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Posted on: 10-08-2010

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>>caption:   DATSYUK (#13) PUNCHES


      A "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" by
Pavel Datsyuk highlighted the
4-0 Red Wings' season-opening
win vs the Anaheim Ducks Friday night at The Joe.
      Datsyuk had a goal, an assist and yes, a 5-min fighting major, holding his
own against Anaheim's Corey Perry and getting a scrum-ending takedown to
conclude their 3rd-Per fisticuffs.
      Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 21-SV to record his fourth career
NHL shutout.
      The Ducks lost for the 14th time in their last 15 regular season visits to
      The Red Wings were in charge all night, scoring twice in a 24-sec span to
go up 2-0 just over five and a half minutes into the contest.
      Johan Franzen broke the ice with a severe angle snapshot out of the right
corner that got between Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and the near post at 5:11/1.
Two dozen seconds later Mike Modano scored on his first shot as a Red Wing,
getting a chip-pass from Dan Cleary to fire from atop the right circle, through
traffic and underneath Hiller's legs.
      Detroit doubled its margin in the 2nd-Per. Datsyuk angled his stick to redirect
a Henrik Zetterberg pass past Hiller at 5:29/2. Datsyuk then fed Cleary for a video-
awarded goal at 16:55/2. Ruled no-goal on the ice, the validity of the score was
confirmed after lengthy video review at NHL-HQ in Toronto. Cleary had crashed
Hiller and the puck went into the net off Cleary's knee while Cleary's lower leg nudged
the goal cage upward, but not off the mooring.      
      Detroit out-shot Anaheim 41-21 including 24-6 in the chippy 3rd-Per.
      There were five roughing minors, four fighting majors and three misconducts in
the contest.
      Howard made break-in stops on Brendan Mikkelson, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan
to earn the whitewash.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:    "We had good energy...Too bad for [Datsyuk], now
he can't win the Lady Byng [again]...I thought we had four lines who rolled good. We had
a good tempo...I thought we controlled most of the game all night... [Modano] is a
real good player who is going to be a big part of things. Mike is a great fit and he's going
to have a lot of fun."

R-WINGS CEN MIKE MODANO:    "You kind of dream about those opportunities and
chances, but they never quite turn out the way you dream about. I'll take that
one [goal] any day...Great play by the defenseman, Stewie [Brad Stuart], and
then Danny [Cleary] holding off two guys. I was able to get a good shot off, a
good screen, and I was able to get it by Hiller...I didn't sleep much last night and
this afternoon -- I was a little jittery [about his official Detroit debut], to say the
least. It's a great excitement; it's something I haven't felt in a long time in a game,
so I'm pretty happy about that."

R-WINGS CEN PAVEL DATSYUK:    "[I thought] 'Don't break my hand' [fighting]...I'm
happy to have Gordie Howe Hat Trick, but it's not my best dream...More important
that we win."

R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD:    "It's special [to get a shutout on opening night].
The guys did a great job in front of me, it was one shot and done all night...[Datsyuk is]
really strong. I think Perry thought it was probably going to be a walk in the park. You
can just tell how strong Pav is when he's got the puck on his stick and nobody can knock
it off him. He's a tough guy."

R-WINGS FWD JOHAN FRANZEN:    "[Datsyuk] can defend himself. There were no linesmen
next to them [to break up the fight], so he had to do his best...We talked about getting
to their D as quick as possible, not give them any time to give the puck to their forwards."

DUCKS GOALIE JONAS HILLER:    "Looks like we weren't ready to play."


      After 20 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise the 40-
year old Modano leads all NHL active players with 23 scoring points in his 21 season-
      Datsyuk had won the Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship & Ability) four straight
seasons before being runner-up in 2009-10. Datsyuk's only previous NHL fight was
also vs the Ducks when he battled now retired Scott Niedermayer in the 2009 playoffs.
      HoFamer Howe actually only had two career "Gordie Howe Hat Tricks" of a goal,
assist and fight in the same game.
    Having already cleared waivers, L-Wing Kirk Maltby didn't get a chance to play
Friday when Todd Bertuzzi (back) was healthy enough to skate. Maltby will tell Wings
GM Ken Holland on Monday if he will accept assignment to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins
or retire.  
      R-Wing DEF Jonathan Ericsson left the game just before the mid-point of the
middle period with back spasms. Rookie DEF Jakub Kindal will replace Ericsson in the
lineup Saturday night at Chicago.
      Ducks DEF Andy Sutton didn't play in the 3rd-Per because he broke his right
thump in the 2nd-Per.
      Anaheim, with the NHL's worst winning percentage in season openers, lost their
fourth consecutive curtain-raiser. The previous three Ducks opening night defeats
were all by 4-1 scores.      
      Rookie DEF Cam Fowler played a solid 20:59 on the Anaheim blueline with an even
plus-minus rating. The Windsor-born, Michigan-raised Fowler was the NHL's 12th overall
draft choice by the Ducks this past spring. Fowler has nine games to either stick with
Anaheim or be sent back to his Windsor Spitfires junior club.
      Former Red Wing FWD Mike Foligno is his first season as an NHL assistant coach with
Anaheim. Foligno spent the last several years as head coach of the OHL London Knights.
      Chicago will host Detroit in its home opener Saturday night as the Blackhawks raise
their Stanley Cup Championship banner at the United Center. Former Red Wings assistant
coach Barry Smith was the B'Hawks' advance scout at The Joe Friday night.
    Due to games on back-to-back nights, Chris Osgood will start in goal for the Red Wings
at Chicago.         


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