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>>caption: †DATSYUK (#13) FIRES IN THE
WINNING GOAL THROUGH CLEARY'S LEGS<<
@ JOE LOUIS ARENA:
† † Pavel Datsyuk threaded the needle
to score the game-winning goal with
just 11.4-sec remaining in regulation
as the Red Wings edged Anaheim 5-4 Saturday night.
† † Datsyuk stickhandled past former Detroit DEF Andreas Lilja, then zipped the puck
between the legs of teammate Dan Cleary while four close-in Ducks defenders and
goalie Curtis McElhinney watched.
† † Actually, McElhinney may not have seen the shot through traffic until it was too
late. Datsyuk's wrister was his fourth goal lof the season and 28th regular season
† † The Red Wings peppered McElhinney with 41 shots and controlled the puck most
of the final minute of play to complete a comeback from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits.
† † It was the second time in 16 days the Wings defeated Anahaim at The Joe.
Detroit took the regular season opener from the Ducks 4-0 on OCT 8TH when Datsyuk
had a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" of a goal, an assist and a fighting major.
† † Saturday, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 21-SV to tie the NHL post-lockout
record of teammate Chris Osgood of 20 consecutive regular season, regulation (60-min)
† † Henrik Zetterberg had a 4-pt night (2-G & 2-A), including the game's opening goal
(#2) on a power play slapshot at 7:42/1. However, Anaheim would tie the game before
the 1st-Per ended with the first of three consecutive goals.
† † Bobby Ryan (#2) was left alone at the lower inside edge of the right circle and
converted a Ryan Getzlaf pass to tie the game 1-1 with just 21.8-sec left in the 1st-Per.
Two more wrist shots 34-sec apart gave Anaheim a 3-1 lead when Ryan Carter at 6:34/2
and Danny Syvret at 7:08/2 each scored their first of the season.
† † The Red Wings scrapped back into a 3-all tie on tip-in goals by Johan Franzen (#5)
at 10:23/2 and Tomas Holmstrom (#1) at 17:08/2. Franzen stuffed his own rebound
past McElhinney's left skate. Holmstrom got a re-direction of a Brad Stuart point shot,
but not in his usual fashion. Generally just in front of the crease when he converts,
Holmer this time was in the slot and deflected the disc off the shaft of his stick.
† † Teemu Selanne put Anaheim ahead again 4-3 at 8:32/3. Skating solo around the
Detroit defense, Selanne (#4) cut in off the right wing and snapshot between Howard's
pads. Selanne's 610th NHL regular season goal tied him with HoFamer Bobby Hull for
15th on the all-time NHL list.
† † Zetterberg (#3) re-tied the contest 4-4 at 11:17/3. Datsyuk won a faceoff in
the Anaheim end, Detroit cycled the puck and Zetterberg deflected a Stuart point
shot through traffic and over the left/glovehand of McElhinney.
† † Although he started the tying play, there were too many touches for Datsyuk
to earn an assist on Detroit's fourth goal. Instead, he got himself on the scoresheet
by scoring the fifth. † † †
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "I thought Pav was great. It was great to see
Z, four point night for him. It's important that your high-end guys that are supposed
to score, score...I thought we played real well in the first period, stood around
for the first 10 [minutes] in the second and then really responded well."
R-WINGS CEN PAVEL DATSYUK: † "Just tried to get the puck between his legs, shot
it and it went in...It's another game. We just want to win."
R-WINGS FWD HENRIK ZETTERBERG: † "[Datsyuk] dominated out there. When he makes
his moves, it's tough for the other team to defend against...It was nice to get some
pucks behind the goal line...It was nice to get one of these games where basically
everything goes in. It's good for the confidence."
R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD: † "It was one of those nights I didnít have my ĎAí
game, but we found a way to win. Iím very fortunate to have the scoring power that
I do up front...For the most part we controlled the game and we deserved to win,
just a couple [Ducks goals] Iíd like to have back, the second and fourth one."
R-WINGS DEF NIKLAS KRONWALL: † "We had some spurts in the game where we didnít
play our best and they took advantage of their chances. We have to do a better job
of preventing those chances."
DUCKS H-COACH RANDY CARLYLE: † "[McElhinney] played good for us. He made some
stops. That's two good games in a row. You think we could get more than one power
play in this building?"
DUCKS Rt-WING TEEMU SELANNE: † "It is a joke. As long as I have played here [at JLA]
it's always happened. You almost know. They get at least three power plays every first
period...Like 50-50 calls are going to go in their favor. We knew. It's not a secret for
anybody. Plus, there's a young referee [Frederick L'Ecuyer] who's pumped to do the
games here. The calls are going to go in their favor...That guy [Kronwall] is dangerous
out there. One of these days somebody's going to get him, for sure. I know that. It's
just a matter of time when. For sure his elbow hit in my face. I didn't see the replay
but I know how it felt...If we played 80 games against them, [Datsyuk & Zetterberg]
would probably have 200 points."
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† † The Red Wings are 2-0 halfway through their 4-game homestand.
† † Detroit is 5-1-1 on the season and Anaheim is 3-5-1.
† † Nicklas Lidstrom had 3-A and Stuart two. Lidstrom's second assist moved him ahead
of HoFamer Denis Potvin for sixth most regular season points by a defenseman.
Lidstrom now has 1,054 career points.
† † All three of Zetterberg's goals this season have come in the last two games.
† † Anaheim Rt-Wing Dan Sexton was hit around the mouth by a tipped shot off the
stick of Detroit's Ruslan Salei with 6:01 remaining in the 1st-Per. The bloodied Sexton
did not return.
† † The Ducks are the NHL's most penalized team and drew three minors in the first
9:19 of the game. However, after Darren Helm took Detroit's only penalty at 15:39/1,
there were no more penalties called the rest of the night.
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