"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
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.
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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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Brian Mach, Thor Nelson