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BABS' 200TH WIN A WILD ONE.....RED WINGS 5, Florida 2, Sa 12/15/07
Posted on: 12-15-2007

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>>caption:  FIL GETS CONGRATS FOR
HIS 2ND P-SHOT GOAL in 3-GAMES<<

JOE LOUIS ARENA:

    Mike Babcock's 200th NHL career
head coaching win (regular season)
was not the best game his Red Wings
have played this season, but it might
be the most entertaining.
    It was "Dollar Dog Night" at The
Joe and 10-thousand $1.00 hot dogs
had already been sold by the second
intermission. It was the Wings who supplied the mustard in a 5-2 victory
over the Florida Panthers.
    The game had a little bit of everything for Detroit:  Three power play
goals, two penalty shots (one successful) in a game for the first time in their
80-year history (to tie an NHL record), AND, while Chris Osgood shutout the
visitors, two Wings defenders knocked in a pair of "own goals"  past Ozzie.
    The Red Wings broke open a tie contest with three unanswered 3rd-Per
markers.
    Pavel Datsyuk (#13) gave Detroit the early 1-0 lead at 6:18/1 when he
completed a tic-tac-toe passing play for a 5-on-3 PPG. The disc went from high
left to low right to across the crease where Datsyuk deposited the puck from the
left side, but not before it banked in off the back left skate blade of Panthers
netminder Tomas Vokoun.
    In the first 8:04 of the hockey game the Wings out-shot the Panthers 13-Zip.
The opening frame finished still 1-0 with a 15-8 Detroit shots edge after Florida
came on at the end of the period.
    The visitors tied the game just 46-sec into the 2nd-Per when an Florida Captain
Olli Jokinen (#17) scored unassisted, the puck hitting Red Wings Capt. Nicklas
Lidstrom and taking a left turn into the net, Lidstrom swatting unsuccessfully with
his stick in an effort to keep it out.
    Just over 4-mins later Florida scored again in similar fashion, taking a 2-1 lead
at 4:59/2 when Radek Dvorak (#2) threw the puck at the net, it hit the foot of
Wings DEF Chris Chelios and went in lower left after Cheli then tapped the disc
with his stick in an attempt to bat it away.
    Just under 4-mins later Detroit re-tied the contest with what amounted to another
5-x-3 PPG. Florida was one man short, but CEN Rostislav Olesz was hobbled on the ice
after blocking a shot. Johan Franzen (#4) took advantage, jamming in a loose puck
to the lower right corner during a goalmouth scramble at 8:58/2.
    The 3rd-Per was all Detroit.
    Dan Cleary (#10) scored Detroit's only even strength goal for the game winner
at 5:40/3. Cleary backhand shoveled a rebound, even though he was tied up by
both Vokoun and DEF Jay Bouwmeester for a 3-2 lead. Cleary took the place of
knee injured Tomas Holmstrom on the #1 line with Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
    It only took 1:04 for Detroit to score more, Brian Rakalski (#4) blistering a high
middle slot slapper for a third Wings power play goal at 6:44/3.
    At 7:48/3 Datsyuk had a penalty shot chance, but was denied when Vokoun blocked
try from the left corner with his right boot.
    However, Valtteri Filppula (#7) did get a PSG, his second in three games, for the
5-2 final at 11:17/3. Filppula used the same hesitation backhander he was successful
with at Nashville just last Monday.
    In spite of the final score, Florida had more chances after the first 8-mins. The
final shots on goal only favored Detroit 46-35 after that 13-0 start.
    Osgood made several close-in stops, running up further a trio of remarkable
won/lost records. The Wizzard of Oz is 15-1-&-1 on the season, 13-1-&-6 in his
career against the Panthers and 29-1-&-6 career-wise against Florida-based teams
(the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning).

QUOTEBOOK.....

R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "I'd like to get about five times that (200 wins),
so let's just keep on keepin' on...(Vokoun is) an excellent goaltender. He gives them
an opportunity each and every night he's in there. I thought (Florida was) quicker
than we expected and I was impressed with their talent level...I think when the
other team gets off the flight, they've got to know that there's no chance for points.
That's how we want to be at home. We want to be dominant...I've never been in a game
with two penalty shots, ever."

R-WINGS CEN VALTTERI FILPPULA:   "I figured I'd go with the same move (as on Monday).
I figured the goalie wouldn't have seen it yet."

R-WINGS FWD DAN CLEARY:   "I always wonder why Holmer smiles every day. Now I
know. They (Zetterberg & Datsyuk) have the puck all night...that makes it easy."

R-WINGS GOALIE CHRIS OSGOOD:   "Really, we don't even think about it after it (an "own
goal") happens. We just move on to the next play...(Chelios) hasn't had a goal for a
while. It takes a lot of talent to put it off your skate and your stick and inside the
post like that. It was a great goal, really."  

PANTHERS GOALIE TOMAS VOKOUN:   "We stood around and weren't part of the game."

OVERTIME:

    Filppula joined NHL Hall of Famers Ebbie Goodfellow and Gordie Howe and future
HoFamer Steve Yzerman as just the fourth player to ever convert two penalty shots
for goals during his Red Wing career, and Fil did it in a span of just six days.
    Filppula's tally was the first regular season penalty shot conversion at home by a
Red Wing in more than a dozen years (Igor Larianov on 11/22/1995 vs San Jose).
Cleary scored a penalty shot goal at The Joe in last spring's playoffs (4/21/2007 vs
Calgary).
    Zetterberg had a pair of assists for the Wings while Datsyuk & Rafalski also had
2-pt nights with a goal and an assist each.
    Florida's last visit to Detroit was exactly four years ago on December 15th of 2003,
a 4-1 Red Wings win where Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, Brendan Shanahan had two
assists and the winning goalie was Curtis Joseph.
    The Red Wings have won 8-of-9 (one shootout loss) for an NHL-best record of 23-6-&-3
and 49-pts.
    Detroit's 4-game homestand continues (game three) vs the Washington Capitals Monday
night.

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