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Samuelsson, Calder help Red Wings to 50th win

Apr 8, 2007 - 4:14 AM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- They may have lost out on the Presidents' Trophy, but thanks to Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Calder, the Detroit Red Wings reached an impressive milestone.

Samuelsson collected a career-high five points and Calder scored twice against his former team as the Red Wings reached the 50-win plateau with a 7-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Despite reaching 113 points, Detroit (50-19-13) was unable to win its third straight Presidents' Trophy as Buffalo (53-21-7) captured the award for the first time in franchise history with a victory over Washington. However, the Red Wings hit the 50-win mark for the second consecutive season and became just the fourth team in reach the milestone at least four times, joining Boston (seven), Montreal (six) and Philadelphia (five).

"It's been a really good regular season for us," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Congratulations to Buffalo, Lindy Ruff does a great job there. They've been the best in the East and in the league, and we're the best in the West in the regular season. Now you've got to be the best in the West in the playoffs."

The Red Wings will take on the Calgary Flames in the conference quarterfinals.

Looking to avenge a shootout loss at Chicago on Thursday, Detroit came out strong in this one as defenseman Danny Markov and Samuelsson scored 63 seconds apart early in the first period.

"Once in a while, it goes in," Samuelsson said. "It did today. A lot of guys scored, not only me."

Calder extended his goal-scoring streak to three games midway through the session and, after Tomas Holmstrom tallied at 3:51 of the second, completed his second two-goal effort of the season and first as a Red Wing with his 100th career tally less than two minutes later for a commanding 5-0 bulge.

"It was one of those games with a lot of traffic," Chicago goaltender Patrick Lalime said. "You look at the tape, you look at the goals. Some of the goals are easy mistakes to try to recover (from). So you look at it, you look at the bad stuff and look at the good stuff and try to move on."

Samuelsson capped his third two-goal performance of the campaign with 7 1/2 minutes to go in the session before Radim Vrbata got the Blackhawks on the board with 1:46 remaining. But defenseman Kyle Quincey answered 12 seconds later with his first career goal, putting Detroit ahead, 7-1.

"It was an unbelievable experience," the 21-year-old Quincey said. "It was a dream come true. I just shot the puck and it went in. It was awesome, a big smile on my face."

Robert Lang recorded two assists and Chris Osgood made 19 saves and set up a tally for the Red Wings, who gained 15 of the 16 available points in the season series against the Blackhawks.

Jeff Hamilton also tallied for Chicago, which had its season-high four-game winning streak snapped.

"It was a rough night in our end," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We got beat back two times, we didn't clear their guys from in front of the net. First period, a couple bounces went against us, weren't very good goals. It just kind of snowballed from there."

With Detroit already ahead, 5-0, Samuelsson fired a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle at 12:30 of the second that beat Lalime, who was screened by Daniel Cleary. It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Red Wings, who received 11 opportunities - their third-highest total of the season and most since going 5-for-14 against Toronto on December 9.

"I just tried to shoot it when I got the chance," Samuelsson said. "Obviously, you want to score more and more."

"It's great for Sammy because he was hurt so much (this season)," Babcock said. "He got his legs going. He's a big, powerful man."

Vrbata broke through for the Blackhawks late in the period with a brilliant individual effort, receiving a pass at the left side of the net, deking Osgood and tucking in the puck at the left goalpost.

Playing in his seventh career game, Quincey restored Detroit's six-goal cushion moments later with a wrist shot from the blue line.

"We haven't really had the outburst that we needed," said Red Wings right wing Daniel Cleary, who had an assist. "A lot of guys chipped in tonight other than (leading scorer Pavel) Datsyuk. That was good to see. It's important. We need a lot of guys contributing."

"We haven't been a team that scores easy this year," Babcock added. "Today, the puck went in the net."

Lalime yielded all seven tallies on just 24 shots before being replaced after two periods by Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside all 15 shots he faced in the third.

"He had a tough night, but again, we didn't play very good in front of him," Savard said. "We just didn't play the type of game that we can play."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 2
    DETROIT 3 4 0 7 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - DANNY MARKOV 4 (KIRK MALTBY, DANIEL CLEARY) 4:31
    DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 13 (ROBERT LANG, DANNY MARKOV) 5:34
    DET - (PP) KYLE CALDER 14 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, JIRI HUDLER)
    11:30
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS HOLMSTROM 30 (J

    Apr 7 3:36 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 2
    DETROIT 7
    3RD PRD: CHI - JEFF HAMILTON 18 (RADIM VRBATA, DUNCAN KEITH) 7:37

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 3:12 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 0 1 1
    DETROIT 3 4 7 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - DANNY MARKOV 4 (KIRK MALTBY, DANIEL CLEARY) 4:31
    DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 13 (ROBERT LANG, DANNY MARKOV) 5:34
    DET - (PP) KYLE CALDER 14 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, JIRI HUDLER)
    11:30
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS HO

    Apr 7 2:39 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    DETROIT 7
    2ND PRD: DET - KYLE QUINCEY 1 (ANDREAS LILJA, MIKAEL SAMUELSSON) 18:26

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 2:38 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 1
    DETROIT 6
    2ND PRD: CHI - RADIM VRBATA 14 (DANNY RICHMOND, JONAS NORDQVIST) 18:14

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 2:38 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    DETROIT 6
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 14 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, CHRIS
    OSGOOD) 12:30

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 2:26 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    DETROIT 5
    2ND PRD: DET - KYLE CALDER 15 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, ROBERT LANG) 5:27

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 2:08 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    DETROIT 4
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS HOLMSTROM 30 (JOHAN FRANZEN) 3:51

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 2:05 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 0 0
    DETROIT 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - DANNY MARKOV 4 (KIRK MALTBY, DANIEL CLEARY) 4:31
    DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 13 (ROBERT LANG, DANNY MARKOV) 5:34
    DET - (PP) KYLE CALDER 14 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, JIRI HUDLER)
    11:30
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1

    Apr 7 1:41 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    DETROIT 3
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) KYLE CALDER 14 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, JIRI HUDLER)
    11:30

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 1:29 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    DETROIT 2
    1ST PRD: DET - MIKAEL SAMUELSSON 13 (ROBERT LANG, DANNY MARKOV) 5:34

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 1:18 PM


  • NHL
    CHICAGO 0
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - DANNY MARKOV 4 (KIRK MALTBY, DANIEL CLEARY) 4:31

    Blackhawks vs. Red WingsApr 7 1:16 PM