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Hasek, Wings slam door on Avalanche

Tuesday, 01.8.2008 / 9:51 PM ET / Recap
By Derek Gluth  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Hasek, Wings slam door on Avalanche
DETROIT – One wasn't enough for Dominik Hasek.

After shutting out the Dallas Stars on Saturday, he again kept the puck out of the net on Tuesday, helping the Red Wings to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Tuesday's win is Hasek's 79th career shutout and third this season. Despite a shaky start to the season, Hasek is now 9-1-1 in his last 11 starts.

"He came to our rescue there a couple times there in the second period," said Nicklas Lidstrom of Hasek. "They were coming at us pretty good, they had some good chances in the third as well, and he stood on his head on a couple of those saves."
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In a scoreless first period, both goalies had to be sharp early, which has been no problem for Hasek who is 8-0-0 with two shutouts in his last eight games against Colorado. Hasek made 19 saves on Tuesday.

"I felt great, I saw every puck," said Hasek, who also blanked Minnesota, 5-0, on Dec. 7. "I was moving from post-to-post and a few times had to chase the rebound, but I felt great for the whole 60 minutes. If you want to have a shutout, the team in front of you has to play well and that's what happened the last two games."

During a break in the first period, Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was announced as the second oldest NHL player of all time. On Tuesday, he passed Moe Roberts as the second-oldest player in NHL history at 45 years and 348 days, second only to Red Wings' legend Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey was 52 years and six days on his final game in 1980. Chelios received a standing ovation from an appreciate crowd at Joe Louis Arena.

"My kids, my family, my parents, they're pretty proud of the fact that I've lasted this long and that makes me happy," Chelios said. "I thank the Detroit Red Wings' organization for allowing me to continue me career here. It's just kind of ironic that the oldest player, Gordie Howe, was here too. Maybe there's something in the water here in the city or Michigan that's been keeping us around so long."

The Avalanche, however, showed no such appreciation when late in the first, Cody McKormick cross-checked Lidstrom in front of the Colorado net, which led to a scrum resulting in matching minors for Chelios and McCormick, and brought to life memories of a storied rivalry that has faded lately.

It was more than 13 minutes into the second before the Avalanche managed their first shot of the period. And it wasn't until late in the second that either team got a power play when at 16:18, Avs right wing Ben Guite was whistled for interference.

Just as Guite's penalty expired, Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom knocked down a Niklas Kronwall shot, and passed it to Pavel Datsyuk, who slipped it past goalie Jose Theodore on his blocker side for the game's lone goal.

The lead put the Red Wings in a good position. Coming into tonight's game, the Wings were 24-2-1 when leading after two periods, and 27-3-2 when scoring first.

Early in the third, Theodore came up big, stopping Mikael Smauelsson on the feed from John Franzen to keep the Avs' deficit to one.

The Red Wings (33-8-3) have gotten at least one point in all 12 games played against the Northwest Division this season.

GAME NOTES: Holmstrom returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a knee injury against St. Louis on Dec. 20 that caused him to miss eight games. ... Kirk Maltby also returned to the line up after a back strain on Nov. 27 against Calgary ended his 188 consecutive game streak.

Three Red Wings were named starters for the Western Conference All-Star team on Tuesday: Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. They will be coached in the game by Mike Babcock on Jan. 27, 2008 in Atlanta.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80