Calgary Wins in Detroit
Sunday, May 2, 2004; Page E05
The Detroit Red Wings lost captain Steve Yzerman, then the game.
Craig Conroy scored with 3 minutes 53 seconds left in the second period -- soon after Yzerman was hit in the face with a puck -- and Miikka Kiprusoff made 31 saves to lift the visiting Calgary Flames to a 1-0 victory over Detroit in Game 5 yesterday.
"He went to the hospital," Detroit Coach Dave Lewis said. "They're going to X-ray and take a look at the facial area where he got hit."
Calgary leads 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, and can eliminate the star-studded Red Wings with a win at home Monday night. If necessary, Game 7 will be back in Detroit on Wednesday.
"We don't want to come back," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who had the only assist on the game's lone goal.
Kiprusoff's second shutout of the playoffs was the first against the Red Wings in Detroit since 1997, 52 games ago. Detroit pulled goaltender Curtis Joseph with 48 seconds left, put pressure on Kiprusoff but could not get a shot past him.
When Kiprusoff made the final save, he held the puck above his head as a blue light -- signaling the end of the game -- went on behind him.
About four minutes before Conroy scored, Yzerman left the game.
Detroit's Mathieu Schneider fired a shot that ricocheted in front and hit Yzerman squarely in the face as he stood to the left of the net.
Yzerman, who doesn't wear a face shield, immediately dropped to the ice. He kicked his legs in pain as he was sprawled out. After being down for a couple minutes, with the crowd watching in silence, Yzerman was helped to the dressing room as a towel was held near his left eye.
"I think everybody on the bench was stunned," Lewis said.
The Red Wings are expected to update his condition after they practice in Detroit today.
The crowd was quiet again when the game ended.
The Flames, in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, are in the second round for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989.
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