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Red Wings punch Flames in Game 2

Sunday, 04.15.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Red Wings punch Flames in Game 2
Datsyuk scores his second goal of the series, beating Kiprusoff for a 1-0 first-period lead in Game 2. (Tom Turrill)
DETROIT
-- The Red Wings got off to a better start than they did in Game 1.

That was bad news for the Calgary Flames.

(To view a Photo Galley of Game 2 click here.)

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom scored within the first 4 minutes Sunday and Detroit went on to beat Calgary, 3-1, taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Game 3 is Tuesday night at Calgary.

The Flames can only hope returning home - where they won an NHL-high 30 games during the regular season - will help them slow the Western Conference's top-seeded team.

Detroit led 2-0 early in the first period for the second straight game, scoring two goals even quicker than the 8 1/2 minutes it took Thursday night.

Unlike in the previous game, Detroit didn't add two unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 4-1 victory.

Calgary's Dion Phaneuf scored early in the second period on a shot that was deflected and fluttered past Dominik Hasek's glove.

The Flames went into the third within a goal because of the key score and Miikka Kiprusoff's 33 saves through two periods.

It didn't take long for the Wings to get their two-goal cushion back.

Six minutes into the final period, Detroit rookie Valtteri Filppula followed up his goal-scoring debut in the playoffs with a shot off a rebound.

Hasek needed to make only 14 saves after facing just 20 in Game 1.

At the other end, the Red Wings kept Kiprusoff busy - again.

Kiprusoff turned away 21 shots in the first period alone and finished with 48 saves, including one with his mask late in the second period when Henrik Zetterberg stunned him with a slap shot. He faced 46 shots in the series opener.

Perhaps the only difference between the first period of Games 1 and 2 was the Flames landed the first big hit.

Calgary center Stephane Yelle knocked Kirk Maltby on his first shift only to be lose any potential momentum 1:02 into the game when Datsyuk's wrist shot went over Kiprusoff's blocker.

The Wings had a 5-on-3 advantage a couple minutes later and capitalized when Mathieu Schneider knocked down a clearing attempt and set up Lidstrom for his second goal of the series.

Calgary had five penalties in the first 8:13 before the officials closed the period by calling the Red Wings for four penalties.

Detroit outshot Calgary 23-8 in the first period and 12-3 in the second, but led by only a goal.

After Kiprusoff kicked away a shot from the right circle - Detroit's 39th - he couldn't stop Filppula's slap shot from the left circle.

GAME NOTES: Calgary D Robyn Regehr and F Jeff Friesen were in the lineup after missing Game 1 with injuries, but Regehr didn't play in the third period because of a leg injury. ... Detroit F Todd Bertuzzi was out again, but hopes to play Tuesday night. ... Datsyuk scored two goals in the first four periods of the series after going 26 playoff games without a goal. ... Flames star Jarome Iginla, shadowed by Lidstrom, has no points and two shots in the series. ... The Red Wings were thankful the Detroit Tigers didn't have a weather-delayed game or play extra innings in a 2-1 loss at Toronto because the Mike Ilitch-owned teams share the same plane. The Red Wings were to board the plane as soon as the Tigers got off it. ... Michigan State's national championship hockey team was cheered on the ice as they were honored during the first intermission.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89