NHL: Detroit burns Calgary in first playoff matchup

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Red Wings lead series 1-0. (Best of Seven)

Calgary Flames 1 4 Detroit Red Wings

Calgary never knew what hit them Thursday night, as the Detroit Red Wings, which came into the playoffs as the first seed in the West, cruised to victory. By 8:36 in the first period, the Red Wings had opened up a 2-0 lead on the Flames, with Valtteri Filppula and Nicklas Lidstrom scoring on Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, who was bombarded by shots the entire game. Dominik Hasek was spectacular in goal, as he has been so many times this season, stopping 19 of 20 shots faced. Calgary's only consolation came at 14:55 in the third, when Alex Tanguay scored a power play goal.

Despite the Red Wings victory, the Flames will have a chance to tie up the series, which is just getting started, when they will do battle again against Detroit on Sunday. Opening face off is scheduled for 1:00 EDT.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 4:51 DET Valtteri Filppula (1) Johan Franzen, Brett Lebda 1-0
2 1st 8:36 DET Nicklas Lidstrom (1) PP Jiri Hudler, Robert Lang 2-0
3 2nd 6:56 DET Pavel Datsyuk (1) Tomas Holmstrom, Mathieu Schneider 3-0
4 2nd 9:57 DET Mathieu Schneider (1) Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom 4-0
5 3rd 14:55 CAL Alex Tanguay (1) PP Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius 4-1


Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
DET Dominik Hasek 20 19 .950
CAL Miikka Kiprusoff 46 42 .913

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