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Hasek, Holmstrom lead Red Wings to decisive victory

May 16, 2007 - 6:34 AM
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings jumped out to a big lead and Dominik Hasek took care of the rest.

Hasek earned his 14th career playoff shutout and Tomas Holmstrom tallied two goals and an assist to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game Three of the Western Conference final.

The decisive victory gives the Red Wings a two-games-to-one lead in the series, which resumes here on Thursday.

"It's going to be a war out there (on Thursday). I know they are very disappointed, sitting in their locker room right now," Hasek said. "They're going to be ready for the next game. I guarantee that."

Goals by Todd Bertuzzi and Holmstrom 17 seconds apart early in the second period gave Detroit a 4-0 lead, which proved to be more than enough for their 42-year-old netminder. Hasek stopped 29 shots, including 14 in the first period, en route to his second shutout of this postseason.

"We've got to get ready for the next game against a good team like Anaheim," Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios said. "We know they have a lot of speed. We've got to consistently get a good start to the period. We were fortunate that Dominik made some good saves in the first period."

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist while Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom added two assists apiece for the Red Wings, who regained home-ice advantage in the series after splitting the first two games in Detroit.

"We didn't get a good start," Lidstrom said. "Dom kept us in there with some good saves in the first period. Then we were able to capitalize on the power play."

With Detroit up, 1-0, on a goal from Johan Franzen, Holmstrom netted his first tally of the game on the power play with 43 seconds to play in the opening period.

Zetterberg carried the puck down the left side and flipped a pass across the ice to Holmstrom at the right circle. The unguarded left wing snapped a shot low and left past Ducks netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

It was the first power-play goal allowed by Anaheim at home in the postseason. The Ducks had killed 34 consecutive shorthanded situations at the Honda Center.

Giguere was pulled in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov after allowing Detroit's third tally 3:17 into the second session.

Bertuzzi was credited with his second goal of the playoffs after he redirected a shot from Dan Cleary into the net for a 3-0 lead. The shot actually ricocheted off the stick and then the leg of the 6-3, 235-pound right wing, who went 11 games between playoff tallies.

Bryzgalov fared no better in net as the Red Wings extended their lead to 4-0 just 17 seconds later. Filppula carried the puck behind the net and tried to shoot high on a wrap-around. Bryzgalov stopped that shot, but the rebound trickled in front of the net to Holmstrom, who had no problem beating the sprawled netminder.

Pavel Datsyuk was credited with his eighth assist of the postseason on the goal and extended his playoff points streak to five games.

Holmstrom left the game at the 11:40 mark of the second after a crushing check into the boards by both Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. The hit left Holmstrom lying on the ice with blood trickling down his forehead.

"All I did was I took a few strides and finished my check," Niedermayer said. "You don't want to see anybody hurt out there."

Niedermayer received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct. Holmstrom returned for the third period after receiving stitches on two separate cuts.

"I was surprised he was back from the way he was laying on the ice," Hasek said. "When I saw him on the ice bleeding, I was worried that he was hurt badly and that he might be out for the game and maybe the next."

Filppula capped the scoring at 11:58 of the third, knocking in a crossing pass from Holmstrom.

Bryzgalov, who finished with 13 saves, saw significant action in the Ducks' five-game win against the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs. He won three of four games in that series while Giguere tended to a personal matter.

Giguere, who stopped 10 shots in the loss, said coach Randy Carlyle didn't offer any explanation for the move.

"There's nothing to say," Giguere said. "He's just trying to get the momentum going for us. You could tell that it wasn't my best effort. He has to provoke something and that's what he was trying to do."

The Ducks' power play remained in a funk, going 0-for-4. The third-ranked unit in the league with the man advantage during the regular season is 0-for-31 in their last five games and gave up a shorthanded goal Sunday.

They nearly allowed another shorthanded tally in the first period of this game, but Pronger foiled the 2-on-1 opportunity by getting his stick on Cleary's slap shot.

"(Detroit is) aggressive, I think we have to realize that we can't just stand there when we get a pass," Niedermayer said of the Anaheim power play. "If we get the puck, you have to be moving because they're coming. If you expect to get the pass, stand and get your head up and make a play, you're not going to be able to do that."

Giguere said Anaheim must look forward at this point.

"It's the first one to four wins, not the first one to two wins," he said. "Playoff hockey is totally different than regular-season hockey. It's important to play the game than forget about it, whether you win or lose."








  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 2 2 1 5
    ANAHEIM 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 3 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    11:09
    DET - (PP) TOMAS HOLMSTROM 4 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, NICKLAS
    LIDSTROM) 19:17
    2ND PRD: DET - TODD BERTUZZI 2 (DANIEL CLEARY, ROBERT LANG) 3:17


    May 15 11:44 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL DETROIT 5
    ANAHEIM 0
    3RD PRD: DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 3 (TOMAS HOLMSTROM, NICKLAS LIDSTROM)
    10:58

    Red Wings vs. DucksMay 15 11:26 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 2 2 4
    ANAHEIM 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 3 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    11:09
    DET - (PP) TOMAS HOLMSTROM 4 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, NICKLAS
    LIDSTROM) 19:17
    2ND PRD: DET - TODD BERTUZZI 2 (DANIEL CLEARY, ROBER

    May 15 10:50 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL DETROIT 4
    ANAHEIM 0
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS HOLMSTROM 5 (VALTTERI FILPPULA, KRIS DRAPER) 3:34

    Red Wings vs. DucksMay 15 10:20 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL DETROIT 3
    ANAHEIM 0
    2ND PRD: DET - TODD BERTUZZI 2 (DANIEL CLEARY, ROBERT LANG) 3:17

    Red Wings vs. DucksMay 15 10:17 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 2 2
    ANAHEIM 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 3 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    11:09
    DET - (PP) TOMAS HOLMSTROM 4 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, NICKLAS
    LIDSTROM) 19:17
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- ---

    May 15 9:53 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL DETROIT 2
    ANAHEIM 0
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) TOMAS HOLMSTROM 4 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, NICKLAS
    LIDSTROM) 19:17

    Red Wings vs. DucksMay 15 9:53 PM


  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL DETROIT 1
    ANAHEIM 0
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 3 (MIKAEL SAMUELSSON, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    11:09

    Red Wings vs. DucksMay 15 9:34 PM