Cujo Shuts Out Flames

Wings Pop Two Shorthanded Goals, Rout Flames

October 21st, 2002
Rick Charlton

AP Photo

Cujo Shuts Door: Craig Conroy and the Flames couldn't solve former Leaf stopper Curtis Joseph.

It was the game the Wings had been waiting for.

A largely indifferent start to the campaign by Curtis Joseph was soon forgotten behind a 23 save 4-0 whitewashing of the Calgary Flames last night in Detroit.

Joseph is the high profile replacement for the retired Dominic Hasek and like all teams with aspirations of championship glory, it will likely come on the back of the goaltending of Joseph in spite of the All-Star lineup playing in front of him.

But it was specialty teams which decided this game in embarrassing fashion for the Flames.

Right from the opening moments this contest was played mostly with one side or the other on the man advantage.

While the good news saw the Flames limiting the NHL's number one power play to only one goal, the bad news proved to be pivotal, Calgary so inept themselves on the man advantage that they surrendered two critical shorthanded goals in only 94 seconds early in the second period, essentially sealing their fate.

In total, the Flames went zero for nine on the powerplay this night with a whopping 18:56 of man advantage time while limiting the Wings to one goal on eight powerplay chances (13:07 with the extra man).

This was a contest where Detroit's vastly underrated team speed, hidden by the label of older legs, proved a continual advantage over the lead-footed Flames both on the power play and killing penalties.

"It was the men playing against the boys tonight," conceded Flames forward Scott Nichol in a post-game interview on FAN960.

Chris Chelios opened scoring at 2:46 of the second when Chris Drury, Calgary's power play point man, fell and allowed the Wings to break out on a three on two break which ended with the veteran Wings defenceman blasting a shot over Calgary starter Jamie McLennan's shoulder.

On a second power play less than two minutes later, Kirk Maltby collected his third shorthanded marker of the year, wristing a shot through Drury and past a screened McLennan at 4:20.

Calgary was handed a golden opportunity to put themselves back into the game when Kris Draper, who should know all about eating his meals through a straw after being hit from behind, pushed Robyn Regehr face first into the boards, resulting in a five minute major penalty.

But the Flames could muster only Chuck Kobasew's opportunity as the Wings relentless penalty killing ground them down.

Detroit widened their lead to 3-0 at 2:55 of the third period when Tomas Holmstrom whacked a flutterball out of mid-air past McLennan on a power play.

Darren McCarty finished off the Flames - as if any extra help were needed - by converting a Maltby pass at 13:33.

McLennan stopped 29 of 33 shots in his first start of the year, essentially the sacrificial lamb as the Flames hoped to pull out a lucky one against the superior Wings while saving number one starter Roman Turek for the real battle against Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Wings jump to 4-2-1 on the year while the Flames drop to 2-3-1 and had their modest three game undefeated streak snapped.




Detroit Red Wings 4
Calgary Flames 0

Box Score


Gelinas Conroy Iginla
Savard Drury Kobasew
Niedermayer Yelle Clark
Nichol Johansson Begin
Lydman Regehr
Gauthier Boughner
Buzek Leopold


1 Curtis Joseph - 23 saves including the save of the game. 

2 Kirk Maltby - Grinder gets a goal and an assist. 

3 Chris Chelios - game winning goal and no mistakes.


On another of an interminable list of Flames power plays early in the second period, Chuck Kobasew picked up a rebound with an open net yawning in front of him but Joseph shot his stick across the crease to block a sure goal.


Rob Niedermayer had a whale of a shift midway through the first period, wiping out Jesse Wallin twice, including a thundering shoulder check that sent the Wings defender spiraling into the boards.


There wasn't anything the Wings were going to throw at Jamie McLennan last night that could make the Flames netminder lose his cool. A severe case of meningitis caused a doctor in Lethbridge to give McLennan an hour to live when he was apprenticing in the southern Alberta city as a junior with the Hurricanes. In other words, McLennan has pretty much seen the worst of anything that could possibly happen to him. . . . . . . Both teams had five power plays each in the first period. . . . . . . Wings took two penalties for being loudmouths in the first period, getting extra minors for arguing with the officials, a critical retaliatory feature referees have been urged to use to make the obstruction crackdown work. . . . . . Contrary to a report from French network RDS, the Wings are not close to signing veteran defenceman Steve Duschene says the Detroit News. The case is a strange one since the Wings declined an option to renew Duschene's contract at $1.6 million and Duschene himself turned down his own right to renew at $1 million, leaving the two parties drifting apart. . . . . . . . Iginla had a four game point streak snapped . . . . . Drury led the Flames in ice time with 25:38, up from 15 minutes the game before. The difference? All the powerplays with Drury serving as Calgary's point man. Nik Lidstrom led the Wings with 32:09 in ice time . . . . .Niedermayer and Toni Lydman led Calgary with three shots each. Henrik Zetterberg, Brendan Shanahan and Tomas Holmstrom led the Wings with four shots each.... Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla had one of the worst nights statistically of their year-long partnership, each ending up minus three and neither a factor.
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