Calgary at Detroit

Wings stay unbeaten behind five power-play goals


DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings used a fast start and a potent power play to perfection on Sunday to beat the Calgary Flames.

Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and three assists and Detroit scored five power-play goals in a 6-3 victory.

Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Mikael Samuelsson, and Robert Lang each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and Jason Williams collected two assists.

Roman Hamrlik had a goal and an assist for the Flames and Rhett Warrener and Chuck Kobasew got the team's other two tallies.

"We got off to a real good start," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously the power play was real good."

Detroit dominated the first period with three power-play goals as it outshot Calgary 22-4.

Lidstrom opened the scoring on a one-time slap shot from the right point at 4:31. Shanahan made it 2-0 when he tipped in Lidstrom's shot at eight minutes and Samuelsson tipped in Jiri Fischer's blast from the point with 3:32 left to complete the scoring for the period.

"We weren't as ready as we should be," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "If we take 'em, we've got to kill penalties. They had pretty much the whole first period in power plays and they earned that."

The Red Wings were 3-for-7 with the man-advantage in the period. Detroit finished the game 5-for-9 on the power-play.

Warrener got Calgary on the scoreboard 6:12 into the second period, when his shot from the point was accidentally tipped in by Detroit's Kris Draper.

Zetterberg added another power-play goal with 7:28 remaining in the second period when he scored from the inside edge of the left circle to make it 4-1.

Hamrlik then pulled the Flames to within two again with a slap shot from the top of the left circle with 5:06 left in the second.

Lang made it 5-2 with a one-timer from the slot with 36.9 seconds remaining in the second period.

Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was replaced by Philippe Sauve to begin the third period after stopping 31 of 36 shots.

Datsyuk added a power-play goal 8:05 into the third period.

Kobasew got his goal with 3:11 remaining.

Red Wings' goalie Manny Legace made 21 saves.

Flames' right wing Darren McCarty played his first game against Detroit since the team bought him out and he signed a two-year free-agent contract with Calgary. McCarty played 11 seasons with the Red Wings, helping them win three Stanley Cups.

"It went quick, it was like a wedding day," McCarty said of his return to Joe Louis Arena. "It just blew by."

He even leveled former linemate Kirk Maltby with a check 6:39 into the first period.

"I'm not mad at him or anything," Maltby said. "He's an aggressive player and he plays hard. That's what I would expect."


  • Linesman Thor Nelson was hit in the face with a puck off the stick of Steve Reinprecht 3:29 into the game and was helped off the ice. He later returned.
  • Lidstrom passed Ted Lindsay to move into sixth on all-time Red Wings' scoring list with 729 points.
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Third-year right wing Mikael Samuelsson scores on the man-advantage and also adds an assist.  (AP)
Third-year right wing Mikael Samuelsson scores on the man-advantage and also adds an assist. (AP)
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Three Stars
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
B. Shanahan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Lidstrom

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
04:31Power Play - Nicklas Lidstrom, Slap Shot - Assists: Jason Williams and Mikael Samuelsson
08:00Power Play - Brendan Shanahan (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg
16:28Power Play - Mikael Samuelsson (3), Tip-In - Assists: Jiri Fischer and Robert Lang
06:12Rhett Warrener, Slap Shot - Unassisted.
12:32Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg, Wrist Shot - Assists: Brendan Shanahan and Mathieu Schneider
14:54Roman Hamrlik, Slap Shot - Assist: Matthew Lombardi
19:23Robert Lang (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom
08:55Power Play - Pavel Datsyuk (2), Wrist Shot - Assists: Henrik Zetterberg and Jason Williams
16:49Chuck Kobasew, Wrist Shot - Assists: Steve Reinprecht and Roman Hamrlik
Penalty Summary
02:55Leopold: Tripping - 2 min.
04:51Amonte: High sticking - 4 min.
10:17Hamrlik: Delaying Game - 2 min.
13:40Reinprecht: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
15:41Phaneuf: High sticking - 4 min.
04:10Lilja: Holding - 2 min.
08:44Lang: Slashing - 2 min.
10:52Hamrlik: Hooking - 2 min.
15:35Holmstrom: Interference - 2 min.
19:31Lilja: Delaying Game - 2 min.
07:31Montador: Boarding - 2 min.
Calgary4146 24
Detroit22144 40
Attendance - 20066
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dan Marouelli
Line Judges - Brian Mach, Thor Nelson
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