Archive for January, 2006

Wings 5, Wild 4

Well, this game lived up to the cliches “It’s the new NHL!” and “It was a Wild game!,” the over-used material Ken Daniels repeated as the Wild climbed out of a 4-0 first period deficit to bring it within one goal in the second. But the Wings got an important insurance goal from defenseman Andreas Lilja, his first as a Red Wing, to make it 5-3 Wings. It proved to be the game-winner in a 5-4 win against the Wild in the Xcel Energy Center. Chris Osgood got the start for the Wings, but was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 10 shots through two periods of play. Manny Legace came in and allowed one goal on six shots in the third. The Wild had their own goaltender shuffle, with Fernandez pulled after his tough first period, replaced by Roloson. Shots were 27-16 Wings. The Wings shuffled a lot of their lines tonight as well – check the lines below.

The Wings owned the first period, beating the Wild to loose pucks and outshooting them 14-6. Steve Yzerman opened the scoring with a power play goal at 4:19, assisted by Williams and Shanahan. It was the Captain’s 200th career power play goal. On the play, the Captain picked up his own rebound on a shot between the circles, and muscled it in on a sprawled Fernandez. 1-0 Wings.

Just 53 seconds later, the Wings got an even strength goal from Lang, assists Williams and Holmstrom. 2-0 Wings. And at 9:59, Samuelsson scored, assist Zetterberg. 3-0 Wings.

At 17:24, Zetterberg scored a neat even strength goal, assists to Samuelsson and Lidstrom. On the play, Zetterberg carried the puck from the near boards across the mouth of the crease. He waited for Fernandez to drop for a save, and found a tough angle, but an empty net to make it 4-0 Wings. The Wild were booed off the ice as 20 minutes expired.

Fernandez was pulled, and Roloson started the second period. It was all Wild during the second. The Wings looked like they were floating around, and the Wings’ coaching staff warning the team about that during intermission didn’t seem to help. Even strength goals from Gaborik (3:53), White (16:53), and Zyuzin (17:51) made it 4-3. The Wild only had four shots in the second, but three goals resulted. 4-3 Wings. Osgood was pulled as a result, and Legace came in at the start of the third.

After trading periods, the Wings and Wild were both skating well in the third and it looked like the goals swings were over. At 1:48 Lang was called for hooking – something he’s been getting called for nearly every game. On the play, he had one hand on his stick and tripped a Wild player when it got caught between his legs. It was a standard call in the new NHL, and Lang better adapt to that eventually.

At 11:53, Lilja scored his first goal as a Red Wing, a point shot even strength, assisted by Lang and Draper. 5-3 Wings. With the Wild still confident, and the home crowd 100% behind them (after booing them 20 minutes in), the Wild were poised to get back within one. It came at 14:11, on a harmless point shot from Kuba, with no traffic in front of Legace. 5-4 Wings. Legace made up for it a short time later, making a clutch save on a Randy Robitaille breakaway with less than five to go.

The Wings held onto their lead, even as the Wild gained a 6-on-4 advantage with Roloson pulled and Maltby called with a boarding major and game misconduct with around 20 seconds left. 5-4 Wings final. Shots in the game were 27-16 Wings.

Overall, it was a bittersweet win for the Wings. They finally got an even strength goal (4 in the game), and scored early for once (4-0 lead after 1 period). Unfortunately, the cliches fought back and the “new NHL” allowed the Wild to creep back within a goal. The Wings had a tough night in net, Osgood allowing 4 goals on 10 shots and Legace 1 goal on 6 shots. I’m sure the Wings will just be happy to get on the plane back to Detroit and that their January schedule is over, especially the past couple weeks. The Wings were 8-4-2 in January, but have lost 3 of the last 5 – two of which were losses to Central Division points-rival Nashville.

The Wings will have to watch out on Wednesday for the Blues, who have dumped some salaries, some “Weight” you might say (sorry but the horrible puns have taken ahold of me), but have nothing to lose. They won 3-2 tonight against the Flames, with rookie Lee Stempniak, just called up from the minors, scoring the winner during the fifth round of the shootout.

