Red Wings Bury Mighty Ducks, 5-1
By Tom Coyne
Friday, April 23, 1999; 11:37 p.m. EDT DETROIT Detroit coach Scotty Bowman describes Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne as the best 1-2 punch in the NHL in more than 20 years, yet so far they've been no match for the flurry the Red Wings have thrown at the Anaheim Ducks.
On Friday night it was Brendan Shanahan providing the knockout punch, with two goals and an assist as the Red Wings defeated the Ducks 5-1.
The Red Wings, who swept the first two games of only one series last season en route to their second straight Stanley Cup, head to Anaheim with a 2-0 series lead entering Sunday's game. The Ducks have only been in two playoff series before, winning one, and have never overcome a 2-0 deficit.
Detroit defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios continued to counter Selanne and Kariya, as Bowman again matched them against the second and third leading scorers in the league this season. Lidstrom and Chelios held them to even fewer chances Friday night, but Selanne managed to score his second goal of the series at 9:11 of the third on a power play to end Chris Osgood's shutout bid.
The Red Wings were 3 of 9 on the power play while the Ducks, who had the top power-play unit in the league this season with a 25.5 percent success rate, were 1 of 4.
Sergei Fedorov added a pair of assists for the second straight game, and Tomas Holmstrom, Doug Brown and Steve Yzerman, who had a hat trick Wednesday, added a goal each.
The game was not as hard hitting as Game 1, when the Red Wings checked and whacked their way to a 5-3 win. Instead, the Red Wings used a suffocating defense and an opportune offense to take control.
And they took control from the outset, scoring just one minute in. Playing against the line of Kariya, Selanne and Steve Rucchin, Yzerman picked up the puck in the right corner in the Ducks' end and cycled it back to Fedorov. Fedorov, who usually plays on a different line, skated it behind the net, drew two Ducks toward him and passed it across in front to the wide-open Shanahan.
Shanahan made it 2-0 at 10:14 with a power-play goal. Lidstrom pokechecked the puck from Marty McInnis at center ice, Shanahan picked up the loose puck, skated it in and blasted a slap shot from the top of the left circle past a partially screened Guy Hebert.
Shanahan set up the third goal at 13:43, driving toward the net with the puck. Matt Cullen was able to knock the puck free, but it went straight to Holmstrom in front and he beat Hebert.
The three points in the first period by Shanahan matched a team record, set by five Red Wings previously.
Kariya had said one of the keys for the Ducks was to cut down on giving up goals in the first 5 minutes and last 5 minutes of the period. But in addition to giving up the goal in the first minute of the period, Jason Marshall took a high sticking penalty, hitting Brown in front of the net at 17:30. And Brown scored on the ensuing power play, beating Hebert with a shot in the top right corner with 43 seconds left in the period.
Yzerman made it 5-0 with a power-play goal in the second period, deflecting in a slap shot by Mathieu Dandenault from the left point.
And Selanne and Kariya were even less effective than they were in Game 1. Selanne, who had only two shots on Wednesday, scoring on one, got five on Friday, but only two were dangerous, both in the third period on the power play long after the game had been decided. Kariya, who led the league this season with 429 shots and had a goal and two assists on Wednesday, had only one shot on Friday.
The Ducks let their frustration show at 6:13 of the third period when Anaheim's Stu Grimson went after Chelios. Grimson got 6 minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, while Chelios and Darren McCarty, who came to Chelios' aid, each got roughing minors.
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