Thursday, December 04, 2003

Wings 7, Ducks 2

The Wings shellacked the Might Ducks of Anaheim 7-2 last night in front of a very vocal home crowd in an absolutely packed Joe Louis Arena. The Ducks looked terrible, certainly not like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Most of the night, they were just standing there watching the Wings play tic-tac-toe all around them. The Wings must have watched the tapes of those four games in April religiously because they did everything right that they did wrong then, shooting high on Giguere (and getting him pulled after four goals) and completely out hustling the Ducks. It was no contest right from the start. Despite his goal, Sergei Fedorov was a non-factor last night. It was obviously hard on the guy, to be booed mercilessly every single time he touched the puck the entire game. It did not look like he took it well at all. I felt sorry for him after a while because it got to be a little ridiculous. I think the fans should have let up after a while. He definitely deserved booing but I think the fans gave him too much. It was hard to see Sergei in a Ducks jersey but not as hard as it would have been had he had a good game. Manny Legace had another amazing game. He stopped Peter Sykora on a breakaway at about 4:18 and that set the standard for the rest of the game, for both him and the rest of the team. Just 14 seconds later, Mark Mower's scored and the Wings never looked back. Scare of the night: Boyd Devereaux took a hit from Todd Simpson that looked like it may have given him another concussion. Boyd was going through center ice with his head down after receiving a pass from Brendan Shanahan when he got wrecked by Simpson. Devereaux looked dazed and went straight to the bench but returned later in the game. The Robinson-Williams-Bootland line was great all night. Those three had good energy and created some great scoring chances for themselves. They worked very hard and kept pressure on the Ducks whenever they were on the ice. Datsyuk had a great game, posting two goals and two assists while completely outplaying Sergei Fedorov. He schooled Sergei on two faceoffs which led directly to goals, first to Hull's and second to his own. He looked good all night and is now tied for the team lead in points with Brett Hull. The Wings got their revenge last night, scoring one more goal in the game than they scored over four during their first round elimination by the Ducks last year. They are now 15-9-2-0, just two points a head of the Blues and one point back of the Canucks. Next up: @ St. Louis, tonight, 7:30 EST Freep | News | ESPN | Box Score


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