Lines*

Samuelsson-Franzen-Zetterberg
Datsyuk-Shanahan-Holmstrom
Williams-Lang-Holmstrom
Maltby-Yzerman-Cleary
Draper-Datsyuk-Shanahan
Williams-Holmstrom-Datsyuk
Lang-Yzerman-Datsyuk
Maltby-Yzerman-Lang
Draper-Yzerman-Maltby
Zetterberg-Samuelsson-Cleary
Maltby-Cleary
Cleary-Franzen
Draper-Maltby

D-pairings

Lilja-Lidstrom
Lebda-Schneider
Chelios-Schneider
Lebda-Chelios
Lebda-Lilja
Schneider-Woolley
Woolley-Chelios
Woolley-Lidstrom
Schneider-Lilja
Lidstrom-Chelios
Lidstrom-Schneider
Chelios-Lilja

PP

Yzerman-Lang-Shanahan-Woolley-Schneider
Yzerman-Shanahan-Williams-Lidstrom-Lang

*compiled by Brian

Wings 5, Wild 4

What a crazy and bizarre game. The Wings were up 4-0 by the end of the first period with goals by Steve Yzerman, Robert Lang, Mikael Samuelsson, and a beauty by Henrik Zetterberg. Yzerman’s goal notched him his 200th career power play goal. After going pointless for seven games, hopefully Samuelsson will bounce back offensively after scoring his 17th goal of the season. Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez was taken out after the first period.

I watched the first part of the second period, upon which the Wild scored to make it 4-1. I then had to watch 24 with my college friends so I missed the rest of the second and most of the third period. I came back with five minutes left in the game to see the score at 5-4 and my heart dropped. I’m always skeptical when the Wings are up by so much because especially with the new rules, it’s pretty easy to even that all up. Fortunately, Andreas Lilja scored his first goal as a Wing to win the game for Detroit. At some point, Manny Legace replaced Chris Osgood in goal where he made some impressive saves to keep the Wings in the game.

Detroit outshot the Wild, 27-16.

Boxscore
Play by Play
Offensive Scoresheet

GameDay: @ Minnesota (25-22-4, 54 Pts) 8:00 ET

No preview today and no summary either, unless one of my comrades in blogging is up to doing one.

I’ve contracted a case of “Blogger’s Burnout Syndrome” and so posting will be a little sporadic for a while.

I’d hoped to make it until the Olympic Break but it’s starting to sink in that I have a whole heck of a lot to do for school and that putting out content fairly constantly is pretty draining.

Anyway, I’d do a summary tonight but I will not be able to watch the game since I have a meeting.

I’m not taking a break altogether but as I said, things may be more sporadic.

For now, check out Abel to Yzerman for views on the game.

Wings v. Canucks’ game notes

A few notes about Thursday’s Wings v. Canucks’ game…

My Dad sent me 14 photos from the game that he took and they look great. When he has more time, there will be more up on Webshots. But for now, these photos will have to do. These are just two of the 14 photos I posted today.

In addition to that, Alanah and Jeff (of Vancouver Canucks Op Ed) were kind enough to email me an 18 second clip of right after Nicklas Lidstrom scored where you can briefly see me on the Vancouver broadcast, which you can view here. I’m the girl who looks like this:

Wings 1, Stars 2 (SO)

The Wings dropped their second game to Dallas this month, losing 2-1 in a shootout despite outplaying the Stars for much the time. It wasn’t a highly offensive game, having more of a physical playoff-like feel, but I felt the Wings controlled much of the offensive aspect of it. They just couldn’t solve Marty Turco, who played very well and won the game for his team, particularly in overtime.

Manny Legace was in net for the Wings and wasn’t tested as much as Turco but he was solid and made some good saves when needed, for the most part. He didn’t come through in the end but Dallas is undefeated in shootouts for a reason and this loss wasn’t Manny’s fault.

The Western Conference lead was on the line in this game and because the Wings got a point for going to overtime, they retain that lead, though it’s pretty precarious given their inability to score even strength goals. Their power play continues to be strong, having scored at least one power play goal in each of their last 13 games (19 total), but they haven’t scored five-on-five in four games.

The first period was marked by an early parade to the penalty box for both teams, starting with Robert Lang’s inadvertent tripping penalty at 2:07. Draper’s hooking penalty a minute and a half gave Dallas a two-man advantage but they committed a penalty of their own and instead ended up with a nine-second 5-on-4 that soon became a longer stretch of 4-on-4 play.

At one point during the 4-on-4, Henrik Zetterberg stole the puck at the Dallas blueline and took it into the Stars’ end, with Robert Lang on the other side. He dished the puck off to Lang, who sent it right back but the Dallas defenseman’s stick deflected it up into the air. Hank, in an impressive display of hand-eye coordination, got his stick on it and knocked it into the net out of mid-air. It was immediately ruled “no goal” because it was knocked down with a high stick.

Soon after that, Dallas got another penalty and the Wings got their first power play chance for about 31 seconds. In the Dallas zone, Brendan Shanahan sent the puck across to Nick Lidstrom in the slot but he was hauled down, drawing another penalty for the Stars.

