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>>caption: CONKLIN (L) ROBBED DRAPER
(#33) AND ALL THE OTHER RED WINGS<<
@ JOE LOUIS ARENA:
Ex-Red Wing Ty Conklin made 42-SV
to record the shutout as St. Louis held
on to edge the Red Wings 1-0 Wednesday
night at The Joe.
A salary cap casualty after being
Detroit's back-up goalie last season,
Conklin faced about 70 shots either on
or near his net to get his second clean
sheet this season.
The primary Detroit threat against
Conks was a mid-2nd-Per stickhandling
deke that Todd Bertuzzi put underneath Conklin's left goalie pad. Brad May banged the
puck into the net, but May lost a second disallowed goal this season on the referees'
"intent to blow the whistle" rule.
The only goal of the contest came very early Just 1:56 into the game Brad Boyes
(#8) took a pass from the deep slot to the near left wing and slapped it past Wings
goaler Jimmy Howard (25-SV).
Detroit was 0-for-6 on the power play including a lengthy 5-on-3 chance.
The Wings have won only three of their last nine and have now been shutout
three times this season. Detroit is just 8-6-2 on home ice so far including 1-5-1
with three shutouts in their last seven.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "[Conklin] battled hard for us last year, too.
He won some big games for us - 25 of them to be exact...[Howard] made some
big saves to give our guys an opportunity to come back and did a great job of
holding down the fort,"
R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM: "I think we're going to get better when
we get guys back. But right now, we have to get some wins with the players we have,
and we're confident we can get it done...I don't think we're getting nervous, but we
see the standings every day."
BLUES GOALIE TY CONKLIN: "It's definitely a little extra motivation [to play against
his former Red Wing teammates]...In my opinion, they're going to make the playoffs.
I know they're not in now, but they'll be in at the end of the season...Our penalty killing
has been fantastic. We get in lanes. Guys trust the goalies to make the first save and
they clear the rebounds."
BLUES CVEN KEITH TKACHUK: "Without [Conklin], we don't win that game."
Conklin has won his last three starts, although those have come over a period
of St. Louis' last 14 games.
In four games vs Detroit this season Boyes has three of his eight goals.
In four meetings this season vs Detroit (the first two in Stockholm, SWE) the
Blues are 3-0-1. Their only loss was a November shootout defeat in St. Louis.
Wednesday's decision was the third consecutive Blues road victory.
St. Louis is still perfect in not allowing a single goal in 5-on-3's all season.
The Blues are 9-0-3 this season when entering the 3rd-Per with a lead.
A winner in seven of his last 11 starts, Howard is expected to start again in
goal Friday night at home vs Anaheim.
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