out of the net again after the next faceoff, but this time it worked to the Red Wings’ advantage. Brett Hull cleared the puck from the zone up to Sergei Fedorov at center, and Fedorov’s shot edged into the empty net with 16.3 seconds remaining.

Turek stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced over the night, giving him an 82% save percentage. Joseph stopped 31 of the 33 he faced, for a much more impressive 94% save percentage.

The Red Wings next opponent will be the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The two teams will meet on Tuesday night at the Joe.


Pavel Datsyuk was out with a sprained knee. The team reports that he will be out for at least two weeks…. Chris Chelios was also out tonight, with a broken finger…. Brett Hull’s assist on Sergei Fedorov’s last second empty net goal saved Hull’s point streak and extended it to nine games.