DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings got two quick goals and
then held off Calgary with some suffocating defense.
Chris Chelios earned his first point of the season, assisting on Johan Franzen's first-period goal in the Red Wings' win over the Flames. Chelios, who hadn't been listed in the scoring detail in any of his previous 10 games this season, snapped the longest start-of-season point drought of his career. Last year, Chelios was held without a point in his first nine games of the season.
"The first is where we're getting ourselves in trouble,"
Jarome Iginla said.
Franzen opened the scoring with a goal from the right circle
4:29 into the game. Chris Chelios got the puck to him after a
turnover in the Calgary zone by Jeff Friesen.
"I got a pass right in the middle of the slot," Franzen said,
"and got off a pretty good shot."
Holmstrom's power-play goal made it 2-0 just 1:19 later, when he
put in Jason Williams' rebound off the goal post for his fourth
tally of the season.
Holmstrom has three goals and two assists in his last three
The Flames got on the board on Phaneuf's power-play goal with
7:31 remaining in the first period. His one-time slap shot from the
point beat Hasek through traffic.
Lebda added his goal with 8:36 remaining as he completed a solo
rush from his own blue line with a wrist shot from the right circle
that beat Kiprusoff.
"I saw the defensemen were wide, it was four-on-four, and the
forward overplayed me so I stepped around him," Lebda said. "I
just tried to get a decent shot on net -- kind of lucky that it went
Babcock liked the way Lebda carried the puck the entire game.
"I thought Lebda was really good," Babcock said. "He really
pushed the puck up ice."
Ference scored with 2:07 to go.
"It's about getting the most of what our dressing room has to
offer," Flames coach Jim Playfair said. "Our defense has to be a
lot better. It's about a lot more from everybody in our dressing
room, from our goaltenders right out."
Detroit was without D Mathieu Schneider (groin) and D
Andreas Lilja (back). ... The Red Wings recalled D Kyle Quincey
from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and sent LW
Valtteri Filppula to the same team. ... Some of the possessions of
Flames RW Darren McCarty will be auctioned off in the Detroit
suburb of Fraser on Sunday to pay off his creditors. McCarty, who
played with Detroit from 1993-94 to 2003-04, filed for bankruptcy
in Detroit in April. ... Calgary C Brandon Prust and C Dustin Boyd
each made his NHL debut. ... Detroit LW Mikael Samuelsson returned
after missing five games with a shoulder injury. ... Detroit Tigers
pitcher Nate Robertson attended the game.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Dan Schachte, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 20,066 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Johan Franzen (2)
Assist: Chris Chelios
Tomas Holmstrom (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Williams, Nicklas Lidstrom
Dion Phaneuf (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Alex Tanguay, Matthew Lombardi