After Draper left the box, the Wings got a lengthy 5-on-3 power play but they were unable to convert. At one point during this time, Marty Turco dealt Pavel Datsyuk a cheapshot, giving him a clothesline/facewash as he skated out front. Pavel got a shot soon after that and when Turco was forced to hold on to it, he skated up to the goalie and said something to him. I’d hoped Pavel would back his words up some later in the game but it was not to be.

The game settled down a bit after that, though Dallas kept it interesting by playing a physical style.

Turco was solid when the Wings got chances but he wasn’t tested too much. The Red Wing offense was controlling the puck well but the Dallas defense was doing a good job of staving them off, pressuring the puck carrier with hard skating and persistence.

The second period opened with the teams playing fairly evenly but the Wings took control of the puck once again but they didn’t finish on their chances and the score remained 0-0. They had a couple power play chances but couldn’t take advantage of them, a disturbing trend given their apparent inability to score even-strength.

The Wings finally got on the board at 2:53 of the third period. Tomas Holmstrom had drawn a penalty out front when Marty Turco took his stick to him and was called for slashing. Homer got his revenge when he knocked in the rebound from Jason Woolley’s shot to make it 1-0 Wings.

Dallas came on after that and a couple minutes later, they came extremely close to tying it up. The Wings collapsed into the crease, however, and, Henrik Zetterberg in particular, kept the puck out themselves as Manny Legace was flat on the ice after making a couple saves.

The Stars finally scored at 14:48. Jere Lehtinen took a pass from Jussi Jokinen in the slot off a rush and ripped it just inside the left post, tying the game at 1 and waking up the crowd.

The Wings ended regulation shorthanded, with Johan Franzen in the box, and the Stars had a short power play to start overtime. Detroit controlled overtime, however, outshooting Dallas 7-1 and coming close to putting the game away. They were aided by the fact that they were on the power play but it wasn’t enough and soon we headed to a shootout.

Pavel Datsyuk was the first shooter for the Wings and should have been able to score on Turco, given his history with the Stars’ goalie. He didn’t try to deke, however. Instead he just tried to beat Turco with a quick shot but it didn’t work.

Sergei Zubov was the first shooter for Dallas and he did what Datsyuk had tried to do. His shot beat Legace and gave the Stars the lead in the shootout.

Jason Williams was next for the Wings and he did deke and was successful doing so. He got Turco moving to the right and scored on the backhand into the left side of the net.

Next for Dallas was Jussi Jokinen. He busted out his “Forsberg move” and de-pantsed Legace sufficiently well to slide the puck into the vacated net. Manny was slightly out-matched on that play.

Henrik Zetterberg was next up for the Wings and it looked like he would score but he lost control of the puck when Turco’s stick knocked it away and it looked as though the Stars had won the shootout. NBC thought it was conclusive enough to switch to a horse race and I was convinced it was over too so I turned the TV off.

I only found out this morning that Turco had thrown his stick and that the shootout had continued, though with the same result.

Lang shot next for the Wings but didn’t score. Mike Modano put it away after that and Dallas pulled within one point of the Conference lead.

Abel to Yzerman’s game report


Lines*

Maltby-Draper-Franzen
Samuelsson-Yzerman-Lang
Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Shanahan
Franzen-Samuelsson-Draper
Williams-Maltby-Cleary
Holmstrom-Williams-Cleary
Holmstrom-Draper-Williams
Samuelsson-Datsyuk-Shanahan
Zetterberg-Yzerman-Lang
Holmstrom-Lang
Datsyuk-Shanahan
Samuelsson-Lang
Zetterberg-Draper
Zetterberg-Lang
Zetterberg-Maltby
Franzen-Cleary
Maltby-Draper

D-pairings

Lilja-Lidstrom
Lebda-Schneider
Chelios-Schneider
Lebda-Chelios
Lebda-Lilja
Schneider-Woolley
Woolley-Chelios
Woolley-Lidstrom
Schneider-Lilja
Lidstrom-Chelios
Lidstrom-Schneider
Chelios-Lilja

PP

Holmstrom-Lang-Datsyuk-Lidstrom-Schneider
Zetterberg-Yzerman-Shanahan-Schneider-Lidstrom
Zetterberg-Holmstrom-Williams-Datsyuk-Lidstrom
Samuelsson-Williams-Lang-Schneider-Woolley
Holmstrom-Datsyuk-Shanahan-Schneider-Lidstrom
Zetterberg_Samuelsson-Williams-Lang-Lidstrom

*compiled by Brian