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Scotty Bowman


C - Steve Yzerman, Igor Larionov, Kris Draper, Sergei Fedorov. LW - Brendan Shanahan, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Doug Brown, Tomas Holmstrom, Kirk Maltby, Brent Gilchrist. RW - Darren McCarty, Joey Kocur, Martin Lapointe, Mathieu Dandenault, Stacey Roest D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Larry Murphy, Jamie Macoun, Aaron Ward, Uwe Krupp, Anders Eriksson. G - Chris Osgood, Kevin Hodson, Norm Maracle.


Brent Gilchrist, lw (hernia, indefinite); Kurt Maltby, lw (lower back strain, two weeks).




12/8 Chicago       W 3-2 
12/11 Edmonton     W 3-2 
12/12 at Carolina  L 3-0 
12/16 Boston       W 5-3 
12/18 Dallas       L 3-1 
12/19 at Boston    L 4-1 


Central Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Detroit           30  17  12   1    35   94   76  
  St Louis          28  11  10   7    29   74   69  
  Nashville         30  11  16   3    25   70   93   
  Chicago           32   9  19   4    22   71  107


by Dino Cacciola, Detroit Correspondent


Stevie Yzerman had two assists to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nicklas Lidstrom, rookie Stacy Roest and Brendan Shanahan scored the goals. There were 78 shots in the wide open game, 45 by the Red Wings. Both goalies had their work cut out for them on this night.

Just 27 seconds into the game, Nicklas Lidstrom converted a sweet pass from Yzerman and snapped a shot from the left circle past Chicago goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick for his fourth goal of the season.

Chris Osgood was in net for the Wings. Osgood was making his second start since missing six games with a hip flexor injury. Stacey Roest capitalized on a rebound for his second NHL goal. The Red Wings took a 3- 1 lead on Shanahan's 14th goal.

The game almost went into overtime as Chicago's Ethan Moreau appeared to score with 17.6 seconds remaining in the second, but it was waved off when replays showed the puck hadn't completely crossed the line before Osgood gloved it. Whew!


Centermen Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman both had a goal and an assist as the Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. Former Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov is still inspiring the Red Wings. He was in attendance watching the game.

"Vladdie is so special to all of us," said Doug Brown, who had a big assist in Friday's win. "We know all the memories. We want him around even more." Konstantinov was given a standing ovation by the capacity crowd in Joe Louis Arena when he was shown on the scoreboard video screens during the second period.

"It's good for us and it's good for him, too," Brown said. "It makes us realize how lucky we are to do what we're doing, and it makes us work that much harder."

Slava Kozlov scored the other goal for the Red Wings, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Fedorov broke a 1-1 tie by scoring his eighth goal with only 11 seconds left in the second period. Kozlov scored in the third, converting a perfect pass from Yzerman for just his fourth goal of the season.

Konstantinov will soon move to Florida for the winter, where his rehab work will include sound stimuli designed to rekindle memories. His short-term memory is poor, a result of brain trauma suffered in the June 13, 1997 limo accident. Doctors hope sounds from his past will jog Konstantinov's memory, and the Red Wings are contributing to that effort. During Thursday's practice at Joe Louis Arena, microphones were set on the ice to record voices and skating sounds so familiar to Konstantinov during his playing days. The tapes will be played to him in hopes of bringing back those memories.


Former Red Wing Keith Primeau, who was basically ran out of town by the pressure of the fans, scored the winning goal against his old team as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Red Wings 3-0. It was the first time the Red Wings have been shut out on the road since January of 1991. Ray Sheppard, another former Red Wing added a goal and an assist to end the Red Wings four-game unbeaten string.

"Primeau played a lot of good hockey," Steve Yzerman said. "He had great scoring chances. Their whole team played well." Not a pretty game for the Red Wings. Coach Scotty Bowman had nothing to say to the media after the embarrassing showing.


Goalie Chris Osgood made 23 saves, improving his career record against Boston to 6-1. It also extended the Wings home unbeaten streak to six. The Wings scored twice on power plays and once short-handed in the win.

"I thought we had some good chances, because we controlled the puck better than in the last game," Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We were more patient, and we took the shots when we had them." Lidstrom put Detroit ahead with a power-play goal early in the first.

Defenseman Mathieu Dandenault gave the Wings a 2-1 lead early in the second period. It was his first goal of the season. "Mathieu has a chance to develop some offense," Bowman said of his converted winger. "He's getting some experience back there, and he's always going to learn from watching Murphy and Lidstrom every night."

After the Bruins scored again Larry Murphy gave the Wings its third lead of the game at 14:32 of the second, finishing off a pretty passing play with his fourth goal of the season. Marty Lapointe made it 4-2 with a shorthanded goal just 67 seconds later. Darren McCarty finally clinched the game with an empty-net goal.

"I think we got a little lucky tonight," Bowman said. "I didn't think too much of our game, but we got the three special teams goals. Thank God for those three." Spoken with true confidence.


Rivalry. Ed Belfour made 24 saves as Dallas beat the Red Wings 3-1. The Red Wings have not beaten the Stars in three games this season. It also ended the Red Wings six-game home winning streak. The Stars were just 1-17-2 in their previous 20 visits to Detroit, including playoffs, before that.

"They're a great shooting team, so you want to take away the middle, take away the neutral zone," Stars center Mike Modano said. "We've done that the last three games. You don't see Yzerman and Fedorov have the whole neutral zone to carry the puck. "We've been forcing them to dump it in, and they're not comfortable doing that. They like to have possession of the puck coming in."

"We had a game plan, but I guess we just didn't realize what we had to do," Fedorov said. "They always had a player on our player whenever the puck was in the neutral zone." The Stars have outscored Detroit 11-4 in their three meetings thus far.

The Red Wings managed to avoid their second shutout loss in three games when Slave Kozlov scored with about two minutes left in the loss. Ozzie made 23 saves. The Stars definitely have the upper hand and the momentum thus far in the season.


The Boston Bruins broke a five-game losing streak against the Red Wings by handed the defending Stanley Cup champions their third loss in four games.

The lone goal was by Brendan Shanahan, who scored his 15th on a wrist shot to actually give the Red Wings the lead in the game. But that wasn't enough to stop the Bruins from knocking the Red Wings from a much needed win. Boston came back with four straight goals to avenge their loss earlier in the week to the Red Wings.

"We scored Wednesday night, (a 5-3 previous win) but we couldn't score tonight," said Red Wings associate head coach Barry Smith. Head coach Scotty Bowman refused to talk to reporters after the game. "You obviously have to score more than one goal to win in this league," added Smith. Norm Maracle was between the pipes for the Red Wings.

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